14/48 Austin 2016: The World’s Quickest Theater Festival
Back for its third year, nearly 50 Austin actors, playwrights, directors, designers and musicians will make 14 world-premiere plays in 48 hours as part of 14/48: The World’s Quickest Theater Festival. There will be two performances each night and each night features seven different, brand-new plays.
The format of the festival also yields two nights of wild, unexpected live performance. During 14/48, seven world-premiere plays are written, cast, directed, rehearsed, scored, designed and performed twice in 24 hours. The entire process is then repeated the next day with seven new plays.
Participants and audience members have the opportunity to complete the sentence: “I want to see seven ten-minute plays about _____.” One answer per night is chosen at random, and the writers spend the night crafting a play based on that theme. In the morning, directors choose scripts and casts at random. The band writes original music based on the theme, and designers build sets and find costumes.
This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin.