The Newman University Theatre Department is preparing to present the fourth annual 24-Hour Theatre Project. The event will begin Friday, Feb. 6 and end with performances of original productions at 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 7, in the Jabara Flexible Theatre, inside the De Mattias Fine Arts Center on the Newman campus.
To produce the 24-hour project, Newman faculty, students and staff who wish to participate will assemble at 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 6 in Jabara Theatre. Participants will be randomly assigned to teams, each consisting of a director, playwright, and actors. At 8 p.m. on Feb. 6, the playwrights of each team will begin writing a new short play, approximately 10 minutes in length, which kicks off the 24-hour process. The next morning at 8 a.m. the directors and actors begin rehearsing the play. At 8 p.m. on Feb. 7 – 24 hours after the writing began – the plays are presented for a live audience.
“The 24-Hour Theatre is great fun and a great experience for participants and the audience,” said Newman Director of Theatre Mark Mannette. “It has all the exhilaration of a full-rehearsal process for any other play, all packed into 24 hours.”
The final plays will be performed beginning at 8 p.m. Feb. 7 in Jabara Theatre. Newman University faculty, students, and staff as well as the general public are invited to attend the event. Tickets are $2 for everyone, and will be sold at the door. Proceeds will benefit the Newman University Theatre Troupe.
Watch the creative process unfold with an exclusive live video stream from inside Jabara Flexible Theatre, inside the De Mattias Fine Arts Center on the Newman campus. The live stream begins 8 a.m. Feb. 7.