thetens_WEB1My ten-minute play An Average Man is a finalist for the Heideman (happy dance) and will be performed at Actors Theatre of Louisville as part of their Apprentice/Interns production THE TENS – January 15 – 18, 2013

Here is some information about the plays and playwrights:

An Average Man
by Stephanie Alison Walker
directed by Michael Whatley

On a Starbucks run for his co-workers, an average man is presented with the opportunity to be a hero. Will he leave the task to someone else as always, or confront his fear and save the day? It all happens in a moment—and this moment is his.

Stephanie Alison Walker is a published playwright and author. Her latest full-length play, American Home, was the winner of the 2011 American Blues Theater’s Blue Ink competition. Her memoir, Love in the Time of Foreclosure, based on her blog of the same name, is published as an eBook by Outpost19 and is available at major online booksellers.

Boy Talk
by Erik Gernand
directed by Michael Legg

The day before heading off to college, two best friends spend a day at the beach. One wants to joke around, but the other has serious questions about his future.

Erik Gernand’s short films have been screened at more than 100 film festivals around the world, including SXSW, Cinequest and Outfest, and have been broadcast on IFC, PBS and MTV Networks. His full-length play The Beautiful Darkhas been developed at theatres including The Barrow Group (New York) and Chicago Dramatists. Gernand’s is a lecturer in Film Production at Northwestern University.

Estate Planning
by Emily Feldman
directed by Kate Eminger

A young couple find themselves stalled at the intersection of love and realty. Their broker warns them—and their new neighbor helps to confirm—that the pursuit of happiness might lead them down a winding road.

Emily Feldman is a playwright living in New York. She has been a Core Apprentice at The Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis, an associate artist at The Atlantic Center for the Arts and a Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee Writers Conference. Her plays have been developed and produced at Actors Theatre of Louisville, in the Playwrights Horizons Resident Workshop and by PTP/NYC. Feldman is a graduate of Middlebury College.

Exburb
by Jason Gray Platt
directed by Abigail Bailey Maupin

In The-Middle-Of-Nowhere that used to be Somewhere, Ben is throwing a house party. But when he discovers an uninvited guest in the kitchen, the night quickly becomes less about the party and more about the house.

Jason Gray Platt’s work has been produced and developed around the country by American Repertory Theater, Round House Theater, The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, P73, Red Bull Theater, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Clubbed Thumb and the Source Festival, among others. He was the runner-up for the 2007 Princess Grace Award in playwriting and a finalist for the 2011 O’Neill Conference. He holds a B.A. from Vassar and an M.F.A. from Columbia.

Halfway
by Emily Schwend
directed by Rachel Karp

When her sister visits her at a halfway house in East Texas, Kat is desperate to impress and win Melissa’s forgiveness and love. Eager to reclaim her place in the family, Kat soon discovers that redemption might be more difficult and complicated than she thought.

Emily Schwend was born in Texas and raised all over the world. Plays include South of Settling (Steppenwolf’s 2012 Next Up Rep), Carthage (2009 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference), Splinters (2011 ATCA/Steinberg prize finalist) and Route One Off. Her plays are frequently produced in Christine Jones’ Theatre for One booth. She is an alumna of the playwriting programs at Juilliard and New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Lucid
by Naomi Shafer
directed by Jeffrey S. Rodgers

Tessa and Ben check into a motel room with filled with too many appliances. The relentless electrical hum nearly drowns out their attempts to take care of each other, as they wait for difficult news.

Naomi Shafer is a dramaturgy/literary management intern at Actors Theatre of Louisville. Her plays have been developed at as part of the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival and by PTP/NYC. Shafer is a recent graduate of Middlebury College.

One in Two
by Carmen M. Herlihy
directed by Michael Legg 

Cancer sucks. But a fundraising party to fight cancer shouldn’t.

Carmen M. Herlihy is primarily an actor living in New York, and One in Two is her second ten-minute play. The first,Coffee Break, was a finalist for the Heideman Award, and was produced by the City Theatre Summer Shorts Festival (Miami, Fla.). She hopes to start a full-length play one day.

Unpleasantries
by Sarah Grace Welbourn and Annabeth Bondor-Stone
directed by Amy Attaway

Unpleasantries is a play about small talk’s soul-numbing effect on the human spirit. It takes place in an elevator. As you might imagine.

Annabeth Bondor-Stone and Sarah Grace Welbourn met at Northwestern University. Between them, they have written and performed at Chicago Dramatists, Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, The Magnet, The PIT and other venues in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. Every play Bondor-Stone and Welbourn have written together has received a professional production. Unpleasantries is their only play.

For more information about the production (including cast and production team) click here.

 
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