The One-Minute Play Festival

Fourth Dallas #1MPF Announced

Kitchen Dog Theater will again co-present the Dallas One-Minute Play Festival Aug. 19-21, featuring 30 playwrights, 60 plays, 10 directors, hoards of actors, and lots of fun.

published Friday, July 21, 2017

Photo: Suzanne Lavender
The One-Minute Play Festival


Dallas — Details for the Fourth Annual Dallas One-Minute Play Festival have been announced. As before, the national One-Minute Play Festival partners with Kitchen Dog Theater, with three performances at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Aug. 19-21 at the Trinity River Arts Center in Dallas.

This year, 30 playwrights are writing two one-minute plays each, and all 60 will be presented non-stop in 10 blocks, organized in ways that make thematic and/or logistical sense. This year's playwrights include Jonathan Norton, Janielle Kastner, Shelby-Allison Hibbs, Jim Kuenzer, Ben Schroth, Christie Vela, and Mark Lowry.

Yeah, that's me.

When I first received the email with the invitation to participate as a playwright, I thought it was an error. But the #1MPF organizers confirmed that it was not. All plays have been submitted and directors assigned. My directors are Marianne Galloway and Ryan Lescalleet. The other directors are Emily Ernst, Danielle Georgiou, David Meglino, Becki McDonald, Jeremy Schwartz, Jeremy Wilson, Stefany Cambra and Jennifer Kuenzer.

You can read our 2016 interview with Dominic D'Andrea about the third Dallas #1MPF here. For more info about the event, national partners and its mission, read the press release below:


The DALLAS ONE-MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL (#1MPF) returns to Dallas for its fourth year, in partnership with Kitchen Dog Theater. The marathon evening of one-minute plays by 30 of Dallas’ established and emerging playwrights and directors plays three performances only: Saturday, Aug. 19, Sunday, Aug. 20, and Monday, Aug. 21. Tickets are $20 and available at or by calling 214-953-1055.

“I’m thrilled to continue the partnership between 1MPF and Kitchen Dog Theater”, says 1MPF’s producing Artistic Director, Dominic D’Andrea. “We have more artists, more plays, and more interest and excitement around this event in Dallas than ever before. We love making this work in the vibrant and explosive Dallas community, and the chance to get to work with one of the best new play theatres in the country in Kitchen Dog, just puts this event over the edge for us. We love it!”

"Last year's One-Minute Play Festival proved to be an incredible way to showcase the magnitude of the talent pool in DFW and it united this community in a unique, impactful way. It has always been an absolute blast and a fast-paced, one-of-a-kind thrill ride for our audiences. We're excited to have Dominic and #1MPF back for the 4th round in Dallas." -Tina Parker, Co-Artistic Director, Kitchen Dog Theater.

The 4th ANNUAL DALLAS ONE-MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL will feature brand new one-minute plays by Elford Alley, Robin Armstrong, Iv Amenti, Erin Burdette, Ruth Cantrell, Bruce R. Coleman, Paul Engle, Dante Flores, John M. Flores, Morgan Garrett, Allison Hibbs, Crystal Jackson, Jason Johnson Spinos, Renee Jones, Jim Kuenzer, Janielle N. Kastner, Joshua Kumler, Cody Lucas, Mark Lowry, Brad McEntire, Nico Martini, Brigham Mosley, John Michael, Jonathan Norton, Sammi Rat Rios, Isabella Russell Ides, Ben Schroth, Jeff Swearingen, Jared Strange, Tom Sime, Christie Vela, Angela Wilson, Jeremy Wilson, and Steven Young.

2017 Festival Directors include Emily Ernst, Danielle Georgiou, Marianne Galloway, Ryan Lescalleet, David Meglino, Becki McDonald, Jeremy Schwartz, Jeremy Wilson, Stefany Cambra and Jennifer Kuenzer.




Dates: Saturday, Aug. 19, Sunday, Aug. 20, and Monday, Aug. 21 at 8 p.m.

Location: Trinity River Arts Center, 2600 N. Stemmons, Suite 180, Dallas, TX 75247

Tickets: $20   

Box office: 214-953-1055 or    



THE ONE-MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL (#1MPF) is America’s largest and longest running grass roots theatre company, founded by Producing Artistic Director, Dominic D’Andrea . #1MPF is a social barometer project, which investigates the zeitgeist of different communities through dialogue, consensus building and a performance of 50-100 short moments generated by each community. #1MPF works in partnership with theatres and/or social organizations sharing playwright, educational or community-specific missions across the country. The aim is to create locally sourced playwright-focused community events, with the goal of promoting the spirit of radical inclusion. #1MPF represents playwrights of different age, gender, race, cultures, and points of career. The work attempts to reflect the theatrical landscape of local artistic communities by creating a dialogue between the collective conscious and the individual voice.

In each city, #1MPF works with partnering organizations to identify programs or initiatives in each community to support with the proceeds from ticket sales. The goal is to find ways give directly back to the artists in each community. Supported programs have ranged from educational programming, youth poetry projects, theatre program in prisons, playwright residencies and memberships, playwrights salaried commissions, community access projects, arts workshops and other social and artistic initiatives.

Annual partnerships have been created with theaters in over 20 cities including: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Trenton, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Boston, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Seattle, Dallas, Austin, Indianapolis, Anchorage, Honolulu, St. Louis and more, with partnering institutions including Primary Stages, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, New Georges at New York City Center, Z-Space, A.C.T., Trinity Rep, Victory Gardens Theater, Cornerstone Theatre Company, The Playwrights Foundation, Boston Playwrights Theatre, Actor’s Express, InterAct Theatre, Mixed Blood, Walking Shadow Theatre, Passage Theatre, Phoenix Theatre, Kitchen Dog Theater, Salvage Vanguard & ScriptWorks,  ACT Seattle, Perseverance Theatre, Round House Theatre, Honolulu Theatre For Youth and others.

Notable #1MPF contributors have included: David Henry Hwang, Lynn Nottage, Neil LaBute, Tina Howe, Donald Margulies, Nilaja Sun, Tarell Alvin McCraney, Robert Schenkkan, Lydia Diamond, Phillip Kan Gotanda, Kristoffer Diaz, Rajiv Joseph, Samuel D. Hunter, Karen Hartman, Robert Askins, Colman Domingo, José Rivera, Craig Lucas, Mike Daisey, Greg Kotis, Michael John Garcés and over to 1400 celebrated, emerging, and midcareer playwrights.  For more information visit: www.oneminuteplayfestival.comThanks For Reading

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