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There is magic in the air… Fairies wreaking havoc on Hamlet? Witches telling prophesies in Twelfth Night? Beatrice meeting… a ghost?!? Anything can happen at Silicon Valley Shakespeare’s fifth annual 48-hour Play Festival, co-produced with the  Foothill College Theatre Arts Department, where our writers will explore what happens when a bit of magic gets thrown into the wrong Shakespeare classic!

The setup

Date: Sunday, January 6, 2019

Co-producer: Foothill College Theatre Arts Department

Location: Lohman Theatre, Foothill College

Theme: What happens when a bit of magic gets thrown into the wrong Shakespeare classic?

From zero to new Shakespeare play in two days!

Every year, Silicon Valley Shakespeare produces a 48-hour play festival, partnering with a local college or university.

In one weekend (48 hours!), a wide array of local artists start with nothing, write, rehearse, and do a full public performance of eight new short plays!

This year’s festival will be in early January, 2019, co-produced once again with the Foothill College Theatre Arts Department. Details coming soon!

How it works

6:30pm Friday: Eight teams – each with a local writer, director, and actors – meet and find out their play’s criteria.Criteria: the Shakespeare play inspiring theirs, a required line of dialogue, required prop, and other surprises.12pm Saturday: The writer submits a completed script, having spent all night writing from scratch!Saturday afternoon through Sunday afternoon: Everyone rehearses. A lot.6:30pm Sunday: Eight completely new short plays premiere, in a full production for the public.

At the end of the performance, the audience votes for their favorites. Votes are counted during a brief audience talkback with the writers and directors.