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Theater Masters' Take Ten Vol. 1 - Collection / Anthology

Theater Masters' Take Ten Vol. 1

Lydia Blaisdell, Paula Vesala, Chas LiBretto, Phillip Howze, Matthew Capodicasa, Sean David DeMers, David Jacobi, Lin Tu

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ISBN: 9780573704635

This is the first collection of published plays by the Theater Masters' National MFA ten minute play festival, Take Ten.

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$75 with other plays in collection


Collection / Anthology

The collection, Theater Masters' Take Ten Vol. 1 is comprised of the following plays:

A recent divorcee returns to the dating pool and treats herself to a wax.

ENGLISH LESSON by Paula Vesala
A Finnish mother teaches her son English. When they keep meeting an old Puerto Rican woman, the only native language they share is the language of loss. 

Now in "People Heaven," Nicola Tesla and Thomas Edison deal with the repercussions of their life-long feud. An angry elephant may or may not show up.

NORDIC AMBITION by Phillip Howze
A suspended man comes face-to-face with the terror and hilarity of his mortality. As memory and language unhinge, can spectacle save us from the shame of our American present—or will history once again repeat itself?

OF OUR OWN by Matthew Capodicasa
Six years years ago, Theo disappeared, leaving Becky behind. After a chance encounter in the park, Becky and Theo walk through the spaces of their old life together, and face the impossibility of ever truly finding what’s been lost.

OFF TACKLE GLIDE by Sean David DeMers
Off Tackle Glide is a chance encounter between an NFL prospect and a Catholic priest. With the potential to make large amounts of money and achieve instant fame, Adam takes a detour into a church to explore his choices for the future. When Father James helps talk through his options, Adam considers subverting expectations by taking the road less traveled.  

LAODAMIAD by Chas LiBretto
Laodamia is the first woman to be widowed by the War in Troy. To cope, she decides to carry on her marriage with a statue of her husband’s likeness. Can her father halt spiraling descent into madness before it’s too late? And what can he do about his nation’s grief? Based on fragments from Euripides’ lost play Protesilaos, Laodamiad explores love, war, and loss. 

For the Chinese young couple Yuan and Fan separated from each other with one in the US and the other in China, time difference is not the only difference that awaits them.


TAKE TEN and the National MFA Playwrights Festival
by Naomi McDougall Jones
December 9, 2015

Lydia Blaisdell

Lydia Blaisdell

Lydia is a current fellow at the Michener Center for Writers. Her play, The Silent Woman, recently won the 2015 Kentucky Women Writers Conference Prize. Her immersive, retro-future piece, Apocalypse Radio had a workshop production in Austin in spring 2015. In March 2014, her one-act, Old Broads, was performed at the Off Shoot in Austin, TX. She is a proud member playwright of Youngblood at ... view full profile

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Paula Vesala

Paula Vesala

Paula Vesala is a Finnish playwright, musician and actor. Paula studied music at Sibelius Academy from 2002 to 2011, her main instrument being classical singing. She earned her BA from Theater Academy Helsinki in 2014, where she studied playwriting and dramaturgy. She is currently studying in the playwriting MFA program at UCLA. In Finland, Paula is a well-known singer and a songwriter, having ... view full profile

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Chas LiBretto

Chas LiBretto

Chas LiBretto is a writer and performer based in New York. He is the co-founder of Psittacus Productions, a theatre company specializing in the collision of ancient and modern stories. His recent writing includes the Pulitzer nominated Cyclops: A Rock Opera (w/ Landon Marcus), the novel A True History, A Cure in the House, the musical The Royal Pyrate (w/ Landon Marcus) and a full-length ... view full profile

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Phillip Howze

Phillip Howze

Phillip Howze is a playwright whose work has been developed or produced at Bay Area Playwrights Festival, BRIC-Arts Media, Clubbed Thumb, PRELUDE 2015, The Public Theater, San Francisco Playhouse, SPACE at Ryder Farm, and Yale Cabaret. A graduate of Yale School of Drama, he is a Fellow of the Sundance Institute Theater Lab, a member of the Emerging Writers Group at the Public Theater, a Lucas ... view full profile

Matthew Capodicasa

Matthew Capodicasa

Matthew Capodicasa’s plays include YOU REMIND ME OF YOU, FRELMETSCH THE MANEATER, VESSELS, ALL THE PEOPLE YOU'VE BEEN, CHAOS AND CAESAR SALAD, OF OUR OWN, TWO AND ONE and ANIMAL CRUELTY. His work has been presented or developed at the Kennedy Center, the National New Play Network, Primary Stages, the Flea Theater, the Abingdon Theatre, the Great Plains Theatre Conference, the Bloomington ... view full profile

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Sean David DeMers

Sean David DeMers

Sean David DeMers is a playwright with New England and New York City based roots. His plays include GOING THERE (O’Neill Semi-Finalist), REDACTED (Riverside Theater), RETURN TO MONGOOSE ISLAND, PHOEBE (Richard Maibaum Scholarship), DREAMS OF ELYSIA (Two Lights Theatre Ensemble), FRIENDLY FIRE (Des Moines Social Club), YOU LOVE MYSELF (Prime Number Productions), and THE SUICIDE OF MARK TWAIN ... view full profile

David Jacobi

David Jacobi

David Jacobi’s plays have been performed throughout the U.S. and in China, including the Peter Jay Sharp Theater, FringeNYC, Penghao Theatre, and 798 Dashanzi Art District. His work has been developed at Portland Center Stage’s JAW Festival (Mai Dang Lao,) Cutting Ball Theater’s RISK IS THIS (Ex Machina,) Great Plains Theatre Conference Mainstage (Mai Dang Lao,) WordBRIDGE (The Monster Below, prev ... view full profile

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Lin Tu

Lin Tu

Lin is a playwright/screenwriter, born and grew up in Beijing, China. Lin began writing proses and short fictions since early teen, and had some of them published, such as OF SEPARATION, in teen literature magazine Top Novel. In late teens, she joined in literature competitions such as "New Concept" National Literature Competition and "The Next • New Author" National Literature Competition, and ... view full profile

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