10 Minute Play Festival Program

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10 Minute Play Festival Program

Region IV Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival

10-Minute Play Festival

Saturday, February 10  1:00PM

 

Production Stage Manager: Christopher Newton

 

 

 

The Satanist’s Guide to Christmas by Erin Bragg

 

Director: Cody Hartman

Stage Manager: Sydney Lee

Dramaturg: Sarah Schreck

 

Garrison Stallings …………… Narrator

Johnathan Carter …………… Santa

Monica Garcia …………… Lucy

Rachel Sabo-Hedges …………… June

 

 

 

Dramaturg’s Note:

 

The Devil’s in the Details

Dear Satan,

 

It’s me, Johnny. My mom says that I should try to learn a lot more next year, so here goes: I really like knights and dragons, so I’d like to get books about the middle ages! Mom says you came from the middle ages, which means you’re really, really, really old. But you don’t look that old the TV, especially in those really old commercials in black and white. She said you weren’t even dressed in red originally. (I mean, duh, those commercials were in black and white.) Guess you’ve changed a lot since medieval times.

 

I wanted to ask you for some Dungeons and Dragons figurines, but my friends say those are evil. They say that their moms say that kids like me get abducted and murdered by people who play Dungeons and Dragons or listen to heavy metal music.  I think that’s silly. I know people who play it and are just fine. You know, I used to think you were evil! Until I knew you would give me gifts each year, I cried every time I saw you. Sorry about that.

 

Oh, I almost forgot. I’d really like for you to bring me one of those BB-8s that spins around and beeps and stuff. Mom said not to get my hopes up because they’re so expensive, but I believe in you.

 

Thanks for taking time to read my note Satan, I hope it wasn’t hard to read, but Mom says I wrote it just right.

 

Johnny

– Sarah Schreck, dramaturg

(University of Central Florida)

 

 

 

 

On the List by Mallory Sage

 

Director: Hayley Procacci

Stage Manager: Cheyenne Oliver

Dramaturg: Quincee Mundy

 

Callista Brown …………… Laura

Jay Mullens …………… Benji

Payton Rowe …………… Natalie

 

 

 

 

 

Swim Forever in the Erne by Wendy Marie-Martin

 

Director: KT Turner

Stage Manager: Katrina Gwinn

Dramaturg: Rebecca Weaver

 

Alexa Hendrickson …………… Mary

Autumn Cravens …………… Mhara

Rachel Lawson …………… Anna

 

 

 

 

Dramaturg’s Note:

 

A Playwright’s Letter to Her Daughters

 

It seems that you have faded away and abandoned the love of life.

The snow is spread about at the mouth of the point.

Your yellow flowing hair and little gentle mouth.

Here’s to you Mary Kenny to swim forever in the Erne.

-fragment of a Gaelic song, An Mhaighdean Mhara

 

For millennia, myths and legends have inspired playwrights. Wendy-Marie Martin takes her inspiration from some Irish and Scottish legends surrounding the selkies, which are depicted as part human and part seal. One Scottish story of the selkies says that they were the souls of those who drowned in the sea. They are doomed to wander the sea for eternity. However, once a year on Midsummer’s Eve, these creatures come ashore. As soon as she sheds her seal skin, men will often steal it to force the woman to be his bride. If the man is successful, the selkie is doomed to remain on earth with him until she finds her true skin and casts off her human skin once more. 

As a woman, Wendy-Marie Martin has faced adversity against societal standards and the “accepted” definition of beauty. She wrote swim forever in the erne as an homage to her daughters, and perhaps her younger self as well. Martin presents a challenge in which everyone encounters in their life. The answers to those questions are entirely up to you.

What is humanity? Must you shed your skin, the body you’re born with, in order to truly love yourself? Or is true beauty learning to be comfortable in your own skin?

                                                            – Rebecca Weaver, dramaturg                                                                                                            (Jacksonville State University)

 

 

 

 

I’ll Take Care of You by Shane Strawbridge

 

Director: R’Myni Watson

Stage Manager: Ada Valdez

Dramaturg: Courtney Coppa

 

Brigitte Staggs …………… Doctor

Jenna Miller …………… Mom

Kelton Holman …………… Dad

Parker Chase …………… Sister

Roberto Ramirez …………… Zackery

De’On Turner …………… Stage Directions Reader

 

 

Dramaturg’s Note:

 

Re-imagine Imagination

 

Take a moment – imagine – go back in time, to a time of pretend, to carefree living, to endless imagination, to just being a kid. Just like, embrace the joy and excitement in everything you guys! What do you see?

 

Now, whatever happened to this life of excitement, wonder, and unlimited possibilities? At what point does the magic leave us? Life decides to hit us with heartbreak, challenges, and loss. We become dependent on others taking care of us when these hardships come. We wonder how we are supposed to handle everything. Does life’s challenges make us fear our own childhood imaginations?

 

We mustn’t let it.

 

Imagination is a gift that allows us to embrace what is given to us in life. It’s a way of coping and healing while finding magic and joy. It’s not going be easy to accept this idea of pure imagination. But by just taking a look at the world with those same wide eyes instead of narrowed ones, we can grow to accept the world.

 

– Courtney Coppa, dramaturg
 (Middle Tennessee State University)

 

 

 

Parenthood by Kala Bird

 

Director: Elizabeth Calvert

Stage Manager: Ashley Hedgepeth

Dramaturg: Matt Sowell

 

Alana Alley …………… Helen

Chance Rule …………… Jordan

Jon Tackett …………… Stage Directions Reader

 

 

Dramaturg’s Note:

 

The Anxieties and Hope of Parenthood

It’s a scary time to be a parent. The world that the generations before us grew up in seems long gone. Modern day feels more dismal, more anxious, and much darker. Despite the plethora of parental advice books that promise to hold the secrets of being the perfect mother or father, the world seems to always spin out of our control. The ever-increasing stress of the times may be a factor playing into the rising rates of alcoholism and suicide.

 

In August of 2017 NPR reported that “problems with alcohol increased by nearly 50 percent. Among women, alcohol abuse and dependence increased by 83.7 percent.” According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the national suicide rate has been steadily increasing over the last ten years. The rate is highest among adults between ages 45 and 54. Both alcoholism and depression (which can lead to thoughts of suicide), are hereditary. The characters found in Parenthood struggle with this, as well as the yearning that their children will turn out better than them.

 

Beneath the fear that comes with having kids, there are undertones of hope that the next generation will be a little better. The human experience is a beautiful thing, even when it’s not. Perhaps that’s what shines in Parenthood, the glimmer of hope that comes with the anxieties of being a parent.

– Matthew Sowell, dramaturg

(Savannah College of Art and Design)

 

 

 

 

Zombie! By Sean Abley

 

Director: Taylor Whitmire

Stage Manager: Tori Huyghue

Dramaturg: Matt Sowell

 

Amy Presley …………… Chris

Cailin Hurley …………… Darby

Charles Karvon …………… Nicky

Preslie Cowley …………… Jamie

Christopher Diaz …………… Stage Directions Reader

 

 

Dramaturg’s Note:

 

A New Outbreak of Horror

 

The LA Times film critic Justin Chang recently asked if horror has become the dominating genre of this moment in American history. This trend has been developing for years. With the immense success of shows like The Walking Dead and American Horror Story, it’s clear that horror has a solid audience with our generation. 

Why? Chang suggests that “few other genres give such potent narrative flesh to the audience’s fears, or afford us such satisfaction at seeing our demons, Trumpian or otherwise, symbolically if not actually vanquished.” In a word, it’s cathartic.

 

Comedy, however, is a genre that is ever-present and ever-popular. With the revamp of the cult classic Heathers (for both stage and screen) and the popularity television shows like Scream, dark comedies set in high school are thriving in a similar way to horror. Good comedy points out the flaws in society, heightens them, and turns them on their head.

 

When presented together, comedy and horror mesh beautifully. We know tropes: limping zombies, howling werewolves, sexy vampires, and moaning ghosts. The campier the film, the harder we fall. Zombie? is a play that exists where the two worlds meet. Beneath the comedy and rotting flesh, the play has heart.

 

– Matthew Sowell, dramaturg

(Savannah College of Art and Design)

 

 

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