Weathervane Playhouse celebrates the art of the short-format play with the sixth annual 8x10 TheatreFest. Eight plays, 10 minutes each!
The 2016 8x10 TheatreFest takes place July 15 to 17, 2016.
"The beauty of the 8x10 TheatreFest is that it's like a eating from a sampler box of chocolates or participating in speed dating event," says Brandi Eaton, the director of Third Window from the Right, one of this year's featured plays. "You get a lot of variety and if you are watching a play that isn't quite your style — another one will be along in 10 minutes!"
All of the festival's plays have two things in common – each is 10 minutes long and all feature an envelope of cash as a prop. The envelope of cash served as the “inspiration” for this year’s contest. Over 160 plays were submitted to the Weathervane contest from 29 states and five countries including Canada, Denmark, Ireland, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Volunteer judges read and chose the top eight plays. All finalist playwrights receive at least a $50 prize and the top three — as determined by audience vote — will receive $150, $250, and $350, respectively. Audiences will also choose the special prop “inspiration” for next year’s competition.
The performances of the eight plays are at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, July 15, and Saturday, July 16. The Sunday, July 17 performance is a matinee at 2:30 p.m., followed by a reception and announcement of the winners. Tickets to any of the three performances are $12. For tickets, call the Weathervane Playhouse box office at 330-836-2626 or CLICK HERE to buy tickets online.
“The 8x10 TheatreFest is truly one of the most enjoyable theatre events ever. The audience gets to be the first to ever see eight short plays be performed. The actors and directors get to be involved in the very first production of a play. Playwrights get bragging rights that one of their works has been fully produced. It is a win-win-win situation filled with laughter, drama, fun and excitement for everyone!” says Scott K. Davis, the director of 2016 finalist play Port City Blues.
“Is the envelope of cash borrowed? Stolen? Lent? A debt, payment or donation? Won or lost? Lost or found? God or taxes? These playwrights have the stories to explain it all," said Weathervane Playhouse Artistic Director Melanie YC Pepe.
The 2016 8x10 TheatreFest finalist plays are:
Adorable Doris by Irwin Rosenblum of Sacramento, CA, directed by Bill Morgan
Confessions at the Ave. P Barber Shop by Peter A. Balaskas of Clearwater, FL, directed by Will Crosby and Josh Larkin
Myrtle Beach Sunrise by Vivian C. Lermond of Columbus, OH, directed by April Deming
Port City Blues by Jody McColman of Portland, ME, directed by Scott K. Davis
Schrodinger's Cash by Barry Wood of Navenby, Lincolnshire U.K., directed by Jay Sigler and Kyla Williger
Shadowplay by T. Mason Brown of Akron, OH, directed by Brian Westerly
Third Window from the Right by Scott Mullen of N. Hollywood, CA, directed by Brandi Eaton
Very Private Detection by Carl L. Williams of Houston, TX, directed by Chanda Porter and Greg Emanuelson
The 2016 8x10 TheatreFest Cast
Jerry: Adam Alderson
Doris: Lacey Sexton
CONFESSIONS AT THE AVE. P BARBER SHOP
Angelo Capello: Ralph Cooley
Celio Iovini: Tony Heffner
MYRTLE BEACH SUNRISE
Esther: Pat Robertell-Hudson
Pauline: Marci Paolucci
Sid: Scott K. Davis
PORT CITY BLUES
Narrator: Josh Larkin
Mike: Rose Gabrielle
Rock: Jay Sigler
Erwin Schrödinger: John Williamson
Annie Schrödinger: Sue Jeromson
Martha Chambers: Danielle Gruhler
Charlotte: MacKenzie Bogusch
Michael: Daniel Walker
Freddie: Nathan Hach
THIRD WINDOW FROM THE RIGHT
Kate: Kyla Williger
Henry: Mason Schuman
VERY PRIVATE DETECTION
Jerry Tucker: Adam Alderson
Drake Logan: Alex J. Nine
Diane Logan: Shani Ferry
For interviews, cast photos, or more information, members of the media should contact Weathervane Playhouse Managing Director Lisa Mansfield at 330-836-2626 or CLICK HERE to e-mail her.