Where else can you see, in a continuous span of 24 hours: Andrew Bird, Laurie Metcalf, John Cameron Mitchell, Caroline Shaw, DeRay Mckeeson, and Brian Lehrer – and all for free, no less?
Only at The Greene Space, the live performance room from WNYC and WQXR, starting 7:00am Friday, April 12 through 7:00am Saturday, April 13.
The occasion is “24 @ 44,” a live 24-hour marathon of music, comedy, interviews, opera, podcast tapings, and more celebrating The Greene Space’s tenth birthday. Highlights include an overnight stand-up marathon, an entire opera written in 24 hours, the launch of a new comedy podcast from ‘Colbert Report’ and ‘Late Night Whenever’ vets, a debut from Pulitzer-winning composer Caroline Shaw, and much more. Complete program schedule below.
“24 @ 44” Complete Schedule – April 12-13:
7:00-9:00am: DJ DWAI
Skip the gym and kick the day off with DJ Dwai, spinning a live set that you won’t want to miss.
10:00am-12:00pm: The Brian Lehrer Show Live
Pull up a chair in WNYC’s living room for a live broadcast of The Brian Lehrer Show. Brian will talk with civil rights activist and podcast host DeRay Mckesson and actor Laurie Metcalf (two-time Tony Award winner and three-time Emmy Award winner), along with playwright Lucas Hnath about their new play, “Hillary and Clinton,” which explores the politics of marriage, gender roles and more.
12:00pm-2:00pm: All Of It with Alison Stewart Live
Be a part of the live studio audience for a broadcast of WNYC’s All Of It with Alison Stewart. On the show: singer and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bird, tap dancer Ayodele Casel and composer, jazz pianist and The Greene Space’s artist-in-residence Arturo O’Farrill.
2:30pm-3:30pm: WQXR Live
4:00pm-5:00pm: Adulting Live Taping
Join comedians Michelle Buteau and Jordan Carlos for a live taping of Adulting, a new comedy podcast from WNYC Studios. Michelle and Jordan share their funny and frank take on the ups and downs of adulthood, from paying taxes to having kids to splitting the check at dinner. They’re joined by Tony Award-winning actor, writer and director John Cameron Mitchell and comedian Sydnee Washington for an honest and hilarious conversation about growing up.
5:30pm-7:30pm: Gothamist Happy Hour
Come out to a Gothamist Happy Hour with drinks, trivia and some special surprises from the editors of your favorite website about New York City.
8:00pm-9:00pm: A Conversation with Suzan-Lori Parks
The ever-innovative Suzan-Lori Parks is surprising audiences yet again with her latest hit play, “White Noise,” about race, friendship and our rapidly unraveling social contract. She talks with Kai Wright, host of the new WNYC Studios podcast The Stakes, about her process, how this play fits in with her other works and adapting Richard Wright’s “Native Son” for the screen. Suzan-Lori Parks was named one of TIME magazine’s “100 Innovators for the Next New Wave,” and is the first African-American woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize in Drama for her play Topdog/Underdog. She is also a MacArthur “Genius Grant” prize recipient.
9:30-10:15pm: Attacca Quartet Performs Caroline Shaw
The Attacca Quartet performs the yet-to-be-released new album Orange by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw.
11:00pm-12:00am: Up All Night: Never Have I Ever Comedy Hour
Stay up all night for a sleepover party like no other with your host, comedian Josh Gondelman (Desus & Mero, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver). Featuring guests Noré Davis, Shalewa Sharpe, Alison Leiby and Jo Firestone.
12:00-2:00am: Up All Night: Clueless
The sleepover party fun continues as comedian Alison Leiby hosts a screening of “Clueless,” the 90s high school classic, as it comes up on its 25th anniversary.
2:00-4:00am: Up All Night: Attack the Block
Comedian Josh Gondelman hosts a screening of the 2011 indie hit, “Attack the Block,” about South London teenagers who defend their neighborhood from malevolent extraterrestrials.
6:00am-7:00am: Mindful Morning
Start the morning with a free meditation led by certified instructor Adriana DiFazaio, accompanied by soothing sounds performed live by Julius Betila.
BONUS: 12:00-1:00pm: The New York Opera Festival: World Premiere
The New York Opera Festival and The Greene Space present a world-premiere opera composed over the last 24 hours by an all-star team of local composers, writers and performers, plus excerpts from their upcoming festival shows. Expect to hear an incredible cross section of what New York City opera sounds like outside of the Met Opera, and how it deals with urgent topics ranging from politics to LGBTQ rights to global warming to toxic masculinity.