This November, the Los Alamos Little Theatre offers its fifth edition of the 8x10s, an evening of eight short plays, about 10 minutes long each.
“8×10’s Fifth Symphony” has a little bit of everything, from historical drama to tribal customs to time travel to the revealed thoughts of dogs. The plays come mainly from local and regional playwrights.
“Los Alamos Little Theatre is community theater in every sense of the phrase,” said John Gustafson, LALT Board president and co-producer of the 8x10s. “We not only offer theatre to our local audience, but we invite members of the community to participate in creating the theatrical experience.”
The 8×10 format allows newcomers to get involved in acting, directing or stagecraft without the demands that a full production creates. “8×10’s Fifth Symphony” features five first-time directors, six people new to the LALT stage and a first-time playwright. People experienced with theatre also are getting acquainted with new roles, such as stage management, make-up and lighting.
“We are delighted that people are taking the opportunity to find new ways to get engaged in producing a theatrical experience,” said co-producer Kelli Guider, who is herself a show producer for the first time.
The line-up for “8×10’s Fifth Symphony”:
- There’s More to Life than Being Happy, by Deborah Magid
- Changing Ella, by John Meiners, Jr.
- Gringo Chief, by Deborah Magid
- At the Convention, by Jeanne Adkins
- Time After Time, by Gary Dontzig
- Swerving, by Robert Benjamin, Jr.
- Night and Day, by Alix Hudson
- Dog Story by Gary Dantzig
“8×10’s Fifth Symphony” opens Friday Nov. 6 and runs through Saturday, Nov. 21 at the Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar St. in Los Alamos.
Additional information on the plays, playwrights and directors will be announced in the coming days. Visit www.lalt.org for more information.