Victory Gardens Announces The Chicago One-Minute Play Festival 2011.

Victory Gardens Announces The Chicago One-Minute Play Festival 2011.


Chicago, Thursday, March 17, 2011. For approximately 17 cents per play, Chicago theater-goers can view 90 one-minute plays by about 45 established and emerging playwrights at The Chicago One-Minute Play Festival scheduled for May 15 and 16 at the Victory Gardens Biograph Theater. The event which will be held in the Zacek-McVay Theater, is a benefit for the Victory Gardens Fresh Squeezed Series.  

This fast moving smorgasbord of vignettes should appeal to diverse audiences of all ages.  The sixty-second ‘nano plays’ have been very successful in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New Brunswick, NJ and New York, where there is now an annual festival.

Taken from the original ten-minute play form and structure, the One-Minute play format challenges the playwrights to expertly craft a theatrical moment.  It requires a new sensibility to work in this deceptively small form that distills the message down to the most immediate story-telling event or core emotional content.

The Chicago One-Minute Play Festival will feature working Chicago playwrights, including Gloria Bond Clunie, Kristoffer Diaz, Laura Jacqmin, Joel Drake Johnson and Tanya Saracho with additional playwrights, TBA.

The One-Minute Play Festival was created in New York in 2007 by Dominic D’Andrea to promote the spirit of radical inclusion for writers of different age, gender, race, culture and point of career.  He discusses the process in the video below.

Tickets and Performances.
Performances are at the Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue, in the Lincoln Park neighborhood.  Tickets are $15 and are available through the Victory Gardens Box Office at 2433 N. Lincoln, by phone at 773 871 3000, email: or at the VG website.

Discounted parking is available one block south at Children’s Memorial Hospital for all shows except weekday matinees (no overnights). Metered and street parking is available, but check for the neighborhood parking restrictions.
About Fresh Squeezed.
Fresh Squeezed brings together provocative and exemplary artists in a series of special performances seeking out new, diverse audiences. Through language, music, poetry and history, Fresh Squeezed explores the varied ways theater is being performed today and surveys the performing arts medium to bring fresh new perspectives to the stage.

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  • Interesting. I can't quite imagine what would happen in a 1 minute play but it's an interesting concept.

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