Southwestern Brings Back 24-Hour Plays For First Time Since The Pandemic

The Southwestern College Theatre Department 24-Hour Plays will host its 8th 24-Hour Play production.

SC students and staff will be joined by area high school teachers and students as well as by alumni Campus Player actors, directors, and technicians to create and complete a full evening of theatre with six 10-minute plays to be presented Saturday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center on the campus of Southwestern College in Winfield.

The public is invited to attend. Tickets are $5 for adults and seniors, $2 for students, and no charge for SC faculty, staff, and students.

This is SC’s first year to create 24-Hour Plays since the pandemic, according to a news release from Southwestern.

The event is licensed by 24 Hour Plays, a New York organization which gives structures, guidelines, timelines, and suggestions to work out details.

Starting at 9 p.m., Friday, playwrights, actors, directors, assistant directors, and technicians will begin.

Working in shifts so everyone gets a chance to sleep, the playwrights, directors, actors and technicians will work in shifts all night and day to write and create the collection of 10-minute plays which will be performed Saturday at 7 p.m., and finish by 9 p.m., allowing the actors the time to strike the sets and costumes, clean the theatre, and be done in 24 hours.

To begin, participants introduce themselves and inspire the plays as each brings a costume piece and a prop and tells about their talents. Pictures are taken of each actor, and by 10:30 p.m., the playwrights will choose actors for their plays and begin writing while the rest of the company goes to sleep.

At 8 a.m. Saturday, actors, directors, and technicians will begin their 11 hours of rehearsal and tech work for the new plays. Saturday evening theatre patrons will be treated to the premier of six new 10-minute plays.

For tickets or other information, call (620) 229-6272, or email