Category Archives: Saturday

The Second Night – 8pm

So, the second night of the first weekend of 14/48 January 2009 is done. I’m sure Ben will come in behind me with his own fabulous blog comments about the show. Here are mine: Sold out again – great energy. Fun riffs on the theme “Liquor is Quicker.” 1. A twist on AA with four members of a different group embracing their alcoholism and the “success” it has brought them. Hilarious performances by all including Jon Lutyens as a hilarious […]


The life of a 14/48 blog contributor: Every once in a while, someone stops what they are saying, looks at me and says, “Oh, jeez, you’re blogging! You’re not going to put that on the blog, are you?” How could anyone think I would do that? Idle gossip, repeating things I’ve heard one artist say about another, telling tales – this could destroy delicate relationships that are budding here at the festival. I mean, I hear about crushes and baby […]

Stuff I Ain’t Never Seen Before

So, 14/48 participants start out all in one room and then, as the day progresses, they break up into groups and rooms and roles and finally, at about this time of day, each one is completely focused on his own process, his own task. This is how so many people miss knowing what is going on in the next room, or even in the next rehearsal. And this is how it is that I’ve never seen a band rehearsal or […]

Saturday Rehearsals

The second day of 14/48 always feels like someone picked up all the players from the night before, shook them up in a Yahtzee cup, and poured them out on the board again. Some of the players are still joined (Mark Boeker & Shawn Law, I notice, are still together – so are Tina LaPlant & Troy Fischnaller & John Lutyens). But almost everyone else has been rearranged, regrouped, refamilied. Today, the two worst rehearsal spaces from yesterday have been […]

Letters from the middle of the night – part deux

I asked the playwrights to email me in the middle of the night, in the middle of the process or when they were done, to let me know how it had gone (reminder: the theme is Liquor is Quicker) 12:48am – Paul Mullin is done. He says it has no comedy in it at all. (We’ll see.) “I had it mapped out by the time the bus dropped me off in Green Lake. It’s so obvious in retrospect. We all […]