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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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Sunset Schmoulevard By Annette Trossbach

Norma Desmond is a forgotten screen star until Joe Gillis comes into her life, offering her the opportunity to make a dramatic comeback. Based on the classic film, this parody is an over-the-top delight.

Sunset Schmoulevard – 14 performances

Preview 6/10

Dates: 6/11/21-7/3/21 June 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, July 1, 2, 3 at 8pm June 13, 20, 27 at 2pm

Failure: A Love Story By Philip Dawkins

A whimsical comedy with musical elements, we follow the three Fail sisters, their brother, and a man named Mortimer Mortimer in 1928 Chicago. By the end of the year, all three Fail sisters will die unusual deaths.

Sponsored By Lee County school District

Summer Camp – Failure: A Love Story – 8 performances No Preview

Dates: 7/29/21-8/8/21 July 29, 30, 31, August 5, 6, 7 at 8pm August 1, 8 at 2pm

The Color Purple 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.

Sponsored By Emily Eason

18 performances

Previews: 9/1, 9/2

Dates: 9/3/21-10/2/21 September 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 30 October 1, 2 at 8pm September 5, 12, 19, 26 at 2pm

24 Hour Screenwriting Project

October 9th

White Rabbit, Red Rabbit By Nassim Soleimanpour

With no rehearsal, no director, a different actor each night, and a script waiting in a sealed envelope on stage, this show is a theatrical experience that reminds us of the transformative power of theater.

Sponsored By Dave Yudowitz

October 14 Dave Yudowitz October 15 Eric Raddatz October 16 2pm Melanie Payne October 16 8pm PJ McCready October 17 2pm Randall Kenneth Jones October 21 Stephanie Davis October 22 Lucy Sundby October 23 at 2pm Sonya McCarter October 23 at 8pm Ella Nayor

The Tempest By William Shakespeare

Shakespeare’s classic comedy about betrayal and family will lead you on a magical journey that’s much less than a three hour tour. Trapped on a island by a jealous sibling and aided by a variety of spirits, our heroes find revenge is complicated.

10 performances

Previews: 11/3, 11/4

Dates: 11/5/21-11/20/21 November 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20 at 8pm November 7, 14 at 2pm

The Complete History of America (abridged) By Adam Long, Reed Martin, and Austin Tichenor

600 years of history in 6000 seconds … history will never be the same! This fast paced comedy is American History on speed, giving us a 90 minute roller coaster ride to remind us that it’s not the length of your history that matters - it’s what you’ve done with it!

Sponsored By Arlene Foreman

12 performances

Previews: 12/1, 12/2

Dates: 12/3/21-12/19/21 December 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18 at 8pm December 5, 12, 18, 19 at 2pm

January Holocaust event - January 25, 7pm

International Holocaust Remembrance Day - commemorates the victims of the Holocaust of European Jewry and other marginalized or persecuted people. The evening event will allow guests to hold flame-safe candles and listen to the stories and experiences of a WWII liberator and hero, child Holocaust survivor, World renowned rabbi and speaker whose father lived through Kristallnact in Germany (the Night of the Broken glass) and other guests who have experienced racism and discrimination. Will be an evening of connection, community and camaraderie. Please join us for an intimate gathering of questions, learning and ideas of how we can build a more understanding and unified community and beyond. Donations will be accepted for the Holocaust Museum in Florida.

Killer Joe By Tracy Letts

This dark comedy follows a dysfunctional Texas family that hires a hitman to kill a relative with a sizable life insurance policy.

Killer Joe – 14 performances

Previews: 1/12, 1/13

Dates: 1/14/22-2/5/22 January 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29, February 3, 4, 5 at 8pm January 16, 23, 30 at 2pm

Avenue Q

Music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, book by Jeff Whitty

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.

Sponsored By The Bireley Family Foundation

19 performances

Previews: 2/23, 2/24

Dates: 2/25/22-3/27/22 February 25, 26 at 8pm March 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26 at 8pm February 27, March 6, 13, 20, 27 at 2 pm

Holocaust Event April 5, 7pm The Eternal Flame

April Holocaust event - On April 5 Laboratory Theater will recognize Holocaust Remembrance Day with guest speakers, beautiful haunting music and communal candle-lit ceremony. Guests will have a chance to read off names of local Southwest Florida Holocaust victims and survivors who have passed and share their lives and stories. This will be an evening of unity and love as we remember those murdered and taken for being different. Together we will share in our common humanity and remember that we all are one in the universe.

Les Liaisons Dangereuses By Christopher Hampton, from the novel by Choderlos de Laclos

Using sex as a weapon, this is a tale of seduction set among aristocrats before the French revolution. This classic drama explores decadent sexuality, morals, and manipulations played as the ultimate games with tragic results.

Sponsored By Ella Nayor & Jeffrey Cull

14 performances

Previews: 4/14, 4/13

Dates: 4/15/22-5/7/22 April 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30, May 5, 6, 7 at 8pm April 17, 24, May 1 at 2pm


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Continuing its tradition of presenting parodies of classic movies of old Hollywood, The Laboratory Theater of Floria is proud to present the world premiere of "Sunset Schmoulevard," adapted from the original screenplay by Artistic Director Annette Trossbach.

Norma Desmond is a forgotten screen star until Joe Gillis comes into her life, offering her the opportunity to make a dramatic comeback. Based on the classic film, this parody is an over-the-top delight.

Adult language, raunchy humor

Sunset Schmoulevard – 14 performances

Preview 6/10

Dates: 6/11/21-7/3/21

June 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, July 1, 2, 3 at 8pm June 13, 20, 27 at 2pm

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

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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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