Author Archives: mazen

Second verse, same as the first (except not really)

I really love the energy of Day 2. Everyone is a little more tired and a little more experienced (as Megan said this morning, the learning curve is high). The virgins have been thoroughly deflowered. The writers started later and, typically, have gotten a little weirder. But I think the other difference, the other additional factor, is trust. We came together and made a show yesterday. Everyone helped everyone else, we proved to one another we could do this, every […]

It’s feeling very old school at North

After a few years now in the spacious and swanky confines of ACT, it is definitely feeling a but more rustic in our summer home Stage One Theater at North Seattle College. The theater program here was budget-starved for years before being cut completely in the spring, and this beautiful theater could use some TLC. We’re re-patching lights and re-hanging curtains and rehearsing in lobbies and outdoors and just doing what 14/48 does – making it work. So, basically, it […]

What should the band wear?

The musicians started planning their outfits last night. Just like the actors will wear costumes matching their play, the musicians are going to match their costumes to the theme. After they got the theme “it was the best of times,” they decided not to wear black. Instead they picked out “the brightest sparkly thing you can find” (the audience should be on the lookout for Justin Huartas in a gold crown).

Playing Ron Swanson?

Last night, Ashley Bagwell was playing a magnificent (but extinct) sabertooth tiger. Tonight he’s playing “a straight board, right ring republican father meeting his princess daughter’s girlfriend.” When he saw the word “whiskey drinking” and “big fan of free market capatalism” in his character description, his first thought  was of Parks and Rec’s Ron Swanson. “I always play around with it for the first couple of reads,” he said, but then he picks something and goes for it. He said […]

British Invasion

This weekend, 14/48 has four artists from the UK 14/48s (14/48: Leicester, 14/48: Wolverhampton, and 14/48: London, but mostly Leicester and Wolverhampton). Director and 14/48 vet Neil Reading said he “got a bit of a gift” with his play today. It had a good script that didn’t have a lot of movement, but did have “lots of rich dialogue” and “a dream cast.” “All four of us were rolling ideas around. … As a director, you want to support that and […]

Vets and virgins

“When you break out of the zombie world, ” move your whole body, Mark Fullerton told Mitch Harris, one of the actors in “Fries Before Guys.” Mitch nodded and Mark moved onto his next note. “We’re at the point where 203 runs is all we’ll get out of this,” he said. “After that, we’ll need an audience.” Which is good, because he also found he was reaching the point in the weekend where his mouth stopped working. He was heading […]

Planning for the Chaos

According to Jim Jewell, Megan Ahiers is the reason this weekend has run so smoothly. According to Megan Ahiers, Jim Jewell got locked out on the smoking porch both weekends of 14/48. The first weekend she only realized that she got the message long after it was sent. She saw they were locked out and thought “Oh shit, this is from 20 minutes ago.” While she was being interviewed, she was called to make sure the toilet paper in the bathroom […]

Drilling lines

After morning rehearsals, the actors have broken for lunch. Some of them are still running their lines as they eat, others just seem grateful for the break. Tori J. Lazzara and Rachel Delmar gathered to eat after working through their lines in the first play of the night. After running through the whole play, they worked through the individual parts of their play. It’s Rachel’s virgin weekend for acting, but she’s worked in 14/48 almost since she moved to Seattle. […]

Going through the rounds

While the actors and directors do the first run through, the design team and band going from team to team trying to figure what they’ll need for each show. The fourth play needs a tattoo, a power tie, a biker jacket (or a Judd Nelson trench coat) and some semen in a cooler. The second and fourth will probably need the same table, but they also need to find some sensible flats in a women’s 14 and figure out if […]

Flashback to 9 AM

There’s too much to write about what’s going on here, so sometimes you need to write in retrospect. So flash back with me to 9 am this morning. Maybe you were still asleep, but the bleary eyed writers of 1448 were anxiously waiting for the director draw. The second night was harder for the writers. The first night seemed to be a more difficult theme, but the second night had the built in obstacle of already being exhausted at the […]