Every 28 Hours One-Minute Play Festival

Phase One Oct 20-24, St. Louis County

A Real Life Superhero

Bree Newsome became an Internet and media sensation when she did what many were longing to do but didn’t dare. She scaled a flagpole outside South Carolina's statehouse and brought the flag down, while police officers waited to arrest her below.

Every 28 Hours One-Minute Play Festival

Coming soon across the nation! Oct 20-24!

What is The Ferguson Moment?

We call on artists across the nation to share their responses to the oppression, violence, and resistance to racially motivated police brutality


Marcia Chatelain, an assistant professor in the Department of History, created the #FergusonSyllabus in response to recent events in Ferguson, Missouri.

Friday, September 18, 2015


Every 28 Hours is working with theaters all over the country. We're excited to be collaborating with Urban Theatre Movement from Los Angeles, CA. Thanks to Paul Tully.

URBAN THEATRE MOVEMENT is a multicultural collective of artists dedicated to producing original and published work. We strive to create accessible art and life changing experiences through innovative theatre that serves and mirrors our rich and diverse inner-city communities. We aim to nurture, support and encourage under-served young artists in order to give them voice and hone their potential, starting at their most vulnerable stage in life. We will channel their cultural and regional roots to create a more productive and enlightened society.



Rebecca Martinez

Rebecca Martinez is joining us in ST. Louis from Sojourn theater.  She is a Brooklyn-based ensemble member of Sojourn Theatre and with the company she has worked as a creator/performer, choreographer, facilitator, and teaching artist on projects including Islands of Milwaukee, Waiting for You (with the TEAM at Kansas City Rep), On the Table, and Finding Penelope. She is a co-curator of Working Theater’s Directors Salon, Associate Artistic Director of Hybrid Theatre Works, a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab and of INTAR’s Unit52. She has worked with Miracle Theatre, Artists Repertory Theatre, Oregon Children’s Theatre, Portland Playhouse (Portland, OR), the 52nd Street Project, Brave New World Repertory Theatre, One Minute Play Festival, and in developmental works for companies such as the Lark and Cherry Lane (NYC). Awards include four Portland Theater Drammys (for Ensemble Acting & Choreography) and the Lilla Jewel Award for Women Artists.


Sojourn Theater

Every 28 Hours is working with theaters all over the country. We're excited to be collaborating with Sojourn Theatre from Chicago, IL. Thanks to Michael Rohd for his help.

Sojourn Theatre, founded in 1999, is an award-winning ensemble theatre company comprised of 15 artists who live in 8 cities and make performance together around the nation. National/international touring, a body of 25 works, and a reputation for consistent innovation as artists and engagement practitioners has led to: a 2005 Ford Foundation/Americans for the Arts Exemplar Award; being featured regularly at conferences and universities nationwide as a "best practice model" for arts-based civic dialogue; being featured in recent articles in American Theater Magazine and Yale’s Theater Journal; partnerships with non-arts sector organizations such as city and state legislative bodies, social service agencies and cross-disciplinary arts centers around the country. Current projects include a national initiative in multiple US Cities with Catholic Charities USA poverty reduction sites; adapting our project BUILT with Planning Commissions around the country as a tool for Public Engagement; Islands of Milwaukee, a multi-year collaboration engaging public health, public transit and care services for homebound seniors around performance-making and public dialogue culminating in an interactive exhibit at City Hall in Fall 2014; How To End Poverty in 90 Minutes, a devised and participatory performance model for community engagement being staged (so far) in Chicago, Louisiana and Washington, DC. The company is led by founding artistic director Michael Rohd who devises, directs and collaborates on cross-sector projects around the nation, is on faculty at Northwestern University, wrote the widely translated book Theatre for Community, Conflict, and Dialogue, and leads the Center for Performance and Civic Practice.



Katie Christie

Katie Christie Founder & Artistic Director, Voices United is supporting this phase of work in St. Louis. Voices United, formerly Peace Child Miami, was created in 1989 by 17 year old Katie Christie, a high school senior at Miami’s New World School of the Arts. After traveling to the Soviet Union for a Peace Child arts exchange program, Christie noticed that young people of different races and cultures did not get along or respect each other’s differences. She also felt that young people faced a multitude of problems without any way to address their concerns. To respond to these challenges, Christie created Voices United to give the young people of Miami a voice. The impact of that voice has been tremendous: over 800 youth from the Miami area have participated in performances seen by 20,000 people, bringing to light the concerns of today’s youth. Katie Christie-Bereng is also Director of School Age Program at the YWCA of Asheville.


Tarell Alvin McCraney

McCraney was born and raised in Liberty City, the inner city area of Miami, Florida. He graduated from the New World School of the Arts High School, with the Exemplary Artist Award and the Dean Award in Theater in 1999, matriculated into the Theater School at DePaul University in Chicago graduating with the Sarah Siddons Award and a BFA in Acting 2003. He attended the British American Drama Academy (BADA) Mid-Summer at Oxford, studying Shakespeare with master actors and teachers from the Royal Shakespeare Company and around the UK. His Masters Degree in Fine Art is from the Yale School of Drama in playwriting 2007; he received the Cole Porter Award upon graduating. In 2013 he was the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship "Genius Grant." He is a member of New Dramatists and Teo Castellanos/D-Projects in Miami. In April 2010, McCraney became the 43rd member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Ensemble.


Florinda Bryant

Florinda Bryant is joining us in St. Louis from Salvage Vanguard Theater. She is an interdisciplinary artist and educator. She has worked with Creative Action since 2005 and has been working with at-risk youth for over ten years. She is the Artistic Director of the Austin Project Performance Company, supported by the Center for African and African Americans Studies Department at the University of Texas. She directed and performed in the Artspark Festival 2008, award winning play “HUSH” and starred in the world premiere of Sharon Bridgforth’s new work delta dandi.


Jake Margolin

Jake Margolin is joining us a gust artists in St. Louis from The Team. He has co-written and/or performed in five TEAM plays: RoosevElvis, Mission Drift, Waiting for You, Architecting, and Particularly in the Heartland. With his husband Nick Vaughan he makes interdisciplinary visual art. In 2014 Nick & Jake moved to Houston, Texas to research and develop a series of installations about 19th century LGBTQ histories from Texas and the surrounding states. Nick & Jake maintain collaborations with choreographers Faye Driscoll and Yoshiko Chuma. Their website is www.nickandjakestudio.com


Joe Wilson Jr

JOE WILSON, JR. is joining us as a guest artists in St. Louis from Trinity Rep Theater. As an acting company member for this his 10th season, Joe’s roles have included Jim Casey (The Grapes of Wrath), George (Intimate Apparel), Gavin Ring-Mayne (House and Garden), Duke of Albany (King Lear), Bernard (Boeing Boeing), Antonio (Merchant of Venice), Albert and Kevin (Clybourne Park), Lancelot (Camelot), Eugene (Yellow- man), Emcee (Cabaret), Clarence (It’s a Wonderful Life), Orsino (Twelfth Night), Vinnie (The Odd Couple), Walter Lee (A Raisin in the Sun), Scrooge (A Christmas Carol), Sam (Paris by Night), Willie Stark (All the King’s Men), El Gallo (The Fantasticks), Lopakin (Cherry Orchard), Topdog/Underdog, Andre (Ain’t Misbehavin’), and Horatio (Hamlet).

Joe has appeared on Broadway in the 2000 Tony Award Nominated Jesus Christ Superstar and Off Broadway in the critically acclaimed Little Ham and Josephine’s Song. He has also appeared at The Dallas Theater Center, North Shore Music Theatre, Alliance Theater, McCarter Theater, Syracuse Stage, Guthrie Theater, Ordway Music Theater, Children’s Theatre Co.(Acting Company Member), American Players Theatre, Penumbra Theatre, and New Rep. Theater.

Joe has a BA in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame, and an MFA in Acting from the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theatre. He is the recipient of the 2014 Volunteer of the Year Award from the Manton Avenue Project in the Olneyville neighborhood of Providence, RI for recognition of his contributions as a guest artist, teacher and board member. In addition, he is the recipient of the Siseretta Jones Award for Cultural Literacy and the Arts, 2012 from the Rhode Island Black Heritage Society awarded to excellency in the arts (acting) presented “in recognition of those who have made outstanding contributions to the African American Community of Rhode Island.” He was also a Featured Artist in “Black Lavender,” Brown University, Providence, RI 2009-2010: an exhibit curated by Robb Dimmick and sponsored by the Rhode Island Council for Humanities, highlighting the historical contributions of black gay men in Rhode Island. Joe is a native of New Orleans, LA and is a proud member of the Actor’s Equity Association and SAG/AFTRA.

Joe Wilson, Jr. and Trinity Repertory Company are participants in the Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowships, funded by the William & Eva Fox Foundation and administered by Theatre Communications Group.


Thursday, September 17, 2015

Salt House Collective

Every 28 Hours is working with theaters all over the country. We're excited to be collaborating with Salt House Collective from St. Louis.
Founded by Co artistic directors, Jamie McKittrick and Matthew R. Kerns The Salt House Collective is a post-dramatic performance collective based in St. Louis, Missouri.

SHC creates new works.  Based in performance and installation SHC challenges traditional structural aesthetics associated with the living and visual arts.

Artist driven.



Kathryn Bentley

Kathryn Bentley, part of the St. Louis producing team, is an actress, educator, playwright, director, and community activist. She has a long resume of roles (including “All My Children”) as well as significant experience working within communities through Harlem’s Blackberry Productions and CHIPS in Motion for Teens in St. Louis. She has also done research in Suriname with the indigenous Du Theatre to write and produce a production there. Currently, Bentley is an Associate Professor of Theater Performance at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.


Professor Kathryn Bentley Brings Community to Theater

5 Performance Removes Veil on Exploitation, Racism

Black Theater Workshop Explores Trayvon Martin Case


Ten St.Louis-­‐area Artists Awarded $20,000 RAC Fellowship 

Marty Casey

Marty Casey, part of the Every 28 hours St. Louis producing team, began her career over 15 years ago as a National Touring Actress. Marty has been a proud member of the Actors Equity Association, since 2006. She has toured with many productions nationwide. Casey has also toured Germany and France singing with the popular Gospel group, The Golden Gospel Singers. She has been awarded and recognized for her unique and creative style as an Actress and Writer. Her credits include; The Last of the Red Hot Momma’s, Actress; Molly, P.H.A.T. Girls Don’t Cry, Writer/Director/Producer; A House Divided, Writer/Director/Producer; Menopause the Musical, Actress; Power Woman; Lord Knows I’ve Tried, Writer/Director/ Producer; Looking for Mr. Do Right, Actress; Loletha ; Be Careful What U Pray 4, Actress; Mother Lucille. Marty’s television appearances include; Don’t Forget The Lyrics, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and The Price is Right. Marty is very excited to be casted for SITS. The Winter’s Tale; Paulina. Marty would like to dedicate her performances to her beloved grandson, Mason E. High.


Andrea Purnell

Andrea Purnell, Part of the Every 28 Hours producing team, serves as the Communications and Artistic Director at the Missouri Institute of Mental Health (MIMH) at UMSL. On behalf of MIMH, she uses her background in the arts to educate the community on matters related to mental health. In addition to her public relations duties at MIMH, Andrea is an actress, writer, director and stage manager, who combines her creative gifts with her concern for mental health care to great efficacy. Her acting credits include theater, commercials, industrial films, and movies. Among her writing credits is the play “Depression, Whose Disease Is It Anyway,” which she produced for the stage as part of a performing arts program designed to match the actor and the mental health professional in addressing mental illness.



The Working Theater

Every 28 Hours is working with theaters all over the country. We're excited to be collaborating with The Working Theater from New York, NY.

Great theater strives to tell stories that illuminate, challenge and alter our perceptions, that show us who we are and transform us in the process. Working Theater believes this transformative experience should not be a privilege or a luxury, but a staple. We recognize that we live in a society that is often polarized by economic, cultural and class differences and that these differences can be divisive. However, what makes us different is sometimes the most interesting thing about us.

We want working people, Americans working in the industrial and service economies, who may be unable to afford commercial theater prices or feel that it does not resonate with their lives and experience, to make play-going a regular part of their cultural lives.

Toward that goal, we offer low ticket prices and tell stories that reflect a diverse population of the working majority, that acknowledge their complexity and oft-denied power in an increasingly complex world, which we hope will unite us in our common humanity.