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The 24 Hour Plays: ITF Edition Guide

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Table of Contents

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Overview
How It Works
Important Dates
Submission Requirements
Selection Process


Overview

EdTA is partnering with The 24 Hour Plays to bring together student writers, directors, stage managers, and actors for an exciting new opportunity at ITF 2022: Participants will cast, write, rehearse, and perform a play in 24 hours! Anything can happen!

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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:

  • A slightly maniacal producer (ITF and The 24 Hour Plays staff will take on this role!)
  • A highly motivated and creative bunch of people (That's you.)
  • A willingness to be flexible, and...
  • One night to perform.

The First Night

The 24 Hour Plays experience begins the evening before the performance (Wednesday, 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).

The Next Day

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.

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Important Dates

June 1, 2022 Deadline for nominations for student participants and nominees' submissions 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 Wednesday evening of ITF.
June 23, 2022 The performance will take place on the Thursday evening of ITF.
 

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Submission Requirements

Each registered troupe may nominate one student per discipline (playwright, director, stage manager, and actor) for a maximum of four nominees per school. Each student must be nominated separately by their troupe director using this nomination form. Students must be affiliated with an active troupe, but induction into ITS in not required for participation.

NOTE: Nominations must be submitted by June 1. No late submissions will be considered.

In addition to the nomination form, the application process simply requires nominated students to submit a theatrical resume.

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Selection Process

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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