”The only people for me are the mad ones. The ones who are mad to love, mad to talk, mad to be saved; the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow Roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars”.

- Jack Kerouac from ON THE ROAD

THE MAD ONES searingly explores just how far artists are willing to go to achieve fame and attain power in our current culture of celebrity and the price they pay for their mad desires.

The play also examines the media's role in the ascension and demolition of certain public figures and debates the press's involvement in exacerbating situations and fabricating stories.

Based purely on conjecture (although you will have a blast trying to figure out who is fashioned on whom), THE MAD ONES specifically depicts a closeted gay movie star and the lunatic lengths he must go to to make certain his sexuality remains secret so he can continue to do the thing he loves most.

The play follows five actors who are about to embark on a controversial new Broadway production titled RUINATION, which itself is about a tortured film director accused of sexual assault and forced to flee the United States.

Is life mirroring art, or is it the other way around? THE MAD ONES is a funny, sad and probing look at the double lives of actors and how some adapt very well to fame...and others are destroyed by it.

THE MAD ONES had it's very first reading and workshop on August 15, 2010. A second, more concentrated workshop, took place on September 19, 2010. The cast included: Matthew Crooks, Joshua Dixon, Cali Gilman, Liza Harris, Alexander Haynes & Bill Schineller. Directed by Kris "Cappy" Caplinger. Photos by Sal Fiduccia.

Amazing work by everyone! Look for the play to premiere in 2011.


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