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For Immediate Release
February 10, 2009

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Stuart Soloway
(585) 395-2797
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A Smorgasbord of new Plays to Satisfy Theatrical Appetites - 10-Minute Play Festival Returns to Brockport Stage

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Press Release Photo Shannon Kerr as "Jane" and Sean Burton as "Ramsey" in Faux First Lady

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Press Release Photo Shannon Kerr as "Jane" and Sean Burton as "Ramsey" in Faux First Lady

Brockport, NY – The sixth biennial Festival of Ten will debut its complement of 10-minute dramas and comedies on Friday, February 27, 2009, at 7:30 pm. Performances of the ten plays take place at The College of Brockport’s Tower Fine Arts Center Mainstage, 180 Holley Street, Brockport.

P. Gibson Ralph, producer for TheatreBrockport, which is staging the Festival of Ten, recalls that “when we started the Festival 12 years ago, there really wasn’t anything similar in the area. Some of the plays that we have featured have gone on to other regional productions, but many of the playwrights were grateful to the College for giving them their first chance to get their written words up on their feet.”

From the over 400 plays submitted in a national search for the 2009 Festival, the ten selected reveal the wide spectrum of what is on playwrights’ minds today. From the one-person drama List, which has overtones of Greek tragedy as a wife and mother contemplates her current situation, to the romantic comedies Crossing the Line and Take Two, there is always something for everyone in the Festival. “It’s like the Rochester weather,” says Ralph. “If you don’t like it, wait ten minutes until it changes.” (A complete list of the Festival of Ten productions follows.)

Though the actors in the various plays appreciate that they are working with a living, breathing thing — as opposed to the standardized texts of Shakespeare or Miller — it is often the directors who have contact with the playwrights. Often a cast member’s suggestion will find its way into the play, just as sometimes a playwright will revise something once they are to see the play being performed.

The Playwrights’ Symposium is always a much-anticipated aspect of the Festival of Ten. This year, there will be an opportunity to network with theatre professionals, as well as learn from award-winning playwrights whose focus has included fashioning 10-minute plays. The Symposium will be held Saturday, March 7 from noon to 4:30 pm. For more information about the Playwrights’ Symposium, please call (585) 395-2496.

Performances of the 2009 Festival of Ten are February 27, 28, March 5, 6 and 7, at 7:30 pm and March 1 at 2 pm. The performance on Sunday, March 1, will be sign language interpreted for the hearing impaired.

Tickets for the performances are $12/General, $10/Seniors and $8/Students and are available by phone at (585) 395-ARTS or at the Tower Fine Arts Center Box Office. Tickets can also be obtained at all area Wegmans supermarkets.

The Plays of the FESTIVAL OF TEN 2009:

10 Minutes
by Michael Leathers
All the world is a stage in this Pirandellian look at two characters in search of… life.

Crossing the Line
by Jenna Berger
While awaiting the midnight release of the final Harry Potter book, two eager readers do-si-do around each other.

The Curtain Call
by James Cady
A ragtag theatre troupe tries to conclude their performance without starting a riot.

Faux First Lady
by Russell Weeks
Can a diner waitress dupe the nation? If so, what’s her price to do it?

List
by Ron Pullins
A woman, teetering on the edge, takes stock of the things she needs to do in her stifled life.

Out the Window
by Connie Schindewolf
Bureaucracy threatens the relationship between a teacher’s aide and a needy student, and level heads are required to do the best for the child.

Plague of Idiots
by Stephen Brown
These roommates aren’t the odd couple; they’re the odd trio. When accusations are hurled, the food flies.

Take Two
by Chris Shaw Swanson
To wed, or not to wed? This couple lays the groundwork to jumpstart their engagement, with an ironic twist.

The World to Come
by Jeff Carter
Religion is an unwelcome houseguest as a family faces their feelings about God and each other.

Your Turn to Watch Dad
by Walter Thinnes
An elderly father still knows best, even when his self-centered daughter thinks she has the reins.

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