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FRESH & EDGY AWARD WINNING THEATER !!!

  • Smell of the Kill




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

    August 13, 20 at 2PM
  • 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

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
Friday, September 1st 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).

AUDITIONS

The Laboratory Theater of Florida will be holding auditions for its spring shows on August 19th from 3-5pm. Auditionees will be considered for both mainstage productions and staged readings. Please prepare comedic and/or dramatic monologues not to exceed 2 minutes each. Auditionees without a monologue will be given a side to read. Please bring a headshot and resume. Auditionees will be seen on a first-come, first-seen basis.

Shows and character descriptions are as follows:

CRIMES OF THE HEART
By Beth Henley
Jan. 5 – 20, 2018

Nominated for the Tony Award for “Best Play,” this heart-warming play begins with the Magrath sisters (Meg, Babe, and Lenny) coming together in their grandfather's house in Mississippi. The catalyst for their reunion, however, is a doozy – Babe has shot her abusive husband. Having been raised in a household filled with dysfunction, each sister has dealt with the repercussions of her choices in life, including past resentments, past relatives, and past relationships.

"CRIMES OF THE HEART...should sting the tear ducts as often as it tickles the funny bone." - NY Times
"From time to time a play comes along that restores one's faith in our theatre…" —NY Magazine

MEG (female): 27 years old, the middle sister; as an 11-year-old child, she discovered the body of their mother (and that of the family cat) following her suicide; this traumatic experience provoked her to test her strength by confronting morbidity wherever she could find it, including poring over medical photographs of disease-ridden victims and staring at March of Dimes posters of crippled children; at the beginning of the play, she returns to Mississippi from California, where her singing career has stalled and where, she later tells Doc, she had a nervous breakdown and ended up in the psychiatric ward of the county hospital.

THE MUSICAL COMEDY MURDERS OF 1940
By John Bishop
March 9 - 31, 2018

The creative team responsible for a recent Broadway flop (in which three chorus girls were murdered by the mysterious "Stage Door Slasher") assemble for a backer's audition of their new show at the Westchester estate of a wealthy "angel." The house is replete with sliding panels, secret passageways and a German maid who is apparently four different people- all of which figure diabolically in the comic mayhem that follows when the infamous "slasher" makes his reappearance and strikes again.

“…an amusing little romp that pokes fun at the theater and film worlds” – Chicago Reader

Helsa Wenzel (female): German maid of the Grossenknueten estate

ElsaVon Grossenknuen (female): the financial backer of many musicals, Elsa summons the group together in an attempt to find out who murdered her "friend" Bebe McAllister. She is extremely eccentric, and her grandfather was a spy. She claims that espionage runs in her blood.

Michael Kelly (male): an undercover cop. Kelly's tough, no-nonsense attitude puts him at odds with the zany Elsa and the dramatic types that visit.

Patrick O'Reilly (male): claims to be an Irish tenor. Eventually, O'Reilly claims to be "Tony Garibaldi" an undercover cop with a Bronx accent -- only to reveal himself as a Gestapo Agent named Klaus Stansdorff, sent to find German defectors.

Ken De La Maize (male): a "typical" director, speaking of theater as a "pure art." he also has an annoying habit of name-dropping, constantly citing the various celebrities he has worked with over the years.

Nikki Crandall (female): considered a typical chorus girl, Nikki is smarter than she appears.

Eddie McCuen (male): Directly based on Bob Hope, Eddie is the out of work comedian. He's afraid of everything and uses humor to mask his true cowardly nature.

Marjorie Baverstock (female): a Broadway producer. Think New York upper class Broadway groupie. She constantly flatters everyone around her, and speaks in elevated language; her "new word" is "divoon."

Roger Hopewell (male): composer and Bernice's writing partner; the two have had a string of Broadway hits. The American Fop, Roger enjoys teasing Ken about his artistic ways, but flares up whenever someone insults his musical style. he also knows how to deal with Bernice's many quirks.

Bernice Roth (female): is Roger's writing partner. Bernice is very odd and emotional, frequently losing her composure and screaming. Think hippie meets gypsy meets drunk uncle(aunt).

VISITING MR. GREEN
By Jeff Baron
April 13-28, 2018

Having almost hit 86-year-old widower, Mr. Green, Ross Gardiner (a young executive in the corporate world) is charged with reckless driving. He must now complete a form of community service visit Mr. Green every week for the next six months. Though both men are quick to resent these forced visits, their conversations soon reveal family secrets and past hardships. A story of acceptance and open-mindedness, replete with charm and poignancy.

"...this is a two-person gem." - Denver Post
There is a level of intelligence and compassionate understanding here which exceeds what we expect to find in the category of sentimental comedy entertainments... - Talkin' Broadway

Ross Gardner (Male) - Conventional, young, corporate executive. Strong stage presence needed.

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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“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