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About

In the span of 48 hours, 14 new plays are written, cast, directed, rehearsed, scored, designed, & premiered. The festival kicks off with the selection of a theme the night before, and seven writers each write a 10-minute play based on the randomly drawn theme. The plays are then drawn at random by seven directors who cast their plays by randomly drawing the names of actors from the 2023 Actor Roster. Directors meet with musicians from the 14/48 Band and designers from the 14/48 Design Team to create the worlds of each play on stage. Each play undergoes a quick tech rehearsal with our stage crew before it is performed for audiences at 7:30 PM and 9:30 PM. The whole process repeats itself the next day, producing 14 new plays in 48 hours.

14/48 Hollywood cultivates a supportive community for radical artistic collaboration, forging new connections between artists and audiences. Learn more about our  Festival Timeline, Producing Committee & Invitations Committee below.

Festival Timeline

In the span of 48 hours, 14 plays are written, cast, directed, rehearsed, scored, designed, & premiered...but how does it all work? To get an idea take a look at our festival's timeline.

Thursday Night

All festival participants are called to an introductory meeting, in person or on zoom. During the meeting, the theme is pulled from a list of ideas proposed anonymously by 14/48 Hollywood participants. Ex: “Theater would be a lot more interesting if there were seven ten-minute plays about _____.” One answer is chosen at random and that becomes the theme for the following evening. Writers are tasked to write a brand new 10-minute play based on the theme by 8:00 AM, Friday morning. The writers are given an order number for their play and allotted size of cast.

Friday Morning

Friday Until the Show 

After the first batch of plays are received, writers & directors meet in the space for the directors to pull a play at random. The directors then have the opportunity to discuss their chosen play with the playwright. An hour later, actors arrive and the draw happens again, this time with the directors drawing actors' names to assemble their casts.

After the first batch of plays are received, writers & directors meet in the space for the directors to pull a play at random. The directors then have the opportunity to discuss their chosen play with the playwright. An hour later, actors arrive and the draw happens again, this time with the directors drawing actors' names to assemble their casts.

The seven casts separate to rehearse as the musicians and designers are called to the venue. Musicians spend the day coordinating with the directors to create intro songs, transitions, and cues and for each play. Simultaneously, designers coordinate with directors to create any and all costumes, set pieces, & props for all seven shows.​

Starting around midday, each show gets 20 minutes to tech for lighting cues. The rest of the time is spent rehearsing and getting ready for the evening's shows!

Friday Evening

At 7:30 PM the seven world premier plays are performed for the first time. At this performance, audience members are invited to submit any idea for a theme for the Saturday's shows! This theme is pulled after the curtain call for first show, and the writers are sent off again to write seven more brand new plays to premiere the following evening. At 9:30 PM, the show is performed all over again.

Saturday Until the Show

Saturday morning and afternoon follows the same structure as Friday with seven brand plays based on the new theme.

Saturday Evening

At 7:30 PM the seven world premier plays are performed for the first time. At 9:30 PM, the show is performed all over again with a final bow and the final curtain call for the festival!

The Producing Committee

At 14/48 Hollywood, our talented and diverse team is the backbone of our productions. Our team includes actors, directors, designers and other tech-savvy creatives who all share our passion for theatre. Meet the team and feel the energy on stage.

Producers
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Benjamin McFadden

Artistic Director • he/him

Ben originates from Seattle and is a veteran actor, writer & director of 14/48: The World's Quickest Theatre Festival. Ben teaches acting and theater with a handful of companies and art centers across the West Coast. He is a graduate of Cornish College of the Arts and the Directing Intensive at Yale University.

 

Instagram: runbeemc

www.benjaminmcfadden.com

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Elena Maria Sanchez

Marketing Director • she/they

Elena Maria is a Chicana/Latine actor, designer, and illustrator springing from the Bay Area to Los Angeles. With a bachelor of arts degree in theatre from Occidental College, she draws upon extensive experience as a visual storyteller to conceive stunning graphics that invoke a distinct sense of emotion and atmosphere. Her experiences in performance, design, & photography coincide collaboratively with her work as a producer for 14/48 Hollywood. In their second year, she aims to evolve the visual identity of the festival to thrill and give joy to the greater theatre community of Los Angeles.

 

Instagram: elenamaria_sanchez

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Charles Norris

Company Manager • he/him

A graduate of Cornish College of the Arts, Charles is a proud working actor and producer. After years of appearing on Seattle stages, he is now based in Los Angeles, CA, where he’s been working commercially and theatrically the past 8 years. 

Instagram: black_chucknorris

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Mike Bowers

Production Manager • he/him

Mike Bowers is an actor, director, writer and producer living in Los Angeles. In addition to his work with 14//48 Hollywood, he also serves on the Board of Conundrum Theatre Company based out of Burbank. He loves theatre and is so grateful that he gets to work with so many incredible talented and dedicated people. You can see what he's up to on Instagram (@bikemowers) and read his musings on film and TV on his Substack.

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Hannah Schnabel

Development and Outreach • she/her

Hannah Schnabel is a long time participant in 14/48, with an almost 20 year history with the festival! First in Seattle and now here in Hollywood, Hannah is thrilled to continue her torrid love affair with this festival in her new home of sunny Los Angeles. Hannah is an actress and designer, with credits such as Buzzfeed, Microsoft, and an award winning Web Series to her name. Hannah won best costumes for her work on Manic Pixie Dream Wife at Austin Web Fest, as well as several awards for her line of high end women's plus size clothing. Hannah works as an Apparel Technical Designer here in LA, and performs whenever she gets the chance. Raise the f#&@ing stakes and risk it all for great art! 

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Heather Hawkins

Development and Outreach • she/her

After 30 years working as an actor, director, and teaching artist in Seattle-Heather and her family relocated to LA during Covid. Heather’s work has been seen at Seattle Shakespeare Company, Village Theater, Arts West, Taproot Theater, Intiman, ACT, 14/48 Productions , and Book-It Theater. She is the recipient of several Seattle Times Footlight Awards for excellence in acting and was nominated for a best actress Gregory Award for her work as Corrine in Gideon’s Knot at Seattle Public Theater.

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Sarah Karnes

Sales Manager • she/her

Sarah is an actor, writer, and performer who got her start on Seattle stages, often singing and dancing. Now based in LA, she performs on camera, on stage, and is always looking for ways to make theatre and community happen. Sarah is excited to bring years of front of house, development, and administrative experience to her behind the scenes work with 14/48.

Instagram: sarahekarnes

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Ben Burris

Invitation Committee Chair • he/him

Ben is an award winning actor/puppeteer/creator and a graduate of Cornish College of the Arts. He is an LA native, veteran designer of 14/48 Hollywood, veteran actor of 14/48 Seattle and is very excited to be bringing this festival back for the second year in his hometown!

Instagram: benhere_benthere

Invitations Committee

Artist involvement in 14/48 Hollywood is a volunteer-based invitations process only. To help foster an environment of community instead of competition, we do not hold auditions. Invitations come from the Invitations Committee, a group of local artists and 14/48 Veterans who strive to create an inclusive roster comprised of 80% new "rookie" artists each festival.

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Shannon Corbeil

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Shannon is a writer, director, and actor most recently seen on SEAL TEAM, THE ROOKIE, and the Duplass Brothers’ upcoming feature film THE KNIFE. She performed at The Geffen Playhouse and The Kennedy Center as a writer, actor, dancer, and singer. Shannon was a 2023 Disney TV Writing Fellowship Finalist. Shannon served as an Intelligence Officer after 9/11, providing intel support to A-10 pilots in South Korea and analyzing cyber threats at the National Security Agency.

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Alvin E. Ford Jr.

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Alvin Ford Jr. is a multi-hyphenated creative with a proven track record in nonprofit administration & management, event planning, producing, and freelance director. He has worked at Theatre503 in London, Studio Theatre, Theatre J, Arena Stage, and Antaeus Theatre.He holds a Master's in Arts Policy and Management from Birkbeck College, University of London, and a Bachelor's in Theater Management and Media Studies from Pennsylvania State University. Alvin lives in Long Beach with his husband and his two children.

 

Instagram: alvintheotherchipmunk

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Hannah Schnabel

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Hannah Schnabel is a long time participant in 14/48, with an almost 20 year history with the festival! First in Seattle and now here in Hollywood, Hannah is thrilled to continue her torrid love affair with this festival in her new home of sunny Los Angeles. Hannah is an actress and designer, with credits such as Buzzfeed, Microsoft, and an award winning Web Series to her name. Hannah won best costumes for her work on Manic Pixie Dream Wife at Austin Web Fest, as well as several awards for her line of high end women's plus size clothing. Hannah works as an Apparel Technical Designer here in LA, and performs whenever she gets the chance. Raise the f#&@ing stakes and risk it all for great art! 

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G. Joshua Sliwa

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g. joshua sliwa participated in his first 14/48 in Seattle in 2000 and has been involved in over ten productions, as an actor, photographer and volunteer. He met his wife of almost twenty years and got engaged at consecutive 14/48’s in 2003. He was thrilled to act in the inaugural 14/48 Hollywood and is excited to serve on the Invitations Committee. A huge thank you to all who have worked so hard to make 14/48 such a wonderful event!

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Luciana Valero

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Lu is an interdisciplinary artist from Mexico City. By combining a variety of artistic expressions, and engagement practices, she works on creating opportunities for underrepresented communities to engage in artistic work and to reclaim spaces and narratives historically neglected to them. Performer, director, playwright, photographer, and more.

Invitations
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