A one-act play is a play that has only one act, as distinct from plays that occur over several acts. One-act plays may consist of one or more scenes. In recent years,[when?] the 10-minute play has emerged as a popular subgenre of the one-act play, especially in writing competitions. The origin of the one-act play may be traced to the very beginning of drama: in ancient Greece, Cyclops, a satyr play by Euripides, is an early example.
One-act plays by major dramatists
- Edward Albee – The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? (2002)
- Samuel Beckett – Krapp's Last Tape (1958)
- Anton Chekhov – A Marriage Proposal (1890)
- Joseph Heller – Clevinger's Trial (1973)
- Israel Horovitz – Line (1974)
- Eugène Ionesco – The Bald Soprano (1950)
- Arthur Miller – A Memory of Two Mondays (1955)
- August Strindberg – Pariah (1889), Motherly Love (1892), and The First Warning (1892)
- Thornton Wilder – The Long Christmas Dinner (1931)
- Cormac McCarthy – The Sunset Limited (2006)
- Jean-Paul Sartre - No Exit (1944)
- Francis M. Dunn. Tragedy's End: Closure and Innovation in Euripidean Drama. Oxford University Press (1996).