“Take 10” — An Evening of Nine 10-Minute Plays
National MFA Playwrights Competition
Rattlestick Theater * May 26th – 29th
Aspen’s acclaimed Theater Masters will present its third annual “Take 10,” an evening of nine 10-minute plays from aspiring playwrights across the country as part of its National MFA Playwrights competition on May 26th – 29th at Off-Broadway’s Rattlestick Playwrights Theater (224 Waverly Place). “Aristic Director/Broadway producer Gordon Davidson, Theater Masters’ Associate Director Pesha Rudnick and I read over 100 scripts submitted from ten of the top graduate playwriting programs to find these remarkable plays from some of the finest young playwrights this country is developing” said Julia Hansen, Theater Masters founder/Artistic Director – and former President of New York’s Drama League. “In many ways, how I started the Drama League’s “Director’s Project” is how I am now developing new playwrights and giving them their first chance to have their work receive a New York premiere.”
The 10-minute plays are: Topper by Kimber Lee from the University of Texas— “Greg and Carl are on the verge of calling off their wedding, but with help from some unlikely friends they may find a way to have their cake and eat it, too;” Lady Dickborough’s Decadence by Michael Mitnick from Yale University— “A serene, afternoon tea in the edenic garden of Lady Duckborough is interrupted by a startling visitor in this Oscar Wilde meets David Mamet jaunt;” Stacking by Joe Luis Cedillo from Iowa University—“a poetic meditation on the guilt and questioning surrounding a young soldier’s death through language by those far and near to him;” Me and You by Jacob Burstein-Stern from UCLA—“a play about a play about a play about a love play and a love;” We Had Plans by Brian Forrester from Carnegie Mellon—“a play about the disturbing things to which pain makes us feel entitled;” Anybody Woulda by Greg Hundemer from Northwestern University—“a girl and a man who met accidentally and their emotions, pent up for several years, burst free;” Fireman in the 9th by Ronald McCants from UCSD— “centers around two strangers watching a Little League game who have intertwined pasts and grapple with the idea of fate:” and Ya Heard Me by Daniella Shoshan from Columbia University—” Two worse-for-wear Irish farmers debate the ramifications and due reckoning when one of their own discovers Jesus in a potato; Hand of Horror by Anne Marie Healy from Brown University— A film Noire!
Based in Aspen, Colorado, Theater Masters is a non-profit organization whose core mission is to seek and nurture the next generation of artists for the American Theatre and present their work.
“Take 10” performance schedule is as follows: Tuesday, May 26th at 8PM, Wednesday, May 27th at 7:30PM, Thursday, May 28th at 7:30PM, Friday, May 29th at 8PM. All tickets are $18 and can be purchased online at www.smarttix.com