The 24 Hour Plays: Lancaster 2021

Saturday, February 20 at 7 PM

We’ve created some activities and games to play either before, during, or after the plays! Click here to check it out!

Activities Include –

  • 24 Hr Plays Bingo – watch the show live and play along. Anyone with a BINGO – send us a photo of your card by tagging us on Facebook or Instagram you’ll be entered to win a Creative Works Prize Pack
  • Make your own 24 Minute Plays
  • Puppets
  • Creative Works Fortune teller – Astonish you friends like you did on the playground and tell them their future with Creative Works flair.

Creative Works of Lancaster announces an opportunity to see the results of a special collaborative process as the tenth edition of The 24 Hour Plays: Lancaster goes virtual. Live streaming content will begin at 6:00 p.m. on February 20, 2021 from the Creative Works YouTube channel. Performances of the plays will kick off at 7:00 p.m.

For nine years, The 24 Hour Plays: Lancaster has inspired new works and brought hundreds of local and regional theater artists together for a whirlwind of creative collaboration, often forming bonds that pave the way for future projects. The 10th anniversary event, originally scheduled for fall of 2020, was postponed due to the COVID-19, but as pandemic precautions continued into 2021, Creative Works decided that the particular magic that runs through The 24 Hour Plays: Lancaster is exactly what we’re all craving this winter. Although we can’t be together in person, we’re excited to explore new ways of connecting this year, from delivering special Lancaster community care packages to participants, providing access to the creative process in the virtual realm, and encouraging audience members to follow along and interact through our social media channels.

All joining virtually from different locations, six writers, six directors, thirty actors, and one production team will write, rehearse, and perform six short plays in a 24-hour period starting on Friday evening, February 19, when everyone meets for the first time. After an explanation of some ground rules and a lightning round of introductions and auditions, the actors and directors sign off, and writers stay online to choose actors for their pieces. The six writers work through the night to create brand new plays and hand off their work to directors early Saturday morning, February 20, the day of the performance. After negotiating for their choice of play, directors begin rehearsing with their actors. A crew of technicians and volunteers will be on hand to help them prepare for performances to go live on YouTube that evening.

Since its inception in New York City in 1995, The 24 Hour Plays ( have been performed for audiences throughout the United States and the world – attracting both professional and amateur theater artists. As usual, this year’s Lancaster production will feature veteran members of the Central Pennsylvania theater scene working alongside artists who may be new to the area or even new to theater. After visiting Lancaster for the 2018 performance, NYC-based Executive Director of The 24 Hour Plays Mark Armstrong said, “Creative Works of Lancaster are everything we look for in a regional partner. Not only do they use The 24 Hour Plays as an opportunity for community-building through a singular evening of theater, but their artists and audiences use the opportunity to explore the contemporary issues facing their local community. It’s meaningful work and we’re looking forward to partnering with them for years to come.”

Tickets can be reserved through the Creative Works of Lancaster website: Reserving ahead of time will give you access to special pre-show content starting at 6:00 p.m. on February 20, including a sneak peek behind the scenes with participating artists. Performances of the plays will stream live at 7:00 p.m. on the Creative Works of Lancaster YouTube channel. Creative Works utilizes a Pay What You Decide (PWYD) ticketing model with no fixed ticket prices. We will never turn away a potential audience member due to financial limitations, and you never need to risk feeling like your experience did not match what you paid. Simply reserve your ticket now and pay what you think the experience was worth after the show. Opportunities to sponsor an artist or a portion of the event will also be available at

Find out more about Sponsorship opportunities here


Find great takeout spots to enjoy while watching the plays here

Creative Works of Lancaster receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Thanks to the PCA and to our regional PA Partner, Berks Arts.

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