Through March 5, Colorado writers and playwrights can submit their own scripts for short plays or creative performances to be produced as part of a "micro theatre" this coming fall.From the same program that brought us The SantaLand Diaries (and many other unorthodox performances) comes "micro theatre" -- an international theatre trend that will feature the original works of Colorado artists in October and November 2018. Off-Center, a division of the Denver Center for Performing Arts (DCPA), will accept script submissions through 11:59 p.m. on March 5, before choosing five winning pieces to be produced and performed later within a micro theatre format at Denver's BookBar, an independent bookstore. [caption id="attachment_30333" align="aligncenter" width="940"] Courtesy of bookbardenver.com[/caption] The latest thing in the theatre world, micro theatre reinvents the genre by shrinking down the theatre experience into a handful of bite-sized productions that are generally 10–15 minutes long. They can be scripted plays or performance pieces that involve visual art, music, or dance, but they must have no more than three performers and are performed in tiny, intimate venues.
“Micro theatre is essentially short pieces with incredibly intimate audiences of just 10 to 15 people," Off-Center Curator Charlie Miller said, according to the DCPA blog. "It's a unique approach to performance that is popular internationally, and we are excited to bring the format to Denver.”The five winning artists will receive $1,000 each, and the pieces will be performed at an evening event with 70 audience members, who will rotate through the five performances in groups of 10, with wine and tapas being served in between. The artists will have the chance to collaborate with DCPA Off-Center staff and amend their scripts as needed throughout the production process, though the actual performers will be hired by Off-Center itself (and are promised to be local Colorado residents).
Led by director Meridith Grundei who, along with her husband Gary, was the 2017 True West Award winner, the idea for Off-Center's micro theatre project was conceived after she witnessed a micro theatre production in Mexico. "Her passion was infectious, and it was clear that this format would be a perfect fit for Off-Center as a different kind of site-specific theatrical experience," Miller says on the blog.
“Never before has there been a theatre so close, so intimate, and so open — there are no preconceptions, no limits, no censure,” micro teatro inventor Miguel Alcantud explained, according to American Theatre. He started the movement in Spain, and it quickly spread to South American countries.For the Denver version, however, there are very specific submission guidelines. Writers/creators must be Colorado residents, and all potential performances must revolve around a work of literature. Also, the piece must take place in a book-ridden atmosphere -- like a library, bookstore, or living room. For the full submission guidelines, click here. What do you think? Are you going to submit a play or performance idea for Denver's first micro theatre experience? Would you attend a unique theatre event like this? Weigh in below, and let's get the conversation started!