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Original Works Publishing has announced the publication of SEVEN DEADLY TENS (A Sinful Collection of Short Plays) by Jonathan Josephson. Each of the internationally-produced, award-winning 10-minute plays was inspired by one of Dante's Seven Deadly Sins, playfully mixing stories of humanity at its worst with wry humor. The seven plays have been performed by professional theatres, community theatres, colleges and high schools throughout the U.S., Canada, and Ireland.

The long-awaited performance of the International Stage It! 10-Minute Play Festival will finally be presented on Oct. 9-11 at Centers for Performing Arts Bonita Springs’ Moe Auditorium, 10150 Bonita Beach Road. Originally scheduled for one-week after the state’s pandemic lock down in March, plays from around the world will be performed for a live audience — social distancing required.

The long-awaited performance of the International Stage It! 10-Minute Play Festival will finally take place October 9-11 at Centers for Performing Arts Bonita Springs. Originally scheduled for one-week after the state’s pandemic lock-down in March, plays from around the world will be performed for a live audience—social-distancing required.
 

This year, the competition grew to include 346 entries from around the world for publication in the fourth volume in the Centers’ series Stage It! 10-Minute Plays books. Ten short plays will be performed each night with subjects varying from alien invasions to jewelry heists, from drunken nights on park benches to film noir on stage.

The long-awaited performance of the International Stage It! 10-Minute Play Festival will finally be presented on Oct. 9 – 11 at Centers for Performing Arts Bonita Springs.
 

Originally scheduled for one-week after the state’s pandemic lock down in March, plays from around the world will be performed for a live audience — social-distancing required.  


This year, the competition grew to include 346 entries from around the world for publication in the fourth volume in the Centers’ series Stage It! 10-Minute Plays books. Ten short plays will be performed each night with subjects varying from alien invasions to jewelry heists, from drunken nights on park benches to film noir on stage. 


The playwrights that will be presented are:

  • Jonathan Josephson of Pasadena, California (Dostoevsky)

  • Joe Carlisle of Croton-on-Hudson, New York (First Contact)

  • Martin Keady of London, United Kingdom (Last First)

  • W. L. Newkirk of Celebration, Florida (Locker 142)

  • Craig Moeckly of White Bear Lake, Minnesota (No Honor)

  • Judy Klass of Nashville, Tennessee (Private Dick)

  • Colleen Nicole O’Doherty of Omaha, Nebraska (Ricky and Ready)

  • Michelle Pascua of Celebration, Florida (Single Rider)

  • Marc Paykuss of Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts (The Tinker Bell Situation)

  • Lindsey Brown of Auckland, New Zealand (Unreasonable Situations)

The Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs presents its Staged Reading Series on Friday, Sept.11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Moe Auditorium & Film Center at Center for Performing Arts campus, 10150 Bonita Beach Road.
 

The series showcases six new short plays from four local and three international playwrights hailing from Canada, Dubai and Los Angeles: Guy Newsham, Alex Broun and Jonathan Josephson. The four Southwest Florida playwrights featured include: Don Fox, Shawn Ryan, Leslie Sanderson, Deborah Williams. "Our local playwrights are solid comedic writers," said Frank Blocker, the Centers' film and theater director.

When live theatre can return (safely and appropriately), it will start small— smaller audiences, small casts, shorter rehearsal periods, short lengths of shows, shorter lengths of runs… it’s all going to smart tiny and grow from there. And when things do get back up and running, outdoor venues are going to have a leg up on institutional theatres for any number of reasons.

 

So… with all of those parameters at play, what will be the first wave of plays produced post-lockdown? Small-cast, short plays that are designed to be performed outdoors. Unbound Productions has been developing plays for this very specific form since 2009— plays adapted for our flagship project Wicked Lit have sold out venues across Southern California and around the world with site-specific (as well as theatre-bound) productions. Since 2017, Stage Rights has represented 17 of the plays that Unbound has developed in three handsome volumes, all of which deliver spine-tingly chills adapted from timeless stories.

 

Here are spotlights on a handful of plays that could very well headline your return to live theatre:

 

THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW

adapted from Washington Irving by Jonathan Josephson

This lyrical, loyal adaptation of Washington Irving’s quintessential ghost story has been wowing audiences and showcasing young actors since 2009. The play tells the story of the passionate school teacher Ichabod Crane, his unrequited love for the fair Katrina Van Tassel, his rivalry with the brutish Brom Bones, and his unfortunate encounter with the region’s most fearsome specter— the Headless Horseman. And if you want to know the real story of what happened that fateful night Ichabod met his end, the extended Legend(s) of Sleepy Hollow reveals all as narrated by Ichabod’s loyal horse, Gunpowder.

 

Not only does the play’s setting and style lend itself perfectly to an outdoor location, but its inherent theatricality has also led to sold-out professional productions from coast to coast and led school productions to national championships and other recognitions both stateside and in the UK.

Read the rest of the article here.

photo by Daniel Kitayama

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