Just when you thought it was safe to go out, the YouTube of my little play about Chopin's Minute Waltz has been finally posted to YouTube. Enjoy! The script is short enough to quote complete.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oysf2h-TGDg&feature=youtu.be
THE MINUTE WALTZ, a 1-minute play
Characters (1F, 2 either)
The pianist: About 15 or 16.
His (or her) friend: Same age.
The pianist’s little sister: As young as possible.
Plus: Someone to play the four audio clips.
Setting: The pianist’s living room. An actual piano is not necessary, though a little toy keyboard and chair would be nice.
The Music: Four audio files are supplied that can be played through the theater’s sound system.
Production History: Produced as part of Gi60: The International One-Minute Play Festival, Brooklyn, NY, June 10-11, 2016.
The pianist: Steven Fazzolari
His friend: Caroline Rosenblum
The pianist’s little sister: Safira LaRosa
AT RISE: CLIP 1: The PIANIST is playing the opening of Chopin’s Minute Waltz for the FRIEND, who interrupts after six or seven seconds.
PIANIST What "stop"?
FRIEND Too slow!
PIANIST What do you mean too slow? Perfect tempo.
FRIEND It’s 140 bars, which means by my calculations if you’re gonna play the whole Minute Waltz in one minute, you gotta play it twice as fast.
PIANIST That's ridiculous.
FRIEND Try again.
(CLIP 2: PIANIST plays somewhat faster.)
FRIEND At that pace, still ninety seconds. Computer?
(CLIP 3: The computer plays twice as fast as PIANIST’S first tempo.)
PIANIST (Interrupting:) That’s stupid! It’s all wrong! Nobody can play it that fast!
FRIEND You could if you were a better pianist!
PIANIST I'm an excellent pianist!
FRIEND Not if you need two minutes to play the Minute Waltz!
LITTLE SISTER (Entering and immediately exiting:) You dummies! It's not a MINute Waltz, it's a MinUTE Waltz.
FRIEND Who knew?
PIANIST In that case:
(CLIP 4: PIANIST plays the ending at his original tempo.)
FRIEND Bravo, bravo, bravo!
(END OF PLAY)