Writing and producing a Play in a Day

Megan Thrift acts out a scene where her character attempts to avenge her father's death through the use of martial arts moves her character learned in Japan. (WTOP/Heather Brady)
Joe Baker coaches his actors through scenes from the 10-minute play during the Play in a Day festival. (WTOP/Heather Brady)
Chris Aldrich and Megan Thrift rehearse a scene in the play "Black Cherry's Revenge." (WTOP/Heather Brady)
Megan Thrift and Chris Aldrich practice adeath scene toward the beginning of the 10-minute play. (WTOP/Heather Brady)
Joe Baker, the play's writer and director, glances at his notes as he guides his actors through a scene. (WTOP/Heather Brady)
Megan Thrift acts out repelling off a building as Chris Aldrich holds the other end of the rope in an area that would be offstage for the performance. (WTOP/Heather Brady)
Joe Baker demonstrates how he wants Megan Thrift to interact with the rope she's holding as they rehearse "Black Cherry's Revenge." (WTOP/Heather Brady)

Heather Brady, wtop.com

BETHESDA, Md. – Joe Baker stood in the empty caf

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