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Theater Masters kicks off in Aspen

Aspen Times staff reportAspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN – Aspen-based nonprofit Theater Masters will present “Take Ten” – a series of 10-minute plays by students from the top MFA playwriting programs in the country – this Sunday through Tuesday in Aspen.Saturday at 5 p.m., a panel discussion at the Aspen Institute will feature all 11 playwrights along with 2011 Take Ten Artistic Advisor Lue Douthit. The panel will be followed by a dinner reception for the playwrights at a private home.Performances of “Take Ten” will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday at the Black Box Theater, located on the Aspen High School campus. Douthit, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Director of Literary Development and Dramaturgy, has worked with the festival for 17 seasons. She was a co-winner of the LMDA Prize in Dramaturgy: The Elliot Hayes Award in 1999.The 10 actors involved in this year’s production are mixed culturally and professionally, and in addition to those in Aspen, they will be coming in to perform from Denver, Los Angeles and New York. “Take Ten” has fostered the growth of more 40 playwrights since its inception in 2007, with alumni going on to see their work produced Off Broadway, at major regional theaters across the United States, and nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. This year’s winning playwrights hail from Carnegie Mellon, Yale, University of Iowa, UCLA, UCSD, NYU, Brown, University of Texas at Austin and Northwestern. And in keeping with tradition, Theater Masters is also fostering the work of young student writers from the Roaring Fork Valley. This year, Nelly Weiser from Aspen High School and Rachel Gacnik from Glenwood Springs High School are the local playwright winners whose plays will be showcased along with the MFA students.For advance tickets or reservations to the playwrights’ dinner and detailed schedule information, go to TheaterMasters.org or call 948-9484.


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