Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Zachary Levi, Julia Stiles & More Set for 24 HOUR PLAYS on 11/18
Montblanc announced today the 13th annual performance of The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway will be held in New York City onMonday, November 18, 2013. An annual benefit event produced by the 24 Hour Company and Freestyle Picture Company for Urban Arts Partnership, The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway attracts some of entertainment's biggest names as they join forces to participate in an extreme rite of theater: writing, directing, and performing 6 original short plays, all in just 24 hours. Proceeds from the evening's performance will support Urban Arts Partnership, NYC's largest arts educational organization, in their efforts to close the achievement gap in our city's underserved public schools. Tickets can be purchased through http://www.smarttix.com with special access packages available through www.citiprivatepass.com.
This year's company members (schedule permitting) include actors Sasha Alexander, Jason Biggs, JAMIE CHUNG, David Cross, Natalie Dormer, Rachel Dratch, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Greta Gerwig, Gina Gershon, Karen Gillan, Bryan Greenberg, Hill Harper, Gaby Hoffmann, Zachary Levi, Anthony Mackie,Zosia Mamet, Diane Neal, Rosie Perez, James Purefoy, Fisher Stevens, Julia Stiles, Mickey Sumner, Tracie Thoms. Directors include America Ferrera, Ari Edelson, Andy Fickman, Kathy Najimy and Thomas Kail. Writers include Rachel Axler, David Lindsay-Abaire, Lynn Nottage, Theresa Rebeck and Jonathan Marc Sherman.
"Urban Arts Partnership is proud our students have the opportunity to work with such incredible talent. Success in The 24 Hour Plays requires persistence, ingenuity, and critical thinking - qualities that are developed when students have arts education in their lives," said Philip Courtney, CEO of Urban Arts Partnership. "Young people attending underserved New York City public schools get the short end of the stick when it comes to the arts, and thanks to our supporters we are giving them a fighting chance."
A sixth participating writer was announced as the winner of The 4th Annual Montblanc Young Writers Program, held on October 21, 2013. Urban Arts playwriting alumni had the opportunity to compete for a chance to write on Broadway. In a 24-hour period, six students penned short plays that were performed by actors before an audience of industry professionals and a panel of judges. The winning playwright, Devin Mojica, will create one of the six short pieces for The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway with Craig "muMs" Grant as a mentoring playwright. Mojica is a sophomore at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts studying theater and playwriting. His winning play, entitled "Naughty List," was directed by Ari Edelson and read by HBO actors Hoon Lee and Frankie Faison and Urban Arts faculty member Kaya Chwals. The Montblanc Young Writer's Program is a testament to Montblanc's DNA and brand heritage as it enhances the classroom experience and fosters emerging talent.