By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca
They’re new, they’re full-length, and, impossibly, they’re 10 minutes long, curtain up to curtain down.
EDMONten is back this week, live and online from the Grindstone Comedy Theatre, for a second annual showcase of six original fully formed 10-minute plays. Their brevity, ideal for us theatre-goers whose attention span has been eroded by 18 gruesome pandemical months, is an improbable artistic achievement in itself. (Though not a playwright Mark Twain was on that wavelength: “I didn’t have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead”).
The Short & Suite Collective — two playwrights (Conni Massing and Michele Vance Hehir, and dramaturg/director Tracy Carroll — chose six from the ample response to their blind call for offerings. And, as happened last year, the playwrights turned out to be a mix of veteran and emerging artists: Not Yet by Alexandria Fortier, The Dark Web by Nicole Moeller, Same Time Tomorrow by Zack Seismagraff, My First Greek Sunset by Amanda Samuelson, Clippers by Gavin Wilkes, and Hair, But No Teeth by Calla Wright. Honourable mention: Dante’s Door by Carmen Morgan.
The four-actor ensemble who will present the staged readings are Daniela Fernandez, Beth Graham, Todd Houseman and Corben Kushneryk.
EDMONten runs Friday 7:30 p.m. and Saturday 1:30 p.m.The $10 tickets, either in-person or live-streamed, are available at grindstonetheatre.ca.