ACT 1's One-Act Wednesdays

Our One-Act Wednesdays series is our chance to produce smaller shows that otherwise couldn't be done on their own. Past shows have included works by Lanford Wilson, Edward Albee, Christopher Durang, and Tennessee Williams. It's also an opportunity to produce original works for local playwrights.

Much like our regular season, we ask for submissions from the general public about shows they would like to direct. Casting is up to the director (either open auditions or cast individually), and performances are during the "dark nights" during our regular shows' runs.

If you are interested in directing a one-act play, please send the name of the play, the name of the company who holds the rights, and an electronic copy (if available) to board member Lane Wright.

What to keep in mind

Aside from the length of the play (between 10 and 45 minutes, ideally), there are a few other considerations to keep in mind when submitting a show:

  • Budget: There is no on-stage budget allotted for the One Acts. ACT 1 secures and pays for the the rights and the space, but the rest is up to you.
  • Set: Because these shows will be performed on the existing set for whatever the main show happens to be, we encourage shows that have extremely simple sets. (previous shows have been done with merely a bench, or with a partition to give the scene a "back" and to mask the set)
  • Costumes and Props: Because scenes will be sharing space and storage is at a minimum, we recommend scripts that have minimal costume and prop needs.
  • Sound and Light Cues: Light cues will be at a minimum; a simple fade up and fade out is all that can be guaranteed, as lights are set for the main stage show and cannot be moved. ACT 1 will provide the light board operator, but sound cues (and sound operator) will need to be provided by the individual production crews.
  • Schedules: Performances are on the Wednesday nights of the second and third weekends of the main-stage shows. (For example, shows were October 12th & 19th during Arsenic and Old Lace, which ran October 7-22) Load-in and tech for the one-acts is on the Sunday evening prior to opening, with on-stage rehearsals Monday and Tuesday.