2019-2020 SEASON ANNOUNCED!
The Legend of Georgia McBride ~ June 7 – 30
By Matthew Lopez SWFL Premiere!
A young Elvis impersonator, barely eking out a living, finds out his wife is pregnant. To make matters worse, he gets fired from the run-down Florida bar where he's been working...only to be re-hired as a lip-syncing drag queen.
“Full of sass and good spirits...there’s as much richly catty humor here as in a full season of 'RuPaul’s Drag Race...'” - NY Times
The Wolves (Summer Camp Show) ~ July 11 - 14
By Sarah DeLappe SWFL Premiere!
A finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the story focuses on a high school girls' soccer team, The Wolves, during its pre- game warm-ups every week. Nine girls discuss a variety of topics, from menstruation to Harry Potter...and everything in between.
“...scary, exhilarating brightness of raw adolescence emanates from every scene...” - NY Times
D.M.V. ~ Aug.9–25
By Zalman Velvel National Premiere!
After 30 years, it's Bernice's last day before retirement from the DMV, when she's threatened with losing her job and pension. Locked in a battle with the mayor, the tax collector, and an egotistical politician, who will win?
The Crucible ~ Sept. 20 – Oct. 12
By Arthur Miller
Winner of the 1953 Tony Award for “Best Play,” this classic, allegorical show is a fictionalized version of the infamous Salem Witch Trials in Salem, MA, from 1692-1693. A fascinating work that will make you think about how we judge others.
“'The Crucible' has a diverse and spectacular assortment of moments that make the flesh creep.” - NY Times
Sex Tips For Straight Women From a Gay Man ~ Oct. 25 – Nov. 16
By Matt Murphy First Licensed Production in the Country!
FRESH from its monumentally successful, 7-year off-Broadway run, DO NOT miss the opportunity to hear the results of life-long studies into male pleasure, conducted by those who know exactly what a man wants – gay men!
“Perfect date-night show! Five stars!” - BroadwayWorld.com
24-Hour Playwriting Project ~ Nov. 23
Playwrights will bring their sleeping bags and coffee mugs to Lab Theater, where they will be assigned a theme, a director, and actors. Within just 24 hours, you will see the fruits of their labor when we stage all of their 20-minute one-act plays!
Let Nothing You Dismay ~ Dec. 6 – 22
By Topher Payne FL Premiere!
Set during Christmas in a hospital waiting room, this fast-paced comedy focuses on a couple about to adopt its first child with the help of a surrogate...and then the family decides to make a surprise visit! Watch eight actors portraying 22 different roles!
“...even though the setting is a hospital, Mr. Payne...provide[s] better stitches than any doctor could!” - TheaterReview.com
A Guy, a Girl, and a Piano (Cabaret Act) ~ Jan. 3 – 5
After wonderfully well-received performances last season, Therea Quinn and Randy Kramer will join us again with their 4- hands/1-piano cabaret. Enjoy an eveing of virtuosic 4-hand piano arrangements, vocal solos, and duets. The show features music from Gershwin, Sondheim, the Beatles, Joplin, Beethoven, Bernstein, Fats Waller, and others.
Reefer Madness ~ Jan. 17 – Feb. 8
By Kevin Murphy and Dan Studley
A musical satire of the 1936 cult classic film of the same name, get ready to see what happens when everyday teenagers fall prey to the evils of marijuana! Lots of camp and political satire make this a hysterical night of theater!
“...one doesn't have to be imbibing the devil's weed to enjoy the show.” - Sentinel Colorado
How to Transcend a Happy Marriage ~ Feb. 21 – Mar. 14
By Sarah Ruhl FL Premiere!
Ever thought about polyamory? Two couples decide to explore the topic, ending up with more than just discussion.
“Amid a wealth of terrific, clever, laugh-out-loud dialogue...are moments of total realness...” - EW.com (Entertainment Weekly)
In the Heights ~ Mar. 27 – Apr. 18
By Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegria Hudes SWFL Premiere!
Winner of FOUR Tony Awards (incl. Best Musical), this high-energy musical follows the lives of the mostly Hispanic-American neighborhood of Washington Heights, NYC.
"...when this musical erupts in one of its expressions of collective joy, the energy it gives off could light up the George Washington Bridge for a year or two.” - NY Times
Kehilla (Devised by Laboratory Theater) ~ Apr. 26 – 30
Experience international and local Jewish culture with live cooking of traditional foods (which will be shared with the audience!), jokes, stories, and songs. Kehilla invites audiences to bridge a cultural gap and share in the family (or “kehilla”). This fun show is entirely devised by Lab Theater playwrights who have collected songs, stories, and recipes to weave it together. Family-friendly!