Five Bowls of Oatmeal: The Return of Oatmeal!

October 25, 2011 | 826 Blog Post

Would that I could bottle events like Five Bowls of Oatmeal, so that I could open them up from time to time and spread a little of the magic around. Five Bowls of Oatmeal, as those of you who went last year know, IS a truly magical event. The basic formula should be enough:

  1. Students write plays.
  2. Professional adult actors rehearse said plays.
  3. Plays are performed in front of live audience which includes student playwrights and their friends and families.
  4. Laughter fills the air; people are visibly moved; students feel a great deal of pride and excitement surrounding their work as writers; somewhere in the universe, a variety of creatures great and small explode into glitter.

This year, we’re making a special night EVEN MORE special. Four good turns deserve four more. So if you were wavering about attending, or if you need a little bit more to push you over the edge, allow me to outline four ADDITIONAL reasons you should come:

  1. Because it was such a magical evening last year, we’ve invited our good friend and very special guest Dave Eggers to come be a part of it. (And we are working on some other surprises in the “special guest” category.)
  2. One play is about a town battling the evil villain Darth Oatmeal, who constantly dumps sticky, gooey, non-delicious poisonous oatmeal on the town. (All plays must feature at least one bowl of oatmeal.)
  3. The event is hosted by the one and only Joe Horton, who, among many other noble and respectable qualities, wrote a play that was recently nominated for the Offies, London’s Off West End Theatre Awards.
  4. We’ve priced this event to sell the house out. Five one-act plays for well under ten dollars? Unheard of. UNTIL NOW.

Just like last year, it promises to be a wholly unique and inspiring night. So come! Bring your friends! Ready for a little math? The pride and excitement the students feel about their work during Five Bowls of Oatmeal is DIRECTLY PROPORTIONAL to the number of people cheering for them in the audience. Let’s fill the house! Let’s sell it out!

Five Bowls of Oatmeal: The Return of Oatmeal
Rackham Auditorium, 915 East Washington Street in Ann Arbor
Thursday, November 17, 7pm
$3 for humans aged 6-18, $7 for adults
Get your tickets here.

And! If all the inspiring stuff for young people going on at 826michigan is making you wish YOU could participate in our programs, why not attend the next How to Write Like I Do, our series of writing workshops for adults? Next month, Rachel DeWoskin will lead a workshop on memoir writing. Click here for details and tickets!

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