August 14, 2010

Yellow Springs Corner Cone Soft Serve Playhouse Presents:

10-Minute Play Festival: Compact Theater for the Easily Distracted

Saturday, August 14 at noon and 4 pm

Come watch as new short plays battle it out for Best Comedy, Best Drama and Best Crowd Pleaser. Free Admission.

Located at the outdoor stage at Corner Cone on the corner of Dayton Yellow Springs and Walnut in Yellow Springs, Ohio.

*All ages are welcome, but there may be some language and innuendo.

Playwright Bios

Dean Bevan:  
Since 2002, Dean Bevan has written 14 plays, directed 3, and performed in 21 (including 9 musicals).  Twelve of his plays have been performed from New York to Palm Springs and Seattle and five states in between,
and he’s thrilled to see “Grim Reaper”in Yellow Springs!

K. Biadaszkiewicz: (THE NEW SIGN) writes drama, fiction, poetry, and essays that have been published in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Her plays have received recognition from organizations committed to new work, including Wayne State University; Tisch School of the Arts HotINK! Program; Sumter Opera House, South Carolina Academy of Authors, Coastal Carolina University, and College of Charleston (all SC); University of Louisville; University of Colorado; Ensemble Studio Theatre; Playwrights Theatre of Baltimore; MultiStages (NY); Performance Network (Michigan); Applause Books Best American Short Plays Anthology; Heuer Publishing; SUNY Potsdam; Cauchemar; Brooklyn Publishers; The Millay Colony for the Arts; The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts; the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences (Georgia); Dorset Colony House; Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre (NC); Poinsett Park Artist-in-Residence Program (SC); Meriwether Publishing; Level 4 Press; Scenebook for Actors; Colere; New Works of Merit; The Mercy Plays; Stanford University Collection; the Love Creek Short Play Festival; Turnip Theatre Festival; and The Institute for Southern Studies. Her play HACHAMA received an award from The International Institute for Documentary and Drama in Conflict Transformation. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild and the Extra Mile Playwrights, an ensemble of DG members in Detroit, Michigan.

Meg Cavanaugh:
Meg Cavanaugh is a singer/songwriter from Dayton OH.  She started writing music when she was seventeen and in 2005 moved to NYC.  She plays original music in the vein of Norah Jones, with a touch of jazz and bluegrass.  After touring the US and the UK, she’s living in London, swinging thru New York, and hitting Ohio whenever she gets a chance.  Her new album, ‘The Musketeers Handbook” is soon to be released, under the Dayton based label ‘Smiling Handshake Records’ and was recorded at Babblefish Studios in Franklin.   She is excited to be a part of the Corner Cone play writing festival in the beautiful Yellow Springs xx

Les Epstein:
Les Epstein teaches theater and English at the Community High School of Arts & Academics in Roanoke, VA, for which he has staged works by Shakespeare, Chekhov, Giraudoux, Jim Leonard, Jr., David Sedaris and others.   He spent twenty years in arts management and arts education, including ten seasons as education director and production coordinator for Opera Columbus and seven seasons as Executive Director for the Children’s Theatre of Winston-Salem.  Additionally he has directed for such organizations as the Piedmont Opera, Columbus Light Opera, the Andy Griffith Playhouse, the Toledo Opera, and the Elks National Theatre (Bedford VA), where he recently staged Fiddler on the Roof.  Les returns to Bedford to stage Inge’s Bus Stop this January.  His produced plays and libretti include the award-winning children’s opera, Barefoot (performances Winston-Salem State University, The MLK Performing Arts Center (Columbus) and the Majestic Theatre (Chillicothe, OH), among others, and the folk opera, “Miss Lucy,” which played this winter at the Roanoke Marginal Arts Festival, and is slated for a second production in November 2011.  Two plays—“Ruby Plumb” and “Dinner with the Hornblatts,” premiered at the Belfast Maskers Theatre (Maine) are now available through Heuer Publishing Company.  Both plays have been revived by theaters in Florida and Kansas.  Les holds BA in Theatre and English from Otterbein College, a master’s degree from Miami University and continued his studies at New York University and The Ohio State University (in theater education).  Les completed his teacher training at Mary Baldwin College in Virginia.

Karen T. Hartline:

Karen T. Hartline is proud to be a part of Soft Serve Playhouse’s 10-Minute Play Festival.  Pulling the Plug was recently the 3rd place winner in the nation’s largest audience-judged playwriting competition, PianoFight’s ShortLived 3.0 in San Francisco and is scheduled to appear in Bradley Playhouse’s Playwrights’ Festival in the fall. Her one-act play, In A Pickle, was chosen for the 2009 Playwrights Showcase of the Western Region in Denver, and has been a finalist in both the Kansas City Women’s Playwriting Festival, the Dubuque Fine Arts Players 32nd Annual National Playwriting Contest and the Nantucket Shorts Festival. Among her most recent projects are the web series, Transplant Parmesan and Quite Contrary, currently in pre-production, and What You Can Do, a documentary series that appeared on New York’s PBS affiliate station WLIW21.  Karen is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Queens College in New York with a BA in Communications.  She currently lives in Oakland, CA with her husband and son.

Brent Hearn: 
Brent writes, acts, and does freelance film production work in Jackson, Mississippi. When not getting paid to be broke, he enjoys reading, running, playing drums, and chasing his dream of being a poker superstar. "Zinniaphobic" is very special to him, as it was co-written with his good friend and roommate--not to mention one of his favoritest peoples on the planet--Beth Kander. This production, in particular, is meaningful, because it is produced and directed by the beautiful...the talented...and the girlfriend...Sarah Senff. Every artist should be so lucky as to collaborate with such extraordinary
people. Friend him on facebook. He's needy that way.

Virgil Hervey:
Former New York City criminal lawyer Virgil Hervey is a past Assistant Director of the Antioch Writers' Workshop. His stories, poems and articles have been published in over 40 small press publications, newspapers and online magazines. His short story "The Overall Picture" was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2002. He has been a staff reporter for the Yellow Springs (OH) News, edited chapbooks and several literary magazines, and currently edits and writes for A Yellow Springs Blog, publishing news, gossip, opinion and humor from his adopted hometown of Yellow Springs, Ohio. “Parking Spaces,” his first play, was adapted from “Nothing Better to Do,” a short story he wrote 10 years ago.

Arthur M. Jolly: 
Arthur M. Jolly was recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with a Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting in 2006, and lives and works in Los Angeles as a screenwriter and playwright. His full length drama A Gulag Mouse (finalist 2010 Newman/Woodward Drama Award, 2009 Joining Sword and Pen winner, 2010 Off-Broadway winner) has just been published by Next Stage Press. Other published plays include: Past Curfew, How Blue is my Crocodile, After It’s All Over, Tiger in a Cage, Better by Candlelight, The Bricklayer, Howie’s Last Words, and The Waiting Room of the Gods. More at

Beth Kander:
Beth Kander currently lives and writes in Jackson, MS. Her most recent
publication is Glubbery Gray: The Knight-Eating Beast (Pelican Publishing, 2010), co-authored by Bret Kenyon and illustrated by Jesse Labbe. A Mississippi Arts Commission Literary Arts Fellow, she also recently won acclaim for her play See Jane Quit, which won the Mississippi Theatre Association Playwriting Award (2009), a Eudora Welty New Play Series award (2010), and was recently produced at the Downtown Arts Center in Lexington, KY. She has had plays produced by many companies, including the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London,
England; 11:11 Theatre Company, Boston; Heartland Theatre, Normal, IL; Fn Productions, New York; and Planet Ant in Detroit. Beth has appeared in several short films, long-form corporate videos, regional TV and radio commercials, and
numerous stage productions. She has a B.A. from Brandeis University and an MSW from the University of Michigan. If you’re interested in learning what Beth is up to next, seek out her fan page on Facebook!

Henry Meyerson:
Henry Meyerson’s (playwright) publications include: Beware the Man Eating Chicken (full-length), Shtick (full-length), Fresh Brewed: Tales From the Coffee Bar (collection of short plays), Proceed to Check-out(collection of short plays) and The Secret Life of Seagulls (full-length) have all been published by Samuel French, Inc. Tech Support (one-act) has been published by Smith & Kraus who will also re-print portions of The Secret Life of Seagulls in 2010.  His most recent production, Beware the Man Eating Chicken, staged by Evolution Theatre Company, Columbus, OH, June, 2010, received a rave review from the Columbus Dispatch.  His other full-length and short plays have been produced throughout the United States and Europe. For synopses of all his full-length plays and screenplays, visit his website at:

David M. Morton:
David M. Morton is not a zen practitioner. He is Germantown, Ohio's most prominent playwright. Poems of his have appeared here and there, but not too here and not too there. He usually is sitting in the middle of a field, smoking a pipe, wishing he had a biscuit in his pocket.

David Patterson:
David Patterson is a playwright/screenwriter/actor who lives in Fairfield, IA. His play OLD FORTS was recently performed in Northfield, MN. His monologue DEAD ALREADY was performed in Provincetown, MA and was published in an anthology for JAC Publishing. His short film MOONBITE won the Award of Achievemnet at the IMPA Awards in May. His play WAITING FOR THE NESBITTS will be performed in Bloomfild, IA in August. His short plays have been performed in NY, LA, St Louis, Chicago and Montana. His full-length play TO THE TEETH ran for two weeks in Queens in 2006.

Allie Persinger:
A recent graduate of Wittenberg University Allie is exploring her talents and wordly desires! With a degree in Communication and Political Science, Allie is trying her luck at being a singer/songwriter and just returned to Ohio after playing in Nasvhille, TN for a week. All of Allie's theatre experience has been on stage acting, but this time she wanted to try her hand at writing. Allie enjoys animals, adventures, being outside and working with other creative individuals. She is looking to move to a bigger city- say Portland, OR or NYC in the very, very near future. Life is beautiful and shouldn't be spent on the couch!

Francesca Sanders
Since this award winning playwright from Portland, Oregon began writing in 2000, she’s been the recipient of The Oregon Literary Fellowship for Drama, Portland Civic Theatre Guild Fellowship for Theatrical Excellence, Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation- Playwriting Grant, Women’s Work Residency- New Perspectives Theatre, New York; Commission- Portland Center Stage; Commission- Integrity Productions (8 Views Towards Center October/ November 2007.) She’s also been selected to participate in the Seven Devil’s Playwriting Conference (for I Become A Guitar) and The Kennedy Center Summer Playwriting Intensive. She was named a Finalist for the 2008 Oregon Book Award for Drama (I Become A Guitar.)

She’s also been a Finalist for the Rosenthal New Play Prize, Seattle Rep’s New Work Festival, Ojai Playwriting Festival, Orlando Shakespeare Festival, JAW, New Harmony Project, Play Labs (Playwright’s Center Minneapolis) and has had readings or productions from Bangalore, India to North Dakota.

The juggling that Sanders does with reality and illusion is deft and skillful. A terrific piece of theatrical writing.” “A captivating new play.”- NY

“A very talented playwright” The Oregonian

Bonnie Spitzkeit:
(Playwright/producer/actor) Modeling her motto, "Retire early & often," this summer Bonnie has immersed herself in writing, puppetry, set design, and serious child's play with 2- and 4-year-old friends.  As a missionary kid in Korea, Bonnie played Titania in a touring production of A Midsummer Night's Dream with other English-speaking kids and Korean college students.  She loves to play outdoors and grew up ice cream deprived so this festival is a dream come true!  She thanks Jeni Cullen for her inspiration & commitment.

Chris Shaw Swanson:
Chris Shaw Swanson was born and bred in Ohio and now lives in Westerville . Her comedies and dramas have been honored in more than fifteen national competitions and produced throughout the U.S. as well as in Canada , Singapore and Australia . Chris' first full-length comedy Measured Honesty premiered at the Samuel Beckett Theater in New York City (Interborough Repertory Theater). Other full-length plays include Swings, The Heroines of Central Ohio and Tophet Point. Chris has also written numerous ten-minute and one-act plays. Corner Cone’s production of People Like Us marks Chris’ 13th production of a short play in 2010. Her work has been published by Smith & Kraus, Meriwether and the International Centre for Women Playwrights. Chris is a member of the Dramatist Guild of America. Website:


Daniella Vinitski:
Daniella Vinitski has a BFA with honors from New York University’s Tisch School of the ArtsExperimental Theatre Wing and was honored as Acting Scholar by Villanova University Masters program.  She is also conservatory trained by The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. She studied playwrighting under Roy Kendall at the ICA in London as well as international playwright Marina Carr.  Daniella’s plays have been workshopped and produced on the nationally recognized level, and she most recently wrote and directed original text for the cross-disciplinary performance of Paul Moravec’s Pulitzer Prize awarded composition, "The Tempest Fantasy" in collaboration with the CU College of Music.  In addition to her ensemble-based and experimental pieces, Daniella has worked with Colorado Shakespeare Festival’s recent productions of Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, Two Gentlemen of Verona, and Measure for Measure, in various capacities as actress, assistant director, and dramaturg.  Daniella is currently working towards a PhD in Theatre with a focus on directing and acting, and has taught both at The University of the Virgin Islands and CU Boulder.