For the eighth time in 12 years, I was one of the writers in Overnight Sensations, a 24-hour play festival organized by the Hollins University Playwright’s Lab and Mill Mountain Theatre. I drew dream play in a furniture factory with a specific line of dialogue from Shakespeare. What I came up with: A drifter seeks overnight accommodations in an abandoned furniture factory. He blows some notes on a saxophone, which makes pieces of furniture come to life — and they want to perform Hamlet. Conveniently, Hamlet mentions a bed, a table, a couch, a desk and a table, so everyone has a part in A COUCH FOR LUXURY AND DAMNED INCEST. Here’s how it all went down:
MY PREVIOUS OVERNIGHT SENSATIONS:
2007: STUCK ON YOU, a glue gun gone wrong at prom (no photos available).
2010: A VAMPIRE SOAP OPERA, which is pretty much what it sounds like. (This script recently got produced a second time at a middle school in Maryland.)
2011: STRONG AS A BULL, steroids and baseball, in the 1800s.
2012: THE KEYS TO THE UNIVERSE NEXT DOOR, a Lovecraftian science fiction horror.
2016: THE ZOOKEEPER’S ARM, a murder in the zoo.
2017: THEY ALWAYS BLAME THE SNAKE, a drug-smuggling farce in a zoo.
2018: THE DENMARK COUNTY BARBERSHOP QUARTET PRESENTS . . . Hamlet, barbershop quartet-style.
You can find the full gallery of photos from this year’s event here.