24 Hour Theatre Project

Fayetteville State University Theatre announces its 10th 24 Hour Theatre Project on September 11 & 12. The Project invites participation from FSU students, faculty, and staff, as well as high school juniors and seniors as part of a whirlwind, mini theatre festival in which plays are written, rehearsed, designed, and performed in 24 hours. A trend over the last decade in educational and professional theatres, 24 Hour Theatre has even made its way to Broadway a number of times in recent years.

FSU’s brand of 24 Hour Theatre will involve a kickoff event on Friday, September 11, at 7:30pm in Butler Theater followed by an overnight writing session by playwrights. After finishing their writing by early the next morning, the freshly-minted scripts will be taken up by actors, directors, designers, technicians, and managers who will rehearse the plays throughout the day in time for a 7:30pm performance of the plays on Saturday night. Students and other interested participants will be able to engage in one of a variety of production areas, from writing to acting to stage management to lighting operation. Participants will be able to apply for participation in their select roles in early March.

The goal of 24 Hour Theatre is to produce fully realized scripts, usually of 10-20 minutes in length, and to put participants into active production roles with intense demands. The result is a mixture of high creativity, artistic impulse, sleep deprivation, temper, improvisation, failure, success, and caffeine. Participants are forced to make decisions on a deadline – a bit like Survivor for theatre – and learn firsthand the necessities of prioritization, problem-solving, and good humor. Above all, 24 Hour Theatre usually sees great success at creating bonds between participants and working to create a community of theatre makers in a short period of time.

The 24 Hour Theatre Project performances begin at 7:30pm., on Saturday, September 12th, in Butler Theater on the FSU campus. Admission is pay what you will. The new plays may not be suitable for all audiences.

Key Notes:

-Participation in 24 Hour Theatre requires an application found here: http://bit.ly/153m9nu

-Participation in 24 Hour Theatre is not a 24-hour commitment. All participants are expected at the kickoff event, where production teams and casts will be assigned. After that, only playwrights are needed overnight and other team members needed for the next day.

For more information please contact Jeremy Fiebig, Assistant Professor of Theatre, at (910) 672-2574, or jfiebig@uncfsu.edu.