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AN EMPTY PLATE IN THE CAFE DU GRAND BOEUF
By Michael Hollinger

June 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25 July 1, 2 at 8pm

June 19, 26 at 2pm

A restaurant in Paris desperately tries to convince its owner (and only customer) to eat one more meal after he arrives from the Spanish bullfights with a final request: to die of starvation. As he is their only means of income, the staff begs him to allow the preparation of an extravagant multi-course dinner, but it will be kept in the kitchen...and instead of serving it, they will describe each course. Words, language, and Hemingway are tonight's specials!

"An absurdist tragicomedy…that manages to pay homage to Hemingway and Beckett in an…often hilarious existential romp." - Boston Globe

"Operatic looniness…" - NY Times "…[a] treat on the Off-Broadway menu…" - NY Daily News

COMING UP!

2016-2017 Open Call Auditions at The Lab
Sunday, June 5 at 1 PM - 4 PM

CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS FOR AVAILABLE ROLES

WINGS:

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Amy - A very kind​-​hearted and capable nurse. Any age.

3 Women
3 Men

These six actors will portray several characters each: nurses, doctors, hospital visitors, and recovering stroke victims. The ability to play a range of ages is desired.

It can be assumed that doctors and nurses should be in their thirties or older; also that the characters of Billy, Mrs. Tommins, and Mr. Brownstein be older - but all can be played by capable younger actors.

I AND YOU:


ANTHONY. 17, ethnic minority, poised and mature for his age. A nice guy.

CAROLINE. 17, white, cynical. A little weak and frumpy. Controls her feelings.


Mothers and Sons:

Katha​rine Gerard - 70, the mother of Cal's deceased former partner, angry, sorrowful, hardened

Cal Porter, 49 - Will’s husband, a good guy, successful, sincere​, a runner, speaks French and Italian​

Will Ogden - 3​4​ Cal's husband, confident, politically correct, a little righteous

Bud Ogden-Porter - 6 years old, bright, personable, well-spoken. Cal and Will's son.

BURN THIS:

Burton: Anna's boyfriend, a writer. He is tall, athletic and handsome. Mid 30s--40s.
Larry: Anna's roommate. Gay, smart and quick-witted. Late 20s--30s.

PLAY ON!:


Sexes of players: per the playwright’s recommendation, the roles of Gerry, Louise, and Aggie may be played by either males or females.

Aggie Manville—a stage manager and prompter

Geraldine “Gerry” Dunbar—a community theater director, middle-aged and pleasant looking

Henry Benish—plays Lord Dudley, a character actor, mid 50s, married to Polly

Polly Benish—plays Lady Margaret, a character actress, mid 50s, married to Henry

Marla “Smitty” Smith—plays Doris the maid, a supporting player, pretty but awkward girl of about 17

Saul Watson—plays Doctor Rex Forbes, a villain, think, mustachioed man of about 45

Billy Carewe—plays Stephen Sellers, a juvenile, an athletic young man of spirit, about 25

Violet Imbry—plays Diana Lassiter, an ingenue, a pretty faced behind which medical science may someday find a pretty brain, about 22

Lousie Peary--a sound and lighting and scenic technician, a sad-faced woman in plaid flannel shirt and denims, about 35

Phyllis Montague—a novice playwright in the community, a maiden-lady of intermediate age, probably anywhere between 42 and 57

The Last Night of Ballyhoo:

ADOLPH FREITAG. Late 40s. Unmarried businessman. Welcoming with Joe, caustic with his widowed sister, sentimental with Sunny.
BOO LEVY. Adolph's sister, 42. A force of nature.
REBA FREITAG. Adolph's sister in law. Middle 40s. The widow of Adolph and Boo's late brother. Appears ditzy, but is wise and colorful.
LALA FREITAG. Boo's daughter, 20s. Unmarried, unpopular, immature, insecure.
SUNNY FREITAG. Reba's daughter, 20s. Warm, intelligent.
JOE FARKAS. Adolph's business assistant, 20s, proud of his Eastern European heritage, from Brooklyn
PEACHY WEIL. Male, a visitor from Lake Charles, 20s. Self-important. Redhead.


Actors should prepare one comedic and/or one dramatic monologue, not to exceed 2 minutes in length. Actors who arrive without a prepared monologue will be given a monologue. Actors should bring their resumes and headshots. Actors unable to attend the open auditions may send their headshots and resumes to:

The Laboratory Theater of Florida
Attn: Casting
PO Box 334
Fort Myers, FL 33902

Call-backs for specific shows will be by invitation, and later in the summer and autumn.

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Square One Improv Comedy Nights

June 16
July 28
August 18
September 15


Square One Improv puts you in the driver's seat for a hilarious, completely improvised performance! Every aspect of the show is based on your suggestions, including songs and musicals created on the fly! With years of experience performing and competing nationally, Square One delivers a gut-busting, one-of-a-kind show every time!

Don't miss this interactive, unpredictable experience! And who knows? You might even get pulled on stage to become part of the show yourself! See you there!

2016-2017 Season

See it ALL with Season Tickets!!

AN EMPTY PLATE IN THE CAFE DU GRAND BOEUF
By Michael Hollinger

June 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25 July 1, 2 at 8pm

June 19, 26 at 2pm

A restaurant in Paris desperately tries to convince its owner (and only customer) to eat one more meal after he arrives from the Spanish bullfights with a final request: to die of starvation. As he is their only means of income, the staff begs him to allow the preparation of an extravagant multi-course dinner, but it will be kept in the kitchen...and instead of serving it, they will describe each course. Words, language, and Hemingway are tonight's specials!

"An absurdist tragicomedy…that manages to pay homage to Hemingway and Beckett in an…often hilarious existential romp." - Boston Globe

"Operatic looniness…" - NY Times "…[a] treat on the Off-Broadway menu…" - NY Daily News

SIRENS
By Deborah Zoe Laufer
July 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30 Aug 5, 6, 12, 13 at 8pm

July 31 Aug 7 at 2pm

Ancient myths tell of the beautiful, but deadly, sirens of the sea. Little did Sam know he would succumb to one while on a Mediterranean cruise for his 25th wedding anniversary. On her island, Sam finds himself contemplating the life he used to have, when he wrote a chart-topping song inspired by his love for his wife, and how he's been hopelessly trying to recreate his former success. Witty and full of allusions, SIRENS explores love, middle age, and uncertainty.

"Imaginative and funny...I can see Sirens showing up in just about any theater, and I hope it has a long life in regional rep. The humor and warmth, as well as the understanding of what it means to be married a long time, are things that never go out of style." - AFollowSpot.com

THE BEST MAN
By Gore Vidal

Oct 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29 at 8pm
Oct 9, 16, 23, 29 at 2pm

During the 1960 Presidential primary, two imperfect candidates are vying for their party's nomination, as well as the current President's endorsement. The first believes he is honest and ethical, while the second will do whatever it takes to win. Then there's the ex-President, who would rather see these two battle it out, in spite of the skeletons each has in his closet.

“A sophisticated, elegant and damnably entertaining play!" - The New Yorker
"Gore Vidal's THE BEST MAN is a winner! Extraordinarily fresh, witty, sharp and relevant." - NY Daily News

WINGS
By Arthur Kopit
Nov 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 25, 26 at 8pm
Nov 13, 20, 26 at 2pm

Having suffered a massive stroke, Emily Stilson, a retired stunt pilot, enters a realm of confusion, trying to cope with her inability to do the simplest things. With the help of her caring therapist, she must not only learn to use her body again, but also deal with the memories that fly through her mind. Don't miss this emotional portrayal of the spirit of survival.

"A compassionate and moving study in courage destined to be one of the unforgettable memories of many a season, a play to be experienced and understood." - The New York Post

I AND YOU
By Lauren Gunderson

Dec 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23 at 8pm

Dec 10, 11, 17, 18 at 2pm

Caroline, so sick she has been homebound for months, receives a surprise visit from classmate Anthony, who reveals that they must complete a poetry project for English class using Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass. Through the words of a classic piece of literature, the two realize that they are more connected than they thought. Gunderson explores the mysteries of life and love in a way that will leave you reeling at the end!

Fresh from its successful Off-Broadway run!

"I'm not sure when the last time I went to a live theater performance and left it thinking 'I need to tell everyone about this!' That's the way I feel about I and You." - Democrat & Chronicle

MOTHERS AND SONS
By Terrence McNally
Jan 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21 at 8pm

Jan 8, 14, 15, 21 at 2pm

Katharine's son died of AIDS 20 years ago, and now she's decided to pop in for a visit with his former partner, Cal. Bitter and resentful, finding herself angered by everything in her life, she can't seem to understand the changes that have occurred in society for those in the gay community... or why her son was gay at all.

"Eloquent, exceptionally timely and intensely resonant. A moving reflection on a changed America." - Chicago Tribune

“...MOTHERS AND SONS is profound. Heartbreaking. Triumphant." - NY Observer

BURN THIS
By Lanford Wilson
Feb 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25 at 8pm

Feb 12, 19, 25 at 2pm

After attending the funeral of her roommate, choreographer Anna is home in her Manhattan apartment when the older brother of the deceased comes unannounced to collect the belongings of his brother. Anna finds herself attracted to his overbearing, monstrous personality. The play exemplifies the strength, humor, and complexity of all of Lanford Wilson's work.

"Quite simply, Lanford Wilson's BURN THIS is superb writing transformed into brilliant theatre…" - Drama-Logue

"BURN THIS is Lanford Wilson's masterpiece." - LA Herald Examiner

PLAY ON!
By Rick Abbot

Mar 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 30, 31 Apr 1 at 8pm
Mar 19, 26, Apr 1 at 2pm

What do you get when a group of community theater actors try to put on a show and the playwright continues to interrupt rehearsal with revision after revision? You end up with a side-splitting comedy full of mishaps, mistakes, and mayhem! Anything that could possibly go wrong during a production does, starting with rehearsals right through to the performance.

“This play is a love letter to community theatre...” - Utah Theatre Bloggers Association

THE LAST NIGHT OF BALLYHOO
By Alfred Uhry

Apr 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29 at 8pm
Apr 23, 29, 30 at 2pm

This is the story of German Jews living in Atlanta, GA in 1939. Though Hitler is in power overseas, the Freitag family cares more about Ballyhoo, the biggest social event of the year. Themes of prejudice, romance, self-revelations, expectations, and obligations are masterfully woven into this award-winning play by the author of Driving Miss Daisy.

Winner of the 1997 Tony Award for Best Play and Winner of the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Broadway Play

"Alfred Uhry's achingly beautiful play THE LAST NIGHT OF BALLYHOO…is…luminous and powerful...Uhry draws his characters with so fine a pen, on such a solid foundation, that the story takes on the sharp poignancy of life." —Los Angeles Times
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Bonus Shows and Special Events
Your season ticket will gain you entry!

AN EMPTY PLATE IN THE CAFE DU GRAND BOEUF
By Michael Hollinger

June 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25 July 1, 2 at 8pm

June 19, 26 at 2pm

A restaurant in Paris desperately tries to convince its owner (and only customer) to eat one more meal after he arrives from the Spanish bullfights with a final request: to die of starvation. As he is their only means of income, the staff begs him to allow the preparation of an extravagant multi-course dinner, but it will be kept in the kitchen...and instead of serving it, they will describe each course. Words, language, and Hemingway are tonight's specials!

"An absurdist tragicomedy…that manages to pay homage to Hemingway and Beckett in an…often hilarious existential romp." - Boston Globe

"Operatic looniness…" - NY Times "…[a] treat on the Off-Broadway menu…" - NY Daily News

SIRENS
By Deborah Zoe Laufer
July 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30 Aug 5, 6, 12, 13 at 8pm

July 31 Aug 7 at 2pm

Ancient myths tell of the beautiful, but deadly, sirens of the sea. Little did Sam know he would succumb to one while on a Mediterranean cruise for his 25th wedding anniversary. On her island, Sam finds himself contemplating the life he used to have, when he wrote a chart-topping song inspired by his love for his wife, and how he's been hopelessly trying to recreate his former success. Witty and full of allusions, SIRENS explores love, middle age, and uncertainty.

"Imaginative and funny...I can see Sirens showing up in just about any theater, and I hope it has a long life in regional rep. The humor and warmth, as well as the understanding of what it means to be married a long time, are things that never go out of style." - AFollowSpot.com

24-hour Playwriting Project
Dec 3 at 8pm
Playwrights will bring their sleeping bags and coffee mugs to Lab Theater, where they will be assigned a theme, a director, and actors. Within just twenty-four hours, you will see the fruits of their labor when we stage all of the 15-minute one-act plays! Judged by a panel of area theater and arts professionals. A hugely popular event!

STAGED READINGS – January, March, May – Titles TBD

Join us for our Opening Night Reception for each production starting at 7:15 p.m. 


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