Young Writers Short Play Festival 2018

7/13/18 - 7/28/18

Recurring weekly on Friday, Saturday

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$13 - $18

MadLab Theatre

227 N. 3rd St, Columbus, OH 43215


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Founded in 2011 and now in its seventh year, MadLab's Young Writers Short Play Festival is designed to give local high school playwrights a professional theatrical experience. Students are invited to submit their 10-minute plays, a selected group of which are chosen to be developed and produced. Each student is given the opportunity to attend specialized workshops and collaborate with local and national mentor playwrights during their time in the program. At the end of the program, the plays are performed at MadLab in a fully-produced short play festival.


The program has a lasting impact on student and adult participants. Former playwrights have gone on to major in theatre in college, have their work included in textbooks, and perform on national television. 


Featuring a collection of ten short plays written by 11 area high school students, the festival will include two separate programs, each showcasing five plays.


Friday Performances

"The Breakdown" by Rowan Henderson-Bernard (Fort Hayes), directed by Corey Ragan 

Featuring Kayla Theis and Travis Horseman

Stranded on the side of the road, a couple must decide what direction their relationship will take.  


"If I'd Never Found Him" by Charis Ellett (Big Walnut), directed by Madleine Jobrack

Featuring Kate Jones, Ryan Blanchard and Conor Moore

Special people can change the entire course of your life. Or not.  


"Life Class" by Anna Rolinatis (Hilliard Bradley), directed by Mary Sink

Featuring Dallas Ray, Lance Atkinson, Ashley Collins. John Grote, Aiyana Flint, and Daryan Arnold

Don't you wish someone had warned you about what the world was like before you came into it?


"Ghost Light" by Cassidy Byron (Dublin Coffman), Directed by Tamara Boeck with assistance from Adam Wheelbarger

Featuring Conor Moore

A lonely teen, a theatre ghost, and a conversation.    


"Ever After" by Taylor McGowan (Columbus Academy), Directed by Kayla Theis

Featuring Frankie Diederich. Kate Jones, Marguerite Strong, Colleen Kochensparger, and Ryan Blanchard

In order to save her real-world love story, a woman turns to the characters in her imagination. 


Saturday Performances

"All We Need Is Warmth" by Sanskruti Admane and Chandra Bista (Columbus Academy), Directed by Meg Mateer with assistance from Becky Horseman

Featuring Kiki Baker, Dalia Natour, Daryan Arnold, Rah Imani, Andy Woodmansee, Nikhil Mikhija

Two teens in a refugee camp just need one thing: firewood.  


"Fun Times at the Big Splash!" by Maddie Conley (Jonathan Alder), directed by Cat Cryan

Featuring Kiki Baker and Frankie Diederich

High school girls form an unlikely friendship, considering the circumstances.  


"Job Interview" by Derek Smith (Groveport Madison), Directed by Susie McGarry with assistance from Addie Peele

Featuring Kevin Colgan and Mary Sink

Just your typical, everyday job interview. Seriously.


"Beneath the Stars" by Meghan Tarney (Hilliard Bradley), directed by Lane Schlichter with assistance from Addie Peele

Featuring Marguerite Strong and Aleksa Kaups

On prom night, one friend is no longer able to keep her secret to herself.    


"Puppeteers" by Lily Herold (Athens High School), directed by Tay Lane with assistance from John Quigley

Featuring Aleksa Kaups, Aiyanna Flint, Lance Atkinson, and Sam Clements

The daily grind is actually hilarious, if you stop and think about it. OR Just when you think you're in total control of your life, you find out you're totally wrong. 


Admission is $18 for the general public, $15 for students and seniors and $13 for MadLab members. Tickets are available online at


MadLab is a non-profit organization that provides an artistic haven for the creation and experience of original work. The Community Arts Fund of The Columbus Foundation, Greater Columbus Arts Council and Ohio Arts Council support MadLab throughout the year. We are pleased to once gain have The Ann Sherry Foundation support MadLab's Young Writers program in 2018.