Eclectic Full Contact Theatre announces its first annual 24-hour theatre project this December. Six playwrights, six directors, and 24 actors will come together, sequester themselves overnight, and produce six 10-minute plays culminating in a performance the following evening at Laugh Out Loud Chicago. It’s the ultimate test of creativity, dedication, and caffeine.
The playwrights, directors, and actors will meet at 8:00 p.m. Sunday, December 17th, where titles for the plays will be randomly chosen by the playwrights. Actors and directors will also be randomly matched to a play. The playwrights will then have twelve hours from 8:00 p.m.-8:00 a.m. to write a 10-minute play. The directors and actors will then take over and rehearse from 8:00 a.m. until the performance on Monday, December 18th at 8:00 p.m.
“We thought this would be an interesting and fun way to not only raise some money for the theatre company during the holidays, but also expand our circle of playwrights, directors, and actors,” said Andrew Pond, co-artistic director and a founding member of Eclectic. “Katherine Siegel, our co-artistic director, had run a number of these projects before coming to Chicago, and we thought what a great way to increase the diversity of the artists we work with.”
“We want to find voices that we don’t already have in our company,” said Katherine Siegel. “We are looking for artists of color, for artists of any and all gender identities. We are committed to making this less of an Eclectic showcase and more a chance to connect with and celebrate the diversity in the Chicago theatre community as a whole.”
The writing and rehearsal portion of the event will begin Sunday night, December 17th at 8:00 pm at the Laugh Out Loud Theatre at 3851 N Lincoln Ave. Performances will take place at Laugh Out Loud at 8:00 pm Monday December 18th. Tickets for the event are $15 and can be purchased online at https://www.laughoutloudtheater.com/chicago or by calling the Laugh Out Loud box office at 773-857-6000
Individuals interested in participating in the event as an actor, playwright, or director can fill out the survey at https://goo.gl/forms/MGDWxMMVnEZ2dJay1 .
Founded in 2011, Eclectic Full Contact Theatre is committed to presenting work that is diverse in subject, style, and presentation and also offer the theatre-going public the chance to connect with theatre in a fully immersive way: by allowing them access to the entire rehearsal and production process. Eclectic Full Contact Theatre is proud to continue their 6th season of Jeff Recommended/Nominated Performances to the Chicago area.