The 24 Hour Theater Project
is an Olympic event for thespians in South Florida, equal in difficulty to the decathlon. This Sunday, a bunch of playwrights will gather at the Miracle Theatre (280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables) at sundown. Theyll be tasked with writing a play based on a random title (at last years project, one of the titles was How My Sister, Sally, Collected Her Winnings Despite the Dead Mime in Her Car
). Each of the eight plays must be written by sunrise the following morning. Then, coming off their stimulant highs, the twitching playwrights will hand over the scripts like batons to the regions best actors and directors with names like Todd Allen Durkin, Ken Clement, Paul Tei, Avi Hoffman, and many others. Its their job to turn the scripts into decent short plays by show time that evening. This is what Adderall is for.
At last years event, only one play was pulled off without a stumble. But the fuck-ups only add to the fun. The emotional meltdowns, impossible deadlines, chemical inducements, and suicidal artistic energies culminate orgiastically today, 8 p.m., at the Miracle Theatre. Tickets cost $58 and part of the proceeds will go to the regions youngest, daringest theater troupes, like the Mad Cat Theatre and the Promethean Theatre. Call 305-444-9293, or visit www.actorsplayhouse.org.
Mon., Aug. 25, 2008