5 Plays Written, Directed & Performed In 24 Hours
Note from the Artistic Director
As I write this, it’s the beginning of hour 16, and we’re still going strong. No one’s cracked yet. Admittedly, one person has come up to me and shaken my shoulders furiously with a wild look in his eyes, warning me of the mutinous consequences sure to occur if the burritos we’re expecting for lunch don’t arrive. But there’s no blood on the walls, no tears, and no broken bones. Yet. There are still 8 hours to go after all…
I proposed a 24 hour play format for a number of reasons. In my opinion, theatre is fundamentally spontaneous, and I’ve found that working under the time limitation of this format brings spontaneity to the forefront and really makes it work for the production. Innovation becomes necessary, and these teams have all innovated. The theme we chose for this challenge, Time, is a complex one that could lead to difficulties coming up with a play. Our teams have not fallen victim to this, and have come up with five radically different plays which all use the theme in unique ways. This production is also notable for the number of people involved. This production has involved 35 people on the teams alone, a huge number compared to past may slots, which have often struggled to fill their ranks with actors.
This production has been really exciting, both for me watching over it, and for everyone creating the theater you’re going to see. There’s something exhilarating about the seat-of-your-pants atmosphere such a challenge creates, an atmosphere that fosters creativity rather than stifling it. We’ve all enjoyed creating these pieces, and I hope you enjoy seeing them as much as we did making them. Enjoy the Chug.
Tim Sherman, Artistic Director
|Once Upon Many Times|
|Stage Manager||Kendra Albert|
|The Fairy Godmother||Jay Rockwell|
|Prince Alistair Charming||Vis Subramanian|
|Prince Solomon Charming||Kyle Gee|
|Before What Happened After|
|Stage Manager||Toro Adeyemi|
|Hold the Elevator|
|Stage Manager||Florian Fettweis|
|Daniel Newsome||Greg Delmar|
|Angus McGuffin||Pat Kane|
|Fred Carmichael||Jon Nardolilli|
|Joe Elroy||Jesse Soracco|
|The Shadow of Death|
|Stage Manager||Kate Humbert|
|Claire, 28||Caity Pitts|
|Evan, 29||Shaun Swanson|
|Danielle, 23||Liz Kaufman|
|Scene 1: A graveyard. Nighttime.
Scene 2: The alley, a few days later. Midday.
Scene 3: The alley, a few days later. Evening.
Scene 4: The alley, a few nights later. Evening.
Scene 5: The alley, a few nights later. Evening.
Scene 6: A graveyard. Nighttime.
|Wrong Side of the Bar|
|Assistant Writer||Kyle Rood|
|Stage Manager||Paul Richardson|
|Master Carpenter||Christopher Wheelahan|
|Paint Charge||Jennifer Tang|
|Sound Designer||Spencer Williams|
|Lighting Designer||Matt Dickoff|
|House Manager||Caitlin Cronkhite|
|Aaron Tarnow, Billy Mays, Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger, The University Center Staff, Carnegie Mellon Student Catering Services, The Creative Writing Department, The Esteemed Scotch’n’Soda Board of Directors of 2008-2009, Chipotle|