The Every 28 Hours Plays

Monday, October 17, 2016 at 7:30 pm
Free and open to the public. Dowling Theater

Following our powerful evening of one-minute plays in 2015 responding to the contested statistic that every 28 hours a black person is killed by a vigilante, security guard or police, Trinity Rep revisited last year’s plays written on the ground in Ferguson in our second community-led performance of Every 28 Hours. One year after the kick-off performance of the nationwide theater initiative, actors of varying ages, races and experiences read 90+ plays inspired by the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Trinity Rep resident actor Joe Wilson, Jr. facilitated a conversation after the performance.

The One-Minute Play Festival: Our Response

Tuesday, October 18,2016 at 7:30 pm
Free and open to the public. Dowling Theater

Called to action by the nationwide theater initiative Every 28 Hours, Trinity Rep, Community College of Rhode Island, University of Rhode Island, Wheaton College and the Southside Cultural Center with the City of Providence came together to present an evening of locally made one-minute plays. Exploring equity, inclusion, and race, these plays were born from the hearts, minds and experiences of our community. Spurred by workshops facilitated by One-Minute-Play Festival’s Dominic D’Andrea and produced by Trinity Rep’s Joe Wilson, Jr. this was special evening where theater was activism, and our community took the stage.

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About The One-Minute Play Festival (1MPF)

1MPF is America’s largest and longest running grass roots community-engaged theatre festival, founded by Producing Artistic Director, Dominic D’Andrea. #1MPF is social barometer practice, which investigates local zeitgeist and narratives through dialogue, consensus building, and a performance of minute-long moments generated by each community. #1MPF works in partnership with traditional theatres, cultural institutions, and social justice institutions across the country sharing educational, community-focused, or public service missions. The aim is to create locally sourced community events, with the goal of promoting the spirit of radical inclusion. #1MPF includes participants of different points of age, race, culture, gender, socio-economic background, and stage of career.

Annual partnerships have been created in over 20 cities including: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Trenton, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Baltimore, Boston, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Seattle, Dallas, Austin, Indianapolis, Anchorage, Honolulu, St. Louis, and more, with partnering institutions like Primary Stages, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Second Stage Uptown, New Georges at New York City Center, Z-Space, Victory Gardens Theatre, 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, 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, Sam Hunter, Karen Hartman, Robert Askins, Colman Domingo, José Rivera, Craig Lucas, Mike Daisey, Greg Kotis, Michael John Garcés, & over to 1400 celebrated, emerging, and midcareer playwrights. For more information visit: