Sunday, June 30, 2013

Thanks, virgins!

Alas, 14/48, the world's quickest theater festival, is finished for the year. But one of many reasons that 14/48 is better than Christmas is that it happens more often. The festival will next be at ACT in January.

Saturday night's seven plays, based on the theme "The devil is in the details," went out with a bang. Ahem. The final play of the evening, "Kids. Today." written by Nik Perleros and directed by Julia Griffin, featured a wild sex scene between the characters plays by Mark Waldstein and Sandra Ponce. The scene was more than a little awkward. It's tough to maintain modesty during frantic stage copulation followed by the immediate arrival of three fully-grown, slimy, and demonic offspring. You really had to be there.

Weisenheimer has had a difficult time picking a favorite play of the evening. It was either "The Importance of Beauty" written by John Farrage and directed by Justin Alley, or "Hot Tub" written by Brandon Jepson and directed by Agastya Kohli. The former featured Daniel Wood as da Vinci and Emily Grogan as his model for the Mona Lisa, David Nail as the modern-day art professor who doesn't understand the painting, and Rebecca M. Davis as the student who does. The latter was a bit less subtle. Zach Adair and Meaghan Halverson played a couple being cooked up in a cauldron by witch Erin Pike. They were in the predicament because Adair's character forgot the map. They got out of it because Cody Smith, a lovable troll who is friends with the witch (he calls himself a "hag hag"), let them go, as he usually does with dinner. He's turning vegan.

We couldn't find any photos from last
night to steal! Everyone must have been
too exhausted to post any! Here's
Weisenhimer's pic of the opening screen.
We also enjoyed "The Ceremony" by Kate Jaeger and directed by Debra Pralle, in which the world is destroyed by a super demon because someone forgot the salt. There was a lot of creepiness this weekend, including Rob MacGregor's performance as the title character in "Oscar Clyde Denman," a controlling butler who didn't want Rachel Glass to go off to the extreme dangers of college. The play was written by Jennifer Jasper and directed by Alyson Soma. "Alfred" by Holly Arsenault and directed by Maria Glanz, was an oddball knife salesman who encounters two similar, yet very different, women at a bus stop. As for "My Cat From Hell" by Dave Clapper: while my Sweetie, the official scorer, is a Jackson Galaxy fan, Weisenheimer doesn't think any plays should be based on naughty cats.

We'd like to think everyone who participated in this weekend's 14/48 is no longer a virgin, but this may not be the case. As co-founder Jodi-Paul Wooster noted during his curtain speech last night, "You're deflowered when I say you're deflowered."

See you in January, blossoms!

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