Frankie J. Alvarez, Raúl Esparza & More Join 24 Hour Plays Viral Monologues

The 24 Hour Plays: Viral Monologues presents an all-new edition to benefit Juxtaposition Arts on IGTV @24hourplays and at tonight, June 16 beginning at 6 PM ET. The new monologues will be published, one every 15 minutes.

Nine writers were paired with an esteemed group of actors to write, rehearse, perform and produce new pieces in just 24 hours. Tonight there will be performances from Frankie J. Alvarez, Raúl Castillo, Raúl Esparza, April Matthis, Jaime Ray Newman & Patch Darragh, Bojana Novakovic, Maria-Christina Oliveras, J. Smith-Cameron and Mariama Whyte. They will bring to life new works written by Matt Barbot, Clay McLeod Chapman, David Cote, Chisa Hutchinson, Garlia Cornelia Jones, David Lindsay-Abaire, Tony Meneses, Audley Puglisi and Steve Yockey.

The artists involved in this edition are coming together to take on this unique theatermaking challenge in support of Juxtaposition Arts, a teen-staffed art and design center, gallery, retail shop, and studio space based in North Minneapolis. Since the uprisings in Minneapolis began, JXTA has played a critical role in building community alternatives to the police, led by Black, POCI and other youth who are already building the abundant and just future they envision.

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

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