<![CDATA[MadLab - Lab Notes]]>Tue, 14 Nov 2017 11:51:03 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Meet the scientists: ed eybel]]>Thu, 01 Jun 2017 13:09:47 GMThttp://madlab.net/lab-notes/meet-the-scientists-ed-eybelWelcome back to "Meet The Scientists", the series of profiles of the people who support us in our experiments in new works at MadLab. They not only support us with their ticket purchases, but more importantly by attending performances regularly - they provide the most important piece of any live performance: the audience. 

Ed Eybel is a long-time supporter of MadLab and other theatres around town.  You've probably seen his fancy bicycle outside, or noticed his rear-view glasses.  Ed almost never misses a MadLab show, and we are always excited to see his name pop up in our system!  He seems to like us, and we're pretty crazy about him.  So get to know him! 
What's your first memory of seeing a live show?
About 4 years old. The little neighbor girl showed me her’s, so I showed her mine.
 
What's your favorite play/musical? 
Duh, the Sound of Music! 
 
How many shows do you think you see a year? 
40.5 – there’s always one I leave half way through. 
 
What's your favorite show you've seen at MadLab?
So many shows, such a lousy memory ... I’ll go with ‘Frying Pan Tag’.  Colleen Dunne made an impression in that one.
 
What other theatres in town do you like to check out?
I’m a regular @ Shadowbox and the CATCO theaters.  
 
What would you like to see MadLab do that they haven't? 
Would  ‘Desire Under the Elms’ be too much of a stretch?​
What part of town do you live in?
UA 
 
What's your day job?
I’m an echo tech. That’s an diagnostic ultrasound technician that images hearts. All day I tell people to take their shirts off and lie down in a dark room. Warm gel is involved.
 
When you're not working or at MadLab, what else do you like to do?
Nap, play hockey, bike ride, solicit casual sex.
 
We gotta talk about the tandem bike because it's amazing.  When did you first start using it?
I got it in 2006 or so, mostly to ride with my son, who was eight at the time.
 
Are they hard to find?
Not as hard as casual sex.
 
Are they tricky to ride?
Depends on whose on the back. With my girlfriend Audrey, no. With Peter Graybeal, I’m guessing yes.
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<![CDATA["Can we still be friends?" an interview with kristin green]]>Wed, 10 May 2017 13:06:51 GMThttp://madlab.net/lab-notes/can-we-still-be-friends-an-interview-with-kristin-green
How long have you been performing? 
Does sitting alone in my room with my stuffed animals as an audience count? If so, then from whatever age I developed the cognitive skills to come up with stories and imagine being someone else. My debut (public) performance was when I had my first piano recital at age 5, and from then on I was always doing something with piano lessons or school plays.
How did you get involved in music/theatre?
For music: My grandma and one of my many uncles play piano, and I remember watching them when I was reeeally young and being mesmerized by their hands and feet working the keys and pedals at the same time. We had an upright grand in our house, so I would sit at it (my feet were probably barely even hanging over the end of the bench) and mimic them as best I could. I took lessons from age 5 to 18 and continued playing just for fun until So Long, Stargazer formed in 2014. The scariest part about that was singing - until that point, other than a couple of musicals in high school and college, I *never* sang in public. 6-year-old me cried the day I realized that no, my bedroom was not soundproof and yes, my entire family could hear me belting out "Part of Your World." I'm more comfortable with it now... maybe resigned to it is more accurate.
​For theatre: Again, I was making up characters and stories or mimicking what I saw in movies and TV shows since I can remember. I think I lived in my own little world in my head and in my notebooks for a very long time... OK, fine, I still do. But I'd only ever "acted" in grade school plays that everyone participates in until my sophomore year of high school when I decided to join Today Productions (a community theater group in Toledo, Ohio)... as part of the stage crew. I didn't think I wanted to be on stage with people looking at me. Or maybe I just didn't have the courage for it at the time, I don't know. But after doing crew for one show and watching the actors perform on stage every night, I knew that's where I wanted to be. I auditioned as an actor the following years and majored in theatre at OSU and, after a few years off, am now performing with It's All Been Done Radio Hour and in Theatre Roulette and whatever else I can worm my way intoMy aversion to attention/being looked at always loses out to the pull of performing.
What's your favorite thing to do when you're not on stage?
I really enjoy the bike trails around Columbus. I bought my first grown-up bike (ie: not from Target or Walmart and not under $99) a few years ago, so now I have to use it, right?
Taking my dog to parks is also up there - he says that Whetstone and High Banks have the best smells.
My absolute favorite thing though is talking and laughing with a small group of close friends while playing a game or watching TV/movies. And if it's at a location where pants are optional, even better, 
Do you have any pets?
I have a dog, a white shiba inu named Fynn, which is short for Professor Finnegan von Keyser Wait For It... Soze. He'll be famous before I am. (IG: professorfynn)

What's your biggest pet peeve? 
To relate this to performing, I can't stand it when people equate acting with lying. "Oh, you act? You must be a really good liar then, haha." Get out, get out right now. I'm sure someone could find an article on some study that argues for a correlation between the 2, but I will always believe the best acting = being as honest as you dare to allow yourself to be and that the best actors are the most empathetic people among us. 
General pet peeves: line-jumpers, chronic plan cancelers, and that person in every group who is "fine with anything" but then is the first to complain about everything. (To That Person: You're high maintenance. Embrace it. Be proud!)
If you were a dessert, what kind would you be? 
Probably Black Rock Dessert. I really want to go to Burning Man.

Oh, wait... never mind. Definitely ice cream. Talenti Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip when I'm feeling fancy. 

What's the most embarrassing thing you've ever done (that you're willing to admit)? 
I don't get embarrassed very easily, but I've done plenty of weird stuff that I'm sure should qualify. The time I rode my bike to my classmate's house, snuck into his backyard, and hopped around in a blue crayon costume comes to mind. I think there was a song that went with it too. "I'm a little crayon, catch me if you ca-an..." This was on a dare (thanks, Becky). I'm not sure if he ever knew that it was me (hi, Adam). 

What is the best Halloween costume you've ever worn? 
Leela from Futurama. Purple hair AND a ray gun? Yes, please. Every day.

What's your go-to highlighter color? 
Green. It's brighter than purple or pink but not as jarring as yellow.
 
Have you had any weird dreams recently?
Yes. It involved a house party, a lot of people that I know, and not a lot of clothing. So maybe I'll just stop right there.
F***, Marry, Kill: Ryan Gosling, Channing Tatum, Chris Pratt
F Ryan Gosling, M Chris Pratt, K Channing Tatum*

*Dear Mr. Tatum...Channing...can I call you Channing? I've just murdered you, so I would think so - 

It's nothing personal. It's just that of the 3 options given, yours is the work with which I am least familiar. I am told that were I better acquainted with you, my decision would most likely be different. I am open to that opinion, as I don't like to make decisions with limited information. Especially important ones like whom to murder. Therefore, I reserve the right to bring you back from this hypothetical death I've fated you to. Maybe in zombie form? That's always popular.

So in the words of Todd Rundgren, can we still be friends?

Love, Kristin
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<![CDATA[Meet the Scientists: Dan Dunn]]>Thu, 30 Mar 2017 23:00:38 GMThttp://madlab.net/lab-notes/meet-the-scientists-dan-dunn
Welcome to the first "Meet The Scientists" post; the first in a series of profiles of the people who support us in our experiments in new works at MadLab. They not only support us with their ticket purchases, but also, and more importantly, by attending performances regularly they provide the most important piece of any live performance: the audience. 

Dan Dunn is a great supporter of not only MadLab, but also several other theaters in Columbus. He is an enthusiastic supporter at our shows, and interacts with us on social media. Dan is always curious about future shows at MadLab (including our rentals) and always willing to provide suggestions for ways improve the audience experience at the Lab. He seems to like us. And the feeling is mutual. So, get to know him!

What's your first memory of seeing a live show? 

When I was a kid, my parents ushered for Grand Rapids Civic Theater.  Sometimes they would buy an extra ticket for me.  Other times, they would ask me to help usher if one of them couldn’t make it.


What's your favorite play/musical?   

Play:  Memory Fragments, The Mousetrap, Skillet Tag
Musical:  Little Shop of Horrors, Bat Boy, The Addams Family


How many shows do you think you see a year?   

20-30+


What's your favorite show you've seen at MadLab?    
Memory Fragments/Skillet Tag/Control Cell


What other theatre companies in town do you like to check out?  

Shadowbox Live, Little Theater off Broadway, Columbus Civic Theater, SRO
 

What would you like to see MadLab do that they haven't already done? 
Something involving freakshow/sideshow performers.


How old are you?  
38


What part of town do you live in?   
West Side (Prairie Township, Lincoln Village)
 
What's your day job? 

Clerk (Franklin County Sheriff’s Office-Detective Bureau)
 
What else do you like to do when you're not working or at MadLab?
I pretty much live at Shadowbox. I go to the Funny Bone. I go to lots of plays and other performances.  I go to the movies.  I used to go to a lot of Bluejackets games. 
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<![CDATA[Sketchy Sex: an introduction]]>Wed, 01 Mar 2017 21:02:02 GMThttp://madlab.net/lab-notes/sketchy-sex-an-introduction

by audrey rush

There was a time...

Long before the internet offered us a bevvy of complimentary boobies (or premium boobies, if you are willing to pay a small monthly fee), horny young humans eagerly awaited that time of night when their parents were too tired to stay up themselves but had no problem leaving said young humans alone with the family television.  It was then- with the lights turned off and the volume set in between 3 and 4, depending on your OCD numeric preferences- that the forbidden channels offered up their wares.  
Mine were channels 87-89, but my favorite was 87.  TEN: The Erotic Network. A new full length feature started every night at 10pm.  Solid plot lines and 8-10 minutes of uncensored action per scene.  Well, sort of uncensored.  The sound came in clear as a bell (hence the importance of the solid plot lines) but the picture was a wash of colors more suited to Schokko with the Red Hat than Jenna Jameson's Girl with the Pearl Necklace.  The images themselves were distorted beyond recognition about 85% of the time, but every 30 seconds or so a pop of clarity would come through to clue you in as to the current position. Once the visual was lost, you were pretty much on an audio-guided tour for the rest of the ride, but what was left for the imagination was pretty easy to piece together.  Just "a bit of the old in-out, in-out" as they say.
As labor-intensive as it was acquiring my salacious stories (real talk: I've put less thought into science projects than I put into negotiating getting the right time and conditions to view channel 87), it was never something I thought twice about as far as the work-to-payoff ratio was concerned.  I loved it.  It was dirty.  It was sneaky.  And it made my jungle rumble.  
​Of course with the advent of the world wide web, it seems as though the days of coordinating family schedules to ensure alone time to piece together abstracted genitals into some sort of image that made sense both sensually and in accordance with the laws of physics are bygone.  Still, I'm on the lookout.  Somewhere out there is more absurdly confounding material that I can feel just a little bit naughty for finding and enjoying.  Some little tidbit of entertainment that leaves just enough holes here and there for my imagination to fill in, but with a solid plot line to carry me from one 8-10 minute session to the next.  Something raunchy.  Something forbidden.

Something Sketchy.
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<![CDATA[the ghosts of date nights past]]>Mon, 13 Feb 2017 20:37:55 GMThttp://madlab.net/lab-notes/the-ghosts-of-date-nights-past
Every year FFN presents the stories of real couples.  And every year there are memorable moments, stories, and participants.   FFN sat down recently to reminisce about some of their favorite Date Night memories....

1.  The Escort: It was a thin crowd, and we had to really pull teeth to get a couple on stage.  They didn't come out and say it, but it came out during the conversation that he was married... but not to her.  She way, perhaps, "employed entertainment".  They were not willing to divulge much information.  
2.  The Professor and the Student: They did NOT seem to want to be there together. 

3.  The Time Josh Was a Boat.

4.  The Hippie Lady that was sleeping with everybody, from what we could tell, who got up during the show and danced on the stage. 

5.  The Lesbian Couple: One of their pet peeves was that "she's always staring at me". 
6.  The Guy Who Stole The Wine: he took the rest of the bottle back to his seat with him. 

7.  The Lady Who Drove Cross Country: with her cat, to MEET and live with her fiance.  When she got there, he changed his mind. 

8.  The Couple Who Saved a Seat for Jesus. 

9.  The Two Dentists: They were married.  To each other. 
10.  The Broken Back: He broke his back, and his wife cheated on him.  So he hooked up with his nurse and ended up marrying her.

11.  The Satanist: Small crowd, a single woman volunteered to talk about previous relationships.  It was REALLY boring until we asked for a memorable first date, and she said, "Well, there was that Satanist I dated..."
12.  The Seasonal Lovers: The wife worked with the husband's EX-wife, and knew the ex-wife was cheating on him, so she told him.  Post-divorce, they ended up married.  The husband had a daughter with each wife - one named Summer and one named Autumn.

13.  The Couple That Met at Nickle Beer Night:
"I got a pocket full of quarters!" And then Phil Collins showed up. 

14.  The Geniuses: They also ran marathons and were beautiful.  Jerks.

15.  The Time Her Pet Peeve Was "His Breathing"

16.  The Couple Who Couldn't Remember How Many Kids They Had. 

17. The Time Josh Played Imaginary Snagglepuss's Therapist
18.  The Project Managers: We had 3 different ones, all from the same company, in the same night, but none of them had come together. 

19.  The Couple Who Was On Their First Date

20.  The Two-Man Luge. 
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<![CDATA[]]>Wed, 02 Nov 2016 16:25:06 GMThttp://madlab.net/lab-notes/5421712My Madlab - by cat mcalpine
I have written before about the way that light plays a part in the backstage experience. When I was in Spring Awakening at OSU, there was a small alleyway behind the bleachers, illuminated by yellowing and cracked rope lights. In that dim light I would lean against the wall and sing quietly along, waiting to bustle out with a tea tray at my next cue.

When I participated in theatre at the park this summer, we had the stars as light, and with those came the red flashes of helicopters and ambulances. Most enchanting though, was the way the stage lighting burned through a second-story doorway. From backstage we'd look to this blazing rectangle in the sky and try not to think about how the sweat was seeping into our costumes.

Every theatre has its own light, I've found. At MadLab, that light is purple, and it drifts in under the back curtain. It has something to do with the way the theatre is shaped. There's a small current of air that flows from the back shop/green room, past the stage, between the seats, and into the lobby. It’s not a mighty wind. It’s more of a whisper.

As the curtains sigh, ever so slightly, the stage light dances underneath them. That's MadLab's light.

I don't think that this single little light is indicative of the MadLab character, or the MadLab vibe. In the same way that, while our fingerprints are individual, they don't tell you if a person prefers tea or coffee.  But, that light is unique to MadLab, and it is my quiet place, and when I find myself longing to be on stage, I think about that fluttering purple light.

I wish I could say that I found MadLab, but in truth, MadLab found me. I graduated college with two
degrees, a whole lot hopes and dreams for the future, and no idea what to do next. When Colleen
Dunne suggested I join the mailing list, a door opened.

Suddenly, my inbox was full of volunteer opportunities. Whats that? You need people to show up and read scripts. I'm there. Volunteers to move stuff? I'm there.

One weekend afternoon I sat in a dark theatre for hours on end, watching cold readings of short scripts.  Afterwards, we gave feedback. What did you like? What didn't you like? How would you rate this script?  It went on and on and on. I was absolutely delighted.

The opportunities kept coming. I wanted to be involved and they were happy to have me. I discovered my passion for new works theatre. I found an outlet for my art. Someone put my obsession with Instagram to work. I felt like I'd found my purpose, and my people.

I was invited to the cast parties of shows that I wasn't even in. I made bad jokes about how my face would look on the ensemble wall.

One evening at home I found myself on the verge of a panic attack. I felt like I couldn't breathe. When I was younger, these moods would jettison me out across our small town, racing across sidewalks until I was miles away from home in the middle of the night. I needed to move, to crawl out of my skin. I showed up at the theatre instead.

"Hey, do you guys need help hanging the lights?"

Sweating and shaking at the top of a ladder, making jokes and learning about the lighting grid, I forgot that I had been descending into nervous chaos.

MadLab has a lot going for it. They foster new works, develop talent, and are a breeding ground for
ideas and inspiration. But MadLab is my theatre because the door is always open for me. MadLab was an opportunity for me to get involved even when my auditions were crashing and burning. I got to act, I was able to make art, I was included.

MadLab can have my sweat and my tears and my countless hours sitting on the lobby floor trying to
make lobby displays out of magazines. They can have all that and more, because someone held that red door open for me and said "Come on in!"

Under that slowly swaying curtain, bathed in purple light, is a place for me.
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<![CDATA[theatre in-the-round]]>Thu, 06 Oct 2016 13:44:45 GMThttp://madlab.net/lab-notes/theatre-in-the-roundOpening tonight, October 6th, MadLab presents Until He Wasn't by Patrick McLaughlin.  And we're doing it IN THE ROUND.  

what does that mean, exactly? 

​Theatre-in-the-round (sometimes called arena seating) is exactly what it sounds like: a performance staged so that the audience completely surrounds the stage, either in a circle, square, or similar setup.  The stage is centralized, and the audience can see the actors and the action from all angles.  This means that set pieces are small or nonexistent, as they would block sight lines.  The lack of set pieces means that most performances in this setup are simplistically realized, relying on the actors and the lighting to provide all visual stimulation.  

where'd it come from?

This style of staging was hugely popular in ancient Greek and Roman performances, but lost prominence during the late 17th century, as most theatres adopted the proscenium-style setup most companies use today (including MadLab).  In-the-round began to make a comeback in the late 1930's around the world, and really gained popularity in the United States in the 1960's with experimental theatre troupes.  The first theatre-in-the-round in the US was built in Seattle in 1940, and the largest in the world seats over 700 audience members.  
A proscenium stage looks like this

why do people use theatre-in-the-round now?

“Theatre-in-the-round demands fast action, movement and sincere performances from the actors. It is exciting and real. It is theatre in 3D.” - Stephen Joseph 
Theatre in-the-round provides an intimate and immersive experience for the audience.  The nature of the stage places most audience members closer to the actors than they would be with a typical proscenium stage, and audience members can also see each other across the action of the stage.  Everyone in the theatre is interacting with each other, on some level, and the audience becomes a part of the action.  The vast differences between points of view of the audience in various parts of the theatre means that every person's experience is individual, to some extent.  This dichotomy of being an active participant in the performance and yet totally alone in one's experience of it makes these types of stages and performances unique and exhilarating.  
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<![CDATA[My roulette story - by erik sternberger]]>Tue, 20 Sep 2016 12:43:29 GMThttp://madlab.net/lab-notes/my-roulette-story-by-erik-sternbergerPicture
It was 4 years ago that I saw my first full Roulette at MadLab. There was something about Roulette 2012 that stuck with me. Peach with Chris Lane and David Thonnings, blew me away so I came back again for another night, and was transfixed by Slipping into Anarchy with Jim Azelvandre and Jennifer Feather Youngblood, so I came back for the final night and fell in love with MadLab due to But, Was it an Approved Death? With Vicki Andronis, and Jim Azelvandre again.
 
In all fairness, I had been turning into a bit of a Lab-Rat already, having started hanging around several months prior and getting involved, but coming to Roulette inspired me to write my own short play. I mentioned my idea at the after Roulette cookout to a few people and got the standard. “Hey, sure. Let me know, I’ll look it over.” (I’ve since learned that a lot of people SAY they’re going to write a play, but never actually write one.) But, I did. And it was… Well, it was finished. I sent it off to a few people, got some notes, and some confusion, and set it aside.
 
In 2013, I acted in Roulette, which was a thrill. I was excited to be part of Roulette, but I still had the desire to write for the show. I’d gotten a play selected for 3 in 30 and felt like I was getting better as a writer, so I went back to my first idea and re-wrote it 3 more times. The idea was great, the title was dynamite and at this point I’d seen enough great short plays to fix what didn’t work, and I took a writing class. I crossed my fingers, and submitted the play.

The Duty Free Shop at the End of the World was an official selection in 2014’s Roulette! I was acting in one night, and a play I wrote was in another night! I can’t explain how much of a thrill that was. My parents even came to both nights from 3 hours away. I was nervous and couldn’t bring myself to watch every performance, but I was in another realm watching it and feeling a full house react and love the play. Afterward, Christopher Lockheardt took me aside to tell me how impressed he was in the work. Having been a fan of his, I was deeply honored.
The Duty Free Shop at the End of the World
​Now, the trick was to do it again. I’d been writing a lot of sketch comedy and was studying at Second City Chicago. I started looking through all my pieces and had a crazy idea: I’d submit a whole collection for the Playwright Spotlight Night! Ambitious? Yes. But, why wouldn’t I reach for the stars? What’s the worst that can happen, that I don’t get it?
 
Well, I didn’t. And, since I put all my eggs in one basket, I was locked out of Roulette. I was going to be out of town, so I didn’t get to act in this one, either. This gave me the opportunity to enjoy watching and enjoying Roulette 2015, and it was great. But, still, that thing was licking at my brain saying “Write for next year.” But, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to say.

I went back to Second City and studied Show Structure for creating a revue and talked to a couple friends that direct shows at Second City after watching their shows. I asked questions: “Why did you do this here?” and “Why did you put that in this slot.”. I went back to my collection, spent a couple weeks doing full re-writes and re-submitted it. It was leaner, more focused and I found a way to get my voice consistent and uniquely me over 60+ pages.
images from ".., but it's not about that" by Erik Sternberger
And It was selected! I jumped in the air. A lot. This time, I came to watch Stephen Woosley direct the amazing cast every night, and I loved it every time. Okay, I’ll be honest, the first time I was nervous for the first two of the six plays. Not because I didn’t trust MadLab, but because every person in the packed house was there because of “me”. I had visions of them thinking me too weird and waiting outside the door to hound me as I ran to my Ford Escape.
 
But, by the third play I was able to relax. The plays were landing how I hoped. Everyone was laughing and I felt like my kids were flying high and free and I didn’t need to hold the string anymore.
 
You have until the October 1st deadline to submit and start (or continue) your own Roulette story. Check out the Theatre Roulette page under the Theatre tab for more information and submission guidelines.  
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<![CDATA[Don't fall asleep  - by michelle diceglio]]>Tue, 06 Sep 2016 13:51:40 GMThttp://madlab.net/lab-notes/dont-fall-asleep-by-michelle-diceglioPicture
“One, two, Freddy’s coming for you….”

That hauntingly creepy nursery rhyme, which begins A Nightmare on Elm Street, has plagued my childhood memories since the early 80s with its eerie chordsIf you’re like me, A Nightmare on Elm Street holds a special place in your heart as the first film to truly scare you
 
You watched the characters battling Freddy Krueger, traveling with them on their sleepless journeysonly to fall victim to your own nightmares long after the movie had ended.  Not being able to fall asleep after watching the film was part of the experience.
 
All but one character from A Nightmare on Elm Street suffered a gruesome (and, let’s be honestawesome) death by Freddy’s claws. The lone survivor, Nancy Thompson, became the heroine, and she was one of the first characters to spark the phenomenon known as The Final Girl.
 
As the series progressed, however, the Nightmare films began to focus attention on Freddy instead of where creator Wes Craven originally intended it to beon Nancy Thompson. And fans who embraced Nancy’s strength were left wanting more.
 
Nancy did return to Elm Street in the third installment of the series,but her time between the end of Nightmare 1 and the beginning of Nightmare 3 remained a mystery. 
 
Until now.
 
Don’t Fall Asleep is a fan film that tells the untold story of Nancy Thompson. Inspired by the Nightmares on Elm Street comics from Innovation Publishingwe created a film that is for fans, by fans—specifically those of us who know and love Nancy. It isn’t a Freddy film (although he does make several appearances). Instead, Don’t Fall Asleep is about the fact that Nancy’s nightmare is far from over. 
 
What started as friends talking about making a short movie on our iPhones turned into an indie fan film with all the bells and whistles we could afford. 
 
Ten actors from MadLab make up the majority of the cast and crew. When initially approached the actors and said, “I’m making a horror film, and I want you to be in it..oh, and you’re probably going to die in it,” all of the actors said “yes” without hesitation. I don’t know whether it was my pitch or the actors’ secret desire to be drenched in blood, but their characters were soon born.
 
We needed to create four new characters in order to carry Nancy’s story from Nightmare 1 to Nightmare 3so we wrote each character to represent the attributes that Nancy needed to survive Freddy’s continued tormenting
 
Joel (Chad Hewitt) is the morally flexible punk kid with a good heart. When faced with life-or-death decisions, morals are often challenged—especially when it comes to leaving someone behind. Hewitt takes his raw talent to the next level when bringing Joel to life on screen. His delivery of the character’s arc brought many pre-screeners to tears. 
Therese (Colleen Dunne) is the guarded young woman who comes across as being ruthless. Or, in the famous words of Delores Claiborne, “Sometimes being a bitch is the only thing a woman has to hold on to.” And women often need to possess such qualities to barrel through the obstacles in front of her. Dunne's performance of Therese was perfection. She cleverly crafts a character who avoids being a stereotype, and she plays the role with intelligence and fortitude. 
Dr. Travis (Travis Horseman) is the educated authority figure. He possesses the necessary wisdom to make the best decision. Horseman’s stellar portrayal of the doctor adds depth to a side character worthy of his own spin-off. 
Marshall (Casey May) is the scaredy-cat of the group. He symbolizes the little voice in your head that tells you to run when danger is lurking around the corner. Although Marshall’s part has less screen time than the other characters, May’s magnificent performance leaves a lasting impression with audiences 

These four attributes combined to bring the character of Nancy Thompson (Diandra Lazor) to life; Don’t Fall Asleep explores the question of what happens to Nancy when each of these is taken away
 
Lazor was the most obvious choice to play Nancy—and not just because of her years of notable cosplay within the horror communityShe knows this character, inside and out, and she playNancy from the heart, in a way that isn’t a mere imitation of the original. Lazor’s remarkable portrayal in Don’t Fall Asleep is a testament to what happens when a fan’s love for a character is captured on film. 

Vicki Andronis and Erik Sternberger play two surprise characters from the original Nightmare films. Their performances of each character seamlessly fall in line with the original actors.
MadLab Ensemble members Stephen Woosley and Kyle Jepson, along with MadLab affiliates Andy Batt and Michelle Batt, also lentheir talents on and off screen. 

Written by Michelle DiCeglio, Paige Troxell and Diandra Lazor, Don’t Fall Asleep is available on YouTube and will screen at MadLab on Saturday, October 29, 2016.

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<![CDATA[men are from mars, women are from madlab]]>Wed, 24 Aug 2016 20:57:31 GMThttp://madlab.net/lab-notes/men-are-from-mars-women-are-from-madlabPicture
 MadLab's current production, Scritch Scritch by Christopher Lockheardt, is set in a universe in which men only exist as vermin - women run the world.  Rebecca (played by Kyle Jepson) discovers her home has been invaded by a dirty man-pest, and her mother (Mary Sink), best friend (Shana Kramer), and an exterminator (Cat McAlpine) all lend her support and advice as she goes about dealing with her infestation.
 
The four actresses bringing this show to life are no strangers to MadLab, but their roads to our stage have been quite different.  Many actors first become involved at MadLab through Theatre Roulette, our annual short play festival, and this was true for both Shana and Kyle.  As Shana says, "[Roulette] really is the perfect opportunity for new actors to put their toe in the theatre waters."  Cat, however, claims that what got her onto our stage was, "A little bit of fate and a whole lotta work. The whole MadLab family welcomed me with open arms, but I auditioned four times before I got cast."
 
MadLab actors in general vary from the uber-experienced to the I've-never-done-this-before.  The cast of Scritch Scritch shows a similar diversity in their backgrounds.  Kyle claims to have been performing since she could stand, and she majored in Theatre at the Ohio State University.  Cat found her love of all things theatrical at OSU as well, after taking an acting class on a whim.  Since then, she has gone on to work with a number of local theatre companies.  Shana says she is "MadLab born and bred," having almost no experience prior to working with us.  Each of the ladies can hold her own though - make no mistake!
 
Lockheardt, the playwright, has an impressive resume (for a man).  A Boston-based wordsmith, his work has been seen on the MadLab stage many times in Theatre Roulettes and 3-in-30's.  Scritch Scritch is Lockheardt's first full length play, and its MadLab production will be the world premiere.  We asked the actresses to tell us a little bit about what they love about this particular script.  For Cat, it's the unusual premise. "I love sci-fi and it's a very hard genre to coax onto the stage. I wouldn't call this show sci-fi, but it is a bit 'alternate universe' and in the very least, weird. Which I'm all about. I love when you leave the theatre and you can't help but talk and talk about the show you just saw. That's what Scritch Scritch is going to be." 
 
As for their particular roles, some of the women are more typecast than others.  Kyle says that Rebecca is, "...a little outside my comfort zone. I'm a sarcastic, caustic person 86% of the time and Rebecca is very caring, optimistic, and just a little naïve about the ways of the world."  Cat, however, is perfectly suited to play the sarcastic exterminator who provides much comic relief.  "I always love making people laugh, and I get some opportunities to do that in my role. Also I'm convinced my butt is going to look great in a jumpsuit. If I'm wrong, don't correct me."  When asked about Daley, Rebecca's wacky but loveable best friend, Shana said, "I love Daley's unapologetic way of just being herself...actually, she's a lot like MadLab."  

Written by Colleen Dunne

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