Ten years ago Mike Peveich approached Simon and Jill and asked about starting a uniquely challenging project. This year we celebrated the 10th Anniversary of The 24 Hour Theatre Project!
On 8 p.m. Friday night, 6 writers (or groups of writers) lock themselves into the Haid Theatre. They are handed a picture to use as a prompt to draw inspiration from to create an 8-12 page original script. They have 12 hours to write.
At 8 a.m. Saturday morning, the writers hand over their original scripts to the directors. The directors have an hour to look it over and tech.
At 9 a.m. the Haid Lobby and Ballroom are filled with hopeful actors prepping for auditions. With the remaining 11 hours they audition, cast, and rehearse.
At 8 p.m. on Saturday night, for the first time and that one time only–the actors perform 6 original plays.
In honor of the 10th Anniversary of the project Sharon Bolger’13 and Rianna Wontrop’15 put together display boards from each of the 9 years. The boards had pictures, cards with participant names, programs, and the names of the plays performed that year. The boards were up all of Saturday and for the first part of the following week for everyone to view! In addition, the same team produced buttons to hand out to all of the current students and alumni that returned for the event. Each button said “24-hour Theatre Project: writer; playwright; actor; tech ninja…” etc. Several proudly wore multiple buttons to the show!
The 24-Hour Theatre Project is such a unique, wonderful, and treasured tradition here at the Abbey. It reaches far and wide throughout our campus, the larger community, and our Alumni, bringing them back for such a special 24 hours of fun and creativity. It’s amazing how in 24 hours, so many people come together to bring their own particular skills, talents, and abilities to the table to showcase–the Abbey. #AbbeyLifeIsGood