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[Madlabnewsletter] Set It Up for Everyone He Said

Posted by madlabnews on 2010.03.07 at 22:59
105 N Grant Ave
Columbus OH 43215

1. New and Improved MadLab: Opening Friday March 12

It opens Friday. The new place. 227 N. 3rd St. We're working like crazy to get it ready. We think you're gonna be amazed. But we still need your help. See Item #2.

Take a look at how far we've come: http://www.madlab.net/MadLab/building.html Thanks for all of your help.

People are still talking about it:

614 magazine: http://614columbus.com/magazine/03-01-2010/madlab-moves-to-new-digs

Columbus Underground: http://www.columbusunderground.com/madlab-theatre-relocating-to-new-downtown-space

Theatre Vault: http://theatrevault.com/2009/12/in-the-spotlight-madlab-relocates/

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. We Still Want You, Need You, Love You

It's opening thius week come Hell or high water and we are oh so close to reaching our goal of $20,000 to complete the funding of the absolutely needed renovation of the new Madlab building.

So close we can taste it...

Through generous help and support from our community we have come
within $6,000 of our fundraising goal. This is no small feat... But
without that remaining $6,000 we may have bathrooms - without toilets!

In March of 2010, MadLab will open the doors at its new space at 227
North Third Street, making it one of the only theatre companies in
Columbus to own its own venue. The new property increases the
company’s available square footage from 2450 to 3750, which allows
the Gallery, Theatre house, Scene Shop and storage to be moved under the
same roof.
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. 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 the tickets are already going fast this time. So, buy those tickets today! http://www.madlab.net/MadLab/Buy_Tickets.html

And as excited as we are to have them back yet again, they are excited about opening up the new place:

"Having grown up in Columbus and gone on to do theater all over the world, it's really awesome to be able to come back home to a thriving fringe theater scene like the one that MadLab is cultivating. For them to be buying a new space and amping up their operations in the current economy is a real testament to their success and the strength of Columbus audiences. It's totally against the national trend of theaters and arts organizations imploding.
Columbus is one of our favorite tour stops - always fun shows - and we're super excited to be coming back."
-Andrew Connor, The Cody Rivers Show

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!!

4. 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. Nothing's secret: http://www.madlab.net/MadLab/tr2009.html#9

5. 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

6. The drillin’ in the wall kept up but no one seemed to pay it any mind

* Can someone arrange it so that Syracuse doesn't have to play Louisville in the tournament?

* I used to like the Oscars and then they got all commercial.

* She was with Big Jim but she was leanin’ to the Jack of Hearts.

* Song I Like This Week: Lily, Rosemary, and the Jack of Hearts by Bob Dylan

But most of all she was thinkin’ ’bout the Jack of Hearts.,


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