One Night Stand is a funny, intimate, behind-the-scenes journey from the blank page to the live stage, as top Broadway and Hollywood writers, actors, and directors produce four original short musicals, all within 24 hours. Think A Chorus Line meets Project Runway – a window into the creative process with a compressed time frame: the spark, the camaraderie, the sheer panic and the ultimate thrill of expression.
One Night Stand takes you through the 24-hour process, beginning at 8 p.m. when everyone meets, teams are formed and the creative chaos begins. Four groups of composers and writers choose their casts and hunker down for the night; each group has until 6 a.m. to create an original 15-minute script and score. At 8 a.m. the actors and directors arrive and rehearsals begin for the 8 p.m. one-night-only performance.
Filmmakers Elisabeth Sperling and Trish Dalton accumulated sixty-five hours of footage over the twenty-four hour period. The final product, edited down to 74 minutes, gives you an up-close, personal glimpse of some of America’s favorite actors as they step out of their comfort zones — from Cheyenne Jackson’s “fear, sweat, adrenaline and Red Bull” to Rachel Dratch’s mounting dread at the prospect of singing alongside Broadways’ finest voices. Richard Kind sums it up, “It’s like a rollercoaster. You want to throw up, but it’s fun!” One Night Stand is a record of an insane theatrical challenge and keeps you on the edge of your seat and laughing.