Just as Thanksgiving and Black Friday loom in your weekly schedule and stress begins to creep into your minute by minute thoughts, you have a chance to shift your stresses to five local playwrights, fifteen local actors, and unforeseen pots of coffee as The Living Room in Kansas City bulldozes its way into their second, “No Sleep November” competition with a guarantee of smiles, escapism, and confusion.
Sunday, Nov. 23, the mad scramble begins when local playwrights, attain their topics, choose their actors, and begin a 24-hour writing marathon with the end results performed Monday night, Nov. 24 at The Living Room performance space.
“We open our doors once more, now as an official part of The Living Room’s Writer’s Den series, for this incredible 24- hour event that had KC in stitches last year,|” a Living Room spokesman said. “Join us Nov. 23 and 24 when Forrest Attaway, Pete Bakely, Brian Huther, Vicki Vodrey and Bryan Moses lose sleep and possibly their minds in this caffeine-fueled orgy of dramaturgical debauchery.”
The end result: five new one-act plays by Kansas City’s best five playwrights coupled with live performances by the 15 actors who work with the playwrights. The Living Room said everyone will be amused.
“We each bring in three actors for the pool, draft our cast out of the pool, and produce a play in 24 hours. We are locked in at TLR. It’s a fun party,” Pete Bakely said. “My actors are Curtis Smith, Bonnie Griffin and Teal Holliday.”
According to the ground rules, the five playwrights have one day to brainstorm, write, craft, polish, direct, and produce their new creation. According to one of the producers, the playwrights will be thrown “all sorts of curve-balls their way with surprise props, dialogue, and NFL-style draft pick for actors, with the result being five new, 10-minute plays to be performed on Monday, Nov. 24.
“This starts tonight. Cast is Ben Auxier, DeDe Deville, Joseph Fournier, Bonnie Griffin, Teal Holliday, Ryan Hruza, Ellen Kirk, Daria LeGrand, Matt Leonard, Alisa Lynn, Mandy Mook, Bob Paisley, Matthew Rich, Curtis Smith, Rick Williamson. Boys are strong this year. Only six or seven girls, depending on how you count my darling De De DeVille. Fun facts: Ben Auxier and Bonnie Griffin have done all three No Sleep events. Ryan Hruza and Alisa Lynn have both done one. Everyone else is a virgin,” Bakely said.
The lottery/kick off begins Sunday, Nov. 23 at 10 p.m. The event is open to the public and a donation at the door serves as the entrance fee. Doors open at 9 p.m.
Performances begin Monday, Nov. 24 at 8 p.m. with an admission fee of $15. Seating in The Living Room is limited and according to them sold out quickly last year. Therefore, advance tickets are recommended. Advance tickets can be purchased through a website. (https://www.artful.ly/store/events/4630)