Review the elements of a play with me: characters, plot, conflict, resolution; generally some sort of costuming and set; performances typically last somewhere between 30 minutes and 2 hours.
Now let me ask you a question: can all that take place in one minute?
Artistic director Dominic D’Andrea sure thinks so. In fact, he’s built his company, the One-Minute Play Festival (OMPF), around the concept. The New York City-based company works with theaters that share “playwright or community-specific missions around the country” to promote “the spirit of radical inclusion by representing local cultures of playwrights of different age, gender, race, cultures, and points of career.”
Based on that mission statement it’s no surprise that OMPF is partnering with Mixed Blood Theatre. The company performed Sunday and Monday nights, and will take the stage for the last time Tuesday, March 5. Proceeds go toward Mixed Blood’s Radical Hospitality Initiative (all seats to all shows are free unless you choose to reserve tickets ahead of time).
To be totally honest, I have no idea what to expect from this, but have to admit I’m very intrigued. This is one-act performing to the extreme, and, at the very least, that makes it interesting. Although I imagine the show(s) will far exceed that low bar.
One-Minute Play Festival
Tuesday, March 5
Radical Hospitality seating available starting at 6 p.m.; $20 to reserve ahead of time.
Mixed Blood Theatre, 1501 S. Fourth St., Mpls., 612-338-6131