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Thinking Theater ®

Box Office: (239) 218-0481

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Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: a parody

Written by Tim Sniffen

Story Created by Tim Ryder, Tim Sniffen, and The Second City

Directed By
Scott Carpenter

January 16,17,18,23,24,25,30,31 February 1,6,7,8 at 8pm

January 19,26 February 1,2,8 at 2pm

January 25, 2020 at 2PM

This is a 3-hour introductory session of the Meisner technique, offering a sample of the most complete and systemic acting courses in the western world. Taught by none other than the founder of Meisner International, New York director, actor, and Sanford Meisner alum Steven Ditmyer. The full Meisner Level One course, which culminates in a Meisner Level One certification, will be offered Feb 1, 2, 8, 9. Please register by calling our box office at 239.218.0481. The taster and the course are for actors aged 18 and up; all experience levels welcome from beginners to experienced.


STEVEN IS AN ACTOR, DIRECTOR AND ACTING TEACHER WHO STUDIED WITH SANFORD MEISNER, UTA HAGEN, AND ZOE CALDWELL. HE IS A GRADUATE OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD PLAYHOUSE SCHOOL OF THE THEATRE IN NEW YORK CITY WHERE HE LATER WAS INVITED TO TRAIN AS A TEACHER OF THE MEISNER TECHNIQUE.

IN ADDITION TO BEING A GUEST TEACHER AND DIRECTOR AT THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF DRAMATIC ARTS IN NEW YORK CITY HE IS THE FOUNDER OF MEISNER INTERNATIONAL CURRENTLY TEACHING WORKSHOPS IN NEW YORK, LONDON, AMSTERDAM, PARIS, ROME, BERLIN, VIENNA, HELSINKI, WARSAW, VILNIUS, TALLINN, RIO DE JANEIRO, SAO PAULO, QUITO, GUAYAQUIL AND BOGOTA WITH NEW WORKSHOPS STARTING NEXT YEAR IN BUENOS AIRES, CHINA, AND RUSSIA.

AS AN ACTOR, STEVEN WORKED WITH MANY GREAT ARTISTS SUCH AS AL PACINO, ARTHUR MILLER, TONY RANDALL, RON RIFKIN, SAM WATERSTON, DIANE WIEST, BLYTHE DANNER AND MORE.

AS A DIRECTOR, HE DIRECTED THE OFF THE PAGE READING SERIES FOR TONY RANDALLS NATIONAL ACTORS THEATRE IN NYC (2005-2008) WITH SUCH NOTABLE PRODUCTIONS AS THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA WITH ALEC BALDWIN, GOLF WITH ALAN SHEPARD WITH JACK KLUGMAN, CHARLES DURNING, LEN CARIOU AND JOHN CULLUM AND LADIES IN RETIREMENT WITH ROSEMARY HARRIS AND MARIAN SELDES. HE HAS DIRECTED MANY PRODUCTIONS IN NEW YORK WORKING WITH SUCH NOTABLE PLAYWRIGHTS AS ROBERT ASKINS, JAMES MCCLURE, BRUCE JAY FRIEDMAN, ALBERT BERMEL, JACK GILHOOLEY, GAIL SHEEHY AND WITH NOTABLE ACTORS AS MARIAN SELDES, BRIAN MURRAY, DANA IVEY, JOHN PANKOW, RICHARD BEY, BRIAN GERAGHTY, AND MANY MORE.

STEVEN WAS THE CO-DIRECTOR OF THE WORKSHOP AT THE NEIGHBORHOOD PLAYHOUSE (1999-2003), WHERE HE DIRECTED OVER 20 NEW PLAYS AND WAS THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD THEATRE COMPANY IN NAPLES, FLORIDA (2003-2005) WHERE HE DIRECTED THE SYRINGA TREE WHICH RAN FOR TWO SEASONS. HE WAS A FOUNDING DIRECTOR OF THE A-TRAIN PLAYS IN NYC (WRITTEN AND PERFORMED IN 24 HOURS) WHERE HE DIRECTED THE CASSEROLES OF FAR ROCKAWAY BY SETH BAUER WINNER OF THE 2004 SAMUEL FRENCH FESTIVAL.

STEVEN WILL BE DIRECTING THE FLORIDA PREMIERE OF HOW TO TRANSCEND A HAPPY MARRIAGE BY SARAH RUHL AT THE LABORATORY THEATER OF FLORIDA OPENING FEBRUARY 21, 2020.
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This is a free event, with collected donations benefitting the Florida Holocaust Museum.

Reserve a seat by calling the box office at 239-218-0481.
In light of recent events, The Laboratory Theater of Florida is hosting a Community Holocaust Remembrance January 27th at 7 pm.

This is a solidarity-focused event to unite residents and visitors to remember the Holocaust and reflect on atrocities committed based on fear, hatred, and ignorance.

A Holocaust survivor will be joined by Jewish, Muslim, and Christian religious leaders and laypeople who will share their thoughts and experiences with patrons who will have the opportunity to not only remember, but learn and connect with others of similar and varying faiths. Attendees will have the opportunity to light an LED candle in remembrance of those whose lives were lost or forever altered by the Holocaust.

Philosopher George Santayana once remarked that “Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” The Laboratory Theater of Florida has earned a rare endorsement from the Florida Holocaust Museum for its efforts to ensure that these stories are told and retold in a manner that encourages unity and not discord.
Lab Theater board member Ella Nayor will moderate the discussion. Ella is a noted author and freelance journalist dedicated to inspiring change and raising awareness of just how connected we truly are in the universe.
This is a 20-hour course in the foundations of living truthfully under imagined circumstances - a foundation of the Meisner technique. Taught by none other than the founder of Meisner International, New York director, actor, and Sanford Meisner alum Steven Ditmyer. The full Meisner Level One course, which culminates in a Meisner Level One certification, will be offered Feb 1, 2, 8, 9. Please register by calling our box office at 239.218.0481. This course is for actors aged 18 and up; all experience levels welcome from beginners to experienced. Due to the accelerated pace of this course, students must attend all sessions for certification.

This course is $250.00 for Lab members and $325.00 for non-members. Members may call 239.218.0481 or message this event for their link to enroll at the discounted rate. Memberships available by calling the box office at 239.218.0481.

STEVEN IS AN ACTOR, DIRECTOR AND ACTING TEACHER WHO STUDIED WITH SANFORD MEISNER, UTA HAGEN, AND ZOE CALDWELL. HE IS A GRADUATE OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD PLAYHOUSE SCHOOL OF THE THEATRE IN NEW YORK CITY WHERE HE LATER WAS INVITED TO TRAIN AS A TEACHER OF THE MEISNER TECHNIQUE.

IN ADDITION TO BEING A GUEST TEACHER AND DIRECTOR AT THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF DRAMATIC ARTS IN NEW YORK CITY HE IS THE FOUNDER OF MEISNER INTERNATIONAL CURRENTLY TEACHING WORKSHOPS IN NEW YORK, LONDON, AMSTERDAM, PARIS, ROME, BERLIN, VIENNA, HELSINKI, WARSAW, VILNIUS, TALLINN, RIO DE JANEIRO, SAO PAULO, QUITO, GUAYAQUIL AND BOGOTA WITH NEW WORKSHOPS STARTING NEXT YEAR IN BUENOS AIRES, CHINA, AND RUSSIA.

AS AN ACTOR, STEVEN WORKED WITH MANY GREAT ARTISTS SUCH AS AL PACINO, ARTHUR MILLER, TONY RANDALL, RON RIFKIN, SAM WATERSTON, DIANE WIEST, BLYTHE DANNER AND MORE.

AS A DIRECTOR, HE DIRECTED THE OFF THE PAGE READING SERIES FOR TONY RANDALLS NATIONAL ACTORS THEATRE IN NYC (2005-2008) WITH SUCH NOTABLE PRODUCTIONS AS THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA WITH ALEC BALDWIN, GOLF WITH ALAN SHEPARD WITH JACK KLUGMAN, CHARLES DURNING, LEN CARIOU AND JOHN CULLUM AND LADIES IN RETIREMENT WITH ROSEMARY HARRIS AND MARIAN SELDES. HE HAS DIRECTED MANY PRODUCTIONS IN NEW YORK WORKING WITH SUCH NOTABLE PLAYWRIGHTS AS ROBERT ASKINS, JAMES MCCLURE, BRUCE JAY FRIEDMAN, ALBERT BERMEL, JACK GILHOOLEY, GAIL SHEEHY AND WITH NOTABLE ACTORS AS MARIAN SELDES, BRIAN MURRAY, DANA IVEY, JOHN PANKOW, RICHARD BEY, BRIAN GERAGHTY, AND MANY MORE.

STEVEN WAS THE CO-DIRECTOR OF THE WORKSHOP AT THE NEIGHBORHOOD PLAYHOUSE (1999-2003), WHERE HE DIRECTED OVER 20 NEW PLAYS AND WAS THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD THEATRE COMPANY IN NAPLES, FLORIDA (2003-2005) WHERE HE DIRECTED THE SYRINGA TREE WHICH RAN FOR TWO SEASONS. HE WAS A FOUNDING DIRECTOR OF THE A-TRAIN PLAYS IN NYC (WRITTEN AND PERFORMED IN 24 HOURS) WHERE HE DIRECTED THE CASSEROLES OF FAR ROCKAWAY BY SETH BAUER WINNER OF THE 2004 SAMUEL FRENCH FESTIVAL.

STEVEN WILL BE DIRECTING THE FLORIDA PREMIERE OF HOW TO TRANSCEND A HAPPY MARRIAGE BY SARAH RUHL AT THE LABORATORY THEATER OF FLORIDA OPENING FEBRUARY 21, 2020.
How to Transcend a Happy Marriage

By Sarah Ruhl

Directed By Steven Ditmyer

FL Premiere!

February 20,21,22,27,28,29
March 5,6,7,12,13,14 at 8pm

March 1,8,14 at 2pm

When two couples invite a new temp, Pip, and her two male partners to dinner, discussion turns to action and the exploration of unexplored desire turns animalistic.

“Amid a wealth of terrific, clever, laugh-out-loud dialogue...are moments of total realness...” - EW.com (Entertainment Weekly)

"This new play is a subversive enchantment. It is part absurd domestic serious-comedy, part erotic magic realism, unflinching about taboos and about questioning that, just maybe, monogamy isn't enough."
-Newsday
February 15th at 7pm.

Scared Scriptless Comedy Lab is an award-winning comedy troupe which offers a uniquely fun experience with each show. Led by Steve Cobb, the troupe performs monthly to enthuiastic crowds at The Laboratory Theater of Florida, in the Downtown River District. Every show is based on audience suggestions, making for a memorable night of fun and laughter.
In the Heights

By Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegria Hudes

Directed By Carmen Crusard

SWFL Premiere!

March 26,27,28 April 2,3,4,9,10,11,16,17,18 at 8pm

March 29 April 5,12,18 at 2pm

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.

IN THE HEIGHTS tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New Yorks Washington Heights neighborhood a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. Its a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind.

IN THE HEIGHTS is the winner of the 2008 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Score, Best Choreography and Best Orchestrations.

The first musical from 3-Time Tony Award Winner Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of the Broadway smash hit Hamilton and star of Mary Poppins Returns!

"...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

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