24/7 2018 Crew

24/7 Designers and Crew for 2018This show rocks. This crew rocks. They need to.  Our 24/7 team has 7 plays to “tech” in just a few hours. Even we don’t know how they do it. Maybe it’s because over 75% of our tech crew teammates are women. Men play football and start wars; women create life and make the world a better place. Just an observation. …Back to the theatre! Come see the magic on Jan 20th.

  • Stage Manager…Kristin Wenger
  • Assistant Director…Marianne Kubik
  • Assistant Stage Manager… Sarah Cain
  • Playwright Coach… Kady Garey and Brian Garey
  • TD for the Day… Sam Carannante
  • Lighting Genius… Heather Hutton
  • Light Assistant… Liz Howard
  • Sound Design… Joseph Schefer
  • Costumes… Amy Goffman
  • Costumes… Mimi Helpern
  • Costumes… Kristen Heiderstadt
  • Costumes… Tricia Emlet
  • Props Master… Daryl Bray
  • Props Assistant… Kerry Moran
  • Set Design… Jim Horstkotte
  • Running Crew… Sue Horne
  • Running Crew… Scott Dunn
  • Utility Player… Kate Monaghan
  • Hospitality Goddess… Deborah Arenstein
  • Documentarian/Photog… Kathleen Mueller
  • Producer/Host… Ray Nedzel

Actors for 24/7 2018

Actors for 24/7 at Live Arts 2018Maybe we’ve gone too far.  You tell me.  Don’t these actors have too much talent to be in 24/7?  But, here they are in 24/7.  Well, maybe they’re each a bit crazy; and maybe that’s just about right.  Thanks, you grossly talented bunch of stage-worthiness, you!

Tickets on sale now here, act fast, it’s selling out.  

  • Alec Beard
  • Amalia Oswald
  • Brandi Duncan
  • Brian Wimer
  • Bruce Young
  • Carla Manno
  • Christina Ball
  • Dawn Schimke
  • Frank Saxons
  • Ike Anderson
  • Johnny Butcher
  • Kara McLane Burk
  • Katie Muhlenkamp
  • Lisa Weigold
  • Lyndsay Goodrich
  • Misty Vredenburg
  • Nick Heiderstadt
  • Pat Owen
  • Perry Medlin
  • Priyanka Shetty
  • Sam Reeder
  • Sharon Millner
  • Tiff Ames
  • Wendy Novicoff

Directors for 24/7 2018

directors for 24/7 2018

Here is all you need to know about the directors for this years 24/7 – our 10th anniversary 24/7 – they are all nuts.

In a good way.

Over the past 10 years, each has been on stage – and few have even been writers — for a previous 24/7.   And yet, most have never directed a 24/7 play before.

With that experience – and nuttiness – this year is gonna rock.

Directors:

  • Chris Estey
  • Claire McGurk Chandler
  • Jen Downey
  • Laura Mawyer
  • Lee Susen
  • Linda Zuby
  • Mendy St. Ours

 

24/7 2018 Playwrights

The playwrights for 24/7 2018
The playwrights for 24/7 2018

Wow is the word.  And with the list below, “wow” maybe even be the theme.  Well, we don’t know yet if “wow” will have anything to do with this year’s 24/7 theme, but we do know it will describe the plays from these amazing writers taking the 24/7 overnight play writing challenge.   Wow:

  • Leslie Scott-Jones
  • Marija Reiff
  • Edwina Herring
  • Nauder Namaky
  • Marty Moore
  • Miller Murray Susen
  • Jen Tidwell

Wow.

 

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 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