Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Marsha Norman (’night, Mother; The Secret Garden) will be honored at The 17th Annual The 24 Hour Plays On Broadway as part of the organization’s partnership with The Lilly Awards. The event, which presents 10-minute plays created by all-star teams overnight, will take place October 30 at 8 PM at Broadway's American Airlines Theatre.
“We’re thrilled to be celebrating The Lilly Awards this year. The 24 Hour Plays and The Lillys share the goals of celebrating extraordinary artists and promoting gender parity in the American theater,” said Mark Armstrong, executive director for The 24 Hour Plays, in a statement. “This year’s show promises to be an exciting, timely state-of-the nation theater event and we look forward to announcing an incredible roster of new and returning artists soon.”
“Marsha Norman led the charge for gender and racial parity in the American theater for decades, long before it was a commonly accepted goal,” added playwright Julia Jordan, the vice president of The Lilly Awards. “She has also taught a generation of our most exciting and successful new playwrights—all on the side of her own Pulitzer, Tony and Peabody award-winning work.”
Proceeds from The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway will benefit The 24 Hour Plays programming, including The 24 Hour Plays: Nationals (a professional intensive for young artists), and The Lilly Awards Foundation's work supporting women in theatre and promoting gender parity.
This year’s cast and creative team will be announced in the coming weeks.
The marathon process for The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway begins at 10 PM October 29, the night before the performance. The writers, directors, actors, and production staff are asked to share one costume piece, one prop, a special skill, and to reveal something that they have always wanted to do onstage. Using this as inspiration, the writers spend the night developing 10-minute plays, with rehearsals set to begin at 9 AM the following morning for an 8 PM performance.
Tickets are now available online or by calling (212) 868-4444.