The Blue Ten Minute Play Festival
Nov
11
Nov 19

The Blue Ten Minute Play Festival

The Portland Ten Minute Play Festival is a collaborative short form theater event with all of the plays performed two weekends in a row. Each play is ten minutes or less and features some of Portland’s best theater talent - writers, actors, directors and crew! The 10MPF is an opportunity for artists to create contemporary and unique stories that entertain and exhilarate audiences!

Lucky Infinity
Aug
25
Aug 28

Lucky Infinity

In the future the voting politics of America have been replaced by the Political Entertainment Industry. Its flagship program, America’s Got President!, is the election process. Egos and agendas clash in the Department of Safety and Terror when two government speech writers must align with either the new President or a quantum super computer that just became self-aware.

The Red Ten Minute Play Festival
Jun
24
Jul 2

The Red Ten Minute Play Festival

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Clinton Street Theater, Portland Oregon
June 24th/25th & July 1st/2nd
Doors @ 6:00 – Curtain @ 7:00
Only $5!


The Portland Ten Minute Play Festival is a collaborative short form theater event with all of the plays performed two weekends in a row. Each play is ten minutes or less and features some of Portland’s best theater talent - writers, actors, directors and crew! The 10MPF is an opportunity for artists to create contemporary and unique stories that entertain and exhilarate audiences!

For this installment the theme is Red and there are some sizzling hot interpretations. There's: a Tinder date in the park, dystopian initiation rites, Red shirts of Star Trek testing fate, a hardboiled detective crazy for jam, serial killers drinking with their super fan, the practicalities of caring for a giant red dog, an alien wig with reproductive urges, CIA agents playing board games with communists, and Sigmund Freud and Hester Prynne deconstructing each other.

To kick off the 2016 summer, we're hosting two theatrical weekends that will paint our fine city of Portland Red!

The SuperHeroes Ten Minute Play Festival
Nov
13
Nov 15

The SuperHeroes Ten Minute Play Festival

Clinton Street Theater, Portland Oregon
November 13th, 14, 15 2015
Doors @ 6:00 – Curtain @ 7:00
Only $5!

The theme for the next Ten Minute Play Festival is SuperHeroes! Casting Calls and Writer's Workshops will be announced soon!

The Taboo Ten Minute Play Festival
Aug
7
Aug 9

The Taboo Ten Minute Play Festival

Clinton Street Theater, Portland Oregon
August 7th, 8th, 9th 2015
Doors @ 6:00 – Curtain @ 7:00
Only $5!

The theme for the next Ten Minute Play Festival is Taboo!
Casting Calls for the next Ten Minute Play Festival are on June 28th at noon and June 29th at 7pm.

Oregon Brewers Festival (2015)
Jul
22
Jul 26

Oregon Brewers Festival (2015)

 

Waterfront Park, Portland, Oregon
July 22nd - 26th, 2015

Back for his 4th year in a row, Ollie Collins once again was the Master of Ceremonies for Portland's largest beer festival.  It was Monkey With a Beer On 4.0.

My Americana, with Ollie Collins (2015)
Jul
3
7:00 pm19:00

My Americana, with Ollie Collins (2015)

Clinton Street Theater, Portland Oregon
July 3rd, 2015
Doors @ 6:00 – Curtain @ 7:00
Only $5!

My Americana is the story of life in Portland, OR. Baseball. TV. Sleep. Dreams. Death. Pancakes. Money. Happiness. The American Dream. Florida. Running.

This is NOT a Western!
Jun
12
Jun 14

This is NOT a Western!

Clinton Street Theater, Portland, Oregon
June 12th, 13th, 14th, 2015
Doors @ 7:00 – Curtain @ 8:00
Only $5!

This is NOT a Western! features a pair of one-act plays performed back-to-back, with a country-western musician playing in between the plays.

AudioGlobe Showcase AGxP
Jun
6
8:00 pm20:00

AudioGlobe Showcase AGxP

Star Theater, Portland, Oregon
June 6th, 2015
8PM
$10

Come join the celebration with us at AGxP 2015! AudioGlobe is celebrating global community art and the people who put it all together: the fans, event planners, artists, musicians and media experts. We will also be announcing our new software platform to capture and live stream events to the global market. When you attend an AudioGlobe event you get all the audio/video content to enjoy over and over!

The Circus Ten Minute Play Festival
Mar
27
Mar 29

The Circus Ten Minute Play Festival

Clinton Street Theater, Portland Oregon
March 27th, 28th, 29th 2015
Doors @ 6:15 – Curtain @ 7:00
Only $5!

For our 12th festival, the theme is Circus! Think: the story of Siamese twins wanting to separate, bearded ladies fighting, a musical involving a Bird-Boy looking for his lost parents, the hospital room of an injured tight-rope walker, two bank robbers who are dressed as clowns, a young man who jumps the train to join the circus, the story of love on the circus train, the story of a small circus troupe, three clowns who attend a job training seminar, and the mysterious case of the lion tamer's missing head!

Dive Art (2014)
Dec
5
Dec 6

Dive Art (2014)

The Vern, 2622 SE Belmont Portland, Oregon
December 5th, 2014
Doors @ 6:00 Music from 7:00 - 10:00
Foosball tournament @ 10:30
Free!  21+

A dive bar turned into an art gallery with live music, super cheap discounted art, cheap drinks, and a foosball tourney?...  Looks like X-Mas came early this year!

The Sci-Fi Ten Minute Play Festival
Nov
9
7:00 pm19:00

The Sci-Fi Ten Minute Play Festival

Clinton Street Theater, Portland Oregon
Nove
mber 7th, 8th, 9th 2014
Doors @ 6:30 – Curtain @ 7:00
Only $5!

For our 11th festival, the theme is Sci-Fi!  Think: space madness, a futuristic flashlight discovered by religious pioneers, alien monsters, a world where people escape day-to-day life by using droning devices, a society where procreation must be approved by the government, genetic engineering gone wrong, a sexy department store mannequin android, space spiders from outer space, and more!

Oregon Brewers Festival (2014)
Jul
23
Jul 27

Oregon Brewers Festival (2014)

Back for his 3rd year in a row, Ollie Collins once again was the Master of Ceremonies for Portland's largest beer festival.  It was Monkey With a Beer On 3.0.

The Dreams Ten Minute Play Festival
Jun
27
5:00 pm17:00

The Dreams Ten Minute Play Festival

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Clinton Street Theater, Portland Oregon
June 27th, 28th, 29th 2014
Doors @ 6:30 – Curtain @ 7:00
Only $5!

The Portland Ten Minute Play Festival is a seasonal collaborative event created by Monkey With a Hat On. The festival features ten locally written ten minute plays. Each play features different writers, actors and directors – many people are involved. The festival is a seasonal opportunity for Portland artists to share moments, and for the audience to experience a wide range of stories in one night. It’s a fun, festival atmosphere! 

 

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Sex, Death & Springsteen
May
11
5:30 pm17:30

Sex, Death & Springsteen

SEX, DEATH & SPRINGSTEEN

Clinton Street Theater, Portland Oregon
May 9th, 10th, 11th 2014
Doors @ 6:30 – Curtain @ 7:00
Only $5!

Sex, Death & Springsteen is a supernatural comedy in two acts featuring original music and a talented cast. Jack, a waiter and aspiring writer, needs to get his soul back from evil idiotic restaurant owners so he can go after the girl of his dreams. Along the way Jack meets his spirit guide, commiserates with a hip hop ghost and learns what true success really is. Written and directed by Justin Gauthier.

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Check out the gallery!

Sex, Death & Springsteen is a supernatural comedy in two acts featuring original music and a talented cast. Jack, a waiter and aspiring writer, needs to get his soul back from evil idiotic restaurant owners so he can go after the girl of his dreams. Along the way Jack meets his spirit guide, commiserates with a hip hop ghost and learns what true success really is. Written and directed by Justin Gauthier.

Sex, Death & Springsteen is a supernatural comedy in two acts featuring original music and a talented cast. Jack, a waiter and aspiring writer, needs to get his soul back from evil idiotic restaurant owners so he can go after the girl of his dreams. Along the way Jack meets his spirit guide, commiserates with a hip hop ghost and learns what true success really is. Written and directed by Justin Gauthier.

The Time Ten Minute Play Festival
Mar
21
4:00 pm16:00

The Time Ten Minute Play Festival

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Clinton Street Theater, Portland Oregon
March 21st, 22nd, 23rd 2014
Doors @ 6:30 – Curtain @ 7:00
Only $5!

 

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The Portland Ten Minute Play Festival is a seasonal collaborative event created by Monkey With a Hat On. The festival features ten locally written ten minute plays. Each play features different writers, actors and directors – many people are involved. The festival is a seasonal opportunity for Portland artists to share moments, and for the audience to see a wide range of stories in one night. It’s a fun, festival atmosphere!

For our 9th festival, the theme is Time!

Think: the perception of time, linear time, circular time, we only have so much time, the ticking time bomb, the watchmaker, the woman who lives in the clock tower, time travel, the time of the day, the time of the year, a record measured in time…

It’s going to be a hoot, come on down!

The Noir Ten Minute Play Festival
Nov
29
5:00 pm17:00

The Noir Ten Minute Play Festival

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Clinton Street Theater, Portland Oregon
Nov. 29th, 30th & Dec 1st, 2013
Doors @ 6:30 – Curtain @ 7:00
Only $5!

The Portland Ten Minute Play Festival is a seasonal collaborative event created by Monkey With a Hat On. The festival features ten locally written ten minute plays. Each play features different writers, actors and directors – many people are involved. The festival is a seasonal opportunity for Portland artists to share moments, and for the audience to see a wide range of stories in one night. It’s a fun, festival atmosphere!

For our eighth festival, all plays are Noir themed! The plays range in tonalities, styles and the interpretation of the theme. Think: black, dark, film noir, the grifter, the femme fatale, the detective, crime, gangsters, dark eroticism, danger, violence, bleakness, grittiness…

Turtle Doves
Oct
18
5:30 pm17:30

Turtle Doves

Turtle Doves

Clinton Street Theater, Portland Oregon
October 18th, 19th, 20th 2013
Doors @ 6:30 – Curtain @ 7:00
Only $5!

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Turtle Doves is a dark, crime drama that involves cocaine dealing, murder, the World Series of Poker Champion, and revenge.  The play takes place in an other-worldly setting where “The Birds” tell the story.  “The Birds” are played by The ‘Leles, a Toledo-based Portland musical duo.

Cast:
Leo – Ollie Collins
Raf – Maya Spring Brown
Don – Justin Gauthier
Mike – Sean Bailey
Jim Valentine – Christopher Baird
Frank – Caleb Blatz
Joe Marcus – Ben Hayes

The Birds – The ‘Leles, Josh Ward and Gabby Grumelot

Costumes by Rebecca Therkelsen
Stage Manager – Amber Merritt

The Animals Ten Minute Play Festival
Aug
16
12:30 pm12:30

The Animals Ten Minute Play Festival

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Clinton Street Theater, Portland Oregon
August 16th, 17th, 18th, 2013
Doors @ 6:30 – Curtain @ 7:00
Only $5!

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The Portland Ten Minute Play Festival is a seasonal collaborative event created by Monkey With a Hat On. The festival features a dozen locally written ten minute plays. Each play features different writers, actors and directors – many people are involved. The festival is a seasonal opportunity for Portland artists to share moments, and for the audience to experience a wide range of stories in one night. It’s a young, fun, festival atmosphere!

For our seventh festival, all plays are Animals themed! The plays range in tonalities, styles and the interpretation of the theme. Think: on a safari with your crazy uncle, killing the dog next door, a whale's thoughts on the weather, three grooving blind mice, an intergalactic neighborhood association that chooses the fates of species, an ape going mad from finding a mystical artifact, and more!

Also, we are encouraging the audience to dress up in animal costumes. Come on down wearing your bunny ears, masks, leopard print, feathers, or any animal-like attire. It’s going to be grrrrrrrreat!

Oregon Brewers Festival (2013)
Jul
24
Jul 28

Oregon Brewers Festival (2013)

Back for his 2nd year in a row, Ollie Collins took the stage to MC our state’s largest and most distinguished beer festival.  It was Monkey With a Beer On 2.0.

My Americana, with Ollie Collins (2013)
Jun
30
7:00 pm19:00

My Americana, with Ollie Collins (2013)

Clinton Street Theater, Portland Oregon
July 30th, 2013
Doors @ 6:30 – Curtain @ 7:00
Only $5!
All Ages

My Americana is the story of life in Portland, OR. Baseball. TV. Sleep. Dreams. Death. Pancakes. Money. Happiness. The American Dream. Florida. Running.

No Take Backs
Jun
4
1:00 pm13:00

No Take Backs

 

Clinton Street Theater, Portland Oregon
June 4th and 9th, 2013
Doors @ 6:30 – Curtain @ 7:00
Only $5!

No Take Backs is an hour-long play in two acts with an intermission. Written and directed by Justin Gauthier. 

Go on an emotional journey into the world of small town America where people face the shadow of life and its hardness. Some folks triumph with their choices and others are crushed by them. Whatever price you're willing to pay there is one thing to remember - no take backs.

Cast (in order of appearance)

Matthew - Aaron Bikis
Frank - Dan Fitz
Bill - Christopher Baird
Jimmy - Justin Gauthier
Nancy - Roxy Jones
Samantha - Kelsey Peake

The Mythology Ten Minute Play Festival
Mar
21
1:00 pm13:00

The Mythology Ten Minute Play Festival

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Clinton Street Theater, Portland Oregon
March 21st and 24th, 2013
Doors @ 6:30 – Curtain @ 7:00
Only $5!

 
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Woo hoo! It's our biggest, baddest, most awesomest Ten Minute Play Festival yet! And it's at a larger venue - the Clinton Street Theater. They got actual theater seats bolted to the ground! It's going to be Mythological Madness!

About the festival:

The Portland Ten Minute Play Festival is a seasonal collaborative event created by Monkey With a Hat On. The festival features eleven locally written ten minute plays. Each play features different writers, actors and directors - many people are involved. The festival is a seasonal opportunity for Portland artists to share moments. It's also an opportunity for the audience to see a wide range of stories in one night. It's a sweet, fun, high energy, festival atmosphere.

For this festival, all plays are Mythology themed! The plays range in tonalities, styles and the interpretation of the theme. Think Zeus, the Pied Piper, Mayan gods, Jesus as a teenager, Poseidon as a jolly sailor, Kool-Aid, Santa Clause, the journey of the sperm to the egg, and more!

We started the Ten Minute Play Fest because we wanted there to be inexpensive, fun theater where we could involve a wide range of different types of artists. None of us are professional 'thespians'. We are writers, waiters, cooks, bike messengers, city workers, teachers, coffee shop workers, and everything in between. When we first started the fest, we thought it would be a yearly festival. However, since there has been so much support in both artists and audience, we do the festival seasonally. Since August 2011, this will be our sixth festival. It's a festival of stories, and is a heck of a time.

Also, we are encouraging the audience to dress up in the mythological theme! Dress up as a god, goddess, mythological character, a dragon, a unicorn, a monster, anything mythological! 

Here we go Myth City!

Dive Art (2013)
Jan
3
1:00 pm13:00

Dive Art (2013)

 

The Vern, 2622 SE Belmont Portland, Oregon
January 3rd, 2013
Doors @ 7:00 Music @ 8:00
Foosball tournament @ 10:30
Free! 21+

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For Dive Art, we turn a dive bar into an art gallery... and it's a party!  Over twenty Portland artists display their artwork, packing the dank walls and filling the tables of the Vern.  Paintings, drawings, prints, photography, t-shirts, books, magazines, key-chains, hand-sewn pouches, and more!  And what's awesome, is that all artists discount their artwork to 20 DOLLARS AND BELOW!  This is a great opportunity to pick up on some really good artwork that is usually priced for way more.  It's a great hyper-local opportunity to pick up some artwork for your walls, or for your friends/family!  And a great place to just come hang out and have a good time!


The artists and the art they're showing at Dive Art:

Randy Steward - blood guts and gore zombie punks

Elizabeth Considine - little drawings of desperate men at bars

Bennett Protexter - Bennett enjoys working with clean, defined lines... Whether they be on canvas, wood, or mirrors.

Stephanie Podmore - Stephanie teaches preschool, and after her
class experimented with melting crayons she decided to run with the idea on her own.

Kevin Sohler - Using new mediums and technique, Kevin is showing pieces with watercolor and ink on lines. His artwork is inspired by the same things that inspired Kevin when he was 13 - fantasy, giant robots, super heroes, and boobs.

Laura Eychaner - watercolor pet portraits

Aaron Dean Bikis - Aaron is a recreational photographer and clinical imperfectionist. He attempts to recreate the experience of a small town soul shaken by reality and finding himself in an urban environment wrought with awesome people. Aaron shoots the surreal and the serene.

Kyle Renteria - Kyle's showing two pieces. One is a space shuttle, and the other piece is what you get when you cross a triangle with a square.

Emma Colburn - six shadow boxes in anchovie tins

Kenny Spurlock - Kenny's piece is an enchanted depiction of the sparkles and glistens. A gift from the sun, which only chose to rise today to give this to the utmost prestigious yet delicate puked on flower.

Jonnie Arnett - eyes

Thomas Ritchey - series of palindromic drawings

Andrea Genoveva - a piece with a lady in nature

Zach Walker - Zach's a fried chicken kind of man. His piece in Dive Art is a sexual metaphor for fried chicken: rough-cut fem-fatal beauties. Gap toothed kittens of the PNW.

Phil Garrison - sweet art

Summer Hatfield - collage on glass

Nate Skavdahl - art from the dreamer, The Poi Wonder

Ali Baron - an ethereal, dreamlike drawing

Will Madden - two dimensional multimedia day dream pop

Brooke Myhre - three exciting mixed media nonsense pieces

Joshua Cloudt - Finger painted acrylic on canvas, swelling with warmth and a poignant sense of fantastical nostalgia, Josh's piece is called "Alien Vacation #2"

Dylan Manley - recycled material art

Ollie Collins - Inspired by the next theme of the Tens - "Mythology" - Ollie produces a mythological painting series with Zeus, Pan, Billy the Kid, Larry Bird, and women smoking cigarettes.

Campaign 2012 Ten Minute Play Festival
Sep
30
1:30 pm13:30

Campaign 2012 Ten Minute Play Festival

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The Someday Lounge, Portland, Oregon
September 30th and October 7th, 2012
Doors @ 6:00 Curtain @ 7:00

 

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Woooooo eeeeeeeee! Americana independent theater for the masses! (not backed by major U.S. banks)

The Portland Ten Minute Play Festival is a seasonal collaborative event created by Monkey With a Hat On. The festival features a dozen locally written ten minute plays. Each play features different writers, actors and directors - many people are involved. The festival is a seasonal opportunity for Portland artists to share moments, and for the audience to see a wide range of stories in one night. It's a young, fun, festival atmosphere!

For our fifth festival, all plays are Campaign 2012 themed! The plays range in tonalities, styles and the interpretation of the theme. Think campaigns, war campaigns, campaigns of the mind, elections, personal politics, friend politics, international politics, red vs. blue, media hype, 2012, the end of the world....

Also, we are encouraging the audience to dress up in patriotic attire, end of the world clothes, war uniforms, donkeys, elephants, political candidates, ect. - interpret the theme how you like! It's going to be knock down drag out political theater jelly!

Very silly indeed is how we do it.

Oregon Brewers Festival (2012)
Jul
26
7:30 am07:30

Oregon Brewers Festival (2012)

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Waterfront Park, Portland, Oregon
July 26th, 27th and 28th, 2012

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Monkey With a Hat On provided intermission entertainment in between musical acts on the main stage at the 2012 Oregon Brew Fest. It was awesome. Ollie Collins MCed the event - introducing bands, thanking sponsors, and riling up the crowd. Intermission entertainment included comedian/actor Dan Considine, teaching the crowd a traditional beer dance with Kelsey Peake, and Game Show Beer Fest with Ollie and Brooke Myhre along with contestants from the audience. The Monkey was happy to collaborate at an event with Yarley Nystrom, AudioGlobe, the Portland Pick, Sound Guy Productions, the Rhythm and the Flavor, and all the sweet bands. It was an awesome, Portland experience.

A Night in Parris
Jun
25
7:30 am07:30

A Night in Parris

 

The Piano Fort, Portland, Oregon
June 25th, 2012
Doors @ 7:00 – Curtain @ 8:00
Only $5!

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A Night in Parris was a night of unique entertainment, delving into the creative mind of Justin Parris. The night featured a myriad of art with a zombie twist, including interactive theater, a zombie game show, live music, and the world premier of The Ballerina Corpse- a silent zombie romantic comedy with live piano underscore. The event took place at a The Piano Fort in Sellwood - a new warehouse performance space where the stage is made out of pianos. The night was a fun and interactive atmosphere.

Directed by Justin Parris

Cast: Norm Arkwright, Jonnie Arnett, Ollie Collins, Dan Fitz, Phil Garrison, Avery Gilbert, Mike Huntley, Roxy Jones, Brooke Myhre, Dylan Nalyd, Justin Parris, Shannon Passanante, Geoffrey Victor Pope, Hannah Reader, Manthony Schmanthony, Stephen Shaum, Nathan Skavdahl, John Sobotka, and Michael Torres