PLAYBILL 26 SEPTEMBER 2001
At the Sept. 24th 24 Hour Plays benefit for arts education, Marisa Tomei played a wife frightened when her husband (Fisher Stevens) invites two men (Philip Seymour Hoffman and Adam Nelson) over to buy a gun from them.
The full day process of The 24 Hour Plays begins at 10 PM the night prior to performance. Typically, a group of fifty theatre artists (playwrights, directors, actors and designers) meet and are briefed and photographed. The writers are then left to their own wits to produce a ten-minute play. The following morning at 7 AM, the directors give the scripts a once-over, divvy them up and cast them. Actors make their entrance at 8 AM and rehearse from 9 AM on. The technical rehearsals run from 5 PM to 7:30 PM. Doors open at 7:45 and curtain rises at 8 PM and voila: six shows, all in a day's work. Proceeds go to Working Playground, a not-for-profit cultural organization that provides arts education programs.