For the 2021 “Wheaton 10-Minute Play Festival,” the theatre received 106 scripts and presented 12 of them at a one-day Festival. The Festival, supported in part by the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, is designed to 1) bring individuals to the Wheaton Entertainment and Arts District, and 2) to provide a diverse group of playwrights a venue for the presentation of their work. After the festival, a panel of seven volunteer judges, using a rubric developed by the theatre identified the Best Play, Director, Actress, and Actor.
AmaZing Theatre wants to give a round of applause and thanks to all of the artists that participated in the Festival. We had a number of outstanding actors that dedicated hours to bringing to the stage the works of these playwrights. Without their commitment and talents, and the efforts of our many volunteers, the Festival would not have been possible.
Congratulations and thanks to everyone!
AmaZing Theatre is pleased to announce the awardees for 2021 in each category:
1st Place – “The Breakup King,” By Stephen Olson
2nd Place – “Love’s Disenlightenment,” By Jeff Dunne
3rd Place – “The Diary,” By Denise Sanchez
Stephen Olson, Playwright & Director, “The Breakup King”
Best Female Actress
Reyna Calvo, for her portrayal of Deloris, “The Breakup King,” By, Stephen Olson
Best Male Actor
Adam Adkins, for his portrayal of Walter, “Signs,” By, John Becker
1st Place - Best Play: Written By, Stephen Olson
Best Actress - Reyna Calvo, portrayal as Deloris
A man uses Zoom to convince a woman to date him by suggesting that they should breakup.
2nd Place - Best Play: Written By, Jeffrey Dunne
The artistic director of a local theater is checking out a new script. While the play's lack of dialog is a little unusual, it’s really the play’s lack of actors that has her wondering if her playwright friend took her joke about “who needs those damn actors anyway” a little too far.
3rd Place - Best Play: Written By, Denise Sanchez
Diamond panics when she discovers that she has left her Diary in the office coffee lounge.
Written By, John Becker
A man waits at a bus stop before work on a normal uninspiring morning, when he encounters a stranger who's anything but normal.
Written By, Amy Chien-Yu Wang
A.I. May explores love, belongingness, cultural identity, the meaning of life, and grief following a Chinese migrant mother’s tragic sudden loss of her only daughter, May.
Written By, Lenny Hort
Dating show host Iona Bond tries to find the chemistry between Chlorine and Sodium.
Written By, Jacqueline Youm
What happens when you accidentally get matched on a Zoom blind date with your ex?
Written By, Rex McGregor
After receiving a Thanksgiving pardon, a reformed turkey seeks forgiveness from a hen he abandoned
Written By, Pamela Morgan
A brother and sister argue over their mother’s condition and what decisions they should make.
Written By, Maripat Allen
In a dystopian future in which social distance is strictly enforced, a couple tries to connect on a first date.
Written By, Abhisek Bhattacharya
A corporate CEO’s death was linked to a peanut allergy until a scientist confesses that he had used his brilliant invention, a camera that can capture aroma, to murder the CEO.
Written By, Helen Cheng Mao
Diane, owner of Jack and Jill Dates matchmaking service, proposes different dating ideas (with varying degrees of success) that follow COVID-19 pandemic rules.