Ten Minute Playhouse To Return in November With Full Slate of New Scripts


Hoping to capitalize on the overwhelming success of May's showcase of 18 new plays by local playwrights, New Works Nashville has announced the return of the new and improved The Ten Minute Playhouse - with an exciting new element, according to curator Nate Eppler.

Set for November 6 and 7 at the Darkhorse Theater, 4610 Charlotte Avenue, The Ten Minute Playhouse will again feature brand new ten-minute plays by Middle Tennessee playwrights. In addition, two scripts read at the May event will be produced and staged in New Works Nashville's ongoing commitment to nurturing emerging playwrights in Music City.

"This was a logical evolution of our inaugural Ten Minute Playhouse," Eppler explains. "New voices are vital to the life of local theatre and we think offering writers the opportunity to see their ten-minute play potentially go from a staged reading to a realized production is one exciting way to amplify those voices."

The two plays to be featured alongside the new readings will be announced with the full slate of plays in October.

Submissions of new ten-minute plays may be made through 5pm Friday, October 7, 2011 by emailing a PDF attachment to NewWorksNashville@gmail.com. Full submission guidelines and requirements are posted online at TenMinutePlayhouse.com. Volunteer actors and directors interested in participating in The Ten Minute Playhouse are urged to visit the website for additional information and to email New Works Nashville for further details.

Audiences in attendance will be treated to see two nights of new plays, but will also have the opportunity to give the playwrights feedback following the readings in sessions moderated by Tennessee Rep artistic associate Lauren Shouse.

"Lauren's experience handling new plays and working with playwrights through the creative process is invaluable," says co-curator Chris Bosen. "Whether it's her work with the Ingram New Works Festival or her direction of Long Way Down, she clearly understands how to bring new works to fruition."

All performances of The Ten Minute Playhouse at the Darkhorse Theater will start at 7:30 p.m. Door open at 7 p.m. and tickets are $5 at the door.

For further details, visit the website at www.TenMinutePlayhouse.com.


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Jeffrey Ellis Jeffrey Ellis is a Nashville-based writer, editor and critic, who's been covering the performing arts in Tennessee for more than 25 years. He is the recipient of the Tennessee Theatre Association's Distinguished Service Award for his coverage of theatre in the Volunteer State and was the founding editor/publisher of Stages, the Tennessee Onstage Monthly. He is a past fellow of the National Critics Institute at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center and is the founder/executive producer of The First Night Honors, held during Labor Day Weekend, which honor outstanding theater artists in Tennessee in recognition of their lifetime achievements and includes The First Night Star Awards and the Most Promising Actors. Midwinter's First Night, held the first Sunday in January after New Year's Day, honors outstanding productions and performances throughout the state. Further, Ellis directed the Nashville premiere of La Cage Aux Folles, The Last Night of Ballyhoo and An American Daughter, as well as award-winning productions of Damn Yankees, Company, Gypsy and The Rocky Horror Show, with Ellis honored by The Tennessean as best director of a musical for both Company and Rocky Horror. In 2015, he directed William Inge's Picnic for Circle Players and The Last Five Years for VWA Theatricals, with The Larry Keeton Theatre's production of The Miss Firecracker Contest set for spring 2016.


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