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.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Phase Two of The Every 28 Hours Plays

During Phase Two, with lead producer Jacqueline Thompson (Assistant Professor of Acting and Directing, University of Missouri-St. Louis), we traveled to St. Louis and engaged in a week of artistic exchange with guest and St. Louis‐ based artists. We attended a lecture in UMSL Touhill Theatre by Dr. Terry Jones on race relations and the history of St. Louis that led to the events in Ferguson starting with the Civil War; met with Duane Fosters' students at Normandy High School (Michael Brown's school); toured Ferguson with artist/activist Marty Casey; and facilitated a conversation with activists, artivists, and a police officer at The Urban League. All of this community engagement and artistic exploration seeded a rich environment to write several original plays on‐site that were then integrated with the larger collection. 

The entire collection of plays was then presented to the public as staged readings in St. Louis at the Kranzberg Arts Center, and in Ferguson at the Dellwood Recreation Center on October 23, 2015.

St. Louis Contributors
E28H STL producing team: Jacqueline Thompson, Andrea Purnell, Kathi Bentley, Adam Flores, Em Piro, Carl Overly, Marty Casey
Ron Himes, Artistic Director, The Black Rep
Joan Lipkin, Artistic Director, That Uppity Theatre Company
Seth Gordon and Steven Woolf, Repertory Theatre of St Louis
Rick Dildine and Jennifer Wintzer, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis
Matthew Kerns, Salt House Collective
Marty Casey, Dellwood Recreation Center
UMSL Department of Theatre
Chris Hansen The Dark Room
Lamar Harris Mind Speak Consulting
Mark Wilson Saint Louis University
Susan Rowe Jennings, Centene Arts Center
Maria Straub, Metro Theatre
Ryan Rakel, Urban Chestnut Brewing Company
MK Stallings, UrbArts
Ray Sampson, filmmaker
Gregory Carr, director
Rachel Tibbetts, Prison Performing Arts
Corinne Wohlford and Brandon Mason, Supply Donation
Debbie Flores, Transportation/Supply Donation
Ana Castillo, Videographer / Film maker Lindenwood University Student
Playwrights: Olivia Medina, Nancy Bell, Joan Lipkin, Rob Maesaka, Kelley Weber, Steve Peirick, Grant Harris, Matthew Kearns, Basmin Nadra, Mariah Richardson, Steve Page, Marty Casey Moseley, Rick G. Trumble
Mustard Seed Theatre
Urban League of St. Louis

Monday, August 1, 2016

Phase One of The Every 28 Hour Plays

The Every 28 Hours Plays Background 

Phase One

During Phase One, we first examined our project goals, the One-minute Play Festival model and Claudia Alick's experience with short form performance including Neofuturism and slam poetry.  We crafted the project with an colonialist lens and desire to capture the zeitgeist.   We connected with theaters and playwrights around the country to craft a selection of one‐minute plays around that theme, or to send artists to St. Louis to develop the work on the ground with us. Phase One also included conversations with thought leaders in national theater collaboration, communications, law enforcement, social justice, and activism. 

One-Minute Play Festival "Call to Action"


Invitation to collaborators from The Ferguson Moment

Thought Leaders