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How It Works
You are about to experience a thrilling form of theatre in which new plays are written, cast, rehearsed, and performed in only 24 hours. From high school to Broadway and West End galas, we've seen brilliant new plays created in just one day. The common elements in all of these productions were:
The 24 Hour Plays experience begins the evening before the performance (Thursday, June 22) with a meet-and-greet that includes all participants. After some customary ice breaker activities to get creative juices flowing, the writers begin the creative process with an overnight writing session. By the next morning, their scripts are due (each play is roughly 10 minutes long).
Directors, stage managers, and actors return the next morning when the plays and casts are announced and rehearsals begin. After all-day rehearsals and short, well-planned technical rehearsals, the house opens for an exciting evening of original theatre!
These unconventional time constraints create a tremendous amount of energy. Although the actors only have one day to memorize lines, create characters, and learn their blocking, the plays are performed without scripts in hand.
|May 10, 2023||Deadline for applications to be submitted to EdTA. (See below.)|
|June 15, 2022||Students selected to participate are notified they have been chosen.|
|June 22, 2022||The process begins on the Thursday evening of ITF.|
|June 23, 2022||The performance will take place on the Friday of ITF.|
Each registered student may submit one application in one of the disciplines (playwright, director, stage manager, and actor). You may access the submission for below (a free EdTA account must be created to access and submit the form). Students must be affiliated with an active troupe, but induction into ITS in not required for participation.
THE 24 HOUR PLAYS AUDITION FORM
NOTE: Applications must be submitted by May 10. No late submissions will be considered.
In addition to completing the form above, the application process simply requires that students submit a theatrical resume. Those submitting to be playwrights should also upload a writing sample with their application.
Six production teams will be assembled by EdTA and The 24 Hour Plays staff. Each team will consist of one playwright, one director, one stage manager, and four actors. Students will be informed that they have been selected to participate in the event, but production teams will not be revealed until the process begins.
NOTE: Students from the same troupe will likely not be placed on the same team. Students should be comfortable working with new collaborators.
The 24 Hour Plays celebrates the diversity of the theatrical field and seeks to make the application process equitable for every young artist. We actively encourage artists of all races, ethnicities, creeds, classes, abilities, genders, identities, affiliations, and orientations to apply for this program. If you have any accessibility concerns regarding either the application or the program, please contact us so that we can make necessary accommodations.
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