The 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:
Claire McGurk Chandler
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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!
24/7 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.
I 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:
Plus, are there a few surprises up our sleeves? Maybe.
Where do all these great directors come from? It’s a riddle wrapped up in an enigma wrapped in bacon.
If you would like to walk into a theatre at 7am, see a stack of freshly written plays — written by a now exhausted and strung-out playwrights — pull one at random and be told, “Here, make this work!” Then the job of Director for 24/7 is the perfect job for you.
Here’s the crazy-talented folks who are doing it at Live Arts on April 9th:
Crap! You know what’s like, right? I mean, whatever, right? All this snow and all this “I can’t drive,” and all this “I ain’t go no power in my house,” and “global warming/global schwarming,” and all this, “Thanks Obama!”
Suffice it to say that people are MAD because there is no 24/7 this January.
Due to winter storm Jonas, 24/7 2016 has been rescheduled for April 9th. Still same concept. Still same writers, directors, cast and crew — hopefully all — still no idea what will happen.
This ain’t no April Fools Joke.
See you at Live Arts on the 9th — and hopefully before.