Friday & Saturday - 8 p.m.
Sunday - 2 p.m.
All Tickets are $24
August 11 - 27, 2023
Fells Point Corner Theatre is delighted to bring you another fantastic line-up of hilarious and compelling 10-minute plays by local area playwrights in our annual 10x10x10 Play Festival! In just two short hours, audiences will see ten brand-new works presented by an ensemble of 10 of the area’s finest acting talents.
This year's plays and playwrights are:
A Working Title by Colin Valkenet
Kaylee and Adelyn by Elizabeth Shannon
Monster Mash by Jalice Ortiz-Corral
A Stop On The Road To The City by Kai DonDero
The Wrong Box by Richard Pauli
Birthday Manicure by Ramon Miranda Amaya
Opioid by Corey Jay Johnson
Body Positivity by Alli Hartley-Kong
The Kvetching Tree by Helen Cheng Mao
The Screening by Shakill Jamal
This year's Acting Ensemble is:
Margaret Condon, John Dignam, Emma Grace Dunbar, Mira Lamson Klein, Raechel Mann, Broadus Nesbitt III, Emma Staisloff, Mo Stewart, Bex Vega, and Alexander Velasco
This year's Directing Team is:
Tina Canady, Penelope Chan, Bird Pope, Steve Satta, and Liam Watkins
Festival Coordinator is Brandon Rashad Butts
Festival Producer is Brad Norris
* Denotes a Member of FPCT
WELCOME FROM THE FESTIVAL COORDINATOR
Thank you all for attending this Year's 10x10x10 festival! It has been another amazing year of theatre at Fells Point Corner Theatre and we appreciate your support in closing the season on a big note. Since its conception, the festival has created opportunities for locally grown stories to be brought to life through the help and support of local artists, and this is no exception. You all are in for a wonderful evening of storytelling. As you watch, I ask you to consider this "What if we did not cross boundaries? Boundaries set by human and non-human life? In the real world and the fantastic. The personal and the professional. What if personal identity was sufficient reasoning for abundant life? From maternal struggles to climate change to drug addiction, you will witness two acts of people, places and things fighting for their right to speak, love, hurt, and be. Just be. So thank you for taking the first step of being HERE! And when you go back into the world after the show, ask yourself "Have I been paying attention?" Enjoy the show!
- Brandon Rashad Butts, 10x10x10 Festival Coordinator
Tina Canady (they/them) - Opioid and The Wrong Box
Tina Canady is a Baltimore-based theater-maker and creative producer. Their award-winning documentary Breathing Black screened at several film festivals before recently finding it's home on the Black-owned streaming service KweliTv. Tina's work has been supported by the Maryland State Arts Council, Awesome Baltimore, the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, and has been featured in Baltimore Magazine, Technical.ly and the Truth in this Art Podcast. They currently serve as a core creator for Submersive Productions and as a member of Women of Color in the Arts (WOCA).
Penelope Chan* (she/her) - Body Positivity and The Screening
Penelope is happy to have joined the Baltimore theater community in 2022 after many years working in Los Angeles as a makeup artist, actor, writer, director, and all-around theater maker. Past favorite acting roles include Alexi Darling in RENT and Redshirt Chorus in Boldly Go! A Star Trek Musical Parody (both through Theater Arts of Caltech), Judith in Ashgirl and Penny Sycamore in You Can't Take it With You (both through ExpliCIT), and of course Carlotta/The Stranger in Dead Man's Cell Phone (FPCT). When she is not running around Baltimore chasing roles, she teaches high school science in Columbia, MD. She would like to thank her husband and fellow theater-maker Mark, who never falters in his love and encouragement.
Steve Satta* (they/he) - At a Stop on the Road to the City and The Kvetching Tree
Steve Satta is a Baltimore-based actor, director, dialect coach, and playwright. Their acting, directing, and coaching credits include Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Baltimore area theatres such as Everyman Theatre, Olney Theatre, Maryland Ensemble Theatre, and Single Carrot Theatre. As a playwright their work has been produced or read at various festivals and theatres across the US including New York, Virginia, Arizona, Kentucky, Michigan, and right here in Baltimore. Look for their full-length work Lily, Arthur as part of the 2024 Baltimore Playwrights Festival. Steve is also a Professor of Voice/Acting in the Department of Theatre Arts at Towson University.
Liam Watkins (any pronouns) - Working Title and Kaylee and Adelyn
Liam Watkins is a Baltimore based creative. Liam is so grateful for the opportunity to direct again and be among the other creatives that made this all possible. Previously, you may have seen Liam at Towson University, directing THE ALIENS by Annie Baker. You may have also seen 12 ANGRY MEN with a large group of homeschool children watched by their moms. If you are reading this, thank you and I love you.
Bird Pope (she/her) - Birthday Manicure and Monster Mash
Bird Pope is a Baltimore-based director and curator. She is passionate about midwifing new and devised works that push the bounds of how we tell stories. Her work explores the links between expectations placed on black bodies and the lived embodiment of refusal. A multiple-disciplinary artist, her mediums include poetry, photography, ceramics, and playwriting. Other credits include: Recipes for Community (Towson University) As You Like It ( Baltimore Center Stage), You,Too?: A Staged Reading (Maryland Ensemble Theatre), North Wind, (Baltimore Motor House), Variations on Vision (Rapid Lemon Productions), Who Killed John Doe? (Towson University). She feels most at home in the stacks of a library or wandering around the city with a camera.
PRODUCTION & DESIGN TEAM
Brandon Rashad Butts (he/him) - 10x10x10 Coordinator
Brandon Rashad Butts is a collaborative theatre artist and is happy to be returning to Fells after directing The Thanksgiving Play. He is co-host of ""...But Make it Books"", a podcast where we are bookishly healing through life (Available wherever you listen to your pods.) He thanks the cast, directors and crew for showing up, saying yes, and making it happen. Enjoy the show!
Brad Norris* (he/him) - Producer, Scenic and Sound Director
Brad Norris is a Baltimore based Director, Production Manager, Scenic Artist, Sound Designer, Fight Choreographer, and nerd who is thrilled to be working on this year's 10x10x10. He is currently the Managing Director of Fells Point Corner Theatre, the Production Manager for the Performing Arts Department at CCBC, and the greatest stay-at-home dad his kids have ever known. He has worked at just about every theatre in Baltimore, and was the co-founder of Cohesion Theatre Company (RIP). He is currently creating a new theatrical RPG live-play series for the Fall of 2023 titled: Planar Taxi Company: RPG in front of a live studio audience. He is passionate about justice, representation, indigenous sovereignty, reading books, playing D&D, and centering non-straight-white-cis-male stories and opinions everywhere possible. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find him, maybe you can hire Brad Norris.
Niya John (she/they) - Lighting Designer
Niya John is a lighting designer from PG County, Maryland. She has been working in theatre since middle school and is super excited to break into the industry professionally. Design credits include You Can See Me In The Dark at UMBC, Cabaret at the Classica Theatre of Maryland, and Gideon's Knot at the Laurel Mill Playhouse. Niya is honored to make her Fells Point debut with the 10x10x10 festival. She would like to thank her friends, family, and fellow production staff for their support through this incredible process
Lynn Belzer (she/her) - Stage Manager
Aniya Robinson (she/they) - Properties and Costume Designer
Margaret Condon is enjoying her return to FPCT where she previously performed as La Poncia in The House of Bernarda Alba and Mary Elizabeth O’Keeffe in Les Belles Soeurs. More recently, she appeared in other area community theaters as Carolyn Frankenstein in Frankenstein at The Strand, Tracy in Sweat and Goody Haskins in Vinegar Tom both for Spotlighters Theatre. She is very grateful to the 10X10X10 team for this wonderful opportunity and her husband, Bill, for his unwavering support. Most of all she hopes that you are enjoying your evening.
John Dignam (he/him)
John Dignam makes his third traipse across our stage. He appeared in FPCT’s 2022 10x10x10 Festival as well as our October 2021 production of Wit. John has been in more than two dozen Baltimore area productions since returning to community theatre in Fall 2015. He can be seen next in a revival of Dan Rodricks’ Baltimore, You Have No Idea at the Baltimore Museum of Art in December 2023 (baltimoreyouhavenoidea.com). John would like to thank Penelope, Liam, Brandon, Brad, and the entire cast and crew for their support.
Emma Grace Dunbar (she/her)
Emma is ecstatic to return to the stage after a nearly decade-long hiatus. Raised in Baltimore County, Emma is a 2014 graduate of George Washington Carver Center for Arts & Technology, where she became a founding member of Trapdoor Theatre Company. She is a former Oregon Shakespeare Festival “Semmie” and has participated in projects with Open Space Arts and Single Carrot Theater. Emma is grateful to have finally worked up the courage to get back to acting, and thanks her fiancé Sam “Osmosis Jones” for the unconditional love and support. She finds joy in her pets, her plants, and long walks with her headphones on.
Mira Lamson Klein (she/her)
Mira Lamson Klein is an actor, writer, and director with a passion for the development of new theatre. She is thrilled to make her Fells Point Corner Theatre debut! Previous DMV credits include American Dream at Rorschach Theatre. Other credits: Henry V (Exeter, various), Romeo & Juliet (Lady Capulet), Why the World Would End Without Pomegranates (Hecate), and Antigone (Kreon). Mira holds a Bachelor of Science in Theatre from Skidmore College and studied Commedia dell’Arte at the Accademia dell'Arte in Arezzo, Italy. Love to Jess and Raul for being the best community a girl could ask for and love always to Mom and Dad. @miralamsonklein on Instagram.
Broadus Nesbitt III
Broadus Nesbitt III is making his FPCT debut in the 10x10x10 play festival. He is frequently seen around CCBC working on sets or performing in shows such as “Small Mouth Sounds, The Underpants, and Argonautika.” Outside of CCBC he has appeared in several Arena Players shows such as “Stick Fly, Kill Move Paradise, When Men Reduce As Women Do, and Hamlet.” Broadus is currently working on a web-series that he wrote back in 2018!
Emma Staisloff * (she/her)
Emma is a passionate newcomer to the theater world, eager to share stories and connect with audiences. The only theater experience she has includes singing in the car and reenacting Wicked for her two cats Jakoti and Goose. A long time fan and volunteer of the FPCT, Emma loves connecting with the Baltimore community. Lastly, she wants to give a shout out to all the playwrights, directors, and crew for the 10x10x10 festival - there’s so much talent in Baltimore!
Bex Vega (they/him)
Bex Vega is a trans non-binary actor living in Baltimore City. He moved from Oakland, CA 3 years ago, and they are very proud to call Baltimore their home. They received their Bachelors in Musical Theatre from SFUAD and before 2023, had not performed in 6 years. His first role was Lt Brannigan in Guys and Dolls and their last role was Tybalt in R/J at The Strand Theatre Company. Thank you to their chosen family, Luci and Naula, and The Lads for everything they do to keep him sane and safe.
Alexander Velasco Suro (they/them)
Alexander Velasco Suro is a Baltimore based actor and dragster. Selected prior productions: Our Town (Baltimore Center Stage), Maricela de la Luz Lights the World (FPCT), George [Carrie the Musical]. Alex believes in reckless kindness and the chaos of giving. They would like to thank the Lads and the Kitsch crew. Alex would also like to thank their cat, Egg Sandwich.
Mo Stewart is a Baltimore-based up and coming actor. Mo made his on-stage debut at the CCBC's production of "We are Proud to Present... Mo graduated from Tuskegee University with a B.A. in History. Mo enjoys traveling and entrepreneurship.
Ramon Miranda Amaya (he/him) - Birthday Manicure
Ramon Miranda Amaya is a Salvadoran-American playwright and actor based in the DMV. His work explores the intersections between fatness, queerness, and latinidad. He is a current graduate student studying Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Maryland. Writing credits: Birthday Manicure (10x10x10 Play Festival), Camp Confetti, Towson Theatre Lab), Burger Joint (Playslam!), UNdocumentary (Towson Theatre Lab), Fat F*cks (Towson Theatre Lab). Acting credits: Professor in Uncle Vanya (Towson Studio Theatre) and Ensemble in TBD: A Devised Theatrical Celebration (Capital Fringe Festival). IG: @Vidaofmonchito
Kai DonDero (they/them | she/hers) - A Stop On The Road to The City
Kai DonDero is a current Graduate Student in the Towson University M.F.A Theatre Arts program. They have a B.A. in Theatre and Performance from SUNY Purchase, with a minor in playwrighting. It is an honor to have their play, A Stop On The Road to The City, premiere at Fells Point! Their mother told them stories of planning excursions with Uncle Rob to see Fells Point seasons when she was young. The play, which written in Kishōtenketsu, is a glimpse of an in-between space. Thank you to my parents, Joanne and Janice. Turns out, Janice is part of who Mikaela was waitng for.
Alli Hartley-Kong (she/her) - Body Positivity
Alli Hartley-Kong is a Washington DC-based playwright. Her full-length play People Should Talk About What's Real had a 2023 reading with the Baltimore Playwrights Festival. In addition to her full-length play, Alli has written over twenty short plays, one-acts and monologues that have been performed in the U.S. and overseas. 2023 one-acts include Into the Blast Radius (ARTFactory Manassas), The Senator and His Wife Go on Retreat (Blank Page Theatre Company, Manhattan), Bacon With Dad (Geneva Theatre Guild, Geneva NY) and Stuck on the Top With You (West Milford Players, NJ). Alli's published writing include an article in Smithsonian Magazine, Hyperallergic, and an upcoming play in the Smith & Krauss anthology Best Plays of 2023. With love for Kovit Kong, who picks up extra duties around the house, and makes all the plays possible.
Shakill Jamal (he/him) - The Screening
Shakill Jamal is a local actor, playwright, and musician based in the Baltimore area. He’s been active in the Baltimore and DMV artist community since 2012. He loves hip hop, acid jazz and his chihuahua, Biscuit. Taking part in this festival is a great honor, thank you to everyone, friends, fam, and my beloved for supporting me through this process. Enjoy the show! Previous credits include: The Codeswitch(writer/director, Sisters Freehold) Complete Works of Shakespeare Abridged(Chesapeake Shakespeare Company) Mlima’s Tale(various, 1st Stage) Do You Feel Anger(Howie, Theatre Alliance) Museum 2040(Sebastien, 4615 Theatre) A Midsummer Night's Dream(Bottom, Baltimore Shakespeare Factory) Othello(Othello, National Players Tour 69 Always remember: Life is about figuring it out!
Corey Jay Johnson - Opioid
Corey Jay Johnson is an author, film director, screen writer, and playwright from Baltimore. He is on the fast-track to becoming a prolific writer and storyteller. Corey has written and published four compelling books. One of his most popular books is titled Courageous. Corey turned his book Courageous into a one-man stage play which has been portrayed on the stages of Baltimore Center Stage Theater, The Arena Players Theater, The DC Black Theater and Arts Festival in which he won a first-place award, as well as other stages in and around Baltimore and the DMV. He has also written a very well received three-part book series titled – P.I. Chronicles, which is about his life as a young man who grew up in Baltimore City and one day finds himself in the Philippines via his military service as a US Marine. Recently, his play Wonderful Is Your Name (a gospel musical) was a favorite in The Pacific Northwest Multi-Cultural Readers Series & Film Festival (PNMC) in Portland. Through his writings, Corey takes his readers on a detailed journey into his stories all while allowing room for the reader and viewer to use their own imagination and their own visions. Corey has written, directed, and produced several independent films about various topics including, mental health, drug abuse, drunk driving, and suicidal awareness. He has spoken on numerous radio stations and podcasts including WEAA 88.9, Stay Up News, and The Connected Corner.
Helen Cheng Mao (she/her) - The Kvetching Tree
Helen Cheng Mao is a freelance writer, proofreader, editor, playwright, and actor in Maryland. She has written and performed in award-winning plays and monologues produced by several in-person and online theaters (some pieces viewable at https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLOBWRX6h1_Qm8VQZqPWymVGFIkfruadkU). At Johns Hopkins and other area medical schools, Helen instructs communication and clinical skills as a standardized patient and physical exam teaching associate. She can be reached at www.linkedin.com/in/helencmao. Much love and thanks to David, Alexandra, Elizabeth, the YaleWomen Screenwriters Group, and friends!
Jalice Ortiz-Corral (she/her) - Monster Mash
Jalice Ortiz-Corral is a writer, director, and stand-up comic from Baltimore. She studied in London, where she earned an MA from Royal Holloway University and an MA from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. After completing the 2020 Soho Theatre Writers’ Lab, she returned to Maryland where she has stage managed for many local theatre companies. She is the current Artistic Producer of the Baltimore Shakespeare Factory.
Richard Pauli (he/him) - The Wrong Box
Rich (he/him) began writing for the theatre in 2009, while working as a Senior Writer for Hallmark Cards. Since then he has enjoyed many full productions and staged readings of his work in venues ranging from one-minute-play extravaganzas to10-minute-play festivals to full-length presentations, both live and streaming. The Wrong Box is Rich’s fifth production at Fells Point Corner Theatre. He considers his play-writing work to be a vindication of his choice of a liberal arts undergraduate education. When not writing, Rich can often be found engaging in activities involving strings, such as tennis, banjo playing, or untangling Christmas tree lights (seasonal). He is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America. Much love and thanks to his patient and supportive wife, Rosemary; and to his sister and constant reader, Linda.
Elizabeth Shannon (she/her) - Kaylee and Adelyn
Elizabeth Shannon is an emerging playwright and actor. She has completed a residency with Young Playwrights Theatre of DC and is a four time winner of The Blank Theatre’s Young Playwrights Festival. She was an inaugural winner of ENOUGH! Plays to End Gun Violence in 2020, having her play “Loaded Language” produced in 47 places across the world and counting. She is the 2023 winner of the Wichita State University Bela Kiralyfalvi National Student Playwriting Competition. She has worked with Baltimore Centerstage, Third Avenue Playhouse, South Coast Repertory, Olney Theatre of DC, and many others. She is published on Playscripts and in two Smith and Kraus monologue anthologies. Instagram: @_elizabethshannon
Colin Valkenet - A Working Title