Category Archives: 14/48

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]