24 Hour Film Festival

Four teams of actors, directors and playwrights will spend 24 hours at Playhouse on the Park's theater. (Courant file photo / October 3, 2013)

West Hartford's Playhouse on the Park invites anyone with a passion for acting, directing and/or playwriting to participate in its third annual 24 Hour Play Festival in August.

Acceptance is based on a combination of experience and first-come, first-served. On Aug. 1, selected actors, directors and playwrights will form four teams, meeting at 8 p.m. in the theater at 244 Park Road. Dawn Loveland, the director of education for the theatre, says each team will have five actors, one director and one playwright. There is no charge to participate.

Playwrights will camp out overnight and create a one-act play. The actors and directors will return the following morning and spend the entire day rehearsing. On Aug. 2, at 8 p.m., 24 hours after the start of the festival, teams will perform their short plays.

"Each act is usually around 15 or 20 minutes long, so the whole show should be around an hour to an hour and a half," said Loveland.

Loveland says she expects the event to fill up fast, and participants, who must be at least 16, are encouraged to register before July 25.

"It gets bigger every year," says Loveland. "People love to come and see what their friends and relatives have been doing.

"It's really the basic idea of theater, people coming together and working as a team. We're a professional theatre company, but we also want to connect with the community."

Admission to see the plays is $10. Information and registration: www.playhouseonpark.org and 860-523-5900.