jake robertson madmanAlumnus and actor Jake Austin Robertson returns to Princeton with his award-winning solo show MADMAN, a reinvention of his 2015 theater thesis. In this new production, it’s 2007 and the 14-year-old Jake is secretly in love with another boy in his class. He suffers in isolation, hiding his queerness from a loving but flawed family and a conservative small town community, until he discovers a magic Russian book that leads him on an unbelievable journey to escape from himself. MADMAN is a tale where pain runs headfirst into laughter; where love is married to lies; and where absurdity is vigorously making out with reality.

Free and open to the public, advance tickets recommend. Tickets available starting Feb. 4 online at


Presented by Princeton’s Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures in collaboration with the Lewis Center for the Arts. Cosponsored by Princeton’s Program in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, Office of Campus Life, Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students, Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies, and LGBT Center.


jake robertsonJake Austin Robertson is a member of Actor’s Equity. He is an actor, improviser, writer and VO artist in NYC. He has an MA in Acting from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and a BA in Slavic Studies from Princeton. He most recently performed in Babette’s Feast Off-Broadway at Theatre at St. Clement’s. Raised by two moms in Lombard, Illinois, he is fluent in Russian and Disco.

MADMAN, written and performed by Jake Austin Robertson, was presented last fall at United Solo, the world’s largest solo theater Festival. In addition to being a Festival Bestseller, MADMAN was selected as “Best Emerging Actor,” All About Solo’s Critic’s Choice, and received two 5-star reviews: All About Solo described the show as “the stuff that true art is made of” and “a feat for Jake and a treat for us.”




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The Class of 1970 Theater is located in Whitman College on the University campus. To access the theater on foot, enter Whitman College from Elm Drive. From the Guggenheim Gallery, follow the hallway to your right and use the ramp to enter Whitman Theater.

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  • Program in Theater
  • Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures