- Paperback: 525 pages
- Publisher: Smith & Kraus; 1 edition (August 3, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1575259109
- ISBN-13: 978-1575259109
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,231,916 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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105 Five-Minute Plays for Study and Performance 1st Edition
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"Capecci and Ziegler have curated a truly impressive and diverse collection, perfect for both play festivals and classroom use. Even the superb introduction and Tips for Performance are succinct reminders of the essence of theatrical storytelling. The breadth and range of authorship is inspiring. I will be using this in the classroom." -- Theresa McElwee, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, New Studio on Broadway
"This is a marvelous collection, full of mystery and humor and, above all, poetry. One can imagine all sorts of uses for these plays at the theatre, at a party among friends, in scene-study classes and perhaps most deliciously on an evening alone in an armchair." -- Cynthia Meier, Managing and Associate Artistic Director, The Rogue Theatre
From the Author
We had those questions in mind as we set out--on publisher EricKraus' suggestion--to compile this collection. We asked playwrights to submit works that clocked in at five minutes or less and possessed the general features of a play: a narrative thread from beginning to end, a sense of dramatic struggle, vivid characters and emotional impact. We favored those with minimal sets and no more than five characters, expecting that a collection of five-minute plays would be particularly useful in the classroom.
What we didn't expect was more than 700 submissions. Clearly, the five-minute play is alive and ticking. While many of the submitted works were more like scenes than plays, far more presented rich, complete worlds that were alternately lyrical, narrative, concrete and abstract. Some packed a wallop with powerful images while others used crackling dialogue to quickly establish character and motivation. Some moved at the speed of light. Others froze moments for calm meditation. An inordinate number were about digital technology and social media. Still others presented historic moments, dreamstates or slapstick absurdity.
We're delighted to share 105 of these gems for you to study and perform.
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