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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 22nd October 2012

This year's 24 Hour Plays On Broadway will take place at the American Airlines Theatre on Sunday November 12th. A group of actors, playwrights and directors will come together on the evening of Saturday November 11th, and form teams to write and rehearse 6 short plays to be performed 24 hours later. The plays will be interspersed with 6 musical acts. Those involved will include actors Billy Crudup, Brooke Shields, Gabourey Sidibe, Jack McBrayer, Liev Schreiber, Rosie Perez, Seth Green, Amber Tamblyn, America Ferrera, Brooklyn Decker, Carla Gugino, Diane Neal, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Fisher Stevens, Kathy Najimy, Leslie Bibb, Michael Kenneth Williams, Michelle Trachtenberg, Rachel Dratch, Sam Rockwell and Zosia Mamet; playwrights Adam Bock, Jonathan Marc Sherman, Rachel Axler and Theresa Rebeck; and directors Derek Cianfrance, Ari Edelson, Andy Fickman, Josie Rourke, Leigh Silverman and Thomas Kail. Further information can be found on The 24 Hour Plays web site, via the link from Festivals & Events, in the Links section of New York TheatreNet.

Inner Voices, a triple bill of solo musicals will preview from November 10th at the 30th Street Theatre, opening on November 18th. The shows are: Arlington, book and lyrics by Victor Lodato, music by Polly Pen, in which a woman waits for her soldier husband to return from war, where he may have committed an atrocity, performed by Alexandra Silber, directed by Jack Cummings III; Borrowed Dust, book and lyrics by Martin Moran, music by Joseph Thalken, in which a man grapples with sudden loss and emotional landmines after burying his brother, performed by Hunter Foster, directed by Jonathan Butterell; and Farhad or The Secret Of Being, book and lyrics by Nilo Cruz, music by Jim Bauer, in which an Afghan girl who was raised as a boy faces the abrupt changes of womanhood when she is plunged into an arranged marriage, performed by Arielle Jacobs, directed by Saheem Ali. The 30th Street Theater is located at 259 West 30th Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues.

The Assembly Theater Project will stage home/sick, devised and written by The Assembly, exploring the 1960s radical group The Weather Underground's idealism, infighting and ultimate disintegration, with Edward Bauer, Ben Beckley, Kate Benson, Anna Aghau Elliott, Luke Harlan and Emily Louise Perkins, directed by Jess Chayes, with choreography by Sara Pauley, at The Living Theatre from November 1st. The Living Theatre is located at 21 Clinton Street, between Stanton and Houston Streets.

On The Casting Couch: Danny Burstein and Sarah Paulson will feature in Lanford Wilson's Talley's Folly, opening at the Laura Pels Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre on March 5th.

Route 66 Theatre Company will stage Caitlin Parrish's A Twist Of Water, in which a man raising his adopted daughter alone after his partner's death, seeks out her birth mother, with Alex Hugh Brown, Lili-Anne Brown, Falashay Pearson and Stef Tovar, directed by Erica Weiss, at 59E59 Theaters from November 1st. 59E59 Theaters is located at 59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues.

Rabbit Hole Ensemble will stage Alone, written and directed by Edward Elefterion, about a crisis in the life of the playwright August Strindberg as he struggles to understand the meaning of fate and chance in his life and art, with Timothy Mccown Reynolds, Alyssa Simon, Tracy Shar, Joshua Sponberg, Annalisa Ledson, Adam Griffith and Korey Emslie, at WorkShop Theater from November 1st. WorkShop Theater is located at 312 West 36th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues

Obskene, which combines new versions of messenger speeches from classical Greek plays reporting violent acts with new monologues on the same theme, conceived and directed by Tina Shepard, adapted and directed by Ellen Maddow, Paul Zimet, Marcus Gardley, David Greenspan, Sidney Goldfarb, John Jesurun, Deb Margolin and Lizzie Olesker, with Paul Zimet, Ellen Maddow, Andrew R. Butler, Nichi Douglas, Carlos Ibarra, John Kurzynowski, Jake Margolin, Anastasia Olowin and Cinaza Uche, will play at HERE Arts Center from November 1st. The producer is The Talking Band. HERE Arts Center is located at 145 6th Avenue, between Spring and Dominick Streets.

Sophia Romma's Cabaret Emigre, which comprises 10 Lewis Carroll-style testimonials that are told as cabaret acts by a collection of emigres, with Adriana Sananes, Carolyn Seiff, Allan Mirchin, Randy Schein, Walter Krochmal, Tosh Marks, Grant Morenz, Gwenevere Sisco, Dana Pelevine, Bettina Bennett and Delance Minefee, directed by Charles Weldon, will play at the Lion Theatre at Theatre Row, from November 2nd. Theatre Row is located at 410 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

Ma-Yi Theatre Company will stage Lloyd Suh's Jesus In India, an imagined history of Jesus before he found his sense of purpose, directed by Daniella Topol, at the Theatre at St Clements from February 13th. The Theatre at St Clements is located at 423 West 46th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

The Island Of No Tomorrows, book and lyrics by Fengar Gael, music by Anika Paris and Nancy Binns Reed, a madcap exploration of sexual subjugation, political oppression, and the challenges of parenting in the electronic age, with Richarda Abrams, Jen Anaya, Debra Cardona, Pedro Carmo, Veronica Cruz, Alexis Lauren Kinney, Lina Sarrello, Alexis Sweeney, directed by Lorca Peress, will play at Interart Theatre from November 2nd. The producer is MultiStages. Interart Theatre is located at 500 West 52nd Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues.