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BSU recruiting for marathon play festival

BEMIDJI -- BSU is looking for writers, directors, actors and stagehands for its inaugural 24-Hour Play Festival next month.

Playwrights will write 10-minute plays through the night beginning at 9:30 p.m. Fridaym Oct. 13; directors will receive plays for conceptualization the next morning at 7:30 a.m. Rehearsals begin at 10 a.m. and performances begin at 8 p.m.

No previous theater experience is necessary to participate in the festival, according to a release. Participants are encouraged to be present, but attendance for the full 24-hour festival is not required.

“The goal of this project is to produce theater that is friendly to all involved and to build connections between Bemidji State faculty, staff and students and the wider Bemidji community,” Season Ellison, assistant professor of interdisciplinary studies at BSU and the festival’s director, said in a release.

Anyone interested in participating in the 24-Hour Play Festival in any capacity should contact Ellison prior to Oct. 1.

Here’s the festival’s schedule, according to a statement from BSU staff:

Oct. 13

8 p.m.: Participants Meeting, Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex Black Box

9:30 p.m.–7:30 a.m.: Playwrights write 10-minute plays. Writing and rehearsals will take place in Hagg-Sauer Hall.

Oct. 14

7:30 a.m.: Directors meet with playwrights for conceptualization

10 a.m.: Rehearsals

3 p.m.: Tech begins

5:30 p.m.: Tech full production begins

7 p.m.: Final show preparation

7:30 p.m.: Doors open

8 p.m.: Performances begin in Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex

If you go:

What: Bemidji State University’s 24-Hour Play Festival

When: 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13 through 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14.

Where: Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex and Hagg-Sauer Hall at BSU

Info: 218-755-3355; sellison@bemidjistate.edu

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