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Tiffany Spears
Staff Writer

Excitement, joy, peace and anger were some of the feelings displayed on stage at the “10-Minute Play Festival 2010.” in the Dom’s Lounge at the Smith Campus Center at Pomona College.

The Dom’s Lounge was so packed with people that many of them had to stand.

The audience was composed of friends and family members cheering on their loved ones.

The first play entitled “Why” draws the audience in with the curiosity of why the name of the play is “Why?”

Chrysanthe Oltmann, the director and writer of “Why,” and a sophomore theater arts major at Pomona College, The play explores the reasoning behind people eating food and obsessions with food.

The main character, Lucy has an overwhelming obsession with food. She questions why eat food at all.

“She realizes the question why doesn’t matter,” Oltmann said. The other characters like Sam, Ryan, Georgia and Courtney give life and other perspectives to this comical play.

“I think every character was vital,” Oltmann said.

The next play, “The Audition” is also humorous. “The Audition” was about three people who have a violin audition. They all have the same audition but all have different personalities.

“I would not take anything away from the performance,” said, Aaron Isidore Brown writer and junior english major.

One of the characters, James, who really want the part, is not willing to do the work in order to be prepared for his audition.

The other two characters, Rachel and Gabriel, are complete opposites of each other.

In the end, the most unlikely person gets the part. “The Audition” symbolizes people’s opportunities in life and what people choose to do with those opportunities.

The third play, “Stay Black and Die!,” challenges stereotypes and conflicts within the black community.

In the play, three people are on stage and playing jump rope and singing songs that reflect their views and experiences of being black.

“The Dream Traveler,” directed and written by Emily Miner shows all types of males and females individually talking about their dreams on stage.

The narrator, a psychiatrist, analyzes everyone’s dreams.

The narrator believes she can examine and look at every aspect of a dream but that dreams remain a mystery.

“Daughters of Zion” is a play about the friendship between a group of ethnic women.

The play, written by Arielle Julia Brown, contains a colorful cast of characters including Sister Walker who is played by Alex Olu Alabi, a senior psychology major at Pomona College.

“My character is the conservative woman who isn’t progressive and not accepting,” Alabi said.

The play illustrates how one person with different beliefs and attitudes can divide a group or a common goal and the difficulty of overcoming those differences.

The play “Riverside Park” revolves around two elderly men, Diego Jimenez and Ewan Cohen, who are partners who reflect on life and their time spent with each other.

The events of the play display the golden years of the two men sharing memories of their lives spent together.

The play ends with the scene of a sunset shared between the two men.

The audience responded well to the characters on stages as they came to life by the actors.

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