A gracious and spirited audience gathered at the Minetta Lane Theater on Monday night to support the 26 thesps, six scribes and six helmers who pooled their talents to hatch “The 24 Hour Plays” benefit for Working Playground’s Art of Recovery Program.
Post-perf, company and audience proceeded to the Soho Grand Hotel for an inclusive cast party where guests mingled sans velvet ropes and prima donna attitudes.
Participating thesp Billy Crudup described the short rehearsal process as “a day of absolute hell and self doubt followed by an evening of very brief euphoria.”
His scene partner Lili Taylor shared her strategy in creating a character under such constraints: “You know what you are dealing with timewise, so you sort of zone in on what you can and leave what you can’t deal with.”
Perhaps most proud of all was “24 Hour” founder Tina Fallon, who looked back on the project’s history: “A bunch of friends and I got together in October of 1995 on the Lower East Side. We envisioned it as a one-time thing and nobody has let us stop doing it.”
Also front and center were thesps Griffin Dunne, Jennifer Esposito, Gabby Hoffman, Liev Schreiber, Marisa Tomei and Jessie L. Martin.
Other participants were Rosie Perez, Frank Wood, Kate Burton, “Saturday Night Live’s” Rachel Dratch and Fisher Stevens as well as scribe Chris Shinn and helmers Seth Zvi Rosenfeld and Nick Philippou.