All-female playwrights and directors at Phoenix Theatre in Edmonds

Aug 24, 2018

Phoenix Theatre has its annual 24-Hour Theatre Festival Friday and Saturday, Aug. 24-25.

This year’s festival is titled “Wonder Women,” and features six short plays all written and directed by women.

About 18 local, well-known actors, six playwrights and six directors will gather at the Phoenix Theatre at 7 p.m. Aug. 24. Actors will arrive wearing a costume of their choosing and with one prop.

Directors blindly choose the actors, and playwrights are randomly assigned to each group.

The writers then leave to create a 10-minute play overnight, using their given costumed actors and various props.

Actors and directors reconvene early the next day to rehearse until the performance at 7:30 p.m.

The public is invited to attend the selection process on Friday evening, then return for Saturday evening’s performance to see the six short plays that have been fully created in only 24 hours.

“There are so many talented women in this area,” Phoenix managing director Debra Rich Gettleman said.

“We want to bring their talents and extraordinary skills to the front of these creative projects.”

Tickets to Saturday’s performance are $20.

Phoenix Theatre is at 9673 Firdale Ave., Edmonds. For tickets or information:, 206-533-2000.


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