Songs My Brother Sang
by Myra Slotnick
Directed by Burt Tepfer
Abby – Bridget McBride
Monitor – Sam Murphy
Marcus – David Hiler
Comedy can hold off grief and sorrow, but eventually, in this warm and surprisingly humorous short play, the mask comes off and intense feelings are uncovered, with the help of strangers, at an AIDS quilt installation. The play tells the story of Abby, an aspiring young standup comedienne whose brother died of AIDS seven years earlier, and who has not been able to deal with her conflicts and loss.
After years of the literature of the Freudian revelation and decades of the television sitcom, problem drama, and social commentary of the week, we've developed an emotional shorthand, which these plays suit perfectly. Bam! A page to set the situation. Crash! A few character details. Wham! The obstacle. And Shazam, the resolution. They are the haiku of the theatre and can evoke the same pleasure. At their very best they are perfect single gestures of theatricality and language.
—Jon Jory founder of the Ten-Minute Play Festival at the Actors Theatre of Louisville
By Tom Cosh
Directed by Mike Jerald
What happens when two young people on a blind date struggle to understand each other’s fundamentally different views of the world when the woman arrives wearing a hijab scarf? This play is about an aspiring young actress and a NYFD firefighter meeting for the first time, each with a different set of expectations about the other that clash loudly at their first meeting.
It’s the Jews
By John Minigan
Directed by Nancy Stephens
Arny Sibber - Ray Mahoney
Stephie Moffelese — Susan O’Hara
How much does Arny’s soul cost? In this play, the Devil does indeed wear Prada, as she tempts, cajoles, demands, confuses, and talks, talks, talks, until…Sold? This play provides a look at the dark side of pitching a script.
Actors Theatre Playhouse
"Actors Theatre Playhouse presents three short plays which have recently been produced for ATP’s annual 10 Minute Play Festival at our West Chesterfield, New Hampshire, theater. These plays explore the ways we react to diversity, in turn with Muslim, Jewish, and gay/lesbian infused subjects and themes. We hope these brief yet powerful, and at times surprisingly humorous plays will shed new light on these issues as well as engage and entertain our audiences."