It's often said what you are doing at the beginning of a new year presages what will occur for the rest of the year. If that is the case, I certainly hope it is true. Theatre Sans Serif celebrated the New Year hard by performing 24 Hour Theatre with First Night Pittsburgh. Within 24 Hours, we created four brand new plays, never before seen. The shows included:
One Way to Woo by Joanna Lowe,
Directed by Lora Oxenreiter, and starring Sara Fisher and Larry Scott
Adrift by F.J. Hartland
Directed by Joanna Lowe, and starring Courtney L. Smith and Liz Pegg
5 Minute Romeo and Juliet by Andrew W. Huntley II
Directed by Tara Lyn Zynel, and starring Ivy Steinberg and David Conley
Beans, Beans, Beans by Tara Lyn Zynel and Courtney L. Smith
Directed by Vince Ventura, and Starring Kaitlin Mausser and Tara Lyn Zynel
Just as a recap for the parameters of the event, no writing was allowed on the play before 7pm on December 30. In order to make sure this didn't happen, there were two surprise elements that each play had to include, a mystery prop, and a line of dialogue. In this case, the mystery prop was a ukulele, and the line of dialogue, "What could possibly go wrong?" The writers made hilarious work of both prompts. For the three shows of the evening, all three performances were standing room only. Thank you to everyone who worked so hard on this production.
And of course, things keep rolling right into the new year on January 15th with the next installment of "My Dearest...": Thoughts From the Front- World War II. It is going to prove to be another exciting reading, and a fitting beginning to the new year, and a new era for Theatre Sans Serif. See you at the show!