Publication: 24 Hour Plays
Working Playground, in association with Moxie Pictures and Gran Centenario Tequila, presents a 24 Hour Company Production of THE 6TH ANNUAL 24 HOUR PLAYS ON BROADWAY on Monday, October 23rd at the American Airlines Theatre. This year’s company members include actors Jennifer Aniston (“Friends”), Elizabeth Berkley (Hurlyburly), Erika Christensen (“Six Degrees,” Traffic), Kieran Culkin (Igby Goes Down), David Cross (“Arrested Development”), Rachel Dratch (“Saturday Night Live”), Michael Ealy (Sleeper Cell), John Hawkes (Me You and Everyone We Know), Gaby Hoffman (Suburbia), Matthew Lillard (Scream), Julianna Margulies (Feston, “ER”), Anna Paquin (The Squid and the Whale, The Piano), Rosie Perez (Chair of Working Playground Artistic Board), Sam Rockwell (Matchstick Men), Amy Ryan (A Streetcar Named Desire), Liev Schreiber (Glengarry Glen Ross), Pablo Schreiber (Awake and Sing!), Wallace Shawn (Hurlyburly, Threepenny Opera), Fisher Stevens (The Exonerated), Catherine Tate (“The Catherine Tate Show”), Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) and Lynn Whitfield (The Josephine Baker Story); playwrights Adam Bock (The Receptionist), Julia Cho (Durango), Tina Howe (Painting Churches), David Ives (All In the Timing), Terrence McNally (Love! Valour! Compassion!), Adam Rapp (Red Light Winter); and directors Miguel Arteta (The Good Girl), Andrew McCarthy (The Breakfast Club), Bennett Miller (Capote), Ian Morgan (The New Group), and Josie Rourke (The Long and The Short and The Tall).
THE 24 HOUR PLAYS is an annual benefit event at which entertainment’s biggest names join forces to participate in an annual rite of extreme live performance: they will write, direct and perform six original short plays …all in just 24 hours! For more information, visit https://www.24hourplays.com/.
The creative process of THE 24 HOUR PLAYS begins at 10PM the night before the show, when a group of six writers, six directors, 24 actors and production staff gather at the American Airlines Theater. After everyone has been briefed, the writers stay up all night to each compose a ten-minute play. At 7:00AM the following morning, the directors return, read the plays, and choose their favorites to direct. The casts meet for the first time at 8 AM and quickly get to work rehearsing. Tech rehearsal runs from 5:00 to 7:30PM and doors open at 7:45PM. At 8:00PM, ink barely dry, the new plays are performed for a live audience.
Proceeds from the event benefit Working Playground, a not-for-profit cultural organization that uses the arts to educate, inspire and enrich the lives of youth in over 40 underserved New York City schools. Through a dynamic range of programs including playwriting, animated video production, instrument building, playwriting, science cartooning and spoken word, Working Playground helps youth develop the creative and analytic impulses that will serve them as students, professionals and citizens. For more information, visit www.workingplayground.org/.
The W Hotels Worldwide is the official Hotel Sponsor of THE 6TH ANNUAL 24 HOUR PLAYS ON BROADWAY.
Some sponsorships for THE 6TH ANNUAL 24 HOUR PLAYS ON BROADWAY were brokered by The Erlick Group (www.erlickgroup.com) a New York based agency that represents leading entertainment properties in theatre, music, film and venues.
About THE 24 HOUR COMPANY
Founded by the creator of The 24 Hour Plays, The 24 Hour Company is the long-standing incarnation of a group of artists and producers that has mounted over 300 short plays since 1995–all written, cast, rehearsed and performed in a single day. Paper Magazine wrote “the quality of the plays is remarkable,” and the Village Voice adds, “Here was the energy missing from the Ludlow scene… theatricality as life, as subversion, even survival.” The rotating cast and crew of The 24 Hour Plays have performed for sold-out houses at the American Airlines Theater, Atlantic Theater, Minetta Lane Theater, 45 Bleecker Theater, the NY International Fringe Festival and other downtown venues in New York, as well as in Chicago, Los Angeles and London. Participants have included diverse talents from all levels- from Tony, Oscar and Pulitzer Prize winners to emerging talent and high school students.
About WORKING PLAYGROUND, INC.
Working Playground is a not-for-profit cultural organization, founded in 1991, with the belief that art is essential to human development, education and culture. By supporting underserved schools and communities, Working Playground inspires, enlivens, and enriches students’ educational experiences with the in-depth study of an art form. Through a dynamic range of programs including playwriting, theatre, film and documentary, animated music video production, instrument building, playwriting, science cartooning, dance performance and spoken word, Working Playground empowers youth to develop the creative and analytic impulses that will serve them as students, professionals and citizens. For the past 15 years, Working Playground has created in-depth partnerships with schools and communities by implementing art programs that help youth better understand essential academic content while exploring new tools to support their social and emotional development. WP’s theater, video, visual arts, dance, design, poetry, and music education programs have visited over 40 New York City public schools and engaged more than 30,000 young people, teachers and community members. An emphasis on inquiry-based pedagogy challenges young people to become active learners, eager to exercise critical thinking, leadership and creative skills. As a recipient of a New York State Award of Merit, Working Playground has become a highly respected institution that has been highlighted by The New York Times, New York Magazine, Variety, Time Magazine, Time Out, Rosie O’Donnell Magazine, The Rosie O’Donnell Show, NBC News, CBS This Morning, People Magazine, US Magazine and New York Post.