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24 Hour Play Festival

DATE: Saturday, September 30, 2017

TIME: 7:30 p.m.

LOCATION: Leslie Phillips Theater, Fine & Performing Arts Building

ADMISSION: $15 general admission; $10 students, seniors, HCC faculty and staff

Holyoke Community College theater alumni will gather once again to write and rehearse four original plays they will perform just 24 hours later.

The HCC Players, as they call themselves, together with the HCC Theater Department, will present the "24 Hour Play Festival" on Sept. 30, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. in the Leslie Phillips Theater in the Fine & Performing Arts Building.

The second annual festival is a benefit and all proceeds will go toward the Leslie Phillips Fund for Theater Arts and Education at Holyoke Community College.

This event was first organized last year by HCC alumni working with HCC theater professor Pat Sandoval '84 as a tribute to Leslie Phillips, founder of the HCC drama program, who died in 1988.

"The first festival was a great success, and we knew from the start that we wanted to make it an annual event," said Lisa Poehler '84, a Holyoke native, resident of Springfield, and one of the organizers of the event. "Leslie was a friend, role model and mentor to countless HCC students and we will continue to honor her by raising money to support the theater program she began."

HCC alumni along with current HCC students will meet on Friday, Sept. 29, to begin writing and rehearsing the one-act plays they will perform the next night.

Tickets are $15 for general admission; $10 for students, seniors, HCC faculty and staff.

To order tickets, please call 413-552-2485 or go to

PHOTO: A scene from the first annual HCC 24 Hour Theater Festival in September 2016.