Founded in 2009, The Mad Ones are a New York City-based company dedicated to creating visceral, ensemble-driven, highly detailed theatrical experiences that examine and illuminate American nostalgia. We devise plays through the ongoing collaboration of performers/writers, designers, and director, with each artist playing an essential role in a piece’s creation from the inception. Our productions appropriate popular American genres, playfully re-imagine world history, and incorporate live music in service of a delicately woven, wholly articulated, character-driven universe. The Mad Ones are Ars Nova's company-in-residence.
The Mad Ones are Co-Artistic Directors Marc Bovino (performer/writer), Joe Curnutte (performer/writer), Lila Neugebauer (director/writer), Stephanie Wright Thompson (performer/writer); Company Members Michael Dalto (performer/music director, marketing director), Ásta Bennie Hostetter (costume designer), Mike Inwood (lighting designer), Laura Jellinek (set designer), Sarah Lunnie (dramaturg), and Stowe Nelson (sound designer).
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Marc Bovino (Performer/Writer/co-Artistic Director) The Mad Ones: The Essential Straight & Narrow (New Ohio Theatre), Samuel & Alasdair: A Personal History of the Robot War (New Ohio Theatre, The Brick, Ars Nova), The Tremendous Tremendous (The Brick), and Inspector Pennywhistle and the Nefarious Case of the Sweet Shop Murder (Clubbed Thumb, SummerWorks Hot Dish). New York: Be The Death of Me (The Civilians, Irondale Center) Trade Practices, Lush Valley, Rus(h) (HERE). Regional: A Christmas Carol, Dracula (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Uncle Sam’s Satiric Spectacular (Humana Festival), A Christmas Carol (Hartford Stage).
Joe Curnutte (Performer/Writer/co-Artistic Director) The Mad Ones: The Essential Straight & Narrow (The New Ohio), Samuel & Alasdair: A Personal History of the Robot War (New Ohio Theatre, The Brick, Ars Nova), The Tremendous Tremendous (The Brick), and Inspector Pennywhistle and the Nefarious Case of the Sweet Shop Murder (Clubbed Thumb, SummerWorks Hot Dish). Also a writer/actor of Unnatural Acts: Harvard’s Secret Court of 1920 (CSC, multiple Drama Desk Nominee). Regional: Two Men of Florence (Huntington Theater), Dracula (Actors Theater of Louisville). TV: The Get Down (Netflix), American Odyssey (NBC), Person of Interest (CBS), The Story of Vice (NatGeo), I Just Want My Pants Back (MTV), As the World Turns (CBS), All My Children (ABC). Featured in Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto V.
Michael Dalto ( Performer/Writer, Music Director, Marketing Director ) The Mad Ones: The Essential Straight & Narrow (New Ohio Theatre), Samuel & Alasdair: A Personal History of the Robot War (New Ohio Theatre, The Brick, Ars Nova), The Tremendous Tremendous (The Brick). Regional Credits: Pride and Prejudice and Shipwrecked! The Amazing Adventures of Louis De Rougemont (Actor’s Theatre of Louisville), Brink! (Humana Festival 2009), Man of La Mancha and A Christmas Carol (Virginia Stage Co.), Lemony Snickett’s The Composer is Dead (Virginia Symphony Orchestra). Michael holds a BA in Religious Studies from Rollins College and is a member of the ‘08-’09 Apprentice Co. of Actors Theatre of Louisville.
Ásta Bennie Hostetter (Costume Designer) is a New York based costume designer. With the Mad Ones on The Essential Straight & Narrow (The New Ohio). Recent New York: Smokefall (Anne Kauffman, MCC), The Way West (Mimi O'Donnell, LAByrinth), John (Sam Gold, Signature), 10 out of 12 (Les Waters, Soho Rep), Generations (Leah Gardiner, Soho Rep,), You Got Older (Anne Kauffman). She is a founding member of minor theater with writer Julia Jarcho: Nomads and Grimly Handsome (Obie award winner 2013). Associate artist with Target Margin Theater: Reread Another (sets and costumes), The (*) Inn, 10 Blocks on the Camino Real. Regional: After the Revolution & 4000 Miles (Lila Neugebauer, Baltimore Center Stage), O guru guru guru, or why I don’t want to go to yoga class with you (Lila Neugebauer, Humana Festival); Pinkolandia (Jose Zayas, Two River Theater), L'Elisir D'Amore (Jordan Fein, Curtis Institute). MFA in Design from CalArts.
Mike Inwood (Lighting Designer) works in theatre, opera, dance, special events and television. With The Mad Ones: Samuel and Alasdair... (NYIT Award Nominee), The Tremendous Tremendous, and The Essential Straight and Narrow (ATW Henry Hewes Award Nominee). Recent NYC credits include: HIR (Playwrights Horizons); Small Mouth Sounds (Ars Nova); 16 Words or Less (Clubbed Thumb); Out Cold/Zippo Songs (American Opera Projects at BAM); Trevor (Lesser America); A Disappearance in Two Parts (HERE). Recent opera credits include: ANDY: A Popera (Bearded Ladies/Opera Philadelphia); La Traviata (Boston Lyric Opera); Ariadne auf Naxos, and Dialogues des Carmélites (Opera Philadelphia); Rinaldo (Portland Opera). Recent regional credits include God of Carnage (Perseverance Theatre, Alaska); Into the Woods (Theatre Horizon). Mike’s dance designs have been seen around the world, including pieces by choreographers Kyle Abraham, Kate Weare, Amber Funk Barton, and Joshua Beamish. For the last three years Mike has designed the lighting for Macy’s Christmas Windows at their flagship store in New York City, and earned an Emmy Award in 2010 for his work as part of the NBC Sports lighting team for coverage of the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games. www.mikeinwood.com
Laura Jellinek (Set Designer) is an opera and theater designer based in Brooklyn. With The Mad Ones: Samuel and Alasdair… and The Essential Straight and Narrow. With Lila Neugebauer: Intervention (Williamstown); Trudy and Max… (Southcoast Rep); Angels in America (Juilliard). Selected Theater: Marjorie Prime, Your Mother’s Copy of the Kama Sutra (Playwrights Horizons); Oklahoma! (Bard Summerscape); The Nether, The Village Bike (MCC); Buzzer (The Public); Small Mouth Sounds, Jacuzzi (Ars Nova); To Kill A Mockingbird (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park). She regularly works with The Debate Society and often collaborates with directors Daniel Fish, Anne Kauffman, Emma Griffin, and Jordan Fein. Selected Opera: Dialogues of the Carmelites, Owen Wingrave (Opera Philadelphia); Don Giovanni (Boston Lyric Opera); The Cunning Little Vixen (Juilliard); Messiah (Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra); Orlando Paladino (Manhattan School of Music). Laura has upcoming projects at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Playwrights Horizons, and Opera Theater of St. Louis. She received the 2013 Obie for Sustained Excellence in Set Design. She holds a BA in Mathematics from Brown University and an MFA in design from NYU, where she is an adjunct faculty member.
Sarah Lunnie (dramaturg) is the literary director at Playwrights Horizons and the resident dramaturg with The Mad Ones. She was previously the literary manager at Actors Theatre of Louisville, where she was involved with curating and developing new work for the Humana Festival of New American Plays. Recent production dramaturgy: The Essential Straight & Narrow and Samuel & Alasdair: A Personal History of the Robot War (The Mad Ones); Lucas Hnath’s The Christians (Playwrights Horizons, Humana); and Sleep Rock Thy Brain, a trio of one-acts built for flight by Hnath, Rinne Groff and Anne Washburn (Humana). She has worked at the Kennedy Center, the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, the Baltic Playwrights Conference (Estonia), New York Theatre Workshop (Dartmouth residency), SPACE on Ryder Farm, and New Dramatists, and is an erstwhile producer of audio drama (Telephonic Literary Union), an occasional writer of fiction and essays, and the co-editor of several volumes of Humana Festival anthologies.
Stowe Nelson (Sound Designer). New York: Indian Summer (Playwrights Horizons), Iphigenia in Aulis (CSC), The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek, The Wayside Motor Inn (Signature), Small Mouth Sounds (Ars Nova), Verite (LCT3), Buyer & Cellar (Barrow Street), 16 Words or Less, Phoebe in Winter (Clubbed Thumb), Our New Girl (Atlantic). Regional credits include Actors Theatre of Louisville, South Coast Rep, Two River Theatre, Merrimack Rep, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Center Stage, Everyman Theatre, Geva Theatre Center and Harbor Stage Company. As a company member of the Mad Ones, he has designed sound for The Essential Straight & Narrow, The Tremendous Tremendous, and Samuel & Alasdair... (NY IT Award, Drama Desk Nom). More info: www.wingspace.com/stowe
Lila Neugebauer (Director/Writer/co-Artistic Director) The Mad Ones: The Essential Straight & Narrow (New Ohio Theatre), Samuel & Alasdair: A Personal History of the Robot War (New Ohio Theatre, The Brick, Ars Nova), Inspector Pennywhistle and the Nefarious Case of the Sweet Shop Murder (Clubbed Thumb, SummerWorks Hot Dish). Upcoming directing projects: Abe Koogler’s Kill Floor (Lincoln Center Theater), Mike Bartlett’s An Intervention (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Adrienne Kennedy's Funnyhouse of a Negro, Maria Irene Fornes' Drowning, and Edward Albee's The Sandbox (billed together at Signature Theatre), and Eliza Clark’s Future Thinking (South Coast Rep). Recent directing work: A.R. Gurney’s The Wayside Motor Inn (Signature Theatre), Amy Herzog’s After The Revolution and 4000 Miles (in repertory, Baltimore Center Stage), Zoe Kazan’s Trudy and Max in Love (South Coast Rep), Lucas Hnath’s Red Speedo (Studio Theatre, DC), Dan LeFranc’s Troublemaker (Berkeley Repertory Theatre), Mallery Avidon’s O guru guru guru and Dorothy Fortenberry’s Partners (2013, 2014 Humana Festivals, Actors Theatre of Louisville), Annie Baker’s The Aliens (SF Playhouse; Studio Theatre, DC), The Valley of Fear and Caryl Churchill’s Mad Forest (both at Williamstown), Angels in America, Part 1: Millennium Approaches and Circle Mirror Transformation (Juilliard), Eliza Clark’s Edgewise (Cherry Lane Studio), and associate directing Karen O’s Stop The Virgens (St. Ann’s Warehouse; Sydney Opera House). Alumna of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, Williamstown's Foeller Fellowship, and the Drama League Directors Project; New Georges Affiliated Artist; Ensemble Studio Theatre member; recipient of the Princess Grace Award.
Stephanie Wright Thompson (Performer/Writer/co-Artistic Director) The Mad Ones: The Essential Straight & Narrow; Samuel & Alasdair: A Personal History of the Robot War; The Tremendous Tremendous. The Subtle Body (59E59), The Hatmaker’s Wife (Playwrights Realm); Mission Drift (The TEAM); Habit (PS122); The Bird and the Two-Ton Weight (EST); 1Rove (The Bushwick Starr); Tigers Be Still (Partly Cloudy People); Have You Seen Steve Steven? (13P); Michael and Edie (Greenpoint Division). Regional: Six Years and Neon Mirage (Humana Festival); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Actors Theatre of Louisville); tempOdyssey (New Jersey Rep.); Wallflower (Stages Rep.).