Go the Extra Mile for Creative Works on November 21!

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This November 21 go the EXTRA mile for Creative Works of Lancaster. On that day, we’re participating in the Extraordinary Give, Lancaster County’s Largest Day of Giving. For 24-hours only, visit ExtraGive.org, make a donation (min. $25) and every dollar you donate will be stretched by $250,000 from the Lancaster County Community Foundation and their presenting sponsors. PLUS, there’s an additional $50,000 in prizes we can win just from your donation!

Theater does more than build community. Theater is community. Theater is a sharing of energy, melding of hearts, and exchange of ideas. And this sharing isn’t just between actors and audience, but within the audience too. More than any other art form, theater requires togetherness, and reinforces that same togetherness.

But this amazing art form is constantly in danger of becoming stagnant. Someone has to infuse new into theater. New works, new takes on old works, new audiences. What keeps theater alive and relevant? This very newness.

That’s where Creative Works of Lancaster takes a lead role. We dare to do what has never been done in this community. We bring the works that otherwise would never see a stage. We work at stages that would otherwise never see work. And we bring more new people into the togetherness, into the community, into the circle of sharing that is the soul of this art.

Each summer, we produce a play, free to audiences, in a city park. Children who have never had access to theater can see it come together live. This summer, in Crystal Park, over 500 people witnessed theater in a venue that has never seen a performance like it before.

We produce new works by local writers. The words, the ideas, the spirit of this community is produced on stage, and from here can move outward to influence the world.

Yes, perhaps we sound lofty when we describe what we do, but we believe in it. We relish the challenge and the results.

Each dollar you give is the very plasma that helps to keep theater, the most ancient interactive form of art, alive, vibrant, and empowering for our city, our county, our community.

Lancaster’s 24 Hour Plays – 11/15/2014

Lancaster’s 24 Hour Plays is a special night of experimental theater where six writers, six directors, twenty-four actors, and a production team come together to write, rehearse and produce six plays over the course of 24 hours!

This year the plays will be performed for the public at the end of the 24 hour creation process on Saturday, November 15 at 7pm (doors open @ 6pm) at Community Mennonite Church of Lancaster, 328 W. Orange St., Lancaster, PA.

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Since their inception in New York City in 1995, 24 Hour Plays (www.24hourplays.com) have been performed for audiences throughout the United States and the world – attracting both professional and amateur theater artists.  Talent involved in past 24 Hour Plays includes Jennifer Aniston, Rosie Perez, Kevin Spacey, Vince Vaughn and Elijah Wood.

This will be the 4th annual 24 Hour Plays event in Lancaster. The first was a sold out performance at The Candy Factory in November 2011 and was produced by Wood Stove House and Creative Works of Lancaster. You can find a recap of that production here. In November 2012 the event was staged at Community Mennonite Church of Lancaster. You can listen to a podcast recap of Lancaster’s 24 Hour Plays 2012. The 2013 production took place at Tellus360. Both the 2012 and 2013 events were produced by Wood Stove House with the production team consisting of Steve Carlson, Jason Mundok and Susanne Mundok.

This will be the first year that Creative Works will be solely responsible for the production, though the lead, Steve Carlson, has been involved in all four events.

You can hear Steve discussing the 2013 production with Cary Burkett from WITF Radio’s Arts & Culture Desk (89.5 FM).

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“The Silence of the Socks” reboot at 551 West

Our sock puppet parody of the psychological thriller Silence of the Lambs. See Clarice, Hannibal the Cannibal, and Buffalo Bill in their footwear forms. Sunday, October 19, 2014. $5 cover at the door. 4PM, 6PM, or 8PM

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When: Sunday 19 October, shows 
at 4:00 pm, 6:00 pm & 8:00 pm

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551 West, 551 W King St, Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17603

Cover: $5.00 at the door