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:

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

Hell in a Handbasket by Miller Susen

24/7 – 2015 – Welcome Home

Our seventh year did everything but disappoint. We had 7 great plays, directed with precision, and acted with brilliance.

Theme: Welcome Home

The Plays:

Will Kerner Photo-WBK_7280-011A Space Odyssey Named Disaster

by Alex Rafala
dir by Erica Arvold
(inspiration: painful)


  • Mary Coy
  • Misty Vrendenburg
  • Kate Lambert

Will Kerner Photo-WBK_7291-017We have Finally Taken Action

by Kay Leigh Ferguson
dir by Marty Moore
(inspiration: laughter)


  • Carolyn Demanelis
  • Amanda Watson
  • Anders Coe
  • Rodney Umble

Will Kerner Photo-WBK_7300-024Hell Is Other People

by Miller Murray Susen
dir by Bryan Garey
(inspiration: appendix)


  • Lee Susen
  • Jacqueline Ford
  • Dinah Pehrson
  • Martyn Kyle
  • Kathleen Mueller
  • Rodney Umble
  • Trina Candia

Will Kerner Photo-WBK_7325-040Free Range

by Joel Jones
dir by Chris Estey
(inspiration: disco)


  • Joseph Bromfield
  • Mariko Schaper
  • Trina Candia

Will Kerner Photo-WBK_7363-066Dancin’ Dirty

by Robert Wray
dir by Mary Burruss
(inspiration: bitch)


  • Ike Anderson
  • Michael Swanberg
  • Marshall Camden
  • Rodney Umble

Will Kerner Photo-WBK_7389-084Sea Shanty

by Kate Monaghan
dir by Kate Bennis
(inspiration: unsightly)


  • Flavia Ruffner
  • Laura Mawyer
  • Johnny Butcher
  • Trina Candia
  • Roger Ainslie

Will Kerner Photo-WBK_7402-092Fun & Games

by Kisha Jarrett
dir by Edward Warwick-White
(inspiration: dance-like)


  • Jaime Kurtz
  • Rose Harper
  • Sean Chandler
  • Derick Williams
  • Sean Michael McCord

Will Kerner Photo-WBK_7353-060With Special Guests: The Tip-Top Twins

  • Tina
  • Tammy

More Photos Here>> 

24/7 2015 Crew

  • 24-7-2015-crewProducer: Ray Nedzel
  • Stage Manager: Kristin Wenger
  • Assistant Director: Chris Baumer
  • ASM: Daryl Bray
  • TD for the Day: Will Slusher
  • Lights: Heather Hutton
  • Light Assist/spot op: Roman Cybak
  • Light Op: Heather Hutton
  • Sound Design: Wren Curtis
  • Sound Design: Felipe Ferro
  • Costumes: Amy Goffman
  • Costumes: Linda Zuby
  • Costume Assistant: Julie Mignosa
  • Props Master: Tracie Skipper
  • Head Running Crew: Fareine Suarez
  • Running Crew: Sarah Cain
  • House Manager: Charlotte Drummond
  • Box Office: Ernie Reed
  • Usher: Cathe Comer
  • Usher: Tom Raney
  • Usher: Alan Farr
  • Concessions: Melissa Wender