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2021 Young Writers Short Play Festival

August 13

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An event every week that begins at 12:00 am on Friday, repeating until August 21, 2021 12:00 am

“2021 Young Writers Short Play Festival” available August 6th through August 21st on our website and social media outlets.

MadLab is proud to present the tenth edition of The Young Writers Short Play Festival featuring plays written by local high-school students. Young Writers 2021 is staying virtual this year. All of the shows will be filmed and available in 2 different sets of one-act plays written by Ohio teens and performed and produced professionally by MadLab. In its 10th year, the program continues to grow and expand its presence in Central Ohio, this year the playwrights are from 9 different high schools including for the 1st time, WhiteHall Yearling and Central Crossing.

Tickets – $15

$25 for both nights
Student/Senior/Members – $12

$20 for both nights



Crime Board by Jackie Jones

The American Dream by Elizabeth Voll

The Crown by Kendall Crotty
A Dance with the Devil by Rowan Killina
Tik-Tok on the COVID Clock by Kyra Lesmerises


The Waiting Game by Annabel Long
Pearls of the Past by Stella Peters
If Philosophers Ran The World by Winter Cameron
Trust by Amarra Haines and Hailee Franklin
The Murder Mystery by Liam Browning


Crime Board by Jackie Jones

Written by Jackie Jones

Directed by Will Macke with assistance from Robert Rothwell

It might not be totally above-board for police detective John to be working this case, but he has to find out what happened that led to his girlfriend’s murder.

John: Emery Saunders

Caitlyn: Allyson Brickner

Jenne: Anita McFarren

The American Dream by Elizabeth Voll

Written by Elizabeth Voll

Directed by Tay Lane with assistance from Dana Ernest

Liv, an Iranian-American grieving widow, tries to remember what led up to the car accident that caused both the death of her Army husband and her own memory loss.

Liv: Hallie Mirzamani
Jackson: John Grote
Dr. Teasley: Coleen Kochensparger
Amy: Allyson Brickner

Amber: Hannah Portmann

Group Leader: Eric Corthell

Eric: Emery Saunders
The Crown

Written by Kendall Crotty
Directed by Emery Saunders
The heir apparent fights hard for her right to take over the throne, while political schemes happen all around her.

Princess Megara: Reagan Hyer
Lord Viren: Matt Schlichting
Corvus: Austin Beauchamp

Thief: John Grote

Lord 1: Jessica Gibson

Lord 2: Karma Shafaieh

Lord 3: Mark Dubovec

Knight 1: Ashton Brammer

Knight 2: John Quigley
A Dance with the Devil
Written by Rowan Killina
Directed by Shane Davis with assistance from Briana Harger

Elisabeth has been holding on to her need for perfection so tightly for so long…until she meets a mysterious stranger at a mysterious bar…

Lucifer: Travis Horseman

Elisabeth: Rachel Cagle

Nathaniel: Mark Dubovec

Bartender: Colleen Kochensparger

Tik-Ton on the COVID Clock

Written by Kyra Lesmerises

Directed by Hannah Yankasky with assistance from Porter HIskey

Teenagers can react very differently to the same stressful situation (like, say, a global pandemic), but a nosy narrator doesn’t help the situation at ALL.


Evan: Nikhil Makhija

Natalie: Kate Jones

Cassidy: Ashton Brammer

Derek: Austin Beauchamp

Narrator: Jacob Erney


The Waiting Game
Written by Annabel Long
Directed by Ally Brickner

Cherry has been waiting for her father in an ethereal restaurant ever since she died of cancer as a teenager, and now he’s finally joining her.


Cherry: Hannah Portmann
Dad: Scott Clay

Offstage Voice: Austin Beauchamp
Pearls of the Past
Written by Stella Peters
Directed by Dallas Ray

Have you ever wanted to meet Queen Victoria before she was ever the queen? Just try on these family heirloom pearls and get transported to a time well before your own!

Nicole Woods: Kayla Theis

Ella Woods: Anita McFarren
Queen Victoria: Reagan Hyer

Carlisle Blank: Jacob Erney

Samuel Cara/Person 2: John Quigley

Gravedigger/Person 1: Nikhil Makhija
If Philosophies Ran The World
Written by Winter Cameron
Directed by Jim Azelvandre

The world hangs in the balance as many different philosophies try to agree on…well…anything.


Traditionalist: John Grote
Enlightenment: Matt Schlichting
Nihilist: Rachel Cagle

Moral Nihilist: Sydney Morgan

Hedonist: Karma Shafaieh

Hegelian: Kate Jones

Post-Modernist: Michelle Sandler

The People: John Quigley
Written by Amarra Haines and Hailee Franklin
Directed by Ashley Kramer with assistance from Hannah Yankasky

Sometimes it’s hard to know how much you should trust your friends…

Eleanor: Jamia Burdett

Symphony: Olivia Rojas

Arianna: Malina Ransom
Brandon: Nikhill Makhija
The Murder Mystery
Written by Liam Browning
Directed by Mary Sink

When a notorious terrible-quality-toilet-paper-selling billionaire holds a Halloween In February party, anything could happen!

Detective: Colleen Kochensparger
Albert Finch: Jacob Erney
Mrs. Finch: Anita McFarren

Lydia: Emily Turner

Character 5: Mark Dubovec

Butler: Jessica Gibson

Guy w/Lizard: Hannah Portmann

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August 13
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