Weathervane Playhouse is accepting submissions to its annual 10-minute play festival. Volunteer judges will read and choose eight plays to be performed at the Playhouse during 8×10 TheatreFest Weekend, July 15, 16 and 17, 2016. Audience members will rank the plays, and following Sunday’s matinee, winners will be announced and cash prizes awarded. The deadline for entries is midnight on Friday, May 13, 2016.
Play finalists will be announced on May 27, 2016. Each of the eight finalists will receive a full production of his or her play – performed by volunteer actors – and two complimentary tickets to 8×10 TheatreFest. Auditions for actors age 17 and up will take place on May 29 and 30 with details to be posted soon.
All applicants will receive acknowledgment of receipt of submissions and administrative fee, notification of 8 finalist plays, preceding TheatreFest and notification of winners, following the conclusion of TheatreFest. The play remains the sole property of the playwright. http://www.weathervaneplayhouse.com/8x10TheatreFest.
All plays will have two things in common – each is 10 minutes long and all feature an envelope of cash as a prop. Last year, more than 230 plays were submitted to the Weathervane contest. 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 also will choose the special prop inspiration for next year’s competition.
Last year’s winning play was Black Friday by Jennifer Tromble of North Tonawanda, New York. It was directed by Ian Haberman and featured Meg Hopp, Alex Nine and Rachel Gehlert. Play finalist came from as far away as Vancouver, British Columbia and Fairbanks, Alaska.
Performances of the eight plays will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, July 15 and Saturday, July 16. Sunday’s matinee performances will be at 2:30 p.m., followed by a reception and announcement of the winners. Tickets are $10.
Last Year’s winners of the 8×10 TheatreFest were:
1st place: BLACK FRIDAY by Jennifer Tromble of North Tonawanda, New York
2nd place: PASSING THROUGH by Chris George of Houston, Texas
3rd place: ONE MAN SHOW, by Jason K. Melby of Van Nuys, California
Weathervane Playhouse provides high-quality live theater with volunteer artists, designers, and technicians under professional direction, delivers education and training in theater arts and appreciation, and engages and entertains its audience to enrich the quality of life in Northeast Ohio.
The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, education excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.
Weathervane Playhouse’s 2015-2016 Season Support Provided by:
Akron Community Foundation
The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation
Kenneth L. Calhoun Charitable Trust (KeyBank, Trustee)
OMNOVA Solutions Foundation
Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation
Sisler McFawn Foundation
Ohio Arts Council