Orange County Arts Council

Opens Third Annual

Ten-Minute Play Festival at the

New Sugar Loaf Arts Center, Sugar Loaf, NY


(Chester, NY) Opening at the New Sugar Loaf Arts Center, the Orange County Arts Council presents its third annual Ten-Minute Play Festival. The festival runs August 1st through 3rd, at 7:30pm each night.


This year playwrights from all over the world were asked to submit scripts for the festival.  The selection committee of five, including Barry Plaxen, Gloria Bonelli, Gretchen Weerheim, Evelyn Albino, and Paul Ellis, made selections from over 300 scripts received.


Twenty-four plays were selected for a staged reading during the two evening event . Local actors and directors from Theater Companies in Orange County have joined to stage the plays on the Pavilion Stage of the SLPAC.


“By opening submissions to playwrights outside the County, and giving local actors and directors the opportunity to participate, the intent is to introduce local artists with emerging writers across the country. I believe this is a chance for our resident artists to make new connections.” Says Paul Ellis, the festival producer.


On Thursday, August 1st OCAC is hosting a Story to Stage workshop directed by Paul Ellis.  In this session, limited to twenty participants form all walks of life, members are lead through a series of games designed to encourage people to tell stories.  These stories can come from life experience, family memories or simply made up. The goal of the workshop is to turn stories from the participants into a Ten Minute Play, read as part of Saturday’s performance.


“In this festival, we’re bringing these works to the public to demonstrate how effective these productions can be.” Says Sarah McKay, OCAC executive director. “Ten-minute plays rely on the writer’s ability to take the audience through the same experience that a good one act or full-length play accomplishes. It has become a popular form of production; not a scene or a skit, but a real play, one that puts forth real emotion and engages audiences.”


“We are delighted to open the theater with this inclusive event.” Robert Valentine, Town of Chester Supervisor, “The Ten Minute Play Festival brings energy, excitement, and is a perfect example of how we, in the Town of Chester, want to work closely with the arts community to build engagement with the new Arts Center.”


Competition winners will be announced and posted on the Orange County Arts Council website in mid-July. Scheduled performances of the play festival will be posted on the website as well.


For more information on the Orange County Arts Council, workshops, opportunities for artists, memberships and more, please visit or call (845) 202-0140.