University of Pittsburgh
October 12, 2005

Pitt's Redeye Theatre Project to Write, Rehearse, and Stage Plays-All in 24 Hours


Sharon Blake


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PITTSBURGH-What most people believe would take months to complete, students at the University of Pittsburgh will try to accomplish in less than 24 hours. Approximately 45 members of Pitt's Redeye Theatre Project, a new student-based acting club, will write, rehearse, and stage a series of one-act plays, all in 24 hours, beginning at 8 p.m. Oct. 14. The plays will be performed at the Redeye Theatre Project Inaugural Festival at 8 p.m. Oct. 15 in Pitt's Studio Theatre, in the basement of Pitt's Cathedral of Learning, 4200 Fifth Ave., Oakland.

Eight student playwrights will begin writing at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct 14, in Room B-20 of the Cathedral of Learning, and will continue into the wee hours of the morning, scrambling to meet a 12-hour deadline. At 8 a.m. Saturday, eight directors and a group of actors and technicians will arrive. During the next 12 hours, individual casts and directors will rehearse their separate plays while designers and technicians, under the direction of a student stage manager, will prepare the space, gather props and costumes, and arrange the lighting and sound. At 8 p.m. Saturday-exactly 24 hours after the playwrights' pens hit paper-the lights go down and the plays will be performed. Admission to the play festival is free, but a $3 donation is suggested.

Melanie Dreyer, assistant professor and head of performance training in Pitt's Department of Theatre Arts, believes this exercise is a great way for students to learn more about the theater business. "They'll learn how to work better with colleagues and organize and see their ideas come to fruition through hard work and dedication," she said.

Pitt students James Wong, a senior, and Cory Tamler, a sophomore-both theatre arts students and founders of the Redeye Theatre Project-will lead the efforts, serving as an artistic director and playwright, respectively.

The Redeye Theatre project hopes to repeat the 24-hour exercise twice every academic term. For more information, call Wong at 917-837-2711 or visit