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The Absurdity of
Writing Poetry

at the Columbus Museum of Art
Written and Performed by Matt Slaybaugh
May 29, 2016 at 2pm
This sixty minute solo performance — about making art, not making art, and the challenges of both — over-flows with philosophy, physicality, a small taste of hip-hop, and, of course, poetry.
HIGHLIGHTS
  • Written and performed by Eleni Papaleonardos

    Photo by Matt Slaybaugh

    "The evolution of language, the history of symbols and the courage to overcome adversity..."

    - Michael Grossberg,Columbus Dispatch

  • by Jennifer Schlueter // Directed by Matt Slaybaugh

    Photo by Matt Slaybaugh

    "A funny, fluid and fantastical new work ... Schlueter, director Matt Slaybaugh, and Available Light have created a fiction, a lie, and a wandering wonder."

    - Jay Weitz,Columbus Alive

  • by Jordan Harrison
    Directed by Eleni Papaleonardos

    Photo by Matt Slaybaugh

    "A case study in how good, how electric, theatre can be... a masterful work of empathy, wonder, and complicated joy. "

    - Richard Sanford,Columbus Underground

  • by Charles L. Mee // Directed by Eleni Papaleonardos

    Photo by Matt Slaybaugh

    "All give sublime performances...
    Their energy just astounds...
    a wondrous ride...
    a visual masterpiece..."

    - Lisa Much,Columbus Underground

  • Created by AVLT // Directed by Matt Slaybaugh

    Photo by Matt Slaybaugh

    "It's hard to imagine a better fit between subject and style than Available Light Theatre's sweet and insightful John Cage 101."

    - Margaret Quamme,Columbus Dispatch

  • Adapted by Matt Slaybaugh from William Shakespeare's

    Photo by Matt Slaybaugh

    "The parallel of Richard's roleplaying
    to Bowie's makes the point
    with visceral authority."

    - Jay Weitz,Columbus Alive

    "What savage drama,
    what dark humor
    and what lurid beauty."

    - Michael Grossberg,Columbus Dispatch

  • from the graphic novel by Joshua L. Cotter // Adapted by Matt Slaybaugh

    Photo by Matt Slaybaugh

    "The awkward self-consciousness of adolescence
    becomes the driving motif of Slaybaugh's playful adaptation."

    - Michael Grossberg,Columbus Dispatch

  • from the novel by Charles Yu // Adapted by Matt Slaybaugh & Jennifer Fawcett

    Photo by Matt Slaybaugh

    "A time-warped 21st-century update of No Exit...
    an intriguing futuristic take on Waiting for Godot...
    almost as athletic, intellectual and verbal as Hamlet."

    - Michael Grossberg,Columbus Dispatch

  • by David Ian Lee // Directed by Matt Slaybaugh

    Photo by Matt Slaybaugh

    "A taut, emotionally demanding drama...
    never lets its tension subside."

    - Michael Grossberg,Columbus Dispatch

  • from the novel by Charlotte Bront‘ // Adapted by Daniel Elihu Kramer
    Directed by Acacia Leigh Duncan

    Photo by Matt Slaybaugh

    "I'd never read the book.
    After last night's Available
    Light Theatre performance,
    I could dream it."

    - Artie Isaac,2013 Weber Award Winner

  • from the novel by Cory Doctorow // Adapted by Matt Slaybaugh

    Photo by Matt Slaybaugh

    "Don't worry. You'll figure it out.
    In fact, figuring is part of the fun.."

    - Jay Weitz,Columbus Alive

  • Written by Alex Timbers // Music & Lyrics by Michael Friedman
    Directed by Matt Slaybaugh

    Photo by Matt Slaybaugh

    "A modern rock concert led by a genuine star ...
    Available Light rocks."

    - Michael Grossberg,Columbus Dispatch

  • by Moises Kaufman // Directed by Eleni Papaleonardos

    Photo by Matt Slaybaugh

    "Hits virtually all of the play's lilting grace
    notes of nobility, tenderness, passion and yes, grace."

    - Michael Grossberg,Columbus Dispatch