Chicken Hat Plays Offer Duluth Writers, Actors 24-Hour Challenge

May 17, 2017 08:52 AM

Eight, original one-act plays in just 24 hours - the challenge for area writers, directors, and actors is slated for this weekend in Duluth! 

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It's another round of The Chicken Hat Plays, presented by Rubber Chicken Theater. Brian Matuszak says he looks forward to these crazy 24 hours every year. It all starts Friday night at 7:00 when Brian meets with the eight writers to offer their prompts. Those prompts will be picked out of hats randomly. Ideas for Who, What, and Where are being solicited right now on the Rubber Chicken Theater Facebook Page.

“Then they will start writing. Some of them will take all night and some of them will probably get inspiration and be done at midnight," explained Brian.

Then at 8:00 a.m. Saturday, the tired writers will meet at the Harbor City International School, along with the directors and actors. The directors will pull their script randomly out of a hat. They will draw their cast randomly out of a hat, as well.

“It's neat to say right now, at this moment in time, these plays don't exist," said Brian.

The directors and actors then have the rest of the day to rehearse and find props and costumes. Brian says it's a fun theatrical event because it brings together people who may not usually work together - like, college actors and professional writers. 

Their 24-hour challenge is then put on display for an audience at 7:00 Saturday night. 

“It is the most supportive audience you'll ever be in front of because they all know the pressure you've been under all day and they want you to succeed," he said. 

Last year, Don Ness, former mayor of Duluth, was the common cameo seen throughout the show. This year, the common cameo is Wise Fool Shakespeare founder, Chani Ninneman.

The one-act plays will be performed Saturday at 7:00 p.m. at the Harbor City International School Theater. Tickets are $12. For more information, click here


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