TRUMPILTON!

When you create an overnight theater festival in 24 hours, the day after the inauguration, you may end up with an 8th, special bonus, presentation. With apologies and respect to Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jonathan Groff, 24/7, last night, presented the one and only performance of TRUMPILTON!

Thank You Poem – 24/7 2017

To the cast and crew of 24/7 2017 —

Well it happened again in the blink of an eye
When a group of great artists reached for the sky
In the middle of January without any snow

In 24 hours you created one amazing show
Blank Minds Think Alike that’s what we showed
With an art class sketching to the Boss’ Thunder Road
Look now – stuck behind screens – it’s a family flotilla
Completely oblivious to a dancing gorilla.
Michael, Jan, Peter and a lady killer
Bought down the house with The Brady Cure thriller
Then two gay fathers played the adoption game
With their teenage son and his Notre “Dame”?
While a former graphic artist and her best friend were
Finding lost friendship through the songs of John Denver
A refined British beauty went chip-chip-charoo
In a French maids’ outfit with Lord Smoocheroo
Our crew was epic, the opposite of tragic
What they did in one day was nothing but magic!
It’s theater. It’s art. And, yes, fun still won!
Like a one time showing of the hit Trumpilton!
And so, if the circus closes, and you’re searching for your worth,
Remember what you did last night, The Greatest Show on Earth!

Actors for 24/7 2017

Those of you who know, you know; those of you out of the know, will have to trust; those of you out of trust, will have to come to see for yourself.

The actors we have for his year are aces!  (except for the jokers, and the queens, and kings, and, you know what, they’re all just cards.)

This year we are delighted to have the following actors jump into the unknown to bring you back gold.

  • Donna Chabot
  • Marissa Carioscia
  • Tiffany Smith
  • Julie Stavitski
  • Mendy St. Ours
  • Christina Henderson
  • Julia Robertson
  • Kate Adamson
  • Priyanka Shetty
  • Michelle James
  • Sharon Miller
  • Aly Brookland
  • Ike Anderson
  • Martyn Kyle
  • Dan Stern
  • Russ Witt
  • Nick Heiderstadt
  • Kevin Minor
  • Michael Miranda
  • Johnny Butcher
  • Joel Alexander
  • Winston Smith II
  • Brandon Lee

A few things to mention:

  • This is the highest percentage of new-to-24/7 actors since the first year when everyone was a virgin.
  • Each year over 50% of the participants are new – this year those new to 24/7 is 83.3333333~% !)

Show Info.

 

 

 

 

 

Directors Announced – 24/7 2017

Directors for 24/7 Jan. 21, 2017 at Live ArtsThe directors of 24/7 are often the unsung heroes — unsung, even in a musical.  (that’s right, you never know what you’re gonna get in 24/7 – someone might write a musical overnight).

Directors get a random script and random cast and have to make it work.  And they do.  Oh to the yeah.  Year after year.

24/7 is Jan 21, 2017.  Nothing will be written until 24 hours before that.  Then the directors read their script for the first time Saturday morning.  Then the fun, action packed day begins – cast, designers, staging, timing, costumes, set, tech, all in one day.

This year we are honored to have the following great line up of 24/7 directors:

  • Carol Pedersen
  • Chris Kelly
  • Claire McGurk Chandler
  • Frank Saxons
  • Liz Howard
  • Richard Cooper
  • Tracie Skipper

A few things to mention:

  • Five of these directors will be directing their first 24/7 play.
  • Tracie brings a designers touch to her directing – watch out!
  • Chris once told me, “there’s always room for more ‘camp’!”  –  so watch out for that, too.
  • Liz and Frank will be performing on stage in Guys And Dolls the weekend before, then turning their talents off-stage for 24/7.
  • Carol has taught more acting classes than anyone at Live Arts, but this is her first 24/7.
  • Richard jumped in hear first to 24/7 last year as and actor; and now feet first, from a higher level, he’s doing it again.
  • Claire’s not scared of anything.  As an actor, she has had some of the wildest roles in 24/7 history — including a big box store worker singing ballads about adult diapers to a post-modern-pre-appocalyse-cafe-server-dominatrix-type-person.

Show Info.

 

 

 

 

 

Playwrights Announced 24/7 2017

Nothing’s written in stone.  Well, not anymore (I mean, at one time it was, in a literal sense.)  But, what I meant was, “nothing is written in stone, yet.”  No, that’s not quite it, either.

I meant, Nothing Is Written… Yet!

24/7 is Jan 21, 2017.  Nothing will be written until 24 hours before that.  The writing starts Friday night for our Saturday night shows.  But when it is written, it will be written by this amazing line up of overnight sensations:

  • Bryan Garey
  • Cady Garey
  • Doug Grissom
  • Lance Stewart
  • Larry Goldstein
  • Lee Susen
  • Marija Reiff

A few things worth pointing out:

  • Marija will be writing for two (she will be 8 months, 3 weeks pregnant for this 24/7)
  • UVA will be well represented with two faculty members this year, Doug and Cady.
  • Three time 24/7 actor Lee Susen picks up the laptop to give playwriting a go-go.
  • Live Arts founding member Larry Goldstein returns to 24/7.
  • First time that two plays will come from one household: Bryan and Cady.
  • Four new playwrights this year: Bryan, Cady, Lee and Marija.
  • And three who have written once before, Doug, Lance, Larry.

Show Info.

 

24/7 2017 – January 21st!

24/7:  Written overnight.  Rehearsed all Day.  Performed once for you.

Twenty-Four Seven is a theatre festival created in 24 hours.

Let Me Be There by Alex Citron
Let Me Be There by Alex Citron

New every time, it is the cornerstone of Whole Theatre.

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.

Friday night send-off
Friday night send-off

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.

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.

Email Ray for more info or to get in on the fun:  Ray@WholeTheatre.org

Or just come to a 24/7 and enjoy all the fun:

Hell in a Handbasket by Miller Susen

24/7 2016 in Photos

Photos by Kathleen:

24/7 Thank You Poem

How did a bastard orphan whore of a show,
In 24 hours become more of a show?

Well, Mark and Mark brought a new level of caring
On a VHS tape with intimacy sharing
And the Village People were old but not insane
`Cause they picked up pills with their extended grip cane

Then Gutsy Augusta with Matt as a white horse
Turned a Greek Goddess into a modern golf course
While a sterile stud shared everybody’s bed
‘Til Mad Maxine left everybody dead!

Like Olivia Newton-John, she was dead for sure
Until she came back to life for the reunion tour!
Yes, a Has Been intervention? You might well despise.
But how `bout backseat sex to the smell of french fries?
So, what do you want for breakfast? – and please do not ramble
I like Lactaid; and I like my eggs Scrambled!

Talent on stage and is just one part of two
Because we also had the most fantastic crew
The costumes, lights, and sound – the team was tops, you see,
We got to give props to all the amazing properties.

In 24 hours of artistic toe-to-toe,
7 new plays! `Cause we can’t be stopped by snow!
24 hours – you made one amazing show!
It’s 24/7! And, if you don’t know; now you know!

 

Photos by Kathleen (part 1 of 2): https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0ByHX5yYtIRKxZ1BlblhxUFd6YVU&usp=sharing

Photos by Kathleen (part 2 of 2): https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0ByHX5yYtIRKxZTl0SUZrb2YtU2s&usp=sharing

 

Designers and Crew 24/7 2016

24-7-2016-website-crew24/7 is a full evening in the theatre.  Bang.  That’s true.

And the main reason is this super crew — some brand new, some have been designing with 24/7 since the beginning.   Costumes, Lights, Sound, Set, Props, Running Crew, Stage Management, and everyone is on their game that day.

The designers have about 3 hours to design 7 shows before tech rehearsals begin.  Come see what these freaks of talent can do.

Crew for 24/7 2016 on April 9th at Live Arts:

  • Kristin Wenger
  • Amy Goffman
  • Cathe Comer
  • Chris Estey
  • Daryl Bray
  • Heather Hutton
  • Jim Horstkotte
  • John Holdren
  • Kathleen Mueller
  • Kerry Moran
  • Kristen Heiderstadt
  • Kristin Wenger
  • Larry Goldstein
  • Linda Zuby
  • MIchael Swanburg
  • Ray Nedzel
  • Sarah Cain
  • Sue Horne
  • Tom Raney

 

Actors 24/7 2016

24-7-2016-website-actorsI think there’s a sign outside of 24/7 this year that reads, “you must be THIS TALENTED to ride this ride.”  Because — look at this list of actors — I would cast any of these over-talented clowns in anything.

And, I guess that makes sense.  Here they are, throwing their hats in the ring to be cast in, well… just about anything.

And, yes, they’re all freakishly tall… I mean, talented.

Actors for twenty-four-seven-two-thousand-sixteen:

  • Alec Beard
  • Allison Bowers
  • Anders Coe
  • Austin Bouchard
  • Broocks Willich
  • Cage Lambert
  • Dan Stern
  • Ike Anderson
  • Kate Perino
  • Kisha Jarrett
  • Kristin Baltes
  • Laura Mawyer
  • Lee Susen
  • Leslie Scott-Jones
  • Liz Howard
  • Marija Reiff
  • Mariko Schaper
  • Miriam Halpern
  • Misty Vrederburg
  • Richard Cooper
  • Shand Macdonald
  • Stewart Moneymaker
  • Tim Read
  • Trina Candia
  • Zoe Farmingdale

Plus, are there a few surprises up our sleeves?  Maybe.

January 23rd @ LIVE ARTS.  Get your tickets now: HERE.