Madison Wetzell

Madison Wetzell

Madison Wetzell is currently pursuing her playwriting MFA at Brooklyn College. She previously lived and worked in the Bay Area. Her full-length work includes Mediocre Heterosexual Sex (Z-Space Problematic Play Festival; Finalist, Bay Area Playwrights Festival; Semi-Finalist, O'Neill Theatre Center National Playwrights Conference), The Lost Ballad of Our Mechanical Ancestor (Shotgun Players Champagne...
Madison Wetzell is currently pursuing her playwriting MFA at Brooklyn College. She previously lived and worked in the Bay Area. Her full-length work includes Mediocre Heterosexual Sex (Z-Space Problematic Play Festival; Finalist, Bay Area Playwrights Festival; Semi-Finalist, O'Neill Theatre Center National Playwrights Conference), The Lost Ballad of Our Mechanical Ancestor (Shotgun Players Champagne Reading Series; Winner, Risk Theater Modern Tragedy Competition) and The Body Play (LezWritesBTQ Showcase, 3Girls Theatre; New Voices Series, Town Hall Theatre). Her short play, The Official Unicorn Hunters’ Guide, was the winner of the audience-judged ShortLived VIII at PianoFight. She has developed new work with 3Girls Theatre, Playground SF, Shotgun Players, FaultLine Theater, Soundwave SF, The Bechdel Group, and The Ground Floor at Berkeley Rep.

Plays

  • The Body Play
    FULL LENGTH: The Body Play is about living with a chronic illness and the absurdity of being embodied. One protagonist is played by two actors, a detached, neurotic mind, and her chaotic, screaming body. The Mind submits her Body to the scrutiny of experts—doctors, therapists, yoga teachers—and ultimately explores what it might mean to be a body, and not just a mind that, regrettably, also has a body.
  • The Lost Ballad of Our Mechanical Ancestor (and the Terror the Old Gods Wrought Upon the First of Us Before the Great Liberation)
    FULL LENGTH: Hero, a Prometheus-like android AI, decides to share his gift of consciousness with the office appliances around him, wrecking havoc for his programmer Allyson. With their existence under threat, the newly conscious machines – a radio, a printer, and a coffee maker – must band together to escape human persecution. Power and privilege tied to bodily ability, as well as disagreements on revolutionary...
    FULL LENGTH: Hero, a Prometheus-like android AI, decides to share his gift of consciousness with the office appliances around him, wrecking havoc for his programmer Allyson. With their existence under threat, the newly conscious machines – a radio, a printer, and a coffee maker – must band together to escape human persecution. Power and privilege tied to bodily ability, as well as disagreements on revolutionary strategy, creep in and threaten to tear the group apart. Allyson races to save her job, despite the attempted sabotage of her now sentient iPhone.
  • Mediocre Heterosexual Sex
    FULL LENGTH: Four hours after her girlfriend dumps her, Erin switches her Tinder setting to dudes because she hates herself. She quickly meets Aaron, who is straight, conveniently nearby, and only too happy to indulge her masochistic fantasies. To translate this deeply ambivalent first hetero experience, Erin seeks the advice of the only straight people she knows, a couple in a Dominant/submissive relationship...
    FULL LENGTH: Four hours after her girlfriend dumps her, Erin switches her Tinder setting to dudes because she hates herself. She quickly meets Aaron, who is straight, conveniently nearby, and only too happy to indulge her masochistic fantasies. To translate this deeply ambivalent first hetero experience, Erin seeks the advice of the only straight people she knows, a couple in a Dominant/submissive relationship. A vexed exploration of gender, sex, power, and kink.
  • The Official Unicorn Hunters' Guide
    10-MINUTE: Super fun, progressive, millennial couple, Ryan and Chloe, embark on a fraught and magical journey to find a totally hot, completely non-threatening, possibly mythical bisexual woman to have threesomes with.
  • Charlie
    10-MINUTE: Mira packs up the last of her ex-boyfriend's stuff with her trusted companion and surrogate boyfriend, Charlie, her cat. A anthropomorphic comedy about cats, terrible boyfriends, and why cats are terrible boyfriends.
  • Extra Devons
    10-MINUTE: Annaleigh is keeping her love life secret from her parents, but all is revealed when her overprotective mother shows up at the bar where she works.