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[Madlabnewsletter] So Before We End and Then Begin

Posted by madlabnews on 2010.02.09 at 22:01
105 N Grant Ave
Columbus OH 43215

1. MadLab II: Pictures!

Here it is, a look at our progress on the new place: http://www.madlab.net/MadLab/building.html Thanks for all of your help.

We're working towards our goal of opening in March. But still need your help. See Item #2.

People are still talking about it:

Downtown Columbus: http://www.downtowncolumbus.com/rightnow/

Metromix: http://columbus.metromix.com/events/article/the-new-madlab/1688498/content

Dispatch: http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/arts/stories/2009/12/17/2_MADLAB_MOVE.ART_ART_12-17-09_D3_AAG13M9.html?sid=101

The Other Paper: http://www.theotherpaper.com/articles/2009/12/16/arts/doc4b29664cedf1e844156819.txt

Columbus Alive: http://www.columbusalive.com/live/content/features/stories/2009/12/17/ca_ar_curtain_madlab.html?sid=108

MadLab Theatre and Gallery has purchased a property located at 227 North Third Street, in downtown Columbus making it one of the few theatre companies in Columbus, Ohio to own its venue.

The new property increases the company’s available square footage from 2450 to 3750, which allows Gallery, Theatre house, Scene Shop and storage to moved under the same roof.

Goodbye: MadLab will say goodbye to its current leased property at 105 N. Grant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215 in February 13, 2010 with 12 Hour Theatre Production. 12 Hour Theatre will be a production where MadLab writers, directors and actors produce six 15 minute plays from start to finish in the course of only 12 hours (similar to our 24 and 48 hour style productions).

Hello: MadLab will take possession of the property immediately. Renovations begin January 1, 2010 and are scheduled to be completed March 1, 2010. MadLab plans to open the doors to the new venue mid-March, 2010.

Raise the Roof -Help MadLab “Raise the Roof” of the new space by providing donations of money, materials or your time. The total budget for renovations of the new facility is projected to be $70,000. Currently MadLab has raised $50,000. The Raise the Roof campaign provides opportunities to contribute towards the creation of this new downtown venue. Donations can be made by visiting MadLab’s website, www.madlab.net.

Andy Batt, Managing Director of MadLab, on the significance of this move: The mere fact that MadLab will be owning its own space is a titanic step in our development. No longer will MadLab be beholden to anyone else. The doors have opened for us to do what we want, when we want with our own space. But, beyond the obvious advantages of owning our own space, there are so many things about this new space that will become so advantageous. For too long, MadLab has only had one restroom for the public to use during intermissions and before and after productions. Now, not only will there be multiple fixtures in the rest room, but there will be public male and female restrooms that will not only make patrons feel more comfortable, but also help ease the flow of traffic during these time periods. Almost as important to the people within the organization itself, is the practicality of having its scene shop in the same building as the theatre. This makes all our lives so much easier by not having to haul set pieces and such from one location to another. Just moving it from one room to another will make load ins and set building so much more convenient. All these things, combined with the renewed excitement within our organization, are just more reasons why MadLab is here to stay for decades to come.

Check out more info about the new space at: www.madlab.net

2. Rome Wasn't Built In a Day and Neither Was MadLab.

Raise the Roof!

MadLab’s Board of Directors and Ensemble have raised over $25,000 to
convert the building to the premiere alternative arts venue in Columbus.
But we need your support!

Thursday night a group of Board and Ensemble members are meeting and
will begin calling our list of friends asking for support of this new
venture. Since you might have plans - and we’re sure you don’t want
to miss the chance to be a part of this adventure - we thought we had
better give the opportunity to make a donation online. You can help us
out, and we won’t interrupt your favorite TV show!

Visit http://www.madlab.net/MadLab/building.html and click on the
donate button on the right hand side of the page. From there you can
enter any amount - and any amount helps!

The MadLab crew is hard at work renovating our new downtown venue.
Check out pictures of the building and crew here
http://www.madlab.net/MadLab/building.html Just scroll to the bottom
of the page.

Thanks for being part of the experiment!
Jenn Barlup
Chair, Board of Directors

3. 12 Hour Theatre of Love - Februrary 13 Last Show at 105 N. Grant Ever!

We've already got a lot of reservations. Get on it. You don't want to be turned away. It's too cold out.

Stay or come for the party afterwards. You know what? Just do both.

Not only is this the last show, but also MadLab founders Eric Myers and Dan O'Reilly return to write a play in the old school MadLab way.

This is the last show that will be performed at MadLab’s current space at 105 N. Grant Ave. They move into their new space at 227 N. 3rd St. in March. They are currently renovating that space and hope to raise money to assist in the renovations of their new facility with this show. Puts me in the mood for love.

MadLab has produced multiple 24s and two 48s, what's next? A 12 Hour Theatre production. Why? Why not! Constantly wanting to challenge themselves, MadLab will produce 6 one-act plays from start to finish in a mere 12 hours. With only 2 hours to produce a 10-15 minute script, six writers will scramble to get their work done in time for the directors and actors to finish the job by 8pm on 2/13. Can it be done? Of course! What choice do we have?

Scheduled to Appear:

Michelle Batt, Randi Morgan, Linda O’Donnell, Amanda Bauer, Stephen Woosley

Andy Batt, Amanda Bauer, Chris Lane, Eric Myers & Dan O'Reilly (MadLab founders), David Thonnings and Scott Tobin

Vicki Andronis, Jim Azelvandre, Melissa Bair, Sarah Brunet, Jon Calig, Jason Dahmer, Jennifer Feather, Josh Kessler, Tay Lane, Greg McGill, Jeff McIntyre, Brendan Michna, Jennifer Ntiri, Lorinda Ostapuck, Erin Prosser, Jason Sudy, Justin Toomey, Traci Weaver, and Stephen Woosley

Andy Batt & Peter Graybeal

Ticket prices are $15, $10 for members for each performance,
For reservations call 614.221.5418 or send to publicity@madlab.net

4. 3in30: Twilight Feb 12

If you're a long time or short time fan of MadLab, you do not want to miss Jim Graham's Along the Trail. And if you missed Josh and I as team edward and team jacob last Friday, just wait til this week.

This blog from The Dispatch's Michael Grossberg gets to the heart of it all: http://blog.dispatch.com/mgrossberg/2010/01/3_in_30_series_madlab_says_far.shtml

This time 3in30 at an earlier time. 8, 7 Central.

Back with its 9th edition and the last one at Madlab’s current space, it is 3 in 30. Every 2 months (or so or less), MadLab will present 3 original 10-minute plays based on a common theme. In other words, 3 plays in 30 minutes (or so). This month’s theme is Twilight, a nod to the book and motion picture and the twilight of MadLab’s time at 105 N. Grant Avenue. In every cycle a new theme is presented, pitches pitched and selected, plays written, directors and casts selected, and the plays rehearsed and performed. And then the cycle begins again.

At the End of Sundowning by Tay Lane, Directed by Michelle Batt—A couple tries to confront the impact of Sundown Syndrome on their relationship. Tay Lane as Laura, Chris Lane as Oz, Randi Morgan as Mary

Breaking Homeroom by Scott Tobin, Directed by Mary Sink —Ms. Cullen’s students may have mastered the three R’s, but their most important quiz awaits. Shana Kramer as Amanda, Jeff McIntyre as Skirt, Peter Graybeal as Ms. Cullen

Along the Trail by Jim Graham, Directed by Andy Batt —A stranger helps a hiker move on to a new path. Melissa Bair as Hiker(Gabe) and Michael Moore as Stranger (Grant).

5. Kill 'Em With Kindness Comedy Festival

So to open our new building, what better than a six week long comedy festival with tons of acts, some local, some from out of town, closed by everyone's favorite FFN? Nothing, I say. Nothing.

It opens on March 12th with the return of The Cody Rivers Show. These guys sold out last time and I know they will this time. So, buy those tickets today! http://www.madlab.net/MadLab/Buy_Tickets.html

The Cody Rivers Show creates kinetic and unpredictable comedy theatre that has amazed audiences and defied description for the past five years.
Pushing the envelopes of physical theatre, dance, music, and high-concept comedy, The Cody Rivers Show delivers unique shows unlike any other comedy act, past or present. Their latest new piece - ‘Right Back Where We Finished’ - sprints between precocious youths, game theory, pioneer-era linguistics, ants and prairie dogs, the confessions of an unruly teen, eccentric old men, baby, jockeys, ping-pong, and oh so much more. It’s like running a marathon, doing algebra, and eating cake all at the same time.

Fake Bacon & The Shimmy Shake Project will be teaming up to bring you the finest in short-form improv comedy. Whether putting their own spin on classic improv games or hitting you with their healthy dose of troupe originals, their high-intensity show is certain to generate laughs both long and loud.

Comedy’splosion returns to MadLab! This will be the third year Columbus-based stand-up comics Justin Golak & Sumukh Torgalkar have put on the mammoth weekend of shows which celebrates stand-up comedy in Columbus. Billed as a stand-up show run by stand-up comics, for stand-up comedy fans, Comedy’splosion features established Columbus-based comics performing alongside standout up-and-comers from the Columbus comedy scene. Come out and see the best stand-up comedy that Columbus has to offer.

See You Thursday is the resident troupe of Pull The String Productions, a non-profit organization developed by co-founders Bill Sabo and Sean Wheeler to promote the awareness, education and creative development of improvisational performance in Central Ohio. See You Thursday's show format involves various non-related scenes divided by blackouts and music. The scenes can possibly be related, but generally develop independently from one another. Nothing is scripted out; everything that happens between the performers on stage is entirely spontaneous and made up on the spot. The scenes are character-driven, and with the exception of a suggestion given at the top of the show, audience participation is non-existent (with the hopeful exception of laughter, of course).

THE REGIME - April 9-10
Returning to MadLab after almost a year, The Regime is sure to please with its latest installment of home-grown sketch comedy.

For the last four years, FFN has brought you Columbus’ only true long-form style of improv, creating full thirty to sixty minute plays right before your eyes. This time, you will decide which format of old they will resurrect before your very eyes as they will be at the whim of the deadly....Wheel of Improv!!

6. The New MadLab website

It's been totally redesigned. It looks great. Has more content. Has more pictures. More of everything MadLab you want. And crave!!

Awesome new site, same old address: www.madlab.net

Get lost in it. I did. Nice stache! http://www.madlab.net/MadLab/quint.html#4

7. Theatre Roulette 2010

THEATRE ROULETTE moves to MadLab’s new home at 227 North Third Street for the first of several annual shorts festivals away from Grant Avenue

All the details: http://www.madlab.net/MadLab/tr2010.html

8. We'll Drink A Toast to How It's Been
* Awesome article about the Columbus improv scene: http://columbus.metromix.com/events/essay_photo_gallery/columbus-improv-guide/1747062/content

* That was a pretty cool Super Bowl. Sorry Colts fans. And Who fans.

* Do they still make those pajamas with the flap in the back?

* Song I Like This Week: I've Loved These Days by Billy Joel

A few more times that I can say, I've loved these days,


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