Participants have been announced for The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway—the annual event that brings together professionals from the entertainment industry to write, direct and perform six original plays within a day's time—which will be presented November 14 at 8 PM at the American Airlines Theatre.
Proceeds benefit the Company’s program supporting theatre professionals 25 and under—The 24 Hour Plays: Nationals.
Actors planning to participate in this year’s event include Justin Bartha (The Hangover); Jason Biggs (Orange is the New Black); Michael Cerveris (Fun Home); Michael Chernus (OITNB); Joanna Christie (Narcos); Hugh Dancy (Hannibal); Rachel Dratch (Saturday Night Live); Grace Gummer (Mr. Robot); Mamie Gummer (The End of the Tour); Gaby Hoffmann (Transparent); David Krumholtz (Numbers); Andre Royo (The Wire); Thomas Sadoski (The Newsroom); Justice Smith (The Get Down); Amber Tamblyn (Joan of Arcadia); and Alicia Witt (The Walking Dead).
The Company has also announced five writers who will participate in the creation of the original plays: Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire; playwright Hansol Jung; playwright and television producer Warren Leight; playwright Jonathan Marc Sherman; and Drama Desk Award-winning playwright Bess Wohl. Additional cast members, writers and directors will be announced over the coming weeks.
New York-based singer, songwriter and playwright Ethan Lipton and his Orchestra will be the musical guests for the evening.
“This year, we are proud to be once again working with a diversity of great talent spanning the entertainment industry—from upcoming actors leading hit television series, to those breaking ground in theater and film,” said Mark Armstrong, executive director of The 24 Hour Plays, said in a statement. “The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway has always provided an opportunity for many actors to try their hand at theater for the first time, while others return to the art form we all fell in love with. We look forward to seeing the six original productions this group will create.”
It was previously announced that Tony-nominated director Leigh Silverman will be the honoree for the evening. At the event, playwright Lisa Kron and actor Jayne Houdyshell will speak about Silverman’s influential work.
Following the November 14 gala, productions of The 24 Hour Plays are planned to take place in Denmark, Germany, Mexico and Dublin as well as in various theatres across the United States.