Ten-Minute Play Festival by Undergraduate Playwrights. Illustration of Theatre Buidling.

Ten-Minute Play Festival

Feb 17, 2022 to Feb 20, 2022
Directed by: 
Kristy Hartsgrove Mooers
Alan MacVey Theatre
Thursday, February 17, 2022 - 8:00pm
Friday, February 18, 2022 - 8:00pm
Saturday, February 19, 2022 - 2:00pm
Saturday, February 19, 2022 - 8:00pm
Sunday, February 20, 2022 - 2:00pm


The University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts is proud to present the 25th Annual Ten-Minute Play Festival. Join us for the premiere of these undergraduate playwright’s new works!

The Ten-Minute Play Festival features ten-minute productions that are written, acted, designed, and run by undergraduate students. Support these students in a night that will have something for everyone.

There will also be a staged reading of select works happening at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 19.

Virtual Lobby

In advance of the performance, we'd like to invite you to visit our Virtual Lobby to learn more about the production and our team.

Festival Productions

Office Hours
By Lola Knight
Directed by Peter Lainson
Two students have to meet with their film professor to discuss their "no audio no visual" project. Let's just say art is subjective.

By Nat Payan
Directed by Tyler Salow
For most, a trip to the emergency room is stressful but for Jack, it’s a nightmare.
This production contains depictions of mental illness and self-harm and will include loud flatline noises and the sound of vomiting.

Dave's Pizza
Written and directed by Alice Doherty
Everyone's favorite hometown restaurant is closing its doors forever due to COVID-19. It's the last day before the owner hands over the keys, and there's not much to do besides reminisce and take shots in the kitchen. The unexpected arrival of a former coworker forces the last employees left to reckon with the darker side of the institution that was Dave's Pizza and decide where their loyalties lie–and whose story to believe.
This production contains depictions of sexual assault.

How Many Marks
By Tyler Salow
Directed by Josie O’Neil
When a boy is met by some otherworldly figures, he is forced to come to terms with what he truly believes in.

The Writer Spends an Evening at Work
Written and directed by Aly Shamburg
The Writer Spends an Evening at Work is a three person play about the creative process and one artist's love/hate relationship with what they've created.

By Emma Schroeder
Directed by Emelia Wenzel
Through the seasons, a school-obsessed girl learns to love the forest with the help of her nature-loving friend.

Staged Readings

Written and directed by Demi Makeig
What if you had a fully developed brain before you were even born, in the womb? Control follows a being as they brace the traumatic journey into the world known as modern childbirth.

Speed Dating
By Emelia Wenzel
A night of speed dating does not go according to plan when an ice-breaker-hating bachelor meets some strange characters.

By Elaina Irving
Welcome to Marley’s! Marley’s has the best selection of groceries in town and you can’t beat our amazing prices. We have the world’s greatest staff and we totally all get along! Join us for a glimpse of small-town grocery store life and you might find that things are a bit more special than they seem.

Whispers in the Fog
By Aidan Schuttler    
Two friends reminisce and attempt to connect before one leaves for the other side of the country.

3 bells, 2 twins, 1 wish
By Jivani Rodriguez
As they move forward and backward in time, two twins struggle to belong.
This reading contains discussion of death via electric chair.

The Other Side
By Tyler Salow
A simple farmhand dreams of life away from the farm.


Tickets for the Ten-Minute Play Festival are available in the Theatre Building lobby one hour before show time.
Tickets are free for University of Iowa students (with a valid ID) and $5 for general admission.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the Department of Theatre Arts in advance at 319.335.2700.