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Heartland Theatre Company's 10-Minute Play Festival takes us to 'The Campout'

Douglas Malcolm in one of the 10-Minute Plays from Heartland Theatre Company
Douglas Malcolm in one of the 10-Minute Plays from Heartland Theatre Company.

The 10-Minute Play Festival from Heartland Theatre Company has been on hold for two years.

Now back after that pandemic-imposed hiatus, WGLT spoke with the Heartland Theatre Company's managing director, Gail Dobbins.

“It started in 2002. 'On The Front Porch' was the theme. Since then, we’ve had a different theme every year. The best festival is one that goes out of one play right into the next," Dobbins said.

This year's festival, which runs through the last weekend of June, includes eight plays chosen from submissions from all over the country.

"It’s really hard to write a 10-minute play," Dobbins said, "because you have to get the audience to care about your character.” But the 10-minute festival has been making it look easy with each production.

This year’s theme is The Campout, and “more plays than usual are on the light, funny side for this festival, but comedy lends itself better to 10-minute plays, so there are some really funny plays,” says Dobbins.

For dates, tickets, and more information, go to heartlandtheatre.org.

Ariele Jones is WGLT's assistant program director and host of Morning Edition, Highway 309, and Center Stage.