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Can you really write a play that lasts a minute?
The one minute play offers a unique challenge to actors, directors and writers: how do you create a whole world, where actors have room to perform and where audiences have a true experience all in 60 seconds?
One Minute Plays: A Practical Guide to Tiny Theatre demystifies the super-short-form play, demonstrating that this rich, accessible format offers great energy and variety not only to audiences but to everyone involved in its creation and performance. This handbook includes:
- An anthology of 200 one-minute plays selected from the annual Gone in 60 Seconds festival.
- A toolbox of exercises, methodologies and techniques for educators, practitioners and workshop leaders at all levels.
- Tips and advice on the demands of storytelling, inclusivity and creative challenges.
- Detailed practical information about creating your own minute festival, including play selection, running order, staging and marketing.
Drawing on a wealth of experience, Steve Ansell and Rose Burnett Bonczek present an invaluable guide for anyone intrigued by the art of creating, producing and performing a one minute play.
A Visit – A woman tries to visit a new mother in a bad situation
Beth Against the Universe – Stuff happens to Beth
Chick Flick – Stock movie characters introduce themselves
One Minute More – A woman hold a gun on another
Past the Welcome – A couple overstays their welcome
Something New – A couple reignites their connection
Terms and Conditions – A couple negotiates a date
The Assault – Newscasters broadcast a social media war
The Beginning – A couple meets for the first time
The Black Sheep – Sisters discover their grandmother’s secret
The Interview – An awkward job interview
The Lye – Three women mourn a dead friend
The Passive Aggressive Society – A support group meets, if you can call it that
The Rock – A couple remembers what brought them together
The Visit – A young woman visits her senile grandmother
The Wish – Be careful what you wish for
Three Minute Macbeth – A spoof of the classic tragedy
Dressing in the Dark, customers deal with a power outage at a clothing store
Drenched, a couple is caught in the rainstorm of a memory
Ask, a professor chides a student for her behavior
Ocean for the Trees, two people meet in the woods on a narrow path
The Cave, a man finds more than he bargains for in a cave
Can of Worms, a divorced couple reconnects
The Skeptic, an atheist witnesses to a religious woman
Prerogative, a couple stands at a crossroads
Tea and Socrates, two people debate philosophy and existence over tea
Blanket Primary, a woman is buried by her life
The Bird and the Bear, a woman’s solace is disturbed by her neighbor who says there’s a bear on the loose
The Insured, a couple tries desperately to obtain health insurance
Twilight Nutcracker, longtime friends say goodbye
Pink Slipped, Vikings must downsize
The Clip, a couple finds a surprise scene on their new video camera
Trademark, Bob must defend his name in court
The Date, a couple had a first date in a tiger's den at the zoo
Ladies’ Night Out, three mature women at the end of a wild night
The Fast Track, people stand in line in the afterlife
The Graduate, a young women contemplates what to do after college graduation
The Duel, a melodramatic spoof
Aftershocks, the truth comes out after an earthquake
Without a Paddle, men find more than fish on a fishing trip
The Review, college students navigate relationships in a study group
Hit and Run, a woman runs into her ex-husband's mistress at the grocery store