English Alternative Theatre will open its season at 8 p.m. Monday with its "Labor Day Special," eight 10-minute staged readings of plays from the Actors Theatre of Louisville.
The readings, directed by EAT founder Paul Lim, will be presented in Swarthout Recital Hall in Murphy Hall.
"For the last four or five years, it has become a wonderful event to bring together people in the English department and academic community," he said. "The eight plays allow us to cast a lot of people."
Lim said the 10-minute format was pioneered by the Actors Theatre of Louisville in Kentucky and then adopted by other theaters. He describes the eight plays as "little gems of playwriting."
"They all tell a story and take us somewhere," he said. "Half are comedic and half are serious."