Repost: 24-Hour Theatre Project Oct. 27 To Support Dana Castellano

   24lgBy Bill Hirschman

Save the date: The Naked Stage’s annual 24-Hour Theatre Project is scheduled for 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, hosted this year by Palm Beach Dramaworks in West Palm Beach.

dana-castellanosmAll proceeds will go directly to Dana Castellano — a longtime supporter of The Naked Stage, as well as the entire South Florida theatre community — to help cover medical costs. Castellano has been battling stage 4 cervical cancer since January and underwent emergency surgery a week ago.

As in the past, scores of theater professionals join together to produce one of the most unusual offerings of the year.

On Sunday evening, eight playwrights will randomly select the headshots of four actors and one director. They are then given a list of ridiculous play titles, from which they must each write a short play to be staged, rehearsed and performed just 24 hours later. At sunrise on Monday, their actors, directors and stage managers arrive and spend the entire day bringing the writers’ work to life.

The one-night event is coordinated by Naked Stage Artistic Director Katherine Amadeo.

The specific list of talents changes as professional and personal conflicts arise – even the day before the show. But the current line-up of playwrights includes: includes: Antonio Amadeo, Matt Stabile, Karen Stephens, Michael McKeever, Stuart Meltzer, Andie Arthur, Tony Finstrom and Michael Leeds.

Likely performers include Alex Alvarez, Tracey Barrow-Schoenblatt, Meredith Bartmon, Beverly Blanchette, Sally Bondi, Clay Cartland, Clive Cholerton, Dave Corey, Chris Crawford, Michaela Cronan, Troy Davidson, Nick Duckart, Niki Fridh, Nanique Gheridian, Christina Groom, Laura Hodos, Joe Kimble, Margery Lowe, Amy McKenna, Margot Moreland, Ann Marie Olson, Rick Pena, Kevin Reilley, Adam Simpson, Barbara Sloan, Lourelene Snedeker, Shane Tanner, Pierre Tannous and Skye Whitcomb.

Directors are slated to be Barbara Bradshaw, William Hayes, Margaret Ledford, Amy London, Andy Rogow, Kim St. Leon and Nicole Stodard.

Playwrights are expected to be Antonio Amadeo, Andie Arthur, Tony Finstrom, Michael Leeds, Michael McKeever, Stuart Meltzer, Matt Stabile, Karen Stephens
Newcomers this year (at least in some jobs) include Antonio Amadeo, Chris Crawford, Christina Groom, William Hayes, Joe Kimble, Michael Leeds (first time as writer), Margot Moreland, Ann Marie Olson, Rick Pena, Kevin Reilley, Lourelene Snedeker, Matt Stabile (first time as writer), Karen Stephens (first time as writer).

Seating is limited. General admission is $30 and VIP tickets are $50 which gets you preferred seating and a limited edition 24 Hour Theatre Project 2014 commemorative poster. Call (561) 514-4042 ext. 2 or visit

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