Madison Mondeaux

Madison Mondeaux

As a queer woman, Madison is especially interested in seeking out and creating art that amplifies and uplifts her community. Madison was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. She currently lives in Boston, Massachusetts, where she is pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College. She aspires to live in a swamp under a log, cackling and asking riddles of passers-by.

Madison graduated cum...
As a queer woman, Madison is especially interested in seeking out and creating art that amplifies and uplifts her community. Madison was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. She currently lives in Boston, Massachusetts, where she is pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College. She aspires to live in a swamp under a log, cackling and asking riddles of passers-by.

Madison graduated cum laude from Knox College with a BA in Creative Writing in 2015. She received additional college honors for adapting and directing a stage version of Samuel Richardson's "Pamela, or, Virtue Rewarded"--considered by many to be the first true novel in the English canon. Madison directed a staged reading of her play "The Lindworm" for Portland's Fertile Ground Festival in January 2019. "The Lindworm" was then produced in staged reading for Knox College's New Plays Festival in May of the same year. Madison's newest play (and first play written specifically for young actors), "The Search for Izzy Cartwright, or, Escape from the Forest of Mind-Control Slime!", premiered at the New School for the Arts and Academics in Tempe, AZ in May of 2021.
In addition to playwriting and directing, Madison works as a stage manager--recent credits include "Fire and Meat" by Eve Johnstone (Rutabaga Story Co.) for which she was nominated for a Spotlight Award, and "Trash Diggers" by Stephanie Woods (Rutabaga/Portal Productions).

Plays

  • The Lindworm
    Sasha, a young professor of mythology and folklore, can't admit to anyone, least of all himself, that his wife is emotionally and physically abusive. When his estranged best friend (and ex-boyfriend) returns to town after three years of silence, Sasha's life becomes a delicate balancing act between appeasing his jealous, violent wife and reconciling unresolved feelings for his friend. To make matters...
    Sasha, a young professor of mythology and folklore, can't admit to anyone, least of all himself, that his wife is emotionally and physically abusive. When his estranged best friend (and ex-boyfriend) returns to town after three years of silence, Sasha's life becomes a delicate balancing act between appeasing his jealous, violent wife and reconciling unresolved feelings for his friend. To make matters worse, a real-life fairytale witch keeps appearing to him, insisting that she can solve his problem. Sasha knows better than most that bargaining with witches always comes with a price, but when there's nowhere else to turn, will the temptation outweigh the consequence?
    Through the lens of a dark, modern fairytale, The Lindworm explores the complexities of love and violence, and delves into domestic violence as an unspoken issue facing the LGBTQ+ community today.
  • Red Wolf
    When Kristen ran away from home, she planned to drive and just keep driving, maybe forever, but freezing rain has forced her off the road and into The Evergreen. The cozy inn is tucked deep in the forest beneath the shadow of a mountain, and completely empty aside from Kristen and the secretive little family that owns it.
    Chased from her room into the lobby by insomnia and worry and an eerie scratching...
    When Kristen ran away from home, she planned to drive and just keep driving, maybe forever, but freezing rain has forced her off the road and into The Evergreen. The cozy inn is tucked deep in the forest beneath the shadow of a mountain, and completely empty aside from Kristen and the secretive little family that owns it.
    Chased from her room into the lobby by insomnia and worry and an eerie scratching noise at her window, Kristen befriends Jamie, the owners' morose teenage daughter, and it isn't long before the two are exchanging ghost stories by the fire. Jamie's story stands out--she tells Kristen about the Red Wolf, a local legend that might be more than a legend after all. Nobody knows what the Red Wolf is, exactly--a ghost, a monster, a thing for which there is no name--but they know it eats kids left alone in the forest at night. They know it steals their voices. They know that if it comes in the shape of its prey, crying at the grieving family's door, those who let it in are never seen again.
    Jamie tells Kristen all this, and then tells her the worst of it: the Red Wolf is real. It's stalked Jamie's family for months now. And tonight may be the night Jamie finally lets it in.
  • Waiting
    Full title: Waiting, or, A Treatise on Samuel Beckett and His Estate's Frankly Draconian (if Occasionally Unsuccessful) Attempts to Ban Women from Playing the Roles of Vladimir and Estragon in his Play Waiting for Godot, Due in Part to the Fact that, and I Quote, "Women Don't Have Prostates"

    Despite restrictions from the Samuel Beckett Estate, Rachel and Tabitha are determined...
    Full title: Waiting, or, A Treatise on Samuel Beckett and His Estate's Frankly Draconian (if Occasionally Unsuccessful) Attempts to Ban Women from Playing the Roles of Vladimir and Estragon in his Play Waiting for Godot, Due in Part to the Fact that, and I Quote, "Women Don't Have Prostates"

    Despite restrictions from the Samuel Beckett Estate, Rachel and Tabitha are determined to mount an all-female production of Waiting for Godot. As they await a response to their proposal from the estate, they weather a vulgar computer virus, a misogynistic landlord, a screaming sink, bowler hats manifesting out of thin air, and the growing realization that their apartment is rapidly dissolving into a Beckett-ian hellscape around them.
    "Waiting" seeks to pay homage to Beckett's iconic absurdist tragicomedy, while simultaneously examining his (and the theatre industry in general's) misogyny with a critical eye.
  • The Search for Izzy Cartwright, or, Escape from the Forest of Mind-Control Slime!
    "Trust me, kid. If your friend is here, you don't want to find them."

    Izzy Cartwright is missing. Allegedly. Finn Cartwright thinks so, anyway, and they've managed to pull together a ragtag group of high school classmates to join in the search. Their only lead? A vague reference to a tiny town called Wells, Oregon in Izzy's last diary entry.
    When the group arrives...
    "Trust me, kid. If your friend is here, you don't want to find them."

    Izzy Cartwright is missing. Allegedly. Finn Cartwright thinks so, anyway, and they've managed to pull together a ragtag group of high school classmates to join in the search. Their only lead? A vague reference to a tiny town called Wells, Oregon in Izzy's last diary entry.
    When the group arrives in Wells, they discover a very normal town, with very normal people in it. Absolutely nothing strange is going on there at all, especially not a vast conspiracy of body-snatching aliens bent on a hostile global takeover. Definitely not that. That would be crazy.
    Can this band of high school misfits evade creepy townsfolk, profess lifelong crushes, charm a secret agent, stand up to bullying, fix a sci-fi gun-thing, stop an alien invasion, and find Izzy, all before they get detention for skipping class?

    This piece features a large ensemble and 5-6 lead roles. All roles are gender-flexible. The piece can be performed virtually or in-person.
  • Parlor Game
    Two scullery maids attempt to communicate with the spirit haunting their home, and uncover more questions than answers.

    A short play for two actors, developed for online performance.
  • Rise of the Zoomabomber
    Excerpt from the digital archive of the city's preeminent superhero squadron, The Singularity Force. Today's topics of discussion: public nuisance Doctor Dagger, the cybercriminal known as The Zoomabomber, and Red Mantis' inability to understand modern technology.

    A short play for three actors, originally developed for online performance.
  • PTA Meeting
    Upset about being excluded from the bake sale committee, old guard Susan confronts new blood Karen after the PTA meeting, and gets a glimpse of Karen's evil master plan.

    A short play for two female or feminine-presenting actors, originally developed for online performance.
  • Eternity 5
    A programmer discovers that the space station's computer has gone rogue, for a surprising reason.

    A short play for two actors of any gender.
  • 5th Period
    Popular kid Jessie and loner Cal discuss the intricacies of high school social structure, and the logistics of poisoning their entire graduating class.

    A 5-10 minute play for two young actors of any gender, originally developed for online performance.
  • Sunny's Toy
    Count Dracula's overly-friendly neighbor stops by the castle.

    A monologue for a male or male-presenting actor, 20s-30s.
  • On Mary's Doorstep
    Mary's deadbeat sibling urges her to murder her husband before he can do the same to her.

    A monologue for an actor of any gender.
  • The Wreck of the Angelica May
    A sailor's memory of a sacrifice to Poseidon.

    A short monologue for an actor of any gender.