Etymology, Jennifer Jasper’s 14/48 play from January 2014, was selected as one of the Final 30 plays (from nearly 1400 submitted internationally) in the Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival in NYC at Playwrights Horizons. The playwrights had the option of producing their own version of the play for the competition, and Jennifer asked The 14/48 Projects to help her do just that. We sent Jennifer and two actors, Megan Ehiers and Trick Danneker, to NYC for four days to represent Jennifer, 14/48, Seattle, and to win the competition! And what happened next? In the words of the playwright:
Well, hm, let’s see…with the tremendous help of the 14/48 Projects we were able to raise $9000 to take the production to NYC in August to compete at the Samual French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival. I was thrilled to have Megan Ahiers and Trick Danneker join the team as actors and Shawn Belyea as director. We (Megan, Trick, Kathie Whitehall – my wife and co-producer) had a great time at the festival and not only did we make the finals (best 11) we went on to be one of the Final Six Winners. et•y•mol•o•gy will be published in the Samuel French OOB Festival 2014 collection in January 2015.
But the story doesn’t end there. On my return from New York I was approached by Mary Davis of MBL Productions. She had seen the Friday night performance and loved the play. She asked if I had any full lengths or other work that she could read. I said sure, knowing that really I had only a my handful of 14/48 plays. I sent them off to her as well as a link to my solo work. I recently signed my contract with MBL who is producing a 12 performance showcase of my work Off Broadway in the winter of 2015/16. I have quit my full time job and am working part time to be able to spend more time writing. I have been awarded a residency in August with the Willapa Bay AiR. The showcase is a collection of short plays entitled “Pressing Matters”. So this little thing called 14/48 is actually a HUGE thing and a life changer. At least for me. I can’t thank them enough.
We are so proud of Ms. Jennifer Jasper, and happy to have been able to contribute to her success through our Partner Projects program.