New York, April 2, 2013 - The 24 Hour Company, which produces The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway, The 24 Hour Musicals, and 24 Hour Play festivals around the world, is working with longtime collaborator The New School for Drama to bring The 24 Hour Plays: The Nationals to New York City from August 7 through 10, 2013. Six writers, six directors, six producers, and 24 actors will be chosen for the project. After two days of intensive workshops, the assembled team will produce their own 24 Hour Plays at a theater in Manhattan. The program is open to high school students, college students and recent college graduates aged 16 to 24. Submissions are due on May 1.
"It's a great opportunity for young artists to meet their peers and begin building the relationships that will serve them throughout their careers," says 24 Hour Plays founding producer Tina Fallon. "We are seeking the very best of the next generation of theater artists - and we will arm them with what they need to find their way in this business. Which is to say: each other."
“The New School for Drama and The 24 Hour Company share an abiding belief in the power of intelligent collaboration to develop transformative new voices for the theater,” said Pippin Parker, director of The New School for Drama. “Many New School for Drama alumni are also alumni of the 24 Hour Plays - and we’re thrilled to be host and partner this summer for The Nationals.”
In 2007, a pilot version of the program took place in New York. Young actors, writers, directors and producers from around the country applied for a chance to be part of a series of intensive workshops, panel discussions, and finally a production of The 24 Hour Plays at Off-Broadway’s Atlantic Theater. Workshops included monologue and team-building exercises with the Old Vic's Kevin Spacey, panel talks with Claire Danes, Rachel Dratch, Aasif Mandvi, Adam Bock and Warren Leight, and - most importantly - the chance to work with other brilliant young practitioners.
Achievements from the young artists in the pilot program include:
Of the writers and directors chosen for the 2010 Sundance Theater Labs, three of the twelve – that's 25% of all artists -- came through the 2007 program.
Harrison Rivers was named inaugural Montblanc Young Writers Project – and saw his play “And It Seems To Me A Very Good Sign…” performed at The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway by Naomi Watts, Sam Rockwell, Amber Tamblyn and John Krasinski.
Bekah Brunstetter’s plays include Cutie and Bear (Roundabout), A Long and Happy Life (Naked Angels), Be a Good Little Widow (ARS NOVA, Spring 2011; Collaboraction – Chicago), House of Home (Williamstown Theater Festival), Oohrah! (Atlantic Theater, 2009), and Miss Lilly Gets Boned (Finborough Theater 2010, Lark Playwrights Week 2009).
Josh Koenigsberg’s play Al’s Business Cards enjoyed brilliant reviews during its off-off-Broadway run. His short musical was performed by Raven-Symoné, Mo Rocca, Cady Huffman and Alicia Witt at the 2010 production of The 24 Hour Musicals. Koenigsberg's work has been produced/developed at The Public Theater, The Atlantic Theater, 2econd Stage, Ars Nova, Center Stage, Collective:Unconscious.
Zoe Perry is co-starring with her mother Laurie Metcalf on Broadway in The Other Place.
Brandon Scott was a series regular on Grey's Anatomy and stars in the BET show What Would Dylan Do with Kelly Rowland.
James Dacre won the Olivier Award for directing the London premiere of Katori Hall's The Mountaintop.
For information on how to apply, go to https://sites.google.com/a/newschool.edu/the-24-hour-plays/home. Write The24hourPlays@newschool.edu with questions about applications.
The New School for Drama's programs offer intensive training in all aspects of the craft of acting, playwriting, and directing, and includes some of the finest theater professionals in the United States. The New School has been a leader in the dramatic arts since 1940, when it gave a home to Erwin Piscator's Dramatic Workshop, which produced actors including Marlon Brando, Tony Curits, Elaine Strich, and others. The graduate drama school, established 1994, has become a vibrant center of theater innovation. Learn more at www.newschool.edu/drama