Like all art forms, musical theater faces a persistent challenge in cultivating emerging talents on limited resources. The 24 Hour Plays take an entertaining approach to raising funds. Since 1995, the NYC-based 24 Hour Company has invited a group of artists (generally six playwrights, six directors, and 24 actors) to create six original plays and perform them for a live audience, all within the hectic span of a single day. Renowned for sparking fresh inspiration from seasoned pros and rising artists, the 24 Hour Plays epitomize the invigorating rush of creation, as the intrepid participants scramble to develop a concept, draft a script, assign roles, and rush through rehearsals all before the curtain rises. This staging at the Pantages Theatre boasts an ensemble of local and national actors, including the headlining trio of Chase Masterson (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), Broadway vet Michael Gruber, and Minnesota native Joel McKinnon Miller (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Big Love). Proceeds supports theatrical training via Hennepin Theatre Trust’s Spotlight Education.