Posting Date: September 4, 2012
KSU theatre students participate in “24-Hour Play Festival”
Students will create and perform original works in 24 hours
By Alyssa Sellors
The Kennesaw State University Department of Theatre & Performance Studies presents the “24-Hour Play Festival” as the second performance of the 2012-2013 season. The festival, coordinated by Assistant Professor Charles Parrott, will be held Sept. 8 at 8 p.m. in the Onyx Theater.
The “24-Hour Play Festival” focuses on process over product and, as the name suggests, performers have only 24 hours to create, prepare and perform an original 10-minute play of their own. Participating theatre and performance studies majors meet Friday evening to be broken into teams, and in these randomly chosen teams they discuss their strengths and interests. The team then sends off their playwright to write a 10-minute play. On Saturday the team comes back together to read the script, block it and learn the lines. The teams then perform their original 10-minute plays Saturday evening.
Part of the fun of this festival is simply the unexpectedness of it. The theatre faculty is excited by the chance to let students create performance in collaboration with one another, and when working against the clock “collaboration gets distilled down to its essence,” says Parrott.
This sort of collaboration can be very empowering. “I strongly believe that the future of performance and theatre will be found in artists taking initiative to create collaborative work,” says Parrott. “I have often told my students that almost all important artistic movements—from surrealism to the Beatles—started with friends getting together and making the kind of art that they liked.”
Audiences can expect an evening of unique excitement as KSU theatre and performance studies students take the stage performing concise, creative and collaborative works of their own making. The festival truly shows off what talented KSU students are capable of creating in a short amount of time. “This festival is an opportunity for students to dip their toes in that sort of revolutionary water by giving them the chance to make the kind of show they want to see,” says Parrott.
Admission to the festival performance is $5. This event may not be suitable for audiences under the age of 16. For more information, call 770-423-6650.