Amanda Seyfried and Nina Dobrev are among the actors who have signed up for a marathon stage play that takes place in 24 hours and raises money for Urban Arts Partnership, which supports arts education in New York City’s public schools.
Seyfried will take part in the 14th annual performance of The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway benefit Nov. 17. The event, touted as an “extreme rite of theater,” has actors, writers and directors writing, directing and performing six original short plays in a 24-hour period.
Quite the undertaking, the marathon begins at 10 p.m. Nov. 16 when six writers, six directors, 24 actors, two musical guests and a production staff gather at New York City’s American Airlines Theatre. After each of the actors share a costume, prop and special skill, their assigned writer must create a ten-minute play by 7 a.m. the following morning. Directors return to read and select their piece and meet with their cast for the first time by 9 a.m. The final pieces will be performed at 8 p.m., interspersed with six musical acts.
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Actors joining Seyfried and Dobrev are Sasha Alexander, Uzo Aduba, Jamie Chung, Billy Crudup, Peter Dinklage, Rachel Dratch, Michael Ealy, Seth Green, Bryan Greenberg, Melanie Griffith, Taran Killam, Zoe Kravitz, Justin Long, Aasif Mandvi, Stephen Merchant, Diane Neal, Rosie Perez, Jay Pharoah, Pablo Schreiber, Sebastian Stan, Julia Stiles, Tracie Thoms and Michael Kenneth Williams.
Directors include America Ferrera, Andy Fickman, and Kathy Najimy. Writers include Christina Anderson, Bekah Brunstetter, David Cross, David Lindsay Abaire and Jonathan Marc Sherman. Musical Guests include Andra Day and Bryan Terrell Clark, and the DJ will be Samantha Ronson. Also writing one of the plays is Sarwat Siddiqui, the winner of the Young Writers Program, who will be mentored by playwright Christina Anderson.
Seyfried is currently filming Seth MacFarlane’s Ted 2, the follow-up to MacFarlane’s 2012 raunchy comedy about a foul-mouthed Teddy bear.
Her first big break came in 2004, with the movie Mean Girls. The multi-talented actress and singer went on to star in HBO’s acclaimed polygamy series Big Love and then starred in the blockbuster movie musical Mamma Mia!
Other movie credits include Dear John, Letters to Juliet, Gone, Red Riding Hood, and Les Miserables.
She is also slated to play Mary, the mother to Wendy Darling and her brothers, in the new Peter Pan film adaptation, Pan.