Play #7 – A Tale of Two Cindys

Writer: Scot Augustson Dir: Pamala Mijatov Cast: Trick Danneker, Doug Deans, Danielle Daggerty, Tricia Beigh, Imogen Love Overheard in the rehearsal room: ‘I left my phone in the bathroom, and had to go all the way back’ ‘I’m going to try to stop saying the word ‘cunt’’ ‘You’re going to stand up at some point, AND you’re going to lean forward at some point’ “Hard blocking…’ ‘Drunk Ballet? Well, I am sure it has happened’ ‘Are we taking it from… […]

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 […]

Play #4 – Choice

Writer: Stefan Hajek Dir: Stan Shields Cast: Sara Trowbridge, Ashley Bagwell, Butch Alice, Meghan Arnette Overheard in the rehearsal room: ‘We can get a white shirt and just draw as many offensive things on it as possible” ‘Go ahead and give us a list of the offense things for the shirt’ ‘All I brought was power heels’ ‘She could wear what’s she wearing now, except for the sweater’ – ‘What’s wrong with my sweater?!?!’ ‘Last time we just sharpied on a tramp stamp’ […]

Play #3 – Fries Before Guys

Writer: Nelle Tankus Dir: Mark Fullerton Cast: Mitch Harris, Jessica Stepka, Macall Gordon Overheard in the rehearsal room: ‘What mood are you trying to capture?’ ‘Wow, it’s a little early in the day for that…’ ‘That is the largest bathroom in all the McDonalds’ ‘I’m sorry – I got all trigger happy’ ‘That’s so dumb, it just might work’ ‘I am starting to sound like a gypsy gramdma’ ‘Somewhere in this day, time speeds up’ ‘It is going to stay this […]

Play #5 – The Spring of Hope

Writer: Jessica Chisum Dir: Kelly Kitchens Cast: Stuart Reid, Tim Moore, Jason Sharp, Kristy Munro Overheard in the rehearsal room: ‘Are we talking as we are walking?’ ‘Maybe it’s some sort of hand shakey bit – like a hand jive!’ ‘You know better than to sit down in this cold’ ‘There is a shitty little cot mattress in the dressing room, and the only reason I know is because I used it to dry my hands’ ‘Oh yes! Hello Band!’  

Play #2 – Damn, Mama

Writer: Seayoung Yim Dir: Desiree Prewitt Cast: Kaleb Hagen-Kerr, Jose Amador, Alex Samuels, Erin Bednairz Overheard during the read thru: ‘Damn, she’s a stone cold bitch’ ‘I kind of see you as Donald Trump Jr.’ ‘She probably had kids when she was a teenager’ ‘I started writing at three in the morning’ ‘I saw the stage directions had a choking…’ ‘Can we make it say ‘nice ass’ in Italian?’ ‘It would be nice if it was a lacy number (dress), like […]

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 […]

Second Saturday Draw

“Touch Me I’m Sick” by Joe Zavadil, directed by Neil Reading. Starring Rachel Delmar, Teri J. Lazzara, and Jodi Paul Wooster “Damn, Mama” by Seayoung, directed by Desiree Prewitt. Starring Kaleb Hagan-Kerr, José Amador, Alex Samuels and Erin Bednarz “Fries Before Guys” by Nelle Tankus, directed by Mark Fullerton. Starring Mitch Harris, Jessica Stepka and Macall Gordon “Choice” by Stefan Hajek, directed by Stan Shields. Starring Sara Trowbridge, Ashley Bagwell, Butch Alice and Meghan Arnette “The Spring of Hope” by […]

we’re putting ‘The Band’ back together…

The draw is done. The scripts are in hand. Now comes the big question: What does the Band do? Each band member reads one of the plays, They then take that play on as their assignment, They divide up, find the directors somewhere in the big building, They ask the director: What is the mood they are trying to create? What is the play’s setting? Is there a specific song they want? Is there any foley of sound cues in […]

Before the Actors

The second morning for 14/48 dawned bright and (maybe a little too early) for the writers. They submitted their plays at 8 o’clock this morning. Now the directors are talking with the caffeinating writers to figure out as much about the plays as they can before the actor draw. “”Drawing the actors will change how you see everything” said director Pamala Mijatov. After getting her “cerebral” and sometimes “cryptic” play by Scot Augustson, she’s still trying to figure out whether […]