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.