Orange Coast College’s 24 Hour Play Festival will return to OCC this month for its ninth production.

Students meet the night before and the play is premiered without any knowledge of what they will be performing. They are given a prompt to base a story on and then work for 24 hours to write, produce and perform a short play.

Actors will be cast, given a script and practice so they can perform the plays later on that day.

“Orange Coast College is the only community college that performs an annual 24 Hour Play Festival,” Sean Wellengard, a staff aide who brought the play to OCC said in an email.

He noted that the festival may be the only one of its kind in which students also create original costumes for the show in addition to all the other requirements for the productions.

The Rep, a production company run by OCC students, produces shows by students for students. The 24 Hour Play Festival is not limited to just theatre majors on campus, but is open to all who are interested in participating.

The festival is free to attend, but donations will be accepted.

“Are we nuts? Could be. Come see what happens and please bring us coffee,” Cynthia Corley, a theatre arts professor who oversees the production said in a press release.

The festival will showcase the six short plays on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the Drama Lab Studio.

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