Next weekend my metal will be tested. I have agreed to participate as an actress in the 24/7 Theatre Project produced by Whole Theatre and hosted by Live Arts. It will be the first time since 1993 that I will memorize lines and blocking and perform before a paying audience. As you may recall, just last month was my first time performing in a play in front of an audience in 20 years but that was a staged reading, I got to hold the script, no memorization- so this is different. PLUS in 24/7 the script will not even exist until the wee hours of the morning before it is performed.
It sounds dangerous, right?
Below are more details. Tickets are only $10.00 and can be purchased through Live Arts. (click here for more info).
Twenty-Four Seven is a theatre festival created in 24 hours.
New every time, it is the cornerstone of Whole Theatre.
- Next 24/7:
- Saturday, Jan 19, 2013
- 7:30 & 10PM
- Live Arts, Downstage
Here’s how we do it:
The theatrical artists’ gather on Friday evening. A theme for the next night’s show is randomly selected from all the given suggestions – it’s literally pulled form a hat. Then each of the 7 playwrights pull their cast requirements (i.e. 2 woman, 1 man) from the hat, and they pull their special inspirational word from the hat (i.e. Vancouver). The playwrights write overnight.
Early Saturday morning, the new 10 minute scripts are finished. The 7 directors each pull a script (yes, from the hat); and have a hour to confer with the playwright. All the actors arrive. Casting is done by each director blindly selecting names (you guessed it, literally, pulled from a hat). Then, rehearsals begin. And, the hat is retired.
The Playwrights — before the plays are written
Saturday day is a full rehearsal process with no time to second guess. There is a first read through, blocking, memorizing lines, etc. Simultaneously, lights are focused, sound is mixed, costumes are pinned together, tech, dress, let the audience in.
Saturday night we present a full show of new works – all fully performed and all freshly premiered. 7 new plays all created in the past 24 hours.