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.
Steve Ansell is a professional theatre director and the artistic director of stage@leeds at The University of Leeds, UK. He is also artistic director of Screaming Media Productions, and founder of Gi60 (Gone in 60 Seconds): The International One Minute Play Festival. Rose Burnett Bonczek is director of the BFA Acting program and a professor at Brooklyn College, City University of New York, US. She is also the festival director and producer of Gi60 (Gone in 60 Seconds): The International One Minute Play Festival, US Edition. She is the co-author of Ensemble Theatre Making: A Practical Guide with David Storck.
Acknowledgements Introduction Chapter 1: Writing for Short Form Theatre Chapter 2: Acting and Directing in Short Form Theatre Chapter 3: Application in Education Chapter 4: Creating Your Own One Minute Play Festival Chapter 5: Anthology of One Minute Plays Introduction/Guide to Anthology Universal Theme Adult Theme Youth Appropriate Appendices Select Bibliography Index