The 24 Hour Plays® 2019: A Tribute to Nicky Martin and Spencer Cox '90

On January 21, 2019, Bennington College presents a one night–only benefit to support the Nicky Martin Scholarship for Performing Arts and the Spencer Cox ’90 Field Work Term Fellowship for Student Activists. The performance will take place at The Lucille Lortel Theatre in New York City.

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A cast and crew of Bennington alumni and friends—six writers, six directors, and 24 actors— will create, produce, and perform six short plays in just 24 hours. Proceeds from the benefit will go towards the Nicky Martin Memorial Scholarship for Performing Arts and the Spencer Cox '90 Field Work Term Fellowship for Student Activists at Bennington College.

About the Nicky Martin Scholarship

The Nicky Martin Memorial Scholarship for Performing Arts at Bennington College is awarded on an annual basis to a continuing (third or fourth year) outstanding student with financial need who has an academic concentration in the performing arts (including theater, dance, music, and film) and who has a demonstrated history of, and a passion for, creative and high caliber work in the performing arts.

The Scholarship is named in honor of Nicky (Joel) Martin the Tony-nominated and Obie Award-winning theater director and beloved former faculty member at Bennington College. Martin was an actor for most of his life and turned to directing when he was in his early 40s. He was at Bennington from the late 1970s to the mid-1980s and inspired a younger generation of directors and actors whom he continued to work with throughout his career at the Huntington Theater Company and the Williamstown Theater Festival.  He was nominated for the Lucille Lortel Award for outstanding director of the Lincoln Center Theater production of Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme featuring Justin Theroux ’93 and casting by Amy Christopher '89, and the Lucille Lortel Award winner for outstanding set design by Alexander Dodge ’93.

About the Spencer Cox '90 FWT Fellowship 

The Spencer Cox '90 FWT Fellowship will be awarded on an annual basis to an outstanding Bennington student in their junior or senior year with a passion for social activism and demonstrated commitment to socially conscious action. Recipients are those who bring a fearless spirit and incisive intellect to bear on pressing social issues in the ways that Spencer demonstrated in his lifetime.

Spencer, who died in 2012, was a pivotal member of ACT UP, the direct-action advocacy group with a mission to end AIDS. He played a defining role in the formation of the Treatment Action Group (TAG) to focus on accelerating AIDS treatment research and lent creative intellect and intense focus to help fight one of the most pressing social and public health crises of our time. 

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Recap: The 24 Hour Plays—2017

Participants

The list is subject to change.

Remarks: Brooks Ashmanskas '91; Alexander Dodge '93; Sekka Scher '91

Writers:  Mohammed Ali '95; Jill Eisenstadt '86; Sarah Gancher '01; Lily Houghton '17; Jonathan Marc Sherman '90; Maia Villa '15

Actors: Bahar Baharloo'14; Aadya Bedi '01; Chris Boscia '87; Danielia Cotton '90; Julia Crowley '18; Dominik Eisenschmidt '13; James Habacker MFA '94; Deidrea Hamid '12; Colin Hinckley '14; Maya Macdonald '07; Joel Marsh Garland '97; Melinda McGraw '86; Eben Moore '96; Gregory Nanopoulos MAT '07; Mercedes Olea '88; Julia Prud'homme '87; Jane Ray '84; Rob Sedgwick '84; Molly Tarlov '08; Nathan Thompson '86; John Wills Martin '88; Brandi Nicole Wilson '00

Directors: Tara Elliott '09; Lorca Peress '79; Loren Segan '84; Julie Tucker '89; Elizabeth Williamson '99;

Assistant Directors: Michaela Brown '19; Caitlin Brzezinski '14; Inas Gacanin '19; Tamar Giligashvili '21; Kelly Nichols-Hoppe '14; Emma Welch '17

Producers: Kelcie Beene; Blaine Graboyes '95; Ed Needham '88; Laura Vogel

Production Assistants: Rob Ascher '19; Limore Ricciardi '90

Set Designer: Sally Jules '93

Light Designer: Kryssy Wright '03

Light Assistant: Kaiya Kirk '20

Stage Manager: Alice Perlmutter '83

Assistant Stage Manager: Angelique Kenney '86

Sound Designer: Mike Rugnetta '06

Sound Assistant: Molly Warncke '19

Costume: Simone Duff '06; Carla Klein Moriarty '89; Valerie Marcus Ramshur '89; Michael Sylvan Robinson '89; Emily Woods Hogue '10  

Musical Guest: Michael Severens '89

Special Guests: Therese Bruck (costume); David Drake (director); Jane Drinkard (co-writer with Jill Eisenstadt '86)

Remarks

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Brooks Ashmanskas '91

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Alexander Dodge '93
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Sekka Scher '91

Writers

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Mohammed Ali '95
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Jill Eisenstadt '86

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Jane Drinkard photo
Jane Drinkard
Co-writer with Jill Eisenstadt

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Sarah Gancher photo
Sarah Gancher '01

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Lily Houghton photo
Lily Houghton '17

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Jonathan Marc Sherman photo
Jonathan Marc Sherman '90

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Maia Villa photo
Maia Villa '15

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Actors

Bahar Baharloo photo
Bahar Baharloo '14

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Aadya Bedi photo
Aadya Bedi '01
Chris Boscia '87
Chris Boscia '87

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Danielia Cotton '90
Julia Crowley photo
Julia Crowley '18

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Dominik Eisenschmidt photo
Dominik Eisenschmidt '13

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James Habacker photo
James Habacker MFA '94

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Deidrea Hamid photo
Deidrea Hamid '12

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Colin Hinckley photo
Colin Hinckley '14

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Maya Macdonald photo
Maya Macdonald '07

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Photo of Joel Marsh Garland ’97
Joel Marsh Garland ’97

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Melinda McGraw '86
Eben Moore photo
Eben Moore '96

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Gregory Nanopoulos photo
Gregory Nanopoulos MAT '07

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Mercedes Olea photo
Mercedes Olea '88

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Julia Prud'homme photo
Julia Prud'homme '87

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Jane Ray photo
Jane Ray '84

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Rob Sedgwick photo
Rob Sedgwick '84
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Molly Tarlov '08
Nathan Thompson photo
Nathan Thompson '86

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John Wills Martin photo
John Wills Martin '88

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Brandi Nicole Wilson photo
Brandi Nicole Wilson '00

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Directors

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David Drake

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Tara Elliott photo
Tara Elliott '09

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Lorca Peress photo
Lorca Peress '79

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Loren Segan photo
Loren Segan '84

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Julie Tucker photo
Julie Tucker '89

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Elizabeth Williamson '99

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Michaela Brown '19
Assistant Director
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Caitlin Brzezinski '14
Assistant Director

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Inas Gacanin photo
Inas Gacanin '19
Assistant Director

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Tamar Giligashvili '21
Assistant Director
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Kelly Nichols-Hoppe '14
Assistant Director

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Emma Welch photo
Emma Welch '17
Assistant Director

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Production

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Kelcie Beene
Producer

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Therese Bruck
Costume
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Simone Duff '06
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Sally Jules '93
Set Design
Blaine Graboyes
Blaine Graboyes '95
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Carla Klein Moriarty
Carla Klein Moriarty '89
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Valerie Marcus Ramshur '89
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Ed Needham photo
Ed Needham '88
Producer

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Alice Perlmutter photo
Alice Perlmutter '83
Stage Manager

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Michael Severens photo
Michael Severens '89
Music

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Michael Sylvan Robinson photo
Michael Sylvan Robinson '89
Costume

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Emily Woods Hogue
Emily Woods Hogue '10
Costume

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Kryssy Wright photo
Kryssy Wright '03
Lightning Designer

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Kaiya Kirk photo
Kaiya Kirk '20
Light Assistant

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Angelique Kenney photo
Angelique Kenney '86
Assistant Stage Manager

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Mike Rugnetta photo
Mike Rugnetta '06
Sound Designer

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Rob Ascher photo
Rob Ascher '19
Production Assistant

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Molly Warncke '19
Sound Assistant

About The 24 Hour Plays®

The 24 Hour Plays® (Mark Armstrong, Executive Director) bring together extraordinary artists to create time-limited theater around the world. In addition to The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway and The 24 Hour Musicals in New York City, regular events take place in London, Los Angeles, Dublin, Minneapolis, Germany, Athens, Finland, Mexico City, and Florence. Through collaborations with organizations including The Old Vic Theatre, Dublin Youth Theatre, Urban Arts Partnership, Roundabout Theatre, The Orchard Project, Bennington College, Hennepin Theatre Trust, The University of Minnesota-Duluth, Cornerstone Theater Company, PlayGround, The Del Sole Foundation and Rakastajat-teatteri, The 24 Hour Plays have raised millions of dollars for charities. Each summer, The 24 Hour Plays: Nationals partner with the New School for Drama to bring together the best young actors, directors, playwrights, and producers for an intensive professional experience that culminates in their own production of The 24 Hour Plays. Licensed affiliates have produced their own versions of The 24 Hour Plays® in regional and professional theaters, colleges and universities, and just about everywhere you can find a curtain and a stage.

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Jonathan Marc Sherman and Peter Dinklage

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24 Hour Play in progress