24 Hour Play Fest kicks off this weekend

OSWEGO, N.Y. – The SUNY Oswego 24 Hour Play Festival begins Friday night. The event has been taking place the past few years, but has been heavily scaled back due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The event, which is also subtitled “Sleep Deprived College Students Performing Plays by Sleep Deprived College Students,” gives students the opportunity to write, direct, and perform a play in the span of 24 hours.

Starting on Friday, students will receive their prompts for their 10-page play.  They will then have until 3 a.m. to finish their play.

“It’s an opportunity for people to get involved and I know a lot of students find themselves sitting around in their dorms or not really sure what to do,” said event organizer Nick Sweet. “This is an event that’s welcome…that’s open to anyone so you know I’d say give it a shot.”

The event is being put on by Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society. However, students from any major are invited to participate.

SUNY Oswego psychology student Brock Whaley participated in the event last year and said that he is even more excited about the event this year.

“I mean I had the ability to do such a new experience in such a welcoming environment that felt completely natural and right,” Whaley said.

Participation is free, and students are encouraged to sign up. Students interested in directing can arrive at Tyler Hall room 46 at 8 a.m. on Saturday, and those interested in acting can arrive at 9 a.m.

The plays will be performed on Saturday at 6 p.m. in the Tyler Theater Lab.  The doors open at 5:30 p.m., and organizers are encouraging anyone to attend the event.