Crudup, Margulies, Cumming, Tomei Headline Starry 24 Hour Play Benefit, Sept. 15

News   Crudup, Margulies, Cumming, Tomei Headline Starry 24 Hour Play Benefit, Sept. 15 The 24-Hour Plays make their way to Broadway as their annual star-studded benefit performance will play at the American Airlines Theatre, Sept. 15.

Details Magazine and Bloomingdale's present the annual benefit in association with Moxie Pictures. Proceeds from The 24 Hour Company and Planet Impact special production will go to Working Playground, Inc.

Among the lineup of actors who are scheduled to appear include stage-and-screen celebs Billy Crudup (The Elephant Man, "Almost Famous"), Julianna Margulies (Intrigue With Faye, "ER"), Benjamin Bratt (Intrigue With Faye, "Law & Order"), Rosie Perez (Frankie and Johnny, "Do The Right Thing"), Sam Rockwell ("Confessions of a Dangerous Mind"), Mary-Louise Parker (Proof) Alan Cumming (Cabaret, "X-Men 2"), Liev Schreiber (Henry V), Fisher Stevens ("Short Circuit"), Brooke Shields (Cabaret, "Blue Lagoon"), Giancarlo Esposito ("Homicide: Life on the Street") and Marisa Tomei (Salome, "In the Bedroom").

The full day process of The 24-Hour Plays begins at 10 PM the night prior to performance. Typically, a group of theatre artists (playwrights, directors, actors and designers) meet and are briefed and photographed. The writers are then left to their own wits to produce a ten-minute play — albeit at the posh Times Square hotel W New York for the benefit writers. The following morning at 7 AM, the directors give the scripts a once-over, divvy them up and cast them. Actors make their entrance at 8 AM and rehearse through the day. The technical rehearsals run from 5 PM to 7:30 PM. Doors open at 7:45 PM and curtain rises at 8 PM and voila: six shows, all in a day's work.

Directors and playwrights are yet to be announced. Those involved in this production join a long line of artists who have participated in over 300 new short plays that The 24 Hour Plays has produced since its inception in 1995.

Tickets to the event at the American Airlines Theater, 227 W. 42nd St., are on sale by calling (212) 868-4444. For more information on the benefit and the company, visit www.24hourplays.com.

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