“AdobeFest: Life in a Box” corrals a series of six 10-minute plays by local authors into an evening of comedy and pathos.
Tickets are $15 plus fees online at adobetheater.org from Friday, May 7 through Sunday, May 16.
The plays loosely address life in the confined space of the present.
Nancy Sellin will direct her own play “Sisters,” about an older and younger sister living in a nursing home. They’re in their 90s. The older sister has always been jealous of the younger.
“In six minutes, you know who they are and what kind of life they’ve had,” Sellin said. “One is very conservative. She’s been married one time. One is creative and has had a lot of men in her life.”
Sellin based the characters on herself and her older sister.
“It just came to me in a flash and it just flew out of me,”she said.
One of the women returns from a doctor’s appointment with bad news.
“She says, ‘I’m dying,’ ” Snellin said. “The other sister says ‘Good’ and they go on.”
They both chew the pain pills the sick sister has hoarded.
“All the conflicts dissolve,” Sellin said. “One says, ‘I couldn’t live without you’ and they go on watching TV.”
Sellin also will direct “Deadman’s Curve” by Daniel O’Day.
“It’s a ’40s style Dick and a dame kind of thing” she explained, a la “Guys and Dolls” and “Chinatown.”
Actor/director James Cady penned “One Line.”
Two over-the-hill actors are on their way to Santa Fe to audition for a single movie line. Then they pick up a hitchhiker with the same goal and chaos ensues.
“It ends up in crazy stuff where they throw each other out of the car,” Sellin said.
The 10-minute format forces the authors to remain compact, she added.
“We wanted to honor playwrights, and they’re complete plays in 10 minutes. You have to get a lot in a little bubble.”