Mission

The 24 Hour Plays® bring together extraordinary artists to create time-limited theater around the world.

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The 24 Hour Plays

Broadway Gala

Six writers, six directors and 24 actors from stage and screen come together to create six brand new plays in only 24 hours. Next up: kick it with Kathy Bates, this year’s honoree, on November 18th at the Laura Pels Theatre.

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The 24 Hour Musicals

Four composers, four book writers, four directors and 20 actors create four brand new musicals in only 24 hours! Each year, The 24 Hour Musicals take over an off-Broadway theater for just one day. Next up, Spring 2020.

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The 24 Hour Plays: Nationals

Each summer, The 24 Hour Plays: Nationals partner with the New School for Drama to bring together the best young actors, directors, playwrights and producers for an intensive professional experience that culminates in their own production of The 24 Hour Plays.

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Partnered Gala Productions

The best way to revamp your old black-tie gala with something a little splashier– and just more fun. From Dublin to Los Angeles, partnered productions engage their communities and raise money for their programs year after year over the course of a single day!

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Licensed Productions

Licensed affiliates have produced their own versions of The 24 Hour Plays in regional and professional theaters, colleges and universities, and just about everywhere you can find a curtain and a stage.

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History

From the LES to Broadway and beyond!

In October 1995, the first production of The 24 Hour Plays took place on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Inspired by Scott McCloud’s 24 hour comics (comic books composed in a single day), founder Tina Fallon saw an opportunity to bring together a community of creative artists in a time-limited experiment. The project was intended as a one-time-only event.

Over twenty years and hundreds of plays later, in addition to The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway and The 24 Hour Musicals in New York City, regular events take place in London, Los Angeles, Dublin, Minneapolis, San Francisco, Germany, Athens, Finland, Mexico City, Florence and Denmark. Through collaborations with The Lillys, Dublin Youth Theatre, Urban Arts Partnership, The Old Vic Theatre, Bennington College, Hennepin Theatre Trust, The University of Minnesota-Duluth, Cornerstone Theater Company, PlayGround, Rakastajat-teatteri, The Orchard Project, The Del Sole Foundation and others, The 24 Hour Plays have raised millions of dollars for charities.

In October 1995, the first production of The 24 Hour Plays took place on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Inspired by Scott McCloud’s 24 hour comics (comic books composed in a single day), founder Tina Fallon saw an opportunity to bring together a community of creative artists in a time-limited experiment. The project was intended as a one-time-only event.

Over twenty years and hundreds of plays later, in addition to The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway and The 24 Hour Musicals in New York City, regular events take place in London, Los Angeles, Dublin, Minneapolis, San Francisco, Germany, Athens, Finland, Mexico City, Florence and Denmark. Through collaborations with The Lillys, Dublin Youth Theatre, Urban Arts Partnership, The Old Vic Theatre, Bennington College, Hennepin Theatre Trust, The University of Minnesota-Duluth, Cornerstone Theater Company, PlayGround, Rakastajat-teatteri, The Orchard Project, The Del Sole Foundation and others, The 24 Hour Plays have raised millions of dollars for charities.

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