The 24 Hour Plays has announced a partnership with Arizona Theatre Company on an exciting edition of The 24 Hour Plays: Viral Monologues, available July 14 on IGTV @24hourplays, on the 24 Hour Plays’ Facebook and YouTube channels, and at at https://24hourplays.com/viral-monologues/.
A group of Arizona actors and writers will work together to write, rehearse, perform and produce 14 new pieces in just 24 hours. Beginning at 6 p.m. ET on July 14, the new monologues will be published, one every 15 minutes.
Fifteen Arizona theater companies were asked to identify artists and writers to participate in the project, and 12 are participating. These 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.
“It’s an honor to work with Mark Armstrong and The 24 Hour Plays,” says Arizona Theatre Company’s artistic director Sean Daniels. “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.
“To have The 24 Hour Plays: Viral Monologues focus on a single state for the first time shows the quality of artists we have here in Arizona – and Mark is an Arizona State University boy done good. We’re glad to be highlighting the artists that started here and have now taken the country by storm.”
“Sean Daniels is one of the great artistic leaders of my generation,” says Mark Armstrong, artistic director of The 24 Hour Plays. “Arizona Theatre Company was a place where I had formative theater-going 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.”
Proceeds from this round support Arizona Theatre Company, the official state theater of Arizona. Now celebrating its 53rd season, the mission of the Arizona Theatre Company is to inspire, engage and entertain – one moment, one production and one audience at a time.
“Now more than ever, support for Arizona Theatre Company is essential for our survival and our robust return to live theater. Help us as we continue to be a leader in the arts in Arizona,” Daniels says. “ATC is committed to using all donations raised to help us support our people, our mission and our community.”
The process begins on July 13 at 6 p.m. when actors will share brief orientation-style videos to allow the writers to get to know them better. By 7 p.m., writers and actors will be paired, and writers will get to work on crafting new monologues especially for their assigned actors. Actors receive their monologues on July 14 at 10 a.m. and will film their performances throughout the day. At 6 p.m. their videos begin to be released to the world, completing the 24-hour cycle. The monologues will be available to view on IGTV and online for four days after their initial airing courtesy of an agreement with Theatre Authority, a nonprofit organization managed by Actors’ Equity.
The 24 Hour Plays: Viral Monologues are produced by Coleman Ray Clark and Madelyn Paquette. The artistic director of The 24 Hour Plays is Mark Armstrong.
The 24 Hour Plays are known for their work on Broadway, off-Broadway and around the world.