Dano Madden

Dano Madden

Dano Madden is a playwright, screenwriter and director, originally from Boise, Idaho. He was a 2016 Djerassi fellow and a 2015 MacDowell fellow. His plays have been produced and/or received development by Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Source Festival, The Artful Conspirators, World At Large Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, The National New Play Network, Mile Square Theatre, Burnt Studio Productions,...
Dano Madden is a playwright, screenwriter and director, originally from Boise, Idaho. He was a 2016 Djerassi fellow and a 2015 MacDowell fellow. His plays have been produced and/or received development by Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Source Festival, The Artful Conspirators, World At Large Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, The National New Play Network, Mile Square Theatre, Burnt Studio Productions, Northwest Playwrights Alliance, Idaho Theatre for Youth, Kitchen Theatre Company, Rutgers University, The University of Tulsa, Bloomsburg University, Lark Play Development Center, Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, Boise Contemporary Theater, Fordham University and Boston Theatre Works, among others. He is a five time Heideman Award finalist. He was the winner of the Kennedy Center’s 2007 National Student Playwriting Award and a finalist for the National New Play Network’s 2010 Smith Prize. Published works include: In the Sawtooths and Drop (Samuel French, Inc.), Beautiful American Soldier and Ella (Best American Short Plays 2005-2006 & 2009-2010), The Save (Playscripts, Inc.), The Soft Sand and Survival (Northwest Playwrights Alliance), The Raccoon, Leaving IKEA and Third Ward Scandal (Indie Theater Now) and monologues in The Best Men’s Stage Monologues and Scenes 2010 (Smith & Kraus) and Exceptional Monologues 2 (Samuel French, Inc.) In 2007, Dano was named one of “50 Playwrights to Watch” by The Dramatist magazine.

Dano is the co-creator, producer and writer for the 2016 web series Precious Cargo. Precious Cargo was named one of the 10 best web series of 2016 by Paste Magazine. Huffington Post recognized the show as one of the "most addictive web series of 2016." The series has been an official selection for numerous festivals, including the L.A. Web Fest, NYC Web Fest, Brooklyn Web Fest and Miami Web Fest.

Dano is the co-creator, producer and co-writer of the 2017 web series Brokers. Brokers has been selected for numerous festivals around the country, including: Portland Comedy and Film Festival, Richmond International Film Festival, NY Indie Theater Film Festival.

Dano's directing credits include: Whitman’s Brooklyn (The Artful Conspirators), Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You (Actors Theatre of Louisville) and Backstory (Actors Theatre of Louisville, 24th Humana Festival). He is a three-time finalist for the National New Play Network’s annual showcase of new plays. Dano was the 2008-2009 National New Play Network playwright-in-residence at Interact Theatre Company in Philadelphia. He received his BA from Boise State University and his MFA from Rutgers University. Dano has taught at Stockton College, Rutgers University and at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in the Playwright’s Horizons Theatre School. He is currently a speech and drama teacher at the Marymount School of New York. Dano lives in Hoboken with his wife Lauren and their cats Buster and Little Boo.

Plays

  • In the Sawtooths
    Oby, Nellie and Darin have been friends since high school. Now in their thirties, they have become busier in their lives, but one thing remains constant: their annual backpacking adventure in the mountains of Idaho. As their trip nears and they have made all of the necessary preparations to survive in the outdoors, their lives are suddenly shattered by tragedy. What ensues is a true test of an old friendship....
    Oby, Nellie and Darin have been friends since high school. Now in their thirties, they have become busier in their lives, but one thing remains constant: their annual backpacking adventure in the mountains of Idaho. As their trip nears and they have made all of the necessary preparations to survive in the outdoors, their lives are suddenly shattered by tragedy. What ensues is a true test of an old friendship. Can Oby, Nellie and Darin remain friends as they desperately try to navigate through an immense and unexpected wilderness? Winner! KC/ACTF National Student Playwriting Award.
  • Fourth Planet
    As Dr. Violet Garcia attempts to be chosen for the first human mission to Mars, she is forced to confront the possibility of losing her most important relationships on Earth. Fourth Planet is a play about the future of humanity and what scientific advancement and sacrifice looks like through a very personal lens.
  • Beautiful American Soldier
    Two sisters, unexpectedly lost along a quiet roadside in war-torn Iraq, find a friend in a man peddling junk. Back in America, a veteran of the war in Iraq discovers that he has much more in common with a homeless man than he wants to believe. Beautiful American Soldier rides the never ending ripple effects of war as shattered hearts, half a world away from each other, must find a way to deal with the consequences of war.
  • Oakwoods
    High school seniors George Marvin and Holly Gunnerson have attracted national attention to tiny Oakwoods with their award winning science project. George and Holly's sudden notoriety, along with the construction of a housing development and resort, has the fading mountain town standing on the verge of being reborn. Will a dark discovery derail this new found hope? Oakwoods is a story about accomplishments...
    High school seniors George Marvin and Holly Gunnerson have attracted national attention to tiny Oakwoods with their award winning science project. George and Holly's sudden notoriety, along with the construction of a housing development and resort, has the fading mountain town standing on the verge of being reborn. Will a dark discovery derail this new found hope? Oakwoods is a story about accomplishments beyond our wildest dreams and the unexpected places they can lead us.
  • Bad Husband
    During her graveyard shift at the hospital, Annie finds herself falling fast for a mysterious stranger named Cowboy. Where did this man come from? Why is he wandering the halls of the hospital? The story of Bad Husband begins after one of the characters has literally jumped off of a building and everyone finds him or herself in free fall. By the end of the night, Cowboy, Annie, and all of the characters will...
    During her graveyard shift at the hospital, Annie finds herself falling fast for a mysterious stranger named Cowboy. Where did this man come from? Why is he wandering the halls of the hospital? The story of Bad Husband begins after one of the characters has literally jumped off of a building and everyone finds him or herself in free fall. By the end of the night, Cowboy, Annie, and all of the characters will have to face the truth about their pasts.