Columbia College Chicago Theatre Alums Present New Site-Specific Works in ’24-Hour Fest Volume V’ Sept. 2

Nothing Without a Company, an experimental theatre group co-founded and led by Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department alums, presents 24-Hour Fest Volume V, a showcase of six new site-specific ten-minute plays written, rehearsed, and performed in a 24-hour period. The culminating performance of the event takes place Saturday, September 2, at 7:30 PM at the Berger Park Cultural Center, 6205 N. Sheridan, in Chicago’s Edgewater Theatre District.

Anna Rose Ii-Epstein

Hannah Ii-Epstein

Janey Bell

Among the artists participating in the festival are Columbia College Chicago alums Anna Rose Ii-Epstein ’07, Nothing Without a Company’s co-founder and artistic director and a graduate of the Theatre Department’s BA Program in Acting; writers Hannah Ii-Epstein ’15 (an alumna of Columbia College’s fiction writing program) and Janey Bell; and actors Derek Rienzi van Tassel ’09, and Ted Dayton ’16, both graduates of the Acting BA program. Tickets to 24-Hour Fest Volume V are $15 online or “pay-what-you-can” at the door. For advance reservations to guarantee admission, click here.

The event actually begins on the evening of Friday, September 1, when six playwrights, six directors, and 18 actors are randomly sorted into teams of five. Each team is composed of one writer, one director, and three actors, and assigned one location within Berger Park Cultural Center. Each team devises a new ten-minute play to premiere 24 hours later. Four of the six plays will be performed in the exterior spaces of Berger Park, and two within the South Mansion. The audience will travel throughout Berger Park and experience each performance consecutively.