Play-in-a-Day Festival

One theme. Six Writers. Six Directors. 21 actors. 6 casts.

24 hours to write, rehearse and perform an original play.

Here’s How It Works…
 
The event begins at 7:15pm on Friday 19 January, at TLS Frankfurt, Petterweilstrasse 66. Approximately 40 people who have successfully applied to be a part of Play-in-a-Day will meet in person to find out what the theme of the festival is. The range of skills and experience varies from the polished performer to the total novice. Successful applicants MUST attend this meeting on Friday to register and meet their teams.
 
A random ballot is held, and teams of 5 to 7 people are formed, consisting of a writer, a director and 3-5 actors – their collective goal to write, direct and perform six short 10-12 minute plays, all connected by the theme.
 
The writers write their original scripts all night long.
 
The next morning at 7am, the directors meet with their respective writers to discuss their scripts, and then at 7:45am, the actors gather and rehearsals begin.
 
Twelve hours later, at 8pm, Saturday 20 January, the shows begin.
 

Who Can Be Involved?

Anyone with a passion for having fun, working with others and putting on a performance is invited to express their interest to join the festival, as an actor, director or writer. While there are no age limits, all participants must be aged 18 years or older. We will also need technicians, festival stage managers, front-of-house staff, event bloggers, social media managers and more, so if acting, directing or writing aren’t your thing, we have plenty of volunteer positions available.

WHAT HAS CHANGED FOR Play-in-a-Day 2018?

This year, there will be a €25 entrance fee which will cover the costs of participation for all actors, writers and directors, as well as light snacks, an event poster and an event T-shirt. Participants will need to pay the entrance fee once they have been offered a place in the festival, to confirm their participation. As in previous years catering (pizza and sandwiches) is €10 for actors and directors who would like catering provided on Saturday, but it is not mandatory as participants are welcome to bring their own food. See below ‘Food and Drink.’
 
We have a new venue, Saalbau Gallus, Frankenallee 111. This venue has more rehearsal space as well as a larger audience capacity to make the Play-in-a-Day an even bigger and better experience for all!
 
Once again, we will reserve a third of all slots for new participants, to ensure new faces enter the festival. For any participants from PIAD 2016, please apply as you normally would, but be advised you might be placed in a different role than the previous year, or perhaps not earn a place at all, depending on the number of applicants. Be sure to make it clear what your second and third choices are, or state clearly if you are only interested in one form of participation.

Important dates:

Registration opens – September 17th
Registration closes – November 26th
Notifications of festival places – December 10th
Deadline to confirm participation – December 17th
Festival – January 19th (Friday, TLS Frankfurt) & 20th (Saturday, Saalbau Gallus)

Participant desciptions

WRITERS
The writers will meet at 19:15 at TLS Frankfurt on Friday evening to meet the actors and directors. Writers will be expected to work throughout the night at home, in order to produce a completed script by 6:00am Saturday 20 January. The script must be emailed to info@tlsfrankfurt.com, and will then be printed in preparation for discussion with the Directors who will arrive at 7:00am, for a meeting that cannot run later than 8am. Once the writers have met with their respective Directors and Actors in the morning, the play is in the hands of the director, and they are free to return home and get some well-earned rest. They return to see the completed performance of their work on Saturday evening.
 
Some guidelines for writers:
Writers are expected to have access to a computer and either Microsoft Word or Open Office Writer software.
The plays cannot exceed twelve minutes. To ensure fairness to the actors memorizing the text, and equality for all plays, the time limit is strict. We suggest scripts not exceed 12 pages long.
Though you are completely free to write each role to the needs of your piece, please consider giving each actor somewhat equal weight, as the cast must memorize the material in a short period of time.
There can be no complex lighting or sound effects.
A list of basic furniture and props will be available on the night of the event.
You will pull a number of actors for whom you will write (for example 3,4, or 5), then we will put the cast together, and the director of your piece will be pulled last. Finally we reveal the theme.
 
DIRECTORS
 
The Directors will meet at 19:15 at TLS Frankfurt on Friday evening to meet the cast and writers. A brief creative meeting will take place between the writers, director and actors to get the writer inspired. Directors arrive at Saalbau Gallus at 7:00am Saturday 20 January for a meeting with their respective writers. It is then up to Directors to work with their actors to deliver a scripts-down performance by 8.00pm Saturday 20 January, coaching them on stage business, blocking and interpretation of the text. Directors will have the opportunity for a tech discussion/meeting in the afternoon where they will meet with our technicians. The Stage Manager can be advised of any special requirements, and we will do our best to assist, but please remember that the idea of the program is to put on a short play with limited time and resources. The Stage Manager will advise Directors of their allotted technical time slot, which will take place sometime between 16:00 and 18:30.
 
ACTORS
Actors must attend the meeting at 19:15 at TLS Frankfurt to meet the cast, crew and writers. Applicants who are chosen to be Actors will be required to bring to the Friday evening meeting one prop (from the ordinary to the extraordinary) and an item of costume that could be used in the production. After meeting with their team, actors must be at Saalbau Gallus by 7.30am! Saturday (the next morning), when they will meet once again with their Director and Writer and will receive the completed script. Following this discussion, everyone will go their rehearsal areas to block the play and learn lines in order to be ready for a performance that evening.
 
FOOD & DRINK
TLS Frankfurt will provide water, tea/coffee and light snacks on Saturday for all participants. For those actors and directors who wish to have lunch and dinner arranged, we will ask for a ten euro catering contribution, whereby TLS Frankfurt will arrange a simple lunch and dinner on Saturday. If participants would prefer to bring their own food, they are entirely welcome. For any special dietary requirements, please advise us in advance.
 
VOLUNTEERS
For all other positions, please write to rene@tlsfrankfurt.com for more information about yourself and how you would like to help. Those who help us fill these positions do not have to pay any entrance fees.
 
Front-of-House
Bartending, Ushering, Box Office
 
Backstage
Stage managers, running crew, lighting and sound technicians
 
Publicity
Social media event manager, blogger, photographer
 

See the Play-in-a-Day 2016  event photos below.

Photos by Merielli Mafra

Here’s How It Works…

The event begins at 7:15pm on Friday evening. Approximately 40 people who have successfully applied to be a part of Play-in-a-Day will meet in person to find out what the theme of the festival is. The range of skills and experience varies from the polished performer to the total novice. Successful applicants MUST attend this meeting to register and meet their team.

A random ballot is held, and teams of 5 to 7 people are formed, consisting of a writer, a director and 3-5 actors – their collective goal to write, direct and perform six short 10-12 minute plays, all connected by the theme.

The writers write their original scripts all night long.

The next morning at 7am, the directors meet with their respective writers to discuss their scripts, and then at 8am, the actors gather and rehearsals begin.

Twelve hours later, at 8pm the following Saturday, the shows begin.

REGISTRATION for 2017

Opens soon.