UW-Rock County invites more artists to 24-hour fest

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Ann Fiore
Wednesday, February 19, 2014

JANESVILLE—About a year ago, local playwrights and actors showed they had the chops to write and present five original plays in just 24 hours.

This year, those theater folks will have company in their late-night antics.

UW-Rock County will sponsor another 24-hour festival this weekend, but this time it's open to vocal performers, instrumentalists and visual artists along with actors, directors and playwrights.

Each will produce an original work of art—a play, choral performance, band performance or art piece—between Friday and Saturday night, Feb. 21-22.

The artwork will be sold to the public, and performers will share their creations on the Kirk Denmark Theatre stage Saturday night.

“We're kind of experimenting with this. It's something new,” said Zac Curtis, an assistant professor who helped bring the first 24-hour theater festival to campus in 2012.

“We're excited to get the community involved with this, other than just the theater community.”

Organizers already have playwrights, directors and composers signed up. What they need now are actors, singers and artists.

The festival starts at 7 p.m. Friday with a meeting for staff and artists. Auditions are scheduled for 8 p.m., with casting at 9 p.m. Not everyone who auditions is guaranteed a part.

Scripts and compositions are due at 6 a.m. Saturday. Rehearsals start at 9 a.m., and acts have to be ready to hit the stage at 8 p.m.

Original artwork should be delivered to the theater by 4 p.m.

Curtis said the festival's goal is four 10-minute plays, two original vocal performances, one original instrumental performance and multiple pieces of original art.

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