Torrent Theatre is hosting a staged reading of our 5 semi-finalist 10-Minute Plays that will fight for a spot in Torrent's Spring PLAY-OFF - A short play contest and YOU, as an audience member, get to help decide the winner! Following the reading, there will be a voting session in which you are able and encouraged to vote for your favorite play. The votes will be tallied and taken into consideration for the selection process.
Free admission. 2 drink minimum.
Round 1: Plays with LGBTQ Themes (September 17th, 2016)
*Mostly Naked by Lilly Camp* - ROUND 1 WINNER! - Mostly Naked brings us into a women's locker room where the seemingly simple act of two friends changing escalates into a heated discussion about the complicated nature of nakedness around women for Elle, who is openly gay, and is challenged by Karley to relieve her insecurities by stripping down, literally.
The Sad Lesbian by Will Inman - Elaine is a school nurse who only wants to make ends meet. Her mother is sick, forcing her to move back home where being gay and employed is difficult, to say the least. A tiny slip-up forces her to confront a difficult decision: stay true to what she knows is right or sacrifice her pride to keep her job? Wedged firmly between a rock and a hard place, Elaine can barely keep her head above water, let alone grapple with moral gray areas.
Sleeping With The Fish by Joe Gulla - Goodfellas Don and Ron take time to evaluate the status of their "relationship" after dumping their friend/mafia colleague, Ernesto, off the side of the Staten Island Ferry.
Songs My Brother Sang by Myra Slotnick - A troubled young woman visits her brother's panel at the 1992 display of the AIDS Memorial Quilt and gets more grief than she bargained for.
Straight Up by L.M. Konoplisky - Hitting on a stranger turns into a lively gender-centric discussion in L.M Konoplisky's Straight Up. In this short play, two very different people find solace within their local watering hole, allowing them to speak their minds while thinking freely and in the moment. Touching upon both the gay and straight stereotypes that encompass our relationships, this play allows us, as well as our protagonists, to sit back and have a laugh at our own expense.
Round 2: Social Violence, Injustice, and Crime (November 19th, 2016)
Conflict/Resolution by Evan Baughfman - Rivals Conflict and Resolution reunite after a long time apart. As usual, they argue about who is better for society. But only one of them will survive the confrontation on this dark and stormy night...
Evan Baughfman is a middle school English teacher who's had many works published or performed. His play, "Lipstick and Heroics," is published by YouthPLAYS, and his children's play, "Percy Pangolin Wants to Go Viral," is available from Heuer Publishing. More about Evan and his writing can be found at www.evanbaughfman.com
*Fool's Mate by Suzanne Bronson* - ROUND 2 WINNER! - After a long interrogation following a bio-terrorism act in New York City, finding the truth is not unlike a strategic game of chess.
Suzanne Bronson will graduate from New York University in May 2017 with a Masters of Fine Arts for Dramatic Writing as a Playwriting concentrate. Suzanne has also written nonfiction articles for several magazines and newspapers and in addition to her two books of poetry, her verse has been published in various print and web magazines.
Law and Order: Trump's Immigration Team (TIT) or Keepers of Klassic Kulture (KKK) and the Smarter Smart Gun by Rhea MacCallum - Promptly after winning the 2016 election, Donald J. Trump formed the Trump's Immigration Team (TIT). Johnny Bubba Mac Earl Jim-Bob Jethro Dinkle III (or Dinkle for short) goes on a talk show to discuss homeland security and America's newly implemented task force.
Rhea MacCallum's plays have been produced on six continents. She is published with Smith & Kraus, Pioneer Drama, Original Works and Heuer Publishing. A member of the Dramatists Guild, ICWP and ALAP, she holds a BA from USC and an MFA from the Actors Studio Drama School in NYC. www.rheamaccallum.com @rheaplaywright
Pulverized! by Judy Klass - Bad things happen when three little kids find a gun in a dresser drawer.
Of her five produced full-length plays, one,Cell, was nominated for an Edgar and is published by Samuel French. Thirty of her one-acts have been produced; some are published. Judy, from the NYC/NJ area, ultimately ran away from home to Nashville because she is a songwriter. She teaches at Vanderbilt.
Screws by Scott Mullen - How far will two screw salesmen go to close a deal with a couple of power-crazed executives?
Scott Mullen is a longtime Hollywood screenplay analyst and screenwriter, a two-time winner of Amazon Studios' screenwriting contest, whose film THE SUMMONING aired on TV One in 2015. Though he has only been a playwright for a little over a year, his ten-minute plays have been performed around the world.
Round 3: Theme TBA (January 14th, 2017)