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    Posted: 4/27/05 at 9:34am
How would one go about organizing a One-Act Festival? I suppose the first thing I should do is talk to someone at the community college (as our town doesn't have an official theatre). There are only two theatre companies in Jackson currently, but we have some surrounding communities. Has anyone ever done this before? I really just wanted to dip my hand into directing this summer and thought a one-act would be the best way to go...but who goes to just a 20 minute play right? So I thought if I could get a full one act festival going, that'd be a lot better.

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bullet Posted: 4/27/05 at 10:35am
Festivals are actually quite a large undertaking. I'm an
adjudicator for TANYS (Theatre Association of New York State)
and have adjudicated for ESTA (Eastern States Theate
Association) - these festivals are entire jobs alone, without
actually directing a play. I'm not attempting to discourage you
from the attempt - but it seems that your first directing job might
better be spent actually directing.

Think about having a program of one-acts and use an omnibus
title to advertise your event. I have had success with this kind of
production, though you are right - fewer people attend one act
plays than full length plays.

An evening of one-acts can revolve around a theme - an author
(there are often evenings of Tennessee Williams' one acts
produced) - a geographical location (plays about Texas - or
plays about 9/11 - or plays about the midwest) - an emotion
(love, revenge, patriotism, religion, etc.). The choices are
endless. Come up with a catch title that encompasses all your
plays, and you can p.r. the plays that way.

Just get 2 or 3 others interested in directing - and each of you
do a one-act. You'll be able to concentrate on your PLAY,
rather than concentrating on a festival organization.

Just my two cents' worth

By the way - your idea of starting out with a one act is an
excellent approach to beginning directing. One acts have
everything a full length play has: character development, focus,
pace, etc. - it's all just abbreviated. So it gives you a great
chance to develop skills and experience dealing with all those

Good luck!
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bullet Posted: 4/28/05 at 4:48pm
Thanks for the advice. Actually an "evening of one-acts" is really more of what I had in mind anyways so that works out.
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