Five & Dime Drama Collective gears up for Fall Performance Series
This fall, Five & Dime Drama Collective is taking its third season to a whole new level. Scheduled for Oct. 11-14, the Fall Performance Series will take place at Main Stage Creative Community Center in Eureka Springs.
Kenn Woodard is back on the set again this year, serving as the executive creative director. Woodard is an accomplished actor, producer and director, and he has reimagined the Fall Performance Series by pulling together a larger and more diverse collection of works for this year’s performance.
With more than 360 plays submitted from 200 playwrights around the world, Woodard said, the process of selecting scripts was lengthy. Woodard said the performance series will focus on the “Multiverse” theme, described as a group of multiple universes, including our own, creating the perfect motif for the seven world-premier micro-plays chosen for the series.
The previous two Fall Performance Series included six short plays, roughly 10 minutes in length. This year’s micro-plays vary in length and the overall show will run about two hours with a 15-minute intermission. The micro-plays include Neith Anderith’s Accountability, Lindsay Partain’s Until the Earth Breaks Open, Ashley Arai’s Two Martinis, MacKenzie Doss’ The Combustibles, Randy Gross’ Angels of the Mansions of the Moon, Amy Tofte’s Pulse & Power and Michael Carey’s Bonkers.
Woodard said he has brought in talented set designers, wardrobe specialists and professional lighting and sound technicians for the series. His dream, he said, is to “empower the collaboration of creatives and others in the community in a cooperative and energetic blend to allow the expression from every aspect, no matter their backgrounds or experience.”
Eureka Springs has a wealth of creative individuals, Woodard said, to take on the production. He said he’s inspired and delighted with the talented locals who have come forth to contribute, including playwrights, actors and underwriters. The production wouldn’t be possible without its underwriters, Woodard said.
The production is adult-themed and presented in a unique round-stage experience, featuring poignant, short play performances relevant to everyone today. Woodard said the plays are deep in reflection and introspective on humanity with supernatural and subconscious social influences.
The Multiverse opens Thursday, Oct. 11, and runs until Sunday, Oct. 14, at Main Stage Creative Community Center at 67 N. Main St. in Eureka Springs. Each evening’s performance will run approximately two hours with an intermission, ending with an opportunity to meet the casts and crew. Two audience talk back sessions will be offered on Friday, Oct. 12, and at a matinee performance Sunday, Oct. 14. The performance on Saturday, Oct. 13, will include a gala event allowing ticket holders to enjoy drinks and hearty hors d’oeuvres while viewing the work of local artists.
Ticket prices range from $15 to $35 and are available at www.FiveAndDimeDramaCollective.org.