Extreme Theatre Comes to TCC With The 24 Hour Plays

Call it extreme theatre!  The Tulsa Community College Theatre Department and the Student Theatre Association are presenting The 24 Hour Plays.  Just as the title suggests, this is an evening of theatre crafted in just 24 hours from writing to performing a handful of new plays.

TCC students will gather Friday, Nov. 1 to determine the number of plays and the length of the productions.  From there, the creative process begins.  Writers have until 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 2 to complete the work when the students who are directors return to cast the plays and actors begin rehearsals.  The performances will take place in front of a live audience less than 24 hours after the process started.  The theme for the original short plays will be firsts - first kiss, first love, first 24-hour festival.

The 24 Hour Plays debuted in 1995 in Manhattan's Lower East Side originating the same creative process TCC students will use to produce original short plays on Nov. 2.  Live theatre has an element of unpredictability but with The 24 Hour Plays the stakes are raised.  In the end, the creative process forces the writers, directors and actors to overcome a number of obstacles like writers’ block and stage fright.

The TCC Theatre Department and the Student Theatre Association will perform The 24 Hour Plays at 8 p.m., Nov. 2 at the Tulsa Community College Southeast Campus VanTrease Performing Arts Center for Education Studio Theatre.

Admission is $4 for students and $5 for adults.  Call 918-595-7777 or go to www.myticketoffice.comfor tickets.

PHOTO: 2013 TCC Student Theatre Association.