Category Archives: Charles Smith

“Swap”


This play is called Swap. Last night, I was thinking about what kind of plays would arise from the theme “No Regrets.” Ticking off all the items of your bucket list, definitely a sexual encounter (at least one, maybe two?), and probably a ghost. But the great thing about 14/48 is that playwrights know what the stereotypes are (they are human, after all) and they try to think beyond them. From the title, Swap sounds like it would be about a sexual […]

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Weekend One: Friday Night Line-Up for “Saved By the Bell” (including Actor Draw)


A Civil Discourse by Courtney Meaker Directed by Cole Hornaday Featuring: Kevin Bordi Kelly Johnson Anette Auger Jordi Montes BBBuhbuhbuhB by Julia Griffin Directed by Charlotte Bond Featuring: Ayo Tushinde Laurel Ryan Val Brunetto Long Playing Record by Darian Lindle Directed by Kathryn Stewart Featuring: Alex Samuels (Mazen) Zoey Cane Belyea Almost by Lindsay Carpenter Directed by Katjana Vadeboncoer Featuring: Mike Gilson Peter Dylan O’Connor Eric Mulholland Kacey Shiflet Erin Bednarz Hold Your Peace by Mike Murphy Directed by Corey McDaniel […]

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In Praise of Fear, or Sympathy for the Playwright


I won’t say fear drives everything, but it drives a helluva lot more than most of us would like to admit. And when it comes to 14/48: The World’s Quickest Theatre Festival, fear may just be the main ingredient. (I’ve written about it before, back when I popped my cherry as an actor. [Click here.]) So the theatre professionals that sign up for 14/48 Kamikaze are the true and ardent adrenalin junkies. They have no idea what assignment the Gods […]

Rehearsals from Saturday


I’ve checked in on a few of the rehearsals this morning and the evening is shaping up to be very fun. David Schmader’s ‘Macrophages’ finds worlds colliding in the realm of plastic surgery and body modification, and the recovery process that follows. This one presents a couple particular problems for the design team in creating the set, costuming the actors, and getting them to and from the stage. It will be interesting to see what this one ends up looking […]

Breakfast and Coincidences


As expected, a lot calmer energy abounds in the room today as people go through the familiar patterns of playwrights talking to directors, actors catching up and grabbing a bite to eat, exchanging compliments and horror stories. Looks like people got sufficient sleep, but there is no denying, everyone could use a couple of extra hours. Keni Cohen and Erin Stewart talk about the playPhoto: Agastya Kohli Three of the playwright/director pairs are repeats of yesterday. Keni Cohen picked Erin […]

The Saturday Lineup


Friday night at 14/48 was fantastic. How will Saturday stack up? Will things get really weird when the writers tackle ‘Overindulgence’? That all remains to be seen, but here is the lineup that will answer those questions in less than ten hours. AtomicWriter – Erin StewartDirector – Keni CohenActors – Darius Pierce, Ryan Spickard, Melissa Fenwick, Sydney Tucker MacrophagesWriter – David SchmaderDirector – Anthony WinklerActors – Emma Bamford, Alyson Bedford, John Farrage The ProgramWriters – Lisa Koch & Peggy PlattDirector […]

Here we go Saturday


The writers and directors are meeting over their plays now, and it looks like Friday was so good the 14/48 gods are trying to recreate it. Three of the pairings will be the same as yesterday – Erin Stewart and Keni Cohen, Peggy Platt, Lisa Koch, and Andy Jensen, and Zoe Fitzgerald and Charles Smith. Zoe and Charles even find themselves in the same slot, closing the night. Your other pairings are David Schmader and Anthony Winkler, Keri Healey and […]

Fourth time’s a charm


One of the difficulties with trying to keep track of seven different groups rehearsing is the timing. They are all running on their own schedules and scattered throughout the building. I tried to catch a rehearsal of Zoe Fitzgerald’s “Good Night” three different times, and every time they were on a break. I finally caught it when they ran through tech, and holy smokes… This is a wonderful thing. Charles Smith directs Allison Strickland, Danielle Daggerty, Scott Ward Abernethy, Sam […]

Rehearsals everywhere.


The various groups are now scattered all over the ACT building, from the basement to the 8th floor, with design, sound, and lighting people roaming back and forth to get everything in order as we hit 3 hours to tech. The random casting draw has worked splendidly for Stan Shields, working on Keri Healey’s noir ‘Curtains!’.  Talking with Lisa Viertel and Kate Witt, they couldn’t be happier with their team. After the first read through they were set on who […]

Tech – Show 1


Question: If you need to hide strawberry topping during your show, why hide it by the band? I mean, come on, one of them is going to start craving something sweet during the show and I’m putting my money on Banton Foster. Ol’ Banton. He’ll be elbow deep in the strawberry topping. I don’t blame him. I’d be elbow deep in the strawberry topping as well.All in all, Charles Smith seems to have a good grasp on the technical elements […]