THE TWENTIETH CHALLENGE

CHALLENGE- THE TWENTY

Andrew Jackson is on the $20 bill.

$20 is a common low-end ticket price here in Chicago.

CHALLENGE: Write a play that has a total budget of $20, and lasts 20 minutes.


Rules:

1.

It must utilize all common theatrical design elements in a purposeful and theatrical manner.

  • LIGHTS

  • SOUND

  • COSTUME

  • SCENIC

  • PROPS


2.

It must incorporate each of the FOUR NATURAL ELEMENTS- water, wind, earth fire.


3.

It must last EXACTLY twenty minutes.


4.

It should probably be about Andrew Jackson, either directly or indirectly.


5.

Try to focus on things that are INHERENTLY THEATRICAL.

6. The entire production can cost no more than $20

Tips:

Assume the actor has their own cell phone, which contains a flashlight function, camera, and working speakers.

Fire from a lighter is a good cheap trick.

You can set the play anywhere.

You do NOT have to operate within the law or acceptable audience-performer norms.

Intimate symbolism is gonna be key here.

A pack of cotton balls or toothpicks for 99 cents (or things like that) will be helpful.

Magic and sleight of hand are always fun. (Who knew you spelled it sleight? Wow!)