The 24 Hour PLays: Nationals
Bringing together the next generation of theatermakers to create new work and form career-long artistic relationships.
The 24 Hour Plays: Nationals were originally presented at Theatre Row on Monday, July 25th.
This summer, The 24 Hour Plays: Nationals returned live for the first time since 2019. 24 early-career actors, 6 directors, 6 playwrights, 5 producers, and one composer wrote, rehearsed, and performed new work in 24 hours. The 24 Hour Plays: Nationals introduces audiences to a generation of new artists who’ve gone on to change the game in American theater, film and television. We seek the very best of the next generation of theatermakers and arm them with what they need to find their way in this business – each other.
The program featured the following plays:
To Knock on Heaven’s Doorbook & lyrics by CHARLOTTE FOOTE,
composition & additional lyrics by CAROLINE HAWTHORNE,
directed by CARLA TROCONIS,
produced by HENRY LOMBINO,
featuring CLAIRE HILTON, ZACK CANONICO, LUCY ROSSI, and ALICE HAKVAAG
Brenda’s Hatby MARIA I. ARREOLA,
directed by KARINA PATEL,
produced by MEG MECHELKE,
featuring KATELYN TRIEU, MOLLIE GREENBERG, CHAMELI BELK-GUPTA, and JULIET KANG HUNEKE
by JAY MAZYCK,
directed by ISABEL RODRIGUEZ,
produced by CAITY COOK,
featuring CHLOÉ LEXIA WORTHINGTON, KAITLYN GONZALEZ, NATALIE ZIMMERMAN, and MACKENZIE MOYER
Formidoby DANIEL DUREN,
directed by ANNABEL HEACOCK,
produced by ALEX KOPNICK,
featuring CAROLINE CAMPOS, ARCADIA SQUIRES, VANN DUKES, and JAKE REGENSBURG
The Brides of Bezostein
by SOPHIE MCINTOSH,
directed by CORA THERBER,
produced by NOAH EZELL,
featuring GRACE OLINSKI,BAILEY MACEJAK, EMMA MAGGI-BYERS, and DEYCHEN VOLINO-GYETSA
Baby Feverby ALLISON MERKEL,
directed by ABIGAIL HOLLAND,
produced by JOSEPH GAGLAINO,
featuring MARK MENDEZ MUÑOZ, SARAH GROUSTRA, HARRY WHITE and HENRY LYNCH
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“I don’t think there’s anything more important when you’re starting out than who your community is and The 24 Hour Plays gave us one another”
“Support for early career atists is what makes a livelihood in the theater possible”
“You will meet your people”
“Nationals gave me the experience of producing with my peers who are looking to make our theater industry better”
“Nationals reminds the artists involved and audiences alike that the essence of theatre is community, surpassing limitations, and getting shit done”
Alum of The 24 Hour Plays: Nationals are everywhere in the entertainment industry, on and off Broadway, in television and film, in the leadership of theaters here and abroad. Past participants include playwrights Bekah Brunstetter, Gracie Gardner, Ken Greller, Dave Harris, Gethsemane Herron-Coward, Laura Jacqmin, Josh Koenigsberg, Mike Lew, Mara Nelson-Greenberg, Liliana Padilla, Eliana Pipes, Andrew Rincón, Harrison David Rivers and Celine Song; actors Tessa Albertson, Pico Alexander, Satya Babha, Alice Kremelberg, Elizabeth Lail, Naomi Lorrain, Tedra Millan, Bobby Moreno, Ebonee Noel, Coral Peña, Zoe Perry, Will Rogers, Brandon Scott, Chris Smith, Chelsea Spack, Haskiri Velazquez and Natalie Walker; producers Shariffa Ali, Abigail Jean-Baptiste, Kelcie Beene, Hope Chavez, Carly Hugo, Madelyn Paquette and Patrick Anthony Surillo; and directors Jake Beckhard, Lyndsay Burch, Miranda Cornell, James Dacre, Ryan Dobrin, Taylor Reynolds, Colette Robert, Laura Savia and James Dacre.
Industry Professional Leaders
Previous Nationals have featured panel discussions with Annie Baker, Jocelyn Bioh, Renee Blinkwolt, Michael Chernus, Claire Danes, Kristoffer Diaz, Maria Dizzia, Timothy Douglas, Rachel Dratch, Jesse Eisenberg, Joel Marsh Garland, J. Holtham, Lucas Hnath, Russell G. Jones, Julia Jordan, Thomas Kail, Karen Kohlhaas, Warren Leight, David Lindsay-Abaire, Aasif Mandvi, Victor Malana Maog, Michael Mitnick, Lou Moreno, Bruce Norris, Denis O’Hare, A. Rey Pamatmat, Austin Pendleton, Hubert Point-Du Jour, Portia, Max Posner, Adam Rapp, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Christopher Shinn, Leigh Silverman, Rachel Sussman, Liesl Tommy and many other stage and screen professionals.