WHAT IS 100 MINUTES?
The first production of Painted Filly Theatre’s 2006 season will be entitled 100 MINUTES 2006: An Evening of Ten Minute Plays and will be performed in The Basement Space, Filmbase, Dublin, 15-20 May 2006. Using a single ensemble cast of ten actors, Painted Filly will stage ten new plays of ten minutes each.
One of the chief goals of Painted Filly Theatre is to produce new work, and this diverse format creates a forum for emerging writers. Ten writers have been commissioned by the company to offer ten-minute plays for selection. Numerous nationalities, as well as cities from Los Angeles to Cardiff to Dublin itself, are represented.
Parameters presented to the writers were as follows:
• The piece should be about ‘now,’ i.e. it should refer to (though not necessarily be set in) the current political or cultural moment
• Its duration should be approximately ten minutes
• It should require no more than ten bodies to be staged
Within this broad framework, writers are expected to find a multiplicity of voices, styles, and themes, in keeping with the mission of the company. Ten submissions were chosen in January.
Painted Filly Theatre will share directorial responsibilities between two of its members and two guest directors. The ensemble was cast by audition during March 2006, from actors in Dublin. The project is as demanding as it is rewarding for an actor; the company received strong interest from performers across Ireland, and found an exceptional group of flexible and diverse actors to cast.
The 100 MINUTES concept originated in Chicago in 2002 with an ensemble company co-founded by Nicholas Johnson, one of the charter members of Painted Filly Theatre. Past experience has shown that 100 MINUTES is a powerful theatre event, shaped by collective vision and expressed through manifold means. The prism of perspectives that it offers can have a profound impact on an audience, while the fast pace and variety ensures an entertaining evening.
HOW IS 100 MINUTES DONE?
The design aesthetic for the production is highly distilled, flexible, and elemental, reflecting the nature of the company. A motto for the designers could perhaps be “unity through multiplicity.” It is understood that all ten actors will remain on stage for all ten plays, to emphasize the ensemble as a whole.
The set will consist of several simple modules which will permit the maximum number of scene options from the least number of units.
The costumes will hover between the uniform and the unique, using basic variables to create character, but overlaid on a common pattern.
Sound will be fundamental to creating order and transition among the pieces, and will be integrated into the process from the beginning.
100 MINUTES requires only the most basic theatrical and financial resources, because the most weight is put upon the story, the human body, and the empty space.
Painted Filly Theatre will mount the production in the heart of Dublin’s Temple Bar cultural district, at Filmbase on Curved Street. A multi-use venue, Filmbase represents variety and diversity across the arts. The company has selected the Basement Space, a simple and malleable experimental theatre, as the ideal space in the city for the production. Nowhere better could so much new work from such a broad collective be brought to the attention of the public.
Two fundraising schemes have been run for 100 Minutes 2006. At 100 days to 100 Minutes, the company held a benefit concert in collaboration with Ireland’s most exciting new vocal group, Bulraga. At 50 days to 100 Minutes, the company launched a new scheme in which donors could sponsor a minute of the show.
WHO RUNS 100 MINUTES?
NICHOLAS JOHNSON (Producer/Director/Writer/Sound)
JENNIFER KILLELEA (Producer/Writer/Director)
RUTH PE PALILEO
GABRIEL PEELO (Lights)
CARLA MARRINAN (Costume)
WHO WRITES 100 MINUTES?
AENGUS Ó MAOLÁIN
RUTH PE PALILEO
WHO ACTS THE 100 MINUTES?
FORM & FUNCTION
Even collectives can have a structure. Ours is modular:
No director will direct a play that he or she has written.
Several designers are currently in negotiations with the company. The portfolios are: scenery, costume, sound, lights, graphics and publicity.
Talent and overall flexibility will guide the choice of actors; no decisions will be made on the basis of gender, ethnicity, or age.
Painted Filly Theatre is a profit-sharing company. Writers will retain the rights to the work staged in the production and will be credited individually.