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‘Just 10 Minutes’ Is All You Need

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Posted: November 7, 2013
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Writing comedy is hard. Hell writing anything worth seeing or hearing or whatever is hard. I should know. I won an Emmy for doing it. Which is why I started hanging out with the group Just Ten Minutes. They meet every Sunday at the Players Theater (115 MacDougal Street in New York City) at 8pm.
 
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Putting words on paper is the easiest part of the process. But unless you have multiple personalities, or a multitude of imaginary friends, it’s hard to know what really works and what doesn’t That’s where J10M comes in. Bring in ten minutes or less of material and then cast it with whomever shows up. That’s it. It’s playwrights helping playwrights, but it’s more than that. Actors show up too. Apparently the opportunity to work on cold reading skills is something that some actors are willing to work on. And the best part, if it’s bad, it’s only 10 minutes worth, so it’s over pretty quickly. Because you can sit through anything for ten minutes; that’s like just double the average break anymore.
 
But really you couldn’t ask for a safer, supportive, nurturing environment. No one gives notes. You can speak to people after if you want feedback, but that is completely up to you. At the end of the day, it’s about the work. Sometimes all playwrights, screenwriters, poets, essayists want to hear their words. Their words, coming out of someone else’s mouth or their own, in front of a small supportive audience of colleagues and dare I say even friends. J10M puts a different kind of spin on Community Theater.
 
For more information, visit Just 10 Minutes Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/justtenminutes.



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