5-Minute Plays

edited by Lawrence Harbison

Veteran editor Lawrence Harbison has spent his career championing new and established playwrights by bringing their work into print. What’s the story behind his latest collection, 5-Minute Plays? In keeping with the spirit of the book, we’ll give it to you in five.

  1. On any given day, freely circulated viral videos make waves across our society—and we take time to consume them. Top trenders boast an average length around five minutes.
  2. Needless to say, an average play runs far longer (and costs much more). Accordingly, we don’t have time (or money) for theater.
  3. Variety is the spice of life—perhaps that’s why passive consumption of digital media runs rampant. Sometimes you’re feeling melodramatic; sometimes you’re feeling comedic; sometimes you crave the firm grounding of realism; sometimes you crave the sweet escape of surreality. Sometimes you desire each of these things in rapid succession over the course of a half-hour. Whatever your mood, bite-sized morsels of entertainment can instantly satisfy your hunger.
  4. At long last, the world of theater has caught up with the digital realm: five-minute plays and festivals abound. Today, you can plow through a full-fledged performance in less time than it takes a diligent barista to make your grande mocha Frappuccino, skim, with whip.
  5. Seems you suddenly do have time for theatre.

Whether you’re an actor looking for a quick warm-up, an instructor scrounging for tight scene exercises, or an everyday reader hoping to speed-date today’s most talented playwrights, 5-Minute Plays will satisfy all your theatrical yearnings without vaporizing your precious free time. Why not give it a whirl?



Publisher: Applause Theatre and Cinema Books

Series: Applause Acting Series

Format: Softcover

Page Count: 368

Dimensions: 5.5 x 7.75 inches

ISBN: 9781495069246


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