How-to-fall-in-love-in-10-minutes-or -less Play Series

How-to-fall-in-love-in-10-minutes-or-less Play Series

SHOW DATES:  August 3-7, August 11-14 & August 18-21. Wednesday - Saturday shows at 8pm.  Sunday shows at 3pm. (Wednesday show is first week only.)

TICKETS: or 910.632.2285

ABOUT THE SHOW: The Cape Fear Theatre Arts New Works Festival presents How-to-Fall-in-Love-in-10-minutes-or-Less, a series of 10-minute plays written by local playwrights that pay tribute to the varying themes of love.  A woman with horrible luck in the dating scene finds love in an unexpected place.  Two amateur scientists look for love in a far away place.  A couple asks all the wrong questions at the end of their relationship.  A union is put to the test after the death of a pet.  Three strangers attempt to find commonality in their varying perspectives on art.  And more...  With plays by Hilarie Burton, Lynn Casper & Brad Land, Christy English, Nicholas Gray, Isabel Heblich, Ingrid Jungermann, Russell Redmond, Carmen Rodrigues, and CM Wallace.

The Playwrights, Actors and Director:

Nicholas Gray (Director/Playwright/Eli, The Two Ufologists/Yeats, Little Sleep’s Head) is the author of two full-length plays, Population: 8 (World Premiere: 13th Annual New York International Fringe Festival) and The Dying Words of Edison Strange (Winner: HUMBLE PLAY New Play Festival of Appalachian Ohio; Development: The Required Reading Series, Vol. III and The Hive Exposed Series, both in New York).  The Two Ufologists, seen here, debuted this summer at The Source Festival in Washington, D.C.  Gray directed Chicago for City Stage Productions last December.  He is currently rewriting several of his former works whilst looking toward the West to regain focus on writing for film and television.  

Lynn Casper (Babybird, with Brad Land) lives in Wilmington, NC. She takes photos of dead birds and broken umbrellas, stares at screens for long periods of time, listens to music and talks to herself in her room. You can see examples of her doing those things here:


Christy English (Dial “L” for Loser) is the author of the historical fiction novels THE QUEEN’S PAWN and TO BE QUEEN: A NOVEL OF THE EARLY LIFE OF ELEANOR OF AQUITAINE. She also wrote the romantic contemporary novel DIAL “L” FOR LOSER, available as an e book on Amazon Kindle. The play DIAL “L” FOR LOSER is a companion piece to that novel.

Isabel Heblich (Met) is a writer, actress, burgeoning art historian who greedily combined all her loves into her little play Met. It was Inspired by an actual event at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in January 2010 wherein a woman tripped and tore a gash in Picasso’s painting The Actor. Also, numerous pick up attempts, New Yorkers, and the magnetism of love that is often better with less words.

Ingrid Jungermann (A Marriage) will be entering her third year at NYU Tisch School of the Arts in the Graduate Film Program. She has written and directed several short films, two of which have screened in film festivals internationally. She and her partner, Desiree Akhavan, are currently developing The Slope, a comedic television show that follow the lives of a lesbian couple navigating their way through modern-day Brooklyn. Ingrid is also adapting A Marriage into a four-part feature-length screenplay she is planning to shoot as her thesis project.

Carmen Rodrigues (Little Quakes) is the author of two young adult novels, Not Anything and the forthcoming 34 Pieces of You. She earned her MFA in creative writing from the University of North Carolina Wilmington in 2010. Little Quakes is her first play.

C. M. Wallace (Little Sleep’s Head) was born somewhere below the Mason-Dixon line.  He spent his early years catching frogs and playing with his action figures in the ditch beside his home, guarded by his loyal mutts, Mama Dog and Tippy.  Sometimes he read books.  He has been in college for nine years, and as you can imagine, this makes him incredibly intelligent and also considerably well read.  He currently resides in L.A. (Leland Area) with Pete, Drusilla, Wesley, Willow, Alexandra and Elise (two of whom are his wife and child, guess which).  This is his first stage play.

Acting Ensemble:

Morganna Bridgers (Abbie, Little Quakes/T., The Two Ufologists/Jessica, Wingman: A Satire!) loves the opportunity to perform new work!  She is thrilled to be able to share the stage with so many talented, interesting, and hysterical people that she has never worked with before.  Recent credits: Godspell, Chicago (Roxie), The Little Dog Laughed (Ellen), The Rocky Horror Show (Janet).  So much love to her family, Adam, Nick, Chiaki, and Justin - who have done so much for her throughout the last 5 years in Wilmington.  And even though she loves this place, she's heading to NYC roundabouts October!

Karman Graham Franck (Rachel, Little Quakes) has been involved in Theatre, Film & Television for over twenty years as an Actress, Writer & Producer.  Training includes The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, The Sundance Writers Lab and UCLA Screenplay Writing.  Karman lived and worked in Film & TV in Los Angles for 16 years and relocated to Wilmington, NC in 2006.  She is thrilled to be a part of CFTA’s Play Festival in Little Quakes and be performing at Thalian Hall’s Studio Theatre again with the great group of people from City Stage NC and Cape Fear Theatre Arts.

Christy Grantham (Reverie, A Marriage), a western North Carolina native, holds a B.A in Theatre Arts from Catawba College.  She has been involved in theater both onstage and backstage for over 20 years; the last 15 in Wilmington.  Favorite roles include Jenny in Chapter Two, Catherine in Proof, and Constance in Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet).  She was most recently seen onstage this summer as Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, and you can catch her most days selling tickets at UNCW’s Kenan Auditorium

Charles Johnston (Jeff, Babybird/David/Wingman: A Satire!) is a recent graduate from UNC-W. He would like to thank everyone involved for a great production, and you, the local theatre goer.

Emily Kester (A Girl, Met) This is Emily's debut with CFTA, and she is delighted to take part in this experience! Recent credits include A Christmas Carol (Triad Stage) The Tempest (NC Shakespeare Festival) The Ugly Duckling (Bright Star Touring Theater). Emily is a recent graduate of the BFA Acting program at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she  has appeared in several productions, including: Bus Stop, Evil Dead:The Musical, Lysistrata, Big River, and The Country Wife.

Kate MacCallum (Katherine, Babybird/Dale, Dear Russell Lee Wayne/Raquel, Wingman: A Satire!) is a recent UNCW graduate with degrees in both French and Theatre Performance. Past performances include The Book of Liz and Proof, and Kate was last seen on UNCW's Mainstage as Hecuba in Troy Women. Having recently devoted her energies to bringing to life a show whose story pre-dates Jesus and the invention of pants, Kate has enjoyed this opportunity to work on original material. She would like to thank her family for their interminable patience and support in all things, and Cody for always being an enthusiastic co-conspirator.

Declan Sammon (Russell, Dear Russell Lee Wayne/Michael, Little Quakes/Security Guard, Met) was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland and at the age of nineteen moved to New York City to train at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. His favorite roles include George Tesman in Hedda Gabler, Jacques in As You Like It, John Seavering in The Violet Hour and Horatio in Hamlet. Thanks to sweet serendipity and the generosity of wonderful friends he finds himself in beautiful Wilmington for the summer. He'd like to thank Nicholas Gray, Barbara Weetman and Justin Smith for the opportunity to work on such excellent scripts with such fine actors.

Caleb Andrew Ward (Everyman, Dial “L” For Loser/A Man, Met) is a twenty-year-old junior at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.  He is a double major in both English Literature and Film Studies.  In addition to acting, he is also a published author of short stories and poetry.  Some past credits include leads in renditions of Cinderella, The Sound of Music, and Guys and Dolls.  He has also been involved in original productions such as McKayla’s Hideaway. He is excited and grateful to be making his debut with Cape Fear Theatre Arts and would like to thank cast, crew and, as always, his supportive family.

Mackenzie Wicker (Marty, Dial “L” For Loser/Maud, Little Sleep’s Head) is pleased as punch to work with Cape Fear Theatre Arts after appearing in this City Stage season’s production of Godspell. She is a graduate of the UNCW Theatre department and has also appeared recently in Lobby Hero (Dawn), Our Lady of 121st Street (Marcia), Dog Sees God (CB’s Sister), Proof (Catherine), and Wild Duck (Mrs. Sorby). She would like to thank Nick for the opportunity, the cast, and her fantastic family, especially Emma, for the love, laughs, and support.


Rachael Moser (Constance, A Marriage) performed last in City Stage’s Chicago. Other productions include 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Who's Tommy, and Urinetown at City Stage, as well as The Last Night of Ballyhoo and Rabbit Hole at the Red Barn Studio.