Kennesaw State students participate in 24-Hour Play Festival
Festival will bring unique and original plays to the KSU stage
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KENNESAW, Ga. (August 19, 2013) —
Most plays take months, sometimes even years, to make their way from the imaginations of their creators to a final production in front of a live audience. Kennesaw State students are going to take that marathon process and turn it into a sprint when they participate in the 24-Hour Play Festival on Aug. 30-31, coordinated by Associate Professors Jamie Bullins and Jim Davis.
Modeled after a process developed by “The 24 Hour Plays” company in 1995, the Festival will allow students to create a play from scratch in a mere 24 hours. On Friday, Aug. 30, at 8 p.m. the Festival will begin by pairing playwrights with the actors who will become their cast members. The playwrights work on scripts overnight, then meet with the cast and directors at 6:30 a.m. Saturday morning. Rehearsals then last all day, and the finished performances take place Saturday evening at 8 p.m., exactly 24 hours after the students first came together.
“The Festival is spontaneous by design,” Davis explains. “We do a lot of big, fully produced work, so it’s fun and challenging to let the students use a different set of skills for this project. Creating a new piece in a day – that’s definitely something they won’t do very often.”
The Festival offers a truly unique experience for both the students involved and the audience viewing the performances. “The students are intimately involved with every element of the production,” Bullins says, “and the audience has the opportunity to see a creative group of short plays that didn’t exist 24 hours ago. That’s an exciting proposition!”
Anyone who would like to participate is welcome to contact either Bullins or Davis. Although student actors and playwrights with previous experience are welcome, Bullins stresses that the students’ commitment, enthusiasm and energy toward the project are even more important than experience.
The students will perform the finished plays on Saturday, Aug. 31 at 8 p.m. in the Onyx Theater. Tickets for the event are $5; it may not be suitable for audiences under the age of 16. For more information, visit the box office online or call (770) 423-6650.
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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 90 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing, and a Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing population of 24,100 students from more than 130 countries.