After taking last summer off, the Davis County Players are back at it again this summer, preparing for their "Summer Shorts" short play festival, which will take place Friday and Saturday, August 1 and 2, at the Iowa Theatre on the historic Bloomfield square in Bloomfield. This will be the fourth installment of the festival, which was first launched in 2010.
The call for submissions from Iowa authors first went out in February, and seven short plays -- all penned by playwrights from the state of Iowa -- were selected for production on August 1 and 2 at 7 p.m. All of the short plays are between 5 and 15 minutes long, and the theme this year is "The Phone Call" -- meaning each of the plays has something to do with a phone call.
Audience members will vote for their favorites, and the winning playwright will receive $100, with additional prizes for favorite local play and favorite play written by an author under the age of 18.
As always, there will be additional entertainment, with performances by local singers and songwriters, some down-home "country poetry," and some surprises. There will also be artwork by local artists on display in the Kay Burchette Center, adjacent to the Iowa Theatre.
Plays selected for production this year include:
- DIALING DEATH, By Greg Freier, Norwalk
- CALL-TASTROPHE, By Brittany Derby & Zack Musgrove, Drakesville and Bloomfield
- CALL INTO QUESTION, By Sara Lawson, Bloomfield (Under-18 Winner.)
- THE PROSPECT, By Eva Adderly, Iowa City
- TRUE CALLING, By David Patterson, Fairfield
- SWEEPSTAKES, By James Grob, Bloomfield
- WE APPEAR TO HAVE COMPANY, by Greg Freier, Norwalk
Complete casts, directors, other performers and more will be announced next week.