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The Association for Graduates in Theater presents VOICES: a 10-Minute Play Festival

By: Caitlin Kane,  Department of Performing and Media Arts
September 13, 2016

When: Thursday, September 29, and Saturday, October 1, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, September 30, 4:30 p.m. 

Where: Black Box Theatre, Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts


The Association for Graduates in Theater (AGIT) and the Department of Performing and Media Arts (PMA) at Cornell University announces its fourth annual 10-Minute Play Festival: Voices. Voices includes a diverse sampling of plays from Cornell undergraduate and graduate playwrights with themes ranging from comedic family dysfunction to the history of Civil Rights activism on Cornell’s campus.

Voices will be presented September 29 and October 1 at 7:30 p.m., and September 30 at 4:30 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre in the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts at Cornell University (430 College Avenue). Admission to the festival is only $5. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the Schwartz Center Box Office at 607-254-ARTS.

Cornell University’s 10-Minute Play Festival gives young and emerging artists a safe space to experiment with new works. First-time and emerging playwrights are given the opportunity to work with a dedicated dramaturg and director over a three-week rehearsal process. AGIT’s Annual 10-Minute Play Festival includes over twenty Cornell University student actors. The festival allows first-time theater artists and seasoned professionals an arena to collaborate and foster new artistic relationships.

AGIT advocates the needs and coordinates the voices of graduate students within the field of Performance and Media Arts; provides a forum for those students who actively seek to connect academic work with creative practice; and facilitates an ongoing conversation within PMA and across the Cornell campus about our own current work, new ideas, and movements in theatre studies at large.


Show Descriptions:

Apple Core

Written by Kristen Wright

Directed by Nick Fesette

Featuring Reed Rosenberg, Gavhriel (Riley) Short, Gayatri Sitaraman

An homage to Amiri Baraka’s Dutchman, this urgent play investigates racial and gender inequality in sexual assault cases on college campuses. Apple Core is a penetrating and provocative examination of this issue through the experiences of a perpetrator, survivor, and journalist.


Dinnertime or Sometimes

Written by Jayme Kilburn 

Directed by Rosalie Purvis

Featuring Aditya Shukla and David Fiskus Singler

Dinnertime or Sometimes is a compelling exploration of the push and pull of long-term relationships. As Jay and Tee confront their differences and insecurities, they must also determine whether they are better together or apart.


Quarter After

Written by Julia Shebeck

Directed by Jayme Kilburn

Featuring Hummd Ali Khan, Reece Kearney, Elise Smith, and Hannah Tokish

Who would you call if you knew you had only nine minutes left to live? In the surrealist landscape of Julia Shebeck’s Quarter After, Eric is compelled to face his past and to determine what to say to his loved ones as the seconds of his life pass before his eyes.


Remember the Takeover

Written by Delmar Fears

Directed by Gloria Majule

Featuring Marlen Gonzalez, Zachariah Menchaca, Gayathri Shibu, Bryan Hagelin, Alice Li, and Mana Jhaveri

Remember the Takeover chronicles the takeover of the Willard Straight Hall in 1969 by student civil rights activists. With a multiracial ensemble, Gloria Majule and Delmar Fears explore the history and legacy of this critical moment in Cornell’s history. 


Shit White People Do

Written by Zachariah Menchaca

Directed by Elaigwu Ameh

Featuring Katherine Adu-Bonsu, Matt Campanella, Sidnee Holmes, Lisa McCullough, and Katrina Timbers

When two professional women experience disrespect and prejudice from the staff of a restaurant, they must determine how to respond to these inappropriate behaviors. Shit White People Do uses humor and incisive satire to raise essential questions about the effects of microaggressions in the daily lives of people of color.

Spring Cleaning

Written by Clare Boland 

Directed by Sam Blake

Featuring Scott Blankenbaker, Megan Waller, and Sydney Wolfe

After Lucy’s estranged father passes away, she is tasked with going through his belongings, collected over years of hoarding. When her boyfriend, Louie, discovers a tape cassette among the debris, Lucy’s relationship with her father is brought into question.

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