Jack Bauer had 24 hours to prevent major terrorist attacks from happening, but did he ever have to write, direct and act in a play in the same span of time? Well, that's the mission the Rice University Players have accepted in The 24-hour Plays event. Testing their skills, teams of four to six students construct their own short plays from scratch in the course of just one day. Playwrights spend the first half of the day manufacturing the story. As always, the writers will be given a particular theme to adapt to avoid their working ahead. (Something involving a certain 43-year-old radio transmitter might be good.) Directors then sift through the screenplays and make their selections, and the remaining half of the day is spent by the directors and actors in rehearsal and production, fine-tuning their creations. 7 p.m. Rice University, 6100 Main. For information, call 713-348-4027 or visit www.players.rice.edu/home. Free.
Sat., Sept. 18, 7 p.m., 2010