Category Archives: First weekend

“Ghostlight”


When I stopped in at rehearsal for Ghostlight by Wayne Rawley, directed by Corey McDaniel, they were talking about what kind of songs needed to be in and lead in to the play. What are some death songs? The director knew he wanted “the theme from Ghost,” yes, the romantic scene between Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze. “Unchained Melody,” indeed. This play is going to have a lot going on, even more than Patrick Swayze (RIP). There’s a bloody body onstage, lots of […]

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Weekend One Wrap-Up


My job as blogger is almost done, but before signing off, I wanted to say a few thanks and report what a pleasure it was blogging for the festival this weekend. 14/48, each time I experience it, reminds me why people are drawn into the theatre business or, as my good friend Peter Dylan O’Connor might say, why we keep getting sucked back into it even if we try to escape. The people. Live theatre CONNECTS some f***ing cool people. […]

The First Read: Monique Does the Math


I’ve decided to sit in on the first read of play #7: Monique Does the Math written by Elizabeth Heffron, directed by Tammi Doyle, featuring the talents of Angela DiMarco, Colleen Robertson, Michael Katt, Alex Garnett, & Amy Love. As usual with these first reads at 14/48 the director is switching it up quite a bit, having each actor read for nearly every part. As I write, Tammi and Elizabeth are discussing who they’d like to cast in which role. […]

Director Thoughts.


I decided to try and find all the directors to get some insights from them.  Most were very busy but they were all very willing to talk to me.  I asked them to tell me (in one word) how they were feeling right at that moment and also one word to describe their show.  Here you go. Show #1: “Inanimacy” directed by M. Elizabeth Eller Feeling: Hopeful Show: Fucktastic Show #2: “Funerals” directed by Mik Kuhlman Feeling: Great Show: Sweet […]

Lessons Learned


Here are some things I have learned this weekend: MJ Sieber (playwright) doesn’t ever sleep.   Stage Managers need pants with pockets. Ryan Higgins (actor) is very flexible. Beer is better cold. Alyssa Keene (band) knows how to play a lot of different instruments.   There are so many people willing to do thankless jobs just for the chance to be involved in this festival. Salo (band) cuts his sandwiched into quarters and doesn’t eat the crusts. Even people in […]

I’m with the band.


Everyone involved in the festival works their butts off.  Seriously.  It would be difficult to say that one group of people has a harder job than another.  But one group who would definitely be in contention for “hardest workers” would be the 14/48 band.   These musicians are amazing.  They show up in the morning, read the scripts for the seven shows, and then get to work.  Emissaries are sent to each director to see what their vision is for […]

Half Way


At lunch, all the artists mingle together in an orgy of food and beverage. Alex Samuels and his dedicated kitchen helpers have created a feast: watermelon soup, make-your-own-sandwich bar, fried chicken, chips and salsa, fresh salad, fruit: you name, he has it. Well, you name one of the things on the list I just wrote, and he has it. No one is simply eating, though. They are memorizing lines, talking about props, discussing music for the show, working on dialects, […]

Lunch Time


It’s lunch time now.  I know this because the Artistic Liaison (Peter Dylan O’Connor) just walked into the office and rubbed a piece of chicken on my arm.  It was juicy.  I didn’t like it.  He did it again.  This time some chunks stuck to me.  Chicken chunks.  People are getting loopy.   I think I am going to go in another room and see what the other people are doing.   

Brilliance and Hard Work


Just walking from one part of this theatre to another (which takes maybe five minutes) I walked by two shows in full-blown rehearsals, the band practicing an original song they just wrote, designers talking about what they need for the seven shows and who is going to get it or make it, two people cutting vegetables (for lunch), and the stage manager, executive producer and lighting designer talking about projections. This is just a small window into how many different […]

Morning Glimpses


I am here for my official first blog of the day, full of news.  I would have posted earlier, but I found myself suddenly without adequate computer access and couldn’t figure out how to send my posts via 14/48 messenger pigeons.   So, here are a few snippets of things that happened in the first few hours of the second day of the first weekend of the festival that is 14/48: Shawn Belyea was woken up this morning by Peter Dylan […]