Saturday, March 30, 2013

Double Shot Festival of Overnight Plays at Capital Playhouse

Tacoma Actors Invade Olympia to Share Spotlight for Overnight Play Fest

Capital Playhouse will host Olympia’s first Festival of Overnight Plays April 13 & 14. The “Double Shot” Festival will feature the work of 50 of South Puget Sound’s best actors, directors and playwrights in the form of seven ten-minute plays written and fully produced within 24 hours. What’s the secret to creating a full evening of work so quickly?

“Lots of Coffee,” says Tim Hoban, a veteran of several Double Shot Festivals produced in Tacoma. “It’s a lot of fun and some of the work is unbelievably good.”
Here’s how it works: seven playwrights are given the same writing prompt Friday evening. Their original scripts are written and delivered by 8 a.m. the next morning.

Directors and casts begin rehearsing immediately and the plays are memorized and fully produced by 7:30 p.m. Saturday night.  Seven new plays created in 24 hours.
Although the format is new to Olympia, it’s been popular for many years in Seattle, Bellingham and Tacoma. According to Olympia playwright Bryan Willis, “We’ve been schlepping up I-5 for years—we figured it was time to produce Double Shot in Olympia.”

The festival spotlights the acting and directing talents of such favorites as Brian Tyrrell, Elizabeth Lord, Russ & Kim Holm, Andy Gordon, Tim Hoban, Mark Peterson and Kathryn Dorgan. The evening will also feature a new theme-related song by Terry Shaw, a theme-related sketch by Tacoma’s fabulous Muh Grog Zoo Improv Ensemble and three theme-related poems.

Double Shot is co-sponsored by Capital Playhouse and the Northwest Playwrights Alliance and will be a fundraiser for both organizations. All actors, directors and writers will be volunteering their time and talent.
“I’ve been waiting a long time for one of these,” said Andy Gordon, who will be writing for Double Shot.  “It’s going to be great.”

What:  Double Shot Festival of Overnight Plays
Where:  Capital Playhouse 612 E 4th Ave, Olympia  WA  98501
When:  Sat April 13 @ 7:30 p.m. & Sunday April 14 @ 2 p.m.
Tickets:  $13 general seating. Call 360-943-2744 or visit
Sponsors:  Capital Playhouse, Northwest Playwrights Alliance

For more info:
Lauren O’Neill, Managing Director, Capital Playhouse 360-943-2744
Bryan Willis, playwright-in-residence, Northwest Playwrights Alliance,

Note: I did not write this. It is a press release from Capital Playhouse.

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