Tennessee playwrights, actors and directors collaborate for two nights of staged readings April 28 and 29

April 3
7:33 PM 2013


Fresh off the success of their first full-scale production-Nate Eppler's Sextape (& Other Stories)-the powers-that-be at Playhouse Nashville are now accepting submissions for their wildly popular showcase of Middle Tennessee artists, The Ten Minute Playhouse.

Scheduled for April 28 and 29, The Ten Minute Playhouse is the next entry in Playhouse Nashville's 2013 season in residence at Street Theatre Company located at 1933 Elm Hill Pike. Deadline for submissions by Tennessee playwrights is 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 7. Submissions may be sent as PDF attachments via email to TMPHSubmissions@gmail.com.

Full submission guidelines and requirements are posted online at TenMinutePlayhouse.com.

"The Ten Minute Playhouse was the launching pad for several of the pieces that evolved into 2013's freshest comedy SEXTAPE (& Other Stories)," says co-curator Chris Bosen. "The scripts you hear performed and writers you're introduced to at The Ten Minute Playhouse staged readings are the next wave of the newest material Nashville has to offer. Playhouse Nashville is always looking for what's next, and for opportunities to showcase local talent in ways you aren't likely to find anywhere else."

Bosen and co-curators Nate Eppler, Garret Schneider and Lauren Shouse have guided The Ten Minute Playhouse's growth by presenting 54 new plays by 37 local authors and featuring The Combined talents of more than 60 area actors and directors in less than two years since the first Ten Minute Playhouse was held in May 2011.

Tennessee playwrights, actors and directors collaborate for two nights of staged readings April 28 and 29

A new feature of The Playhouse this edition, playwrights selected for inclusion will be invited to a developmental workshop set for Sunday, April 21, featuring professional actors and Ten Minute Playhouse curators. In addition, beginning with this incarnation of The Ten Minute Playhouse, the quartet of co-curators welcomes longtime collaborator and supporter Rebekah Durham as the newest member of the organization.

"Rebekah has been an integral part of all four Ten Minute Playhouse events," says co-curator Nate Eppler. "Not only is she a talented actor and director, her enthusiasm for new work is unwavering. As Playhouse Nashville's growth continues it makes sense to officially add another advocate for new material to our team, and Rebekah was the clear choice. As for the development workshop, it's something we've discussed doing for a while and the time is right to make it a reality. We want to give writers every opportunity to hone their scripts to be the very best they can be."

Actors and directors interested in participating in the staged readings are invited to visit the website for additional information and use the online volunteer tool to sign-up. For more information please visit 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 - the history of which can be traced to 1989 and the first presentation of The First Night Awards - which honor outstanding theater artisans from Tennessee in recognition of their lifetime achievements and also includes The First Night Star Awards and the Most Promising Actors recognition. Midwinter's First Night honors outstanding productions and performances throughout the state. An accomplished director, Ellis helmed productions of La Cage Aux Folles, The Last Night of Ballyhoo and An American Daughter, all in their Nashville premieres, as well as award-winning productions of Damn Yankees, Company, Gypsy and The Rocky Horror Show. Ellis was recognized 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 Jason Robert Brown's The Last Five Years for VWA Theatricals, with The Larry Keeton Theatre's production of Beth Henley's The Miss Firecracker Contest set for spring 2016.

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