Putting together a performance in a day

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 11/6/2019 2:15:14 PM

Twenty-nine hours. That’s all that Matchbook Players founder and executive director Paige Johnson is allowing herself and members of the community to put together a show.

Area actors and actresses, writers, directors and really anyone with an interest in putting together a performance in a mad dash to the finish are invited to The Park Theatre’s River Street Theatre on Saturday at 2 p.m. for a brainstorming session.

Out of that session, the goal is to have a directive as to what kind of performance it will be – one-act play, a series of shorter creations, improvisation, vignettes. The only thing going into Saturday is that by 7 p.m. there needs to be a consensus and a script of some sort so everyone can get to work for whatever it is to take place on the River Street Theatre stage 24 hours later.

“I have no idea what it will turn out to be,” Johnson said.

This is the second time Matchbook Players Theater Company has put on something similar, debuting a play-in-a-day to a sold-out audience in October 2016.

“It was a massive, Herculean effort,” Johnson said. “But the format last time was very exhausting for everyone.”

This “play-in-a-day” fundraiser by Jaffrey’s first community theater company, Matchbook Players will aim to raise $1,000 to secure an engraved, sponsored seat in the new Park Theatre for its seat campaign. Sunday’s performance is the kickoff for the fundraising effort.

So if you’re interested in acting, writing, directing, or technical theater the Matchbook Players want to see you Saturday – no experience required.

“Anybody can show up. That’s the beauty of this,” Johnson said. “I like the thought that people can show up and be a part of it.”

The show will be held on Sunday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. at the River Street Theatre, 6 River Street, Jaffrey.

Tickets are $11 and can be purchased at theparktheatre.org or by calling the box office at (603) 532-8888. There are only 28 seats in the River Street Theatre, so advanced ticket purchases will help if there’s a need for a second show, Johnson said.

Since the first play-in-a-day, Johnson said there has been a lot of interest in doing it again.

“People have been asking me nonstop, but it was really hard to do,” she said. “This time I’m coming into this very laid back because I know there will be a show.”

The Matchbook Players Theater Company is looking to establish a board of directors of local theater enthusiasts, community members and businesses to help mold and shape the future of the group and future productions. No theater experience is required.

“I just want anyone with an inclination or inspiration to be involved,” Johnson said.

For more information, check out The Matchbook Players Theater Company on Facebook or email Johnson at pjny03@gmail.com.


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