Playwrights are selected by invitation and asked to engage in OMPF’s playmaking approach, with Mr.D’Andrea providing dramaturgy to sharpen the dramatic story telling. Playwrights are encouraged towrite about anything they are passionate about, and, as emerging themes or ideas become apparent, the plays are grouped into “clumps” to reflect those elements. Teams of directors and actors work to stage each clump of plays. And the result: 70 fully mounted plays, all staged with 4 chairs.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14th at 8PM
SUNDAY DECEMBER 15th at 3PM and 8PM
The Thick House
1695 18th Street San Francisco, CA 94107
Featuring Over 3 Score and 10 New One-Minute Plays by:
Blake C. Aarens, Trevor Allen+, Abi Basch+, Tim Bauer+, E.H. Benedict, Amelia Bethel, William Bivins, Erin M. Bregman+, Eugenie Chan+, Chris Chen+, Victoria Chong Der, Anthony Clarvoe+, Megan Cohen, Roberta D’Alois, Bennett Fisher, Britney Fraiser, Elizabeth Gjelten+, Garret Jon Groenveld+, Lauren Gunderson+, Daniel Heath, Robert Henry Johnson+, A-Lan Holt, Inbal Kashtan, Lynne Kaufman, Carol Lashof, Jeffrey Lo, Aaron Loeb+, Jonathan Luskin, Alison Luterman, Madeline Mahrer, Braden Marks, Katie May, Patricia Milton, Nick Mwaluko, Marisela Treviño Orta+, David Perez, Evelyn Jean Pine, Kenn Rabin, Geetha Reddy+, Robin Lynn Rodriguez, Kate E. Ryan+, Andrew Saito+, Steven M. Salzman+, Dara Silverman, Marissa Skudlarek, Jonathan Spector+, Elizabeth Spreen, Aimee Suzara, Tom Swift, Brian Thorstenson+, Arisa White & Ignacio Zulueta +PF Alumni
Directed by: Jill MacLean-Heavey, Andrea Day, Ben Randle, Evren Odcikin, Katja Rivera, Jeffrey Lo, Hugo Carbajal, Rebecca Longworth, Adam Sussman, Siobhan Doherty, & Marilee Talkington
Curated by:Dominic D’Andrea
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. The Playwrights Foundation (PF) joins with the legendary One-Minute Play Festival (#1MPF) for three performances only, on Saturday, December 14th At 8pm & Sunday December 15th At 3pm and 8pm at The Thick House, on Potrero Hill in San Francisco. “A night of 70 one-minute plays by phenomenally talented writers is an incredible journey, a veritable thrill-ride for audiences…” states PF’s Artistic Director, Amy Mueller who has been working with D’Andrea on the SF OMPF for four years. “…A fast-paced, fun evening, where your mind and heart get twisted and turned for 70 minutes of nonstop theater.”
A model of a shared “artistic economy,” Producing Artistic Director, Dominic D’Andrea comments “The work attempts to reflect the theatrical landscape of local artistic communities by creating a dialogue between the collective conscious and the individual voice.” D’Andrea continues “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.”
#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 Playwrights Foundation (PF) joins fo this fourth year with the legendary One-Minute Play Festival (#1MPF) featuring New One-Minute Plays by: Blake C. Aarens, Trevor Allen+, Abi Basch+, Tim Bauer+, E.H. Benedict, Amelia Bethel, William Bivins, Erin M. Bregman+, Eugenie Chan+, Chris Chen+, Victoria Chong Der, Anthony Clarvoe+, Megan Cohen, Roberta D’Alois, Bennett Fisher, Britney Fraiser, Elizabeth Gjelten+, Garret Jon Groenveld+, Lauren Gunderson+, Daniel Heath, Robert Henry Johnson+, A-Lan Holt, Inbal Kashtan, Lynne Kaufman, Carol Lashof, Jeffrey Lo, Aaron Loeb+, Jonathan Luskin, Alison Luterman, Madeline Mahrer, Braden Marks, Katie May, Patricia Milton, Nick Mwaluko, Marisela Treviño Orta+, David Perez, Evelyn Jean Pine, Kenn Rabin, Geetha Reddy+, Robin Lynn Rodriguez, Kate E. Ryan+, Andrew Saito+, Steven M. Salzman+, Dara Silverman, Marissa Skudlarek, Jonathan Spector+, Elizabeth Spreen, Aimee Suzara, Tom Swift, Brian Thorstenson+, Arisa White & Ignacio Zulueta +PF Alumni
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
Playwrights Foundation supports and champions contemporary playwrights in the creation of new works in order to sustain contemporary theater as a vital, dynamic art form. Founded in 1976 by Robert Woodruff, PF is now recognized as one of the top six new play development centers in the nation, and is the only one of its size and scope on the West Coast. Founded on a deeply held belief that the relevance and vitality of American theater depends upon a continual infusion of new work, Playwrights Foundation sustains a commitment to the playwright, who we regard as the creative wellspring of theater.
Through its programs PF actively nurtures and supports exceptional contemporary playwrights at every stage of a play’s development and helps them forge connections to producers. Our mandate is to offer a full range of programs that provide multiple points of entry for a diverse range of playwrights–at a low cost or free of charge–so they can readily access our services; take advantage of our expertise, resources, and connections across the nation; and learn from their artistic peers.
Over 450 playwrights, first discovered and supported early in their careers, have come through our doors to develop new theatrical work for our nation and in so doing continuously push the boundaries of the form. These now include some of the most prominent names in contemporary theater with writers such as Sam Shepard, David Henry Hwang, Nilo Cruz, Anna Deavere Smith, Philip Kan Gotanda, Maria Irene Fornes and Paula Vogel – and in the very recent past, Marcus Gardley, Annie Baker, Aaron Loeb, Katori Hall and Rajiv Joseph, to name just a few. More than 80% of the works developed at PF are subsequently produced – either in the Bay Area – or beyond and in 2011 two plays developed here at PF went on to acclaimed Broadway runs: The Mountaintop by Katori Hall starring Samuel Jackson and Angela Bassett, and Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo by Rajiv Joseph staring Robin Williams in the titular role.
This year, as in past years – over two dozen PF-workshopped plays had productions across the U.S. and several in London, including Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig’s play The World of Extreme Happiness and George Brant’s Grounded both recently closed sold-out, acclaimed runs in London.
PF won Will Glickman Awards for two of the four premieres we have co-produced, most recently in 2013 for Christopher Chen’s The Hundred Flowers Project, which will soon open in Chicago. In 2012, we provided direct services to 64 professional playwrights, 54% from the Bay Area; we also served roughly 3,000 individuals through our public programs and 3,500 unique viewers from ten countries on New Play TV. Most of PF’s services are offered free of charge, and in fact all artists are paid for their work.
For three decades PF has provided support for emerging writers who have gone on to infuse the American theater with vitality, innovation and relevance.