Dallas — The New York-based One-Minute Play Festival, which co-produces festivals with theaters across the country, is beginning the Coronavirus Plays Project with readings of the plays presented via Zoom video conferencing. Because hundreds of writers signed up to participate, there will be 10 online performances, beginning Wednesday, April 8 and running through Saturday, April 18 (there's no performance on Sunday, April 12). All showtimes are 7:30 p.m Eastern, or 6:30 p.m. Central Standard Time.
Dallas' Kitchen Dog Theater, which has presented a 1MPF every August for the past six years, is co-hosting the Friday, April 17 reading, directed by Tina Parker and Tim Johnson. In Dallas, we usually only see works by North Texas writers, but because there are so many writers and one theme this year, the writers were divided alphabetically. The Kitchen Dog evening has playwrights from the last name of Shaeffer to Valentine.
Here is schedule of Coronavirus Plays readings, with the cohost theater/institution and city:
- April 8: DePaul University (Chicago)
- April 9: Barefoot Theatre Company (NYC)
- April 10: Queens Theatre (NYC)
- April 11: Emerson Stage (Boston)
- April 13: Actor's Express (Atlanta)
- April 14: [ independent director ] (Chicago)
- April 15: Kitchen Theatre Company (Ithaca, New York)
- April 16: Know Theatre (Cincinnati)
- April 17: Kitchen Dog Theater (Dallas)
- April 18: Macalester College (St. Paul, MN)
North Texas writers who have a play in the 10-day festival include Nico Martini, Taylor Mercado Owen, Nicole Neely, Franky Gonzalez, and Elaine Liner. Some of the bigger names in the event include Tina Howe, Donald Margulies, Kate Hamill, Eric Coble, Don Nigro, and Steve Yockey.
The playwrights on Aug. 17 are Michael Shaeffer, Jim Shankman, Gerry Sheridan, Marlene Shyer, Scott Sickles, Rona Siddiqui, Bette Siler, Ric Siler, Glory Simon, Lojo Simon, Brayden Simpson, Jeanmarie Simpson, Gary Sironen, Taylor Sklenar, David Skovron, Leslie Slape, Michael Sloane, Myra Slotnick, Jeff Smith, Susan Arnout Smith, Mark Landon Smith, Amber Smithers, Alexis Smithers, Rachel Snyder, Mike Sockol, Francisco Solorzano, Peter B. Sonenstein, Riya Soyantar, Peter Spartano, Ann-Giselle Spiegler, Breanna Spink, Aurin Squire, Rachel “SJ” Stamler-Jonas, Saviana Stanescu, Christine “Starseed” Stanley, Mariana Staroselsky, Erin Sternstein, Jeff Stolzer, Jared Strange, Rachel Luann Strayer, Jody Strimling-Muchow, Marcos Stump, Gary Sunshine, Mary Supley, Suzy Switzer, Peter Tarantino, Dominic Taylor, Toni Thayer, Genevieve Thiers, Jeremy Tiang, Cassidy Tilden, Kalei Tischler, Stacey Kaiser Tomaschik, Tommaso Triolo, Zonia Tsang, Sarah Tuft, Eileen Tull, Catherine Pearson Tully, Erin Malone Turner, Jack Utrata, Gary Vacon, and Natalie Ann Valentine.
To RSVP for the Zoom Reading (you can sign up for as many of the 10 dates as you want), fill out THIS FORM. A Zoom link will be sent the day of the performance.