Required Elements

Ok – You want to produce a play.

Some questions you need to ask yourself? Where are we going to perform? Who’s going to build the set? Direct? Act? Design the lights, sound, costumes … and the list goes on and on … Well, we are here to make it a little easier.

For the 711 Theatre Project, we will provide the venue and a finished, quality set with basic props. Also, a lighting plot and sound system so that should you decide to add light and sound cues – you are good to go. Oh yeah – and a couple more things we will give you that you are required to use:

  • Genre
  • Character
  • Prop
  • Line of dialogue

Here’s an example of genres drawn in the past.

  • Absurd / Nonsense
  • Black Comedy
  • Comedy of Errors
  • Romantic
  • Domestic
  • Melodrama / Morality
  • Memory Play
  • Spoof / Parody
  • Theatre for Young Audiences OR Musical
  • Tragedy
  • Agitprop / Living Newspaper
  • Documentary / Mockumentary
  • Greek Chorus OR Mime
  • Iambic Pentameter

2016’s required elements:

2016 - The Wild

2016 – The Wild

Wednesday, May 11

  • Character: Gerald or Geraldine Calloway, Politician
  • Prop: Bell
  • Line: “this changes everything”

Thursday, May 12

  • Character: Peyton Freeman, Educator
  • Prop: Cane
  • Line: “have you ever seen anything like that”

2015’s required elements:

711 Theatre project suspended event for 2015.

2014’s required elements:

2014 – Hospital Interior

2014 – Hospital Interior

Friday, September 19

  • Character: John/Jen Carpenter, Educator
  • Prop: Backpack
  • Line: “it’s worked so far, but we’re not out yet”

2013’s required elements:

711 Theatre project on hiatus while our home theatre, Grand View University Viking Theatre underwent improvements.

2012’s required elements:

2012 - Dog Park

2012 – Dog Park

Friday, June 8

  • Character: London Vizsla – Barista
  • Prop: Umbrella
  • Line: “some are born great”

Saturday, June 9

  • Character: Alex Bernard – Unemployed Occupier
  • Prop: Garden Gnome
  • Line: “some achieve greatness”

Sunday, June 10

  • Character: Cameron Shepherd – Mall Cop
  • Prop: Picnic Basket
  • Line: “some have greatness thrust upon them”

2011’s required elements:

2011 - Urban Alleyway

2011 – Urban Alleyway

Friday, June 10

  • Character: Sidney Martin – Project Manager
  • Prop: 9″x12″ Manila Envelope
  • Line: “that’s going to leave a mark”

Saturday, June 11

  • Character: Jo(e) Miller – Pastry Chef
  • Prop: 2″x4″ board
  • Line: “it sounded better in my head”

2010’s required elements:

2010 - Restaurant

2010 – Restaurant

Saturday, June 5 – Group “A”

  • Character: Olivia/Oliver Omelet – Nail Polish Color Analyst
  • Prop: Door Knob
  • Line: “I feel like a monkey on fire.”

Saturday, June 5 – Goup “B”

  • Character: Terri/Terry Tetrazzini – Monster Truck Driver
  • Prop: Baby Doll
  • Line: “Mumble louder, sir.”

2009’s required elements:

2009 - Office of many decades

2009 – Office of many decades

Friday, June 5

  • Character: Madison Van Buren – Farm Implement Salesperson
  • Prop: Wooden Spoon
  • Line: “That really pops my taco.”

Saturday, June 6

  • Character: Taylor Coolidge – Modern Art Restoration Specialist
  • Prop: Wire Coat Hanger
  • Line: “Are you going to eat that?”

2008’s required elements:

2008 - Art Gallery (in the round)

2008 – Art Gallery (in the round)

Friday, June 6

  • Character: Luca/Lucy Manicotti – Furniture Salesperson
  • Prop: Battery-powered hand fan
  • Line: “I’m in it to win it!”

Saturday, June 7

  • Character: Tyrone/Tyra O’Blarney – Spiritual Leader
  • Prop: Hand-held magnifying glass
  • Line: “What if the phone rings at 3 am?”

2007’s required elements:

2007 - Barn

2007 – Barn

Saturday, May 19

  • Character: Alejandra/Alejandro Montalban – Alpaca Breeder
  • Prop: “Des Moines” Postcard
  • Line: “I majored in modern dance.”

Sunday, May 20

  • Character: Iris/Ira Wolfowitz – IRS agent or “Revenuer”
  • Prop: White lace panties
  • Line: “May I have a breath mint?”