Fall 2020 Madness Schedule & Instructions
Madness shows this semester are scheduled to be live on the internet:
Fridays at 6:00 pm on 9/4, 9/18, 10/2, 10/16, 10/30, 11/13.
Every effort will be made to honor the dates listed above; however, as Madness is a classroom, on rare occasion (eg. navigating the pandemic) the schedule may be subject to change. If a show is cancelled or rescheduled, the information will be reflected here as soon as possible.
Tips for attending Madness this fall (2020):
- Virtual seating for the live Zoom-show is limited; as always, admission is free and first come, first served.
- The show starts at 6:00 pm, and the Madness Zoom-link will be posted on relevant Fridays at approx 5:00 pm via the OHIO School of Theater Facebook page and Twitter.
- Shows are planned for the following Fridays: 9/4, 9/18, 10/2, 10/16, 10/30, 11/13.
- Typically, Madness runs approximately 50 minutes.
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.
When there is no pandemic in effect, Madness typically takes place Fridays 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. (Note: Madness will be live via the internet during the pandemic. See above for attendance instructions and schedule.)
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.