Madison Fargo

Madison Fargo

Madison Fargo is a Chicago-based playwright and director. She is the recipient of the 2019 Lawrence Bundschu and Warren Snoddy Endowed Playwriting Prize. In Chicago, her plays have been seen at DePaul University, Chicago Fringe Festival and Victory Gardens Theatre. Nationally, her plays have been produced at Thespis Theatre Festival in New York, Westmont College in California, and Hightstown Theatre in New...
Madison Fargo is a Chicago-based playwright and director. She is the recipient of the 2019 Lawrence Bundschu and Warren Snoddy Endowed Playwriting Prize. In Chicago, her plays have been seen at DePaul University, Chicago Fringe Festival and Victory Gardens Theatre. Nationally, her plays have been produced at Thespis Theatre Festival in New York, Westmont College in California, and Hightstown Theatre in New Jersey. She is a graduate of The Theatre School at DePaul University, where she was a playwriting major, and the recipient of the 2018 Zach Helm Playwriting Scholarship. Her play JEFF AND THE DEAD GIRL was fully produced as a part of the Theatre School's 2018-2019 season (dir. Shade Murray). She was published in the literary magazine The Avalanche Biannual in spring of 2020, and she participated in the Winter 2020 Jackalope Playwrights Lab. She is also a director, and has helmed a full length production of HUNTER GATHERERS by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, as well as a 10 minute piece for Victory Gardens Theatre's College Night.

Plays

  • Bad Luck (And Terrible Timing)
    The aftermath of a horrific plane crash finds five people falling in and out of each other's lives in increasingly spectacular and bizarre ways in this modern fantasy. Haunted by the ghosts of the deceased, a rapidly changing climate and visions of the approaching apocalypse, they must ask themselves if they deserved to live while others perished, and if they survived the impossible only to die in the inevitable.
  • Jeff and the Dead Girl
    Jeff seems like a totally normal guy, except that his job is going to people’s funerals and pretending he knew the deceased. Today, he is the boyfriend of Emily Dawson, a young woman who recently committed suicide. He was not expecting her to jump out of her casket and ask for his help. Jeff is thrown into the twisted world of the Dawson Family, where truth and reality are often muddled, and the family dog...
    Jeff seems like a totally normal guy, except that his job is going to people’s funerals and pretending he knew the deceased. Today, he is the boyfriend of Emily Dawson, a young woman who recently committed suicide. He was not expecting her to jump out of her casket and ask for his help. Jeff is thrown into the twisted world of the Dawson Family, where truth and reality are often muddled, and the family dog looks an awful lot like Dad. Jeff must find the space between fantasy and reality if he is to reunite Emily with her parents, and get her the hell out of his apartment.
  • Good Samaritans
    For this prodigal daughter, returning home may have been a big mistake. Her family are your basic church-going, God-fearing people. Except that her brother’s face is covered in mysterious cuts and bruises, and Mom’s new beau just so happens to be a nineteen year old boy, sitting naked in their living room. A pitch black comedy, this family portrait depicts a crisis of faith, a desire for pain, and the surprising endurance of love.
  • The Curtain Speech- A Monologue
    It's opening night. The Playwright steps onstage to give his curtain speech. Things do not go as planned.
  • Knife Play
    Jonny has no sense of touch and a very large hunting knife. Mina has boundary issues and a parasitic twin she wants cut out. These two twelve year olds are a match made in Heaven.
  • Funny Valentine
    A tiny apartment floating out in space. Black holes rip the sky open, bleeding into the idyllic life of Karen and Rachel. In a matter of minutes, a world is created and destroyed.
  • Laugh It Off- A Monologue
    A solo comedy about surviving sexual assault, healing, picking at scabs, and opening wounds. It’s about holding blood in your mouth and spitting it back in abuser’s faces. This play is that feeling when crying feels redundant, and screaming won’t cut it, so you have to laugh.