It takes a long time to put on a theater production. Think about the logistics: The play has to be written and edited. Dialogue must be added and cut. Someone casts the actors, who memorize lines and rehearse while stage managers create a set, organize props and design lighting. The amount of blood, sweat, tears and time it takes to give a play wings is enormous.
Leave it to the folks at Boise Little Theater and Daisy's Madhouse Theatre to take the hood off a stage play to show the public just how the process works during the fourth annual Will Act 4 Food.
Eight playwrights, directors and about 40 local actors gather at Boise Little Theater for a lottery that will divide them into teams and determine the genre, dialogue and props that will be used in original 10-minute plays. The following evening—Saturday, Feb. 2—the public is invited to watch and help a "celebrity judge" adjudicate the final products.
Will Act 4 Food benefits the Idaho Foodbank, and this is the second year since the production has moved from the Danny Peterson Theatre at Boise State University to Boise Little Theater, nearly doubling the event's audience capacity.
The teams have 24 hours to write and rehearse their plays. Will the teams crash and burn in fits of stress and artistic burnout, or will they sail to theatrical victory with funny, touching plays that pluck heartstrings and elicit belly laughter? There's only one way to find out.