Glamour Magazine and LYCRA® in association with Moxie Pictures present The 24 Hour Company and Planet Impact fifth annual star-studded benefit with the creation to-performance day to culminate Oct. 24 at the American Airlines Theatre. Proceeds will support Working Playground.
Ashlie Atkinson, Elizabeth Berkley, Kate Burton, Margaret Colin, Charlotte d'Amboise, John G. Connolly, Rachel Dratch, Kathryn Erbe, Wilson Jermaine Heredia, Cady Huffman, Cheyenne Jackson, Anthony Mackie, Terrence Mann, Andrew McCarthy, S. Epatha Merkerson, David Moscow, Adam Pascal, Amanda Peet, Rosie Perez, Anthony Rapp, Andre Royo, William Sadler, Ally Sheedy, Ben Shenkman, Fisher Stevens, Tracie Thoms and Alan Tudyk are scheduled to appear.
Indhu Rubasingham, Christopher Ashley, Hal Brooks and Maria Mileaf are among the directors who will stage the short works by Adam Bock (Swimming in the Shallows), Greg Kotis (Urinetown), Betty Shamieh (Roar), David Lindsay-Abaire (Fuddy Meers), Dael Orlandersmith (Yellowman) and Warren Leight (Side Show). (All artists is subject to change).
The full one-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. 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.
Those involved in this production join a long line of artists who have participated in more than 100 writers, 1000 actors and 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.