Roy Gilbert

’24 Hour Plays’ is theater with a deadline

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Buy Now 24 Hour Plays participants include, from left, Joanna Underhill, Steve Carlson, Ahlieighla Carter Croom, Sharon Mellinger, Chris Fogel and Alex Bannon. Staff Photo When you get veterans from 24 Hour Plays together, the pudding lady usually comes up. And the woodchips for the panda. And the play that made absolutely no sense. The goal of 24 Hour Plays — with performances slated at 7 p.m. Saturday at Stone Independent School — is to write, rehearse and perform six short plays over the course of 24 hours. Six playwrights, six directors and about two dozen actors will come together Friday night, meet each other and talk. The actors will offer brief monologues, which serve as auditions. The playwright will choose a cast. Then, from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., the writers will work on their plays, which should be about 10 minutes long. At 6 a.m., the directors come in and figure out who gets which play. The playwrights go home, and the actors arrive. Rehearsals begin at 8 a.m. For the next 11 hours, the directer and the actors work to memorize lines and bring the play to life. And at 7 p.m., the audience arrives. Talk about whirlwinds. “A lot of friendships are formed,” says Steve Carlson, who has overseen 24 Hour Plays since Creative Works of Lancaster began putting them on nine years ago. “Bonds are formed,” adds Joanna Underhill, who this year is working as the stage manager. We sat down with some veteran […]

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