The phrase “24-7” gained new meaning at 24-Hour Theatre Saturday night, when seven plays were written, directed and performed by students within 24-Hours.
24-Hour Theatre began in 2006, and has continued every semester since.
Saturday’s performance “might be the best we have ever had,” said Artistic Director Zac Trotter, a senior theatre arts major from Lehi.
Trotter said in the past, like Nascar, many people watched 24-Hour Theatre for the “wrecks.”
Amanda Dayton, a sophomore musical theatre major from Kaysville and returning actress in 24-Hour Theatre, said this performance was more organized and ran smoother than previous years.
“The crowd actually laughed when they were suppose to,” she said, “instead of just laughing at our mistakes.”
The audience was receptive to the plays, laughing and cheering throughout the performances.
Trotter said the 24-Hour Theatre was an opportunity for actors to rise to the occasion, and helps them learn how to perform well under pressure in a short amount of time.
This performance had a twist, each of the writers were given a random page from a dictionary, and asked to incorporate at least five of the words from that page into their play.
The results were creative, diverse and alliterating performances.
The play Kiss of Death: An Adult Farce in Fifteen Minutes or Less (Hopefully Less), told a humorous story of a married couple’s sexual frustration as they can’t find a minute alone together.
The writer, Dory Peacock, a sophomore theatre and history major from Castle Dale, said the inspiration for the play came from her personal experiences as a “sexually repressed and 21-year-old mormon.”
She said nothing is more interesting than sexual tension as a subject of conflict in a play.
James Collard, a freshman communication major from Kaysville played the sexually-frustrated husband in the play.
“I didn’t know what I was signing up for,” Collard said of the experience.
Characters in the plays ranged from the Anti-Nancy to Jesus Christ throughout the performances.
Caleb Snarr, a sophomore English and theatre major from St. George, who played Jesus Christ, said in 24-Hour Theatre, “You have to get really creative really quick.”
The play Stranger Called Assault had a more dramatic theme. It depicted the story of seven rape victims by the same assailant.
Collin Smith, a sophomore theatre major from Panguitch, played the character of the rapist.
Smith said the role was challenging to play, “It was against who I am...” he said. “I had to create another person.”
Others were able to connect personally to their characters.
Trent Dahlin, a freshman theatre major from Fresno, Calif., played the role of a struggling writer writing a play within 24 hours.
“It felt just like writing a paper for my English class” Dahlin said.
Dayton played “the socially awkward girlfriend,” and said her character was a fitting description of herself in real life.
24-Hour Theatre was hosted by Second Studio this year, a club for theatre students that combines the previous theatre clubs at SUU.