The George Cope 24-Hour Playwriting Festival

May 12, 8pm / All tickets are $5

Starting at 8pm, May 11, Six playwrights will work overnight to create 6 original 10-minute plays. By morning, the plays will be delivered to directors who will then choose their casts and begin rehearsals. At 8pm, ready or not, the shows will go on. Join us for the creative results. It’s sure to be a fun night for everyone!

Audition: Friday, May 11 th at 7:30 pm
Performance: Saturday, May 12 th at 8:00 pm (YES! 24 HOURS LATER!!)

About the Festival

We are compressing the whole process of writing, rehearsing, and performing 6 plays into 24 hours. After the Friday night auditions, the writers will overnight write the six plays of 10-15 minutes length. Directors will start rehearsals Saturday morning full throttle, speeding to the performance 12 hours later! The Good News: Tech week will now be Tech 30 minutes! The Bad News: This crazy feat of creation will be over in about 24 hours (except for the after party, of course)!

Audition Requirements

An adventurous soul with a “We can DO this!” attitude is recommended. Each actor should bring an interesting prop to the audition. As their audition piece, each actor will have up to 2 minutes to “pitch” why the writers should use this oh-so interesting prop in their play. If the actor doesn’t bring a prop, we got your back! We’ll have a selection of less-interesting props to choose from (so bring yours – no explosives, please). If cast, you will need to be available on Saturday from 8:30 am to the end of the performance that night. All actors must be 18 years or older.

Obligatory Higher Purpose Statement

The main thing we want to accomplish with this festival is to CREATE some new art and HAVE FUN! Your focus on enjoying the compressed creative process while supporting your fellow adventurers with patience and a low-maintenance attitude is expected. Plus how often do you get the chance to bring a character to life for the very first time in a show that was just written?

Please address any questions you may have to Joseph Pukatsch at or  Lyn Anderson  at

See you and your prop on May 11 at 7:30!

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