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THE 24 HOUR PLAYS: VIRAL MONOLOGUES NATIONAL QUEER THEATER EDITION TUESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2021
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THE 24 HOUR PLAYS: VIRAL MONOLOGUES NATIONAL QUEER THEATER EDITION
TUESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2021

Available on Instagram @nationalqueertheater

NEW YORK – National Queer Theater has announced a special edition round of The 24 Hour Plays: Viral Monologues, which they will host in partnership with The 24 Hour Plays and The Dramatists Guild of America to featuring brand-new monologues written, rehearsed and recorded in 24 hours. This round will feature work by their New Visions Fellows. The fellowship supports the work of Black Trans and gender non-conforming artists.

Beginning at 6:00 PM on Tuesday, August 31st, one monologue will be released every 15 minutes on Instagram @nationalqueertheater.

Writers will include Roger Q. Mason and New Visions fellows, Nick Hadikwa Mwaluko (he/they) and Ayla Xuan Chi Sullivan (they/them), finalists Storm Thomas, Chantal Vorobei Thieves (she/her), and Alexander Paris (they/them), and honorable mentions Brei Brandy (they/them), Nay Harris (they/them), Jahquale Mazyck (he/they), Jae W.B. (they/she), Chamari White-Mink (they/them), and Taylor Steele (she/her).

"We are thrilled to work with The 24 Hour Plays and Dramatists Guild of America to uplift and showcase Black trans and gender non-conforming artists and storytellers through our New Visions Fellowship, led by Playwright Roger Q. Mason,” says Adam Odsess-Rubin, National Queer Theater Founding Artistic Director. “The New Visions Fellowship is not only a professional opportunity for playwrights, but also a clarion call to the theater industry. We are demanding more representation for trans theater artists, and are grateful to The 24 Hour Plays for offering their platform to our artists."

Beginning at 6:00 PM on Monday evening, the actors shared brief orientation-style videos to allow the writers to get to know them better. By 7 PM, writers and actors were paired, and writers wrote new monologues for their assigned actors. Actors received their monologues on Tuesday morning at 10 AM, will film their performances throughout the day, and at 6 PM their videos begin to be released to the world, completing the 24-hour cycle.

ABOUT NATIONAL QUEER THEATER
National Queer Theater (NQT) is an innovative theater collective dedicated to celebrating the brilliance of generations of LGBTQ artists and providing a home for unheard storytellers and activists. By serving our elders, youth, and working professionals, NQT creates a more just future through radical and evocative theater experiences and free community classes. Programs include the Criminal Queerness Festival, Write it Out!, the New Visions Fellowship for Black trans and gender non-conforming playwrights, and the upcoming Staging Pride: Queer Youth Theater to be launched in early 2022. NQT has presented work at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Dixon Place, Arts on Site, Mt. Tremper Arts Center, Theaterlab, and Carnegie Hall. www.nationalqueertheater.org. Follow @nationalqueertheater on Facebook and Instagram.

ABOUT THE DRAMATISTS GUILD
The Dramatists Guild of America is the national, professional membership trade association of theatre writers including playwrights, composers, lyricists, and librettists.

The Guild was established for the purpose of aiding dramatists in protecting both the artistic and economic integrity of their work.

We believe that a vibrant, vital, and provocative theatre is an essential element of the ongoing cultural debate which informs the citizens of a free society; and that if such a theatre is to survive, the unique, idiosyncratic voices of the men, women, trans and non-binary artists who write for it must be cultivated and protected.

Dramatists are viewed by the law as property owners who license the use of their property, rather than employees entitled to collectively bargain for the conditions of their labor. To that end, we maintain model contracts for all levels of productions (including Broadway, regional, and smaller theatres) and encourage our members to use these contracts when negotiating with producers. These contracts embody the Guild’s overarching objectives of protecting the dramatist’s control over the content of their work, ensuring that the dramatist is compensated for each use of their work in a way that will encourage them to continue writing for the living stage.

https://www.dramatistsguild.com/about-the-guild

ABOUT THE 24 HOUR PLAYS®
The 24 Hour Plays® bring together creative communities to produce plays and musicals that are written, rehearsed, and performed in 24 hours. Flagship events include The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway and The 24 Hour Musicals in New York City, as well as productions in London, Los Angeles, Dublin, Minneapolis, San Francisco, Germany, Athens, Finland, Mexico City, Florence, Denmark and more. Around the world, stars of stage and screen have gathered since 1995 to create time-limited theater and raised millions of dollars for charity. Since March 2020, The 24 Hour Plays: Viral Monologues have generated over 400 new free-to-view theater pieces that have been viewed millions of times.

Each summer, The 24 Hour Plays bring together the best young actors, directors, playwrights, producers and composers for a free professional intensive that culminates in their own production of The 24 Hour Plays: Nationals. Over ten years, this program has introduced audiences and collaborators to the next generation of artists who are changing the game in theater, television and film. Partner organizations have produced their own productions of The 24 Hour Plays in regional and professional theaters, colleges and universities, and just about everywhere you can find a curtain and a stage, touching everyone from celebrities to students.

www.24hourplays.com
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