Egg & Peacock: Art Under Pressure

by Kiani Ned

Egg, Peacock… and cross-dressing Amanda Bynes?

On Saturday February 23rd, KCST’s 8th annual Egg & Peacock; or What You Will, a 24-hour Festival took place in the Lerner Black Box. If you’re unaware of what such an event entails, it isn’t exactly what it seems. As opposed to being a production that lasts 24 hours, in the Egg & Peacock festival, 7 short plays (some of them musicals) are written, cast, produced, rehearsed, and performed over a 24-hour time span.

“With the end of every 20 minute play and the beginning of a new one, I was transported to a completely different locale and mood.”

One can imagine this process being very stressful but also very fulfilling for the artists involved, when the work is displayed at the 24 hour mark for all to see. This year, the festival was a wonderful display of the talent in Columbia and Barnard’s theater communities. It was very interesting to see what the writers and directors of the 7 plays could dream up in terms of set, props, costumes and stage directions in 24 hours with a limited budget and limited sleep! I was very impressed with the talent of the students; with the end of every 20 minute play and the beginning of a new one, I was transported to a completely different locale and mood. Egg & Peacock is a really cool tradition that displays our theatrically talented peers and promotes equality in Columbia’s own theater community—two of the directors were women and some production teams were equipped with a female writer and director!

Kiani Ned is a staff writer for The Nine Ways of Knowing.

Image courtesy of KCST Facebook Event Page.

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