The Public Theater has announced that it will present The 24 Hour Plays: A Bennington Alumni Tribute to Nicky Martin on January 19 at 8p.m. in the Anspacher Theater. The one-night-only benefit will bring together Bennington College alumni to write, rehearse, and present six one-act plays within a 24-hour period. The event kicks off the 24 Hour Plays 20th-anniversary season.
Proceeds from the event will help establish a scholarship at Bennington College in tribute to Tony-nominated and Obie Award-winning director and beloved former faculty member Nicky (Joel) Martin. Martin taught at Bennington College from 1984 through 1991; he worked at the Public most recently as the director of Why Torture Is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them.
Participating Bennington alumni will include actors Brooks Ashmanskas (’91), Tim Daly (’79), Peter Dinklage (’91), Joel Marsh Garland (’97), and Holland Taylor (’64). Alumni writers will include Sofia Alvarez (’07), Mitchell Lichtenstein (’78), and Jonathan Marc Sherman (’91). The full list of participants is available on the Bennington College website.
"The Public Theater is honored to welcome Bennington alumni and the 24 Hour Play festival to pay tribute to the incomparable Nicky Martin," said Public Theater Associate Artistic Director Mandy Hackett in a statement. "Nicky graced our theater with his incandescence, his gifts for his storytelling, his integrity, and indomitable spirit."