Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette will produce its inaugural 10-Minute Play Festival this summer, which includes six plays by residents in the 14-county Tippecanoe Arts Federation area.
"Ten-minute plays are a wonderful opportunity for writers to stretch their imagination," said Civic Theatre Managing Director Steven Koehler. "The skill to tell a complete and entertaining story in just ten minutes is not as easy as one would think. These local writers have proven they have what it takes."
The festival is being organized by the Civic Playwrights Group, a collection of people who meet bi-weekly to provide a supportive, nurturing place for aspiring writers. Membership in the group was not a requirement for submitting plays to the competition.
Organizers of the festival are looking to cast a company of actors for roles in all six plays. Auditions will be Sunday, May 12 and Monday, May 13 from 7-9 p.m. at Civic Theatre's historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. Actors are asked to arrive as early as possible and stay as late as possible. They will read from a script, and may be asked to read from others.
All scripts are available for check-out at the Civic Theatre office, 313 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette. One title, Feed Me!, is available online at bit.ly/161Rzsu.
Plays that will be produced in the festival, their playwrights and directors, and cast of characters include:
Adventures in Mutual Understanding by Jeremiah Dole, directed by the playwright.
- 1 male, 20s-30s.
- 1 female, 20s-30s.
El Loro, El Gato y El Espiritu Santo by Kelly McBurnette-Andronicos, directed by the playwright.
- 3 females, older teenagers, preferably Hispanic.
- 1 female, elderly (offstage voice), preferably Hispanic.
Feed Me! by Zachary Baiel, directed by the playwright.
- Wilson, any age or gender. Actor must be comfortable in a mask or makeup.
- Mark, 20s-30s, any gender. Can be played in drag.
- Craigslist 1, 20s-70s, any gender.
- Craigslist 2, 20s-70s, any gender.
- Sam, 20s-40s, any gender.
A Humble Path by Steve Martin, directed by Craig Martin.
- Abe, male, late 30s to early 40s.
Silent Treatment by Scott Haan, directed by the playwright.
- 3 females, any age although all are similar in age.
Welcome to New York by Deborah Gray, directed by the playwright.
- Older Woman, female, middle-aged, able to sustain an accent.
- Younger Woman, female, mid-20s.
- Mike, male, mid-to-late 20s.
The inaugural 10-Minute Play Festival will be Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22 at 7:30 p.m. each night. This is a Pay What You Can event.
The mission of Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette is to enhance the artistic and cultural environment of Greater Lafayette through theatrical productions and educational opportunities.