If you’re finding yourself bursting with creative energy but nowhere to place it, or you just need an outlet to let off some COVID-19 steam, consider writing a one-minute play. The One-Minute Play Festival Facebook group has more than 4,000 members, and they’ve just announced an easy way to use creativity as a call to action.
The Coronavirus Play Project
What: Rapid-response microplays, no more than 150 words. Either 2 or 3 characters (please no monologues or solo plays.)
Who: Open to anyone who wants to participate around the world.
On: How you are feeling right now, living in this turbulent moment. Or, if you are looking for a bit of hope, and want to write a love letter to our artistic community. Or, if you want to imagine what our future is going to look like. Or, if you want to vent. Or, if you are grappling with some big questions right now. Or, if you wish to write something silly or funny. Whatever you want to write about. No rules/ no specific theme.
Deadline: Before Friday, March 20, 2020.
Format: send as .doc or .pdf attachments
Document: Lastname.Playtitle.CO1MPF.pdf (or .doc)
Email To: email@example.com
Subject Line: Coronavirus Play, (Your Full Name)
Body of email: your name, address, city, country, and contact info.
Be sure to write your name and the play title on the document, as well as in the body of the email.
Share your plays on social media with #1MPF
What they’ll do with them: If possible, the One-Minute Play Festival hopes to host a community reading through live-streaming, an at-home Zoom video performance, or Facebook live event.
On Inclusive: If at all possible, try to write roles that any two or three humans can do and be successful in, regardless of sex, gender, age, race, or culture, or physical ability. There will be no casting process.