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The longest running short play festival in the world!

8 Tens @ 8 Short Play Festival


See you next year!

The annual 10-minute play festival is one of the most anticipated and popular events of the theatre season in Santa Cruz. 

See photos from the 2024 Festival: 

The Best of the Rest
Staged readings of the 8 runners up from each year's 8 Tens @ 8 Festival
Plays are performed script in hand by an ensemble cast, co-directed by 8 Tens directors.

Shows in March each year 

Looking Back at 8 Tens @ 8
Watch some audience favorites from past Festivals in this video. 

  • Why God Made Beggars - 2020

  • True - 2017

  • Waiting For Their Flights - 2018

  • Phone Sets - 2018

  • Dragon Skin - 2018

How the 8 Tens Festival
Became a Theatre Phenomenon
Read the Good Times cover story HERE

cover of the Good Times that covered 8 Tens @ 8
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