Emerald Theatre Company
in residency at THEATREWORKS at the SQUARE
2085 Monroe Ave
September 6, 7, 8, 2019
Friday and Saturday at 8:00 PM and Sunday Matinee at 2:00 PM
All tickets $15.00 and sold at the door
ETC’s Fourth Annual 10 Minute Play Festival
Join Emerald Theatre Company as we begin our 23 season with our 4th Annual 10 Minute Play Festival. This years theme: “The Gift of Pride” How does one show pride, be prideful, is proud, LGBTQ pride, humane pride, a parents pride?
Emerald Theatre Company presented this prompt in a national writing contest this past year. Over 55 responses were submitted from playwrights throughout the US, Canada and as far away as New Zealand. The responses were so overwhelmingly clever and unique that we will produce 11 never before seen vignettes. The requirements: 10 minutes to perform, 10 pages maximum, no more than 3 characters. The one main requirement is that a box/gift must be given to a character or “present” on stage in each vignette. 11 entries were chosen to be produced. This event brings together 10 different directors and 21 actors from the Memphis theater scene for one weekend of memorable, never before produced works.
Hal Harmon in “ALEXA” written by Joe Godfrey, Woodbury, Connecticut
Artificial intelligence goes a muck when a playwright, attempting to come up with a good plot for a short play festival, jokingly asks his Amazon ECHO for help. Things fly out of control when he realizes that “Alexa” is trying to take over, etc.
A Gift with Purchase written by Christopher Wiley, Palm Springs, California is the story of two gay men on Pride Day morning ten years into the future. They receive their allotted government medicine ration to cure HIV, but there is only one dose available to them. Featuring Den-Nicholas Schaffer Smith and Michael Holiday.
A Bubbe’s Gift, written by Ellen Davis Sullivan, Andover, Massachusetts and featuring Jani Paris and Dani Green portray a Jewish grandmother who gives her granddaughter a surprising gift, but it isn’t what’s in the box that makes the present mean so much.