WestConn To Host '10-Minute Play And Webisode Festival' In Danbury

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Western Connecticut State University will present the third annual "10-Minute Play and Webisode Festival" on Saturday, April 12.
Western Connecticut State University will present the third annual "10-Minute Play and Webisode Festival" on Saturday, April 12. Photo Credit: Courtesy WCSU

DANBURY, Conn. -- Western Connecticut State University will present the third annual "10-Minute Play and Webisode Festival" on Saturday, April 12. 

The annual effort from WCSU's Writing, Linguistics and Creative Process; Communication and Media Arts; and Theatre Arts is set to begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 12, in the Student Center Theater on WCSU's Midtown campus at 181 White St. in Danbury. The event will be free and the public is invited to attend. 

The festival will feature readings and viewings of works written by students. 

"The opportunity to experience a stage reading or viewing of their work by professionals, as well as the ability to network with Broadway and media experts, proved enticing enough to yield 70 play and webisode entries from Western students," WCSU officials said. "A jury of entertainment and media professionals narrowed the field to 10 plays and eight webisodes that will be read or viewed during the festival."

The plays will include: “Lovely Letters” by Michael Guiliano, of Bethel; “Sky’s Ablaze” by Jim Goggins, of Naugatuck; “Doorbell …” by Sarah Cummings, of Danbury; “St. Valentine’s Anniversary Disaster” and “Psych” by Allyson Cosgrove, of Trumbull; “It Matters” by Kayla Murphy, of Newtown; “They Hear Our Silence” by Alicia-Leigh Oliveri, of Ridgefield; “A Third Gender” by Sam Strizver, of Stamford; “My Dead Hot Girlfriend” by Jenita Richards, of Bronx, N.Y.; and “The Thief’s Locker” by Heather Japp, of Uncasville. 

The webisodes are: “Promo” by Abigail Lebron, of Wallingford, and Chip Martinez, of Bethel; “The Other Side” by Ian Steiner, of New Milford; “Power Struggles” by Ryan Pappalo, of Norwalk; “Hide & Seek” by Kimberly Janvier, of West Hartford; “Freshmen v. Zombies” by Donald Von Tassel, of Danbury; "Ascension” by Dakota Kieras, of Danbury; “Legal Limits” by Mike Pepaj, of Brookfield; and “Panhandlers” by Kristopher Burke, of Asbury Park, N.J.

The jury consists of 15 judges, including actress Patricia Angelin, playwright Donata Carelli, actor/director Alan Demovsky, former chief editor of TV Guide Neil Hickey, former chief editor of TV Guide, researcher Alida Jay, media director George Leclere, actor Chip Leonard, author Cynthia Link, playwright Margo McKee, head producer Manuela Metri, radio and television performer Ellen Muir and writer Julie Poll. 

For more information, residents are asked to send an email to festival@wcsu.edu.

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