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‘Play in a day’

June 19, 2011
The Advertiser-Tribune

BELLEVUE - During Bellevue Community Days June 24 and 25, Bellevue Society for the Arts is to stage "Play in a Day" in the theater at 205 Maple St., Bellevue.

On a Friday night, a group of dedicated thespians, actors, writers, directors and techies gather. During a social get-to-know-each other hour, headshots are taken. Soon a very brief one-minute audition process begins and within the first hour, directors have selected casts. At 10 p.m., actors, directors go home and sleep.

A predetermined number of writing teams of two or three begin the process of writing a short 10-15 minute play to be written, rehearsed and performed at 8 p.m. the next day, using a variety of randomly chosen themes and mystery props that must somehow be incorporated into each show - ready or not.

Writers work through the night. By 7 a.m. Saturday, the shows are ready for the directors to read finished versions; then the writing teams go home and the morning brings casts back to begin the memorizing and rehearsal process.

Techies begin finding props, costumes and working on a limited scale building or creating any special items that have appeared in the new scripts. Actors rehearse individually and share rehearsal time on stage with other groups.

The curtain goes up at 8 p.m. The public is to sit back and be amazed at what they are watching, knowing none of it existed one day earlier.



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