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The fourth South Florida One-Minute Play Festival at the Deering Estate

MIAMI (December 23, 2015)

The Deering Estate presents the fourth South Florida One-Minute Play Festival on Saturday & Sunday, January 16 & 17, 2016. The One-Minute Play Festival (#1MPF), America’s largest and longest running short form theatre company founded by Producing Artist Director, Dominic D’Andrea, features one-minute plays by over 40 established and emerging South Florida playwrights commissioned for this event. The work attempts to reflect the theatrical landscape of local artistic communities by creating a dialogue between the collective conscious and the individual voice through a performance of many moments and includes responses to local topics such as immigration, government and culture. Please note that the performances contain mature content. The #1MPF will also present a workshop, The Art of Community Engagement, on Monday, January 18, 2016.

There are three performances scheduled at the Deering Estate: Saturday, January 16th at 8:00 pm and Sunday, January 17th at 3:00 pm & 7:00 pm. The Deering Estate is located at 16701 SW 72nd Avenue in Miami. Events may contain mature content and is recommended for audiences ages 14 and older with parental discretion advised.

Tickets are $20 per show and can be purchased by calling 305-235-1668 ext. 233 as well as at the park (everyday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm) or at the event. The fourth South Florida One-Minute Play Festival donates part of the proceeds to benefit The Deering Estate’s Artist in Residence and educational program initiatives.

The festival will feature works by Andie Arthur, Katherine Amadeo, Hanna Benitez, Brian Cohen, Cynthia Clay, David Caudle, Lauren DeLeon, Jessica Farr, Barbara Fox, Vanessa Garcia, Oliver Gorf, Glenn Hutchinson, Ivan Lopez, Michael McKeever, Desiree Mora, Marsha Myers, Marj O’Neill-Butler, Carmen Palaez, Kimberly Patterson, Patrick Rodriguez, Kayley Rose, Michael Rutenberg, Theo Reyna, Sofia Sasson, David Sirois, Marla Schwartz, Lola Sendler, Karen Stephens, Matt Stabile, Nicole Stodard, Catherine Tully, Paul Tei, Greg Waters, Philip Williams, Patricia Wolf, Wendy White, & more!

Directed by Andie Arthur, Cynthia Clay, Nathalie Glade, Rosalie Grant, Oliver Gorf, Carey Hart, Ivan R Lopez, David Perez-Ribada, & Gladys Ramirez.

One-Minute Play Festival Workshop: The Art of Community Engagement
Monday, January 18, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Cost $50

The One-Minute Play Festival (#1MPF), producing artistic director Dominic D’Andrea, presents The Art of Community Engagement, a workshop exploring applied theater, creative place making, and applied art making; Recommended for playwrights, writers, directors, and artists of different media who wish to facilitate change within the creative community. Ages 18 and older.

About the One-Minute Play Festival (#1MPF) 
Founded by Producing Artist Director, Dominic D’Andrea, the #1MPF is a barometer project, which investigates the zeitgeist of different communities through dialogue and consensus building sessions and a performance of many moments. #1MPF works in partnership with theatres sharing playwright or community-specific missions across the country. #1MPF creates locally sourced playwright-focused community events, with the goal of promoting the spirit of radical inclusion by representing local cultures of playwrights of different age, gender, race, cultures, and points of career

In each of the 20 cities where it has occurred, #1MPF works with partnering organizations to identify programs or initiatives in each community to support with the proceeds from the work. The goal is to find ways give directly back to the artists in each community. Supported programs have ranged from educational programming, youth poetry projects, teaching artists working in prisons, playwright residencies and memberships, and community arts workshops.  The One-Minute Play Festival and the Deering Estate have continued their dynamic partnership since 2011.

Notable #1MPF contributors have included: David Henry Hwang, Neil LaBute, Tina Howe, Donald Margulies, Nilaja Sun, Lydia Diamond, Phillip Kan Gotanda, Kristoffer Diaz, Rajiv Joseph, Sam Hunter, Karen Hartman, José Rivera, Craig Lucas, Mike Daisey, Greg Kotis, Michael John Garcés, & close to 600 famous, emerging, and midcareer playwrights.  For more information visit: www.oneminuteplayfestival.com

Arts Programming at the Deering Estate is made possible with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the South Florida Theatre League, and the Deering Estate Foundation, Inc.

About the Deering Estate
The 450+ acre Deering Estate is an environmental, archaeological and historical preserve. From canoe tours to butterfly walks and guided nature hikes, the Deering Estate has diverse activities for the whole family to enjoy. The Estate is part of the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Space Department, which manages the Estate on behalf of the State of Florida.

The Deering Estate celebrates 30 years of being on the National Register of Historic Places. #DiscoverMore history, art, culture, science, preservation, conservation and ecology at the Deering Estate! For more information, visit www.deeringestate.org.