The 2014 Festival of Ten-Minute Plays: Tales of Gods and Monsters

By on March 17, 2014

The UAB Theatre Department put on spectacular performances this week for their 2014 “Festival of Ten-Minute Plays: Tales of Gods and Monsters.” The actors and actresses took the audience on a roller coaster ride of emotions throughout the night, constantly changing the mood from play to play.

This festival consisted of eight short plays written by students and faculty. Judging by the content of these plays, there is certainly not a shortage in imagination among the members of Theatre UAB. Going into this festival, I was not sure what to expect. With a title like “Tales of Gods and Monsters,” many things flash through the mind. Something along the lines of Zeus and Frankenstein was my best guess. In actuality, these performances were not about mythological beings or fictitious creatures at all, but were actually about the monstrous things we do to each other as human beings and the ever present questions we have surrounding God and religion.

The opening performance titled “Reunion” written by Equiller Taylor, directed by Lee Shackleford and stage managed by Kara Quinn Ward-Tobin was a humorous beginning to the night. The character of Charles, played by Felix Crutcher, desperately wants to get back with his ex-girlfriend Danielle, played by Erin Hudson. When Charles and Danielle meet up, Danielle is willing to take Charles back, but she has a few stipulations. Charles quickly realizes that these conditions come with a big responsibility in a little package.

“Double Standard” by Leah Eiland, directed by Garan Ray Tinsley, and stage managed by Lauren Edwards, was a comical play about the stereotypical fraternity guy trying to pick up a smart and very unwilling girl. Paul, played by Scottye Moore, begs his “big brother” Jake to help him get a girl. Jake, played by Paul Otchere, concedes and gives Paul advice. Jake then dubs a girl named Athena as Paul’s target. Athena, played by Alex Ingram, does her best to fend off Paul’s caveman-like advances, but in the end it takes Athena’s friend Margot to get the message across. Margot, played by Aly Merrell, takes Paul’s flirting techniques to the extreme and uses them against him. In the end, karma comes back to bite Paul.

 One play titled “God Talk” by Gwendolyn Pate, directed by Lee Shackleford, and stage managed by Kara Quinn Ward-Tobin, had a more somber and serious tone than the first two. It tells the story of a young woman named Ania, played by Julia Spring, who has become stuck in a church because of a storm. This is the last place Ania wants to be due to her issues with Our Heavenly Father. Father Thomas, played by Calvin Nielson, does his best to help Ania with her grudge against God. This performance was made very raw and true to life by acknowledging the many questions that everyone has at some point.

It is clear that many people put hard work and dedication into this festival, and believe me when I say that it paid off. The audience definitely got their money’s worth and then some.

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As you can see, my name is Shelby. I am a freshman English major, and a bookworm through and through. In my limited amount of spare time, I enjoy writing (obviously), reading, singing, and acting. I'm also terrible at writing personal bios, so if there's a question about me weighing on your mind, feel free to ask!
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