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at Broadway's American Airlines Theater

By David Lefkowitz
Published September 21 2007

Jack Bauer may have faced some fearsome tasks on TV's 24 but he never had to write, direct and star in a Broadway play all within one very long day. That task is falling to six writers, six directors and 25 actors who will all take part in The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway, which occurs Monday, Oct. 22 at Broadway's American Airlines Theater.

At 10pm the night before, the group and assorted techies will meet at the theater to get acquainted and suss out each other's qualities. Then the writers will pen six one-act plays overnight. The next morning, directors get chosen who then cast the parts and get the works up on their feet. After two hours of tech rehearsal, the doors are open to the public and the new plays (along with six short musical acts) will be performed.

Among the masochists putting themselves through this year's paces are Mr. Show comedian David Cross, SNL alum Rachel Dratch, TV thesps Mariska Hargitay, Janel Maloney and Marlo Thomas, and film/theater stars Rosie Perez (The Ritz), Lili Taylor (Angels in America and Six Feet Under), Fisher Stevens, Julia Stiles, Marlo Thomas and Billy Crudup (Fish).

Presented by Montblanc pens, this 7th annual event will raise proceeds to benefit Working Playground, which brings theater and other art forms to under-served schools.



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