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[Madlabnewsletter] It's a Beautiful Day! (The New MadLab Building is Opening!)

Posted by madlabnews on 2010.03.19 at 12:18
105 N Grant Ave
Columbus OH 43215

1. No, Thank You!

Today is the day that our brand new building opens. We're excited about it. We're tired, but excited. We want to thank all the people that were involved in making it happen. And in the months and years ahead, we're gonna continue to thank you beyond a shout out in our newsletter.

We want to especially thank at this point all the volunteers who came down to help with the renovations. An exhausting but ultimately incredibly rewarding process. Andy Batt, our managing director, who may sleep til June (except we need him for Roulette), was there every day with a Herculean effort. We want to thank the skilled labor, the contractors who were beyond crucial to getting this done. These include our own board member, Bruce Coates, who along with Andy, practically lived at the lab the last 2 1/2 months.Tom Newman, another of our board members, also did an amazing job with getting the place wired. Our prety lights aren't easy. Phil Brunet, who donated his time, equipment, and even his employees and their time, as well as Brian Barlup, John Kuhn, and a host of others, whose expertise and skills, were graciously donated and really picked us up.

We also want to thank the "unskilled" labor. Our ensemble showed why a little non-profit new works theatre was able to open its own space in the middle of downtown Columbus. A space it owns. The dedication, commitment, drive, and clearly collective mental illness of this group is staggering. And inspiring.

And we had so many people from outside our ensemble and board come down and help us. We know people. People who believe in what we're doing. And who like to break and/or build stuff.

We want to thank all the donors for our raise thre roof project. If you've given or haven't given, we're still paying for this building, so keep it coming.

We want to thank our guarantors who made the dream of owning a building happen, Tom Newman and Melissa Bair. And me.

We want to give an extra special thanks to Jim and Sue McGill. They're like a Dynamic Duo. They're heroes. But they don't wear utility belts.

And we want to thank anyone who has ever come to a show, bought a piece of art from the gallery, sent a donation, performed in a show, written a Roulette piece, done anything along the way to get us to this exciting point. Not only with your financial support, but also by showing that the kind of theatre and arts experience we provide is viable and exciting.

But the opening of this new building is not a touchdown. We haven't crossed the goal line. We just got the kickoff. The hard work will continue. But now we will get back to what we do best. Providing a haven for new works. Doing some of the best theatre in Columbus, period. Expanding the way live theatre is presented. Making our patrons feel like guests and friends, not merely people who paid to get in our theatre. What we've been doing since MadLab started. Just better. And with individual mens and women's restrooms.


2. New and Improved MadLab: Opens Tonight March 19!

It opens tonight. The new place. 227 N. 3rd St. We think you're gonna be amazed. But we still need your help. See Item #2.

Who better to open it than Shake and Bake (Fake Bacon and The Shimmy SHake Project)? They are not only our close theatre/improv friends, but also many of their members spent a good deal of time and energy getting the new place renovated.

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:

OSU Lantern: http://www.thelantern.com/arts/columbus-comedians-come-together-for-festival-1.1266573

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

3. To Pay for Party Favors and Such

The building's opening, but we still got bills to pay.

In March of 2010, MadLab we open the doors on our 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

4. 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.

This week its our good buddies, close friends and fellow degnerates from Fake Bacon and The Shimmy Shake Project. If you haevn't seen these groups, tonight's the night as they open our new place!


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!!

5. 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. This guy knows how to cast a show!: http://www.madlab.net/MadLab/quint.html#5

6. 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

7. Who's House? Run's House!

* Come on Syracuse. Do not let me down. Or i will burn up my new hat. Or eat it.

* I think this show is gonna be really good and you should check it out. The actresses are fantastic including the best in Columbus, the young kid is gonna blow you away with his energy and the writer and director do some really good work around town. The lead? He's a bit of a stiff: http://www.onthevergeproductions.com/upcoming-shows.html

* So the guy that used to run The Round Bar has a new place in Bexley called the Old 40. It's on Main across from The Top Steakhouse. He invited us out there. We're going soon. We may be using the Vodkathon van. We may need a plce to crash otherwise. So, anyone in Bexley......

* Song I Like This Week: Beautiful Day by U2

Well yeah we're moving on up,


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