Written to showtime in 24 hours: Chicken Hat Plays return to Duluth

Published: Jun. 10, 2022 at 11:52 AM CDT
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DULUTH, MN. (KBJR) - For the first time in seven years, Rubber Chicken Theater will present eight plays all created in just 24 hours.

They are called The Chicken Hat Plays, and they will be presented Saturday in Duluth.

Brian Matuszak with Rubber Chicken Theater joined KBJR 6′s Kendall Jarboe Friday morning to discuss what is involved in these plays.

“I’ve got a whole bunch of prompts in chicken hats: a who, a what, and a where,” Matuszak said. “The writers pick their prompts, and tonight they write their ten-minute script incorporating those prompts.”

The next morning, the directors and actors draw the scripts out of hats and spend all day finding costumes and learning their lines.

They make their debut in the Northland Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Groups from all over can participate in this production including college students, high school students, professors, and professional actors.

“It’s a neat collaboration,” Matuszak said. “A high school student from Superior might get the chance to work with an actor from Minneapolis, for example.”

Matuszak said this performance is as enjoyable for the audience as it is for the performers.

“What we’ve found is that over the years, that audience is the most supportive audience that you will ever appear in front of if you’re an actor because they know the pressure you are under,” he said. “They know you had to put this together during the day.”

Rubber Chicken Theater’s Chicken Hat Plays is happening Saturday, June 11, at 7:30 p.m.

It is located at The Underground on West Michigan Street in Duluth.

Tickets are $20.

Click here for more information.

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