Theme for BI 10-minute play festival is ‘Taboo’

It’s taboo what organizers want for entries in the 10th Annual 10-Minute Play Festival on Bainbridge Island.

No seriously — “Taboo” is the theme organizers want the plays to be about.

All Kitsap County playwrights are invited to submit original plays, no more than 10 minutes long, for consideration. Deadline is March 1. It’s the first time for a theme for the festival.

“We all operate within taboos — in our relationships, in our institutions, in society at large. We invite playwrights to have fun with the theme and interpret it as they wish. But the notion of TABOO must be central to the play’s storyline,” Steve Stolee, co-founder and president of the board, says in a news release.

Winning plays will be selected by a panel of theatre professionals and members of the Island Theatre board, and will be announced in April. The eight to 10 plays selected will be performed in August on a Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening, plus a Saturday matinee.

The contest is open to all playwrights high school age and older who are past or present county residents, work in Kitsap County or have a strong connection to the county.

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Run by volunteers, Island Theatre is a nonprofit supported by donations, the Bainbridge Community Foundation, the city’s Cultural Fund, the Rotary Club of BI and One Call for All.