Sunday, 13 November 2011
Mickey Ryan is a founding member of the Gi60 U.S. Acting company, and has appeared in more than seventy Gi60 plays since the festival's inception in 2005.
Tuesday, 11 October 2011
Saturday, 1 October 2011
Wednesday, 28 September 2011
Please share these plays with your friends around the world; remember that one of Steve Ansell's original goals for Gi60 was to get as much theater to as many people as possible, no matter how remote the location. Watch these little plays on your phone, email them to friends, post them on your Facebook page. It will only take a minute...
Our great thanks to all contributing playwrights, the acting companies, directors, the film directors and camera operators, stage managers, and designers for their amazing work, and to our fantastic audiences for their ongoing support. Enjoy!
Thursday, 1 September 2011
Staring out our living room window, I must’ve been four years old, the inevitable impact unfolded. Two cars crumpled like paper, spilling their guts of gears and engine parts onto the street.
What I can never forget is the way time seemed to stretch and slow itself down to individual, isolated beats.
The most common form of miniature drama is the TV commercial. Most leave a lot to be desired from an artistic standpoint.
(Scene from Hour of The Wolf by Ingmar Bergman)
Some, in sixty seconds or less, can offer an experience that resonates across generations.
Digital culture has sliced and diced our lives into even smaller fragments. Twitter has created a space where splinters of random thoughts, jokes, ideas, commerce fly at us from all over the world, often without context or the frames necessary to allow for real communication or understanding. It's like entering a town made entirely of billboards.
There are even Twitter plays:
(by Laura Barbiea, from the Twitter feed of another short-form theatre innovator, The NY Neo-Futurists)
A minute, then, is practically an eternity.
Visit the Gi60 YouTube Channel and you’ll find discreet minutes, each filled with a different confection: comedy, drama, horror, absurdity, observation, melodrama, minimalism, maximalism, lightly drawn sketches, strange scribbles, bold-brushed epics, love stories, ghost stories, innuendo. Some are flavors you've never thought of and would be hard-pressed to classify.Taken as a whole, the collection can be seen as a meditation on Theatre itself.
My earliest memory had a part to play in writing what would become Moment Before Impact, which takes place in the split-second before a middle-aged husband and wife lose their lives in a car accident.
A single second expands, and the two partake in a cold, clinical accounting of their lives.
According to Pascal’s Wager, by believing in God, we have nothing to lose and everything to gain. If there’s no God, worshiping something that doesn’t exist has no cost. If there is a God and we turn away from him, we risk the incalculable loss of everlasting life.However, if there's no heaven or hell, and all we have is this one life, isn’t what little time we have here priceless?
Ruben Carbajal is a freelance copywriter and author of the plays The Gifted Program, Portland, Car & Carriage Collide and others. He's proud to have participated in five Gi60 Festivals. You can learn more about him by visiting www.rubencarbajal.net or following his sardonic tweets @rubencarbajal.
Friday, 19 August 2011
G(hosts)i60 Nov 12th
Viaduct ~Theatre, Halifax
After the success of our first G(hosts)i60 the Halifax Ghost Festival has been kind enough to ask us to return again this year with another batch of tiny terrors. We are looking for 50 One Minute plays that have a ghostly theme. They can be fear filled or frivolous, cerebral or physical. Last year we had pieces that ranged from a psychopaths return from the dead to the day to day plight of the ghosts in the Pacman.
Now accepting submissions now. (Deadline MIDNIGHT 2 Oct).
All submission should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Full details of the Gi60 submission process can be found at our website www.Gi60.com, our blog www.Gi60.blogspot.com or our facebook group.
Thursday, 7 July 2011
Ms. Davidson is a double major, BFA in Acting and BA in Communication. An international student who hails from Trinidad and Tobago, Ms. Davidson is a dynamic member of the college community who is the very definition of collaboration and service. Along with many activities in her home departments, her commitments include:
- Vice President: Brooklyn College Forensics Speech & Debate Team. She participated in CFA Tournaments in Baltimore as well as the International Forensics Association's tournament in Budapest, Hungary.
- Student Representative: Search Committee: Dean of the School of Visual and Performing Arts
- Student Represetative: Strategic Planning Forum, Hosted by President Gould of BC
- Student Representative: Community Planning Forum
- Moderator: Brooklyn College Town Halls
- Golden Key International Honors Society
- Brooklyn College Alumni Association Student Honoree
- Deans List (every semester!)
Ms. Davidson has performed in major roles in BC productions of Flyin' West, The Story, Julius Caesar, and she is preparing for an upcoming role in In the Next Room/The Vibrator Play. We are proud to support Ms. Davidson's education through monies raised by Gi60, and we thank Screaming Media and the staff of Gi60, the Department of Theater at Brooklyn College, and the actors, directors, stage managers, film crew and designers who donated their skills to the 2010 festival to make this award possible.
Saturday, 25 June 2011
It starts right around the end of April, as the submission deadline approaches, and I just can’t help imagining what kinds of plays were written. Reading them is simply a thrilling experience and I am always left astounded not only by the pieces but by the subtle commonality that is expressed through hundreds of one-minutes plays submitted from around the world. We think and feel much the same things, clandestine emotions and haunting experiences, no matter where we were born.
Then the real fun begins, the process I feel so lucky to be a part of: bringing those pieces to life. You wouldn’t believe how deeply a director and cast can delve into sixty seconds worth of text. For the US contingent, three directors and thirteen actors and actresses, the work itself is an impending energy, always lurking over our shoulders as we hustle from room to room, making discoveries and breakthroughs just as our time runs out…it’s frustrating, rewarding, exhausting and exhilarating.
Oh, but it’s not over. All of the reading and rehearsing, the planning and coordinating, everything we’ve worked toward culminates with the festival itself. 50 plays in 50 minutes is a frenetic ride and the audience, a mix of dedicated returnees and excited first-timers, has never faltered in creating that perfect atmosphere, a mixture of uninhibited laughter, unexpected silences and unbridled enjoyment.
Wednesday, 22 June 2011
Gi60 US plays will begin the editing process this week, and we hope to post to the Gi60 Channel on YouTube by late August - Gi60 UK plays may be available much sooner! Check this site for announcement of dates.
Thank you, and next stop: Gi60 Channel on YouTube and BBC Big Screen!!
Wednesday, 8 June 2011
100 tiny plays... the fun starts Friday :o)
Thursday, 2 June 2011
Friday June 10, 8:00 pm, and Saturday June 11, at 8:00 pm.
Presented by the Department of Theater at Brooklyn College and ScreamingMediaProductions New Workshop Theater at Brooklyn College
Tickets: $10.00 - All proceeds go to the Gi60 Scholarship Fund at Brooklyn College. Reservations Strongly Recommended: (718) 951-5000 X 2768
(the theater complex is currently undergoing renovation: please leave extra time to walk around to the new entrance!)
Sunday June 12, 6:00 pm.
Presented by ScreamingMediaProductions, Dean Clough and Leeds Metropolitan University
Viaduct Theatre, Halifax, UK
Tickets: £6.00 (£4.00 concs)
Box Office: www.deanclough.com/arts
Monday, 30 May 2011
If we haven't got some of your info please let email us.
Gi60 2011: Final List of Plays for U.S. Venue:
1. And What a Fine Morning It Is, Trace Crawford
2. Basket, Ron Burch, Los Angeles, CA
3. Cheaptix, Rosanne Manfredi, Bay Shore, NY
4. Cheer Up! Miles Butler, Brooklyn, NY
5. Checkered Past, Stacey Lane, Miamisburg, OH
6. Chicken on the Side of Road, Dwayne Yancey, Fincastle, WV
7. Circle of Star, Bruce Shearer, Melbourne, Australia
8. The Clown History of Warfare, John Lordan, Evanston, IL
9. Collar Bones, Tim Ericksson, New York, NY
10. The Cowboy and Jester, Rand Higbee, Hager City, WI
11. Cycles of the Moon, Jae Kamisen
12. The Dark, Aurora Stewart de Peña, Toronto, Canada
13. Deep Into October, Dwayne Yancey, Fincastle, WV
14. Do-Wop Ditty, Patricia Lin, New York, NY
15. A Drink w Myself, Victoria Daly, New York, NY
16. Dog Walkers, Fordhollow
17. Exit, Ruben Carbajal, Brooklyn, NY
18. A Foggy Day in a Certain Part of Scotland, Mark Harvey Levine, Pasadena, CA
19. Fork Peter Etherington, Leeds, UK
20. Freshman Experience, Dan Morra, Middletown, PA
21. The History of Dance, Alex Dremann, Philadelphia, PA
22. Illness, Jim MacNerland, Los Angeles, CA
23. Inside Out, Steven Ayckbourn, Scarborough, UK
24. The Last Sliver, Catherine Noah, Medford, OR
25. Life is a Game Show, Joe Fontana Brooklyn, NY
26. Losing on the Winning End, Sonora Chase, New York, NY
27. Head Screw, Alan Jozwiak, Cincinnati, OH
28. Maggie, Alex Bernstein, Cranford, NJ
29. Mound Conference, Tom Moran, Fairbanks, AK
30. My Best Friend, Yohanan Kaldi, Tel Aviv, Israel
31. Nothing, Kevin Clyne, Bethpage, NY
32. Palintology, Steve Ansell, Leeds, UK
33. Parent Teacher, Arthur M. Jolly, Marina del Rey,CA
34. Pass the Green Beans, Rhea McCallum, Downey, CA
35. Pizazzoline, Tom Carrozza, New York, NY
36. The Recycling Gang, Ivy Vale, New York, NY
37. A Relief, Jenny Grosdas, London, UK
38. Slow As You Can, Steve Kaliski, Brooklyn, NY
39. Soapbox, Eoin Carney, Pittsburgh, PA
40. So You Know, Ron Fromstein, Toronto, CA
41. Spading, Alex Broun, Greenwich, Australia
42. Spying, Sara Farrington, Brooklyn, NY
43. Tech No Language, Mack Exilus , Queens, NY
44. Voice and Dictation, Helen Huff, New York, NY
45. Vows, Claudia Haas, White Bear Lake,MN
46. Walking Into the Dawn, John Hawkhead, Somerset, UK
47. Wave Farewell, Hugh Cardiff, Dublin, Ireland
48. Welcome Back Home, Frank Solorzano, Brooklyn, NY
49. When, Anthony Ponzio, Brooklyn, NY
50. World Dissosiaton, Robert Castle, Collingswood, NJ
Gi60 2011: Final List of Plays for UK Venue:
1. Tim Eriksson, More Than Words, New York, NY
2. Luke Galloway, Gone in 60, Harrogate, UK
3. Matt Johnson, Lamenting Darkness, Harrogate, UK
4. Anthony Ponzio, Open, wide, New York, US
5. Aurora Stewart de Peña, Birds, Toronto, Canada
6. Jordan Tucker, The Duel, Pontefract,UK
7. Ron Morelli, Paper Cut, Michigan, USA
8. Hedley Brown, The Skeptical Skeptic, Leeds, UK
9. Amy L Bernstein, Here, then gone, Baltimore, Maryland, US
10. Lorna Poustie, Intermission
11. Kieran Borchard, Cuts, Harrogate North Yorkshire, UK
12. Ray Castleton, The Interview, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, UK
13. Alex Bernstein, A Qualified apology, Cranford, New Jersey, NJ
14. Joel Dean, Playwright, York, UK
15. Mack Exilus, 90% vs 10%, Queens, New York, US
16. Dwayne Yancey, Christmas Music, Fincastle, Virginia, USA
17. Terry Collins, The Power of Negative Thinking, Harrogate, UK
18. Richard Nathan, KETRULIS, THE ELDER GOD
19. Amy Ignatow, Friendly, USA
20. Anton Krasauskas, Fear of filing, Castleford, UK
21. Olivia Arieti, Discounts, Italy
22. Yohanan Kaldi, Martha... Martha, Tel Aviv, Israel
23. Emily Lawrenson, Giftwrap, Harrogate, UK
24. Rosanne Manfredi, Thoughts on a funeral, Bay Shore New York, US
25. Catherine Russo, Java jibberish, Medford, New York, USA
26. Meron Langsner, The One Minute, Non Musical, LA BOHEME for one or more actors, USA
27. Mark Harvey Levine, Pickles, Pasadena, California, USA
28. Joel Dean,Pickles, York, North Yorkshire, UK
29. Steven Ayckbourn, Trip of a lifetime, Scarborough, UK
30. Steven Ayckbourn, Outside in, Scarborough, UK
31. Laurel Lockhart, Jim, New York,US
32. David Clegg, Wind Blown Cherry Blossoms, Harrogate, UK
33. Thomas J. Misuraca, Last Date First, Tarzana, California, USA
34. Altenir Silva, Life, Love, Lost, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
35. Ron Burch, Beer Fairy, Los Angeles, CA, US
36. Eoin Carney, Talk, Pittsburgh, USA
37. Ibrahim Baba Lawan, The Fun 2011, Damascus, Syrian Arab Republic
38. Will Keyes Byrn, One Pain Is Less'ned By Another's Anguish, Sydney, Australia
39. Alex Dremann, A Tragic Story, Philadelphia, USA
40. Nancy Lombardo, It isn't everyday, New York, US
41. Rose Burnett Bonczek, Pirate's Day, Brooklyn, New York, USA
42. Aaron Alon, Devine Justice, Pearland, Texas, USA
43. Alex Bernstein, Nothing, Cranford New Jersey, USA
44. Jess West, Lost Bag, York, North Yorkshire, UK
45. Liberty Hutchinson, Cat & dog, York, North Yorkshire, UK
46. Ted Wenskus, Budget from Hell, Rochester, New York, USA
47. (Yr5) St Francis’ Catholic Primary School, The Baddest Boy in Town, London, UK
48. Jordan Tucker, The Epic Struggle, Pontefract, UK
49. Jasmine Bown, Soundtrack, Dominican Republic
50. Oscar Allen, Sci-Fi Soap Opera, Otley, West Yorkshire, UK
Monday, 16 May 2011
On the night of the show, we had more people in the New Workshop Theater than I had ever seen in that space. Sold out; people were sitting on steps, we snuck others in to the booth, and others huddled near the camera operators having made a solemn vow not to breath or sneeze during the filming. The actors and I looked at each other before going on. I still remember my dear friend and damn fine actress Joan Lunoe looking at me before the show and saying 'Rose, I have no idea what's going to happen.' I looked at her and said 'Neither do I.' I'm sure that was reassuring to hear from one's director... I gave a pre show speech, clapped hands for slate, and we were off. Fifty plays. In fifty minutes. The energy from the audience was insane, I mean utterly, kinetically, joyfully insane. They had never seen anything like it. We had never done anything like it. We not only made it through, but at the end, the audience went crazy. They shouted, applauded, stomped, snorted, and were - well - giddy is the only word that comes to mind. We had done it. We performed 50 plays. In one night. The audience knew something special had just been born; and so did we.
Tuesday, 3 May 2011
Sunday, 1 May 2011
Steve and Rose
Thursday, 28 April 2011
Tell us who you are in ten words?
A person who loves telling stories.
What was the title and year of your first Gi60 entry?
What a Clown and Date in a Dumpster 2007
What do you think of Gi60 and the One minute play format?
It is a great challenge which sharpens writing skills.
All our plays are recorded and posted on the web for worldwide viewing. What do you think of this unique element of Gi60?
I think it is a wonderful opportunity for playwrights.
Do you have a favourite playwright?
His comedies are dramatic and his dramas full of comedy.
Gi60 is a marvellous opportunity to develop new work!
Friday, 22 April 2011
Check out merons work in the featured videos or go to the Gi60 you tube channel to explore further. A news story about Merons work can be found at: http://gsas.tufts.edu/about/graduateenews/feb2011/february2011GradHighlights.htm