by Josh Gross
One of the major complaints of potential theater goers is that tickets are expensive. But they're expensive because theater takes a lot of time and effort to make happen. Well, it usually takes a lot of time. Once a year, local theater company Daisy's Madhouse throws that idea out altogether and puts a show together in one night to benefit the Idaho Foodbank: Will Act 4 Food.
That night just happens to be Saturday, Feb. 4.
Today at 8 p.m., 36 actors, eight playwrights and eight directors will meet at the Boise Little Theater and put their names into a hat. Those names will be drawn out by the organizers to split the group into teams of actors assigned to a writer and director. The writers will then have their turn at the hat to draw for a genre. Once they have their genre, the playwrights have until the morning to craft a script so that the actors and the director can spend Saturday day putting the shows together to be staged in front of a live audience.
A team of judges will rank the plays and hand out homemade trophies for their favorites.
This is the third year Daisy's Madhouse has staged this 24-hour Will Act 4 Food event. It generally sells out. And for good reason. Though it seems primed for disaster, the short time frame often kicks creativity into overdrive. Last year's plays included a heartbreaking depiction of caring for a parent with a mental illness, a comedic detective story and a stage adaptation of a Kurt Vonnegut short story.
This year, however, by moving the event to Boise Little Theater from its previous venue—The Danny Peterson Theatre at Boise State—Daisy's Madhouse has more than doubled audience capacity.
The show will go down on Saturday, Feb. 4, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online or at the door.