Theater Companies Perform Plays in 24 Hours!
January 24, 2013 (Bethesda, MD) – Six professional Washington, D.C. area theatre companies will write, direct, rehearse and perform original plays based on similar themes in only 24 hours. The playswill be presented at the ninth annual Play In A Day, a one-of-a-kind event produced by the Bethesda Urban Partnership and Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District, on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 8pmat Imagination Stage’s Lerner Theater.
Play In A Day kicks off on Friday evening, February 8th where playwrights and directors will come together to receive their assigned themes and props. Playwrights then work through the night to create their ten-minute masterpieces. As the sun comes up, rehearsals begin as teams of directors and actors prepare anxiously to make the 8pm performance deadline on Saturday, February 9, 2012.
Participating theatre companies include: American Ensemble Theatre (Bethesda, MD); Adventure Theatre MTC (Glen Echo, MD); Imagination Stage (Bethesda, MD); Flying V (Bethesda, MD); Keegan Theatre (Washington, D.C.) and Olney Theatre Center (Olney, MD).
Prizes for Best Direction, Best Writing, Best Acting and Best Use of Prop will be awarded after the performances. Nick Olcott, interim director of the Maryland Opera Studio at the University of Maryland School of Music and board member of the Playwrights' Forum; Jeremy Skidmore, acclaimed director, actor and teacher; and Sybil Williams Professorial Lecturer at American University’s Department of Performing Arts make up the judging panel.
General admission tickets are $15 and can be purchased by credit card online at www.bethesda.org. Remaining tickets will be sold at the door beginning at 7pm. Imagination Stage is located at 4908 Auburn Avenue. Free parking is available next door in the Auburn Avenue/Del Ray Avenue public garage.
The ninth annual Play In A Day is produced by the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District. The event was originally created in 2004 by Bethesda residents Kristin Stone Palmer and Robin Mansfield and was presented as part of the Bethesda Urban Partnership’s annual Literary Festival.
From award-winning theatre to independent films, downtown Bethesda’s Arts & Entertainment District is filled with inspiring artists and art venues. The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District is managed by the Bethesda Urban Partnership, Inc., and is the producer of The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards, Bethesda Painting Awards, Bethesda Fine Arts Festival, Bethesda Artist Market, Bethesda Art Walk, Dance Bethesda and Play In A Day.