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24-Hour Theatre is cooking

Naked StagePlaywrights, directors, actors and titles got matched last night when The Naked Stage's annual 24-Hour Theatre Project kicked off the frenzied process for its annual fund raiser, this year at the home of the Caldwell Theatre Company in Boca Raton.

If you go to tonight's one-and-only performance of eight brand-new short plays -- and you should, because 24-Hour is one of the most enjoyable and impressive examples of just how much talent calls South Florida home -- here's what (and whom) you'll see.

Andie Arthur's play A Rebel's Guide to (Utter) Compliance, directed by Hugh Murphy, features Andy Quiroga, Patti Gardner, Lisa Manuli and David Dearstyne.  OMG...ROTFLMAO by Michael McKeever, directed by Adalberto Acevedo, features Adam Simpson, Carrie Santanna, Karen Stephens and Nancy Barnett.

Naked tongueDavid Sirois' play Amputease, directed by Des Gallant, features Amy Miller Brennan, Shane Tanner, Mark Della Ventura and Sally Bondi.  Christopher Demos-Brown's play A Storybook Funeral, directed by Michael Leeds, features Tracey Barrow-Schoenblatt, Terry Hardcastle, Lorenzo Gutierrez and Matthew William Chizever.

Amy London is directing Juan C. Sanchez's Armed & Hammered, which features Dave Corey, Jeffrey Bruce, Jackie Rivera and Clive Cholerton.  In Lucas Leyva's Fardle's Bear, directed by Shari Upbin, are Ken Clement, Elizabeth Dimon, Irene Adjan and Ryan Didato.

Andrew Rosendorf's Dinner With Dracula, directed by Barbara Bradshaw, features Lela Elam, Christopher A. Kent, Laura Hodos and Andrea Conte.  And Tony Finstrom's Henry VIII's Mail Order Bride, directed by Avi Hoffman, features Julie Kleiner, Lindsey Forgey, Stephen G. Anthony and Amy McKenna.

The performance begins tonight at 8 at the Caldwell, 7901 N. Federal Hwy., Boca Raton.  VIP tickets are $50, with just plain folks tickets priced at $25.  The proceeds will help fund Naked Stage's upcoming production of No Exit Oct. 29-Nov. 1 at its home Pelican Theatre on the Barry University campus, 11300 NE Second Ave., Miami Shores.  For tickets, call 1-866-811-4111 or visit the Naked Stage web site.