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Bill Arbogast (copy)

Bill Arbogast plays a scheming St. Peter in "Saint, Sinner, Stoner," one of several locally written pieces performed in CAB Theatre's production of "Lost" in 2015.

CAB Theatre is looking for scripts by local playwrights to include in its upcoming production of original short plays, titled “Surprise!”

The community theater group’s actors will perform the collection of locally written works June 8 and 9 at the University of Wisconsin-Baraboo/Sauk County campus theater. But first, the directors are soliciting scripts. The submission deadline is March 31.

Plays must be 10 minutes or shorter in length (the script should be 10 double-spaced pages or fewer). They should involve no more than four characters, and should not require extensive sets, props, costumes or lighting cues. Themes may be dramatic, comedic or suspenseful, but all plays must incorporate the element of surprise.

“We’re looking for clever plot twists and punch lines the audience could never see coming,” said director Ben Bromley.

CAB Theatre has made producing locally written plays a priority since its founding six years ago. Each fall CAB presents Halloween-themed works in its production of “MaCABre.” The group periodically encourages playwrights to tackle themes outside witches and werewolves with a spring production, as will be the case with “Surprise!”

“This is a great opportunity for local writers to take their work from the page to the stage,” said Jessica Elsing, who is serving as assistant director alongside Rahne Forbes.

Auditions will be held in April, after scripts are selected. “These productions typically require large casts, so they present a chance to get actors new to the group involved,” Forbes said. “Because the plays are short and the rehearsal schedule is manageable, the time commitment shouldn’t scare anyone off.”

Playwrights may send scripts to The production is sponsored by Weickgenant Accounting.