Introducing: The TiG Short Play Series!
As any theater artist can tell you, short form theater is generally a mixed bag. I recall a conversation with a playwright who scoffed at the idea of setting out to write a 10-minute script; useful for students, they contended, but pointless for a real writer. But the form endures beyond the amateur, so there must be something of value — after all, the popularity of short films and stories, flash fiction and meme culture, speaks to the impact of efficient storytelling. A pointless short play, indeed, is the failure of the playwright.
Beyond the form’s potential itself, the abundant short play festivals in New York and elsewhere have become hubs of independent theater creation and community. Generally billed as affordable and accessible theater options, these showcases provide countless opportunities for up-and-comers to hone their crafts, be produced, and meet other artists. And the grey area around “short play / skit / sketch” sends the form sprawling into disparate performance arenas, with varying degrees of seriousness.
Beginning this week, we at Theater is Good will be embarking on a year-long mission to cover the various festivals and showcases of short form theater, and collecting an overview here. In addition to shining a light on the many artists involved, we hope to provide an overview of the various producing and curation models the festivals use, to help audiences find what interests them, and let aspiring producers know what’s out there.
Festivals, showcases, and groups on our radar include: Samuel French OOB Short Play Festival, EST / Youngblood Brunch, UCB Maude Night, Red Bull Short New Play Festival, #serials, NY Neo-Futurists’ Infinite Wrench, 1MPF, NY Madness, SHOTZ!, Love Drunk, 7×7, Spring Fling, Our Bar, TinyRhino, and LiveWire — if you don’t see your festival or series here, let us know at TheaterIsGood@gmail.com, and we’ll do our best to work you into the season!
– The Editor