Play In A Day Comes to The Majestic

playinadayThe tree of live theater must from time to time be refreshed by the blood of playwrights and actors. I’m pretty sure Thomas Jefferson said that. Or maybe it was Sam Shepard…

Regardless, on January 25th we’ll have a chance to see the bloody tree and the carcasses of the creative types who refresh it.

That’s right, it’s time again for the Play in a Day at the Majestic Theatre. Here’s how it works, for the uninitiated:

On Friday, January 24th, the selected writers, directors and actors will gather to meet each other at the Majestic. At this point, the theme for the plays will be given to the writers. The writers then go home for the night and each write a 10-minute play from the theme. The next day, they bring the plays to the directors and actors, who rehearse the short plays all day long. The day culminates with the plays being performed at the Majestic on Saturday January 25th.

There will be six writers and six directors chosen for the performance. So you get a bargain; six plays in one night.

The Play in a Day concept has been around for years and versions of the event are held all over the country. The organizer of the Corvallis entry into the experimental play format is Linn-Benton Community College professor Dan Stone. Along with teaching classes at LBCC in performing arts, he’s also a seasoned writer, director, mask-maker and puppeteer.

The event promises to be fun and fast-paced entertainment, whether or not anyone actually bleeds…

To put your name in the pool of writers, actors or directors, send your contact info and stage experience to Attending the performance is free and open to the public, 7:30 p.m. Saturday January 25th.

By Ygal Kaufman