Short plays draw long lines


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Six original 10-minute plays written by Cornell students played to sold-out audiences Oct. 4-5 at the Ten Minute Playfest at the Schwartz Center’s Black Box Theatre.

The plays touched on a variety of topics. “Four One”by Darah Barnes ’15 told the dark story of a college-aged girl with a violent past. Playfest continued with “The Thirty-Minute Waltz,” by Anna Brenner ’16, and a comedic piece called “Human Nature” by Danny Bernstein ’14 about picking up dates at Starbucks.

“Cameo” by Whitney Wenger ‘13 featured actress Hannah Zlotnick ’14, who played a girl tormented by an aspect of her own personality, portrayed by Surya Kumar ’14. Next came a realistic comedy about a lawyer whose husband is not accepted by her father while she is in town for her mother’s funeral by Jessica Evans ’15 titled “The Patriots.” The show concluded with a Cornell-specific piece, “Cornell Confesses,” by Claire Stack ’15.

Playfest, organized by Sarah Byrne ’15 and the student group Red Shadow Productions, is the first of what students hope will become an annual competition and event showcasing new work.

 - Julian Montijo '15