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  • Baby Jane Parody
  • 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
    “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


55 and OVER

May 26th and 27th
at 8 PM
May 28th at 2PM

Join us for a brand-new comedy about a "55 and over" community by local playwright Zalman Velvel.

Tickets are $15 for Adults

$10 Senior/Military/Student


Friday June 2, 2017
at 8pm

Square One Improv is back at Lab Theater with its zany routines based entirely on suggestions from the audience! Join us for a night of family-friendly fun!

Tickets are $15 for Adults

$12 Senior/Military/Student

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Saturday, June 3, 2017
at 7pm

Tickets are $15 for Adults

$12 Senior/Military/Student


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Saturday, June 17, 2017 from 2 PM -5 PM

2017-28 Season Auditions

Sordid Lives
By Del Shores
Directed By Scott Carpenter


There is a lot of cigarette smoking (we will use either electronic or clove on stage), cussing and other white trash a few hymms sung!

BITSY MAE HARLING – the guitar playing ex-con singer (30s, 40s)
TY WILLIAMSON – a gay man on a journey (20s, early 30s)
SISSY HICKEY – the caretaker Aunt who picked the wrong day to quit smoking (50s, 60s)
NOLETA NETHERCOTT- the angry betrayed housewife (30s, 40s)
LATRELLE WILLIAMSON – Ty’s uptight, proper mother (40s, 50s)
LA VONDA DUPREE – Latrelle’s liberal-minded worldly sister (30s, 40s)
JUANITA BARTLETT- a bar fly, always drunk ( 50s, 60’s, 70s)
G.W. NETHERCOTT – the distraught Vietnam Vet w/wood prosthetic legs (40’s, 50s)
WARDELL “BUBBA” OWENS – the former gay- bashing remorseful bartender (30s, 40s, 50s)
ODELL OWENS – Wardell’s worthless story-telling brother who plays sting games (30s, 40s, 50s)
DR. EVE BOLINGER – the over-sexed, pill-popping, alcoholic therapist (30s, 40s, 50s) (Brief breast exposure required)
EARL “BROTHER BOY” INGRAM – the Tammy Wynette obsessed transvestite (40s, 50s)
REV. BARNES – the Southern Baptist preacher (also plays Odell Owens)

By William Goldman, based on the novel by Stephen King
Directed By Nkkiy Rizley

An Act of God
By David Javerbaum
Directer By Tera Miller

Crimes of the Heart

By Beth Henley
Directed By Stephanie Davis

The Way We Get By
By Neil LaBute

Chip and Gus
By John Ahlin & Christopher Patrick Mullen

The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940
By John Bishop
Directed By Carmen Crussard

Visiting Mr. Green
By Jeff Baron


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Whatever Happened to Baby Jane - A Parody of the Horror

June 16, 17, 23, 24, 30
July 1, 7, 8, 14, 15
at 8 PM

July 2, 9 at 2PM

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!


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.

Annette Trossbach

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