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Twenty-Five Short Plays

Selected Works from the University of North Carolina Long Story Shorts Festival, 2011–2015

Edited by Dana Coen

288 pp., 5.5 x 8.5, 1 halftones

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-3575-0
    Published: August 2017
  • eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-3576-7
    Published: August 2017

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Distributed for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Writing for the Screen and Stage Program

In the fall of 2011, The Long Story Shorts One Act Festival was launched, featuring performances of short plays written by undergraduate students in the Writing for the Screen and Stage minor, an interdisciplinary, dramatic writing program housed in the Department of Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Marking the first five years of the festival, this anthology showcases works written to be performed in ten minutes with a small production budget. The festival gives students a unique opportunity to participate in a collaborative, developmental environment led by experienced faculty and professional actors and directors, and the plays included here rise to the occasion. Whether they are humorous, poignant, powerful, or provocative, they demonstrate why the short play form has become so popular; why this event has become one of the highlights of the university’s cultural scene; and why the Writing for the Screen and Stage program has thrived.

About the Author

Dana Coen is the creator/producer of Long Story Shorts One Act Festival and the Director of the Writing for the Screen and Stage program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A former New York actor, director, and produced playwright, he has written extensively for television, including co-executive producer/writer positions on the Fox series Bones, the CBS series JAG, where he spent eight seasons, a comedy development deal for Walt Disney Studios, and staff writer on the comedies Room for Two and Carol and Company.
For more information about Dana Coen, visit the Author Page.