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The 24 Hour Play Fest at the Wood Theater in Glens Falls

Over 60 People Involved in Art in the Public Eye’s New Event

Art in the Public Eye’s 24 Hour Play FestArt in the Public Eye (aka APE), the organization which brings the Third Thursday Art Walk, Outdoor Cinema, Chalk Fest, Art Cart and Gallery 99 to Glens Falls will launch a new program, the 24 Hour Play Fest on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at the Charles R. Wood Theater.

“The 24 Hour Play Fest is just what it sounds like,” says event chair Erin Coon. “The whole show is put together in 24 hours by members of the community who have volunteered to be a part of the process.”

The 24 Hour Play Fest is a competition between 10 teams of artists, each with one playwright, one director and three or four actors. All the playwrights were juried into the competition and have a variety of backgrounds. “Some have written plays before, others have more experience with film scripts or radio and a few just wanted to try something different with their writing,” adds Coon. Everyone involved will meet on Friday night, February 15th when the teams will be formed by random drawing. A secret theme will then be announced and the teams will have just one hour to meet before the writers have to go home and write an 8-10 minute play based on the theme. All the plays must be emailed to APE by 5am on Saturday, February 16th and then the directors and actors arrive at the Wood Theater as early as 7am to rehearse all day for an 8pm show.

Each of the teams will have a private space in the Wood Theater to rehearse and meals for everyone have been donated by Rock Hill Bakehouse, Samantha’s Café and Catering, East End Eatery and Louisa’s Italian Bistro with water donated by Hannaford. “The community response to this program has been wonderful,” says Coon. “Local restaurants have stepped forward to donate food for the teams, prizes for the competition winners have been donated by local businesses, most in Glens Falls, and other businesses have supported the event with financial donations.” Not to mention the 60 + artists who are involved in the program. The competition aspect is the audience piece, as everyone with a ticket gets to vote for their favorite play, actor, actress and best use of the secret prop which is the directors’ challenge. Additional votes can be purchased for $1.

“For APE, this program is the perfect way to expand the organization’s reach to include the performing arts. The organization has done so much for the visual arts in Glens Falls and the time is finally right to incorporate writing, theater and music into the mix,” says Coon. “We also have John Miller and Laura Lightfoote performing cello and spoken word during set changes.”

“The best part about the 24 Hour Play Fest is the mix of people involved. There are those with years of experience in theater like Mickey Luce, Ruth Liberman and Charlotte Pines (who is coming home from New York City to act) and others who have always wanted to try theater but were unable to commit the time to rehearsals. With this show, you only need to have 24 hours,” adds Coon. “We (the APE board and Play Fest Committee) created a tag line for the event; Create, Compete, Collapse; and it’s true. Everyone involved will be swept up in this creative and competitive energy but it’s also a supportive environment with excitement and nerves and by the end of the day, everyone will be exhausted and hopefully will have made a few friends and stretched their artistic muscles in the process.”

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and students and are expected to sell out. You can call the Wood Box Office at 518-874-0800, or visit or to purchase online.

–By The Free George Staff

The Free George is the online magazine and visitors’ guide of Upstate NY, covering things from Albany to Lake Placid, including Saratoga, the Lake George region and the Adirondacks. Check out our City Blogs section for our extended coverage areas as well.

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