ready for the most unique and exciting 24 hours
of theatre ever!
PLAY IN A DAY is coming
to Theatre 8:15, 4740 Massillon Road in Green OH 44232, April 15 & 16,
2016. In just a 24 hour period of time, several short original scripts are
written, actors memorize and rehearse lines, director's brains work overtime
all while costumers and prop masters are building and searching for the wish
lists handed to them just hours before the curtain rises and the show starts,
ready or not!
some FAQ about how, what seems impossible, a PLAY IN
A DAY, works.
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HOW DO I KNOW WHAT ROLE IN
THE PRODUCTION I WOULD BE BEST SUITED FOR?
1. Writer - No previous experience
required, only the desire to let your imaginations run wild and put it on paper
in play form. Writing teams of 3 are strongly suggested. A team must contain at
least 2 members. If a writing team of 2 wishes to work together that must be
noted at time of registration. A third member may be added to a team of 2 if
determined to be necessary by the producer. If no partners are requested, teams
will be compiled by the producer based on ability, interests and experience. At
least 1 member of the team should have moderate typing skills and access to at
least one laptop. Note: previously, the use of features like Google Docs on
multiple computers has proven beneficial.
2. Director - Experience
helpful but again not necessary. This is actually a good platform for a first
time or newer director that will have a small cast and relatively simple
staging needed for a short play. The director will read the script for the
first time along with the cast at the Saturday 7 AM breakfast. The director
interprets the original script and characters, blocks and assists in bringing
the writers and their own vision to the stage.
3. Actor - Experienced or
not, all are welcome to the PIAD stage. A one minute timed audition is to be
performed prior to the selection process. The audition can be anything that
shows the performers talent and personality, a funny story, a dramatic scene or
a special talent demonstration. The best auditions are the well prepared. With
less than 12 hours to memorize a role, memorization can be a challenge but not
impossible. At the time of registration, potential actors will be asked to rate
their memorizing skill level on a 1-5 scale, writers will consider these
ratings when assigning roles of various sizes to individual performers.
Stage manager, will
coordinate the transitions between plays and the individual needs of each play.
Costumer, will locate the
desired items or offer suggestions to build/create options to fit the needs
requested by writers and directors.
Props and furnishings,
will search the location for the desired items and/or build/create any
Lights and sound
operators will work with each director to assist in achieving any desired
effects possible and operate the boards for
WHAT IS THE TIME
Writers- 7 PM Friday for selection of
keywords, mystery props, audition process and selection of directors and casts.
Writers will be required to write and complete their scripts between 10 PM
Friday and 6 AM Saturday. Yes, those are the hours, night owls rejoice, others
may be subject to large amounts of coffee or Mountain Dew! Upon completion of
script, writers are excused and of course are welcome back to see the world
premiere of their work Saturday at 8:15.
Directors time commitment- 7 PM Friday for the
selection of keywords, mystery props and the selection of the casts. By
approximately 10 PM Friday, directors are excused and return at 7 AM Saturday
for the first read-through and immediately begin rehearsals which will continue
throughout the day until the final dress rehearsals and the performances at
Actors- 7 PM Friday for selection of Keywords,
mystery props and audition process. By approximately 10 PM Friday, actors are
excused and return at 7 AM for the first read-through and immediately begin
rehearsals which will continue throughout the day until the final dress
rehearsals and the performances at 8:15.
WHAT IS THE AUDITION?
All Writers, directors and actors participate in the one minute
"anything goes" audition. Auditions are timed and a buzzer will end
the audition. The wider the variety of auditions, the better. Funny stories,
dramatic readings, unique songs or demonstrations of any special talents or
skills are ideal. The best auditions are the ones that have been well prepared.
While only the actors auditions will assist in their placement into individual
plays, the process itself can be very entertaining and the personalities of
writers and directors are showcased in this process.
WHAT IS THE PROCESS FOR
WHO IS CAST IN WHAT SHOW AND WHO WILL DIRECT FOR WHICH WRITING TEAM?
and simple..it's complicated! Let's leave all the details for that night, just
know, that it will all be totally random and the outcome will be anything but
predictable. Through a series of numbers being drawn, "stealing",
trading and the choosing of mystery props and costumes, nothing can or will be
WHAT IF I REALLY REALLY
WANT TO DO THIS EVENT BUT I HAVE A MINOR TIME CONFLICT THOSE DAYS?
part of the fun is the time element involved, everyone does have a life outside
of theatre, LOL. You will not be locked into the theatre or the set time frames
as long as you and your team understand your short time away from the theatre
and the rehearsal process is not a burden on your fellow cast mates.
THIS SOUNDS LIKE IT WOULD
BE AS MUCH FUN TO WATCH AS BE IN!
That is why it is very important to be sure to let your family and friends that
love seeing you ( or have always wanted to see you) on stage know you'll be
doing this one time only, once in a lifetime event, where anything can and will
happen. It is as important that you have them block off the night on their
calendar as it is for you to SAVE THE DATE!
OK, I'M SOLD, HOW DO I
details about preregistering will be coming in the following weeks. The registration
fee is just $20 for all participants. This covers the cost of all your food and
beverages during your time at the event, the official PIAD T-shirt and whatever
is left goes into the hosting theatre account, since this is a fun and
to like and receive notifications from the PLAY IN A DAY Facebook page, and
follow CBGSPLAYINADAY on Twitter, Instagram and Periscope. If you have any
questions please feel free to contact the Crazy Bald Guy (CBG) himself,
Mitchell Antesky at BUMRRR@gmail.com,
419-356-6959, or by text, private messenger or smoke signals.
promises to be a great adventure, hope to see you at the theatre!