Annual 10 x 10 Showcase


Past Event

Location Info:

Company OnStage
536 Westbury Square
Houston, TX  77035
There’s an art to good storytelling, from establishing the setting and theme, to introducing the characters, to weaving the plot through conflict to resolution. This will be the 25th year that members of Scriptwriters/Houston have written plays for their Annual 10 x 10 Showcase; a milestone event made bittersweet as it also marks the last performance at The Company OnStage’s Westbury Square location, which is being sold. (The southwest Houston institution is already looking for a new performance space.)

We spoke with Devan Wade, returning artistic director for the popular showcase that features ten-minute plays. “Really, it’s an organic, wonderful night. You may see comedy; you’ll have some drama. We also have monologues that will take place as we do set changes.

“It allows more of our writers to be a part of this event. Each of those monologues is two minutes. It really helps hone your craft. As a writer, it’s a great exercise in discipline — to pull people in as quickly as you can and make a whole story.” Pulling from a pool of more than 50 submissions, this year’s lineup includes works by a few playwrights who have been involved with Scriptwriters/Houston since the beginning. Look for plays by veteran writers Joe Barnes (Tying The Knot) and Carl Williams (Different Times), as well as first-time participant Eric Jones (Untapped Potential). Donna Latham’s Waylay Makeover was inspired by the TODAY show’s Ambush Makeover feature. We’ll see shorts by Nicholas Garelick, Lauren Tunnell, Alison Scott, Fernando Dovalina, Shannon Donahue and Gwen Flager.

8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. August 23 and 29. Through August 29. 536 Westbury Square. For information, call 713-726-1219 or visit $15. Susie Tommaney

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