Dispatches from The 24 Hour Plays®: LA, starring John Cho, Melanie Griffith, Molly Sims, Wilmer Valderrama and more!

(From left) Gillian Jacobs, Anna Camp, Wilmer Valderrama, and Skylar Astin in There’s Something About Lily, written by Gabrielle Allan and Jennifer Crittenden, directed by Julie Anna Robinson. All photos, credit Rob Kalmbach.

This past weekend, The 24 Hour Plays® presented by Montblanc took Los Angeles by storm for the third consecutive year! On Friday night, 27 actors, 6 writers, 6 directors, and 2 musical guests met at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica to begin a 24-hour marathon of creativity to benefit Urban Arts Partnership’s programs in Los Angeles public schools.

Saturday at 8pm, the actors took to the stage for a one-night-only performance of six brand new short plays penned overnight. Only at The 24 Hour Plays® can you see John Cho interrogating confused airline passenger Alia Shawkat about a mysterious maternal device; Jason Biggs and Melanie Griffith as a couple losing their spark as they’re pursued by a face-punching Super Carrot; or Samantha Barks – Eponine herself – torturing Sasha Alexander with her “terrible” singing voice.

This year, for the first time, our audience of over 500 also saw current Urban Arts Partnership high school students fully integrated into the cast of seasoned stage and screen stars. Emanuel de los Santos and Cadesha Oliver were selected by a panel of repeat Plays cast members in Montblanc’s Young Auditioners competition.

We are so appreciative of the sponsors, donors, volunteers, creative team, and crew who made this event our most successful west coast fundraiser yet!

For more photos from The 24 Hour Plays: LA, see our Facebook album here.


Molly Sims and Ian Harding in Pheromone.com, written by Will McCormack and directed by Leigh Kilton Smith.

The full cast and creative team of The 24 Hour Plays®: LA included:

Actors: Sasha Alexander (Rizzoli and Isles), Skylar Astin (Pitch Perfect), Samantha Barks (Les Miserables), Jason Biggs (American Reunion), Anna Camp (Pitch Perfect), John Cho (Star Trek), Jamie Chung (Sucker Punch), Ashley Fink (Glee), Melanie Griffith (Working Girl), Seth Green (Family Guy), Ian Harding (Pretty Little Liars), John Hawkes (Academy Award nominee for Winter’s Bone), Gillian Jacobs (Community), David Krumholtz (This Is The End), Eddie Kaye Thomas (American Reunion), Jack McBrayer (30 Rock), Rosie Perez (our Artistic Board Chair), Lucy Punch (Ben & Kate), Romy Rosemont (Glee), Alia Shawkat (Arrested Development), Hannah Simone (New Girl), Molly Sims (Project Accessory), Tracie Thoms (Looper), and Wilmer Valderrama (That 70s Show).

Writers: Rachel Axler (Emmy winner for Daily Show, New Girl, Parks and Recreation), Jenny Bicks (Emmy Award Winner for Sex and the City), Jennifer Crittenden (The New Adventures of Old Christine) and Gabrielle Allan (What’s Your Number?), Ben Karlin (Emmy Award Winner for Colbert Report, Modern Family, A.C.O.D), Will McCormack (Celeste and Jesse Forever, Frenemy of the State), and Bill Wrubel (Modern Family, Will & Grace).

Directors: Ryan Case (Modern Family), Peter Ellenstein (Artistic Director of the Inge Festival), Andy Fickman (Parental Guidance), Julie Ann Robinson (The Last Song), Fred Savage (Party Down), and Leigh Kilton Smith (Acting Coach to the stars).

Musical Guests: Andy Davis (Heartbreak Yellow) and Lindsey Ray (songwriter of Mariah Carey’s “Almost Home.”)


(From left): John Cho, Alia Shawkat, and John Hawkes in For Sale: Breast Pump, Never Used written by Ben Karlin and directed by Ryan Case.