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, July 8, 2016



1. Choose 5 plays and read them aloud with a small group and have a conversation and/or writing session afterwards.

2. Tweet a play in full!

3. Invite a visual artist or musician to make art work around a play!

4. Take photos with a sign that says #Every28Hours and share them online with informational links

5. Commit to your dates and send a press release to your community about the public and creative way you are already to committed to addressing this issue.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Phase Three of The Every 28 Hours Plays

Phase Two began in St. Louis and Ferguson MO...

October 23 2015 2:00 
Dellwood Recreation Center on the border of Ferguson MO
and 8:00 pm Kranzberg Arts Center in St. Louis

Collaborative development and staged reading of all plays with The Black Rep Repertory Theatre of St Louis, That Uppity Theatre Company, Repertory Theatre of St Louis, St. Louis Shakespeare Festival, Salt House Collective, Dellwood Recreation Center, UMSL Department of Theatre, The Dark Room, Urban League, APIs for Black Lives, The Dark Room, Mind Speak Consulting, Saint Louis University, Centene Arts Center, Metro Theatre, Urban Chestnut Brewing Company, UrbArts, Prison Performing Arts, Organization, and artist from Kansas City's Fishtank Performance Studio, Austin TX Salvage Vanguard Theater, Cleveland Play House, NYC Working Theatre, American Conservatory Theater in San Franscisco, Urban Theatre Movement from LA, Crossroads Theatre and McCarter Theatre from New Jersey, Theatre En Bloc, The TEAM, Sojourn Theatre from Chicago, Guthrie Theater from Minneapolis, Kennedy Center Cleveland Public Theatre, Trinity Rep, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and The One-Minute Play Festival. 

Phase Three began immediately after...

Phase Three of The Every 28 Hours Plays has several goals.  We aim to connect to artists and community members who care about this subject and want to find solutions. We aim to within a year, workshop in a national distributed practice, different ways for communities to engage with the plays and find ways to share these models. We aim for the work to be engaged with as many communities as possible.  We aim for communities to generate their own original work on this subject. We aim for beautiful emotional engagement and empathetic exchanges. We aim for communities to find ways to discuss hard realities and find positive solutions. These goals are already being met. 

October 26 2015
Trinity Repertory Theater Rhode Island

Staged Reading in collaboration with schools and other theaters in Rhode Island. "There were many powerful, sad, uncomfortable, emotional moments, and they came at the audience rapid-fire, so much so, that my head, and my heart, spun, working hard to process all that I was bearing witness to...this night will stay with me forever. I am grateful to have been a witness to this premiere event in our very own city, and look forward to all the good it will do, all the conversations it will start, and the calls to action it will provoke, and the human connection it will encourage, as it shows around the country." Wendy Jane Grosman, audience member writes about her experience,   

"I am thrilled to play a small part in this movement. The creation of the Every 28 Hours Project was an attempt to provide yet another safe space for conversation and healing. Artists from around the country joined hands with artists from the St. Louis area, creating a forum for the people of this region to be heard. These plays are inspired by their stories. The plays developed from these workshops are not only meant to shine a light on the darkness, but also to express the hopes and dreams of a people. These plays reflect the power of building community through collaboration fueled with love." Joe Wilson on Howlround 

October 28 2015
American Conservator Theater San Francisco
Staged reading of 40 plays with audience engagement activities before and after the performance featuring guest appearances by local artists and activists.

April 15 2016
Kennedy Center and American College Theater Festival 

Special preview staged reading produced with Jerome Parker, Martin Wilkins, National New Play Network Producer-in-Residence at Actors Theatre of Charlotte and O’Neill National directing Fellow, directed the presentation with Vaughn Midder, University of Maryland Alumni, and Gus Heagerty, former Kennedy Center Kenan Fellow and assistant director at the Shakespeare Theatre Company. An acting company of 30 will present the work, drawn from students and alumni from Howard University, University of Maryland, Catholic University of America, and leading actors from the professional theater community, including Tonya Beckman, Frank Britton, J.J. Johnson, Joy Jones, Christopher Lane, Jeff Kirkman, Manu Kumasi, Fatima Quander, and Justin Weaks 

June 4 2016
Capturing Fire Queer Poets Summit and Poetry Slam
Workshop with 10 plays analyzed through the lens of gender, sexuality, race, and ethnicity. Followed with writing exercises

Video of original work here!

June 25 2016 
Theater Communications Group (TCG) National Conference 
Black Lives Matter, Civil Engagement, and the Responsibility of Theatre

This hour long session include a staged reading of a selection of The Every 28 Hours Plays and a discussion with participants from past and future engagements with the plays. Produced by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival under the leadership of Claudia Alick (OSF’s community producer) and The One-Minute Play Festival Producing Artistic Director, Dominic D’Andrea, the #Every28Hours Plays is a national partnership of theater, education, community, and civic institutions. The plays directly engage with identity, race, and our collective national wound. Inspired by our current civil rights movement aims to create healthy spaces for our communities to creatively address this important and sensitive subject. Speakers included Joe Wilson from Trinity Rep, A.C.T. Community Artistic Director Tyrone Davis, participants from the reading at The Kennedy Center, St. Louis based arts leaders, and members from the Every 28 Hours Advisory Board.

July 17 and 21 2016
Community Readings

Community Readings are table reading of five to ten plays by members of the community.  The casting identity specific to give participants the direct experience of empathizing with identities not their own.  

"Participating in this was moving and difficult and I needed it and am grateful for the opportunity." Elizabeth Fairchild


Oregon Shakespeare Festival Oct 17

St. Louis Oct 15 at COCA and Oct 24 at the St. Louis Rep

Company One Nov 5 at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts. 

The Goodman Theater 
American Conservatory Theater-SF
Artists Against Oppression 
Better Youth, Inc.  
Center Stage Baltimore 
Center Theatre Group 
Cleveland Play House 
Cleveland Public Theatre 
Company One Theatre 
Young Playwrights' Theater 
Crossroads Theatre 
Fahari Arts Institute 
Fire This Time Festival 
Fishtank Performance Studio 
Flea Theatre  
Forum Theatre 
Guthrie Theater 
Hansberry Project 
Kennedy Center 
La-Ti-Do - DC 
McCarter Theatre 
Metro Theatre 
Mosaic Theatre 
Mustard Seed Theatre 
New Black Festival 
PassinArt Theatre 
Penn State 
Perfect Disgrace
Ping Chong Company 
Portland Center Stage 
Prison Performing Arts 
Profile Theatre 
Randolph-Macon College 
Repertory Theatre of St Louis Repertory 
Theatre of St Louis 
Saint Louis Universtiy 
Salt House Collective 
Salvage Vanguard Theater 
Shakespeare Festival 
St. Louis Shakespeare Festival 
Sojourn Theatre 
St. Lou Fringe 
Steppenwolf Theatre Company
Standford University
TeAda Productions 
That Uppity Theatre Company 
The Black Rep 
The Long Wharf Theatre 
The National Black Theatre 
Theatre Offensive 
Trinity Repertory Company 
Urban Theatre Movement 
Voices United 
Woolly Mammoth Theatre 
Working Theatre