Hartwick Students Stage Third Season of “24”

September 28, 2010

Hartwick College students, with the help of Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts Marc Shaw, will present "24" on Saturday, September 18, 2010 at 7 p.m. in the Lab Theatre of Bresee Hall. Admission is free.

Hartwick student directors, playwrights, and actors can still get involved with the festival, which begins Friday, September 17, 2010 at 7 p.m. in the Lab Theatre. Participants are required to write, memorize, and perform short plays in a 24-hour period.

"For me it's more about the process than the product," Shaw said. "It's an effective way to get first-year students involved and shows them that being in the theatre isn't such a big deal."

"Self-motivation carries it forward," said student producer Ian Olsen '11. "It shows how enthusiastic Hartwick is about theatre."

The past two years' festivals have totaled more than 70 participants and more than 150 audience members.

"The response from participants and the audience has been overwhelmingly positive," Olsen said. The audience is aware of the energy behind the short creation of the plays, which carries over into the performances.

"What I think is so engaging about "24" is the entire story of the production," Olsen added. "The story is the participants had 24 hours to tell these stories and this is what they came up with."

"The students are creating something that involves the Hartwick community," Shaw said. "It's starting to become an exciting tradition."

Alicia Walstad '10 contributed to this story.

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