The 38th Humana Ten-Minute Plays
April 5 - April 6, 2014
An evening of ten-minute plays.
by Rachel Bonds
directed by Pirronne Yousefzadeh
It’s the dead of winter in this small Pennsylvania town, a morning like all the others: the stray cats roam, and Jamie cheerfully prepares to open the bakery. But Mary was up all night. And she already needs a break.
Rachel Bonds’ plays include: Five Mile Lake (which began as the short Winter Games), soon to receive its world premiere at South Coast Repertory, directed by Daniella Topol; At the Old Place, developed during her Writers’ Room residency at Arden Theatre Company, directed by Ed Sobel; Anniversary, produced in Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Marathon of One- Act Plays and winner of the 2012 Samuel French Festival; Michael & Edie, named a New York Times Critics’ Pick in 2010; The Noise, developed at New Georges and Ars Nova; and Swimmers, featured in New York Stage and Film’s 2013 Powerhouse Reading Series and Roundabout Underground’s Reading Series. She is currently working on commissions for Washington, D.C.’s Studio Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club/Ars Nova, South Coast Repertory and Atlantic Theater Company. Bonds holds a B.A. from Brown University.
this play was originally developed at Ars nova as part of play group’s “The Urban dictionary plays.”
Some Prepared Remarks (A History in Speech)
by Jason Gray Platt
directed by Les Waters
Colored construction paper. Index cards. A Post-it note. Follow one speaker’s life across the speeches, presentations and toasts recorded on these scraps of paper. Every year seems to go by a little faster, so we promise to keep things brief.
Jason Gray Platt’s work includes Crown of Shadows (Round House Theatre), Skull (Less Three and Twenty) (Red Bull Theater), and A Frontier, As Told by the Frontier (Source Festival). His plays have been developed by The Playwrights Realm, Prelude NYC, Page 73, the MacDowell Colony and the Djerassi Resident Artists Program. Platt received a Helen Hayes nomination for The Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play in 2013 and was the 2007 runner-up for the Princess Grace Award in playwriting. Originally from Arizona, Platt now lives in New York. He is a member of Woodshed Collective and holds a B.A. from Vassar and an M.F.A. from Columbia University.
by Gregory Hischak
directed by Meredith McDonough
Of all the things you give in life, none is more precious than your labor. A tiny play about three characters and a photocopier.
Gregory Hischak’s short plays Hygiene and Poor Shem have been produced as part of Actors Theatre’s The Tens. Hygiene appeared as part of the 2011 Humana Festival. His full-length play The Center of Gravity, winner of the 2009 Clauder Prize, premiered at Portland Stage Company in 2010 and is currently in production at the Cotuit Center for the Arts. His plays have also been staged by A Contemporary Theatre, City Theatre (Miami), Source Festival, Salem Theatre Company, Pan Theater and the Boston Theater Marathon, among others. Hischak lives in Yarmouth, Mass., where he is the assistant director of the Edward Gorey House.
“poor shem” began as a spoken word piece for three voices, performed by staggered thirds (anna mockler, doug nufer and gregory hischak) in seattle, wash. it was subsequently staged in the boston theater marathon.
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