1440 Countdown

Make a play in 24 hours

This April’s 1440 Countdown has moved to April 2021.
We look forward to seeing your brilliant creations next Spring.


1 day—1,440 minutes—86,400 seconds—total play creation
1440 Countdown: Make a Play in 24 Hours

Your mission, should you choose to accept it: Gather 5 to 8 people from your school, friends, or drama club and report to the TheatreWorks rehearsal hall on a Friday evening for an overnight play creation lockdown! 24 hours later an enthusiastic audience of friends and family arrive. Teams present their new play for a distinguished panel of judges, who will provide feedback on each team’s work. This is a creative pressure cooker where a sleepless night can give way to an exciting new play. They’ll be one day, one theme, one bag of supplies, and one chance at glory. There is only so much time to create your masterpiece!



1440 Countdown is held at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, 350 Twin Dolphin Drive, Redwood City, CA 94065

Tuition: $400 PER TEAM of 5 to 8 people. Includes meals and snacks for the duration of the event.

The prize for the First Place Team is the opportunity to perform on the Lucie Stern stage at an event during TheatreWorks' New Works Festival in August 2020.


For more information, please call 650.463.7146 or email education@theatreworks.org.