Fayetteville State University Theatre and Fayetteville Technical Community College Theatre team up for Play in a Day Festival

The Play in a Day Festival will take place at Fayetteville Technical Community College on September 15 & 16

The theatre departments from Fayetteville State University and Fayetteville Technical Community College are coming together to present the new Play in a Day Festival.  The Festival invites participation from FSU and FTCC students, faculty, and staff, as well as high school juniors and seniors as part of a whirlwind, mini theatre festival in which plays are written, rehearsed, designed, and performed in 24 hours.

FSU and FTCC’s Play in a Day will involve a kickoff event on Friday, September 15, at 7:30 pm in Cumberland Hall Auditorium followed by an, at home, overnight writing session by playwrights. After finishing their writing by early the next morning, the participants will return to the school and the freshly-minted scripts will be taken up by actors, directors, designers, technicians, and managers who will rehearse the plays throughout the day in time for a 7:30pm performance of the plays on Saturday night. Students and other interested participants will be able to engage in one of a variety of production areas, from writing to acting to stage management to directing. Participants will be able to apply for participation in their select roles on the registration form provided.

The goal of Play in a Day is to produce fully realized scripts, usually of 10-20 minutes in length, and to put participants into active production roles with intense demands. The result is a mixture of high creativity, artistic impulse, sleep deprivation, temper, improvisation, failure, success, and caffeine. Participants are forced to make decisions on a deadline – a bit like Survivor for theatre – and learn firsthand the necessities of prioritization, problem-solving, and good humor. Above all, Play in a Day usually sees great success at creating bonds between participants and working to create a community of theatre makers in a short period of time.

Play in a Day performances begin at 7:30pm., on Saturday, September 16th, in Cumberland Hall Auditorium on the FTCC campus. Admission is pay what you will. The new plays may not be suitable for all audiences.

Key Notes:

-Participation in Play in a Day requires an application found here: https://goo.gl/forms/TOoV3gI00xXCc41f2

-Participation in Play in a Day is not a 24-hour commitment. All participants are expected at the kickoff event, where production teams and casts will be assigned. After that, playwrights will write new scripts at home and other team members will join for the next day.

For more information please contact Jeremy Fiebig, Associate Professor of Theatre, at (910) 672-2574, or jfiebig@uncfsu.edu.