By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal
Those who like their stories short and sweet will love everything about the 10 Minute Play Festival in Oxford this weekend.
Five 10-minute plays will be produced at each of the three showtimes at The Powerhouse.
“One is the grand-prize winner from 2012 that we’re bringing back,” said festival organizer Alice Walker.
That winner is “Shadow v. Mann,” written by Austin K. Steinmetz of Columbus, Ohio. The play won of the LW Thomas Award and Audience Award Winner at the National 10 Minute Play Contest last year. “Shadow v. Mann” is about an unmarried man summoned to attend a divorce mediation.
The festival includes locally-written plays and an audience pick from years past.
“Once a Month,” written by Kate Leslie, tells the story of a widow who visits a couple of friends for their monthly dinner date and brings an unexpected guest.
David O. Bell’s “Everything I Know,” is about two gorillas at a zoo, anxiously awaiting the arrival of a female gorilla.
Jim McCauley’s “The Ten Minute Play,” is about, well, 10 minute plays. In it, a playwright rehearses his 10 minute play with four actors who have ideas of their own.
“Dinner & Destiny,” written by Dennis Jones, follows a couple on a first date. It’s an audience favorite from 2002 that’s being revived for this year’s event.
The National 10 Minute Play contest, founded by Neil White and L.W. Thomas, is based in Oxford and the grand prize winner receives $1,000 and will be produced at the next festival. For more details, visit theatreoxford.com.
“We accept submissions all year,” Walker said.