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  • Writer's pictureAndrew G. Cooper

Dispatch and Phobia are competing at New Vintage Theatre this weekend!

Two of my 10-minute plays are competing in the New Vintage Theatre's annual Black Cat Cabaret 10-Minute Playwriting Competition! This is the competition's seventh year running and the first time in their history that two plays from the same playwright has made it into the final four to compete.

Two years ago (2017), my first 10-Minute play The Grind placed first at the competition and took home the Black Cat Trophy! I'm excited to see how these two fantastic little plays do as well. A couple months ago I was interviewed by someone at Thompson Rivers University about these plays, if you're interested in that, you can give it a read here.

" An experienced writer and a well-known name in the local theatre community, Cooper’s advice for someone who wants to pursue a creative career like his is to practise your passion every day, as it’s the best way to hone your craft. "

Here's a little bit about the plays.


They are there when your worst nightmares come to life and listen when your world comes crashing down…but what is it like on the other side of a 9-1-1 call?


A man arrives late for his first support group meeting for peoples with phobias. Unfortunately, something unexpected at the meeting triggers the very phobia that he’s there to try and deal with.

The plays are very different. One is a zany comedy and the over a tragedy. I think it will be fun to see them compete against one another at the cabaret. And one of the other finalists is by none other than George M. Johnson, who taught me playwriting when I was in university at Thompson Rivers University!

All the best to the actors, directors, and other playwrights this weekend!

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