Arts Briefs | Jan. 19 issue

14/48 Theater Festival is back, Sweeney Todd tickets now on sale, and Portage Fil to celebrate 50 years in concert.

14/48 Theater Festival

14/48 Vashon: The World’s Quickest Theater Festival, is back after a two-year pandemic pause.

This fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants event will boast the creative magic of more than 50 actors, writers, directors, designers, musicians, and technical geniuses — a who’s who of talent from Vashon and across the water. Together, this ensemble will give birth to 14 original 10-minute plays in 48 hours.

Based in Seattle since 1997, The 14/48 Projects is an internationally known organization that uses “unconventional structures to create events that strengthen the artistic community and transcend audience expectations.”

On Vashon, 14/48 is presented by Open Space for Arts & Community with support from Vashon Center for the Arts (VCA) and will bow at Open Space on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 27 and 28.

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Sweeney Todd tickets on sale

Vashon Repertory Theatre’s production of Stephen Sondheim’s masterwork, “Sweeney Todd,” will bow at VCA on Feb. 16 (a preview performance) and then continue with a run from Feb. 17 to 26, in VCA’s Kay White Hall.

The production’s cast includes Stephanie Murray, in the late Angela Lansbury’s famed Broadway role as Mrs. Lovett, Miles Wingett as Perelli, Max Lopuszynski as Beadle, Arlette Moody as Lucy, and Brad Thomas as the demon barber himself. Christopher Overstreet will provide musical direction.

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Portage Fil celebrates 50 years

Celebrating its golden anniversary as an ensemble, Vashon’s Portage Fill Big Band will perform in a special concert at 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29, at VCA. Get tickets at

Tickets are free for those ages 18 and younger.