10-Minute Play Festival Examines Afterlife, Mojo Man, Alternate Scenarios

“Each 10-minute play generally has its own stage manager and costume designer and is completely student run.” — Tara Bentley

Alpha Psi Omega, the theatre honorary at Alma College, presents both comedy and tragedy in this year’s selection of plays to be performed at the annual 10-Minute Play Festival.

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1 and Saturday, Dec. 2 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3 in the Remick Heritage Center, Strosacker Theatre. Eight 10-minute plays, directed by faculty and upper-level theatre students, will be performed each night.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for seniors 62 and up, and free for Alma College staff, students and youth 18 and under. Seating is reserved. Call (989) 463-7304 for ticket information.

“I really like the 10-minute plays,” says Tara Bentley, theatre staff intern and 2015 alumna. “They exemplify a good variety of what you can do in the theatre.

“This festival gives a sense of how a festival might work in more of a professional setting,” says Bentley. “Each 10-minute play generally has its own stage manager and costume designer and is completely student run. As a student you get to dabble in all of those design areas that you normally wouldn’t be able to with a bigger show.”

The 10-minute plays are “a great entry point for people even if theatre isn’t your main focus,” says Alma senior student-director Joshua Zeitler. “It allows those who can’t participate in the more demanding larger shows to still take part. These plays are smaller and easier to handle so that a lot more people can get involved. Every now and then you even hook someone on theatre.”

“Sure Thing,” directed by Professor Joanne Gilbert, features a couple on a date. Every time they mess up, a bell rings that signals the beginning of an alternate scenario.

“Tape,” directed by Spring Lake senior Maxwell Flagler, is about a person who seems to be transitioning into the afterlife. However, before they can make this transition they must listen to a recording of every lie they have ever told. There to guide them is a well-meaning attendant.

“Lures,” directed by Professor Scott Mackenzie, centers on a woman who confronts a potential pedophile and the woman’s struggles with the memories it brings back.

“Philosophical Inquiry at the Edge of a Cliff,” directed by Zeitler, features a woman standing at the edge of a cliff contemplating suicide.

The Secret Origin of Mojo Man,” directed by Belding sophomore Joe Harrison, is a comedy set outside of a high school where two friends are discussing their superpower—their “mojo” and its effect on girls.

“The Red Coat,” directed by Katie Wasserman, the director of the Alma College Theatre production of “Rumors” last year, portrays more of a classic love story involving two partygoers who confess their love for each other.

“Customer Service,” directed by Davison sophomore Merek Alam, centers on a man talking to a customer support technician when the conversation turns personal.

“Boise, Idaho,” directed by the Alma faculty scene designer Terry Dana Jachimiak II, is a comedy that opens with a narrator commentating on the lives of a young couple.

Story published on November 17, 2017