By Diane Urbani de la Paz
Peninsula Daily News
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“When are you going to have the next one?” they demanded.
These were stage actors and writers who had either been in the Dec. 28-29 project, a play titled “Australia,” or who missed out for some reason.
So Manno — and fellow thespian Nikkole Adams — are at it again.
Another 24-Hour Theater Project will start at 8 p.m. Friday and culminate in a performance at 8 p.m. Saturday, all at Studio Bob, 118½ E. Front St.
The show will be open to the public for a suggested donation of $5 to $10.
Adams, who served as a writer and actor in the December show, “will act as our fearless leader,” Manno said.
With great enthusiasm, he urges theater lovers — and newcomers to the stage — to partake in the 24-hour experiment.
“It's completely outside of everybody's normal experience,” he promised.
In a 24-hour theater production, all community members are invited to show up at 8 p.m. Friday and spend the night and day constructing and rehearsing a two-hour play.
The following evening, they stage the production for the public.
“I love working on intense projects, especially anything that brings the artistic community together,” actor Sean Peck-Collier said of the 24-hour theater process.
“We'd love to have you. You'll make a bunch of new friends,” added Manno, who moved to Port Angeles in 2010 and has since plunged headlong into the theater community here.
December's 24-Hour Theater Project went “alarmingly well,” Manno said.
About 20 thespians put together the play, which Manno said was “totally a comedy, goofy and surreal.”
When asked what “Australia” was about, he replied: “You had to be there.”
So does everyone have to stay up all night in this production?
“Yep,” Manno replied. On Saturday, though, there is naptime from 5 a.m. until 8 a.m. and a break for a shower and lunch from noon until 3 p.m.
Those who want to learn more before leaping are encouraged to contact Manno at 360-670-2067 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
As for the performance of the yet-to-be-created play, Manno again invites the public to taste a new thing.
“Come see something totally zany and off-the-wall,” he said.
“Take a walk on the wild side.”
Features Editor Diane Urbani de la Paz can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5062, or at email@example.com.