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Theatre event to showcase original one-act plays

In less than two weeks, it will be up to the One Act Play Reading Committee to weed through over 100 original short scripts from the U.S. and Canada — the good, the bad, and the … unusual.

New and returning playwrights have submitted their one-of-a-kind one acts for consideration to Carrollwood Players Theatre for placement in the 2016 One Act Weekend lineup on June 3-5, 2016.

“We’re looking for scripts that are entertaining or thought-provoking, fit in our time frame of 10 to 15 minutes, and are not complicated in terms of sets and props,” explained producer Jim Johnson.

With a deadline of Feb. 29 nearing, and at a nominal cost of just $5 for up to three submissions, interested writers still have a little time to get their original, never-before-seen works in for review.

Eight new directors, Sam Burke, Adriane Falcon, James Faurote, Erica Garraffa, Hippie Griswold, Jesse Hutson, Georgia Kosloski and Alicia Spiegel will try their hand at bringing the words of the writers to life against a black curtain and very minimal props.

The One Act Weekend offers a chance to showcase new plays that have never been produced, while helping to support the mission of Tampa’s oldest continually-running nonprofit community theater.

“We have a range of directors and actors, from those doing it for the first time to seasoned community theater performer,” said Johnson. “The weekend will be successful if we can give new directors the chance to learn how to be a director, give some new actors the chance to learn from some experienced actors, and we have a crowd that appreciates the plays we selected.”

To submit a short one-act script, visit carroll woodplayers.org/one-act-weekend. Selected plays will be announced in March, with performer auditions open to the public on April 3 and 4 at 7 p.m. at Carrollwood Players Theatre, 4333 Gunn Highway.

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