The 24 Hour Plays Offer Artistic Collaboration Between College and Community in Short Time Span

Published on: April 15, 2013

Lone Star College-Montgomery’s drama department and Delta Psi Omega, the college’s chapter of the national theatre honor society, present The 24 Hour Plays on Saturday, April 27, at 7 p.m., in the Mainstage Theatre in the Performing Arts Center (Building D).

The 24 Hour Plays has become a tradition in the past years as an opportunity for the college and community to connect and collaborate to create theatre projects. Artists of all roles, including technical, performance, actors, writers, and directors, collaborate with one another within a 24-hour time span to produce, rehearse, and perform several theatrical plays.

“The craziness and insanity of writing and mounting four 6- to 10-minute plays and fully producing them in 24 hours is unparalleled,” said Chase Waites, drama department chair at LSC-Montgomery. “This year, we are incorporating the fear/horror theme from the campus wide Learning Network Initiative, and that will add another layer of fun to the process.”

Delta Psi Omega will be in charge of the event this year.

“Putting together this project has been an interesting and educational adventure,” said Ashley Bolden, president of Delta Psi Omega, who directed The 24 Hour Plays last year. “The most difficult and yet most exciting thing is you have no idea what the show is going to be like until the day of.”

The concept of The 24 Hour Plays started in Manhattan in 1995 as a one-time project inspired by Scott McCloud’s 24 hour comics (a comic book composed in a single day). It has since grown world-wide, with many regional and professional theaters, colleges, and universities across the country producing their own.

“This project serves as a good way to introduce local high school students to our department and what it has to offer,” said Waites. “Since it takes only one day, it is also a great way to involve students in theatre who do not have the time to commit to our regular productions during the season.”

The production process begins Friday, April 26, and anyone interested in participating as an actor, director, writer, or technician should contact Ashley Bolden at abolden92@gmail.com.

For more information about the play, contact Fong Chau, program coordinator for fine arts at LSC-Montgomery, at (936) 273-7021 or Fong.T.Chau@LoneStar.edu . For more information regarding the drama department at LSC-Montgomery or any of the season’s performances, please visit www.LoneStar.edu/theatre-Montgomery . All titles are subject to change without notice pending availability.

LSC-Montgomery is located at 3200 College Park Drive, one-half mile west of Interstate 45, between Conroe and The Woodlands. For more information about the college, call 936.273.7000, or visit www.LoneStar.edu/montgomery.

Lone Star College System has been opening doors to a better community for 40 years. Founded in 1973, LSCS remains steadfast in its commitment to student success and credential completion. Today, with 78,000 students in credit classes, and a total enrollment of more than 90,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and the fastest-growing community college system in the nation. Dr. Richard Carpenter is the chancellor of LSCS, which consists of six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball and LSC-University Park, five centers, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.