Red Eye Festival comes to WTA’s Gateway

At the start of the day on Saturday, Nov. 3, the seven 10-minute plays set to go on stage live at the WTA’s Gateway will be little more than words on paper.

“It’s a challenge,” said Boomie Pedersen, the director of the Hamner Theater, which is partnering with the Wayne Theatre Alliance on the local effort to bring the Red Eye Theater Festival to life.

Red Eye will have theater groups across the country working hard through the day on Saturday to bring the works of MFA students at Hollins University in Roanoke to reality.

In Waynesboro, the directors of each of the seven plays will meet at 8 a.m. at the Gateway to select their plays at random. They get time to talk with the playwright by phone, and then later in the morning will select, again at random, their cast and crew.

At that point, the directors begin the hard work of condensing two to three works of production into the few-hour period that they have to get their plays ready for the stage.

The curtain goes up at 8 p.m. at the Gateway for the first of the seven plays.

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