The fifth madness of the semester will be produced by second year playwright, Tyler Whidden! His prompt is “Coffin Block” Madness. Every playwright must have a coffin block onstage; but TWIST, the coffin block must be depicted in the play as something other than a coffin block.
Show is October 10th, 11pm, in the Hahne Black Box theater. Admission is free. We recommend you get there 45 to 60 minutes ahead of time to assure yourself a seat.
For more information about Madness the fall semester, check out our Madness page.
More info on Tyler:
Tyler Whidden was born and raised in Cleveland, OH where he grew up the least-talented son of a hockey-first family. After earning his BFA in Playwriting at Ohio University, he began a tragic career as a stand-up comic based out of Seattle, WA. After years of toiling on the road, he moved to Chicago where he returned to theater, studying and working with Victory Gardens and the Neo-Futurists theaters among many others. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College and worked as Director of Education with the great Ensemble Theater of Cleveland. His play Dancing With N.E.D. was produced in 2012 in Cleveland and his family-friendly farce, The Unofficial Almost True Campfire Tales of Put-in-Bay was commissioned by the Put-in-Bay Arts Council as part of their Bicentennial Celebration of the Battle of Lake Erie in the Summer of 2013. He’s excited to be back where it all started and he lives with his beautiful wife, Angie — way out of his league — and their beautiful boy, Booker — his intellectual equal.
For the Ohio University Master of Fine Arts playwriting students, there is no “Syllabus Week.” They don’t get out of class early after only having read the professor’s classroom policies. They don’t take a month to groom their first play.
They only have four days.
That’s the lead paragraph from the feature article on our “Madness” show that was published this week in Ohio University’s Independent Student Newspaper,The Post.
Click here for a two-minute news clip with an interview with Charles Smith, the Head of the MFA Playwriting program, and clips for rehearsals and tech.
A link to the online article, with several pictures from rehearsals and tech, written by Meryl Gottlieb can be found here.
The next madness is Friday, September 19th, and is being produced by 2nd year MFA playwright, Aaron Johnson.
OU’s MFA Playwriting program is profiled in the September/October issue of The Dramatist, the Dramatists Guild’s magazine.
The article focuses on various aspects of the program, but particularly how unique “Madness” is, and how writing a short play every week is a great benefit for the writer to get to work, putting less pressure on the muse. The article says “OU might be one of the best kept secrets in graduate training for playwrights.”
There is no “Madness” show this week. Instead the theater department opens AS YOU LIKE IT, which we have been lead to believe was written by William Shakespeare (see Facebook Profile Pic above.)
Not be confused, this is a different play than Joe McKenzie’s AS YOU LIME IT which is a whimsical play about a sweet yet sour romance between two pastry chefs.
AS YOU LIKE IT runs from March 26 – April 5 in the Forum Theater in the RTV Building. $10 admission. $7 for Seniors (elderly not students), and Free for Students (including seniors.) Show starts at 8pm.
Known affectionately as Madness, our weekly playwrights production class came to the attention of writer Taylor Evans. After attending several of our Friday night shows, she sat down with several current playwrights and the head of our program, Charles Smith, to find out what goes into a Madness, how it began, and why we do it. Read the WOUB article here.
Madness performances are free and open to the public nearly every Friday night at 11:00 p.m. in the Hahne Theater in Kantner Hall. Visit the Madness page on our website for the Winter Quarter schedule.
First-year MFA Playwright Jacob Juntunen will be in Chicago this weekend for Caffeine Theatre’s Aphra Behn Coffeehouse at the Newberry Library where they will feature a revised and expanded version of his short play “Code Name: Astrea” in an afternoon of short plays and other artistic works. The play was developed as part of Ohio Playwriting’s weekly Production 650 class, also known as Madness.