Tree City Playhouse Plans Festival of 10-Minute Plays

Daily Dose  |  04/11/2019 10:00 am

Tree City Playhouse, a community theatre programming effort of the Sylvania Community Arts Commission (SCAC), has announced the dates for its annual Festival of 10-Minute Plays. The group will present nine short one-act scenes at each performance, featuring original works by the winners of their 2018 playwriting competition.

This year’s competition received the most scripts ever with 189 submissions from across the U.S., as well as Canada and New Zealand. Trace Crawford of Hilliard, OH, is a member of the Dramatists Guild and his plays have been produced on six continents. He was awarded first-place for his short comedy, The Perfect Independent Film. When trying to recall the events of an office party the night before, an adorably awkward couple discovers that two struggling screenwriters have been writing a transcript of their lives.

Second-place playwright, Matthew Weaver of Spokane, WA, submitted The Tragedie of Rockford and Almira and the Cat. In this short Shakespearean mouse comedy, Rockford and Almira come across a mousetrap. This wouldn’t mean much to most of us, but they’re mice, so to them it seems significant. The Invisibleness of Ptarmigan, by Mary S. Parisoe of Evanston, IL, captured third place in the competition. In this short scene, two former sorority sisters are preparing to go hiking in their beloved Sierra Nevada, but they first stop at a magical café that has its own ideas about their trip.

Playwrights receiving honorable mentions included Michael Higgins of Oak Park, IL, for When Killer Animals Go Nuts, Andrea Clardy of Jamaica Plain, MA, for By the Way, and Jenny Mead of Charlottesville, VA, for The Bills. Keith Ramsdell, Artistic Director for Tree City Playhouse, noted the uniqueness of the festival. “The winners of this competition are all award-winning, published playwrights. For area residents, it’s a great opportunity to see the premieres of some wonderful short plays.” The festival will include a reception following the Saturday night performance in honor of the winning playwrights.

Performances are scheduled for May 3 and 4 at 7:30 p.m. and May 5 at 3 p.m. at Church 3TwentyOne located at 5845 Centennial Road in Sylvania. Tickets are $12 for general admission and $10 for seniors and students. Tickets can be purchased in advance online at or by calling 419-517-0118. They can also be purchased at the door prior to each performance.