MadLab Announces 2017 Young Writers Short Play Festival
MadLab's Young Writers Short Play Festival, featuring a collection of ten short plays written by 14 area high school students, will take place July 14 - 29, 2017 at MadLab, 227 N. 3rd St., in Columbus. Admission is $18 for the general public, $15 for students and seniors and $13 for MadLab members. Tickets are available online at www.madlab.net.
Founded in 2011 and now in its sixth year, MadLab's Young Writers Short Play Festival is designed to give local high school playwrights a professional theatrical experience. Students are invited to submit their 10-minute plays, a selected group of which 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 their time in the program. At the end of the program, the plays are performed at MadLab in a fully-produced short play festival.
The program has a lasting impact on student and adult participants. Former playwrights have gone on to major in theatre in college, have their work included in textbooks, and perform on national television.
This year's plays include:
Because I Could Not Stop for Death by Alyssa Shulman, directed by Becky Horseman
Death, Discovering Your Role by Jenny Morrison, directed by Constance Hester
Guardian Matchmaker by Kami Tibbles, Directed by Madeline Jobrack
Featuring Miranda Alch, Chorsie Calbert IV and Cat McAlpine
Hideaway Bay by Maddie Conley, Directed by Michelle DiCeglio
Featuring Sidney Edson, Erynn Robe, Zach Throne and Hannah Woods
Hope by Taylor McGowan, Directed by Tay Lane
Featuring Sam Clements, Taylor Davis, Samantha Eyler, Kristin Green, Julia Leet, Ayla Mendenhall and Shane Stefanchik
Offensive Penalty by Emily Henderson, directed by Stephen Woosley and Nick Arganbright
Featuring Cat McAlpine, Dallas Ray, Erynn Robe and William Scarborough
Quite Possibly the Worst Play Ever Written by Liam Flanigan, directed by Josh Kessler
Featuring Jared Raines, Dallas Ray, William Scarborough, Matt Schlichting and Cameron Schneider
Sarajevo, 1914 by Rachel Phillips, directed by Randi Morgan
Featuring Sam Clements, Joe Liles, Cat McAlpine, Cameron Schneider
The Void by Andrea Gapsch and Zoe Thomas, directed by Carl Burgason
Featuring Samantha Eyler, Aylah Mendenhall, Michael Moore, Will Thompson and Emily Turner
Two separate programs will be offered, each showcasing five plays. Friday evening performances and the July 16 matinee performance will feature Because I Could Not Stop for Death, Death, Discovering Your Role, Hope, Offensive Penalty and Quite Possibly the Worst Play Ever Written. Saturday evening performances and the July 23 matinee performance will feature Guardian Matchmaker, Hideaway Bay, Ovaries River and Through the Woods, The Void and Sarajevo, 1914. Friday and Saturday evening performances begin at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinee performances begin at 3 p.m.
MadLab is a non-profit organization that provides an artistic haven for the creation and experience of original works. For more information about events at MadLab, visit www.madlab.net. The Community Arts Fund of The Columbus Foundation, Greater Columbus Arts Council and Ohio Arts Council support MadLab throughout the year.