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    Smrithi Amarendran, Anjali Balu, Anita Mithra.

    Look out for 40 all-women, one-minute plays in Bangalore

    Yes, we know about one-minute trailers and ad campaigns, but ever thought of a play? Bangalore-based Anita Mithraa��s The Tortilla Entertainment Company presents Zip Zap Pow, the Annual All Womena��s One Minute Theatre Festival for the digital generation. Mithra, who organises the Short+Sweet festival in Bangalore, stumbled upon the one-minute concept in the US, a few years ago. a�?In this format, I realised that directors will focus on the most important issues. Secondly, for a crowd that has such a dwindling attention span, this format is perfect,a�? points out Mithra.

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    Initially there were 50 entries, of which 40 were selected. a�?It took New York several years to get 57 entries,a�? Mithra proudly says, adding, a�?We wanted to add a twist and make it all women. So they are written, directed and acted by women.a�? As for a specific theme that they have to follow, Mithra says, a�?Having one topic will be boring. The best way to keep it organic is by giving the directors their choice of subject.a�?
    Spread across four venues, the event sees 15 directors from Chennai-like Smrithi Amarendran, Padma Divakaruni, Deepa Ravi and Archana Kariappa. And will Mithra bring the concept to our city? a�?I know most of the directors who will be participating in Zip Zap Pow because they have taken part in Short+Sweet in Bangalore. Bringing the festival to Chennai is a dream and I will do that soon,a�? says the organiser.

    At Opus, Blaft, Brewsky and Sanctum, fromA�June 27 to July 3. Details: 9986884372

    a��Mrinalini Sundar

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    • Anonymous Banter

      Hi Mrinalini,

      The title should be “40 plays, 60 seconds each”, no?