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15-Second Plays
15-Second Plays

The Debate Society

Playscript | $12 $10

The Debate Society asked a group of fellow playwrights and friends to contribute to a chapbook. The stipulation: Write a play intended to last 15 seconds.

Contributors include: Annie Baker, Mike Batistick, Adam Bock, Joshua Conkel, Jason Craig, Lisa D’Amour, Ann Marie Healy, Kyle Jarrow, Lally Katz, Kristen Kosmas, Kirk Lynn, Clay McLeod Chapman, Itamar Moses, Donna di Novelli, Sylvan Oswald, Reggie Watts

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by Adam Bock

ANDERSON, a man or a woman.
BILLY, a man or a woman.
CARY, a man or a woman.

A field of wildflowers. A rocky shore. A high school prom. A financial aid seminar. A late night. A dark room. Or a quiet moment.

I love you.

I love you.

I don't love you.

And around and around and around we go.


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About the Editor

The Debate Society
Photo credit: Javier Oddo
The Debate Society is a Brooklyn-based company that creates new plays through the collaboration of Hannah Bos, Paul Thureen (writers/performers), and Oliver Butler (director/developer). Plays include Buddy Cop 2Cape Disappointment, and The Snow Hen.

Advance Praise

The Debate Society asked me to write a blurb for this book and I agreed because I love everything about The Debate Society. I love everything they do, think, wear and stand for. I also love the playwrights they have chosen for this collection. “Who ever thought of a 15-second play??? What will they be like?” I wondered as I downloaded the file, 15 minutes ago, preparing to read them. Now, having read them, I can tell you. They’re tiny, vivid bursts of theatrical imagination. They’re crystalline distillations of theatrical essence. They’re candid snapshots of 17 distinct theatrical souls. I love this tiny book. And I love the irony of a blurb that is longer than the plays it is blurbing.—Lisa Kron