The Barn Players presenting Ninth Annual 6 X 10 Ten Minute Play Festival in December

The Barn Players Theatre
The Barn Players Theatre

A menu of plays by local writers ranging from drama to comedy and each last 10 minutes will be on the bill at The Barn Players in Mission next month.

The Ninth Annual 6 X 10 Ten Minute Play Festival occurring the weekend of Dec. 9-11 gives area playwrights and directors an opportunity to show off their dramatic chops, said Lynn Reddick, assistant artistic director for The Barn Players.

“The whole thrust is to encourage as much new talent as possible,” he said. “It’s a great way to get into directing, the play is only 10 minuts so you can’t go off the rails too quickly.”

The festival is open to playwrights living within 250 miles from Kansas City, although about 80 percent responding live in the metro. Reddick said this year The Barn Players received 40 entries and a panel of three people read the plays and narrowed it to the six chosen:

–Old Friends by Tim Landon, directed by Jason Hegg.
–Worst Poltergeist by Lezlie Revelle Zucker, directed by Alexa Cioffi.
–Bernice’s Birthday by Brigid Amos, directed by Shari Wassergord.
–Miss Hedda and Her Seagull by Jessica Whitfield, directed by Steven James.
–Old Girl by John Adams, directed by Korey Childs.
–Freedom We Fear by Lewis Morrow, directed by James Weber.

“We try to get a balance of comedy and dramas, and to get a mix of ages that can be done in the confines of our space,” Reddick said.

Performances will be Friday Dec. 9 and Saturday Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m., and a Sunday matinee Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be found online, via the phone or at the box office. Cash and credit cards accepted.

The theater is located at 6219 Martway.