Narrow the Focus When Writing a One-Act Play

The creative director at Hartmann Studios, Marc Caposino possesses nearly two decades of experience in areas ranging from marketing and advertising to project management and creative leadership. He studied English and creative writing at California State University, Long Beach, where he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees. In his leisure time, Marc Caposino continues to enjoy creative writing, including scriptwriting.

Setting out to write a one-act play requires a slightly different approach than writing a full-length play or screenplay. Aristotle’s advice on theater includes following the unities of time, location, and action, meaning that the play involves one conflict or plot happening over the course of one day in one location. Thinking about your ideas in these terms can assist you in channeling your creativity into the limited framework suitable to a one-act play.

If you concentrate your efforts on one main character with a goal, you can employ your imagination to flesh out the conflict and characters more realistically. Although you may wish to include the events and experiences leading up to the main conflict, a stronger play begins near the climax and reveals the history of the conflict through the action.


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