I’ve recently started writing a local theater column for Cue Columbus magazine called “The D List.” Check out an excerpt below and then read the rest at cuemagazine.com. Also be sure to pick up your copy on newsstands now!
For us hardcore Columbus theatre lovers May means MadLab. The downtown theatre claims each weekend in May for their popular short plays festival, Theatre Roulette. It’s the only place in Ohio where you can see so many new works in such a short period of time. And most often its amazing stuff.
Though Theatre Roulette is definitely a local staple, gay content hasn’t always been the fest’s forte. Until now. Of this year’s 705 submissions, 12 made the cut, one of which is the world premiere of Nicholas Sawin’s gay marriage/adoption tale, “Unnamed Lands,” starring the theater’s Managing Director Andy Batt and MadLab veteran Travis Horseman. The St. Joseph, Mo. playwright delves into the marriage of Jerome and Harbin. In the midst of an argument over the name of their surrogate child, a heated debate begins revealing the holes in the couples’ longtime relationship.
Other shorts that look appealing include the Ohio premieres of “Based on Real Events” by David Vardeman (Portland, Maine), a witty sleuth about a detective show doesn’t believe in due process; and “The Peach” by Alex Dremann (Philadelphia), about an unlucky assassin who finds himself that target of his own assignment. Visit www.madlab.net for more info.
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