The curtain will go up on the Return of the 24-Hour Plays at Bethany College on Saturday, May 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Burnett Center on the Bethany campus. The festival, which actually begins on Friday evening, is a fast-paced production that gives its participants exactly 24 hours to write, rehearse, stage and perform six brand new, original short plays.

The 24-Hour Plays have been going on across the country and around the world since 1995 and last year Bethany College theatre department hosted its first ever 24-Hour Plays festival.

Six playwrights set for this year’s festival include four Bethany students Sabrina Wollenberg, Micah Hirschler, and Paige Stewart and Megan Hamilton, who will collaborate on one script. Joining the group via the internet are three veterans of the 2015 festival Mike Speller, Majkin Holmquist, and Cody Whetstone.

This year’s directors include Greg LeGault, chair of the Bethany theatre department; Isaiah Fabrizius and Hirschler, both Bethany students; Gabe Moore, Katia Matter, and Mike Mertz, all Bethany alumni.

The acting ensemble for the 24-Hour Plays also features a mix of current students and alumni including Landon Slipke, Christian Cooper, Avery Holmes, Allison Waymire, Annie Halterman, Carly Rosey, Keri Woodburn, Michael Holland, Noah Parks, Amanda Barcus, Martha Danielson, Cody Hickox, Mikey Baker, Wollenberg, Stewart, and Hamilton.

The tech crew for the production includes Vance Lipsey, along with members of Alpha Psi Omega, and the theatre practicum course.