THE 15 MINUTE PLAY
The 15 Minute Play is a plot summary intermingled with quotations from the play. We typically use it to introduce students to the play or to prepare them to see a production. You can alter these as you see fit, invent a version of your own for a different play, or have your students create one. Try to keep it as short and simple as possible.
- Create cards for the quotations with the corresponding numbers, shown in bold. The cards should be large enough for three to five people to read simultaneously.
- Divide the class into groups and distribute the cards. Each group may have multiple cards.
- Give the groups five to ten minutes to prepare dramatic renditions of their line(s). They can read the line(s) as a chorus, individually, or in sub-groups, but everyone must speak part of the text.
- Encourage students to physicalize/dramatize the line(s) in some way. Using props is acceptable, but not necessary.
- When the rehearsal period is over, ask everyone to stand in a circle. The leader (you, or a student) stands in the circle, too, and reads aloud the script of the story, calling out the numbers of quotations where indicated and pausing for the group responsible for that quotation to step quickly into the center and perform it.
- The leader should keep a quick, steady pace—the activity is much more fun when it moves right along.