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FRESH & EDGY AWARD WINNING THEATER !!!

  • The Last Night of Ballyhoo
  • 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
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UPCOMING SHOWS & EVENTS

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The Last Night of Ballyhoo is another excellent choice by a theater group that’s always on the look-out for productions that can serve as community conversation starters when it comes to the issues of today…Tom Hall , ARTSWFL.com

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BODY AND SOLD

May 5th and 6th at 8 PM
May 7th at 2PM

Over 100,000 young Americans run away from home every year. Within 48 hours of being on the street these teens will be approached by a man posing as a friend, offering food, shelter, and love. Most of the time, he will turn out to be a pimp and will sell the young person for commercial sex. The BODY & SOLD Project is a theater and community initiative to raise awareness about the epidemic of commercial sexual exploitation of our young people and develop strategies to combat it.

In 2015, Deborah Lake Fortson and Amy Merrill created a groundbreaking activist network of theaters and communities in the greater Boston area. The goal: to shine a spotlight on the trafficking of American young people for commercial sexual exploitation taking place right in our own backyard.

Talk back with community leaders after each performance.
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THE LAST NIGHT OF BALLYHOO
By Alfred Uhry

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

Apr 16, 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

The Last Night of Ballyhoo is sponsored by Ella Nayor & Jeffrey Cull

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AUDITIONS

Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 3 PM - 5 PM

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE: A PARODY OF THE HORROR June 16 – July 15, 2017
By Dale Gutzman SWFL PREMIERE!

Run dates are June 16-July 15
Rehearsals begin on May 10

Jane Hudson, former child star, now an alcoholic mess (played by a male in Drag)
Blanche Hudson, her invalid sister, also once a star. (played by a male in Drag)
Elvira, their kindly housekeeper
Edwin Flagg, a down and out musician
Mrs. Flagg, his mother.
Her Daughter Abby/Little Blanche
Two policemen/Producers/Little Blanche's Dad
Bank Teller/Little Blanche's Mother/Mrs. Bates
Customer
Little BabyJane
Director: Annette Trossbach

Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 3 PM - 5 PM

THE SMELL OF THE KILL Aug. 4 – 26, 2017 By Michele Lowe

Run dates are August 4-26
Rehearsals TBD

Molly ("Smell of the Kill") (Lead): Female, 33-39
the youngest, seemingly innocent, mid 30’s, passive, but ultimately passive aggressive. For 12 years, Molly’s wanted to have children, but her husband doesn’t and tries to keep tabs on her while withholding sex. Working on her fifth affair.
Ethnicity: All Ethnicities

Nicky ("Smell of the Kill") (Lead): Female, 39-45
a career woman and mom, her husband has been indicted for embezzlement and wants her to quit her job and use her pension to pay his defense fees. Quick witted, outgoing and friends with Debra since college.
Ethnicity: All Ethnicities

Debra ("Smell of the Kill") (Lead): Female, 39-45
seemingly the most straitlaced of the three, she gave up her career in real estate to be a stay-at-home mom. Her husband, a womanizer, wants to move her out of their home to move his latest girlfriend in. A fragile personality hidden under a confident, suburban facade.
Ethnicity: All Ethnicities

Director: Carmen Crussard

2017-18 Season Auditions will be on June 17, 2017 from 2-5 PM

NEWS

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New play submissions will be accepted starting March

These blind submissions will be for staged readings of new and unproduced works in the 2017-2018 season
Special Events at The Laboratory Theater of Florida

Season Announcement Soiree on Monday, April 17th, at 6:30p.m.

The Holocaust Remembrance Event will be after the performance of The Last Night of Ballyhoo on April 20, 2017.

SUPPORT LAB THEATER

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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