Spontaneous Smattering Returns to Improvise for School Supplies
June 15, 2017 - School Supplies
A post common by Cone Man Running (@conemanrunningprod) on Nov 26, 2016 during 8:42am PST
They contend Rome wasn’t built in a day. They can never contend that about Cone Man Running Productions’ Spontaneous Smattering X: 9 one-act, 12-minute plays, conceived, written, rehearsed, and achieved in a singular 24-hour block.
“On Friday night, a writers lift actors’ conduct shots and resumes from a shawl and get incidentally reserved a genre: regretful comedy, fantasy, sports, whatever,” says Christine Weems, Cone Man’s artistic director. “Then, they go home and write for 13 hours.”
On Saturday morning, Jun 17, a writers accommodate behind during a Beacon Theatre, where they’re reserved a executive and get a 30-minute conference to go over a script. The writers go home, and a directors and actors spend a day rehearsing a plays, before a festival opens a doors to a open that night.
“It’s crazy and quick and we never know what to expect,” says Weems on a process. “But, inevitably, we have all these artistic people in a vigour cooker conditions and sorcery happens.”
The crazy play festival is a brainchild of Weems and her father Michael, who hatched a suspicion when they were vital and operative in New York City. Upon their relocation to Houston, they brought a eventuality with them, and for a final 10 years, a festival has common deduction with a Houston Food Bank.
This year, Cone Man Running is giving deduction to Houston teachers for propagandize supplies, classroom décor and other needs. Ten teachers will be comparison during pointless a dusk of a show, and they’ll order any collected propagandize reserve and money equally. Teachers sealed adult to be deliberate on Cone Man’s website.
“We asked them, ‘What do we buy that you’re not reimbursed for?’” says Weems. “And we suspicion this was such a good approach to give behind to a people who do so most for a kids.”
Audience members should be prepared for an dusk of indeterminate antics. Weems says any of a plays will underline a same prop—“Whatever we find during a Dollar Store that we consider has mixed uses,” she laughs—and a assembly gets to opinion for their favorite shows in categories like Best Use of Props and Best Use of Genre. Weems says she’s even lined adult a wine sponsor, so everybody gets a splash as they’re entrance in a door.
“Just design a far-reaching operation of randomness,” she says. “And be prepared for a good time.”
The Beacon Theatre, 5012 Navigation Blvd., 7 p.m. and 9:45 p.m., Saturday, Jun 17. $20. conemanrunning.com.