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Posted August 08, 2017 | Kitsap Playbill

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Island Theatre presents its sixth annual Ten-Minute Play Festival on Friday, August 18, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, August 19, at both 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Bainbridge Performing Arts. Out of fifty-seven submissions from both experienced and emerging Kitsap County playwrights, ten plays will be performed at each show by Island Theatre directors and actors. Reserved seat tickets ($15 for adults and $10 for seniors, students, and military) are available through the BPA Box Office at (206) 842-8569.

Below is a synopsis for each of the plays, a snippit bio on each of the playwrights, and the names of the directors and actors!

“BLOODY MARY”

  Playwright:     Aleks Merilo

  Director:         Pete Benson

  Cast:                Olivia Vessenes, Tori Konig, and McKenna Sanford

Three girls meet in a basement to invoke the ghost of "Bloody Mary." For two of them, it's a game. For one, it's much more real.

The playwright Aleks Merilo is an award-winning and internationally produced playwright from Palo Alto, California, who now lives in Kitsap County. His script The Snowmaker was winner of the Playwrights First Award, Winner of The Chameleon Theatre Circles New Play Contest, and Playhouse on The Square’s New Works @ The Works Festival. His play The Widow of Tom’s Hill played off B roadway at 59E59, where BroadwayWorld called it “A truly distinctive piece of theater.” His play Exit 27 was called “The best original play to be produced this season” by The Houston Chronicle, and was voted best new play by BroadwayWorld, Houston. He has an MFA in playwriting from UCLA.

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“FLIGHT OF THE VALKYRIE”

  Playwright:     Noah Barfield

  Director:         Todd Erler

  Cast:                Jennifer Pippin, Montanez, and Tyler Weaver

Dating a workaholic is hard. It's even harder when she's the goddess of death!

The playwright Noah Barfield is a local English teacher, writer, cat wrangler, bon vivant, and father of three wonderful kids. This is his second play to be performed by Island Theater.

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“GEL US”

  Playwright:     Paige Zubel

  Director:         James E. Anderson, III

  Cast:                Karla Cole and Shannon Sheehan

Friends Kathy and Laura discover that running a marathon can be a lot like some relationships: not worth it.

The playwright Paige Zubel is a Philadelphia based playwright and dramaturg with family ties to Kitsap County. She is an internationally produced playwright, with notable productions in her hometown of Houston, Texas ($12.50/Hour, Sunday Flowers), New York City (In Full Bloom, The Pull of the Moon) and Scotland (Under Covers). Her plays and prose have been published by One Act Play Depot, Every Day Fiction, and Hashtag Queer. She received her BFA in Playwriting and Dramaturgy from the University of Houston.

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“JELLYFISH APOCALYPSE”

  Playwright:     Karen Polinsky

  Director:         Wilson Milam

  Cast:                Kayla Cortes, Chloe Bohonos, Samantha Byergo, and Delaney Taylor

Jenny and Brook, two kids trapped inside a pressure cooker of adult expectations, are looking for an escape hatch. As the sea temperature rises, jellyfish apparently delicate, but altogether virulent threaten to goop up the world.

The playwright Karen Polinsky, a former theater director and English teacher at Bainbridge High, hopes the profits from her new career in creative writing will be enough to pay for a seat on a SpaceX mission to Mars, or a studio apartment in Portland with her husband Mike. This is her fourth play in the Island Theatre Ten Minute Play Festival.

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“LESSON LEARNED”

  Playwright:     Jenny Weaver

  Director:         Steve Stolee

  Cast:                Sandi Spellman, Jeffrey Brown, Wayne Purves, Samantha Williams,

                   Geoff Schmidt, Kimberly Parker, Tyler Weaver, and Bronsyn Foster

Three couples observe their sons’ post season Little League tournament game with different expectations.

The playwright Jenny Weaver is honored to be a part of this year’s Ten Minute Play Festival. She grew up in Alaska and spent many years fishing, playing classical music, and writing in spiral bound Mead notebooks. With a lifelong passion for the arts, Jenny serves on the board of Bainbridge Performing Arts and plays viola in the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra. Jenny and her husband, Tyler, have lived on Bainbridge since 2001 and have a hobby farm with horses, sheep, and chickens. Jenny has published one book and is currently at work on another. When she’s not farming or writing or playing music, Jenny loves to hang around with her three kids.

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“MEMORIES OF THE AMERICAN OCCUPATION”

  Playwright:     Paul Lewis

  Director:         Fred Saas

  Cast:                Annika Truebenbach, Matt Howe, Karen Hauser, and Ian Mitchell

On a spring day in 1945, a young Ohio wife falls into a reverie in which her G.I. husband returns from the war.

The playwright Paul Lewis is excited to be represented in this wonderful festival. His staged work includes musicals, full length and one act plays, and a choral and orchestral requiem. His musical adaptation of Margaret Wise Brown’s 1942 book, The Runaway Bunny, will soon be workshopped at a major children’s theatre. Paul was honored to receive a 2017 Island Treasure award earlier this year. This is his sixth appearance in the Island Theatre Ten Minute Play Festival!

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“MOVING ON”

  Playwright:     Caroline Smith

  Director:         Carrie Morgan

  Cast:                Becky Eastgard and Blair Nichols

Annie learns about her cousin Cora’s past when she helps her pack for a move from the house Cora has lived in for thirty years.

The playwright Caroline Smith has lived on Bainbridge Island for 27 years, and raised two sons here. She’s married to a baseball coach, so she travels around watching baseball games and eating a lot of peanuts. Her play The Party Planner appeared in the very first Island Theatre Ten Minute Play Festival.

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“OF A FEATHER”

  Playwright:     Wendy Wallace

  Director:         Pete Benson

  Cast:                Jennifer Carillo, Matt Eldridge, Geoff Schmidt, and Matt Howe

Four very different feathered friends search for connection at the local pond.

The playwright Wendy Wallace is a playwright, web content writer, and marketing strategist. A Bainbridge resident for fifteen years, she is a contributing writer for Bainbridge Island magazine and founded the popular Bainbridge Island Story Slam series. This is the sixth year her work has been selected for Island Theatre’s Ten Minute Play Festival. She cherishes living in a community that values the arts.

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“ROADSIDES”

  Playwright:     Betsy Dorfman

  Director:         Kate Carruthers

  Cast:                Tanya Black and Wayne Purves

A couple drives off the road into a pitfall. Complications and comedy ensue.

The playwright Betsy Dorfman, retired from meaningful work, writes plays and lives on Bainbridge Island.

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“SPREADSHEET ME”

  Playwright:     Jeffrey Brown

  Director:         Wilson Milam

  Cast:                Kimberly King, Ken Grantham, and Ted Dowling

A Certified Financial Planner takes a nervous couple through a portfolio of alarming retirement scenarios.

The playwright Jeffrey Brown is a local actor and playwright who loves the 10minute play format. On stage, he has appeared in the BPA productions of Mary Poppins and Much Ado about Nothing.

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Source: Kathleen Thorne, Board of Director at Island Theatre

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