What’s My Line?
We’ve all asked the question when we’re in the audience.
Our favorite actor steps out on stage, delivers a knockout performance, and takes a bow. We turn to our favorite guy or gal and whisper, “How long do you think it took to memorize all those lines?”
What if the answer was one day?
Welcome to the wild ride of the 24 Hour Playhouse. The playwright writes, the director assigns roles, and the actors memorize lines, all while the clock ticks away. At the end of the day, the play is performed in front of a live audience. No pressure, right?
But hey, these are stars we’ve seen in all their glory, including Becca Anderson (Five Lesbians Eating a Quiche) and Brian Bogstad (Durang Durang Durang), so we’re pretty sure they’re going to knock it out of the park.
Watching the end result is just one part of the first annual Playwrights Festival (July 27 & 28). There will be performances and staged readings from What If? Productions’ first ever Playwrights Competition, some groovy moves from The Charleston Dance Project, and an appearance by Andrew Walker, director of Entropy Ensemble.
Think of it as a chance to peek behind the curtain and catch a glimpse of the next great play before it debuts next season. And you’ll be catching that glimpse in style. The venue, Threshold Repertory Theatre (84 ½ Society) is a 99-seat black box theatre-in-the-round, with a history dating back to the days of vaudeville, now fully restored.
So grab a glass of wine, relax (the actors will have the grace under pressure part covered), and get ready for some fun. There will be sweet treats, provided by Carla Bakes, and plenty of top theater talent ready to entertain you.
Autograph books are optional.
84 1/2 Society Street, Charleston, SC, 29401
Story and photos by: Jason A. Zwiker