MINNEAPOLIS—Hennepin Theatre Trust and University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) School of Fine Arts have announced casting for the second annual performance of THE 24 HOUR PLAYS® on Monday, March 26 at 8 p.m. at the historic Pantages Theatre (710 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis).
The evening will feature stars of stage and screen, as well as the hottest theatrical talent in the Twin Cities. Minnesota native Joel McKinnon Miller is best known for his role as Detective Norman Scully on Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Don Emby on Big Love. Chase Masterson starred as Leeta on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Broadway veteran Michael Gruber, from countless Broadway shows including Cats, A Chorus Line and Kiss Me, Kate also joins the cast.
Returning to THE 24 HOUR PLAYS are Twin Cities favorites including Tyler Michaels, Warren Bowles, Serena Brook, Tony Vierling and Kasano Mwanza. THE 24 HOUR PLAYS also welcomes new cast members Stephen Yoakam, Jeremy B. Cohen, Betti Battocletti and Dan Piering.
Tickets are $35.00 each. A limited number of VIP packages are available for $75 which includes premium seating and admission to the pre-show VIP reception with food, drink and entertainment. A limited number of VIP packages are available for $100 which include all of the above and admission to the post-show cast party. All pricing includes a Building Restoration Fee of $4.00
Tickets are on sale now at the State Theatre Box Office (805 Hennepin Ave. Minneapolis), by calling (800) 982-2787 or by clicking to HennepinTheatreTrust.org.
This unique and engaging theatrical experience brings together the extraordinary talent of locally and nationally known artists to create and perform six brand-new theatrical works within 24 hours with proceeds supporting programs for young up-and-coming musical theatre talent in Minnesota.
On Sunday, March 25, the actors, writers and director meet in the evening to present props, ideas and inspirations. When the actors and directors leave for the night, the writers cast the actors and write all night to create six new plays. On Monday, March 26, the directors arrive at the theater in the morning to select their play. The actors arrive, find out their roles and rehearsals begin. Following a short technical run-through in the afternoon, the curtain rises at 8 p.m. for an evening of unique, theatrical performances.
THE 24 HOURS PLAYS is non-profit production based in New York City that raises millions of dollar for charities worldwide for more than 20 years. Mark Armstrong, executive director, is a UMD alum and scholarship recipient who believes that this support was critical to his career in professional theater.
Proceeds from THE 24 HOUR PLAYS support Spotlight Education, the Trust’s flagship education program that engages Minnesota high schools in the performing arts, and scholarships for students enrolled in the UMD Theatre program.
The Minneapolis performance of The 24 Hour Plays is made possible by Hilton Hotels, United Properties and Sherman Associates.
Additional casting will be announced at a later date.
Headshots available at bit.ly/24HRPlays2018
About Hennepin Theatre Trust
Hennepin Theatre Trust is a nonprofit organization that creates positive change through the arts by bringing together people, businesses and organizations in WeDo™, the West Downtown MPLS Cultural District, to create and enjoy cultural experiences.
We want everyone who comes to WeDo to have a unique experience. Our historic theatres – the Orpheum, State and Pantages – light up Hennepin Avenue with the best of Broadway and world-class entertainment. Our Spotlight Education program inspires high school students through musical theatre.
Beyond our theatre doors, we connect people to unexpected arts and cultural experiences like the iconic Bob Dylan mural and our art-in-underused spaces project, Made Here. Our collaborations with businesses, artists, local officials and other arts and culture organizations bring a wide range of quality activities and entertainment to downtown.
Learn more at HennepinTheatreTrust.org.
About UMD School of Fine Arts (Department of Theatre)
UMD's Department of Theatre, providing academic and professional training in the theatre arts, is housed in the Marshall Performing Arts Center (MPAC), which includes a 550-seat flexible thrust/proscenium theatre, a black-box experimental theatre, fully equipped scenic and costume shops, computerized lighting control, digital and analog audio playback stations and studio space for acting, dance and design. The Department of Theatre offers two majors: a Theatre Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Theatre Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA). In addition, we offer minors in dance, theatre and film studies. Throughout the year, UMD Theatre offers a variety of shows for the public.
About The 24 Hour Plays
The 24 Hour Plays® bring together extraordinary artists to create time-limited theater around the world. In addition to The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway and The 24 Hour Musicals in New York City, regular events take place in London, Los Angeles, Dublin, Germany, Athens, Helsinki, Mexico City and Florence. Through collaborations with organizations including The Old Vic Theatre, Dublin Youth Theatre, Urban Arts Partnership, Cornerstone Theater Company, The Orchard Project, Bennington College and The Del Sole Foundation, The 24 Hour Company’s productions have raised millions of dollars for charities.