Short Shorts

Tight Schedule?

These days few of us have time to read and ramble on a full length play.

No Problem

You can get your feet wet with a ten-minute “short short.”

The next time you have coffee (or a drink, or lunch) with a friend or two (or more), just whip out your smartphones (tablets, laptops), click on one of the links below, pick a play, and read. That’s all there is to it.

Allow time as you read to share thoughts, wisecrack, take tangents. See where the conversation leads. Stop when time runs out.

If you like it, do it again. Or tackle a full length play when you have time.

And if you’ll be so kind, post us some Feedback.

10-Minute Plays

The list is just a sample. Google 10-minute plays on line for many more. Look for those in PDF or DOC format, bypass those that ask for membership, and add those you find worthy to this list.

Playwrights, add your own, with permission to publish.

Two Characters

Jack & Bill (2M) and Another Bus Stop (M/W)
by Charlotte playwright George Gray
It’s Not About Race, by Jenny Webb (2W)

Collections

by Concord, NC playwright Sam Post
by Eric Coble
by Dean Lundquist
by Stephen Bittrich
ten-minute-plays.com*
*Several of these plays have offensive themes

A Revolutionary Concept

10-minute plays have only been around for half a century. Victor Jory introduced the genre, in 1977, at the Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Humana Festival of New American Plays. This new format was an immediate and explosive hit with audiences, allowing them to enjoy an entire buffet of theatre in one sitting. Since that time, the 10-minute play has solidified its place in the canon of dramatic literature, and many theatres now include an evening of 10-minute plays in their production season. Some even schedule special events during which plays are written, cast, rehearsed, and produced in just twenty-four hours.

In a remarkable way, 10-minute plays reflect our millennial culture, always busy, minds distracted, no attention span. The problem with 10-minute plays on stage is that the audience must still go to the theatre and sit for an hour and a half (six plays) or more. They’re popular among devotees, but they don’t increase attendance.

On the other hand, they’re a perfect introduction to Cold Reads.

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