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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 Door

book & lyrics by CHARLOTTE FOOTE,
composition & additional lyrics by CAROLINE HAWTHORNE,
directed by CARLA TROCONIS,
produced by HENRY LOMBINO,
featuring CLAIRE HILTONZACK CANONICOLUCY ROSSI, and ALICE HAKVAAG

Brenda’s Hat

by MARIA I. ARREOLA,
directed by KARINA PATEL,
produced by MEG MECHELKE,
featuring KATELYN TRIEUMOLLIE GREENBERGCHAMELI BELK-GUPTA, and JULIET KANG HUNEKE

Girl Boss

by JAY MAZYCK,
directed by ISABEL RODRIGUEZ,
produced by CAITY COOK,
featuring CHLOÉ LEXIA WORTHINGTON, KAITLYN GONZALEZ, NATALIE ZIMMERMAN, and MACKENZIE MOYER

Formido

by DANIEL DUREN,
directed by ANNABEL HEACOCK,
produced by ALEX KOPNICK,
featuring CAROLINE CAMPOSARCADIA SQUIRESVANN DUKES, and JAKE REGENSBURG

The Brides of Bezostein

by SOPHIE MCINTOSH,
directed by CORA THERBER,
produced by NOAH EZELL,
featuring GRACE OLINSKI,BAILEY MACEJAKEMMA MAGGI-BYERS, and DEYCHEN VOLINO-GYETSA

Baby Fever

by ALLISON MERKEL,
directed by ABIGAIL HOLLAND,
produced by JOSEPH GAGLAINO,
featuring MARK MENDEZ MUÑOZSARAH GROUSTRAHARRY WHITE and HENRY LYNCH 

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2022 Participants

Actors

Chameli Belk Gupta
she/her
Instagram @chameli29
Caroline Campos
she/her
Instagram @carolineacampos_
Zack Canonico
he/him
Instagram @zackcanonico
Vann Dukes
they/them
Kaitlyn Gonzalez
she/her
Instagram @kgonnnnn
Mollie Greenberg
she/her
Instagram @gollymollie
Sarah Groustra
she/her
Instagram @ladypoachedegg
Twitter @ladypoachedegg
Alice Hakvaag
they/them, she/her
Instagram @alicehakvaag
Twitter @alicehakvaag
Claire Hilton
she/her
Instagram @hiclairehilton
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she/her
Instagram @juliethuneke
Henry Lynch
he/him
Instagram @henryrlynch
Bailey Macejak
she/her
Instagram @baileytheconformist
Twitter @TheOnealyOne
Una Bharat
she/her
Instagram @emmamaggibyers
Mackenzie Moyer
she/her
Instagram @mackenzie_moyer
TikTok @mackenzie_moyer
Mark Munoz
they/he
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Grace Olinski
she/her
Instagram @grace_olinski
Jake Regensburg
he/him
Lucy Rossi
she/her
Instagram @lucykrossi
Twitter @lucyrossi2
Arcadia Squires
she/her
Instagram @ar.cadia
Katelyn Chantal Trieu
she/her
Instagram @katelyntrieu
Twitter @kctrieu14
Harrison Kramer White
he/him
Instagram @harry.k.white
Chloe
she/her
Instagram @chloelexiaworthington
Alison Yueming Qu
she/her

Composer

Caroline Hawthorne
she/her
Instagram @caroline_e_hawthorne
Twitter @carolthecomic

Directors

Annabel Heacock
she/they
Instagram @annabel.heacock
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she/her
Instagram: @realcowboy17
Karina Patel
she/her
Instagram @karinacpatel
Isabel Rodriguez
she/her
Instagram @isabelrodrgz
Cora Therber
they/them
Instagram @coraleotatherber
Carla Troconis
she/her
Instagram: @realcowboy17

Playwrights

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she/her
Cris Eli Blak
he/him
Instagram @criseliblak
Daniel Duren
he/him
Instagram @danieltaylorduren
Charlotte Foote
she/her
Sophie McIntosh
she/her
Instagram @mcintoshmarron
Katherine Bahena Benitez
she/her
Instagram @allymerk

Producers

Caity Cook
she/they
Instagram @hgtv_official_
Noah Ezell
they/them
Instagram @noah_e98
Twitter @ezell_noah
Alexander Abraham Kopnick
he/him
Instagram @kopnick
Henry Lombino
he/him
Instagram @oh_thathenry
Meg Mechelke
they/them
Instagram @meg_anne00

“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”

 

Bobby Moreno

Actor 2007

“Support for early career atists is what makes a livelihood in the theater possible”

 

Eugene young

Actor 2013

“You will meet your people”

 

Gethsemane Herron-Coward

Playwright 2016

“Nationals gave me the experience of producing with my peers who are looking to make our theater industry better”

 

Mona Moriya

Producer 2019

“Nationals reminds the artists involved and audiences alike that the essence of theatre is community, surpassing limitations, and getting shit done”

 

Andrew Rincón

Playwright 2017

Alum

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.

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