Photo: America Ferrera in 24-Hour Plays
Honduran-American actress America Ferrera, was a part of the “24 Hour Musicals” show held on this week at the Gramercy Theatre in New York City.
The initiative was the fruit of a partnership between the 24 Hour Company and The Exchange; four musicals were written, cast, rehearsed and performed in a single day, featuring an star-studded line up of Broadway performers, composers, writers, directors, choreographers and musical directors at the Gramercy theatre in New York.
Broadway actors Tony Yazbeck, Nat Wolff and Kat Pallardy joined Ferrera on stage for a performance of “The Exact Right Thing.”
The creative process for THE 24 HOUR MUSICALS started on the evening of Sunday, March 6th, when all the participating artists showed up to the National Arts Club on Gramercy Park sporting a prop or costume piece aimed to inspire the writers.
The company was briefed, and then actors and directors left the writers to create the script, music and lyrics for four different 15-minute musicals, a task to be completed in less than eight hours.
Early Monday morning, the directors returned to read the completed musicals and cast the short plays. An hour later, the actors returned to begin a twelve-hour rehearsal, in which they learned their lines, their songs, dances, movements on stage etc. in time to perform at 8 pm, without scripts in hand.
Expect to see more of America Ferrera on the stage; she is currently a favorite (along with Julia stiles) to make her London theatre debut in Neil LaBute’s scathing drama, “reasons to be pretty,” a play that explores timilar topics of inner beauty and outer superficiality as her role in “Ugly Betty”.
In addition, Ferrera will soon join actress Katie Holmes for a reading of the play “Extremities,” a play remake of the 1982 off-Broadway production starring James Russo and Susan Sarandon; Sarandon’s leading role was later taken over by Farrah Fawcett who also starred in the 1986 film adaptation.
“Extremities” centers on a woman who turns the tables on a would-be rapist when she is attacked in her home.