The One-Minute Play Festival Coming to Seattle
The New York based company, The One-Minute Play Festival (Dominic D'Andrea, Producing Artistic Director) and the Central Heating Lab at ACT- A Contemporary Theatre create a dynamic partnership to bring The One-Minute Play Festival (#1MPF) to Seattle for the first time.
One-minute plays by over 40 established and emerging local playwrights were commissioned for this special event, prompted by #1MPF's unique playmaking process. This year's festival will feature works by Elizabeth Heffron, Stephanie Timm, Yussef El Guindi, Vincent Delaney, Frank Basloe, Emily Conbere, Keri Healey, Scot Augustson, Holly Arsenault, Bryan Willis, Kelleen Blanchard, Juliet Waller-Pruzan, Todd Jefferson Moore, Brendan Healy, Ki Gottberg, K Brian Neel, Rachel Atkins, Courtney Meaker, Keiko Green, Wayne Rawley, John Longenbaugh, Tommy Smith, Marya Sea Kaminski, Kristina Sutherland, Eddie Levi Lee, Amy Wheeler, Edward Lee Murry, Elena Hartwell, Benjamin Benne, Scotto Moore, Seth Tankus, Lisa Halpern, Andrew Creech, Becky Bruhn, Chris Longo, Sonya Schneider, Ina Chang, Stacey Flood, Ruth Perlman, Beth Peterson, and more!
"I'm thrilled to be brining this work to Seattle for the first time" says #1MPF Producing Artistic Director, Dominic D'Andrea. "I've always wanted to come to Seattle, and I believe that ACT's mission and their ties to the community make them an ideal partner for this work-which is really an exploration of community. On top of that: it's amazing to be able to support a program like the Central Heating Lab, which provided opportunities to artists and companies to present their work under supportive conditions."
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 close to 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 like 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 600 famous, emerging, and midcareer playwrights. For more information visit: www.oneminuteplayfestival.com