Independence Community College’s Theatre Department celebrates 19 years of fast and furious creativity at its annual High School 24 Hour Plays, Saturday Aug. 28, at the William Inge Theatre. Students from numerous high schools as distant as Wichita will gather to produce six original scripts for a performance at 7 p.m.
Mentoring the High School student playwrights is Darren Canady, Associate Professor teaching playwrighting at the University of Kansas. Canady has been a guest artist several times at the William Inge Theatre Festival, including in 2018 when he wrote the tribute for Inge Festival Nominee, Carlyle Brown. Assisting him will be Associate Professor of Developmental English here at ICC, Bridget Carson.
The participating schools will send their most experienced drama students to write, rehearse, and produce—from scratch—six entirely new 10-minute plays. They begin the process Friday Aug. 27th and the writers stay up all night writing new scripts, which their peers then rehearse for Aug. 28th performance at 7 p.m.
Participating high schools include:
Campus-Haysville High School, Dorathea Kelly, instructor.
Field Kindley High School, Crockett Ward, instructor.
Neodesha High School, Cindy Henry, instructor.
Labette County High School, Heather Wilson, instructor.
Independence High School, Elizabeth Bennin, instructor.
Admission is FREE, the performance runs about one hour. Phone (620) 332-5419 or email Dee Byrd-Molnar at email@example.com or Paul Molnar at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
This event is presented in collaboration with the original 24-Hour Plays Company. Since it was created in 1995 by Christina Fallon, the 24-Hour Company has produced hundreds of new plays in events around the globe as well as the nation.