Photo Flash: The CHICAGO ONE-MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL Returns to The Den Theatre
The CHICAGO ONE-MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL (#1MPF) returns for its ninth year! The marathon evening of one-minute plays by 70 of Chicago's established and emerging playwrights and directors plays two nights only, Tuesday, June 26 and Wednesday, June 27 at 8 pm at The Den Theatre, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood. Tickets, priced at $20, are currently available thedentheatre.com.
The 9th ANNUAL CHICAGO ONE-MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL will feature brand new one-minute plays by 70+ Chicago playwrights: Andrew Bailes, Manny Buckley, Andy Bayiates, Sarah Bowden, Amy Crider, Barrie Cole, Rachel Claff, Juli Del Prete, Teagan Walsh Davis, Kamille Dawkins, Whitney LaMora Currier, Randall Colburn, Lonnie Carter, MT Cozzola, David Cerda, Dan Caffrey, Spenser Davis, Reginald Edmond, Kimberly D. Furganson, Brynne Frauenhoffer, Elena Feliz, Stephen Grush, Corrine Glanville, Genevra Gallo-Bayiates, Nick Hart, Scott Hermes, Kate Healy, Reeny Hofrichter, Rachel Jackson, Ebony Joy, Britteney Kapri, Osiris Kepera, Beth Kander, Evan Linder, Lynnette Li, Barb Lhota, Danielle R. Littman, Jenny Lynn, Patrick McLean, Lyndee McPeek, Priya Mohanty, Arlene Malinowski, Mark Mason, Kim Morris, Cathy Muskett, Wendy Mateo, Laura Nessler, Stephen Ptacek, Kristi Parker-Barnhart, Jenna Jo Pawlicki, Francesca Peppiatt, Coya Paz, Jennifer Rumberger, Cassandra Rose, Phil Ridarelli, Jessy Lauren Smith, Elise Spoerlein, Steve Spencer, Jon Steinhagen, Jenny Seidelman, Eileen Tull, Leean Kim Torske, Adam Webster, Tony Werner, Julia Weiss, Maggie Wagner, Dina Walters, Joe Zarrow, Larissa Zageris, Ariel Zetina and more.
Directors include Manny Buckley, Wardell Julius Clark, Jamal Howard, Tasia Jones, Alyssa Vera Ramos, Andrew Peters, Tashina Richardson, Jonald Reyes, Justin Sacramone, Anna Trachtman, Conner Wilson and Gwen Wiegold."
"We've reached nine years of 1MPF in Chicago, at a cultural and political moment in our nation that is full of strife, uncertainty and a feeling that we are more divided than ever," comments Dominic D'Andrea, Producing Artistic Director of 1MPF. "Unsurprisingly, it's also a moment when we've seen a huge uptick of participation from artists and community members in Chicago for 1MPF who are looking for a space to express themselves and commune with others. Making theatre and holding space for the community is an act of love and a political act in and of itself - more now that ever."
THE 9th ANNUAL CHICAGO ONE-MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL
Tuesday, June 26 and Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Tickets: $20. Tickets are currently available thedentheatre.com.
About THE ONE-MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL
THE ONE-MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL (#1MPF) is America's largest and longest running grass roots theatre company, founded by Producing Artistic Director Dominic D'Andrea. #1MPF is a social barometer project, which investigates the zeitgeist of different communities through dialogue, consensus building and a performance of 50-100 short moments generated by each community. #1MPF works in partnership with theatres and/or social organizations sharing playwright, educational or community-specific missions across the country. The aim is to create locally sourced playwright-focused community events, with the goal of promoting the spirit of radical inclusion. #1MPF represents 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 ticket sales. 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, theatre program in prisons, playwright residencies and memberships, playwrights salaried commissions, community access projects, arts workshops and other social and artistic initiatives.
Annual partnerships have been created with theaters in over 20 cities including: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Trenton, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Boston, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Seattle, Dallas, Austin, Indianapolis, Anchorage, Honolulu, St. Louis and more, with partnering institutions including Primary Stages, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, New Georges at New York City Center, Z-Space, A.C.T., Trinity Rep, Victory Gardens Theater, Cornerstone Theatre Company, The Playwrights Foundation, Boston Playwrights Theatre, Actor's Express, InterAct Theatre, Mixed Blood, Walking Shadow Theatre, Passage Theatre, Phoenix Theatre, Kitchen Dog Theatre, Salvage Vanguard & ScriptWorks, ACT Seattle, Perseverance Theatre, Round House Theatre, Honolulu Theatre For Youth and others.
Notable #1MPF contributors have included: David Henry Hwang, Lynn Nottage, Neil LaBute, Tina Howe, Donald Margulies, Nilaja Sun, Tarell Alvin McCraney, Robert Schenkkan, Lydia Diamond, Phillip Kan Gotanda, Kristoffer Diaz, Rajiv Joseph, Samuel D. Hunter, Karen Hartman, Robert Askins, Colman Domingo, José Rivera, Craig Lucas, Mike Daisey, Greg Kotis, Michael John Garcés and over 1400 celebrated, emerging, and midcareer playwrights. For more information visit www.oneminuteplayfestival.com
Artistic Director Ryan Martin opened The Den in 2010 with a single theatre space. Seven years later, The Den boasts five intimate and unique theaters on two floors ranging from 50 - 200 seats, as well as two additional spaces primarily used for classes and rehearsals. The Den is also equipped with two bars enveloped by a never-ending field of lounge space for audiences and like-minded culture hounds to drink, talk, read, watch, think, listen and live. The Den is home to five resident theatre companies including First Floor Theater, Haven Theatre Company, Griffin Theatre, The New Colony, Broken Nose Theatre, WildClaw Theatre and Firebrand Theatre. Hundreds of other companies from Chicago and beyond have also called The Den home, utilizing its theaters, studio space and easily convertible cabaret space to accommodate a stream of programming, including plays, musicals, film screenings, classical and jazz performances, dance, improv and stand-up, seminars and speaking engagements. For additional information, visit www.thedentheatre.com.
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