MARCH 7, 2013
Freed-Hardeman University presented NoDoze Theatre March 1-2 in the Black Box Theatre.
NoDoze Theatre featured 12 participants who wrote, directed and performed a 45-minute production at the end of a 24-hour period. Participants stayed in the Black Box Theatre from 7 p.m. Friday through the conclusion of the performance Saturday at 7 p.m. They were not allowed to leave the theatre for any reason, be it to collect outside props or even eat a meal.
At the beginning of the 24-hour period, participants learned their play had to be centered on a poem titled “The Present” by Dana Gioia. The show they composed portrayed a musician’s struggle to write music again after the loss of his wife. In addition to writing lines for the play, the participants wrote music and lyrics for two musical numbers that were included in the final show.
Rachel Geiser, a sophomore Theatre: Performance major said, “Going into the NoDoze, I was convinced that we would do a simple comedy and have a few laughs, but in the end we created a serious drama that left everyone crying.”
“Saturday’s performance was remarkably thoughtful and moving, especially considering that the play was created in 24 hours,” said Dr. Cliff Thompson, Director of Theatre at FHU. “The audience responded well to the students’ work.”
Admission to the performance was $1-$6, depending on the roll of a die. Proceeds will be used to defray costs of attending the Southeastern Theatre Conference later this month.