Edited by Randi Bjornstad

This will be the 15th year that Oregon Contemporary Theatre has put out the call for original plays that take no more than 10 minutes to perform, and the winners of this year’s contest will be on stage at OCT from March 30 to April 9.

There’s one thing that’s very unusual about this year’s lineup, which brought in 80 entries from playwrights in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and British Columbia: All of the winning entries selected by judge Shannon Hill — who did not know playwright names or locations — turned out to be from Oregon.

Inga Swenson, one of the producers of the festival, describes the winning entries as “shaped from a wide range of styles.”

“We have an exceptional group of artists for this year’s festival,” Wilson said. “From fresh scripts, to the talented gathering of directors, cast and crew, NW10: Buckle Up is shaping up to be a fantastic ride.”

Here’s a list of what theatergoers will see in this year’s festival: 

A Blue Hydrangea by Eric Braman (Springfield), directed by Rex Moody

Heirloom by Sara Freedman (Bend), directed by Maggie Hadley

Silence S’il Yous Plait by Ken Henry (Gearhart), directed by Jen Gerould

Dominant Species by Cameron Jackson (Eugene), directed by Amy Weinkauf

A Density of Thought by Timothy Krause (Portland), directed by Jynastie Wilson 

Tinder Date by Meg Schenk (Portland), directed by Treyson Sherk

Mourning Henry IV by Hannah Teryn (Medford), directed by Adam Leonard

She Who Watches by Nancy West (Eugene), directed by Martha Benson


NW10: Buckle Up at OCT

When: 7:30 p.m. on March 30-31, April 1 and 6-8; 2 p.m. on April 9

Where: Oregon Contemporary Theatre, 194 W. Broadway, Eugene

Tickets: $20 regular admission, $15 for students (except for March 30, which is a  “name-your-own-price” preview show); available online at octheatre.org or by phone at 541-465-1506 during business hours

Additional information: octheatre.org/nw10