Perfecting The Ten-Minute Play

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If you aspire to be a produced playwright, the ten-minute play could be your ticket to success. In this highly interactive course, we’ll read aloud and analyze for technique some of the best ten-minute comedies and dramas of the past decade. Then, you’ll apply those techniques to your own writing. Your work will be read aloud and critiqued in class, and you’ll be asked to revise/polish/perfect throughout the course. The goal is for you to finish the course with a competition-worthy, ten-minute play. Required texts: A More Perfect Ten by Gary Garrison, and The Portable MFA by New York Writer’s Workshop.

LIVE VIDEO CONFERENCE: This workshop will be held via our online video conferencing platform, Zoom. The dates and times will remain the same. You can view brief tutorials on using the platform here. Shortly before the start date participants will recieve an email with login info. Please check your spam if you don’t see it.

About Marilyn Millstone

Marilyn Millstone's award-winning playwriting is rooted in her background as a news and feature journalist and essayist. Her full-length dramas, one-acts, ten-minute plays, and monologues have been produced by: Barrington Stage (MA), Birdhouse Theatre (GA), Chagrin Valley Little Theatre (OH), Dorset Players (VT), Fells Point Corner Theatre (MD), Silver Spring Stage (MD), Hudson Warehouse (NYC), the West Side Show Room (IL), the End of the Road New Play Festival (AL), and the Short & Sweet Festivals in Sydney and Dubai. Holder of an MFA in playwriting from Spalding University, Millstone’s first full-length play, the semi-historical drama The Sculptress, was produced by Baltimore’s Fells Point Corner Theatre and won two prizes at the 2011 Baltimore Playwrights Festival. Her ten-minute comedy, Compos Mentis, has been produced nine times (seven times in America and twice abroad) and won numerous awards. Two of her plays had world premieres in 2018: her one-act comedy, Birthday Girl, at the Silver Spring Stage One-Act Play Festival, and her ten-minute drama Play Date at the Rockford New Play Festival. Two of Millstone's monologues were selected for Best Women's Monologues of 2019, published by Smith and Kraus. Her full-length drama Proprioception recently won AACT NewPlayFest 2020; it will be produced by Rover Dramawerks in Plano, Texas, in April 2020 and published by Dramatic Publishing, see:

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