Since February of 2000, Bunny Gumbo Productions has produced nearly 400 spanking new 15-minute plays using the following recipe: Eight playwrights, eight directors and 30 actors take eight original scripts from initial concept to performance in 24 hours.
Play topics, circumstances, settings, directors and actors are randomly drawn from hats. Some of Milwaukee's premier theater artists have been involved. It's called Combat Theatre.
Beginning early last summer, Bunny Gumbo co-founder Jim Fletcher and several associates read every script that has been produced to choose the best eight, and those are being revived for one night only this Saturday. The event, which will include a silent auction, is a fund raiser for the company.
Playwrights represented are Patrick Holland, Michelle Hoffman, Jim Thibodeau, Doug Jarecki, Randy Rehberg, John Van Slyke, Julie Pandl and Tony Wood. The versatile Jarecki is also among the 26 actors who will performing at the fund raiser. His colleagues will include Karen Estrada, Toni Fletcher, Libby Amato and Tami Rentmeester.
Bunny Gumbo also runs a high school student version of Combat Theatre, and a play written by Jolie LeBell from that project will be performed.
The event begins at 8 p.m. at Combat Theatre's home space, the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center, 325 W. Walnut St. Tickets are $25 and available only at the door.