MadLab’s Ohio premiere production of Happy Pills by Alyssa Cokinis will take place Fridays and Saturdays March 8th – March 23th, 2019, with a special preview performance on Thursday, March 7, at MadLab, 227 N. 3rd St., in Columbus. Admission is $18 for the general public, $15 for students and seniors and $13 for MadLab members. Tickets are available online at www.madlab.net.
After nuclear attacks on U.S. cities, happiness and other emotions can no longer be produced naturally by humans; their brain chemistry has been severely altered due to nuclear fallout. The Integrated Borders Union, a new government near former Washington, D.C., works with local drug manufacturers to produce chemically-created emotions; these pills are part of the mandatory Pill Program for all citizens residing in the IBU. To those wandering the wasteland, they must survive the terrain and hungry groups of hunters. We go back and forth in time between Fern’s present, in which she resides in the Integrated Borders Union one year after the fallout, and Fern’s past, or what happened to her on the road a few months directly after the fallout.
MadLab’s production of Happy Pills is directed by Dallas Ray with assistance from Chase McCants, stage managed by Colleen Underwood, and features actors Audrey Marie Craddick as Fern, Abigail Worden as Kerouac, Kristi Miller Nunn as Rose, Matt Schlichting as Jon, Colleen Kochensparger as Kisa, Keith Jackson and Sean Taylor as The Enforcers, and voiceover by Jessica Ankrom
Set - Kate Hawthorn
Lighting – Brendan Michna
Technical Director - Ryan Harrison
Sound -- Shane Stefanchik
MadLab is a non-profit organization that provides an artistic haven for the creation and experience of original works. For more information about events at MadLab, visit www.madlab.net. The Community Arts Fund of The Columbus Foundation, Greater Columbus Arts Council and Ohio Arts Council support MadLab throughout the year.