The 24 Hour Plays: Nationals performs July 24 at Classic Stage's Lynn F. Angelson Theater Off-Broadway. The event sees early-career artists converging to write, rehearse, and perform five new plays and one new musical in just 24 hours. Jake Beckhard and Serena Berman produce in partnership with Pace University.
"At a time of shrinking opportunities for emerging artists, Nationals are more vital to our theatrical ecosystem than ever,” say Berman and Beckhard. “The 24 Hour Plays have been a home for the next generation of theatre professionals for over a decade. The relationships artists build during Nationals last their entire careers—which is why we are particularly excited to be able to expand our cohort to its largest scale yet, thanks in part to our exciting new partnership with Pace University.”
This year's company includes 51 emerging actors, directors, playwrights, composers, producers, designers, and stage managers. The full company has participated in a week of workshops and panel discussions, with tonight's performance serving as the culminating event.
The 2023 Nationals company includes actors Brandon Bautista, Nicole Borbone, Destiny Brown, Eelisa Byrd, Mia Walsh Corbett, Marlina Devery, Chris Erdman, Bryan Freedman, Henry Germansky, Sam Grobmeier, Addy Guidry, Anaela Lia Hurt, Ruchir Khazanchi, Casey Landman, JeaDa Elaine Lay, Ella Leh, Megan Lomax, Chloe Lutala Mutebi, Linnea Scott, Mel Schaffer, Emmet Smith, Nicholas Turturro, Kamiah Vickers, and Vanessa Vivas; directors Autumn Angelettie, Zahra Budhwani, Nina Goodheart, Mackenna Goodrich, Simon Joseph Martin and Francesca Sabel; playwrights Kallan Dana, Leo Layla Diaz, Xiaoyan Kang, Mantra Radhakrishnan, Ian Reid, and Emma Schillage and composer Stephanie Carlin; producers Sofia Lorena Aguirre, Sarah Jones, and Maddy Rosaler; stage managers Holly Adam, Julia Gangemi, Samantha Green, Lee Monahan, Alyeska Reimer, and Violet Woundy; and designers Kat Belfer, Rachel Fiorito, Emily Fujioka, Arielle Silbert, and Amelia Way.
The performance is sold out, but a wait list is available at 24HourPlays.org.