Port City Playwrights Offers Seven Diverse Plays in Ten-Minute Miscellany

Original works by local writers run the gamut from haunting to hilarious.

Continuing its tradition of script-in-hand productions, Port City Playwrights’ Project presents its most diversified and collaborative venture to date. Ten-Minute Miscellany will run for two nights only, February 18-19, at the Stein Studio Theatre in Thalian Hall.

The show features seven mini-plays in seven dramatically different styles by seven local playwrights, who themselves represent a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. In keeping with the spirit of diversity, three different directors will helm the production.

Regina McLeod will direct scripts by Kim Adams, Elizabeth Gordon, and Alfreda Marshburn. Adams’ Jam Session tells the uplifting true story of touring black musicians during the Jim Crow era. Gordon blends historical and magical elements in The Fine Art of Extinction, about artist John James Audubon and the birds he painted. Marshburn’s stirring monologue Even Me depicts the power of faith to change lives.

Kayla Hager brings her directorial vision to scripts by Joshua Drew, Richard M. Trask, and Patrick Raynor. In the psychological thriller Paranoia, Drew delves into themes of emotional trauma, while Trask entertains with his fishy romantic comedy, The Lake-Ness Monster. Raynor’s political farce Play On, POTUS imagines the goings-on in a fictional White House inhabited by an arrogant, asinine leader.

Rose-Mary Harrington directs her own script The Wedding Dress, a play in verse in which a pair of Jewish women meet for the first time—at the platform on a train to Auschwitz concentration camp.

Ticket information: $5 suggested donation at the door.

A 501(c)3 nonprofit, Port City Playwrights’ Project is a Wilmington-based community of writers for the stage and screen. We welcome newcomers of all experience levels to our bi-monthly meetings. For more information, visit https://portcityplaywrights.wordpress.com or email gopcpp@gmail.com.