The 24 Hour Plays: Los Angeles Press Roundup
On Saturday June 16th, over 500 artists and audience members came together at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica to celebrate the second annual performance of Montblanc presents The 24 Hour Plays: Los Angeles to Benefit Urban Arts Partnership.
The 24 Hour Plays: Los Angeles brings the philanthropic and creative legacy of The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway Benefit to the west coast to support Urban Arts programs in 5 Los Angeles Unified School District schools. Just as in New York, 24 actors, 6 writers, 6 directors, and a musical guest collaborate to conceive, write, rehearse, and perform 6 new plays punctuated by 6 musical performances, all in a span of 24 hours.
For the first time, one of our Los Angeles students opened this year’s performance with an original piece. Sixteen-year-old Isabel Wing told us the story of her first “job,” when her mother took her to a local farmer’s market to busk with her guitar. The transformative moment occurred when people stopped to listen. “I felt so important and noticed,” Isabel said. In one evening, we were able to raise $225,000 to empower students like Isabel to find academic, emotional, and social success through the arts.
Thank you to our sponsors and partners Montblanc; Citi; Converse; Randi Hiller and Tamara Lee Notcutt of Disney Features Casting; Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP; BODYARMOR SuperDrink; Peligroso Tequila, Whole Foods; Steve's Sports Bar & Restaurant; KIND Bar; smartwater; OneHope Wines, Heineken, The Shore Hotel Santa Monica; The Broad Stage; 3Green Entertainment; uPrinting; our Board of Directors; members of the Host and Benefit Committees; and staff and volunteers.
Huge thanks also to our participating talent!
Actors: Jason Biggs (American Pie series, Mad Love), Brooklyn Decker (What to Expect When You're Expecting, Battleship), David Eigenberg (Sex and the City series and films); Ashley Fink (Glee, You Again); Edi Gathegi (X-Men: First Class, Twilight), Ashley Greene (LOL, Twilight series), Saverio Guerra (Becker, Hemingway & Gellhorn); Simon Helberg (The Big Bang Theory, Dr. Horrible's Singalong Blog), Gillian Jacobs (Community, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World), Joshua Jackson (Fringe, Dawson's Creek), David Krumholtz (Numb3rs, A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas); Alexander Ludwig (The Hunger Games, Race to Witch Mountain); Gabriel Mann (Revenge, Mad Men), Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Touch, Larry Crowne); Lamorne Morris (New Girl, The Guild); Diane Neal (Law and Order: SVU, NCIS); Collins Pennie (In Time, Hawthorne); Rosie Perez (Gods Behaving Badly, Pineapple Express); Jason Ritter (Parenthood, The Event); Ramon Rodriguez (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Battle Los Angeles); Tracie Thoms (Cold Case, Rent); Wilmer Valderrama (Awake, That '70s Show); Charity Wakefield (The Raven, Masterpiece Theatre's Sense & Sensibility); and Constance Zimmer (Entourage, Boston Legal).
Musical Guest: Leftover Cuties ("Game Called Life," Theme from The Big C)
Writers: Rachel Axler (Emmy Award Winner for The Daily Show, New Girl, Parks and Recreation), Joel Church Cooper (Men at Work, The Rotten Tomatoes Show); Stephen Godchaux (Dead Like Me, Spin City); Samatha McIntyre (Bored to Death); Christopher Piehler (Rick & Steve the Happiest Gay Couple in All the World); and Wendy West (Law and Order: SVU, Dexter).
Directors: Andy Fickman (Jewtopia, You Again), Leigh Kilton Smith (Acting Consultant to the Stars), Gail Mancuso (Modern Family, Are You There, Chelsea?); Victor Nelli, Jr. (GCB, Once Upon a Time); Michael Peretzian (Red Dog Howls); and Lee Toland Krieger (The Vicious Kind, Celeste and Jesse Forever).
The 24 Hour Plays: Los Angeles was covered by many press outlets, including: