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Student Elizabeth Cruz-Cortes Chosen to Participate in Star-Studded '24 Hour Plays'

Her one-act play— which may star Claire Danes — will be performed tonight, Nov. 15, at Manhattan’s American Airlines Theatre


Helen Saffran,Associate Director of Public Relations
Brooklyn Campus,
Long Island University
(718) 488-1419

Brooklyn, N.Y. — Nine hours. That’s how long a Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus theatre major was given to develop a theme and write a play that could star such well-known Hollywood actresses as Claire Daines, Rosie Perez and America Ferrera tonight at 8 p.m. at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway.

For 20-year-old sophomore Elizabeth Cruz-Cortes, being selected as one of the six playwrights for tonight’s annual theatrical marathon, “24 Hour Plays,” is the chance of a lifetime.

Cruz-Cortes wrote one of the half-dozen, 10-minute plays for tonight’s star-studded fundraising event, sponsored by Montblanc. Proceeds will go to the Urban Arts Partnership, which supports theater and music education in New York City Public Schools.

The Brooklyn Campus student met her cast last night at 10 p.m. and was then given until 7 a.m. to write an original stage play. The writers, directors and actors spent today collaborating on the six plays.

The young Cruz-Cortes is among a prestigious group of playwrights involved in this year’s “24 Hour Plays.” Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Lynn Nottage (“Ruined”) and Pulitzer finalist Theresa Rebeck (“Omnium Gatherum”) are also participating.

Cruz-Cortes, who is working toward earning a B.A. in Communication Studies at the Brooklyn Campus with a concentration in theatre, said she was expecting to write a comedy sketch.

The Brooklyn Campus, located in downtown Brooklyn at the corner of Flatbush and DeKalb avenues, is home to the Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts, a dynamic, state-of-the art performance venue. 

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Posted 11/15/2010

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