The ten minute play festival returns to Heartland Theatre in Normal this week. The 11th annual event features eight original plays that were selected in a blind process out of a total of 366 submitted. Artistic Director Mike Dobbins says the plays submitted come from around the world, yet almost every year, a playwright from central Illinois is among the winners. Dobbins says familiarity breeds success for the local writers.
The winning play from central Illinois is "Destiny's Tug-of-War", by John D. Poling from Clinton. When the festival opens this week, it will not only highlight the work of rising playwrights, but also allow fledgling local actors to find a berth at the theater. This year, the festival needed to cast twenty-five actors to fill the roles in the winning plays. Dobbins says that's a higher number than an average Heartland Theatre production, and that the festival has become a great way to build the Heartland acting pool.
The 10-Minute Play Festival revolves around a theme each year, and this season itís "Playing Games." One condition of the competition is that the plays must never have been performed before. Dobbins says although some of the plays will have their only performances at the festival, over the years, Heartland has had some success with the winning plays that have debuted at the festival going onto be published and distributed nationally.
The 10-Minute Play Festival opens June 7th at Heartland Theatre at One Normal Plaza.
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