24 Hour Theatre Project

May 1-2, 2020

A race against time to bring original short plays to life. The first curveball? We’re doing it all virtually.

We were planning on hosting our second annual 24 Hour Theatre Project on May 1st and 2nd, and we certainly are not going to let the current situation get in the way of our fun!

For those of you who participated last year, you likely remember a zany time led by Grace Lazarz (that’s me!) and Joe B Russo, and we will be leading again: this time, from home.  (And yes, there will still be curveballs thrown at you…)

 

To participate in this virtual version of the project, you have three ways to do so:

 

1. As a writer!  Write and submit a 5-10 minute play on the evening/night of May 1st to then be performed and recorded by a separate household on May 2nd.

 

2. As a household of actors!  You can sign up for your household to be actors for one of the plays.  Now, this could mean you are a couple, a family of 8, a single person, a single person with 6 stuffed bears, three roommates and their cat, etc.  There are no rules! (other than please stay home)  To participate in this option, you must have access to a recording device (computer, phone, camera, etc.) and the ability to upload a video file.

 

3. As an audience member! At 7 p.m. May 2 and May 3, we will stream the video versions and audience members will have the ability to vote on their favorite plays and on a variety of other categories.

The Schedule

Friday, May 1st:

  • 6 p.m. Receive email with instructions
  • 6:30-7 p.m. Zoom meeting with writers (for those who can) and writers begin to write their 5-10 minute plays.
  • 8 p.m., 9 p.m., 10 p.m.: Writers emailed “curveballs” to add to their scripts.
  • Midnight: Scripts due!

Saturday, May 2nd:

  • 8 a.m. Actors sent scripts
  • 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m.: Actors emailed “curveballs” to add to their plays
  • 4 p.m. Actors must upload finished play
  • 7 p.m. Live stream of plays! (and voting)

Sunday, May 3rd:

  • 7 p.m. A second night of plays!

1. Writers create a 5-10 minute script.

2. Households of actors rehearse and record one of the original scripts.

ACT

3. The recorded plays will be live streamed online for the public to watch and vote on.

Writers create a 5-10 minute script

Write and submit a 5-10 minute play on the evening/night of May 1st to then be performed and recorded by a separate household on May 2nd.

Friday, May 1st:

  • 6 p.m. Receive email with instructions
  • 6:30-7 p.m. Zoom meeting with writers (for those who can) and writers begin to write their 5-10 minute plays.
  • 8 p.m., 9 p.m., 10 p.m.: Writers emailed “curveballs” to add to their scripts.
  • Midnight: Scripts due!

NOTE: Sign-ups are now closed to write, but you can still watch! 

Actors rehearse and record the play

You can sign up for your household to be actors for one of the plays.  Now, this could mean you are a couple, a family of 8, a single person, a single person with 6 stuffed bears, three roommates and their cat, etc.  There are no rules! (other than please stay home)  To participate in this option, you must have access to a recording device (computer, phone, camera, etc.) and the ability to upload a video file.

Saturday, May 2nd:

  • 8 a.m. Actors sent scripts
  • 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m.: Actors emailed “curveballs” to add to their plays
  • 4 p.m. Actors must upload finished play
  • 7 p.m. Live stream of plays! (and voting)

 

NOTE: Sign-ups are now closed to act, but you can still watch!

Night One of Plays

“What is with your Attitude Today, Little Miss Maggie T. Fowler?”

Written by Abby Coffee
Performed by Jamie, Jake, Becca, and Madeline Wagman

“Your Spirit Friend”

Written by Fred Longenecker
Performed by Joe B Russo and Grace Łazarz

“The Fowl Family Soup”

Written by Gina Putt
Performed by Maria, Julia, Analise, and Mark McKenna

“Purrfect”

Written by Alesha and Andrea Seroczynski, Justin McDevitt, and Abbi Garwood Performed by Galen Harden, Maria Pope, Katherine and Ellie Bleier, and Margot the cat

“Abra caBeep Boop Beep Boop Beep Boop Beep Boop Beep Boop Beep Boop Beep Boop Beep Boop Beep Boop: Life is a Simulation”

Written by Grace Lazarz and Joe B Russo Performed by Kathryn Hein, Emily Beck, and Kaitrin Higbee

“Spoons: An Extremely Short Play for You”

Written by Marybeth Saunders
Performed by Sarah and Laura Simmons

“They Walk A (1) Mong Us”

Written by Emilio David
Performed by Liv, Angela, Nicholas, and Abigail Lianez

“Advantageous Mags:The Quest for the Golden Bicky”

Written by Emily Beck (dedicated to Samuel Clarkson)
Performed by Ellie Stankiewicz

“Take Me Out to the Old Fowl Ball Game”

Written by Louis Arata
Performed by Emily, Lori, and Jared Cain

“Childhood, Adulthood”

Written by Chista Keramati
Performed by Megan and Josette Chandler

“Love is Complicated… But Cereal is Simple”

Written by Megan McGehee
Performed by Chad, Jensen, Ava, Maryn, and Jill Harms

“”Forgetful Maggie T Fowl: The Case of the Disappearing Baby Book”

Written by Stephanie Clussman
Performed by Alex Bobbs, Kat Quirk Bobbs, and baby Zelda

Night Two of Plays

“Song Bird”

Written by Stephen Freeto
Performed by Brad and Dani Mazick

“The Blue Grass Breakdown”

Written by Dave and Demaree Dufour-Noneman
Performed by Sonja, Bill, and Finn Moser

“The Fowl Mandela Effect”

Written by Alex Bobbs
Performed by Gilberto, Brian, Paulina, Andrew, Isa, and Kristine Carles

“The Button”

Written by Leigh Taylor Performed by Stephen Freeto

“The Woman with the Spoons”

 

“A Mysterious Adventure Down the Wabash” 

Written by Alex Sarell
Performed by Maria, Brian, John, Charlotte, and Michael Potts

“Homelessness on Display”

 Written by Cathy Diggins
Performed by Colleen McLinden and Meaghan Gilroy

“First Time”

Written by Audrey Raymond and Mike Leopold Performed by Joselyn Ellington and Janyla Huey

“At the Dentist” 

Written by Lisa Renfro
Performed by Bill Loring, Maureen Kennedy, Oliver, Isaac, and Newton the cats

“Scottish Play and Other Superstitions”

 Written by Clara Walton & Jane Doppke Performed by Nate, Keren, and Lauriebelle Radin

“Fruit Loops of Destiny”

Written by Amy Retartha
Performed by Josh Napierkowski and Quinton McMutuary

“Episode 3: Podcast from Hell” 

Written by Brad and Dani Mazick
Performed by Bo Petersen

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