10-Minute Play Project

We’re pleased to present a project to engage audiences and challenge writers, directors, and actors, the Fourth Annual VTG Ten-Minute Play Project: What If? There’s only one opportunity to see these original works, written and rehearsed over a 24-hour period by the area’s best talent.
Based on similar projects at the Fondren Theatre Workshop in Jackson, the Ten-Minute Play Project challenges the creativity of all involved.

Cast Selection: 7 p.m. Feb. 22, 2013
Shows: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23, 2013

Cast List

Tickets are $5 for non-VTG members. Click here to buy tickets online.
No reservations. Open seating.


Online registration

Printable Registration, Schedule, and Rules (MS Word)

Printable Registration, Schedule, and Rules (Adobe Reader)

Rehearsal location

Friday,  Feb 22, 2013

 7:00 pm         All participants bring 1 prop and will meet at VTG for introductions and orientation.  Playwrights draw from a hat to randomly select Directors and performance order.  Directors draw from a hat to randomly select Actors.  Actors draw from a hat to randomly select the prop/costumes to be incorporated into the play.  Actors are then released and Playwrights go home to begin writing.

Saturday, Feb 23, 2013

 9:00 am         Playwrights arrive at Hawkins United Methodist Church with copies of their finished scripts (ENOUGH FOR THE CAST and DIRECTOR, AND one copy for VTG).  If you are unable to provide copies, please let VTG know so that arrangements can be made.  Playwrights meet with Directors and Actors for a first read-thru of the scripts. Rehearsals begin at Hawkins Church.

 6:00 pm         All participants gather at VTG for further rehearsals and a tech-through of each play.  Directors will provide a copy of the script with any light cues needed for the Light Board Operator.

 7:00 pm         Call for all participants, all shows

 7:30 pm      Curtain up!!!


  1. Writers. Writers get ~12 hours to write a ten-minute play for the assigned cast and props. Writers will each select one director by lot. The VTG will not be available for writing. Each play must include a “What If?” scenario. For instance, what if Abraham Lincoln had not been shot or killed or something remarkable/ significant happened like gravity is 2 times as strong? The writers will inform VTG of the titles and scenarios Saturday Morning. Writers will avoid foul language and strong sexual references in their scripts.

  2. Directors. Directors get ~12 hours to rehearse the play. Directors will select their cast by lot.

  3. Props. Each participant must bring one prop for the shows. Props will be selected by lot. Additional props may be provided by the director/cast.

  4. Sets. The stage will be empty. Four chairs will be provided backstage. Any other set pieces used should require minimal (<5min.) set-up. Standard stage lighting will be used. Any special lighting (strobe effects etc.) must be handled by the director/cast and require minimal set-up. Any sound effects must be provided by the director/cast.

  5. Selecting a Winner. Audience will vote on best show.

  6. Rehearsals. Rehearsing will take place at Hawkins Church, not at VTG.

  7. Preferences. VTG will try to assign participants as writers, directors or cast based on their preferences.