And the Finalists for our 2013 Ten Minute Play Contest are . . .

I was going to write a snappy little intro to the blog and talk about the crazy number of entries we got, and how much fun my entire staff and I had reading all these playlets . . . but you don’t want to hear that.  You just want to know which 10 Ten Minute Plays made it to the finals.

So, without any further  bugaboo, here are your Ten Minute Play finalists, in alpha order (so don’t try to read anything into it):

1.  Bayonets of Angst: The Story of Lincoln and McClellan by Rick Kunzi and Justin Zeppa
2. Gifted by Chris Nelson
3. Gun Play by Chris Friden
4.  Happy Trails! by James Pravasilis
5.  Jake & Lindsay by Garrit Guadan and Justin Anthony Long
6.  Landscape With the Fall of Icarus by Simon de Carvalho
7.  Meeting Mr. Right by Stephan de Ghelder
8.  MTA: The Musical by Peter Saxe
9.  Pointlessness by Marissa Lee Kohn
10.  Taking the Plunge by Greg Edwards and Amanda Louise Miller

Congratulations to all of you!  You’re all guaranteed to walk home with $50, just for being a finalist, and one of you is adding another zero to that prize and getting a sweet $500.

How will we decide which one will win?  Well, plays, 10 minutes or not, were not made to be read, they were made to be seen.  So we’re putting up all 10 of them!

On Thursday June 20th at 7 PM at our studios, we’re presenting a 10 minute Play Festival featuring the 10 plays above, and you’ll help choose the winner!  Get your tickets here and we’ll see you there.

And congrats again, finalists!


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  • AJ H. says:

    Congrats to all the winners!

    I’m curious to know what criteria the plays were judged upon in order to become finalists. Would love to know for next year…

    Thanks for any info. Can’t wait to see the work.

  • Kevin Lambert says:

    Any finalist who needs a director, feel free to contact me!

  • Hinding Mya Name'a says:

    I hate to say this but just googled all the winners and it appears to be a very young group…and only 2 women. I would venture to say they were all known by the producer prior to entering their projects. I know a number of VERY good published playwrights that submitted and something is a little funny:(

    • Stephan deGhelder says:

      Dear “I hate to say this but…”, if you googled ME, you would know that I’ve been in Actors Equity for over 40 years making me not part of a “very young group” as you assert. Secondly, I do NOT know Mr. Davenport, nor does he know me, so I certainly received no favored treatment. It is a shame that you find “something funny” in a totally above board competition.

      • Hinding Mya Name'a says:

        Dear Stephan de Ghelder, My apologies to you. There are always exceptions. I wish you the best of luck with your project “Meeting Mr. Right”. However, I still say “something is a little funny”. I think certain “known” people were picked in order to give them an opportunity to meet the judges. I am sure talent & expertise will win out…and that looks like you. Break Legs!

    • JRP says:

      Not sure where you get your hypothesis, I too am over 40, an unknown actor/writer working my way towards my own success and am grateful for this opportunity. and frankly your accusation is an insult to all of us who put ourselves out there. I could have just as easily NOT been selected and would have been fine and have just moved on and wished well for those who did. Hypothesis’ are only valid with some sort of truth.

  • Bryan Austermann says:

    My thoughts could drastically change were I to see these, but from titles alone, I’m beyond excited about MTA: The Musical.

  • Sounds like a great group of shows. Sooo…you obviously need actors. When are those auditions? 🙂

  • Debbie Klaar says:

    I would indeed like to know how many entries you received and also what the criteria were in selecting these plays. This is valuable information to we writers out here struggling in the dark. I am sad to hear that many of the winners were known authors and had hoped that newcomers were going to be given a better shot. I wish that there world was more open to the new! On a separate note, I too am available to audition for a part in any of the non-musical plays being presented.

    • Hinding Mya Name'a says:

      Dear Debbie Klar, I believe you misunderstood what my hypothesis was. You said “I am sad to hear that many of the winners were known authors”. The winners are not “known” authors, in the way that you mean ‘known”. If you would read my original post; I made the statement that most of the winners were very young playwrights (just out of college “young’) I said that I knew a number of VERY good experienced and published writers who entered plays and were not selected, so I felt something was a little “funny”

      The demographic make-up appeared to be focused in one direction. Therefore I felt that many of those selected had met Mr. Davenport or were “known” to him. I feel that perhaps favoritism was shown to certain individuals,in order to provide an opportunity to be seen by a group of particular professionals. Perhaps the list was not solely comprised of people selected on the merits of their entered plays.

      • Chris Friden says:

        I too am one of the finalists–and am very excited to have been selected. I am over 40 and do not know Mr. Davenport…but I most certainly hope to know him soon. I am looking forward to staging my play and watching the others. Like all contests, I am sure there were many very fine scripts and the selection was a tough job.

    • JRP says:

      dont let person who’s accusations are untrue and misguided distract you. i found out about this on FB and sent in 2 plays,im not a fulltime playwrite im more an actor and write on the side. Im not published and I’ve only performed one of my plays once ever. Just keep your ears open for these kind of opportunities and go for it. and dont let disgruntled people’s negative stories influence you. good luck !

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