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Catch 40 all-women, one-minute plays this weekend

Yes, we know about one-minute trailers and ad campaigns, but ever thought of a play? Bangalore-based Anita Mithra’s The Tortilla Entertainment Company presents Zip Zap Pow, the Annual All Women’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. “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,” points out Mithra.

CultureAnchor4-Initially there were 50 entries, of which 40 were selected. “It took New York several years to get 57 entries,” Mithra proudly says, adding, “We wanted to add a twist and make it all women. So they are written, directed and acted by women.” As for a specific theme that they have to follow, Mithra says, “Having one topic will be boring. The best way to keep it organic is by giving the directors their choice of subject.”

Spread across four venues, the event acts as a platform to gauge the ‘theatre temperature’ of the city that has seen a steady increase in thespian activity. In a format that is a first for both the city and the country, Mithra informs us that there is more than winning prizes and recognition to this festival. “It gives budding playwrights, directors and actors a chance to showcase their skill in a never seen or experienced before genre.”

At Opus, bFlat, Brewsky and Sanctum. June 27  to July 3.  Details: 9986884372

—Mrinalini Sundar

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