In 2012, Wendy-Marie Martin, a member of the Playwright’s Lab at Hollins University, approached three of her colleagues with a ‘crazy idea’ to produce work from Hollins Playwright’s Lab students in theaters across the country and The Red Eye 10s Coast-to-Coast Play Festival was born. Thanks to Michael Gilboe, Byron Harris and Erin Lane joining Wendy-Marie, the first festival was produced in Montana, Virginia, Chicago and California and a completely student-initiated signature fund/friend-raiser for the New Works Initiative began.
The Red Eye International Play Festival is a 10-Minute Play festival featuring six original plays for Young Audiences in multiple theaters around the world ON THE SAME DAY! Our family of Red Eye hosts produce the six plays and share that process with everyone else involved through social media and our redeye10s.com website. It’s a worldwide collaboration and celebration of new work for young audiences!
The first year we tested out the 24-hour 10-minute structure and it proved to be a bit too much logistically, so we tweaked things a bit. The festival then became a 10-minute play festival which rehearsed and performed in a 24- hour period to keep time commitments for actors and directors to a minimum. Since then, we’ve relaxed a bit and came to realize that each host site has different needs and scheduling frameworks and we encourage our hosts to take as much or little time as they like to produce their production. All we ask is that all of the performances align with the festival date/time determined by the Red Eye 10s Producing team.
In 2015, we went INTERNATIONAL thanks to the addition of the International School Stuttgart and our 2017 festival welcomes an additional international host, The Rabbit’s Riot Theatre Company in Ireland. Currently our 2017 Festival has 10 host sites committed with 3 additional hosts still considering.
RED EYE NEWS:
In 2016, The Red Eye team decided to open submissions to playwrights worldwide. We are forever grateful to Hollins Playwrights Lab for giving us at the inspiration and support to try this crazy idea and now look forward to meeting new playwrights outside of HPL to forge a new international network of collaborative partners.
We hope you will join us by attending a performance at one of our host sites near you or becoming a host yourself! You can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.