"Hairspray" Star Blonsky to Host The 24 Hour Plays Off-Broadway

News   "Hairspray" Star Blonsky to Host The 24 Hour Plays Off-Broadway The annual The 24 Hour Plays Off-Broadway — featuring six new plays created in one day's time — will be held July 13 at the Atlantic Theater.

Nikki Blonsky, who played Tracy Turnblad in the movie musical "Hairspray," will host the event, which will feature the talents of Laura Breckenridge ("Gossip Girl"), Joey Slotnick ("Nip/Tuck"), Julie Halston (Hairspray, "Sex and the City"), Patrick Heusinger (Next Fall, "Gossip Girl"), Max Casella ("The Sopranos") and Russell Jones (Ruined) as well as the At Play ensemble. The one-day process of The 24 Hour Plays, according to press notes, "begins at 9 PM the night prior to the performance. The group of theatre, film and television artists, which includes playwrights, directors, actors and designers, meet and are briefed on the upcoming 24 hours. The writers are then left to create a ten-minute play overnight. In the morning, the directors read the scripts and then the actors are called for 8 AM. Everyone rehearses throughout the day. Doors open at 7:45 PM, and curtain rises at 8 PM and there it is: six shows, all in a day's work."

Lindsay Bowen, Kurt Gardner, Philip Naude and The 24 Hour Plays creator Tina Fallon are the producing team.

The Atlantic Theater is located in Manhattan at 48 West 20th Street. For tickets call (212) 868-4444 or visit www.smarttix.com. For more information go to www.atplayproductions.com.