The University Wits Announce Second Annual 24-Hour Theatre Project

September 20, 2004

Write. Direct. Rehearse. Memorize. Perform. All in 24 hours.

Sound impossible?

The University Wits, a graduate student organization at Mary Baldwin University, present their second annual 24-Hour Theatre Project on September 25th at 8pm in the Old Masonic Building at 12 W. Beverley St. in Staunton.

Students and faculty from the Mary Baldwin University-Shenandoah Shakespeare Master of Letters and Master of Fine Arts program in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature in Performance put on the 24 Hour Theatre Project this time each year.

“It’s really a great way for graduate students from the program to gather their creative ‘wits’ about them as well as it provides an opportunity for program students to bond right at the beginning of the year,” says Jeremy Fiebig, Co-Artistic Director of the Wits. The project pairs a writing team with a director and several actors just 24 hours before the scheduled performance. Writers have overnight to create an original script so that the director and actors can have all day Saturday to block the play, memorize lines, gather costumes and props and gear up for the performance Saturday evening.

Last year’s project presented four original short plays. “This year, we hope to increase the number to six or seven,” says Mark Mannette, Co-Artistic Director of the Wits and project producer, “Last year’s plays were hugely successful: some very funny, others bittersweet, others biting. We look forward to a superbly entertaining evening of theatre.”

Admission to the event is “Pay What You Will” but seating may be limited; patrons may arrive as early as 7:30pm Saturday, September 25th.

The University Wits is an organization of graduate students at Mary Baldwin University working toward Master’s degrees in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature in Performance. The University Wits aim to complement the Mary Baldwin Master of Letters and MFA academic programs through cooperative academic mentoring, coordination of social activities, residential advising, theatrical production, and any other activities that seem likely to further the goal of collaborative exploration of Renaissance drama, both historically and in current application.