Dubbed "the world's quickest theater festival," Seattle's 14/48 Theater Festival will perform in ACT's Bullitt Cabaret space, January 9-10 and January 16-17 with two shows a night at 8:00 and 10:30 pm.

During the festival, over 100 of the city's most adventurous theatre artists will create 14 plays in 48 hours. Early Thursday night, before the Festival begins, participants choose a theme by completing this sentence: "Theatre 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. That evening, seven writers have one night to write a 10-minute play based on the theme. The next morning, seven directors gather and each randomly draw one play. Thirty minutes later, the directors blindly choose actors and actresses to cast the show. That day, the band shows up to provide music and sound as the directors and their casts rehearse. Early that evening the groups struggle to squeeze in a tech rehearsal and at 8pm the first show begins. After the seven world premiere plays wrap, the audience chooses a new theme and the adrenaline-charged theater-a-thon kicks in again.

For more information, visit www.1448fest.com.