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‘It’s fast, it’s crazy, it’s fun, and then it’s done’

Prescott Center for the Arts hosts its first-ever 24-Hour Play Festival

The first-ever PCA 24-Hour Play Festival begins with open auditions at 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 19, for shows to be performed at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20.

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The first-ever PCA 24-Hour Play Festival begins with open auditions at 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 19, for shows to be performed at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20.

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WHAT: The first-ever PCA 24-Hour Play Festival

WHEN: Open auditions at 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 19

Doors open at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20; shows start at 7:30 p.m.

TICKETS: $17, available at pca-az.net, the box office at Marina and Willis Streets, or call 928-445-3286.

PRESCOTT – The most unusual event at Prescott Center for the Arts this year may be the 24-Hour Play Festival.

A staple of film festivals, the concept is deceptively simple: cast, rehearse, and perform a 10-minute play before an audience, all in 24 hours.

Six teams of playwrights and directors will first choose their cast members – for plays that haven’t been written yet – in an open audition Friday night, Aug. 19.

The actors, directors, and writers will meet briefly Friday night to work out basic logistics.

Then the writers have until 6 a.m. Saturday to write their plays.

The directors and the casts arrive to begin rehearsing that morning, and technical rehearsals follow.

Performances start on the PCA Main Stage at 7:30 p.m.

Sounds easy enough. What could go wrong?

“Oh, that’s funny,” said event coordinator Paul Epoch. “A lot of things could go wrong, but that’s live theatre.”

Epoch is hoping for a big audience turnout.

“It’s a first for PCA, but we hope not the last for local theatre patrons, since we would like to make it an annual event,” he said.

The whole concept came about because Prescott College used to host a similar event, but hasn’t in the last few years, and Epoch said he wanted to see the idea revived.

“It’s catching on all over the world,” he said. “London does festivals, New York, all the major cities do these festivals. So it’s time to have Prescott Center for the Arts step into the pool, too.”

An artist will be doing live sketches of the performances and will auction those as a fundraiser for PCA.

At last word, PCA was still looking for a few volunteers to round out the crew.