When Rochelle Mann put out a call for submissions for the Durango Arts Centers first 10-Minute Play Contest, she never expected to receive 92 scripts in return.
That made her job, and that of DAC Board President Terry Swan and his wife, Dinah, a daunting task. The organizers had to pick five finalists from the submissions, which came from as far away as Europe and New Zealand. But it also means that those that made the cut should be quality productions, albeit on a smaller scale than that which many theatergoers are accustomed.
Local actors will stage readings of the five finalists Sunday night at the DAC. The titles are: Belonging by Laurence Klavan of New York; Checkmate, Soulmate by Mad Hester of Brooklyn; Embodied Beings by Jeff Schwamberger of La Honda, Calif.; Grief by Lynne McMahon of Chicago; and Ronnies Charger by Lawrence Kessenich of Watertown, Mass.
Ten-minute plays are nothing new, having made their debut at the Actors Theater of Louisville in 1977. But theyre new to Durango and very popular, so Mann et al. hope the idea catches on here to become an annual event.
At Sundays event, the audience will be asked to select a Peoples Choice award, and the organizers will select the grand prize winner. That play will be produced and directed by the Swans for production in September at the DAC in conjunction with the Durango Showcase of the Arts.