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10th Annual PIAD

Congraulations to our winners:

 Jack Frakes Award:

 Vince Flynn and Michael Weingartner

Audience Award:

Richard Chaney and William Cordaro

Join us for interactive theater at its most original!

 Play-in-a-Day is an annual event with the crazy premise that a half-dozen plays can be written, cast, rehearsed, and performed -- all in less than twenty-four hours.  Audience participation, sleep-deprived playwrights, and cash prizes are all part of this fun, two-night festival.


All performances are script-in-hand, staged readings.  Old Pueblo Playwrights (OPP) is a non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging the creation of new dramatic works by Arizona authors.






Friday evening, 7:30 pm --  an evening of Showcase Plays

Enjoy performances of four short plays written by OPP’s own Jack Frakes Watch as twelve playwrights are randomly paired for a night of collaboration.  Join fellow audience members in writing a line of dialog and selecting three props -- all of which must then be written into each of the six overnight plays.

Friday night and into the morning --

Each pair of playwrights create a 10-minute play.  Scripts are due at dawn. 

Saturday morning --

Directors arrive and actors are chosen.  They spend all day rehearsing until…

Saturday evening, 7:30 pm --  an evening of World Premiere Plays

Six world-premiere plays appear on the Cabaret stage for the audience’s pleasure and amusement.   Two cash prizes are awarded:  An Audience Choice is voted on; plus a Critic’s Prize is chosen by a panel of judges from Tucson’s theater community.

Play in a Day 2012
Writers: 10
David Sewell
Vince Flynn
Reid Gilbert
Brian Armstrong
William Cordaro
Richard Chaney
Kelly Hardesty
Michael Weingartner
Kolby Granville
John Flatland
Directors: 5
Dlyn Parra
Jon Fedkiw
Noah Trimm
Hal Melfi
Butch Lynn
Hosts: 6
Brian Armstrong
Dave Sewell
Richard Chaney
Vince Flynn
Michael Weingartner
Reid Gilbert
Judges: 3
Sheldon Metz
Beth Dell
Mike Sultzbach
Advertising:                                                                                    Reid Gilbert
Cash Box/Tickets:                                                                        John Vornholt
Refreshments (Fri/Sat):                                                             Kelly Hardesty
                        (Sat):                                                                           John Vornholt
Master of Ceremonies:                                                                Dlyn Parra
Props:                                                                                                Jerry Elias
Parade of Props:                                                                            Jerry Elias/John Vornholt
Programs:                                                                                        Dave Sewell
Read One liners:                                                                            Gavin/Jon F./John V./Jerry
Receiving Plays for Print Out:                                                 Jerry Elias
Tech:                                                                                                  Noah Trimm
7:30 P.M.
“Advanced Reviews are Pouring In”             by Kelly Hardesty 6:13
“Mr. Elf”                                                                     by Sydney Flynn           11:54
                                            PROP PARADE
“Heartless”                                                                by Richard Chaney       8:41
“Home for Christmas”                                          by Vince Flynn 10:40

                                        READ ONELINERS
“If it Sounds to Good to be True”                     by Dave Sewell            15:53
                                    PAIRING OF WRITERS
                                        THE END
7:00 A.M. Writers Deadline: Plays must be finished and e-mail to Jerry
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8:00 A.M. Directors
9:00 A.M. Actors
3:00 P.M.-6:00 P.M. Tech Time (TENTATIVE: Subject to change)
7:30 P.M. Showtime
            Audience Award: $150.00
            Jack Frakes Award: $150.00
            Every participant associated with the play PLUS 1
                        ***Let John Vornholt know who will be getting comped