Midnight Madness is part of the practical-based portion of the MFA Playwriting Program consisting of the weekly, informal production of new work. It begins early in the week with a writer from the program serving as the week’s producer. The producer selects the theme, style, or concept for the upcoming week’s production. Each writer must then write a three to five minute play based upon that theme, style or concept. Each play is written, cast, and rehearsed throughout the week in preparation for the Friday night, script-in-hand production presented before an audience.
Madness takes place Fridays at 11:00 pm in the Hahne Theater at Kantner Hall. The performances last about an hour and are free and open to the public. If you plan to attend Madness, we strongly recommend you check for tickets in the Kantner lobby at least an hour in advance, between 9:30 and 10:00 pm, so you can increase the likelihood you’ll get a seat.
Students in the Playwriting Program take the Playwrights’ Production course (aka “Madness”) every semester while in residence in the MFA at Ohio University. For a more in-depth look, check out this behind the scenes article from The Post, another Post Article here, take a look at the short video produced in February of 2018 by an OU Journalism student, or listen to the companion audio story produced for the OUtlet from WOUB News.
Fall 2019-20 Madness Schedule
All shows performed in the Hahne Theater at Kantner Hall, unless otherwise noted.