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.
Joe Baker coaches his actors through scenes from the 10-minute play during the Play in a Day festival.
Chris Aldrich and Megan Thrift rehearse a scene in the play "Black Cherry's Revenge."
Megan Thrift and Chris Aldrich practice adeath scene toward the beginning of the 10-minute play.
Joe Baker, the play's writer and director, glances at his notes as he guides his actors through a scene.
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.
Joe Baker demonstrates how he wants Megan Thrift to interact with the rope she's holding as they rehearse "Black Cherry's Revenge."
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Heather Brady, wtop.com

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