The YouthPLAYS Blog
Want to write your own ten-minute play? A few tips:
- Ten-minute plays are usually about one thing. For example, in A-Bomb Wedding, a pair of young twentysomethings are desperately searching for significant others in a convenience store. Or in The Cooking Gene, it's all about what happens when a high school student wants his boyfriend to be his "husband" for a home ec project.
- Economy is key. Begin your play as late as possible in the action, and remember that every word counts. No time for lengthy exposition here--instead, develop story and character at the same time, just like Shakespeare.
- Keep it simple. You're going to be on a bill with other plays, so avoid elaborate sets or tech. Personally, I write all my ten-minute plays with one setting and a single, continuous scene.
At its best, a ten-minute play can indeed be a beautiful haiku for the stage: simple, elegant and powerful.