Friday, January 16, 2015

The One-Minute Play Festival Announces their 2015 National Season

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Z Space, Second Stage Uptown, 
New Georges at City Center, 
Round House Theatre & 
Oregon Shakespeare Festival 
Among 20 National Partners For
The One-Minute Play Festival's 2015 Season

Others Partners Include: INTAR Theatre, Anchorage's Perseverance Theatre, Honolulu Theatre For Youth, & Various National New Play Network Member Theatres

The One-Minute Play Festival #1MPF (Dominic D'Andrea, Producing Artistic Director & Founder, Caitlin Wees, Associate Producer), America's largest and longest consistently running short form theatre festival, announces their 2015 National Season. 

"I'm still in awe that 1MPF has grown to the size and scope that it has", says 1MPF Founder & Producing Artistic Director, Dominic D'Andrea. "We started nine years ago in a tiny theatre in Brooklyn as a fun artistic challenge for our community. Since then we've grown into a full company, which focuses on investigating the zeitgeist of different local communities by looking at emerging connections, themes, ideas, styles, and trends that bubble up to the surface. We perform a community mind map, through a series of 70-90 pulses of storytelling." 

D'Andrea attributes a lot of 1MPF's growth to their unique methodology. "There's really nothing like 1MPF. We are half play festival, half community-engaged convening. In addition to the festival itself, we offer town hall meetings, consensus, community-building, and dialogue sessions, and special events to help shape this work as a community action. This work is a chance for local participants, audiences, and stakeholders to dig into questions like: who are we? What is our relationship to each other; to our community; to our work? I think the fact that we have such a focus on local narratives is part of the reason our programming demand has exploded on a national platform." 

For each festival, 1MPF invites local writers and community members into their unique playmaking process. Writers are asked to consider the world around them, their cities, their communities and the ways in which they view the world, before writing topical moments that say something about the world as it is in the here and now. Local directors, actors, and community members are tapped to stage and shape these moments (70-90 on average) with a unique local flavor. D'Andrea comes in and leads a community put-together tech, before presenting the festival to local audiences, who are eager to experience what themes and ideas come up in the work. 

"The One-Minute Play Festival is one of the hardest and most satisfying theatrical experiences I've ever had. That isn't bullshit. You try it. Writing a play of any worth in one minute's time is terrifically difficult but these guys make it look easy with great writers, actors and directors. 
The One-Minute Play Festival is a blast--as much fun as anyone should be allowed to have in sixty seconds." Playwright Neil LaBute

"The One-Minute Play Festival is a great way to meet people, exchange ideas, and challenge your theatrical notions. It's its own form that influences all other forms. A disruption! A catalyst! A reason to drink!" Playwright Robert Askins (Hand To God)

The One-Minute Play Festival's 2015 Season:

Previously Announced

The 3rd Annual One-Minute Play Festival of Latina/o Voices
In Partnership with INTAR Theatre 
November 22 & 23, 2014 @ INTAR Theatre

The 5th Annual San Francisco One-Minute Play Festival 
In Partnership with Playwrights Foundation
December 15 & 16, 2014 @ Brava Theatre

The 4th Annual Boston One-Minute Play Festival 
In Partnership with Boston Playwright's Theatre & Boston Public Works
January 3, 4, 5 & 6, 2015 @ Boston Playwright's Theatre 


The 3rd Annual South Florida One-Minute Play Festival
In Partnership with The Deering Estate @ Cutler
January 17 & 18

The 2nd Annual George Sand Invitational One-Minute Play Festival
In Partnership with New Georges & Women's Project Theater
January 31 & February 1 @ City Center Stage II 

The 1st New York City Independent Theatre One-Minute Play Festival 
In Partnership with The New Ohio 
February 17 & 18 @ The New Ohio Theatre

The 2nd Annual Alaska One-Minute Play Festival
In Partnership with Perseverance Theatre 
April 12, 13 & 14 @ The Anchorage Performing Arts Center

The 5th Annual Chicago One-Minute Play Festival
In Partnership with The Den Theatre
April 27, 28 & 29

The 5th Annual New Jersey One-Minute Play Festival 
In Partnership with Luna Stage
May 2, 3 & 4 @ Luna Stage 

The 1st Hawaii One-Minute Play Festival 
In Partnership with Honolulu Theatre For Youth 
May 23, 24 & 25 

The 1st National Asian American One-Minute Play Festival
In partnership with Second Stage Uptown (2ST) and Second Generation Productions (2G)
May 2015

The 4th Annual Atlanta One-Minute Play Festival 
In Partnership with Actor's Express
June 8, 9, & 10 

The 3rd Annual Minneapolis One-Minute Play Festival
In Partnership with Walking Shadow Theatre Company
June 21 & 22 @ The Southern Theatre

Special Topics: Gentrification in San Francisco: A Look at A City In Transition 
In Partnership with Z Space
June 28 & 29 

The 1st Cincinnati One-Minute Play Festival 
In Partnership With Know Theatre
July 10, 11, & 12 

The 2nd Annual Washington, D.C. One-Minute Play Festival 
In Partnership with Round House Theatre
July 28 & 29 

The 4th Annual Philadelphia One-Minute Play Festival
In Partnership with Plays & Players 
August 3, 4, & 5

The 2nd Annual Dallas One-Minute Play Festival
In Partnership With Kitchen Dog Theatre
August 8, 9, & 10

The 2nd Annual Austin One-Minute Play Festival 
In Partnership with ScriptWorks
August 17, 18, & 19 @ The Ground Flood Theatre 

Every 28 Days
An investigation of the events in Ferguson Missouri & Black Lives In America
In collaboration with Oregon Shakespeare Festival 
October 14-20 (In residence in Ferguson, Missouri)
November 15-17 Performances in NYC, OSF, & Nationally

Additional 2015 Dates TBA 

The One-­Minute Play Festival (#1MPF) America's largest and longest running short form theatre company in the country, founded by Producing Artistic Director, Dominic D'Andrea . #1MPF is barometer project, which investigates the zeitgeist of different communities through dialogue and consensus building sessions and a performance of many moments. #1MPF works in partnership with theatres sharing playwright or community-specific missions across the country. #1MPF creates locally sourced playwright-focused community events, with the goal of promoting the spirit of radical inclusion by representing local cultures of playwrights of different age, gender, race, cultures, and points of career. The work attempts to reflect the theatrical landscape of local artistic communities by creating a dialogue between the collective conscious and the individual voice.

In each city, #1MPF works with partnering organizations to identify programs or initiatives in each community to support with the proceeds from the work. The goal is to find ways give directly back to the artists in each community. Supported programs have ranged from educational programming, youth poetry projects, teaching artists working in prisons, playwright residencies and memberships, and community arts workshops.   

Annual partnerships have been created with theaters in 20 cities including: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Trenton, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Baltimore, Boston, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Seattle, Dallas, Austin, Indianapolis, Anchorage, and more, with partnering institutions which have included: Primary Stages, Victory Gardens Theatre, Cornerstone Theatre Company, The Playwrights Foundation, Boston Playwrights Theatre, Actor's Express, InterAct Theatre, Mixed Blood, Passage Theatre, Phoenix Theatre, Kitchen Dog, Salvage Vanguard, ScriptWorks,  ACT, Perseverance Theatre, and others.   

Notable #1MPF contributors have included: David Henry Hwang, Neil LaBute, Tina Howe, Donald Margulies, Nilaja Sun, Lydia Diamond, Phillip Kan Gotanda, Kristoffer Diaz, Rajiv Joseph, Sam Hunter, Karen Hartman, José Rivera, Craig Lucas, Mike Daisey, Greg Kotis, Michael John Garcés, & close to 750 celebrated, emerging, and midcareer playwrights. 

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