Popular Ten-minute Play Festival Returns to Kingwood College

Published on: April 03, 2007

To culminate a busy year of theatrical productions, the Lone Star College-Kingwood Drama Department returns this month with the third annual, “An Evening of Shorts,” the college’s popular ten-minute play festival. Selected playwrights from across the nation will have a chance to see their works being directed, acted, and designed by Lone Star College-Kingwood students and community members.

“An Evening of Shorts is a mix of original ten-minute plays that have never been produced on stage before,” said Artistic Director, Eric Skiles. “A committee of 15 Lone Star College-Kingwood professors & community members selected the six plays we are producing from more than 240 scripts, sent in by playwrights around the globe. I act as the producer, production manager and directing mentor, but this is an entirely student-led performance.”

Performances run April 19-22 at 8 p.m., in the Student Fine Arts Building Performing Arts Center. In addition, there will be matinee performances on April 21 and 22 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $8 for seniors (55+) and $5 for students, available at the door. For group tickets or reservations, call 281-312-1532.

Skiles said the student directors are each responsible for their entire production, from coaching the actors, to set design, lighting and costumes. Additionally, 4 or 6 student-produced short films will be shown during the evening intermixed among the plays. All plays and films will be shown at each performance.

The six plays range in length from 10-15 minutes long, running a total of two hours with one 10-minute intermission. Patrons should note that “An Evening of Shorts” is best suited for patrons over the age of 13.

Selections include:

• Aviation Blonde by Mark Dietrich Wyss of Milwaukee, WI, directed by Jordan Real “Secret indiscretions are revealed in this film-noir play that moves backwards in time.”

• The Hanging Judges by Edward Crosby Wells of Denver, CO, directed by Josh Heinrichs “Three art “critics” meet to judge the entries of a local art show, and try to decide WHAT IS ART?”

• Last Stop by Jenny Connell of Austin, TX, directed by John Schauf “Local commuters are caught up in a train that is bound for everywhere and nowhere.”

• Pitching Alaska by Ian Grody of New York, NY, directed by Kiki Hortman “A relentless salesman tries to sell Alaska the most important book she’ll ever read.”

• Tales from the Titanic by Henry Kimmel of Atlanta, GA, directed by Veronica LaCombe “Four 1-Minute Plays presented by a troupe of overly-honest actors.”

• The Things She Kept by Aoise Stratford of Ithaca, NY, directed by Chenika Fowler. “A moving look at two sisters reliving their memories of home and family.”

Registration has begun for the Lone Star College-Kingwood May mini-term and summer classes. Beginning May 14 and continuing through June 1, the college is offering several mini-term classes in a 3-week, fast-track format. The first session of summer classes begins June 4 and ends July 10. The second summer session begins July 12 and ends Aug. 16. Register early for best class selection.

Current students may register at kingwood.lonestar.edu/goto/registration. On campus registration began March 26 in the Student Center/Fine Arts Building. Students attending for the first time from other colleges or universities must have an official college transcript sent to Lone Star College-Kingwood prior to registration and should also complete the online admissions application at www.lonestar.edu/goto/apply.htm. All students must register and pay tuition before classes begin.

For general information about Lone Star College-Kingwood, call 281-312-1600 or visit our Web site at kingwood.lonestar.edu. 

The Lone Star College System is among the largest and fastest growing community college districts in Texas. It comprises Lone Star College-North Harris, Lone Star College-Kingwood, Lone Star College–Tomball, Lone Star College–Montgomery, Lone Star College–CyFair, six satellite centers and The University Center. For more information about Lone Star College System and its programs, visit www.lonestar.edu or call 832-813-6500.