“Popcorn for the brain” with popular Ten Minute Play Festival

Gale Allen, Ian Hefele, and Hazel Kinnersley in “Modern Art” by Straton Rushing.
Gale Allen, Ian Hefele, and Hazel Kinnersley in “Modern Art” by Straton Rushing.

WEST CHESTERFIELD, NH- The annual Ten Minute Play Festival at the Actors Theatre Playhouse runs for nine performances July 14 to 30, Thursday, Fridays and Saturday evenings at 7:30.  
Ten Minute Play Festivals have been described by patrons as “popcorn for the brain” and the Actors Theatre Festival has proven over the years to be one of the Playhouse’s most popular programs. The scripts are the result of a National Playwriting Competition the directors undertook to find seven extraordinary new plays.  A review of over 400 entries produced a collection of diverse, thoughtful, and entertaining material that make this evening a special treat for theatergoers.  Ten Minute Play Festivals have become a popular genre throughout the theater world. Thousands of these plays have been written by well-known playwrights as well as neophytes and students of theater.
In a 10-minute play, the audience is dropped into a single moment in time.
What happens when ...
A high school student challenges his principal with an exploration of double standards?
Two strangers share a bench at a bus stop?
We try to define ‘what is art’?
You have a friend in artificial intelligence?
You’re married for 50 years, and you think you know a person?
You realize every single cell in the human body is replaced every seven years?
A man goes fishing for answers to living life by the numbers?
This year’s selections include “Youth for Dark” by Keith Whalen, directed by Lionel Chute; “The Kevin” by Rob Burke, directed by Brenda Seitz; “Modern Art” by Straton Rushing, directed by Bob Kramsky; “The Lilac Ticket” by C.J. Erlich, directed by Jim Bombicino; “One, Three, Two” by Michael Weems, directed by Lin Snider; “The New Me” by R.A. Pauli, directed by Sherman Morrison; and “Benchmarks” by Glenn Alterman, directed by Wendy Almeida.  These winners promise a wide range of theatrical formats from situational comedy to introspective drama, guaranteeing a little something for everyone.
Reservations are highly recommended and are available online at www.atplayhouse.org.  All tickets are $17 which includes a $2 reservation processing charge.  
Visit the website for reservations and confirmations as well as playhouse information, production photos, reviews, comments, volunteer opportunities, and directions.

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