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Actors Theatre’s Apprentice/Intern Company presents ‘The Tens’

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Actors Theatre’s Apprentice/Intern Company present an evening of ten-minute plays featuring works selected from Actors National Ten-Minute Play Contest.

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ACTORS THEATRE’S Apprentice/Intern Company presents


An Evening of New Ten-Minute Plays

JANUARY 15-18, 2013


Louisville, KY – The Apprentice/Intern (A/I) Company of Actors Theatre of Louisville is pleased to announce the 2013 lineup of The Tens, an evening of new ten-minute plays. The Tens runs January 15 – 18 in the Victor Jory Theatre. Tickets to The Tens are free and available by calling the Actors Theatre Box Office at 502-584-1205. It is recommended that patrons reserve their tickets in advance.


The Tens is the A/I Company’s first fully produced theatre event this season, following a series of original, ensemble-created workshop productions mounted in the fall. The Tens features work chosen from Actors Theatre’s National Ten-Minute Play Contest. The selections include a diverse range of pieces written by nine playwrights: An Average Man by Stephanie Alison Walker; Boy Talk by Erik Gernand; Estate Planning by Emily Feldman; Exburb by Jason Gray Platt; Halfway by Emily Schwend; Lucid by Naomi Shafer; One In Two by Carmen M. Herlihy; and Unpleasantries by Sarah Grace Welbourn  and Annabeth Bondor-Stone. The lineup includes work by two current A/I Company members Naomi Shafer and Sarah Grace Welbourn.





Descriptions of The Tens’ world premiere lineup, along with playwright biographies, are as follows:

An Average Man
by Stephanie Alison Walker
directed by Michael Whatley

On a Starbucks run for his co-workers, an average man is presented with the opportunity to be a hero. Will he leave the task to someone else as always, or confront his fear and save the day? It all happens in a moment—and this moment is his.

Stephanie Alison Walker is a published playwright and author. Her latest full-length play, American Home, was the winner of the 2011 American Blues Theater’s Blue Ink competition. Her memoir, Love in the Time of Foreclosure, based on her blog of the same name, is published as an eBook by Outpost19 and is available at major online booksellers.


Boy Talk
by Erik Gernand
directed by Michael Legg

The day before heading off to college, two best friends spend a day at the beach. One wants to joke around, but the other has serious questions about his future.

Erik Gernand’s short films have been screened at more than 100 film festivals around the world, including SXSW, Cinequest and Outfest, and have been broadcast on IFC, PBS and MTV Networks. His full-length play The Beautiful Dark has been developed at theatres including The Barrow Group (New York) and Chicago Dramatists. Gernand’s is a lecturer in Film Production at Northwestern University.


Estate Planning
by Emily Feldman
directed by Kate Eminger

A young couple find themselves stalled at the intersection of love and realty. Their broker warns them—and their new neighbor helps to confirm—that the pursuit of happiness might lead them down a winding road.

Emily Feldman is a playwright living in New York. She has been a Core Apprentice at The Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis, an associate artist at The Atlantic Center for the Arts and a Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee Writers Conference. Her plays have been developed and produced at Actors Theatre of Louisville, in the Playwrights Horizons Resident Workshop and by PTP/NYC. Feldman is a graduate of Middlebury College.


by Jason Gray Platt
directed by Abigail Bailey Maupin

In The-Middle-Of-Nowhere that used to be Somewhere, Ben is throwing a house party. But when he discovers an uninvited guest in the kitchen, the night quickly becomes less about the party and more about the house.

Jason Gray Platt’s work has been produced and developed around the country by American Repertory Theater, Round House Theater, The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, P73, Red Bull Theater, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Clubbed Thumb and the Source Festival, among others. He was the runner-up for the 2007 Princess Grace Award in playwriting and a finalist for the 2011 O’Neill Conference. He holds a B.A. from Vassar and an M.F.A. from Columbia.


by Emily Schwend
directed by Rachel Karp

When her sister visits her at a halfway house in East Texas, Kat is desperate to impress and win Melissa’s forgiveness and love. Eager to reclaim her place in the family, Kat soon discovers that redemption might be more difficult and complicated than she thought.

Emily Schwend was born in Texas and raised all over the world. Plays include South of Settling (Steppenwolf’s 2012 Next Up Rep), Carthage (2009 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference), Splinters (2011 ATCA/Steinberg prize finalist) and Route One Off. Her plays are frequently produced in Christine Jones’ Theatre for One booth. She is an alumna of the playwriting programs at Juilliard and New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.


by Naomi Shafer
directed by Jeffrey S. Rodgers

Tessa and Ben check into a motel room with filled with too many appliances. The relentless electrical hum nearly drowns out their attempts to take care of each other, as they wait for difficult news.

Naomi Shafer is a dramaturgy/literary management intern at Actors Theatre of Louisville. Her plays have been developed at as part of the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival and by PTP/NYC. Shafer is a recent graduate of Middlebury College.


One in Two
by Carmen M. Herlihy
directed by Michael Legg 

Cancer sucks. But a fundraising party to fight cancer shouldn’t.

Carmen M. Herlihy is primarily an actor living in New York, and One in Two is her second ten-minute play. The first, Coffee Break, was a finalist for the Heideman Award, and was produced by the City Theatre Summer Shorts Festival (Miami, Fla.). She hopes to start a full-length play one day.


by Sarah Grace Welbourn and Annabeth Bondor-Stone
directed by Amy Attaway

Unpleasantries is a play about small talk’s soul-numbing effect on the human spirit. It takes place in an elevator. As you might imagine.

Annabeth Bondor-Stone and Sarah Grace Welbourn met at Northwestern University. Between them, they have written and performed at Chicago Dramatists, Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, The Magnet, The PIT and other venues in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. Every play Bondor-Stone and Welbourn have written together has received a professional production. Unpleasantries is their only play.

The Cast

The 2012-2013 Actors Theatre Acting Apprentice Company: Noelia Antweiler, Samantha Beach, Tamara Del Rosso, Ethan Dubin, Conor Eifler, Laura Engels, Kim Fischer, Bobby Johnson, Chalia La Tour, Joseph Metcalfe, Derek Nelson, Liz Ramos, Andy Reinhardt, Angeliea Stark, Ben Vigus, Kimberly Weinkle, Sarah Grace Welbourn, Madison Welterlen, Jeff White, Ian Whitt, Christa Wroblewski and Michael Zuccola.

Production Team:   Aaron O’Neill (Scenic Designer); John Allerheiligen (Lighting Designer); Paul Doyle (Sound Designer); Beatrice Vena (Costume Designer); Annie Reardon (Costume Designer); Jay Tollefsen (Props Designer); Jessie Combest (Props Designer); Philip Allgeier (Media Designer); Sarah Lunnie ; (Dramaturg); Hannah Montgomery (Dramaturg); Naomi Shafer (Dramaturg); Amy Wegener (Dramaturg); Kathryn Zukaitis (Dramaturg);  Hannah Barnes (Stage Manager); Alex Lucci (Assistant Stage Manager); Jacob Halpern Weitzman (Assistant Stage Manager).


Listing Information
An Evening of Ten-Minute Plays
Presented by the Actors Theatre Apprentice/Intern Company

Actors Theatre of Louisville
316 W. Main Street, Louisville KY

January 15, 2013 at 8:30 p.m.
January 16, 2013 at 8:30 p.m.
January 17, 2013 at 12 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
January 18, 2013 at 9 p.m.
Free, but ticketed.
To reserve tickets, call 502-584-1205/www.actorstheatre.org



Apprentice/Intern Company 

Michael Legg, Director
Amy Attaway, Associate Director

Now in its 41st year and currently under the direction of Michael Legg, the Apprentice/Intern Company is one of the nation’s oldest continuing pre-professional resident training companies.  The A/I Company is comprised of 21 interns and 22 acting apprentices  who work together on productions and projects throughout the season.

Each year, more than 2,000 young artists audition for only 22 spots in the Acting Apprentice Company.  This one-of-a-kind bridge program is designed to transition recent college graduates into professional careers by teaching the practical skills necessary to be competitive in major markets, as well as methods for creating their own work.  The Acting Apprentice Company performs its own five show season, apart from Actors Theatre’s Brown-Forman series, which culminates in a specially commissioned work in the Humana Festival of New American Plays.

Members of the Professional Intern Company work directly with department managers and staff, receiving hands-on training in administrative, technical, and/or artistic leadership.  Internships are vital positions as they take leadership roles in the development and production of A/I Company projects throughout the season and are directly involved in regular season productions.

About Actors Theatre of Louisville

Les Waters, Artistic Director
Jennifer Bielstein, Managing Director

Now in its 49th season, Actors Theatre of Louisville, the State Theatre of Kentucky, has emerged as one of America’s most consistently innovative professional theatre companies. For almost 40 years, it has been a major force in revitalizing American playwriting. Its annual Humana Festival of New American Plays is recognized as the premier event of its kind and draws producers, journalists, critics, playwrights and theatre lovers from around the world for a marathon of new works. More than 350 plays from Actors Theatre have been published, making them available to producers and readers, and creating a significant addition to the nation’s dramatic literature. Actors Theatre’s programming includes a broad range of classical and contemporary work, presenting more than 500 performances each season. The company performs annually to nearly 200,000 people and is the recipient of the most prestigious awards bestowed on a regional theatre: a special Tony Award for Distinguished Achievement, the James N. Vaughan Memorial Award for Exceptional Achievement and Contribution to the Development of Professional Theatre, and the Margo Jones Award for the Encouragement of New Plays. Actors Theatre’s international appearances include performances in 29 cities in 15 foreign countries. Currently, there are 40 books of plays and criticism from Actors Theatre in publication and circulation.



Actors Theater of Louisville
316 West Main St.
Louisville, KY 40202
Box Office: 502.584.1205
502.371.0956 TDD

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