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“…I said yes even though I had no clue how to go about writing a one-minute play.”

Callie Kimball

I’m thrilled to be part of the One-Minute Play Festival again. I think
this is my third time contributing—the first time was in December
2007, and I was living in Washington, DC at the time. It was on that
trip to New York to see my plays in the festival that I decided to
move here. So the One-Minute Play Festival has a lot of personal
significance for me, and I couldn’t be happier for Dominic and
everyone involved that the festival has gained such momentum and

When Dominic first asked me to write for the festival three years ago,
I said yes even though I had no clue how to go about writing a
one-minute play. You don’t have time to set anything up—you just have
to jump into the action and have a beginning, middle, and end all on
one page. The time constraint forces urgency in the writing, because
believe me, lights will start to go down at 59 seconds! I’m in Tina
Howe’s new MFA program, and she seems both horrified and fascinated by the idea of a one-minute play.

This year I’m trying something a little different. I have three plays
in the festival, and they all feature the same characters—two brothers
living in a trailer. I call them This One and That One. Each play
stands on its own, but as they unfold during the evening, with other
plays sprinkled between, they tell a larger story about their
relationship. Incidentally, these are the same two characters that
were in one of the plays I wrote for last year’s festival.

I’m so happy to be part of the festival, and I can’t wait to see
everyone’s plays!

-Callie Kimball


80+ plays. 30+ actors. 7 directors. 1-minute.

The 4th Annual NY One Minute Play Festival

Saturday, Sept. 25th & Sunday, Sept. 26th at 8pm

At Astoria Performing Arts Center

Buy your tickets here: http://bit.ly/1-minute-tix

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