The 14/48 Projects & ACTLab present

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Dates: Jan 4–12, 2019
Running Time: approximately 100 minutes, with one 15-minute intermission.
Location: Falls Theatre

Since 1997, 14/48: The World’s Quickest Theater Festival has challenged Seattle’s most daring theater artists to write, cast, design, direct, score, rehearse, and perform 14 world-premiere plays in 48 hours, dazzling audiences every time. Each weekend, artists gather on Thursday night. Writers are given a theme and write a play on that theme by the next morning. Directors are chosen at random, the plays are cast at random, musicians arrive and form a brand new band. Friday night, we present 7 world-premiere plays—never seen before, never seen again, impossible to forget—and then ask the audience for a new theme so we can start the whole process again in what the The Stranger describes as “a punishing artistic exercise in speed and endurance.”

New this year, all 8:00pm performances will feature ASL interpretation! 


1448 ThumbnailThe 14/48 Projects produces all iterations of The World’s Quickest Theater Festival, Theater Anonymous, and many more social theatrical events in Seattle. They are also developing a network of 14/48 Festivals nationally with 14/48: Austin, 14/48: Vashon, and internationally with 14/48: Leicester, 14/48: Wolverhampton, and 14/48: London!

For more information and a list of artists visit

Launched in 2007 as The Central Heating Lab, ACTLab serves as an incubator and catalyst for new works. Uniquely positioned to provide space and resources in a collaborative environment, ACT partners with emerging and seasoned local artists, giving them the sustenance and pressure required to experiment, grow, and transform their work and reach new audiences.

ACTLab is investing in the imagination of audiences and artists, cultivating new ideas through experimentation, excellent art, and meaningful partnerships.

ACT believes that our patrons can determine what is offensive for themselves, and what is appropriate for their children. We don’t create age restrictions but do our best to offer content advisories for each show. For detailed information about show content and possible triggers, please contact

14 plays written, cast, designed, directed, scored, rehearsed, and premiered in 48 hours.

“14/48 is a Seattle treasure. Cherish it.”

John Levesque, Seattle Magazine

“A punishing artistic exercise in speed and endurance.”

Brendan Kiley, The Stranger

“And, God f***ing damn, did I ever enjoy 14/48…This was my favorite Stranger Suggests so far.”

Kyle Regan, Stranger Suggests Contest Winner

“The ordeal seems to have its unique appeal.”

Joe Adcock, Seattle Post–Intelligence

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