The Words on the Page

November Reads: Short Plays

November 1, 2017

There are many short play festivals across the world, and they are one of the ways many emerging writers are first produced. For years, The National Ten-Minute Play Contest through the Actors Theatre of Louisville was the most prominent short play festival in the US. It was discontinued as of August of this year after running for almost thirty years, marking the end of an era. Of course, there are many short play festivals still running.

 

For November, I've decided to look at short plays. Like short films, these are a distinct form as an interesting, layered story has to be communicated in very little time. I'm going to concentrate mainly, if not exclusively, on ten-minute plays. I'm working my way through Ten-Minute Plays: Volume 5, the 2000 publication of the Actors Theatre of Louisville. I'll pick several of these pieces to talk about, and then I may move on to other works.

 

If you have a favorite ten-minute play, let me know. If you're a writer and want to tackle some new pieces, I'm interesting in exploring the form further this fall. Let's talk.

Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Please reload

Featured Posts
What's this all about?
Writing for film, television, and the stage is, in my opinion, one of the most difficult - and most rewarding - art forms. The language needs to be visual and evocative as each script must achieve two important tasks...
Recent Posts

January 2, 2018

December 26, 2017

December 19, 2017

December 12, 2017

December 5, 2017

December 1, 2017

Please reload

Categories
Please reload

Archive
Please reload