Fourth Annual One-minute Play Festival Held at APAC 9/25-26

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THE NEW YORK ONE-MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL and ASTORIA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER are pleased to announce THE 4TH ANNUAL NEW YORK ONE-MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL. September 25 and September26 at 8:00pm, at the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church (30-44 Crescent St, Astoria, NY 11102. Entrance on 30th Road.)

It's theater boiled down to its essence. Sixty Seconds from lights up to lights down. The much-anticipated short-form theatre festival returns for its fourth year in partnership with the red-hot Astoria Performing Arts Center! Curated by Dominic D'Andrea, the program will present over 80 plays ? each under sixty seconds- by some of the most exciting emerging and established writers in American Theatre.

The 2010 One-Minute Play Festival Playwrights include David Simpatico, Daniel McCoy, Michael Golmaco, Meghan Sass, Joshua Conkel, Matt Gunn Park, Corina Copp, Laurel Haines, Erica Saleh, Bekah Brunstetter, Janine Nabers, Alexis Clements, Eric Bland, Peter Gil-Sheraton, Jen Silverman, Mallery Avidon, Anna Moench, Eric Winick, Maya Macdonald, Paul Thureen & Hannah Bos, James Carter, Tanya Saracho, Micah Bucey, Tom X. Chao, Rose Martula, Andrea Ciannavei, Enrique Urueta, Ben Cikanek, Liz Duffy Adams, Michael Bradford, Robert Saietta, Tommy Smith, Alejandro Morales, Avi Glickstein, Webb Wilcoxen, and more!

Participating Alumni Playwrights are Matthew Paul Olmos, Michael John Garces, Adam Szymkowicz, Callie Kimball, Sibyl Kempson, Caridad Svich, Christine Evans, Clay McLeod Chapman, Anton Dudley, Qui Nguyen, & Saviana Stanescu.

The Directors will be Robert Ross Parker (Co-Artistic Director of the Obie Award winning Vampire Cowboys Theatre Company), Scott Ebersold (Co-Artistic Director, Packawallop Productions), JorDana Williams (Gideon Productions), Dominic D'Andrea (Festival Curator), Morgan Gould (Associate Director, Young Jean Lee's Theatre Company), Melanie Williams (Artistic Director, Red Fern Theatre Company), & Tom Wojtunik (Artistic Director of APAC).


The 4th Annual New York-One Minute Play Festival will play:

Saturday, September 25, 2010 at 8pm
Sunday, September 26, 2010 at 8pm

Tickets are $18, available online at www.apacny.org or by calling 212-352-3101. Tickets may also be purchased in-person at the Theatre Box Office, 30 minutes prior to the performance.

Directions to the theatre: Take the N or Q Subway to 30th Avenue. Walk down 30th Ave. to Crescent St. (Mount Sinai Hospital is on the corner.) Turn left on Crescent Street, then turn right on 30th Road. The entrance is the second set of red doors on your left.

Website: www.apacny.org

BIOGRAPHIES

The New York One-Minute Play Festival: Created by director Dominic D'Andrea, the New York One-Minute Play Festival started as a short-form theatre experiment in 2007 at the Brick Theater in Williamsburg seeking to distill a theatrical event down to its most immediate and elemental form of storytelling. Past festivals have included: The Brick Theater in Williamsburg (also partnering with Monarch Theatre), Brooklyn (2007); TBG Arts Theatre (2008); HERE Arts Center as part of the Autumn Artist Lodge (2009); and now at APAC (2010.) This year the festival will have a national presence, partnering with East LA Rep (Los Angeles, CA) & The Playwrights Foundation (San Francisco California) in December of 2010. Festivals are also being planned for Washington, DC, Chicago, and Boston.

Over the past 3 years, the New York One Minute Play Festival has produced over 300 new sixty-second plays, written by:

Mando Alvarado, Trista Baldwin, Andy Bragen, Abigail Browde, Clay McLeod Chapman, Ally Collier, James Comtois, Emily Conbere, Migdalia Cruz, Mike Daisey, Bathsheba Doran, Michael John Garces, Jason Grote, Ashlin Halfnight, Christina Ham, Jakob Holder, J. Holtham, Kyle Jarrow, Rajiv Joseph, Sibyl Kempson, Callie Kimball, Courtney Brooke Lauria, Matthew Lopez, Qui Nguyen, Emily O?Dell, Matt Olmos, Daria Politan, Mac Rogers, Trav SD, Lloyd Suh, Adam Szymkowicz, Andrea Thome, Gary Winter, Anna Zeigler, Ed Napier, Liz Meriwether , Brian Dykstra, Rachel Axler , Caridad Svich , Bixby Elliot, Chiori Miyagawa, Justin Deabler, Jeff Lewonczyk, Alex Beech, David Zellnik, Matthew Freeman, Jihan Crowther, Robert Askins, Ross Maxwell, Sam Forman, Kobun Kaluza , Carla Ching, Graham Gordy, Cassandra Medley , Anna Fields , Ken Urban , Kristoffer Diaz, Susan Bernfield, Leslie Kramer , Michael Sendrow , Victor Lodato, Meghan Mostyn-Brown, Anton Dudley, Saviana Stanescu, Christine Evans, Daniel Talbott, Crystal Skillman, Mat Smart, Rob Urbinati, John Devore, Jessica Litwak, Bob Kerr, J. Julian Christopher, Ian Cohen, Chris Harcum, Matt Schatz, Lanna Joffrey, August Schulenburg.


Notable alumni include: Rajiv Joseph (2009 Pulitzer Nominee), Kristopher Diaz (2009 Pulitzer Nominee), Michael John Garces (Artistic Director, Cornerstone Theatre, LA), Mike Daisey (famed Monologist), Kyle Jarrow (Obie Award winner), Caridad Svich (Founder, NoPassport), & Qui Nguyen (Playwright & Co-Artistic Director of the Obie Award Winning, Vampire Cowboys Theatre Company).

ASTORIA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER (APAC), a not-for-profit organization, was founded in 2001 by actress Susan Scannell (?Dynasty?). Our mission is to bring high quality theatre and entertainment to Astoria/Long Island City and to support local youth and senior citizens. We are a professional theatre company that complements a full season of award-winning mainstage programming with dedicated community programming.

In July, APAC was recognized with three IT Award Nominations for last season?s Children of Eden: Outstanding Production of a Musical, Outstanding Choreography (Christine O?Grady) and Outstanding Set Design (Michael P. Kramer).

Each year, APAC brings extended networks of artists, technicians, and volunteers together to produce musical revivals and modern plays. Our mainstage productions have been recognized for their quality and exceptional production values. We have received fourteen New York Innovative Theatre Award nominations and two wins (Ragtime, 2009), and an Off-Off Broadway Theatre Review Award for Outstanding Production of a Musical (Is There Life After High School?, 2004). We are invested in bringing visibility to new voices in American theatre, and through our series The 15/20s: Staged Readings of New Works, we present new plays by emerging playwrights. The readings allow writers the opportunity to hear their material with the involvement of professional actors and a director, encouraging the further development of new American plays and musicals. The 15/20s are produced under the AEA Staged Reading Guidelines, which permits 15 hours of combined rehearsal and performance time for AEA actors (20 hours for musicals), hence the name ?The 15/20s?.

Our commitment to local youth and senior citizens is reflected in our annual community programming. Examples include a free annual musical theatre performance program for children ages 8-13 (Summer Stars ? 8 years running) and an after school playwriting program for middle school students (Astoria Playmaking ? 6 years running). In 2005, we launched Senior Stars, a performance program for Queens residents over the age of sixty.


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