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?
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?
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.
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.
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.