Six playwrights, six directors and a bunch of actors will gather at the Atlantic Theatre in Chelsea late Dec. 1 and begin a day-long process that will conclude in the latest edition of The 24 Hour Plays.
The six resultant one-acts will play one night, Dec. 2 at 8 PM.
The 24 Hour Plays are just what they seem: plays written in 24 hours. Typically, the routine begins with playwrights being teamed with directors (usually ones they've never met). The duo are then given two or three actors to work with. Everyone then goes home, except the dramatists, who must pound out a play before dawn. The next day, while the writers sleep, the directors and actors put the work on its feet. Throw in a minuscule amount of tech time and you've got an instant night of theatre.
The participants for the Dec. 2 evening have not been announced. The box office is not yet open. For more information, consult www.24hourplays.com.
—By Robert Simonson