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For Immediate Release
February 15, 2013

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Stuart Soloway
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Eighth Festival of Ten Features Performances of 10-Minute Plays Chosen from International Search

Associated Playwrights’ Symposium Geared to Help Local Dramatists

Press Release Photo Festival of Ten VIII

Brockport, NY – After reviewing more than 400 submissions received from playwrights located around the globe, The College at Brockport’s Department of Theatre and Music Studies is producing its eighth biennial Festival of Ten. This program of ten 10-minute plays premieres on Friday, March 1, 2013, at 7:30 in the Tower Fine Arts Center Mainstage, 180 Holley Street, Brockport. Once the eligible plays are registered, they go through a rigorous selection process during which they are each read “blind” by three screeners. No more than 25 scripts are read by the same group of screeners. Scripts are submitted electronically, allowing for screeners to be local, regional or national. After the screening, all the submissions are winnowed down to a more manageable 15 – 25 plays, and staged readings take place in front of an audience. This leads to further vetting, especially in terms of length. Based on audience reaction at those readings, scripts are rank ordered by the festival directors and designers, and the top ten are chosen for production.

The 10-minute format is more difficult than it might appear. As with any play, the piece needs to have a beginning, a middle and an end. With less time to develop characters, the playwright is automatically challenged, as are the actors and directors, who are trying to convey the playwright’s intention.

P. Gibson Ralph, chair of the Department of Theatre and Music Studies, explains, “the academic training we give our actors and student directors, and the rehearsal process, allows them — and the playwrights — to continue to discover the nuances of the particular play.” When the Festival of Ten first began in 1999, Ralph continues, “we were the only festival of its kind in the area, and we were — and continue to be — a resource much appreciated by regional playwrights, who are able to see their works fully staged, sometimes for the first time. We also didn’t realize, at that time, what a significant part of the theatre program it would become.”

The Playwrights’ Symposium is 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 9, from 12 to 4:30 pm. For more information about the Symposium, please call (585) 395-2496.

Performances of Festival of Ten are March 1, 2, 7, 8 and 9, at 7:30 pm. There is also a matinee on Sunday, March 3, at 2 pm, which will be sign language interpreted for the hearing impaired. Tickets for Festival of Ten are $15/General, $10/Seniors and College at Brockport Alumni, Faculty and Staff, and $8/Students and are available by phone at (585) 395-2787 or at the Tower Fine Arts Center Box Office.

A list of the Festival of Ten VIII plays is attached.

Photo Captions: Photo 1: Jay O’Leary appears in “Defrost,” one of the ten 10-minute plays that comprise the Festival of Ten, being produced at The College at Brockport March 1 – 3 and 7 – 9, 2013. Call (585) 395-2787 for tickets. -end-

The Plays of the FESTIVAL OF TEN VIII:

The Antichrist Cometh by David MacGregor What’s an Antichrist supposed to do when he realizes he’s running late for a dinner party? by Maximillian Gill Sharing immortality with someone special isn’t as easy as it sounds. Not when you’re a nerd of a vampire.

Bride and Groom in the Graveyard by Robert Montenegro The wisdom of dead fathers reaches from beyond their graves to help a confused pair about to marry.

Defrost by Tony Foster How does one bid farewell to their single life when moving in with someone? Probably not with a frozen dinner. georgie by Charlotte Ortiz Colavin Adolescence can be rough going. For the adolescent. For their parents. Sometimes mundane things trigger important conversations.

Kiss and Goodbye by Joel Fishbane A modern spin on Othello, with a twist.

Lost and Found at the Hotel Mogador by James Helsa An amnesiac shows up in a hotel in Marrakech, where the police are less helpful than you might imagine.

Three Hour Difference by Mike Poblete A couple goes on a date, simultaneously, while in New York City and Los Angeles.

What a Drag It Is by Dawson Moore Visiting a senior center craft sale can help you realize you’re only as young as you feel.

The Wilderness by James McLindon A wounded Union soldier finds a moment on the battlefield to discuss theology, politics and brotherhood with an injured Confederat

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