Past Shows

2019 10-Minute Play Festival, Sept 2019

This past weekend, Theatre Oxford and the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council hosted over 300 audience members for its 2019 Ten-Minute Play Festival–a massive surge in audience turnout from the past several years.

All audience members got a chance to vote on their favorite of the eight short plays, and the audience favorite was Emily McClain’s family comedy “Secret Family Recipes,” directed by Dr. Daniell Mattern, winning by one vote over Chuck Smith’s play, “PayDayus Ex Machina,” a whimsical depiction of the existential conundrums plaguing vending machine snacks, directed by Naomi Levin.

Other audience favorites were “Ashes to Dust,” by Oxford native Kate Leslie, directed by Kate Meacham, and “Grief Has Waltzed on my Heart Tonight,” by local writer William Boyle, directed by UM student James Barton. The entire evening’s production was enhanced by the musical performances of singer Damein Wash and accompanist Adam Stringer.

Theatre Oxford board members were overjoyed by the turnout, and past festival audience members and contributors said that 2019 was the best the festival has ever been.


  • “Ashes to Dust,” by Kate Leslie, dir. Kate Meacham
  • “Dark Matter,” by Donald Loftus, dir. Davis Jones
  • “Grief Has Waltzed on my Heart Tonight,” by William Boyle, dir. James Barton
  • “The Interview,” by Patrice Hamilton, dir. Debra Anderson
  • “Keep a Little Soul,” by Madison Sedlor, dir. Brian Whisenant
  • “The Full Moby Dick Experience,” by Jack Pendarvis, dir. Micaela Kostmayer
  • “PayDayus Ex Machina,” by Chuck Smith, dir. Naomi Levin
  • “Secret Family Recipes,” by Emily McClain, dir. Daniel Mattern