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Encyclopedia > One act play

A one act play, or more commonly "one act", or "one-act", is a short play that takes place in one act or scene, as opposed to plays that take place over a number of scenes in one or more acts. They tend to be simpler and have fewer props, scenery and cast members (sometimes only one). Such plays are often showcased in a series. They are ideal for high school or college drama students as well as small venues and dinner theaters. Unlike other plays which usually are published one play per book, one acts are usually published in anthologies or collections. David Ives's book All in the Timing includes examples of one act plays. In theater, an act (noun) is a short performance that is part of a longer program. ... Main article: Secondary education High school is a name used in some parts of the world, and particularly in North America, to describe the last segment of compulsory education. ... It has been suggested that this article be split into multiple articles accessible from a disambiguation page. ... Dinner theater is an entertainment that combines a restaurant meal with a staged play. ... David Ives (b. ... All in the Timing was originally a book of six one act plays by David Ives dating from 1987 to 1993. ...


Often, theatre groups stage a night of one acts, performing anywhere from 2 to 20 one acts in a single night.


Famous one act plays

The Last Five Years is a one act musical written by Jason Robert Brown and produced off-Broadway in March of 2002. ... Jason Robert Brown (born 1970 in Ossining, New York) is an American musical theater composer and lyricist. ... This article is about the play. ... Jean-Paul Charles Aymard Sartre (June 21, 1905 – April 15, 1980), normally known simply as Jean-Paul Sartre (pronounced: ), was a French existentialist philosopher and pioneer, dramatist and screenwriter, novelist and critic. ... All in the Timing was originally a book of six one act plays by David Ives dating from 1987 to 1993. ... David Ives (b. ...

External links

  • Small-Cast One-Act Guide Online
  • One-Act, One Page Plays (royalty free)

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How To Write a One Act Play (1722 words)
These plays of half an hour to an hour in length are generally referred to as one-act plays.
Writing a one-act play can offer challenges to first-time writers, playwrights used to the full-length play format and screenwriters used to considering stories in a three-act structure.
Plays vary greatly in content and form, of course, but that’s just another reason to read, and if possible see, a lot of one-act plays if you’re going to write one:  You will know a variety of ways you can proceed with your story.
south carolina independent school association (720 words)
When entering the one act play category, a school must list the length of the play and the type, drama or humor, on the registration form.
Schools may elect to enter an excerpt or abridgement of a play as their one act play presentation.
ACTING: One to fifteen points are possible in the following areas: vocal variety; vocal interpretations; movement and bodily control; listening and response; and individual characterizations.
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