WaterTower Theatre Sets Cast, Creatives for THE 24-HOUR PLAYS

WaterTower Theatre Artistic Director Joanie Schultz today announced casting and creative details for The 24-Hour Plays.

Performances will take place in WaterTower Theatre's Canterbury Family Main Stage at the Addison Theatre Centre on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 8pm.

Submissions were accepted from playwrights, and an open call for local actors was held in December. Four local directors were chosen to participate.

The event will include Playwrights Shelby-Allison Hibbs, Janielle Kastner, Brigham Mosley, and Steven Young. Directors for The 24-Hour Plays are Abigail Birkett, Jeff Colangelo, Anastasia Munoz, and Joanie Schultz. The participating Actors will be Kia Boyer, Magdiel Carmona, Shawn Gann, Steph Garrett, Gelacio Gibson, Jeremiah Johnson, Alexandra Lawrence, Doak Rapp, Garrett Reeves, Kelly Stewart, Nicholas Wanjohi, and Kennedy Waterman. The 24-Hour Plays are co-produced by Kyle Eric Bradford and Kelsey Leigh Ervi.

Individual tickets to the performance are $10 each and are on sale now. A post-show reception will be hosted in the lobby following the performance.

Playwrights, directors and actors will come together to create four brand new plays in just 24 hours. The four playwrights who have been chosen via submission, will be assigned a director and a group of actors who will then inspire them to write a 15-minute play. The 24-Hour Plays will culminate in a one-time only performance at 8pm on Saturday, February 25 in the Canterbury Family Main Stage where each of the new plays will be performed for the public! The 24-Hour Plays serve to provide an opportunity for local artists to work collaboratively to create new works.

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHTS:

Shelby-Allison Hibbs is a director and award-winning writer, and currently a Clinical Assistant Professor at The University of Texas at Dallas. In her three brief years in Dallas, she has worked with Artstillery (co-founder), Echo Theatre, Dead White Zombies, Cry Havoc Theatre, Dallas Theater Center, The Aviary, WaterTower Theatre, Nouveau47, Shakespeare Dallas, Kitchen Dog Theater/OMPF, Dallas Children's Theater, and Capers for Kids. She has worked as a Teaching Artist and Director with The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey and The Berkshire Theatre Group. New York credits include premieres with Slant Theatre Project, CTown, Target Margin Theatre, Edge in Motion, Adrienne Westwood, and Robert Wilson. While in New York, she interned with The Wooster Group and Jim Findlay's BOTANICA. She is a contributor for Theater Jones and has been published in HowlRound, Ecumenica, Dallas Observer, and Texas Theater Journal. She is a member of Dallas Playwright's Workshop with The Dallas Theater Center. Proud graduate of the M.F.A. in Directing program at Baylor University. www.shelbyallisonhibbs.com

Janielle Kastner is a writer, actor, and performance deviser based in Dallas, TX. She was an inaugural member of the Dallas Playwrights' Workshop at Dallas Theater Center with Will Power. Her plays have been produced by L.I.P. Service, The 1 Minute Play Festival, The Stella Adler Academy, and The Tribe, of which she was a founding member and recipient of Dallas Observer's 2016 "Mastermind Award." She was recently named "Best New Playwright" in Dallas Observer's Best Of 2016. Additionally, she co-runs local cult classic Shakespeare in the Bar, and has performed with Kitchen Dog Theater (Beckett's Bequest; The Firestorm), Amphibian Stage Productions (The Pleasure Trials), The In-Laws (Decline of Ballooning), Theatre Three (Seminar), Cara Mia Theatre (Romeo y Julieta); Shakespeare Dallas (Pericles).

Brigham Mosley's plays include Virginity Play, (Kennedy Center Awards regional winner for Best One-Act), Pretty, Smart, Poetic (SMU 2010 Mainstage, Chicago's Odradek Theatre Company, and Connecticut's Westport Country Playhouse), Iph.(NYC's TBG Theatre), Semele (Westport Country Playhouse), WIDOWS (Dallas' The Tribe; semifinalist for the 2016 Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's National Playwrights Conference), Buggery, Mermaid in a Gay Bar (both with St. Louis' Uppity Theatre Company), VULTURES, and #basic (both with House Party Theatre). Brigham is currently developing an original multi-media Eurydice with director Carson McCain Gray, Enfranchised Youth (semifinalist for the 2017 Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's National Playwrights Conference) with director Dylan Key, and Lil' with actor Katherine Bourne.

Brigham's solo works Body Talk, GlitterNation, Magic Man, Oh Whatta Beautiful Mo[u]rnin', Mo[u]rnin'. After., Oklahomo!, Mae Mosley is: A Handsome Woman, Saint Brando, and Scarlett O'Hara and the War on Tara have been performed across the country in spaces such as PS122, La MaMa ETC, The Margo Jones Theatre, Dixon Place, The New Museum, and many others.

Brigham was a 2013 Performing Beyond Limits resident at The New Museum. He was a member of the 2014-2015 Dallas Theater Center Playwrights Workshop, and is an artistic associate of Chicago's Odradek Theatre Company. Brigham is a member of Dallas's House Party Theatre and is a founding member of The Tribe (winner of the Dallas Observer 2016 Mastermind Award).

Steven Young The King's Face - Top five plays of 2016 DFW theatre season chose by TheaterJones. Winner FutureFest & Southwest Playwriting Competitions, finalist at Actor's Theatre of Charlotte and a Woodard/Newman Drama Award finalist. Produced off West-End by Giant Olive Theatre Company. Received a reading at the Blank Theatre and Amphibian Stage Productions, The Night We Bombed Lincoln Towing - winner of the Centre Stage New Play Competition, finalist AACT Play Festival and a semifinalist for the Ashland Play Festival. It received a reading at the Road Theatre. The Resurrectionists was originally performed at The Virginia Stage Company and then produced in Chicago; the windy city production was nominated for two Joseph Jefferson Citations. The Wal*Mart-ians, produced by the Boxer Rebellion Ensemble, was a Jerome Fellowship Finalist at the Minneapolis Playwrights Center and was heralded by Chicago Arts and Entertainment as the best comedy of the year and was a finalist for the Reva Shiner Comedy Award. Cheddar Heads was a Prop Thtr National New Plays finalist in conjunction with the National New Plays Network; Cheddar Heads received productions at the Theatre Building-Chicago and the Milwaukee School of the Arts. His full-length play The Night Witches premiered at Texas Woman's University and was performed at the Brighton UK Fringe and by the Santa Ynez Theatre Group in northern California. His One-Act play Under the Overpass (UO), was produced in NYC by the Nylon Fusion Theatre Company. UO was the Literary Award winner at the TeCo Arts Play Festival. Blank Canvas, a short play, was selected as one of 50 finalists for Heideman Award at The Actors Theatre of Louisville. His short play The Oracle was performed at the ATHE new play workshop. His latest full-length play OBSCENITY was developed as part of the MATC Plays In Progress Workshop.

IF YOU GO:

THE 24-HOUR PLAYS

Saturday, February 25, 2017

In the Canterbury Family Main Stage at

The Addison Theatre Centre

Doors open at 7:45pm

Curtain is at 8:00pm

Single Tickets: $10 - www.watertowertheatre.org | 972-450-6232 | WaterTower Theatre at the Addison Theatre Centre, 15650 Addison Road, Addison, TX 75001 | boxoffice@watertowertheatre.org

Please note: The Box Office opens one hour before show time on performance days and remains open through intermission.

WaterTower Theatre, celebrating its 20th Anniversary Season, is one of the leading regional theatres in North Dallas and Texas. It is consistently recognized for its artistic excellence by the Dallas Theatre League, DFW Theatre Critics Forum, The Dallas Morning News, The Dallas Observer, D Magazine, and The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, among others. WaterTower Theatre has a subscription base of more than 2,000 subscribers and serves an audience of over 28,000 patrons annually.

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