Brelby Theatre Company, 7154 N. 58th Drive, Glendale, is one of a dozen Arizona theatre companies participating in the “The 24 Hour Plays: Viral Monologues.”
The project will be available Tuesday, July 14 on IGTV @24hourplays, on The 24 Hour Plays’ Facebook and YouTube channels, and at 24hourplays.com/viral-monologues/. A group of Arizona actors and writers will work together to write, rehearse, perform and produce 14 new pieces in just 24 hours.
Beginning at 3 p.m., the new monologues will be published for 24 hours, one every 15 minutes.
The cast of this special edition includes Damon Bolling, Chanel Bragg, Veronica Conran, Gabriella de Brequet, Veronika Duerr, Louis Farber, Brenda Jean Foley, Jen Gantwerker, Alejandra Luna, Carley Elizabeth Preston, Shonda Royall, Seth Tucker, and China Young. They will perform monologues written by Esther Almazán, Monica Bauer, Susanna Velarde Covarrubias, Sean Daniels, Marvin González De León, Angelica Howland, Shelby and Brian Maticic, Milta Ortiz, John Perovich, Christopher Oscar Peña, Elaine Romero, Jasmine Roth, Mark Schultz, Maybe Stewart and Paul Michael Thompson.
“It’s an honor to work with Mark Armstrong and The 24 Hour Plays,” Arizona Theatre Company artistic director Sean Daniels stated in a news release. “As the pandemic hit, they pivoted quickly to digital and became a beacon of hope that artists would still be able to create and connect with audiences. They deserve every bit of praise they have received during this time.”
Proceeds from this round support Arizona Theatre Company, the official state theatre of Arizona, now celebrating its 53rd season.
“Now more than ever, support for Arizona Theatre Company is essential for our survival and our robust return to live theatre. Help us as we continue to be a leader in the arts in Arizona,” Mr. Daniels said.
At 6 p.m. Monday, July 13, actors will share brief orientation-style videos to allow the writers to get to know them better. By 7 p.m., writers and actors will be paired, and writers will get to work on crafting new monologues especially for their assigned actors.
Actors receive their monologues 10 a.m. July 14, will film their performances throughout the day, and at 6 p.m. their videos begin to be released to the world, completing the 24-hour cycle. The monologues will be available to view on IGTV and online for four days after their initial airing courtesy of an agreement with Theatre Authority, a nonprofit organization managed by Actors’ Equity.