Here’s how it all works:
Early Thursday night:
All the participants choose a theme by completing this sentence: “Theatre would be a lot more interesting if there were seven ten-minute plays about _____.” One answer is chosen at random and that becomes the theme for the following evening. Seven terrfied, excited, caffeinated writers must submit a brand new 10-minute play based on the theme by 8am Friday morning.
Seven directors gather and each randomly draw one play. Thirty minutes later, the directors blindly choose actors and actresses’ names on slips of paper to cast the show.
The band shows up to provide music and sound, designers create all technical aspects of each show as the directors and their casts rehearse all day. Each play gets 20 minutes of tech rehearsal.
The seven plays have their World Premiere at 8pm and Final Performance at 10:30pm. The 8pm audience provides the theme for Saturday’s show via a random drawing and the seven writers go home to start the process all over again to culminate with seven brand new scripts for Saturday evening at 8pm and 10:30pm, thus creating 14 plays in 48 hours.