Fancy yourself a playwright? Or just enjoy the grease paint and footlights? Find out how a successful “ten-minute play” is conceived, written and performed for a Play Fest. A Play Fest gives someone new to theater a chance to try it out without a major investment of time.
From Alabama to Iowa, Ten-Minute Play Fests are providing opportunities for new playwrights, as well as veterans, to show their creative energies. The brief performances give actors a chance to participate in a production that brings the playwright’s vision to life.
At 3:30 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 2) playwright Kathi Ciskowski will share her experiences in writing and producing two of her ten-minute plays that were accepted in the Orcas Island, Wash., Festival of Ten-Minute Plays. In addition, several Academy Village residents will present a reading of “The Certified Letter” and “The Sounds of Silence.” These two humorous plays delve into the entanglements of marital relationships.
In “The Certified Letter,” Rose and Roger receive a notice of a certified letter waiting to be picked up at the post office. Since it’s a holiday, they must wait a day to discover the letter’s contents. Because only a last name is on the notice, the couple’s questions and confessions lead to a surprise ending.
The same couple are featured in “The Sounds of Silence” at a later date. They take an eventful hike on Orcas Island suggested by a guide book.
Ciskowski has written for the Seattle Genealogical Society as well as the Washington State History website, www.historylink.org/. Her ten-minute plays were performed by the Actors Theater of Orcas Island in 2015 and 2016.
Written by Janet Barrett, Academy Village Volunteer