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Mundelein Arts Commission’s Ten-Minute Play Performances Earn High Praise from Attendees

The Mundelein Arts Commission (MAC) recently presented the winning plays from the ten-minute play competition to a standing room only audience at the Mundelein Village Hall. Each play performed entertained the audience and earned high praise.

The ten-minute play competition, the group’s first contest of its kind, winners were asked to create a small-cast, ten-minute play, all of which were then judged by Lake Forest resident and professional actor/director Bob Sanders. Although such plays are short, they must still be able to include the elements of full-length plays, creating a complete dramatic arc and relatable situation. Entries were judged on a point system measuring standard play elements that included: plot, characterization, dialogue, content, overall effect, presentability, and mechanics.

The final production included the contest first-place winner, “Love, Iniquitous,” written and directed by Jessica Motyka, with a cast consisting of Amy Hansen as Mara and Jeff Griffiths as Victor. The second-place winner “Funeral,” by Jeffrey Burd, was directed by Bob Sanders, with Chicago actors John Ham and Nick Padiak. The third-place winner, “The Shoe Game,” was written and directed by Susan Mocarski. Included in the cast were Tim Willems of Mundelein and Tim Mocarski of Lake Bluff.

In between shows, the audience was entertained by Mundelein musician Bruce Moon. According to a spokesperson, “This was something new for the Arts Commission, and we are very excited to present these new shows by such gifted local writers. The MAC hopes to continue to expand the cultural environment of the area by encouraging local artists in every area of the arts.”

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