September 10, 2012

Owens Presents Yet-to-be Written, Cast and Rehearsed Plays During 24-Hour ‘Theatre Express’ Event, Sept. 22

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Owens Community College students and faculty as well as community members will have the unique opportunity to write, cast, rehearse and perform seven different plays in a 24-hour time period as the Center for Fine and Performing Arts serves as host to the fifth annual fall “Theatre Express” production, Sept. 21-22. The 24-hour theatre event will conclude on Saturday, Sept. 22, with participants premiering their seven masterful plays in the Studio Theatre at 7:30 p.m.

Area residents are invited to attend the Saturday evening performance as the “Theatre Express” production is free and open to the public. Owens is located on Oregon Road in Perrysburg Township. Attendees are encouraged to arrive around 7 p.m. due to limited seating in the Studio Theatre.

“Theatre goers are in for evening fun and enjoyment courtesy of Owens students and faculty and community members as they will have the opportunity to experience theatre of the unknown,” said Jeremy Meier, Owens Assistant Professor of Fine and Performing Arts. “Each production was written, cast, rehearsed and performed in the span of 24 hours, which is quite extraordinary.”

The 24-hour marathon begins Friday (Sept. 21) when each actor and actress arrives at the Center for Fine and Performing Arts wearing a unique costume put together from their own wardrobe. Attendees will also bring an item that reflects their character’s personality. Each performer’s photo will then be taken for playwright selection purposes.

Beginning that same evening, seven teams of writers and directors representing Owens Community College faculty will begin the arduous process of writing and staging a play based on a yet-to-be-determined theme and topic involving the assigned 3-5 actors and actresses. Caffeinated beverages will be the drink of choice as writers frantically craft five- to 10-minute plays throughout the evening hours.

Actors and actresses will meet with the directors at 9 a.m. on Saturday (Sept. 22) in the Center for Fine and Performing Arts to rehearse and memorize lines of the recently-written plays. Final rehearsals will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the actors and actresses will showcase theatrical talents during the live performance at 7:30 p.m. in the Center for Fine and Performing Arts Studio Theatre. In addition, the playwrights will see their plays staged for the first time with the audience.

For additional information about the “Theatre Express” production, contact (567) 661-2798 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 2798.

Owens Community College is an accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, as well as at the Arrowhead Park Learning Center in Maumee and the Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit www.owens.edu.