Linda Pauli, co-founder of 4th Street Theater’s “6X10 Play Festival,” is admittedly impressed with the popularity of her annual production.

One of the requirements for ‘6X10” stipulates that the writers sending their original works live within a 200-mile radius of the Chesterton-based theater. This year, Pauli and 4th Street received scripts from writers well outside that parameter.

“We got plays this year from Louisiana, California, New York and Georgia, as well as from Michigan and Wisconsin,” she said. “Writers are so anxious to have places that will have their work presented that they will submit with hope in their hearts every time.”

Opening Friday and running through Sept. 3, this year marks the fourth 4th Street “6X10.” The concept when it started in 2014 was to stage a half dozen original plays, each running in length no longer than 10 minutes.

Over the years, Pauli and the jurors selecting the works have seen their submission load increase. Last year, they had nearly three dozen scripts to choose from. This year, they were sent 94 original works.

To accommodate the high volume of submissions, 4th Street will stage 10 10-minute plays this year. The majority of the pieces selected for “6X10” are comedies, Pauli said, and all of the pieces will be debuted in 4th Street’s production.

“The readers that read the plays and select them had so many this year that they really, really liked,” Pauli said.

Ten area directors are coming on board to bring the individual plays to the 4th Street stage, and nearly two dozen Region-based thesps will lend their talents to the production.

“We have a great turnout of people coming out for this that really want to participate,” Pauli said. “It’s just a lot of fun."

Pauli also noted only one of the 10 productions in this year’s fest contains language which may not be suitable for young or sensitive audiences.

Next up for 4th Street Theater is a production of the comedy “The Primary English Class,” scheduled to run in November.

FYI: “6X10 Play Festival” plays at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and  Sept. 1 and 2 and 3 p.m. Sunday and Sept. 3 at 4th Street Theater, 125 N. 4th St., Chesterton. Tickets are $20. Call 219-926-7875 or visit 4THSTREETNCCA.ORG