Theater of the First Amendment Presents ‘24, 7, 365’ at Fairfax Campus

Posted: March 10, 2011 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: March 9, 2011 at 9:51 pm

Michael Kramer and Deidra LaWan Starnes in “24, 7, 365.” Photo by Todd Messegee

Heather McDonald and Rick Davis, co-artistic directors of Theater of the First Amendment (TFA), the professional theater-in-residence at Mason, announce the presentation of “24, 7, 365” in Harris Theater from March 10 to 13.

After a successful world premiere at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, D.C., and performances at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas, “24, 7, 365” arrives in Fairfax for five final performances.

The performances are March 10, 11 and 12 at 8 p.m.; March 12 at 2 p.m.; and March 13 at 4 p.m.

In “24, 7, 365,” playwright Jennifer L. Nelson asks “What would the world look like if people were happy 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year?”

Educated African Americans’ attitudes about race, class and social activism are put under a humorous microscope as two Washington couples endure a civilized weekend camping trip for a birthday celebration and much needed rest and recuperation.

One night together, complete with a misunderstood hip-hop poet, a very old tree and a large bottle of vodka, complicates and ultimately illuminates their inner and outer lives.

Nelson is a past winner of the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play (1997). As the founding producing artistic director of the African Continuum Theatre Company and artistic director of the Everyday Theatre Company, Nelson has had a profound influence on theater in the Washington, D.C., area.

In addition to numerous awards for writing, Nelson received a National Endowment of the Arts/Theatre Communications Group Early Career Director Fellowship. Nelson has more than 35 years of experience as a stage director, producer, writer, educator and actress in professional nonprofit arts organizations.

Directed by Juanita Rockwell, “24, 7, 365” brings together a diverse and creative design team with a solid cast, including Deidra LaWan Starnes, Michael Kramer, Craig Wallace, Fatima Quander and Baye Harrell.

Daniel Ettinger created the set designs, while LeVonne Lindsay designed the costumes. Lighting is designed by Dan Covey, and Chas Marsh and his sound design completes the artistic staff. David Elias serves as stage manager.

Theater of the First Amendment works with the region’s best professional theater artists, including Mason students and alumni, to present compelling new works and adaptations.

With the generous support of a $50,000 season sponsorship from Boeing, “24, 7, 365” is produced in association with Tribute Productions. This production is supported in part by generous contributions from the Arts Council of Fairfax County, the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Tickets are $30 for Friday and Saturday 8 p.m. performances; and $25 for Thursday evening and Saturday and Sunday matinee performances. Purchase tickets online at, in person at the Center for the Arts box office or by calling 888-945-2468 (10 a.m.–9 p.m.).






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