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Black Box Blowout 2018

On Saturday, March 17, head over to Lewis University for the Black Box Blowout 2018! This event is a one-night only performance, and is free and open to the public. Performers will have 24 hours to come up with the entire play... You won't want to miss this!


Lewis University’s Heritage Theatre Company proudly hosts their 5th Annual Black Box Blowout, formerly called the 24 Hr. Theatre Festival,March 17, from 7:30pm - 9:00pm, in the Studio Theatre. The ‘black box’ type of theatre space is designed as a simple box and typically painted all black. The theatre space is painted black because the dark color works well with the lighting, scenery and costume designs. The space is typically a square shape and open, allowing designers to arrange seating however they desire.


A black box theatre is capable of endless new configurations, allowing artists to exercise their creativity, which can be especially valuable in the case of original and experimental performances, like the “Black Box Blowout.”

The actors will be given a theme, a bag of theatrical supplies and one chance at a glorious performance. Participants in the “Black Box Blowout” will gather at 7 pm on Friday, March 16 and it concludes with a free public performance of the original scenes created within the 24-hour time period on Saturday, March 17 at 7:30 pm in the Studio Theatre.