Fifth annual 8×10 TheatreFest includes eight plays, 10 minutes each
Forensics investigators take on a puzzling murder case, which quickly spirals out of control and leads to one, unbelievable conclusion. A longtime unhappily married husband and wife are obliged to play The Happy Couple when meeting their daughter’s future in-laws. A young man has to face his fears when sheltered in a basement during a tornado with his slightly oddball neighbors.
These are the scenarios of three of the eight plays that will be presented at Weathervane Playhouse on July 10 through 12 at the Fifth Annual 8×10 TheatreFest.
All the plays have two things in common – each is 10 minutes long and all feature a hand mirror as a prop. The mirror served as the “inspiration” for this year’s contest. Over 230 plays were submitted to the Weathervane contest and volunteer judges read and chose these as the top 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. Audiences will also choose the special prop “inspiration” for next year’s competition.
“So far, five of the playwrights are traveling to Weathervane to see their plays come to life,” said 8×10 Coordinator, Eileen Moushey. “And that’s part of our excitement, too. Plus, it’s great fun for the audiences to be able to choose the winners. One playwright is traveling all the way from Vancouver.”
Performances of the eight plays are 8 p.m. on Friday, July 10 and Saturday, July 11. Sunday’s performance is a matinee at 2:30 p.m., followed by a reception and announcement of the winners. Tickets are $10.
The Finalist plays are:
MAKE-UP by Joe Lauinger of Ossining, NY, directed by Brian Westerley.
MY SECOND PLAY by Heath Robertson of Fairbanks AK, directed by Meg Hopp
MR. BASSETT by Gerald Williams of Vancouver, BC, Canada, directed by Adam and Patti Alderson
PASSING THROUGH by Chris George of Houston TX, directed by Melanie Pepe and Brandi Eaton
BLACK FRIDAY by Jennifer Tromble of North Tonawanda, NY, directed by Ian Haberman
RIDE SHARE by Stanley Brown, of West Hollywood, CA, directed by Richard Worswick
ONE MAN SHOW, by Jason K. Melby of Van Nuys, CA, directed by Brian Westerley
SIRENS by Suzanne Hodsden of Akron, OH, directed by Scott Keating Davis
Tickets are available at wweathervaneplayhouse.com or by calling the box office at (330) 836-2626.