There’ll be no need to look at your watch when the Rochester Repertory Theatre presents “Treasures in Ten” Friday through July 26.
That’s because each of the night’s 10 plays is guaranteed to last no longer than 10 minutes.
“Treasures in Ten” brings together the best of the Rep’s 10-minute play festivals, which have been presented in recent years during the summer.
“A number of people have asked about our favorites and if we were ever thinking of doing something like that,” said Cheryl Frarck, who is co-directing the plays with Becci Berg. “We sat down and pulled out all of the scripts and re-read them.”
Eventually, Frarck and Berg were able to narrow their list to 24 plays — about twice as many as could be presented in a single evening.
Finally, they were able to select the 10 that will be presented on “Treasures in Ten.”
The short plays to be performed include comedy and drama. One shows a woman on death row trying to determine what her final words will be. Another looks at the discovery of the Kensington Runestone. There is a play set in a school classroom and another in an airport. One of Frarck’s personal favorites is “The Daydream,” by longtime Rep set designer Paul Skattum. “It’s about a Walter Mitty-type character,” she said. “It’s a delightful piece.”
Among the 12 actors taking part are some of the actors who were in these shows the first time.
“We put out feelers to everybody,” Frarck said. “We do have some of the originals, but others had schedule conflicts.”
The plays will be presented with minimal props and costumes.
“All you need is an actor, a stage and an audience,” Frarck said.
In reviewing and now re-staging the 10-minute plays, Frarck said she was gratified to see they continue to inform and entertain.
“It’s really refreshing that these plays have the depth to be able to be looked at in a different light,” she said.