Initial casting and creative team members have been announced for The 17th Annual The 24 Hour Plays On Broadway. The event, which presents 10-minute plays created by all-star teams overnight, will take place October 30 at 8 PM at Broadway's American Airlines Theatre.
This year’s cast will feature Raul Castillo, Josh Charles, Jackie Cruz, Jennifer Esposito, Noah Galvin, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Nina Hellman, Cush Jumbo, Mia Katigbak, Lola Kirke, Russell G. Jones, Orlando Pabotoy, Christina Ricci, Kyra Sedgwick, Jeremy Shamos, Jonathan Marc Sherman, Justice Smith, Lois Smith, Nico Tortorella, and Yul Vasquez.
This year’s directors will include May Adrales, Warren Leight, Patricia McGregor, Jessica Stone, and Kate Whoriskey with writers Fernanda Coppel, Chisa Hutchinson, David Lindsay-Abaire, Martyna Majok, and Molly Smith Metzler. The musical guest is Shaina Taub.
As previously announced, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Marsha Norman (’night, Mother; The Secret Garden) will be honored at The 17th Annual The 24 Hour Plays On Broadway as part of the organization’s partnership with The Lilly Awards.
“We are thrilled to announce the first round of actors, writers and directors for this year, made up of original and fearless voices. In keeping with our celebration of The Lilly Awards and Marsha Norman, this year's performance particularly highlights extraordinary female artists from theatre, film and television,” said Mark Armstrong, Executive Director of The 24 Hour Plays, in a statement.
Additional casting and creative team members will be announced at a later date.
Proceeds from The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway will benefit The 24 Hour Plays programming, including The 24 Hour Plays: Nationals (a professional intensive for young artists), and The Lilly Awards Foundation's work supporting women in theatre and promoting gender parity.
The marathon process for The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway begins at 10 PM October 29, the night before the performance. The writers, directors, actors, and production staff are asked to share one costume piece, one prop, a special skill, and to reveal something that they have always wanted to do onstage. Using this as inspiration, the writers spend the night developing 10-minute plays, with rehearsals set to begin at 9 AM the following morning for an 8 PM performance.
Tickets are now available online or by calling (212) 868-4444.