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Thinking Theater ®

Box Office: (239) 218-0481

1634 Woodford Ave Fort Myers, FL 33901

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 334 Fort Myers, FL 33902


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  • Apr 30th at 8pm
  • May 1st at 8pm
  • May 2nd at 2pm
  • May 6th at 8pm
  • May 7th at 8pm
  • May 8th at 8pm
  • May 9th at 2pm
  • May 13th at 8pm
  • May 14th at 8pm
  • May 15th at 2pm
  • May 15th at 8pm

Race by David Mamet

The case is anything but black and white.

Charged with raping a black woman, a wealthy white man seeks legal representation. The simmering tensions continue to increase until they threaten to engulf everyone. David Mamet turns the spotlight on what we think but can’t say, revealing dangerous truths and sparing no punches.

This show features strong adult language and mature themes.

****Masks are required on all patrons for the entire performance****

For the protection of our cast, who will not be masked during the performance, we require that all patrons wear their masks over their noses and mouths during their entire stay at the theater. Our seats are spaced following current CDC regulations and may not be moved or adjusted. All theater surfaces are professionally coated with a COVID-19 developed antimicrobial sanitizer. Temperatures will be recorded upon check-in. For further information on what the theater is doing to keep its casts, crews, and guests safe, please visit the website and review the pandemic protocol.

Your playbill will be digital and delivered in the email confirmation with your ticket(s).

For maximum safety, the theater will not be offering concessions for these productions, nor will outside food or drink be allowed.

There will be no refunds for patrons asked to leave for refusing to honor our mask requirement.

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1 - 2:30 PM


What do directors want from an audition? What are they looking for from your audition?

Featuring two of the area's most celebrated directors, this 90-minute workshop highlights what directors want - and don't want

  • from actors auditioning for their next production. Learn which skills you need to highlight, how to choose your monologue or music to fit the role you want, how to fill out the audition form, and what to expect after the audition.

Everyone will be given a monologue and a partner - so bring a friend! All experience levels are welcome; there is something for everyone.

Remember - we are rooting for you, so let us help you crush your next audition!

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The Laboratory Theater of Florida will be screening three of the Fort Myers Film Festival selections on May 16th.

  • Beginning at 11 am - "Trans" by Julian Goldberger.

Ryan Kazinski, 16, is in juvenile detention in Fort Myers, Florida. He gets away one day, and the world is all before him: where should he go, what should he do? Should he try to find his mom? Should he head for Colorado, where he's daydreamed about life in the woods. He has a younger brother, so under cover of night, Ryan visits him. At night, Ryan is on the streets where there are other youth at loose ends, including one who wants Ryan to help with a burglary. The police are looking for him as well. Where might a 16-year-old of limited experience, with no money, imagine he could be safe?

Throwback; Strictly Local; 1h 20m

  • At 1 pm - "Bachelors of Broken Hill Farm" by Erika Yeomans. The true-life soap opera of Frank Provo & John Pickard. Actors, writers, and gentlemen farmers, their greatest success would not be found on the boards of Broadway or the hills of Hollywood but in a closeted relationship that spanned 4 decades. This is their love story.

Documentaries 1h 13m

  • At 3 pm - "22 Everyday" directed by Isaac Osin

Follows a military combat veteran in how he deals with daily life.

Shorts 19m

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"The Color Purple"


Callbacks are by invitation only


SWFL Premiere

By Marsha Norman, Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, Stephen Bray From the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker, this is the tale of African-American women finding their independence in the first half of the 20th century. With powerful songs, audiences will join their journey of heart-touching deliverance. “...a spiritually transcendent theatricalization of the tale that had me silently shouting 'hallelujah' and 'amen.'” - L.A. Times. Mature themes


Rehearsals will start on Zoom, then move to the theater for blocking.

TECH WEEK is August 23rd - Sept 1st (est.)

PERFORMANCE DATES: September 1st & 2nd (half-price preview nights) with opening night on Sept 3rd and running through October 2nd.

Registration is REQUIRED for auditions.

Play With Us! This season we will be offering The Color Purple and Avenue Q.

Character descriptions and vocal range requirements are all listed in the registration link.

Auditions will be done in 30-minute blocks. Please check the requirements for each show, and bring a headshot (it doesn't have to be a professional one) with you!

For those wishing to learn about the audition process or take their auditioning to the next level, check out our free audition prep workshop.

Avenue Q


Winner of the 2004 Tonys for Best Book, Best Score, and Best Musical! Featuring puppets and human actors, this is a laugh-out-loud musical that tells the story of recent college graduate Princeton as he struggles to find his purpose.

Though inspired by Sesame Street, these are R-Rated puppets with warnings for adult language and situations.


Rehearsals will start on Zoom, then move to the theater for blocking.

TECH WEEK is February 15th - February 24th (est.)

PERFORMANCE DATES: February 25th - March 27th, with 2 preview nights (February 23rd & 24th).

Free Stage Management Workshop at The Laboratory Theater of Florida

What is the role of the stage manager? Why are some stage managers in high demand and allowed to choose the shows they manage?

Learn not only the process but the secrets to successful and stress-free stage management. Get access to digital forms and files that will help you organize and manage your show.

Whether you are new to stage-managing or want to brush up on your skills, Laboratory Theater production manager Margaret Cooley and stage manager Casey Davis will lead this fun and formative workshop covering skills and expectations in stage management.

Space is limited. All experience levels are welcome.

Be the stage manager you were meant to be!

Registration is required for this free workshop.

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July12th - 30th, from 9 am - 3:30 pm

A total theater experience! Professional theater education at its finest. Failure: A Love Story

Summer camp July 12th - 30th

Event Address: The Laboratory Theater of Florida, 1634 Woodford Ave., Fort Myers, 33901 (Corner of Second Street & Woodford) (in the theater)

CAMP DATES: Mon-Friday, 9 am - 3:30 pm (drop-off and pick-up within 30 minutes of start and end times) July 12th - July 30th.

PERFORMANCE DATES: July 29th, 30th, 31st, and August 5th, 6th, & 7th at 8 pm. August 1st and 8th at 2 pm.

The Laboratory Theater of Florida is a professional theater company and only uses credentialed educators and professional actors in our education department.


The Laboratory Theater of Florida takes a "whole actor" approach to acting. In addition to physical theater, stage combat, voice modulation, blocking, stagecraft, and scene study, they also learn the basics of set design, lighting elements, lighting design, costuming, stage makeup, stage management, and theater etiquette and best practices. And, of course, theater games. Acting is FUN!

The camp culminates in a professional production of Failure: A Love Story, which runs for 2 weekends and includes 1 mid-week line run.

The theater follows both the CDC guidelines and the School District of Lee County guidelines, stating that campers must be masked indoors. This camp is limited to 15 thespians, ages 12-18. This guarantees the maximum one-on-one instruction and allows us to keep the students as safe as possible.

As this is a full production, students will be asked to sign the theater's Pandemic Protocol.

Failure: A Love Story

by Phillip Dawkins

By the end of 1928, all three Fail sisters will be dead -- expiring in reverse order, youngest to oldest, from a blunt object to the head, disappearance, and finally consumption. Tuneful songs and a whimsical chorus follow the story of Nelly, Jenny June, and Gerty as they live out their lives above the family clock repair shop near the Chicago River before their time unexpectedly runs out. A magical, musical fable where, in the end, the power of love is far greater than any individual's successes or failures.

A registration form needs to be filled out for each camper. Students will not be allowed to stay without signed registration forms. If registering multiple students, please choose "First Camper" for the first and "sibling" for the others.

Weekly tuition option on request.

IMPORTANT DETAILS: Hours: 9 am - 3:30 pm, Mon-Fri

Daily Arrival Time: 8:30-9:00 am. • Pick-up: 3:30 - 4:00 pm

• Light snacks are provided but bring a packed lunch. • Campers should wear comfortable clothing in which they can easily move and dance. • Closed-toe shoes are required, tennis shoes are recommended • Masks are required to be properly worn during camp hours.

Camp culminates in a two-week professional production on stage at The Laboratory Theater of Florida.

Summer camp is M-F; Dress rehearsals and performances will be held at the Laboratory Theater of Florida.


● Regular registration (by Wednesday prior to start): $450 camper 1, $405 per additional sibling for the 3-week camp. If a scholarship is needed, please email for details. A weekly tuition option is available on request.

PAYMENT AND REFUND POLICY Payment required at registration • Two-week cancellation notice required or forfeiture of the deposit will result.

• Registration deadline is by the Wednesday prior to the start of camp, payable by credit card or checks made out to The Laboratory Theater of Florida. Please mail registration & payment to The Laboratory Theater of Florida, P.O. Box 334, Fort Myers, FL 33902. Or conveniently register and pay online at

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Tickets are nonrefundable; tickets may be exchanged for another date or for a Laboratory Theater of Florida credit. Cancellations must be made by 10 a.m. on the date of the performance. There will be no credit for missed performances. The theater may, but is not obligated to, make reasonable accommodations due to performances missed due to illness, traffic, or other unforeseen circumstances. Refunds are only available if the theater cancels the performance for which the patron holds tickets; tickets to postponed performances may be exchanged for another date or for a credit. For holders of our Flex passes, no credit is given for lower-priced performances. Internet service fees are non-refundable.
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1634 Woodford Ave

Fort Myers, FL 33901

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 334 Fort Myers, FL 33902

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