February 28, 2013

Theatre UAB presents “greatest hits” at 10th Festival of 10-Minute Plays

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The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Department of Theatre will celebrate the 10th anniversary of its edgy, popular Festival of 10-Minute Plays by presenting seven of the most crowd-pleasing short plays written by UAB students or faculty from the last decade, March 11-16, 2013.

10min_plays_sThese super-short plays strive to express the same emotions as those of conventional length, but they are scaled-down and condensed to about 10 minutes each. The casts of each play, as well as the stage managers, designers and directors, is composed of Theatre UAB students, with a complement of Theatre UAB faculty and staff.

Performances will happen at 7:30 p.m. March 11-15 and at 2 p.m. March 16, in UAB’s Alys Stephens Center, Odess Theatre, 1200 10th Ave. South. All general admission tickets are $5; arrive early as this festival always sells out. Many of the plays contain adult language, and themes and are for mature audiences only. Call 205-975-2787 for tickets. Visit Theatre UAB at http://www.uab.edu/cas/theatre.

The festival is produced by Theatre UAB’s Lee Shackleford. This year’s festival plays include “Quitting Time” (2010) by Peter Krothapali of Montgomery; “Darcie” (2009) by Taylor Campbell of Arab, Ala.; “I’m Here” (2005) by Vince Cusimano of Birmingham; “Why I Love My Doctor” (2008) by Shackleford; “The Sister Twins” (2008) by Stephen Webb  of Madison; “May 16th” (2005) by Jason Neil of Birmingham; and “Bag Boy” (2009) by Daniel Martin of Decatur.

The near all-Alabama cast and crew includes Bliss Bailey of Tuscaloosa, Scottye Moore of Oxford, Trey York of Florence, Ty Malugani of Fairhope, Julia Spring of Alabaster, Calvin Nielsen of Vestavia, Josh Vintson of Sumiton, Danecia Farmer of Memphis, Tenn., Kara Ward-Tobin of Mobile, Brenna Clark of Dogtown, Rhonda Erbrick of Corner and Kyle Hulcher of Fort Worth, Texas. Student directors include Leah Hudspeth of Hoover, Rebecca Jones Harper of Valley Head, Kat Burcham of Homewood and Lakaysha Green of Dothan. Student stage managers are Ward-Tobin, Jessica Mathews of Hoover, Victoria J. Morales of Priceville, Lindsey Culver of Etowah and Lauren Seale of Greenville.

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