If you go

What: Bolder Acts

When: 7 p.m. Saturday

Where: Nomad Theatre, 1410 Quince Ave. 303-443-7510

Cost: Tickets are $10 each, with concessions available.

More info: Each performance will be followed by a talk-back and reception with the ensemble.

Next performance: April 21 at 7 p.m.

One topic, PG-13 guidelines and 14 hours.

That's what a group of writers were handed at 7 a.m. Friday, expected then to take the basics and run.

By 10 a.m. Saturday, that screenplay will be in the hands of a director, cast and crew eager and ready to translate the hastily written piece to the stage by 7 p.m. that night.

Talk about a mad-dash to the theatrical deadline.

But for those participating in Bolder Acts this weekend, the turn-around is all part of what makes this experience so satisfying.

"It's immediate gratification," said Ken Conte, one of the Bolder Acts writers.

"It's the guarantee that I'm going to write something, good or bad, and it's going to be seen by 40 to 50 people," he said. "Everyone's going to put their best foot forward to make your vision come to life. That's really a unique process."

Produced by Kirsten Jorgensen Smith and her husband, Howard Lee Smith, this "play in a day" event draws all ages with theater experience -- be it writing, directing, acting or music -- into a two-day sprint from inception to production.


"Grassroots theater and production at it's core," as Conte describes it, Bolder Acts brings theater back to the basics, giving all ages of theater talent a way to engage.

And for Jorgensen Smith, the event serves as a way for those with other occupations or responsibilities a chance to get back on the stage, if only for a day.

"This format ... allows for those with a busy schedule to be involved in (theater) and not give up too much time or have to wait too many years to get back on the stage," she said.

Of course, as Conte said, you have to have a love for theater to make this work.

"You really have to be passionate about the process to do it," he said. "It's a very small amount of people with a very specific goal in mind, and you know all of them are very passionate and enthusiastic and really have the audience in mind."

"Theatre gets in one's blood," said Michael Vasichek, a Bolder Acts actor.

And with that inherent passion comes an abundance of enthusiasm Jorgensen Smith said the audience will take away.

"There is a unique energy that comes with live performance heightened with the short timeframe," she said. "Even people who have never acted before feel in touch with the actors, knowing they have produced the work so quickly. It tends to make you pull for the actors before you have seen them on stage, creating for the audience an instant connection."

Rachel Ricca, another Bolder Acts actor, agreed.

"There's definitely an element of excitement and surprise in these productions because we're experiencing it for the first time with the audience," she said.

A "one-time" event, the beauty, emotion or hilarity each play will have is a limited-time offer, Ricca said. So those in attendance will capture what those writing and performing have only just discovered themselves.

"We'll all be experiencing these plays together for the first time," Ricca said, adding that community engagement is something that makes this event unique.

"We strive to make this a fun and inclusive night where we connect with the community," Jorgensen Smith said.

Whether they're newcomers or seasoned writers and actors, nerves never factor out of the equation for the Bolder Acts crew.

While memorizing the lines may seem like the challenge, as Vasichek said, "actors are always memorizing."

It's the "trust factor," as Ricca describes it, that takes some getting used to.

It's no cakewalk for the writers either.

"You almost have to be divinely inspired," Conte said.

After participating before in a similar event, he said he found that he has to go with what pours onto the page.

Just allowing the words to flow is the "best thing I could be doing with those hours," he said.

And with a 24-hour turnaround, there's no time to fret about the details.

Far from "cobbled together," it's a polished product the audience gets, Vasichek said.

"We expect great performances," Jorgensen Smith said, "and the audience should as well."