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FRESH & EDGY AWARD WINNING THEATER !!!

  • Baby Jane Parody
    Whatever Happened to Baby Jane
    - A Parody of the Horror


    July 13, 14, 15
    at 8 PM
  • Stage Kiss
    “There are so many layers to “STAGE KISS,”
    it’s almost like watching a juggler add more items to her act;
    not only is she juggling plates,
    but she adds feathers and then chainsaws to the mix—
    and manages to keep it all up in the air.”
    Nancy Stetson - Florida Weekly
  • CABARET
    CABARET
    “In a word: WOW.
    This is Lab Theater’s first musical,
    and I can’t wait to see what they do for the next one.”
    Charles Runnels - News Press
  • Velocity of Autumn
    Velocity of Autumn
  • Bad Jews
    “Who’s really the BAD JEW here?
    That’s all a matter of perspective.
    But my money’s on Daphna.
    She’s not just a bad Jew - she’s a horrible one.”
    Charles Runnels - News Press

UPCOMING SHOWS & EVENTS

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Whatever Happened to Baby Jane - A Parody of the Horror

July 13, 14, 15
at 8 PM

In 1917, "Baby Jane" is a child vaudevillian star and her sister, Blanche, isn't anything. Within a few years, Blanche outshines her sister to become a bona fide film actress. Meanwhile, vaudeville fizzles out and Jane is left behind.
One night, a car accident paralyzes Blanche from the waist down, ending her movie career.
In 1962, the two sisters are living together in Blanche's mansion. Jane has descended into alcoholism and cruelty, while Blanche manages the estate the best she can. When Blanche informs her sister that she may wish to sell the house, all hell breaks loose.
See this parody of the horror film, as Lab Theater presents these over the top characters in the fight of their lives!
The Smell of the Kill
By Michelle Lowe

August 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26
at 8 PM

August 13, 20 at 2PM

Take three delicious, malicious wives, add three miserable, unloving husbands and chill. That's the recipe of Michele Lowe's tantalizing new comedy that had Broadway audiences cheering. The Smell of the Kill revolves around Nicky, Debra and Molly who have tolerated one another during once-a-month dinners for years. While their unseen spouses play golf in the dining room, the women exchange confidences for the first time revealing that all three marriages are on the brink of disaster and all three women are facing the challenges of their lives. Nicky's husband has been indicted for embezzlement, Molly's husband is stalking her and Debra's husband is leaving her for another woman. When the men mistakenly lock themselves in a basement meat locker the women are faced with a life-or-death decision should they leave the men out in the cold permanently or let them thaw? One by one the women make their choices with more than a little help from one another.

"nice, mean fun…a deft little anti-love story light-hearted, cold-hearted" (Newsday) "[a] devilish, wicked, ultimately touching black comedy." (The Berkshire Eagle)
"Effective black comedies are rare these days and this is a rich torteit has a superb crustiness which supplies an evening of nearly continuous laughter." (The Advocate)
"the play boasts lines and scenes that have the audience laughing as uproariously as The Producers." (Variety)
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Square One Improv
July 21 at 8pm


Performing a unique mixture of both short and long form improv, the Square One team provides an entertaining evening of family-friendly laughter that is fast-paced, musical, and completely improvised. Says co-founder Shaun Johnson, we try and give our audiences a taste of everything. From hilarious characters, to fully-improvised songs. Theres something for everybody! While no two shows are the same, they are always packed with hysterically funny songs, sketches, and jokes created instantaneously based on your suggestions. For the more adventurous, there are occasional opportunities to join the cast on stage!

Individual Tickets for the 8pm performance on Friday, July 21rst are $15 per person for adults, $12 for senior/military/student (plus applicable online service fees).

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Securing the Future of Lab Theater With Your Donation

It’s the end of year, and we are excited about our continuing season and business expansions into 2017. As you make your end-of-year charitable giving plans and take advantage of tax benefits, we invite you to consider our worthy non-profit cause.

Help fund our building and program expansion.

We continue our pursuit of buying a building to be our permanent home (Lab Theater is renting its current space). We also look forward to expanding our education program and hiring more staff.

The Laboratory Theater of Florida is different than others in our region. We try to balance our season with some shows with recognizable names and crowd-pleasers along with lesser-known outstanding work. Further considering what makes a theater successful, we are giving opportunities to new artists - playwrights, actors, directors, designers - all year long.

We will make every penny count!

There are a million ways to spend money on a production, but it’s important to watch the bottom line, as in any business. We are saving for a permanent home for the theater as well as trying to expand our team. Donations and support from creative partners and business sponsors help to offset our many expenses but also to underwrite specific areas of interest to those sponsors. For example, one donor gave money specifically for training people in lighting design. Other grants and donations can fund special lighting equipment, speakers, stage carpentry supplies, costumes, and other elements that make a production come to life.

Invest in a universal language.

I founded the Laboratory Theater because I love the way theater speaks a universal language. I like to see people connecting in this way - learning from theater and discovering universal truths, relating to one another, and raising our social consciousness. I want to bring more people together, and to raise people up, and I believe a theater is a perfect place to help make that possible. If bringing creative people to the same place for the betterment of a community could be a superpower, that’s one I’d like to think we have.

There is no true finish line to this work, though your donation will help us keep on track toward bringing our community toward conversations that make a difference in Southwest Florida. Theater scratches away at the human need to understand who we are, where we came from, and where we are going. We hope you agree and will commit to joining us on our creative pursuits.

Warmly,
Annette Trossbach

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“There are so many layers to “STAGE KISS,”
it’s almost like watching a juggler add more items to her act;
not only is she juggling plates,
but she adds feathers and then chainsaws to the mix—
and manages to keep it all up in the air.”
Nancy Stetson - Florida Weekly