The One-Minute Play Festival & Victory Gardens Theater Present

The Fourth Annual Chicago
One-Minute Play Festival


Sunday, May 4th and Monday, May 5th, 7:30p.m. – 9:00p.m.
At The Biograph Theater
2433 North Lincoln Ave Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 871-3000

After three previous years of sold out performances, Victory Gardens Theater will again partner with the NY-based company, The One-Minute Play Festival to bring The Fourth Annual Chicago One-Minute Play Festival (#1MPF) back to the Biograph Theatre. One half of the proceeds from which will benefit VG’s community-based programming.

One-minute plays by nearly 60 established and emerging Chicago playwrights were commissioned for this special annual event, and developed with #1MPF’s playmaking process.

Featuring Brand New One-Minute Plays By

Jon Steinhagen, Reginald Edmond, Patrick McLean, Dana Lynn Formby, Andrew Bailes, Joe Wescott, Reeny Hofrincher, Rachel Claff, EJC “Liz” Calvert, Aaron Weissman, Nick Patricca, Rachel Caris Love, David Cerda, Evan Linder, Tania Richard, Carolyn Krass, Edgar Sanchez, Jenny Seidelman, Danny Bernardo, Mallory Primm, Dani Bryant, Stephen Ptacek, Leean Kim Torske, Scott T. Barsotti, Morgan McNaught, Brooke Allen, Randall Colburn, Joe Zarrow, Calamity West, Bilal Dardai, Isaac Ike Holter, Mark Mason, Alex Lubischer, Kate Healy, Steve Spencer  Kimberly D. Furganson, Arlene Malinowski, MT Cozzola, Adam Webster, Caroline Moseley, Tanise Robnett, William Glick, Tony Werner, Tiffani Swalley, Lonnie Carter, Nambi E. Kelley, Zayd Dohrn, Stephen Grush, Emily Schwartz, Jenni Lamb, Axel Arth, Dan Caffrey, Robert Tenges, SL Daniels, Emma Stanton, Skye Robinson Hillis, Jessy Lauren Smith, Fawzia Mirza and Francesca Peppiatt, among others.

Directed By

Anna Bahow, Erica Barnes, Heinrich Haley, Jeffry Stanton, Jo Cattell, Juan F. Villa, Hutch Pimentel, Lilli Anne Brown, Scott Weinstein and Sydney Chatman.

Curated By OMPF Producing Artistic Director, Dominic D’Andrea

The One-­Minute Play Festival (#1MPF)

America’s largest and longest running short form theatre company in the country, founded by Producing Artistic Director, Dominic D’Andrea.#1MPF is barometer project, which investigates the zeitgeist of different communities through dialogue and consensus building sessions and a performance of many moments. #1MPF works in partnership with theaters sharing playwright or community-specific missions across the country. #1MPF creates locally sourced playwright-focused community events, with the goal of promoting the spirit of radical inclusion by representing local cultures of 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 the work. 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, teaching artists working in prisons, playwright residencies and memberships, and community arts workshops.

Annual partnerships have been created with theaters in 20 cities including: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Trenton, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Baltimore, Boston, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Seattle, Dallas, Austin, Indianapolis, Anchorage, and more, with partnering institutions like Primary Stages, Victory Gardens Theatre, Cornerstone Theatre Company, The Playwrights Foundation, Boston Playwrights Theatre, Actor’s Express, InterAct Theatre, Mixed Blood, Passage Theatre, Phoenix Theatre, Kitchen Dog, Salvage Vanguard, ScriptWorks,  ACT, Perseverance Theatre, and others.

Notable #1MPF contributors have included: David Henry Hwang, Neil LaBute, Tina Howe, Donald Margulies, Nilaja Sun, Lydia Diamond, Phillip Kan Gotanda, Kristoffer Diaz, Rajiv Joseph, Sam Hunter, Karen Hartman, José Rivera, Craig Lucas, Mike Daisey, Greg Kotis, Michael John Garcés, & close to 600 famous, emerging, and midcareer playwrights.  For more information visit:

Under the leadership of Artistic Director Chay Yew, Victory Gardens Theater is dedicated to artistic excellence while creating a vital, contemporary American Theater that is accessible and relevant to all people through quality productions of challenging new plays and musicals.

Victory Gardens Theater is a leader in developing and producing new theatre work and cultivating an inclusive theater community. Victory Gardens’ core strengths are nurturing and producing dynamic and inspiring new plays, reflecting the diversity of our city’s and nation’s culture through engaging diverse communities, and in partnership with Chicago Public Schools, bringing art and culture to our city’s active student population.