After the Show: Burns and Murray Talk About the 24 Hour Theatre Project [Berkshire on Stage]

Gail Burns and Larry Murray talk about the 24 Hour Theatre Project

Event: The 24 Hour Theatre Project with WAM Theatre and MOPCO at Shakespeare & Company, Lenox MA on April 14, 2012.

Gail Burns: This looks like it is going to be a new adventure, sharing our after-show conversations with the whole world.

Larry Murray: I’m glad we are starting with a winner, which I think this second iteration of the 24 Hour Theatre Project turned out to be. Five women playwrights – Cindy L. Parrish, Rachel Siegel, Kelli Newby, Kat Koppet, and Liz Duffy Adams – wrote five new short plays, and with the help of dozens of actors, directors, stage managers and other theatre people managed to get them on stage before a paying public in less than 24 hours. It is an incredible feat, especially considering the pressure cooker atmosphere that must prevail.

Gail: I was invited to be a playwright on this project (What an honor!) and declined (Stupid ass!) because I wasn’t sure I could write anything coherent under all that pressure – and I knew I couldn’t do it between 7 pm and 7 am! So as a writer sitting there thinking “Damn! Those could have been my lines getting all the laughs!” I was really, really impressed with the caliber of the scripts. I would have drunk too much coffee and cried all night.

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