The plays in this volume of 5-Minute Plays are geared toward adults. Some are comedic, some are dramatic, some are realistic in style, while others are more unconventional. Their length makes them perfect for scene work in class. A few of the plays are written by playwrights who have established quite a reputation with their full-length plays, such as Don Nigro, Lee Blessing, Y York, and Sheila Callaghan. But most are by what I call exciting up-and-comers, such as Nicole Pandolfo, Merridith Allen, Andrew Biss, Adam Kraar, Stephanie Hutchinson, Judy Klass, John McKinney, Scott C. Sickles, Graham Techler, Eric Grant, Deanna Alisa Ableser, Kerri Kochanski, Lisa Bruna, and Grace Trotta.
LAWRENCE HARBISON (Brooklyn, NY) was in charge of new play acquisition for Samuel French, Inc,. for over 30 years. He edits annual anthologies of best plays by new playwrights and women playwrights, best ten-minute plays, and monologues for men and for women. His column, On the Aisle with Larry, is a regular feature at www.smithandkraus.com. Harbison was a member of the Drama Desk Nominating Committee for the 2010 2011 and 2011 2012 seasons and is a member of the Outer Critics Circle as well as the Drama Desk. He works with individual playwrights to help them develop their plays (see his website: www.playfixer.com). He is the editor of 25 10-Minute Plays for Teens, More 10-Minute Plays for Teens, and 10-Minute Plays for Kids, all from Applause.