Justin Long, Skylar Astin, Tracie Thoms, Melanie Griffith and More Take Part in The 24 Hour Plays June 22 in L.A.
By Michael Gioia
Lizzy Caplan, Brooklyn Decker, Seth Green, Melanie Griffith, Tracie Thoms, Justin Long and Skylar Astin are among the artists taking part in The 24 Hour Plays in Los Angeles June 22 at the Broad Stage.
The one-night-only performance, produced by Kevin Chinoy and Francesca Silvestri of the Freestyle Picture Company and the 24 Hour Company, features actors Sasha Alexander ("Rizzoli & Isles"), Astin ("Pitch Perfect," Spring Awakening), Jason Biggs ("American Pie," The Graduate), Jordana Brewster ("Fast and The Furious" series), Lizzy Caplan ("Bachelorette"), Brooklyn Decker ("Battleship"), Ashley Fink ("Glee"), Seth Green ("Family Guy"), Melanie Griffith ("Working Girl," Chicago), Gillian Jacobs ("Community"), Justin Long ("Going The Distance," Seminar), Jack McBrayer ("30 Rock"), Lamorne Morris ("New Girl"), Diane Neal ("Law and Order: SVU"), David Oyelwo ("Lincoln"), Rosie Perez (artistic board chair), Jason Ritter ("Parenthood"), Molly Sims ("Project Accessory"), Cobie Smulders ("How I Met Your Mother"), Jessica Szohr ("Gossip Girl"), Tracie Thoms (Rent, "The Devil Wears Prada") and Lamorne Morris ("New Girl").
Additionally, Emanuel De Los Santos, 16, and Cedeshea Oliver, 17, join this year's cast. The two are winners of the first annual Montblanc Writers Auditioners Project, which provided 18 young aspiring actors with the opportunity to act in one of the six plays.
According to press notes, "The entire creative process, from writing to directing and performing will take place in just 24 hours."
The writers of this year's 24 Hour Plays include Rachel Axler (Emmy winner for "Daily Show," "New Girl," "Parks and Recreation"), Ben Karlin (Emmy winner for "Colbert Report," "Modern Family," "A.C.O.D"), Will McCormack ("Celeste and Jesse Forever," "Frenemy of the State"), Bill Wrubel ("Modern Family," "Will & Grace"), Jennifer Crittenden ("Arrested Development," "The New Adventures of Old Christine"). Directors include Peter Ellenstein (artistic director of the Inge Festival), Andy Fickman ("Parental Guidance"), acting coach Leigh Kilton Smith and Jonathan Levine ("50/50").
At the show, the cast is joined onstage by special musical guests Andy Davis, a Nashville based singer who released his album "Heartbreak Yellow" in 2012, and Lindsey Ray, a singer and songwriter who wrote "Almost Home," which was performed by Mariah Carey and featured in the movie "Oz, The Great and Powerful."
For more information, visit 24HourPlays.com.
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