Page to stage in 24 hours

The first Double Shot Theatre Festival, presented by the Northwest Playwrights Alliance and UPS, was a spontaneous, funny, Thespian whirlwind

Thurs., May 17, 8:30 p.m.
The clock is ticking. After drawing names out of a hat to form the first of six writer-director-actors teams, Professor of Theatre Arts Geoff Proehl records them and lays out the timeline. The playwrights then retire; they will work all night to come up with an original script for a 10-minute play. The theme: “Take me to the water.”

Fri., May 18, 8:26 a.m.
First read. Directors see what they’ve got to work with. The artists—12 playwrights, 12 directors, one choreographer, one composer, and more than 40 actors—were drawn from all over the region and included several Puget Sound alumni and current students.

Fri., May 18, 9:36 a.m.
Rehearsals begin. Writer Eva Suter’s play about the life cycle of a frog is called “Tads.” That’s Suter, in the back, giggling, as the actors find their inner amphibian, and Yusuf Word ’09, at right.

Fri., May 18, 8:47 p.m.
One more time. A second group of six play-makers forms and gets started. The theme for them is “dog walker;” plays to be performed 24 hours later, on Saturday night. Here, at left, is festival producer Evan Tucker ’07 and, at right, playwright Elizabeth Edwards ’06.

Fri., May, 18, 9:51 p.m.
The performance. The frogs in “Tads” get nostalgic about the good old days, before they got unstuck and found their tails. The audience howls.