Tonight, The 24 Hour Plays: Viral Monologues celebrates its milestone tenth edition, airing on IGTV @24hourplays and at https://24hourplays.com/viral-monologues/. In the biggest round yet, 28 actors have been paired with the industry’s top writers, who are crafting unique pieces just for them in just 24 hours. From 6 PM on, the new monologues will be published, one every 15 minutes.
The cast taking on the challenge this week includes Ben Ahlers, Jason Biggs, Alex Brightman, Sophia Anne Caruso, Aya Cash, Michael Cerveris, Michael Chernus, Merle Dandridge, Johanna Day, Maria Dizzia, John Doman, Brett Gelman, Zabryna Guevara, Evan Handler, Jessica Hecht, Alexander Hodge, Deirdre Lovejoy, Elizabeth Marvel, Anson Mount, Ronald Peet, Liza Jessie Peterson, Solea Pfeiffer, Danny Pudi, Gabriela Quezada Bloomgarden, Nina Quezada Bloomgarden, Ben Shenkman, Mirirai Sithole, and Shaunette Renée Wilson. Their monologues will be written by Mallery Avidon, Trista Baldwin, Chad Beckim, Rachel Bonds, Emily Breeze, John J. Caswell Jr., Joshua Conkel, Laura Eason, Alex Edelman, Rebecca Gilman, Daniel Goldfarb, Dylan Guerra, J. Holtham, Garlia Cornelia Jones, David Lindsay-Abaire, Wendy MacLeod, Donald Margulies, Caroline V. McGraw, Tony Meneses, Itamar Moses, Dan O’Brien, Scott Organ, Brian James Polak, Andrew Rincón, Andrew Rosendorf, Alexis Scheer, and Jonathan Marc Sherman.
Last night at 6 PM, actors shared brief orientation-style videos to allow the writers to get to know them better. By 7 PM, writers and actors were paired, and writers got to work on crafting new monologues especially for their assigned actors. Actors received their monologues this morning at 10 AM, are filming their performances throughout the day, and at 6 PM their videos begin to be released to the world, completing the 24-hour cycle.
The 24 Hour Plays: Viral Monologues are produced by Coleman Ray Clark and Madelyn Paquette. The artistic director of The 24 Hour Plays is Mark Armstrong.
More information for those who would like to support The 24 Hour Plays or attend a live performance in the future is available at https://24hourplays.com.
ABOUT THE 24 HOUR PLAYS
The 24 Hour Plays bring together creative communities to produce plays and musicals that are written, rehearsed, and performed in 24 hours. In addition to The 24 HourPlays on Broadway and The 24 Hour Musicals in New York City, eventstake place in London, Los Angeles, Dublin, Minneapolis, San Francisco,Germany, Athens, Finland, Mexico City, Florence and Denmark. Throughcollaborations with the Lymphatic Education & Research Network (LE&RN), The Lillys, Dublin Youth Theatre, Urban ArtsPartnership, The Old Vic Theatre, Atlantic Theater Company, Roundabout Theatre, Bennington College, University of MN-Duluth, Hennepin TheatreTrust, Cornerstone TheaterCompany, PlayGround, Rakastajat-teatteri, El77 Centro Cultural Autogestivo, The Orchard Project, The DelSole Foundation and others, The 24 Hour Plays have raised millions ofdollars for charities.
Each summer, The 24 Hour Plays: Nationals partner with the New Schoolfor Drama to bring together the best young actors, directors,playwrights and producers for a free professional intensivethat culminates in their own production of The 24 Hour Plays. Licensedaffiliates have produced their own versions of The 24 Hour Plays inregional and professional theaters, colleges and universities, andjust about everywhere you can find a curtain and a stage.