What would a blog be without a little bit of shameless self-promotion every once in a while? 😁
This post is a bit unusual as it’s about a project I’m directly involved in, but hear me out… you don’t want to miss this show.
As an ensemble member at MadLab Theatre, I had the opportunity to read and help select scripts submitted to us for the 2018 – 2019 season. As soon as I read “Lost in Time” by Tony Pasqualini, I knew we had to produce it… and I knew I wanted to be a part of it.
The play is about Danny Petrelli (played by Chanse McDuffie), a 63 year old man who wakes up as his 23 year old self in his college apartment, facing his old roommate, Robert (played by Mark Dubovec). When Danny reveals this miraculous/bizarre occurrence to Robert and explains that prior to his transformation his life was in disarray, the occult minded Robert not only accepts his story, but convinces him that he has been given a second chance and can rectify mistakes he has made by connecting with his future wife, Gwen (that’s me!). But when Danny attempts to alter his life story by contacting and initiating a relationship with Gwen, their relationship founders badly, and with the help of Robert and Gwen’s zany sister Amy (played by Jessica Gibson), Danny must find a way to save what he believes to be his future.
I was fortunate enough to be cast as Gwen, and this show has been so much fun to work on. Our director, Tay Lane, is able to bring out the best in actors with thoughtful questions and meaningful direction that highlights the struggle and conflict of each character. Seriously, she’s an absolute gem to work with.
Each of the actors in our four-person cast brings something different to the table. Chanse’s energy is palpable from the get-go, and he’s authentic in every moment – a total professional and so much fun to act with. Mark’s easygoing, laid-back personality is a perfect fit for the chill and lovable Robert, who is impossible not to root for. Jessica’s ability to tap into biting sarcasm, but also real, deep emotion makes Amy one of the most compelling characters in the show. I can’t speak to my own abilities, strengths or weaknesses, but I can say that I’m proud of this show and the work I’ve put in. I also get to wear adorable costumes like this.
I won’t give any plot points away, but you should also know that there are some super cool effects in the show, one which utilizes likely the most expensive props MadLab has ever purchased.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t link to the review we received from The Columbus Dispatch last weekend so that you can also take a look at an unbiased opinion of the show. Some of it I agree with, some of it I don’t. I think your best bet will be to see the show and find out for yourself!
EDIT 8/14/18: A second review from Columbus Undergound has been published, and I tend to agree more with this one as a whole!
You have four more chances to catch “Lost in Time” at MadLab, which runs Fridays and Saturdays through August 25, 2018. Please note that this production is “Rated R” for strong language and content, so leave the kiddos at home. Click here to get your tickets now… unlike Danny, you won’t be able to go back and see it again if you miss it!