EXCLUSIVE: Jesse Eisenberg and Kenneth Lonergan will be among the playwrights contributing new works for this year’s 23rd Annual The 24 Hour Plays On Broadway, the one-night-only benefit event set for Monday October 23, at Manhattan’s Town Hall.
Also writing for the event is Christopher Oscar Peña (Insecure), and performers will include Ato Blankson-Wood, Kathryn Erbe, Raúl Esparza, Clark Gregg, Olli Haaskivi, T.R. Knight, Mark Linn-Baker, Bebe Neuwirth, Alison Pill, Cara Buono and Alyah Chanelle Scott. Todd Almond (Girl From The North Country, Gossip Girl) will be the musical guest.
Additional actors, writers, directors and more will be announced at a later date.
This year’s event will honor playwright and screenwriter Warren Leight, a longtime supporter of the organization.
Since 1995, The 24 Hour Plays have brought creative communities together to write, rehearse and perform new plays and musicals, all within 24 hours. The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway is the annual flagship event where stars from theater, film and television write and perform new work about the world we live in.
Participating actors, writers, directors and production staff will gather for the first time on the evening of October 22 to introduce themselves and share the prop and costume item they’ve been asked to bring. The writers will then use everything they’ve learned from the brainstorm session to write new plays overnight. In the morning, the actors and directors will receive the six new plays and team up with production staff to begin their rehearsal and tech process ahead of curtain time on October 23.
Proceeds from The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway support The 24 Hour Plays’ non-profit activities throughout the year, including education programming with students from middle school to college, professional development for emerging artists in The 24 Hour Plays: Nationals, the free Viral Monologues series, and partner productions around the world.
For ticket information, visit the organization’s website.