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48 Hour Playfest to debut
48 Hour Virtual Playfest

You can watch local theater in the making during the 48 Hour Virtual Playfest Feb. 26-28, hosted on Zoom by Bare Backstage Productions.

The festival will feature Kalamazoo-based playwrights writing new pieces over 24 hours to fit the festival’s theme: Surviving 2020. Directors and actors will be given the scripts to rehearse until 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27. The plays will be livestreamed via Zoom in a 7 p.m. show that will open with music by Miranda Lee and a brief magic show by The Amazing Magic of Joe Bennett. The festival wraps up Feb. 28 with a new play by Tucker Rafferty, selected scenes from PS Lorio’s new screenplay, and a question-and-answer session with festival playwrights and directors. The second day’s events begin at 11 a.m.

The 48-hour festival is free to the public but limited to the first 100 households to join via Zoom. The Zoom meeting ID, Zoom passcode and a direct link to the event will be posted the first morning of the event at The same link will be used for each day of the festival.

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