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Fine Arts: The 24 Hour Plays Returns to Santa Monica

SANTA MONICA, CA - JUNE 22: Actress Rosie Perez (L) and actress Jamie Chung attend the after party for the 3rd Annual 24 Hour Plays in Los Angeles presented by Montblanc held at The Shore Hotel on June 22, 2013 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Montblanc)

By Jenny Peters

When Rosie Perez rolls into town with the 24 Hour Plays, celebrities scramble to join her. After all, it’s a chance for Hollywood’s movie and television stars to stretch their chops – and all for a great cause. The annual show benefits the Urban Arts Partnership, the group dedicated to keeping arts education in public schools.

The idea of the 24 Hour Plays is simple. Actors, writers, directors and stage production/lighting/prop managers gather at 10 p.m., bringing along their own costumes, wigs and other random props, and they begin the creative process of writing, staging and performing six new short plays. By 10 p.m. the next night (24 hours, get it?), the performances are complete and the after party celebration begins.

This year, the third annual held in Santa Monica at the Broad Stage Theater (they have been doing it for 13 years in NYC) and also the third sponsored by Montblanc, the stars stampeded to lend their talents to the cause. Melanie Griffith led the charge, performing in a wacky piece called “The Carrot,” directed by Fred Savage and co-starring “American Pie” pals Eddie Kaye Thomas and Jason Biggs. Seth Green made the scene in a bear costume, along with cuties Lucy Punch and Tracie Thomas in “Bear Witness.” And “Star Trek Into Darkness” hottie John Cho and Oscar nominee John Hawkes, along with “Glee” star Ashley Fink and Alla Shawkat (of “Arrested Development” fame) rounded out the first act.

Melanie Griffith brought her star power to the 24 Hour Plays in Santa Monica.

Melanie Griffith brought her star power to the 24 Hour Plays in Santa Monica.

More talented thesps took the stage in the second half, including Wilmer Valderrama, Molly Sims, Jamie Chung, David Krumholtz, Jack McBrayer, Sasha Alexander, Michael Ealy and, of course, Rosie Perez, who ruled the stage in a comic performance as Athena.

Oscar nominee John Hawkes happily records his presence at the 24 Hour Plays.

Oscar nominee John Hawkes happily records his presence at the 24 Hour Plays.

Later on, at the Shore Hotel, Perez reminded the partying crowd about the purpose of the event.

“We’re all here to dance and have fun, but don’t forget to bid on the silent auction!” she exhorted the well-heeled gang that included all of the performers. “I know you’ve all given already, but please give more. We need to keep the arts in schools!”

Seth Green and Jason Biggs ham it up during the 24 Hour Plays.

Seth Green and Jason Biggs ham it up during the 24 Hour Plays.

Jack McBrayer and Wilmer Valderrama join the after party at the Shore Hotel.

Jack McBrayer and Wilmer Valderrama join the after party at the Shore Hotel.

 

All photos courtesy Getty Images/24 Hour Plays

About Jenny Peters (141 Articles)
Jet Set Jen is the brainchild of Jenny Peters, a longtime freelance journalist whose career has spanned everything considered "Lifestyle" reporting, from movies and celebrities to fashion and fast cars, with plenty of food, wine and travel thrown in too. She currently contributes regularly to USA Today's 10Best.com, AARP.org, New York Magazine, Coast Magazine, Bask Magazine and numerous other newspapers, magazines and websites worldwide. She is a founding and voting member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (www.criticschoice.com), which annually honors the year's top films with the Critics' Choice Awards. Jenny and her crack cadre of reporters at Jet Set Jen offer up opinions, suggestions and insider scoops on the best that the world has to offer, to keep you on the cutting edge of that ever elusive pursuit of life, liberty, happiness – and fun, fun, fun.

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