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Theater Masters


“Take 10” --- An Evening of Ten10-Minute Plays

National MFA Playwrights Competition

Walkerspace * April 6th - 9th


Aspen’s acclaimed Theater Masters will present its fourth annual “Take 10,” an evening of ten nine 10-minute plays from aspiring playwrights across the country as part of its National MFA Playwrights competition on April 6th – 9th at Off-Broadway’s Walkerspace (46 Walker Street). Distinguished Playwright Lanford Wilson, Theater Masters’ Associate Director Pesha Rudnick and I read over 100 scripts submitted from ten of the top graduate playwriting programs to find these remarkable plays from some of the finest young playwrights this country is developing” said Julia Hansen, Theater Masters founder/Artistic Director – and former President of New York’s Drama League. “In many ways, how I started the Drama League’s “Director’s Project” is how I am now developing new playwrights and giving them their first chance to have their work receive a New York premiere.”


The 10-minute plays are: Hero’s Luck by Alex Maggio from UCLA --- “What happens when a “simple rescue fantasy” actually comes true? Find out as an adult Dave finds himself stranded with his Middle School crush, Rosie, on a perilous desert island. Will Dave raise to the occasion, or is Rosie out of luck?”; A Wake of Vultures by Carolyn Kras from Carnegie Mellon --- "A vulture decides she's tired of being an undertaker and tries to shake up the food chain by attacking a human."; The Withdrawal by Erin Phillips from University of Texas at Austin --- “No good deed goes unpunished in the story of an accidental bank robbery.”; The Tragic Life of Emily Brown by Mohamamd Yousuf from NYU --- “While reading the morning paper Emily Brown comes across something odd…her own obituary. But when she calls the paper’s editor to sort the matter out she finds it far harder to prove she is alive than she thought.”; The Oldest Living Resident by Lauren Yee from UCSD --- “A trio of spinster sisters anticipate their aging father's crowning as their prefecture's "oldest living resident." The only problem is, he's already dead.”; Helen Niederhauser Tales the Greyhound by Janet Schlapkohl from Iowa University --- “Helen Niederhauser has been replaced as the sole director of the Turkey Valley United Methodist Church Cherub Choir.  Believing she has lost God's ear, she commits an act of criminal mischief and escapes her Wisconsin dairy farm to attend a choir conference; hoping to find music God will listen to.”; Rally Monkey by Andrew Miara from Northwestern University --- “A young man confronts his grief over the passing of a friend in a supernatural encounter.”; The Centaur Play by James Ryan Caldwell from Columbia University --- “Debbie and Jenna moved to New York for one year with the sole purpose of finding husbands. Still single on the eve of their 365th day - they are forced to look in the most unlikely of places.” ; Madam Librarian by Kim Rosenstock from Yale University --- “It’s Sunday and the library is closed.  But despite this fact, a dreamy librarian sits behind the circulation desk, waiting for a very special patron to walk through the double doors.”; In Writing This I Contradict Myself” by Ian McDonald from Brown University --- “a celebrity tries to bring “unwanted”  relief to third world country.”


The evening will be directed by Michael Goldfried, Margarett Perry and Andrew Volkoff,  and feature sets designed by Tom Ward.

Based in Aspen, Colorado, Theater Masters is a non-profit organization whose core mission is to seek and nurture the next generation of artists for the American Theatre and present their work.


“Take 10” performance schedule is as follows: Tuesday, April 6th at 8PM, Wednesday, April 7th at 7:30PM, Thursday, April 8th at 7:30PM, Friday, April 9th at 8PM. All tickets are $18. For more information and to purchase tickets by phone call: SmartTix (212) 868-4444  or online log onto .


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