Photo of the Week – July 18th, 2011

From left: Guest director Paul Calderon, Playwright/Assistant Director Manny Minaya, and actors Vincent Castillo, Lorenzo Jackson, and Genesis Urena
This marks the 4th summer of implementing The 24 Hour Plays Off-Broadway, sponsored by Montblanc, at the end of the Life Stories academic year and beginning of the summer intensive. The year-long students are able to showcase their creativity, professionalism, and the skills they have learned during their residency and to welcome and assimilate new students into the ensemble.
The creative process for The 24 Hours Plays Off-Broadway began at 10am on Saturday, July 9 when a group of 4 writers (former UAP playwriting students), 17 actors (new & longstanding members), assistant directors & education professionals gathered at Theater Row. The program kicked off with an orientation -each participant brought a prop, a costume element and shared their special skills sets, their stage dreams and inspired ideas to help inform the writing process.  After a collaborative character generating workshop, each writer was tasked with composing a 10-minute play by the end of the day with the guidance of professional playwrights. The acting students finished the day by engaging in acting games, ensemble building exercises and a 24 Hour Play Improvisation workshop.
Sunday morning, the guest directors joined the cast and crew at 10 AM. Over the next nine hours, the plays were blocked, staged and rehearsed. Our poet, UAP graduate Clevins Browne, arrived at 5pm to watch the rehearsals and pen 4 original poems to introduce each of the plays. At 7pm families and friends packed The Studio theater in Theater Row to see the culmination of all of the students hard work!
To read more about The 24 Hour Plays Off-Broadway, click here. To see more photos, click here.

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