Sunday, August 15, 2010

Compact Theater for the Easily Distracted

The 10-Minute Play Festival: Compact Theater for the Easily Distracted debuted Saturday, August 14 at the Corner Cone Soft Serve Playhouse located at the corner of Walnut and Dayton Streets in downtown Yellow Springs. Ninety plays from all over the country were submitted with nineteen selected to be performed at the fest. Although a downpour cancelled the second showing, the noon performance went off without a hitch and a new village theater was born.

J. Gary Thompson (left) and Troy Lindsey struggle to find topics to talk about in Matthew Haldeman's Two Person Conversation.

Jane Mowder (left) and Kristina Kopf play two ostracized office workers who find something in common in People Like Us by Chris Shaw Swanson.

Elderly couple Jennifer Bryant and Jeff Lucas are baffled by an unexpected guest played by Jason Sine in Dean Bevan's Grim Reaper, directed by Jennifer Bateman Gilchrist.

A man with no feelings falls for a girl with no taste at a support group for the sensory deprived in Arthur Jolly's The Four Senses of Love performed in a reading with Max McConnel and Jill Summerville.

Richard Payton (left) and director Bailey Boudreau clash over wording (and politics) in The New Sign by K. Biadaszkiewicz.

First-time director Lindsey Leist plays the lead in Disgruntled Tiny Tim , a play by Francesca Sanders, with worried parents Mr. and Mrs. Cratchett, played by Skip Leeds and Amy Dobyns.

Ron Siemer, Jerry Buck, and Walter Rhodes share a laugh in Virgil Hervey's Parking Spaces, a play about two old guys who explore life, death, and sex as they park cars on a slow day at the Greene County Fair.

Director Stephen Woosley and Jessi Biggert accidentally discover a shared love of fashion in The Comfort of Cole Hans by Henry Meyerson.

Playwright/director Allie Persinger is a disillusioned college student chastising fellow student Kenny Ruth for texting during class as professor Phil Duffy looks on in Persinger's play, More Vibrancy.

photos by Susan Gartner -- August 14, 2010
posted to A Yellow Springs Blog -- August 15, 2010
posted to Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch -- August 17, 2010