The ONE MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL Returns to Cincinnati

August 5th, 6th, & 7th at Know Theatre

CINCINNATI – The CINCINNATI ONE-MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL (#1MPF) returns to Know Theatre for its fourth year. The marathon evening of one-minute plays by nearly 40 of Cincinnati’s established and emerging playwrights and directors plays three nights only, Monday, August 5th, Tuesday August 6th, & Wednesday August 7th at Know Theatre (1120 Jackson St, Cincinnati, OH, 45202). Tickets, priced at $20, are currently available at

The 4TH ANNUAL CINCINNATI ONE-MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL will feature brand new one-minute plays by 35 Cincinnati Playwrights: James Allen, John Bromels, Clint Bramkamp, Burgess Byrd, Geoffrey Barnes, Roger Collins, Nick Carmine, Erin Carr, Liz Coley, Bekka Eaton, Kate Fine, Serenity Fisher,  Angela Forbes, Teri Foltz, Tracy Hoida, Landon Horton, Alan Jozwiak, David Loehr, Robert Macke, Karson McCall, Joe McDonagh, Eric Pfeffinger, Isaiah-Mikal Reeves, Brant Russell, Derek Snow, Paul Shortt, R Deandre Smith, Ryan Ruff Smith, Ariel Mary Ann Shaw, Nathan Singer, Eileen Tull, Chris Wesselman, & Torie Wiggins

Directed by Burgess Byrd, Laura Berkemeier, Merritt Beischel, Lauren Carr, Jared Doren, Ian Forsgren, Patrick Phillips, Robert Mackie & Chris Wessleman

“We’ve reached 4 years of 1MPF in Cincinnati, at a cultural and political moment in our nation that is full of strife, uncertainty, and a feeling that we are more divided than ever,” says Dominic D’Andrea, Producing Artistic Director of 1MPF. “Unsurprisingly, it’s also a moment when we’ve seen a huge uptick of participation of artists and community members in Cincinnati for 1MPF, looking for a space to express themselves and commune with others. Making theatre and holding space for the community is an act of love and a political act in and of itself—more now that ever before.”

“Know Theatre loves hosting this Festival; we relish any opportunity to be a catalyst for new works, and we especially love how many local artists get to come and play when we play with the One-Minute Play Festival,” says Know Theatre Associate Artistic Director Tamara Winters. “Each year we have worked with 1MPF, our local artistic community has come out swinging, creating some truly unforgettable moments and surprising artistry – it’s one of the highlights of the summer theatre season, and we’re delighted to bring it to Cincinnati again this year!”


Dates: August 5th, 6th, & 7th
Times: 8 pm

Tickets: $20. Tickets are currently available at

THE ONE-MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL (#1MPF) is America’s largest and longest running grass roots theatre company, founded by Producing Artistic Director, Dominic D’Andrea . #1MPF is a social barometer project, which investigates the zeitgeist of different communities through dialogue, consensus building and a performance of 50-100 short moments generated by each community. #1MPF works in partnership with theatres and/or social organizations sharing playwright, educational or community-specific missions across the country. The aim is to create locally sourced playwright-focused community events, with the goal of promoting the spirit of radical inclusion. #1MPF represents 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 ticket sales. 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, theatre program in prisons, playwright residencies and memberships, playwrights salaried commissions, community access projects, arts workshops and other social and artistic initiatives.

Annual partnerships have been created with theaters in over 20 cities including: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Trenton, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Boston, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Seattle, Dallas, Austin, Indianapolis, Anchorage, Honolulu, St. Louis and more, with partnering institutions including Primary Stages, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, New Georges at New York City Center, Z-Space, A.C.T., Trinity Rep, Victory Gardens Theater, Cornerstone Theatre Company, The Playwrights Foundation, Boston Playwrights Theatre, Actor’s Express, InterAct Theatre, Mixed Blood, Walking Shadow Theatre, Passage Theatre, Phoenix Theatre, Kitchen Dog Theatre, Salvage Vanguard & ScriptWorks,  ACT Seattle, Perseverance Theatre, Round House Theatre, Honolulu Theatre For Youth and others.

Notable #1MPF contributors have included: David Henry Hwang, Lynn Nottage, Neil LaBute, Tina Howe, Donald Margulies, Nilaja Sun, Tarell Alvin McCraney, Robert Schenkkan, Lydia Diamond, Phillip Kan Gotanda, Kristoffer Diaz, Rajiv Joseph, Samuel D. Hunter, Karen Hartman, Robert Askins, Colman Domingo, José Rivera, Craig Lucas, Mike Daisey, Greg Kotis, Michael John Garcés and over to 1400 celebrated, emerging, and midcareer playwrights.  For more information visit:

Know Theatre is Cincinnati’s Theatrical Playground. The Know showcases unexpected voices, new works, and plays that embrace the inherent theatricality of the live experience. Know Theatre seeks to be a place where artists and audiences feel welcome to take artistic risks, creating work that is cutting edge and accessible.

Know Theatre’s work is made possible, in part, by the generosity of community contributions to the ArtsWave Campaign.  

The Ohio Arts Council helps fund Know Theatre with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

Know Theatre is also supported by The Carol Ann & Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation, helping to change our communities for the better through collaboration and innovation, and the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, which provides a simple, powerful, and highly personal approach to giving.

Know Theatre is a member of Theatre Communications Group and an Associate Member of the National New Play Network.

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