Plays might be any number of places in late afternoon rehearsals.
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Kelly Johnson is bartender and band liaison for 14/48 this weekend, so she’s got 2/3 of sex, drugs and rock and roll down. As band liaison, it’s her job to get anything the musicians need. Most of the time, that means finding music, but it might mean finding sound effects, or even turning videos of “delightful water sounds to fall asleep to” into a sound file.
I went around and asked people “What is your favorite part of 1448?” Here is what I found out… what about you? What is your favorite? Erin Stewart “Working with people never worked with, doing roles probably wouldn’t get cast in.” Paige Lowe “You get to see a lot plays, and you get to see … it’s not the same play 7 times, not the stereotypical romantic comedy where thye get together and eat cheese. Or 40 old man having a crisis. […]
For people who are less theater-minded, the role of lighting might not be as obvious as an actor or writer, but in a festival like 14/48, it’s an essential challenge. Lighting designer Lily McLeod has helped with 14/48’s lighting before, but she’s still considered a virgin on the design team. She explained that lighting is especially important in a festival like 14/48. “When you’re so limited in the set, she said, “Lighting is world building.” The color, intensity and quality […]
If the virgins were amazed by how many people it took to make 14/48 happen, they might be even more surprised by how much food it takes to feed them. This weekend, Jessica Stepka and Alber Sucupira are the kitchen leads. Earlier this week, they met to try to figure out how to keep the staff, artists and volunteers fed for the entire weekend. That means breakfast, lunch, dinner, and of course, snacks, for people who won’t leave the college […]
The morning rehearsal. The writer will sit through the first read-through and then it is all about the director guiding their cast of actors through the script again and again. There are different styles. Many read thrus sitting down. Having the actors wander around and learn their lines. A quick read-thru and UP ON FEET and blocking. And stopping and adding. And blocking. Looking around the day has a different vibe than yesterday. It’s cooler and the plays feel […]
The two-hander is theater slang for a play with two people. 14/48 always has one two-hander and it’s infamous for having the hardest roles. Then actors only have 24-hours to learn half the lines in a 10 minute play (as opposed to a 4 or 5 person play where you might only have half as much). You also only have one person to play off of, so you have to hope you get good matches for the draw since there’s […]
When 14/48 says someone’s a “virgin” it just means that they’re new to a discipline (acting, directing, writing, designing or band). This year, band member Mark Fullerton is a Mazen Award winner, 14/48 Member, and a virgin. On the other end of the spectrum, there are virgins who never heard of the festival before they were invited to participate.
This was a fun night. Every writer made good use of the theme. Every actor acted their hearts out. Every director made strong choices. AND the band killed it. Jodi Paul did the intro to the night. That man can mince some words. He said my favorite word “cadre” when referring to all the actors tonight. A “cadre of talent”. THEN he outdid himself by referring to dionysus when gesturing to the refreshment table. This year there is ONE bucket […]