OC to stage 10-minute play competition

The Oklahoma Christian University theater department will stage its original 10-minute play competition on December 5-6.

The second annual competition is co-sponsored by both Alpha Psi Omega, the theater honors society, and Sigma Tau, the English honors society. All plays are original works that address a spiritual aspect of “Identity Crisis,” the theme of the competition.

A panel of faculty judges selected the top seven scripts among 15 student submissions. Both judges and audience members will select the best play, and the winner will be revealed after the Friday performance.

The competition is one way in which the theater department seeks to incorporate faith and learning. According to Barrett Huddleston, assistant professor of communication, choosing the seven plays for this year’s competition proved to be more difficult than the inaugural competition.

“The selection is based on a rubric that judges rigorously apply to each submission,” he said. “The mean average score for the submissions was well above the tally for last year’s submissions.”

In addition, Huddleston added that the competition features different styles of plays.

“Like last year, there is an even mix of drama and comedy, demonstrating the judges did not favor the mode of representation over the message of each play.”
The seven plays in the competition are Starving Artists, The Treasure of a Trampled Soul Is An Honest Prayer, Death Unlived, Coffee With My Delusions, Face In The Mirror, Polynices Unbound and Worth Living.
The plays begin at 8 p.m. each night in Judd Theatre on the Oklahoma Christian campus. Tickets for the show are $7 and reservations are not required. The plays are suitable for ages 10 and up.