PlayPen 2017: A 24-Hour Theater Experiment at Cotuit Center for the Arts

COTUIT – Cotuit Center for the Arts presents “PlayPen: A 24-Hour Theater Experiment” on Saturday, September 9, at 7:30 PM.

When a group of actors, directors, and playwrights walk into an empty theatre, there’s going to be a play.

Usually, there have been years, or at least months, of work leading up to that day: playwrights agonizing, directors dramatizing, designers conceptualizing, producers maneuvering, marketers tempting, actors chop-honing.

On Friday, September 8, about three dozen theatre artists will meet as a group for the first time, do all the above, and present six new short plays to a jam-packed house the following evening.

It is called the PlayPen, and it’s no place for the weak.

For PlayPenners, it’s a test of experience, confidence, and flexibility, a chance to shine under pressure.

For the audience, it’s a chance to see new works by a variety of local playwrights, actors, and directors.

PlayPen participants will meet for the first time as a group the evening before the performance.

Each of six playwrights will be matched with a director, and actors will be assigned to each of the six companies.

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