Stage Frenzy is a 24 Hour Theatre Marathon where, over the course of 24 hours, theater artists of various backgrounds, skill-sets, and artistic processes will convene to write, direct, act, design, and perform a freshly written crop of original short plays. Stage Frenzy is an opportunity for theater makers to create theater in its purest form, with little opportunity to over-think or second guess artistic decisions. It is also an opportunity to take risks.
This is the time and place for participating artists to try something new, just for fun. To write that fantasy/scifi/horror play they’ve always wanted to write or that play that is half dance or includes puppets if that’s what they’ve wanted to explore. To direct in the round or immersively or with movement or puppetry or with bare minimum set. To act a role that’s completely off type in just 12 hours. To design on a shoestring budget with a small set and thrift stores at your convenience. To stage manage in 12 hours with other stage managers, doing a whole month’s worth of rehearsal process in a split second. To do something different: they’ve got 364 other days of the year to do what they know.
Presented by Chimera Theatre Collective.
Forged in Portland, Maine, in 2015, Chimera Theatre Collective is focused on melding together our collective life experiences and artistic tendencies to bring new and overlooked works, ideas, artists, and methods into the mainstream where they belong, while also finding ways to shift the perception of what makes conventional theater.