Presented by The One-Minute Play Festival (#1MPF) and Round House Theatre
A Rapid-Response Festival, Created From Idea to Stage in A Week

Tuesday, August 8 & Wednesday, August 9


The Washington D.C. One-Minute Play Festival (#1MPF) returns with a twist: the fourth annual 1MPF will work in a rapid-response style. Gathering playwrights all in a room on Tuesday August 1, they’ll go through a creative brainstorming and process session, have 24 hours, to write, and actors and directors will put them right into rehearsal over the weekend. The marathon evening of one-minute plays by some of Washington D.C.’s established and emerging playwrights and directors will play two performances only.


The 4th Annual Washington D.C. One-Minute Play Festival will feature works by:

Brett Abelman, Kathleen Akerley, Ian Allen, Randy Baker, John Becker, Joan Bellsey, Richard Byrne, Renee Calarco, Patricia Connelly, Allyson Currin, Marni Penning Coleman, Maboud Ebrahimzadeh, Rich Espey, Patrick Flynn, D.W. Gregory, Jennifer Book Haselswerdt, Laura Zam, Martha DeSliva, Robin Cuddy, Jennifer Mendenhall, Marilyn Millstone, Danielle Mohlman, Tom Stephens, Charles Durgin, Shuping Yang, Riley Bartlebaugh, Natalie Piegari, Jenny Splitter, Jessica Bylander, Farah Lawal Harris, Hope Villanueva, Nicole Cox, Dennis Loney, Brad Teague, Anu Yadav, Graziella Jackson, Moyenda Kulemeka, Natalia Gleeson, Lou Ann Behan, & JJ Johnson

Directed by Andrew Peters, Jen Ring, Karen Novack, Kate Debelack, Kevin O’Connell, Montray Jones, Kyle Patrick Travers, Jordan Friend, Nerissa Hart w/ Jon Jon Johnson, & Sara Barker

Curated by Dominic D’Andrea & Caitlin Wees

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 Theatre, 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:

Round House Theatre