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10-Minute Play Festival features comedies, dramas and sci-fi

The Theatre Program at the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College will present a “10-Minute Play Festival” on April 15 at 8 p.m. and April 16 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. in Colgan Theater. Featuring comedies, dramas and science fiction, the event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

The seven plays in the festival are written, directed, acted and crewed by current and former NOVA students, with one notable exception. Ray Brogan, who teaches psychology at the Manassas Campus, will appear in two of the plays.

All the plays have interesting behind-the-scenes stories. After losing their director, Alec Mohn (of Centreville) and Rodrigo Pool (Catharpin) decided “the show must go on” and are co-directing as well as acting in “Professional Courtesy.” This will be Mohn’s theater debut. “Professional Courtesy” was written by Mary Beane (Lively, Va.), a prize winner in the Manassas Campus Writing Competition.

Playwrights Cassandra Newman (Stafford), Margaret Poethig (Arlington) and Don Tyrrell (Montclair) have also won prizes for their original plays in the Manassas Campus Writing Competition. Newman’s “The Plagiarist’s Lament,” Poethig’s “No-Match,” and Tyrrell’s “The Confession of Billy Drake” will be presented during the festival.

Brothers Micah and Nathan McFarland of Manassas wrote their plays, “The Sun Also Sets” and “Walled Garden,” in the Manassas Campus playwriting class.

Dick Creps of Manassas is directing two of the plays, including one he wrote, “Mind Web,” about a time when people have network chips embedded in their brains to connect them directly to the Internet. Creps says the play was inspired by speculation about the integration of body, mind and technology in the future and the risks and rewards that may ensue.

The campus is located at 6901 Sudley Road. For more information, contact Theatre Professor Kathryn O’Sullivan at kosullivan@nvcc.edu or 703-257-6595.

Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through NOVA Online. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.