2003 – The 24 Hour Plays

Directed by: NA
Written by: Diana Son, Matthew Barber, Warren Leight, +
Produced by: 24 Hour Company
Production year: 2003
Original release: Sep 15, 2003
Opening Night: Sep 15, 2003
Other cast: Billy Crudup, Julianna Margulies, Benjamin Bratt
Misc: roundabouttheatre.org

The full 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 — albeit at the posh Times Square hotel W New York for the benefit writers. 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 over 300 new short plays that The 24 Hour Plays has produced since its inception in 1995.