NEW YORK CITY: The 24 Hour Plays has announced a partnership with Arizona Theatre Company for a special edition of the 24 Hour Plays: Viral Monologues series. A group of Arizona writers and actors will write, rehearse, perform, and produce 14 new works to be published on July 14 at 6 p.m. ET on IGTV @24hourplays, the 24 Hour Plays’ Facebook and YouTube channels, and on the 24 Hour Plays website.
Proceeds from this round of new work will support Arizona Theatre Company. The actors and writers will share orientation-style videos on July 13 at 6 p.m. ET, and the participants will be paired to create monologues in 24 hours.
“Sean Daniels is one of the great artistic leaders of my generation,” said Mark Armstrong, artistic director of the 24 Hour Plays, in a statement. “Arizona Theatre Company was a place where I had formative theatregoing experiences, and I’m thrilled that they’re getting a forward-thinking reboot under Sean’s inspiring vision. The 24 Hour Plays bring together creative communities around the world and not only are we looking forward to hosting Arizona’s top writers and actors for an exciting round of Viral Monologues, I’m looking forward to the day I can get on a plane and help bring Arizona artists together live and in person for a production of the 24 Hour Plays with ATC.”
The participating theatre companies include Arizona Theatre Company, Borderlands Theater, Brelby Theatre Company, the Bridge Initiative, Childsplay, the Rogue Theatre, the Scoundrel & Scamp Theatre, Stray Cat Theatre, Teatro Bravo!, United Colours of Arizona Theatre, the University of Arizona, and Winding Road Theater Ensemble.
The cast of this special edition will include Damon Bolling, Chanel Bragg, Veronica Conran, Gabriella de Brequet, Veronika Duerr, Louis Farber, Brenda Jean Foley, Jen Gantwerker, Alejandra Luna, Carley Elizabeth Preston, Shonda Royall, Seth Tucker, and China Young. They will perform monologues written by Esther Almazán, Monica Bauer, Susanna Velarde Covarrubias, Sean Daniels, Marvin González De León, Angelica Howland, Shelby and Brian Maticic, Milta Ortiz, John Perovich, Christopher Oscar Peña, Elaine Romero, Jasmine Roth, Mark Schultz, Maybe Stewart, and Paul Michael Thompson.
“It’s an honor to work with Mark Armstrong and the 24 Hour Plays,” said Daniels in a statement. “As the pandemic hit, they pivoted quickly to digital and became a beacon of hope that artists would still be able to create and connect with audiences. They deserve every bit of praise they have received during this time.”