Three Nippertown arts organizations – WAM Theatre, MOPCO and the Arts Center of the Capital Region – are joining forces to present the inaugural 24 Hour Capital Region/Berkshire County Theatre Project. The project will team up a wide variety of Capital Region and Berkshire County theater artists all with the do-or-die task of creating five new, original works of theater in the span of just 24 hours.
Here’s how it’s going to work: On Friday evening, five area playwrights will each be given a theme to write about, as well as the number of actors that they’ll have to work with. They will then have 12 hours to write a short script. The next morning, directors, actors, stage managers, designers and technical staff will gather to rehearse those brand-spankin-new scripts. And then at 8pm that same Saturday, those five new scripts will be performed for the public at the Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy.
Is it a risk? Yeah, quite definitely. Will it be fun? Oh, you bet your ass.