A/I Company Season: The Tens

January 11 - January 13, 2014

An Evening of Ten-Minute Plays

The Tens

The Tens is the Apprentice/Intern Company’s first fully produced theatre event this season, following a series of solo performances and ensemble-devised workshop productions created in the fall. The Tens features work chosen from Actors Theatre’s National Ten-Minute Play Contest. The plays will be performed by the 2013 – 2014 Acting Apprentice Company. The Tens will involve two alumni of the Actors Theatre Intern Company: Rachel Lerner-Ley, the playwright of Urban Legend, and Steve Moulds, the director of Trench Coat. Two New York-based directors, Pirronne Yousefzadeh, who was a member of the 2003 – 2004 Apprentice Company, and Gregg Wiggans, will be directing four pieces this year. The selections include the following pieces written by nine playwrights:

Barge by Gary Winter, Grace by Eric John Meyer, Mod Party by Kate Mickere, The Occupier’s Tragedy by Eric Pfeffinger, Rules of Comedy by Patricia Cotter, Through the Grit and the Grain by Eric Werner, Trench Coat by Joe Lyons, Urban Legend by Rachel Lerner-Ley and Winter Games by Rachel Bonds.


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

by Gary Winter
directed by Gregg Wiggans

Hoping to pay off his college debt, Gil is spending a summer on a salmon-processing barge anchored in the Bering Sea, learning the virtues of packing salmon into a walk-in freezer eighteen hours a day. A letter from home with not-so-surprising news about a troubled childhood friend reveals the odd tension between how far we tell ourselves we’ve come in life and how responsible we are for those from our past.

Gary Winter was a member of the Obie Award-winning 13P. His plays have been produced at The Flea, The Chocolate Factory, defunkt theatre, PS 122, HERE and the Cherry Lane Alternative. He has had readings and workshops with The New Group, Playwrights Horizons, Ensemble Studio Theatre, the Lark Play Development Center, Jewish Play Project and Long Wharf Theatre. Winter helps organize Pataphysics, workshops for playwrights, at The Flea Theater.

by Eric John Meyer
directed by Cara Phipps

Does anyone really like parties? Or small talk? Or other people? Grace is a kaleidoscopic journey through awkwardness, anxiety, love and its opposite.

Eric John Meyer’s work has been produced in New York City at the 4th Street Theatre, The Flea, The Brick, Interborough Repertory Theater and elsewhere, as well as the New Orleans Fringe Festival and the Motherlodge festival in Louisville. Meyer is a writer and performer with The Truck Project, co-created with Jean Ann Douglass, and holds an M.F.A. from Sarah Lawrence College.

Mod Party
by Kate Mickere
directed by Jacob Sexton

Would you stop pursuing the love of your life if David Bowie told you they were a loser?

Kate Mickere is a writer and performer based in Los Angeles. Her screenplay Capturing the Stars won the 2012 Alfred P. Sloan Student Screenwriting Award and received an honorable mention for the Sloan/Tribeca Grand Jury Prize. Mickere holds an M.F.A. in dramatic writing from Carnegie Mellon University, where she was the recipient of the Steven Bochco Fellowship. She’s also really into cake.

The Occupier’s Tragedy
by Eric Pfeffinger
directed by Gregg Wiggans

Seth is one of the 99%, a political activist who wants to highlight economic inequality. But that’s easier said than done when it’s the 17th century, your fellow insurgents are running late and the economic elites all have pointy swords. The Occupier’s Tragedy is a Jacobean comedy of good intentions thwarted.

Eric Pfeffinger, a member of the Dramatists Guild, has previously participated in The Tens with his plays Tiny Baby, The Other Desk and Be Good. Recently his play Some Other Kind of Person was commissioned and produced by InterAct Theatre Company in Philadelphia. He’s currently writing a screenplay based on a magazine article, because all the good board games were taken.

Rules of Comedy
by Patricia Cotter
directed by John Rooney

Caroline is really not funny, yet she finds herself taking a stand-up comedy class from Guy, a slightly bitter stand-up comedian. Somewhere while learning “the four rules of comedy,” they accidentally discover the rules to life.

Patricia Cotter is an award-winning playwright and librettist. Her musicals and plays have been performed across the country. She has been awarded the Richard Rodgers Award for her musical Rocket Science and an L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award for The Break Up Notebook. Cotters’s written for film and television, and has received an Emmy Award for her comedy writing.

Through the Grit and the Grain
by Eric Werner
directed by Pirronne Yousefzadeh

Vinnie returns home for his father’s funeral after a long absence, and finds that his younger brother Andrew doesn’t share his need to move away. In the family garage/carpentry shop, the two struggle over redemption, reconciliation, and building their father’s coffin.

Eric Werner is a dramaturgy/literary management intern at Actors Theatre of Louisville. His poetry has gained recognition in the National Amateur Poetry Competition and has been published in Cactus Heart, The Allegheny Review and Calliope.  He is a recent graduate of Wittenberg University.

Trench Coat
by Joe Lyons
directed by Steve Moulds

Mitch has to tell his new bride, Jenny, a terrible secret on their wedding night. She might leave him, she might kill him, but one thing is for certain, the honeymoon just got really complicated. Trench Coat takes a look at the ramifications when we try to avoid hurting the ones we love.

Joe Lyons is a humorist from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Other short plays include Secret Identity, The Unbearable Lightness of Eating and Bury My Heart on Diabolical Kung Fu Island. Lyons is also a contributing writer to ActClassy.com.

Urban Legend
by Rachel Lerner-Ley
directed by Amy Attaway

When a seemingly peaceful hike takes a dangerous turn, two longtime friends are forced to face the realities they’ve been trying all too hard to avoid. The stories we tell ourselves and the truths others perceive collide head-on in this modern riff on a campfire tale.

Rachel Lerner-Ley’s plays have been published by Playscripts, Inc. and produced in Massachusetts, Kentucky, New York City and Dubai. As a dramaturg, she has worked with Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Civilians, Williamstown Theatre Festival and Girl Be Heard. She is an alum of the 2008-2009 Actors Theatre A/I Company and is currently the Artistic Associate at Cleveland Play House. She holds a B.A. from Smith College. www.rlernerley.com

Winter Games
by Rachel Bonds
directed by Pirronne Yousefzadeh

It’s the dead of winter in this small Pennsylvania town, a day like all the others: the stray cats roam; the customers huddle outside; Jamie cheerfully prepares to open the bakery.  But all is not right with Mary…

Rachel Bonds’s plays have been developed or produced by Roundabout Underground, Manhattan Theatre Club, Atlantic Theater Company, New Georges, Ars Nova, Ensemble Studio Theatre, New York Stage & Film, McCarter Theatre Center and Arden Theatre Company. She was recently granted commissions from Manhattan Theatre Club/Ars Nova, South Coast Repertory, Studio Theatre in D.C. and Atlantic Theater Company.  Bonds is a graduate of Brown University.


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