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King’s Shorts Info




In alphabetical order, the following plays and playwrights for 2020 are:
  • A Blaze of Glory written by Shawn Samuelson Henry, North Carolina
  • A Bridge Not Far Enough written by Rosemary Frisino Toohey, Baltimore, MD
  • Cross Purposes by Janet Godsell, Wellington, NS
  • Hail, Hail written by Gene DeJoie, Los Angeles, CA
  • Hard of Hearing written by Cheryl Burchell, Yarmouth, NS
  • October written by Paul Lewis, Seattle, WA
  • Ribeted by You written by Nancy Hopps, Eugene, OR
  • The Cove, 1690 AM written by Jim Prime, New Minas, NS


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A record-breaking 116 manuscripts were received in 2019 from Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, India and Israel.

The eight plays selected in 2019 were as follows:

  • A LITTLE BIT OF A BREAKDOWN by Sid Filkow, Saltspring Island, BC, directed by Wilfred Allan
  • BOOK ENDS by Shawn Samuelson Henry, Grosse Point Park, MI, USA, directed by Sam Cooper
  • CONCENTRIC by Mary Santarelli, Kenosha, WI, USA, directed by Bliss Rae
  • LAST CALL by Aviva Fleising, Toronto, ON, directed by Paul Goodyear
  • NON-FICTION by Gene DeJoie, Sherman Oaks, CA, USA, directed by Verilea Ellis
  • STRANGER THINGS HAVE HAPPENED by Doug Glenen, Granville Ferry, NS, directed by Kelley Pozzolo
  • THE CELL PHONE by John Wolfson, New York, NY, USA, directed by Spike Sprague
  • THE SPOT by Bruce Karp, Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA, directed by Dawn Scott

KING’S SHORTS WINNERS: Congratulations to everyone involved with making the 13th Annual King’s Shorts a huge success.

  • First Prize script, selected by Theatre Nova Scotia, went to Aviva Fleising for Last Call
  • Second Prize went to Gene DeJoie for Non-Fiction
  • The People’s Choice award went to Book Ends, written by Shawn Samuleson Henry and directed by first-time director Sam Cooper.

A huge thank you to Coordinator Verilea Ellis and Committee Members Jane DeWolfe, Doug Glenen, Adrian Nette, Elizabeth Rhymer, Verilea Ellis and Ashlea Viola.

Special thanks to Stage Manager Jane DeWolf and her crew of Frances Rafuse, Oliver Bass, Roy Stagg and Doug Glenen. Thanks also to Videographers Rhynn and Nicole Winstead and to Brian Wambolt for Sound & Lights. Special thanks to Adrian Nette for building the swing for “Concentric”, which was directed by our youngest director yet, Bliss Rae. Thanks also to Eden Tooker for doing make-up for “The Spot”, Maddy Conyers and Ian Leverett for designing and making the costumes for “Bookends”, and to Phil Milo for returning as MC. Congratulations to all the actors, authors, directors, crew and committee volunteers. An amazing job by all.



King’s Shorts: A Brief History
In 2006, Dean Taylor, local Annapolis Royal playwright, was discussing ten minute plays with some members of the Annapolis District Drama Group, as well as with the Executive Director of Theatre Nova Scotia. They all felt that a ten minute play festival was the perfect fit for the Annapolis area and King’s Theatre. Dean formed a committee that year, and in June 2007, the King’s Shorts Festival of Ten Minute Plays was born.

The Festival Today
Including the submissions for 2019, 798 plays have been submitted to the Festival from playwrights across Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Greece, New Zealand, Australia, Israel, and India. Every June eight plays are produced. The festival has included plays by first time playwrights and by experienced playwrights, by amateur writers and by professional writers, by men and by women, by young writers and by “more mature” writers.

Our Goal

Aside from being a fundraiser for King’s Theatre, King’s Shorts has two main goals. The first is to make live theatre more accessible to all: the audience, playwrights, directors and performers alike, and the second is to help them experience, or continue to experience, the joy of live theatre. To that end, each play performed is assigned its own director and that director sets his/her cast of players. At each annual performance, a first and second place winner, based on the written work, is chosen by Theatre Nova Scotia. As well, a People’s Choice Award is selected by the audiences at the three performances of the festival.

Our Challenge to You

If you have never been involved with live theatre this is your chance. The plays are only ten minutes long so it’s a great opportunity to “jump in” with both feet. We are always looking for playwrights (new or used), and actors (experienced or otherwise), for directors (we’ll even give you a little training), for backstage crew (you only need a black t-shirt) and for audience members (you simply need the ability to enjoy yourself). In whatever capacity you choose, we look forward to seeing you at the Festival in June.

Our Committee

Jane DeWolfe, Verilea Ellis (Coordinator), Doug Glenen, Adrian Nette, Elizabeth Rhymer, and Oliver Bass.


  • First Place: Hints and Allegations, Sid Filkow
  • Second Place: The Order of Good Cheer, Glenna Prime and Jim Prime
  • The People’s Choice: The Order of Good Cheer, Glenna Prime and Jim Prime


  • First Place:  A Second Hand Love Story, Glenna Prime
  • Second Place:  Installing a GPS, Margot Bishop
  • The People’s Choice:  Funeral Sandwiches, Jim Prime and Ben Robicheau


  • First Place:  Chase the Ace, Charles Salmon
  • Second Place:  Never Give Up, James Hutchison
  • Peoples Choice: The Agency Sent Me, Jim Prime



  • First Place:  Western Music in the Meringue, Sandi Johnson
  • Second Place: Better Safe than Sorry, George Freek
  • Peoples Choice: The Rubber Duck, Janet Godsell


  • First Place:  The Business Plan, Philip Hall
  • Second Place: As the Glaciers Melt, Janet Godsell
  • Peoples Choice: Speed Dating at Elderberry Manor, Eloise Comeau Murray


  • First Place: The Chair, Charles Salmon
  • Second Place: A Business Arrangement, Janet Godsell
  • Peoples Choice: A Business Arrangement, Janet Godsell


  • First Place:  Trusting, Janet Godsell
  • Second Place: True Confessions, Wayne Currie
  • Peoples Choice: A Twisted Tale, Sue Higgs


  • First Place:  A Little Secret, Janet Godsell
  • Second Place: Touch of Grace, Wendy Lockman
  • Peoples Choice: Is it Wednesday?, Pam Calabrese Maclean


  • First Place: Saved, Janet Godsell
  • Second Place: Awake, Pam Calabrese MacLean
  • Peoples Choice: Soon Miss Guttenberg? Oh Yes, Soon Mr Abraham, Paula Montgomery


  • First Place: What Was That Again, Wayne Currie
  • Second Place: Drawing the Line, Janet Godsell
  • Peoples Choice: Drawing the Line, Janet Godsell


  • First Place: The Lonely Island
  • Second Place:Not Awarded
  • Peoples Choice: Not Awarded