WCSU to host 10-Minute Play and Webisode Festival
DANBURY, CONN. — The Western Connecticut State University department of writing, linguistics and creative process will present a 10-Minute Play and Webisode Festival featuring readings and viewings of works written by students from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, in the Student Center Theater on the university's Midtown campus, 181 White Street in Danbury. The event will be free and the public is invited.
The opportunity to experience a stage reading or viewing of their work by professionals, as well as the ability to network with Broadway and media experts, proved enticing enough to yield 78 play and webisode entries from students in the Connecticut State University system. A jury of entertainment and media professionals has narrowed the field to 14 plays and 11 webisodes that will be read or viewed during the festival.
The plays will include: “Ten to Places” by Andrew Hendrick, of Fairfield; “Retake” by Conor Daniel Bartram, of Hamden; “The Pipes are Calling” by Levon Ofgang, of New Fairfield; “Cell Thoughts” by Jazmin Sharif, of Waterbury; “The Collagers” by Jim Goggin, of Naugatuck; “Wanted for Dinner” by Elizabeth Young, of Newtown; “Babysitting Days” by Shawna O’Sullivan, of Newtown; “Clean Sweep” by Thomasina Murray, of Danbury; “Dirt Cheap” by Kristin Askin, of Danbury; “That Thing Called Trust” by Sean Zackrison, of Mount Kisco, N.Y.; “The Traveler’s Daughter” by Lynn Wright, of Monroe; “Curveball” by Tyler Miressi, of Monroe; “The Sixth Shot” by Eric Steiner, of New Milford; and “That’s the Sprirt” by Eileen D. Gonzalez, of Katonah, N.Y.
The webisodes are: “Intro – Sally & Horace” by Kay Abella, of Washington Depot; “Not Arranged Marriage” by Nabila Hasan, of Bethel; “Happy Birthday” by Brittany Nisco, of New Milford; “Justice with a Chaser” by Elizabeth Young, of Newtown; “Ambien Man” by Michael Kazlauskas, of Ridgefield; “Be Down Inc.” by Taja Malcolm-Lewin, of Bridgeport; “Super Hero” and “War Stories” by Greg Miller, of Southbury; “Serious Inquiries Only” by Steve Marucci, of Danbury; “Dalai Lama” by Christian Gagnier, of New Milford; and “Historical Danbury” by Joshua Adams, of New Milford.
The jury consists of 13 judges, including:
George Leclere, former media director for the United Nations and president of the International Emmy Awards. An international consultant, Leclere has many projects in Russia, South Korea and China. He also has a hand in the Banff Film Festival.
Neil Hickey, former chief editor of TV Guide. Hickey currently teaches at the Columbia School of Journalism and is on the board of Arts on the Lake, providing a stage for new playwrights.
Julie Poll, a writer on the Board of Governors of the New York Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. She was consulting producer for the Daytime Emmys and has authored books on media. Poll has judged the annual International Emmy’s Young Writers Awards.
Manuela Metri, head producer at Red Box Productions in Beverly Hills, Calif., and Rome, Italy. She has produced, directed and acted in many plays, including “Menopause, the Musical.” Metri also acted in the soap opera “The Bold and the Beautiful.”
Margo McKee, a playwright, director, producer and actor who co-authored two off-Broadway productions and has performed as a play “doctor” for others. McKee’s company, Soundstage, has trained thousands of actors and directors in New York City and Los Angeles.
Patricia Angelin, a professional actress with international credits. She is a member of the Actors Equity, the Screen Actors Guild, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, and Irish Equity. Angelin has achieved the highest level of Alba Emoting International Certification. She is a teacher and practitioner of the Alba method.
Alida Jay, a lead researcher for the Location Managers Guild of America, is currently developing a dramatic series for cable.
Ellen Muir, a radio and television performer and member of the Screen Actors Guild. She is producer and director of events for the N.Y. chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Sarah Cole, an actress, director and professor of theatre at Framingham State University in Massachusetts. She also is a playwright and has won international recognition for her exploration of the plight of women veterans in “Aftermath.”
Cynthia Link, an author and playwright who has been part of the Arlene Dahl Play-Reading Series presented by the N.Y. chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. She has served as juror for the International Emmy’s Young Writers Award.
Chip Leonard, an actor who grew up on a farm and dreamed of performing on Broadway. Leonard made this dream come true and has performed in “Les Miserables.” He has won a screenwriting award for feature films and shorts, which have been distributed internationally.