A starry lineup has been set for the 14th Annual 24 Hour Plays: On Broadway, according to the Associated Press.
The annual event, which will be held Nov. 17 at 8 PM at the American Airlines Theatre, will feature Melanie Griffith (Chicago), Amanda Seyfried ("Les Miserables," "Mamma Mia!"), Uzo Aduba (Godspell, Coram Boy), Peter Dinklage ("Game of Thrones," "X-Men: Days of Future Past"), Nina Dobrev ("The Vampire Diaries," "The Perks of Being a Wallflower") and Pablo Schreiber (Awake and Sing!, Desire Under the Elms) performing in plays that were written the previous night and rehearsed throughout that day.
Additional performers include Sasha Alexander ("Rizzoli & Isles," "NCIS"), Jamie Chung ("Once Upon a Time," "The Hangover Part II"), Tony Award winner Billy Crudup (The Coast of Utopia, Arcadia), Rachel Dratch ("Saturday Night Live," Love's Labour's Lost), Michael Ealy ("Think Like a Man," "Common Law"), Seth Green ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Family Guy"), Bryan Greenberg ("Prime," "Friends With Benefits"), Taran Killam ("12 Years a Slave," "Saturday Night Live"), Zoe Kravitz ("X-Men: First Class," "Divergent"), Justin Long (Seminar, "New Girl"), Aasif Mandvi (Disgraced, Oklahoma!), Stephen Merchant ("The Office," "The Ricky Gervais Show"), Diane Neal ("Law and Order," "Power"), Jay Pharoah ("Saturday Night Live," "Portlandia"), Sebastian Stan (Picnic, Talk Radio), Julia Stiles (Oleanna, Phoenix), Tracie Thoms (Rent, Lost Lake) and Michael Kenneth.
Playwrights will begin writing a 10-minute play Nov. 16 at 10 PM and finish writing by 7 AM the next morning. The actors will rehearse for 12 hours and perform the plays Nov. 17 at 8 PM.
Directors include America Ferrera ("Ugly Betty"), Andy Fickman ("Reefer Madness!") and Kathy Najimy ("Veronica's Closet"). Writers include Christina Anderson (Good Goods), Bekah Brunstetter (Oohrah!), comedian David Cross, David Lindsay Abaire (Rabbit Hole) and Jonathan Marc Sherman (Things We Want). Sarwat Siddiqui, the winner of a young writers' project from Fordham University, will join the playwrights.
The wage gap is a problem, and Sarah Silverman is calling attention to it—with a “sex change.” Silverman made a comedic video touting the Equal Payback Project, a crowd funding cause aimed to raise money for the National Women’s Law Center, a non-profit group designed to fight for equal pay through advocacy, education, and legislation.
The fundraising goal is $29,811,746,430,000, which according to the Equal Payback Project, is the approximate amount of money that 69 million women in the workplace lose to men over a career, or 78 cents for every man’s dollar. Silverman’s video pokes fun at the drastic measures for her to close the wage gap, which would require her to say good bye to her breasts named “Isles and Rizzoli,” and to get a penile implant that smells “like sourdough bread.” Source
The writer-producers at the top of their ultracompetitive class share career lows, the spec scripts they'd rather forget and their stranger-than-fiction fan interactions
Taking the helm in 2013 of TNT's most watched show (which has nearly eclipsed The Closer as TNT's biggest ever with an average 6.5 million viewers), Nash, 53, has steered the ship into clear waters and made the female buddy-cop procedural a keystone of the net's schedule.
Hardest scene I had to write this year: "Where we buried the character of Detective Barry Frost, played by the late actor Lee Thompson Young. Trying to write scenes about a real loss without collapsing into melodrama pushed me in all sorts of new ways."
Most embarrassing thing I've ever written: "My first comedy spec script, followed closely by my second. Perhaps this explains why I became a drama writer."
Michael Massee is autographing this photo to benefit Kitt Crusaders.
Kitt Crusaders is a non-profit organization based out of Los Angeles with a mission of saving cats and kittens(and sometimes dogs, hamsters,bunnies, etc!) from kill-shelters and finding them loving forever homes.