THE STORIES: This first half of 24 HOURS consists of twelve short plays covering the hours of one A.M. to twelve noon. Ranging widely in mood and style, from zany humor to touching sentiment to near tragedy, the plays cover the gamut of human emotions as well as the times of the day. Neatly dovetailed, the program moves along with exceptional swiftness and in covering so many facets of the human condition, provides an unique theatrical experience which, without question, offers something for everyone.
The first half of an integrated program of twenty-four short plays. Conceived by playwright Oliver Hailey as a project for the writers workshop which he established in Los Angeles, 24 HOURS (AM & PM) developed from a request that each workshop member write a short five to ten-minute play dealing with events at a particular hour of the day or night. The result was a program of great variety and wide-ranging imagination, which went on to critical and popular success in its production by the Back Alley Theatre.
“…It’s thrilling to see that high quality entertainment can be produced in concentrated form.” —Los Angeles Herald Examiner.
“The variety displayed here is tremendous. From birth to death and everything in between, these writers have it covered.” —Data-Boy Magazine.
“What is encouraging is the refreshing and seemingly unlimited inventiveness displayed.” —Los Angeles Times.
More information on the second half, 24 Hours PM can be found here.