Meet the 2012 24hr Participants!
Leading up to the 2nd 24hr Berkshires/Capital Region Theatre Project on April 14 @ 8pm at Shakespeare & Company we will be sharing thoughts from some of the 2012 participants. Leading the way is Sara Katzoff, Berkshire Fringe Artistic Director, 2012 24hr Project Director, who captures the essence of the project beautifully:
“Theater is not a medium where its practitioners slug along silently in the dark and yet so many of us who make our lives in the theater are so committed to our own projects, so engrossed within our own organizations and deadlines that we don’t often have an opportunity to participate in happenings beyond our individual spheres.
The 24 hour theater project is an incredibly exciting avenue that brings together so many disparate movers and shakers within the theater community and unites us in complete, full-contact collaboration! For me personally, it is a phenomenal and rare opportunity to be inspired by an extraordinary group of theater professionals throughout the Berkshire and Albany regions–many of whom I have not yet had an opportunity to cross pollinate with. All of us who work in this field work so tirelessly and having 24 hours to come together, to spark new ideas and relationships is such an essential and enriching part of the ongoing creative processes. The concept is so refreshing and ingenious and I am already feeling completely charged! The focus on new work and new collaborators is particularly close to my heart. I can’t wait to see what emerges!”
Suzi Banks Baum, Actor in 2012 24hr Project:
Heart throbbing excitement.
Honor at being invited.
Cheering all the ‘Yes ands’.
Happy to Tweet, post, blog and photograph.
Really impressed by your thorough plan.
It is the anticipation of going on a very well fitted road trip…nice wheels! great seatmates! good food! unexpected vistas and belly flops! and a nice glass of wine after we return…to aid digestion and still our racing hearts.
Mark Fleischer, Dramaturge 2012 24hr Project (Director 2011):
“Creating new plays in such an intense environment is bolstered by the opportunity to work with both longtime and new collaborators. I left those 24 hours invigorated and rethinking my own creative process on traditional longer projects. More than that, I felt more connected to this great professional theatre community than ever.”
Jamuna Yvette Sirker, Assistant director 2012 24hr Project (Playwright 2011):
“The WAM/MOPCO 24 Hour Theater is a wonderful time to join in community with fellow theater professionals in the Berkshire and Capital Region. For me, last year’s event marked the birth of a new play that went on to Berkshire Fringe Festival and other veneues and is still in development. Relationships were forged that, in my case, led to new and exciting opportunities. Also, it’s just a BLAST!”
Brad Berridge, Sound Designer 2012 24hr Project (Sound Designer 2011):
Ted Phelps, Actor 2012 24hr Project (Audience Member 2011):
This event was absolutely a night out. The word “Hoot” came out of everyone’s mouth after seeing it. But “hoot” is only the frothy surface of the phenomenon, reflecting the joy of being in the middle of pure creativity. We giggle like kids, maybe because it resonates the ancient memory of being five, sitting in the sandbox, damp and dirty, making silly and somber comedies and tragedies all afternoon with Sally and Jimmy. Out nothing.
Shakespeare & Company’s Bernstein Theatre
70 Kemble Street
Saturday, April 14 at 8pm
$15 general seating
1-800-838-3006 or http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/217238 to order tickets
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