LIHUE — Kauai Shorts — Women in Theatre’s 10-minute play festival — returns this weekend at the Kauai Community College Performing Arts Center.
More than 170 “shorts” were submitted for the festival, and WIT’s selection committee managed to narrow the list down to 20, according to Romey Curtis, one of the founding members of WIT.
“Shorts from all over the world, from Australia to Wales, and from California to New York, have come together for Women in Theatre’s 4th Biennial Ten-minute Play Festival,” she wrote in a release for the event.
The festival begins at 7 p.m. today and Saturday, with each evening featuring 10 plays — from hilarious to serious, evocative to provocative.
Judges will select their choices for best drama and best comedy each night, and audience members will have the opportunity to vote for their two favorite plays.
“Kauai Shorts are great fun — fun in which the audience plays a most important role — and in the spirit of a community event intended for the enjoyment of all, ticket prices are very affordable,” Curtis wrote.
Tickets cost $20 online and $25 at the door.
For the first time since the festival started, there will be a second weekend of performances at WIT’s End, in the Coconut MarketPlace, Aug. 16-18 — a second chance to see the award winners and other favorites.
Performances Aug. 16, and Aug. 17, begin at 7 p.m., with a 5 p.m. start on Aug. 18. Tickets for this second round of performances cost $18. Seating is limited.
For additional information visit the Women in Theatre’s website, womenintheatre.org or call 635-3727.
Friday, Aug. 9
• “The Blemished Mind of the Playwright” by Wil Welsh
• “Faulkner/Hemmingway Letters” by Bill Alewyn
• “Teotwawki” by Jo J. Adamson
• “The Obit” by Mark Cornell
• “Caveat Emptor” by Tim Bohn
• “Love in the Ravioli Season” by Claudia Inglis Haas
• “The Lilac Ticket” by C. J. Ehrlich
• “The Apple” by Doug Ross
• “Fair Shake” by Jeffrey Gold
• “Couple Walks into a Church” by Frank Reilly
Saturday, Aug. 10
• “Chumlee’s Grand Adventure” by Christopher Yakabe
• “The Eiffel Truth” by Susan Apker
• “Seldom is Heard” by Mary Steelsmith
• “Exploding Maggie” by Kevin Jones
• “Lavender and Straw” by David Scott
• “The Antichrist Cometh” by David MacGregor
• “Q & A” by Anne Welsh
• “Love Stories” by Melissa Mojo
• “The Slip” by Mark Tjarks