Island Theatre's 8th Annual Ten-Minute Play Festival Runs August 16 & 17 At BPA

In its eighth iteration, Island Theatre brings to the stage ten of the best short plays penned by Kitsap County playwrights for a three day festival of live performances at Bainbridge Performing Arts. The plays have been selected from over sixty submissions by a blind judging panel of theatre professionals. Plays will be helmed by ten local directors and cast with over two dozen local actors.

In works that range from serious drama to light-hearted comedy, these ten local playwrights offer us surprising reflections on modern life. From relationships to immigration, sexual identity to television culture, they capture the quirks and challenges of a world in transition.

The ten plays and playwrights are: "Alexa" by Jeff Fraga; "Best Defense" by Jennifer Pippin-Montanez; "Dancing with Orion" by Diane Walker; "Devolution" by Connie J. Bennett; "Hijab" by Catherine Rush; "The Lady from Out of the Past" by Maria Viera Beatty; "Let Me Finish (One Last Chance)" by Dan Rosenberg; "The Raven in the Woods" by Tamarah Rockwood; "The Rose Bowl" by Robert Craighead; and "Trans-Matters" by Eve Palay.

Directors for the plays are Scott Breitbarth, Jeff Brown, Hanna Eady, Karen Hauser, Jennifer Hodges, D'Arcy Clements, Kristi Ann Jacobson, Ryan O'Donnell, Fred Saas, and Steve Stolee, who is also managing director of the festival.

Actors include Jim Alexander, Libby Clements, Samantha Byergo, Sam McJunkin, Tres Cozine, Evan Lenz, Terace Yeatts, Wayne Purves, Melissa Munden, Tammy Byergo, David Hager, Sandi Spellman, Jeff Brown, Tyler Weaver, Marybeth Redmond, Pete Simpson, Kristi Ann Jacobson, and Eve Palay.

Please join Island Theatre in the BPA lobby an hour before curtain for refreshments, with concession proceeds benefiting Bainbridge Performing Arts. The theater doors open 30 minutes before showtime.

Island Theatre's 8th Annual Ten-Minute Play Festival appears at BPA August 16 and 17, with performances Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. plus a Saturday Matinee at 3:00 p.m. and a special Pay-What-You-Can Preview performance Thursday, August 15 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, $20 for adults, and $15 for seniors, students, youth, military, and teachers, may be purchased online at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, by phone at 206.842.8569 or in person at BPA, 200 Madison Avenue North, Bainbridge Island. BPA Box Office hours are 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and one hour prior to each performance.

Island Theatre provides high-quality theatre in intimate settings for adults who like to think. Its regular schedule includes bi-monthly staged play readings at the Bainbridge Public Library; potluck play-reading dinners in private homes at which guests are welcome to read a part; and the annual Island Theatre Ten-Minute Play Festival. Run entirely by volunteers, Island Theatre is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization supported by donations, the Bainbridge Community Foundation, the City of Bainbridge Island Cultural Fund, and One Call for All. More information is at www.IslandTheatre.org.

The 2019 Ten-Minute Play Festival is partly supported by grants and donations from the City of Bainbridge Island Cultural Fund and One Call for All and individual contributions. BPA is supported, in part, by Bainbridge Community Foundation, the City of Bainbridge Island, and One Call for All. Bainbridge Performing Arts is pleased to offer an "Open Doors" program. Free and reduced-cost tickets to most events are available to community members in need through our partner Helpline House thanks to a grant from the Mabee Family Foundation. Please contact the BPA Box Office at 206.842.8569 or Helpline House to reserve tickets today.

Find out more about BPA at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org.



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