Ten-minute plays are one of the hottest trends in theater cross the country these days. In this area, Theatre Odyssey has become the biggest producer of those short works.
Theatre Odyssey's annual Ten-Minute Play Festival is now in its ninth year. The company started in 2006, when members of the cast of "Metamorphoses" at Manatee Players conceived the idea of a festival that would present an annual competition of new short plays.
This year's festival runs today through Sunday at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts in Sarasota.
This year's plays are "A Bottle of Vodka" by Connie Schindewolf, "Fancy Seeing You Here" by Marvin Albert, "For Art's Sake" by Bernie Yanelli, "I'll Be Home for Christmas" by Dale Moore, "Just Fooling" by Verna Safran, "School for Wives" by Arthur Keyser, "Smart Bra" by Sylvia Reed and "Visiting by Ron Pantello."
The plays get full productions, and they're judged by a panel of theater experts. There's a cash prize for the winner.
Theatre Odyssey inaugurated a student playwriting festival last year, and the winner of this year's student festival, "Elevate My Life" by Joseph Grosso from Lakewood Ranch High School, will also be performed at this weekend's festival.
Details: May 1-4, Cook Theatre at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Show times: 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $18, $5 for students with ID. Information: 941-799-7224, www.theatreodyssey.org.
-- Marty Clear