10-Minute Play Festival

2021 Festival Lineup

“Doppelganger,” by Barry Wood, directed by Daniell Mattern

“Miss Ida’s Magic,” by Jason Milligan, directed by Christopher Schager

“It’s Never Too Late,” by Steve Pryor, directed by Kate Meacham

“What You Wish For,” by Scott Gibson, directed by Jackie Daniels

“Tooth or Dare,” by Emily McClain, directed by Naomi Levin

“Flowerbed of the Dead” by LaToya Faulk, directed by Allie Grant (to be produced at a later date)

“A Young Ghost” by Mary Miller, directed by Joseph B. Atkins


Theatre Oxford’s annual 10-Minute Play Festival showcases new dramatic works in arts-loving Oxford Mississippi, a town beloved for its literary history. It all starts with the writing contest, which receives submissions from all over the world. Our submissions are read and rated anonymously by volunteer readers in two rounds, and the play selection committee chooses the grand, second, and third prize winners. The grand prize is $1,000 plus production at the festival, alongside 4 or 5 plays from our pool of contest finalists and 2 plays we have solicited from local authors.

This year, we have changed the dates of our festival, usually happening in the fall, to a spring slot; the Festival will take place in mid-April 2021 at the Powerhouse, Oxford’s arts hub and be played at the Oxford Film Festival’s Drive-In. We are also theming our festival around the idea of “magic” and we’ve got some fun surprises planned for our production. However, magic doesn’t always have to mean Harry Potter wizardry, Lord of the Ring’s Gandalf, or Salem witches; in addition to a connection to something (apparently) supernatural it can also mean mysterious, wonderful, amazing, or eerie, spooky, or unusual. In short, expect to see a wide variety of “magic” on stage.

This year, we’re featuring the work of two local playwrights, LaToya Faulk and Mary Miller. Read author interviews with them on our Facebook page!