MadLab Theatre and Gallery Presents Theatre Roulette 2010 5/6-5/29

MadLab Theatre and Gallery will present Theatre Roulette 2010 at 8:00, May 6th-May 29th, Thursday though Saturdays at MadLab Theatre and Gallery, 227 N. 3rd St. Columbus. All 12 shows will be presented on the final day of the festival, May 29th beginning at 2 pm. Tickets cost $12, $8 Students/Seniors, $6 Members. Call 614-221-5418 or visit

With this, their 11th annual Theatre Roulette, MadLab took a different approach to their script submission process. Wit most of their time and energy focused on finding a new space or alternative space to present their 2010 season, there would not be time for the usual process where the MadLab team would go through hundreds of submissions from across the country and around the world. Instead, they reached out to the many playwrights within their ensemble and in the Columbus theatre community as well as playwrights who they had worked with in prior Theatre Roulettes. From this group of scripts, 12 were selected. 3 were written by MadLab ensemble members, another 2 by Columbus playwrights with the remaining 7 from playwrights who had previous Roulette experience.

Auditions were held in January. 21 actors were cast in 39 roles. Four of them will make their Roulette debuts (Christina Duryea, Becky Horseman, Travis Horseman, and Mary Sink). This will be Christina's MadLab debut. 14 of Madlab's 25 ensemble members accepted roles with many accepting multiple parts.

Theatre Roulette offers three distinct nights of programming:

Each night of programming plays every weekend on a different night (see schedule below).

CRAZY/TALK night of programming - 5/6, 5/14, 5/22, 5/27 (all @ 8pm), 5/29 @ 2pm

The Final Scene of a Ninety-Six Hour Long Play by Scott Tobin
Narcoleptic Pillow Fight by Alex Dremman
In a Bad Place by Jennifer Feather
Let Lying Dogs Sleep by John Busser

TALK/DIRTY night of programming - 5/7, 5/15, 5/20, 5/28 (all @ 8pm), 5/29 @ 4pm

Touchy Feely by Greg Vovos
Nothing At All by Josh Kessler
Cracking Nuckols by Kevin Lottes
Four Dry Tongues by Alex Dremman

GONE/CRAZY night of programming - 5/8, 5/13, 5/21, 5/29 (all @ 8pm)

Fire by Aliza Einhorn
All The Answers by Mark Cornell
Suffer Sweet by Amanda Bauer
That Word by Mark Harvey Levine

All performances are at:


227 N. 3rd St.

Columbus, OH 43215
Ticket prices are $12 for general admission, $8 for students/seniors, $6 for MadLab members.

For reservations call 614.221.5418 or send to

To order tickets, go to:
The Columbus Foundation, GCAC and OAC support MadLab throughout the year.

CRAZY/TALK - Some crazy people who talk crazy.


Can two people truthfully love each other? That's what Greg and Amanda find out when a newspaper article about lying leads to all kinds of uncomfortable truths about themselves. One thing's for sure, neither of them will take this lying down.


Jason Sudy as Greg
Michelle Batt as Amanda

Directed by Scott Tobin

The NE Ohio based Busser's Dr. Wu Must be Eliminated, about two nitwits working for a Bondian supervillain, closed the 2008 version of Theatre Roulette.

IN A BAD PLACE by Jennifer Feather

How is comedy writer to survive in a world which only recognizes drama as art? With the aid of the waring voices in his mind, a writer will try to learn how to adapt.


Melissa Bair as Leslie
Josh Kessler as Writer
Travis Horseman as Mr. Silver
Christina Duryea as Actress
Andy Batt as Actor

Directed by Jennifer Feather and Jim Azelvandre

This is Miss Feather's second piece featured in Theatre Roulette. Her play, The Rebuttal was featured in Theatre Roulette 2006 and again as part of MadLab's Quintessential Roulette in 2009. Azelvandre directed the hit of 2009's Theatre Roulette, Alien Hand Syndrome.


A narcoleptic couple tries desperately and rather unsuccessfully to stay awake long enough to save their marriage.


Travis Horseman as Dave
Erin Prosser as Amanda

Directed by Peter Graybeal

Alex Dremman has 2 shows in this year's Roulette. In 2007, his On the Porch One Crisp Spring Morning, about mother and daughter spies battling each other, was part of Theatre Roulette.


by Scott Tobin

The Final Scene of a Ninety-Six Hour Long Play depicts three actors who come down to the homestretch after being on stage for nearly four days straight. As the actors' minds, bodies, and spirits have taken off into a whole other world, they find themselves redefining their craft and discovering that there is no perfect ending.


Sarah Brunet as Alice
David Thonnings as Gino
Peter Graybeal as Tucker

Directed by Justin Toomey

Scott Tobin, who has had over 50 plays produced nationwide, and several locally with MadLab, O.G. Productions, and On The Verge Productions, has his first play produced for Theatre Roulette. Justin Toomey makes his Roulette directing debut.
TALK/DIRTY - Dirty people talking dirty


On her broken porch swing, Granny Nuckols sucks in air from an oxygen tank, smokes Camel cigarettes and sings Patsy Cline, grasping at straws as she tries to articulate to her granddaughter the importance of what's never been there.


Randi Morgan as Nuckols
Traci Weaver as Dusty
Andy Batt as Man
Stephen Woosley as Man
Brendan Michna as Man

Directed by Michelle Batt

This is Lottes' 3rd Roulette selection. In 2003, Madlab presented The Line Shack and in 2005, Paralyzed July.

FOUR DRY TONGUES by Alex Dremman

Tristan invites his adorable friend Matt over to a party in his 4 foot square Manhattan closet apartment, hoping to lure him into bed, but unfortunately Tristan's best friend Ginny has the exact same plan.


Travis Horseman as Tristan
Vicki Andronis as Ginny
Jason Sudy as Matt
Melissa Bair as Laura

Directed by Sarah Brunet

Dremman's 2nd selection for this year's Roulette reunites the actresses who performed in his On the Porch One Crisp Spring Morning as Vicki Andronis stars and Sarah Brunet directs this fast paced, claustrophobic piece.

TOUCHY FEELY by Greg Vovos

Two men meet in the back halls of a large corporation: one, Doug, a married man who's tuned out a long time ago; and the other, Ted, a man who's reached that point in life - either he touches someone's life soon or he just might go off half-cocked.


Jim Azelvandre as Doug
Travis Horseman as Ted

Directed by Andy Batt

This is the 3rd show Greg Vovos has had performed as part of Theatre Roulette. In 2005, Today's Special was performed and in 2008, The Memo. The only Theatre Roulette show this year to feature Jim Azelvandre, recognized as Best Actor by The Other Paper last year, and as Best Actor by MadLab every year.

NOTHING AT ALL by Josh Kessler

Relationships are tough enough when you have to talk to each other. They're even harder when you're singing.


Josh Kessler as Man
Vicki Andronis as Woman
Erin Prosser as Chorus
Mary Sink as Chorus
John Kuhn as Chorus

Peter Graybeal as Pete

Directed by Stephen Woosley

Assistant Director: Amanda Bauer
MadLab ensemble member Kessler has his first piece done for Roulette. It's also the first musical in Theatre Roulette history. Kessler has had 2 pieces done as part of MadLab's 3in30 as well as a piece performed by O.G. Productions which is fitting as the co-founders of O.G. productions are also the directors for Nothing At All.

GONE/CRAZY - Some people are just gone. Others have gone crazy.

FIRE by Aliza Einhorn

A woman, a man, a dress, a match, a death. And a motorcycle.


Traci Weaver as Girl 1
Becky Horseman as Girl 2
Nikki Smith as Girl 3

Directed by Randi Morgan

This is the 2nd straight year that Aliza Einhorn has had a piece performed in Roulette. The Brooklyn NY based playwright had And I Alone Have Escaped To Tell You performed last year.

SUFFER SWEET by Amanda Bauer

Chuck has had a bad day and decides to drop out of society. No job, no material possessions, no rent to girlfriend?


David Thonnings as Chuck
Stephen Woosley as Sam
Traci Weaver as Rachel

Directed by John Kuhn

Amanda Bauer, co-writer of Stripped Away and several one acts as well as co-founder of O.G. Productions, makes her Theatre Roulette writing debut with this quirky touching piece.

ALL THE ANSWERS by Mark Cornell

A man dies and goes to a place between heaven and hell in search of all of life's answers.


Jason Sudy as Diego
Stephen Woosley as Joe

Directed by Tay Lane

Cornell has become a MadLab favorite as they have produced 2 of his plays, The Inciting Incident as part of Theatre Roulette 2007 and The Killing Room, a full length which was produced in October 2009. He also had an entry in MadLab Gallery's first ever film festival in 2008

THAT WORD by Mark Harvey Levine

Jimmy can't stop saying a certain well-known word. Then the English language strikes back.


Andy Batt as Jimmy
Sarah Brunet as Katie

Directed by Josh Kessler

This is the 4th time Levine has had a play of his performed during Roulette. Surprise in 2005, Saver in 2007 and The Rental in 2008. In September of this year, MadLab will present Cabfare for The Common Man, a collection of 7 one acts by Levine.

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