young writers short play festival 2016
July 15th-30th, 2016
Tickets - $15
Student/Senior - $13
Member - $10
July 15th, 22nd, and 29th
- X & Y
- Garage Sale
- My, Myself, and I
- The Texting Dead
July 16th, 23rd, and 30th
- Chalk Outlines
- Clean Up On Register 3
- Seeing Stars
- A Girl Vs. The Future
MadLab is a non-profit organization that provides an artistic haven for the creation and experience of original works. Part of that effort involves giving young people the opportunity to create original works.
Founded in 2011, MadLab’s Young Writers Short Play Festival is designed to give local high school playwrights a professional theatrical experience. Students submit 10-minute plays, and the best are chosen to be developed and produced. Each student is given the opportunity to attend specialized workshops and collaborate with local and national mentor playwrights during the time they are in the program. At the end of the program the plays are performed at MadLab as a full-scale short play festival.
This program has a lasting impact on student and adult participants alike. Former playwrights have gone on to major in theatre in college, have their work included in textbooks, and perform on national television.
John Dranschak (Mentor for Nicole Ewen, Grace Hargis), a Columbus native, has been actively involved in the local professional theatre scene for nearly two decades and is currently an Executive Producer with Red Herring Productions. As a Director, his productions with Red Herring, BlueForms Theatre Group, Available Light Theatre, and Gallery Players have won recognition from the Central Ohio Theatre Critics’ Circle, the Central Ohio Theatre Roundtable, Columbus Alive, the Columbus Dispatch, the Jebby Awards, and the Other Paper, including sixteen citations for Best Show of the Year and three citations for Best New Work. He wrote for five local 24 Hour Theatre events, wrote a short for the 48 Hour Film Project, and wrote and directed the independent television pilot "On The Record", which premiered at the 2015 Hoboken International Film Festival. With Madlab, he wrote and directed "For The Life of Me" for Theatre Roulette 2001 and directed "Learning to Say" for Theatre Roulette 2004.
Jason Beehler (Mentor for Hannah Woods, Zoe Thomas, Myles Lawson) is a lawyer and writer, though he longs for the days when he can return to his first love: the hammered dulcimer.
Josh Kessler (Mentor for Anna Rolinatis, Eryn Henderson, Rachel Harris) has been working with MadLab as an improvateur, actor, director, and writer since 2006. His plays and sketches have been produced in conjunction with Theatre Roulette, 3in30, Too Much Xmas, and FFN's Sketch You Can Believe In. Josh has extensive experience in improvisational comedy, having coached and performed with troupes from across Ohio and organized multiple workshops for at-risk youth. He has also worked as an acting teacher and appeared nationally as the host of the game show “Dash for Dollars”. A graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University, Josh is a project manager and copy writer for COSI.
Audrey Rush (Mentor for Emily Lynch, Eliya Smith, and TyQura Fountain) has been an ensemble member at MadLab since 2012. A mentor with the Young Writers' program and actress seen in several shows at the Lab including 2014's The Playdaters, Audrey has also had the privilege of serving as director for Imagine Productions' 2014 production of La Cage Aux Folles and in 2015 directed Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? under her very own company, Adrenaline Theatre Group. She would like to thank the entire team at MadLab for saying 'yes' and providing such a unique forum for the creation of new and exciting theatre. Additional thanks to the cast and crew for bringing this to life, Chad for making me do this, my parents for making me, and as ever and always, Friend Rabbit for continuously tolerating my schedule and tantrums.