HamilTEN Theatre Festival

What can you do with 1 table, 2 chairs, 5 props, and 10 minutes? Find out at The HamilTEN Festival, Hamilton’s premier festival of 10-minute plays written and directed by local playwrights in the Greater Hamilton community! This short, fun format allows artists of all levels to challenge themselves by creating engaging performance pieces in a condensed timeframe. So come on out and see what each 10-minute play has to offer!

HamilTEN 2020 takes place April 3, 4, & 5!








HamilTEN Festival

HamilTEN 2020 Details

WHERE: The Staircase Cafe Theatre
27 Dundurn Street North, Hamilton, ON L8R 3C9
For directions and parking click here

WHEN: Friday April 3 – Sunday April 5, 2020

ADVANCE TICKETS: $10 per show
                                    $30 for a festival pass (available online only)
TICKETS AT THE DOOR: $14 per show
Please note that the box office will open one hour before showtime,
except for the Sunday, April 5th show at 1:30pm, where the box office will open 30 minutes before showtime.

Red Show

  • Friday April 3, 2020 – 7pm 
  • Saturday April 4, 2020 – 9:30pm 
  • Sunday April 5, 2020 – 1:30pm

Show Programme

  • The Big Ask by Robert K. Brown
  • The End of July by Sarah O’Connor
  • 2013 by Joe Boyd
  • The Line Up by James Allen
  • Aging Well At The Vintage Table by Nancy Kovacs


Blue Show

  • Friday April 3, 2020 – 10pm
  • Saturday April 4, 2020 – 8pm 
  • Sunday April 5, 2020 – 3pm

Show Programme

  • Ghosts by Dylan Duarte

  • The Job Opening by Jacob Styres-MacLeod, Story by Safety Zoo

  • Plot Twist by Shannon MacKinnon

  • #FoodPorn by Kate Racheter

  • One Way Trip by Sarah Edell


Green Show

  • Friday April 3, 2020 – 8:30pm
  • Saturday April 4, 2020 – 6:30pm
  • Sunday April 5, 2020 – 4:30pm

Show Programme

  • Foreign Domestic by Stephen Near

  • Coming Clean by Laura Piccinin

  • Rage by Michael Brown

  • A Scene From the Life of the First Wealthy Man by Matt Baker

  • Dust by Christine Marchetti

Red Show Synopsis
The Big Ask by Robert K. Brown

It’s maddening, being so close to the end but still unfinished. It’s hard, asking for help. And it’s a stretch – to say the least – asking them of all people… It’s even weirder when they show up.

The End of July by Sarah O’Connor

Six-year-old July Jenkins has gone missing and anyone who’s anyone is following the case; each person coming up with different theories about what happened to her. Kristen is just as invested in the young girl’s disappearance, but she knows more about what happened to July than she’s willing to admit.

2013 by Joe Boyd

A man has a conversation with his Brain Tumour, Timmy, about how his life is affected by this unexpected guest.

The Line Up by James Allen

Crime doesn’t pay. But neither does the law. The police budget has been slashed. Officer Keen and a poor victim with an unfortunate French name, Ms. Jorts, have to wrestle with the sad reality – there’s a criminal in the city and they have one chance to pick him out of a suspect line up. Can Ms. Jorts do it? 

Aging Well At The Vintage Table by Nancy Kovacs

While attending a school “fun-raiser”, a decidedly modern urban professional learns the inherent value of timeless treasures through the wit and wisdom of an engaging older woman. 

Blue Show Synopsis
Ghosts by Dylan Duarte

Eve rehearses what she is going to say to her estranged father when she is given a small opportunity to speak with him.

The Job Opening by Jacob Styres-MacLeod, Story by Safety Zoo

An accountant interviews for a new job, but something about it doesn’t seem quite right.

Plot Twist by Shannon MacKinnon

Scarlett, a young struggling actress, just lost her father. Feeling hopeless and despondent, she reaches out to God for some help.

#FoodPorn by Kate Racheter

From the winner of HamilTEN 2019’s Gold Audience Choice award comes something a little different. Cindy and Eric head to dinner at a trendy dining-in-the-dark restaurant. With their sense of sight taken away, dinner does not go as planned.

One Way Trip by Sarah Edell

Phil, a dying man, and his friend, with whom he shares a hospital room, look at what meaning there is in death and suffering. They contemplate what gifts they can leave their families, when Sadie, Phil’s daughter, comes to visit.

Green Show Synopsis
Foreign Domestic by Stephen Near

On the eve of the execution of the Mary Stuart, and having thwarted an attempt to kill Queen Elizabeth, the spymaster Walsingham tends to his garden. But the arrival of his daughter, Frances, brings a revelation and confrontation that will impact the both of them forever.

Coming Clean by Laura Piccinin

Part stand-up, part personal storytelling, Piccinin stands behind a mic and tells us her coming out stories (yes, there’s more than one). Sharply observed, tightly delivered — and finding laughter in the pain — for an entertaining and insightful, out and proud ride.

Rage by Michael Brown

Estranged parents attempt to put their personal grievances behind them following the shocking death of their teen-aged son and the shattering aftermath of his actions.

A Scene From the Life of the First Wealthy Man by Matt Baker

A comedy that takes place in the early Neolithic period (circa. 10,000 BCE), set in some unknown village in the north of Africa. The play consists of a conversation between the first wealthy man and his neighbour, who, having lost his own, seeks to borrow a goat.

Dust by Christine Marchetti

A woman, now living in town, reflects on the life shared with her husband on their family farm. She doesn’t mind dust…

Photos courtesy of Sarah Janes Photography

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