The Idiom Theater’s 40th 48-Hour Festival kicked off last night. For those of you who don’t live in Bellingham, Washington (or for those who do and haven’t yet discovered the theater), the festival is two evenings of six short plays, all created in less than 24 hours.
I’ve attended several 48-hour festivals and have always been curious about what goes on behind the scenes. How on earth does a randomly assembled team write a play, memorize lines, rehearse, and costume themselves in only 24 hours? Twice??! Idiom founder, Glenn Hergenhahn-Zhao, was kind enough to let me follow around a team from start to finish with my camera during the last festival to find out.
Here’s a look behind the scenes as I followed playwright Kamarie Astrid and her team from page to stage on night one.
Theme ideas were collected at the kick-off party.
Teams were randomly assembled…
Themes were then voted upon and one chosen.
Kamarie quickly went to work and was joined by fellow writer, Spencer Willows…
Early in the morning, the actors and director got the script.
And finally, showtime!
The actors took the stage.
After the show, a new theme was chosen for night two. Teams were reassembled, and they did it all again!