Jan. 2, 2014, Blue Bell/Pottstown, Pa.—In celebration of Montgomery County Community College’s 50th anniversary this year, Madhouse Theater Company is pleased to present “MCCC Turns 50” Thursday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m., at the West Campus Community Room, South Hall, 101 College Drive, Pottstown, and Saturday, Jan. 25, at 8 p.m., at the Black Box Theatre, Central Campus, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell. Tickets cost $20 and can be ordered online at www.mc3.edu/arts/lively-arts or by calling 215-641-6518.
This evening of humor will focus on the 1960s, the decade of the College’s inception. Through an array of comic sketches, Madhouse will lambast, poke fun and roast the events of that tumultuous decade.
Madhouse Co-Artistic Director John Stanton is happy to be back performing at MCCC for its anniversary. “It’s always a good night at Montco. Great audiences and lots of laughs,” he said.
Madhouse plans to have a live rock band to keep the audience pumped up between sketches. The Original Rays will perform some classic ’60s music, including the Beatles, Stones, Hendrix and more.
Madhouse has always been open to the participation from the College community and this time is no different. “There’s terrific talent on campus,” says Stanton. “And, we have no problem taking advantage of the pool of writers and performers.”
Madhouse plans to perform a scene from MCCC’s Theater Assistant Professor and playwright Michael Whistler’s full-length play, “The Prescott Method: Easy Steps to Perfect Bread Baking, Every Time.” This play, set in 1966, displays the friendship of two very different women.
Marc Schuster, MCCC English Associate Professor, writer, and author of four published books, will share his “Gorshinmania,” a hilarious gaggle of girls waiting to see The Beatles on “The Ed Sullivan Show”; “Shaken Not Stirred,” in which James Bond is being a pain in the neck on the set (he really doesn’t like martinis); and “Selling,” a spoof of the TV series, “Madmen.”
MCCC English Senior Lecturer and writer, Thomas Powers, like Schuster, is an author and novelist. His works will include “Hippy Van Winkle,” where a hippy wakes up after a long sleep at the sight of Woodstock only to meet a modern day slacker, and “Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow,” in which a woman auditions for the Broadway production of “Hair” but is terrified by the nude scene.
MCCC alumni and writer Amanda Banaszewski with Powers wrote “Special Guest,” a spoof of “The Dick Cavett Show” featuring Andy Warhol and Batman. Yes, Batman.
Madhouse will also bring along some of Philadelphia’s bright young actors. Stanton said,
“Madhouse has always had a great relationship with Philly’s talent. Their ability and timing matches the quality writing.”
Other sketches of the evening include Stanton’s “Army Shrink,” “Gin,” “Bugged,” “High Hopes,” and “Tune In, Turn On, Drop Out,” as well as “Awesome Concert” by Madhouse regular and California TV writer Ralph Tropf.
Stanton, who is also an MCCC employee, founded Madhouse Theater Company in 2000. Madhouse has produced a number of his plays including “Headcase,” “No Show,” “3Sum,” and “Playing Leni.” Stanton was also a contributor and producer of Madhouse's popular late night shows, “Saturday Night Special” and “Late Night Snack.” In his spare time, he teaches comedy writing.
The comedy show will be directed by Stanton’s long-time creative partner Karen DiLossi.
She has a B.A. in History and Drama from Washington College and an M.A. in Theatre from Villanova University. She is the co-Artistic Director of Madhouse Theater Company, and serves as the secretary of the Board of Directors for Flashpoint Theatre Company. She is also a panelist for the Philadelphia Cultural Fund and serves as the Director of Programs & Services for the Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia for more than eight years.
For more information about Madhouse Theater Company, visit www.madhousetheater.com.
Photo: MCCC’s Marc Schuster, Thomas Powers and Amanda Banaszewksi will be sharing some of their works in Madhouse Theater Company’s upcoming “MCCC Turns 50!” Jan. 23 and 25. Photo Courtesy of Madhouse Theater Company.