Playing Through the Night
Mermaid Players Perform 24-Hour Plays
by Erin Owens '15
From left, Lauren Brennan '13, Holly Spalding '13, Sydney Moffat '14 perform in one of the 24-hour plays.
Dickinson's Mermaid Players worked night and day during a recent weekend as they wrote, rehearsed and performed several plays in the space of 24 hours. Held in the Cubiculo (commonly referred to by students as The Cube) the college's black-box theater above the Carlisle Theater, the 24 Hour Plays came together through a rigorous weekend schedule:
- Friday, 8 p.m.: The writers were presented with a theme, a line, and a prop and were allowed to begin writing their play.
- Saturday, 7 a.m.: The directors arrived to prepare casting.
- Saturday, 8 a.m.: The actors arrived, and casting and rehearsals promptly began.
- By Saturday 5 p.m.: Rehearsals went into the final stages with the tech crew in place.
- Saturday, 8 p.m. (a full 24 hours from the start of the process): The shows began.
The humorous plays all required the same prop—a toy stuffed seal, revolved around the theme of the apocalypse and needed to include the line, "put it where?" To make the annual event even more tiring, directors, actors and writers overlap, performing in more than one role.