Brazosport College was recently the site of the Trans-Atlantic Theatre Arts Exchange’s fifth 1 Revolution Play Festival. Formed in 2005 after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, TATAE’s goal was to entertain children displaced by the disaster. From that sprang the idea of the 1 Revolution Play Festival. 1 Rev’s concept is ideal for anyone who wants to participate in theater, but doesn’t have the time to commit; all it takes is one Saturday. Friday night six playwrights sequester themselves away and get to work, each writing a ten page script. At 7:00 AM they’re done, and the scripts are given to six directors. They read them and divvy them up, then cast from a pool of actors, with no auditions. All throughout the day they rehearse, while also working on costumes, sets, lighting, etc. At 8:00 PM it’s go time, and the plays are performed for the first and possibly last time in front of an audience, the whole process taking approximately 24 hours.
While this years crop saw situations as varied as anarchy at a sperm bank, a post-apocalyptic world, a boy band encountering fans, a hectic day of moving into an apartment, and a behind-the-scenes look at writing one of the plays, the most appropriate for us takes place in a side room at a convention. It’s here four friends sneak away and bring up a variety of geek-centric topics. Written by my friend William Humbird, and directed by another friend, Dustin Cordoba, it plays out like a hundred different conversations I’ve been a part of. I urge you to take 14 minutes and check it out.
If you dug that, here’s a link to the other plays from this year.
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