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If you love new work in American theatre, now there is Theatre Lab,the professional resident company of Florida Atlantic University.
Established in 2015 on the Boca Raton campus, Theatre Lab's mission is to inspire, develop, and produce new work, audiences, and artists for the American Theatre.
october at the lab...
Sunday, October 13
MasterClass at 12:30pm, Reading of Babel at 3pm
What would you do if you had the power to build your own baby? And your best friend is a talking Stork? In this version of a near future society, prospective parents learn within the first weeks of conception which genetic traits their child will have, and what behaviors they are likely to exhibit. In this new comedy, two couples collide over what to do with their PRE certification test results. With rapid advances in reproductive technology, modern eugenics is science’s Wild West. How far will we go when playing God? If you like Booker’s “Black Mirror,” Ishiguro’s “Never Let Me Go,” or Haley’s “The Nether,” then this play is for you. Winner of the 2017 Smith Prize, 2017 Independence Foundation Fellowship in the Arts, 2018 Generations Award, and on the 2019 Kilroy's List.
Jacqueline Goldfinger is a playwright and dramaturg. She co-Founded The Foundry @ PlayPenn and Curates Page By Page. She is an Affiliated Artist at New Georges and The Lark Playwright’s Center. She is a member of the writers’ labs at The Barrow Group and Azuka Theatre. She won the Yale Drama Prize, Smith Prize, Generations Award, Brown Martin Award, Barrymore Award, and Philadelphia Critics Award. She was a Finalist at the 2018 International Book Awards. Her plays have been developed and/or produced by theaters including: The National Theatre/London, Wilma Theatre, The Kennedy Center, La MaMa, Disquiet/Lisbon, Florida Studio Theatre, Orlando Shakespeare, Kansas City Rep, Perseverance Theatre, Capital Stage Company, The Seattle Public, Manhattan Theatre Works, and the NYC International Fringe Festival. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild and represented by Abrams Artists Agency. For more information: www.jacquelinegoldfinger.com
Sunday, October 20
MasterClass at 12:30pm, Reading of Coral Gables at 3pm
CORAL GABLES is the dark comic story of a contemporary suburban Florida family dealing with the changing landscape of U.S. culture over a period of four decades. The play follows the family from Nixon’s resignation to modern times as they confront the perils of life, love, politics, and death during a pivotal half-century of American history.
CORAL GABLES expands on Christopher Demos-Brown’s earlier award-winning play, CAPTIVA, to form an epic portrait of the contemporary American family. The two plays are written so that they can be performed individually, or in repertory as “CAPTIVA / CORAL GABLES” with the same actors playing different roles.
Christopher Demos-Brown has written over a dozen full-length plays and screenplays. Honors include the Laurents/Hatcher Award, a Steinberg Citation from The American Theatre Critics Association, and multiple regional theatre honors (including three Carbonell Awards, multiple Silver Palms and the inaugural Berkshire Theatre Award for Outstanding New Work).
Chris credits his career to Theatre Lab’s founder, Lou Tyrrell, who produced Chris’s first play, WHEN THE SUN SHONE BRIGHTER. Lou also directed the first workshop of—and was essential in sculpting—Chris’s play, AMERICAN SON, here at Theatre Lab. That play went on to a successful run on Broadway (staring Kerry Washington) and has been adapted as a feature film on Netflix for release this fall.
Sunday, October 27
MasterClass at 12:30pm, Reading of After All I Did For You at 3pm
After All I Did for You
AFTER ALL I DID FOR YOU, a comedy about a serious subject, examines the similarities/differences between gay male relationships and lesbian relationships and the love between men and women in an alternative sense – how do we connect when sex is not a goal or an obstacle?
Moving from the 1990s through the present day, the play centers on the long-term relationship between a gay male couple and a lesbian couple. These couples are each other’s favorite people, the best of friends – family, really – and through their decades long friendship, the play presents a specific and intimate history of the HIV/AIDS crisis and how it has impacted both the gay and lesbian communities.
AFTER ALL I DID FOR YOU explores themes of love, loss, and betrayal, while illuminating how living through trauma has repercussions that none of us can predict.
This play (and playwright) is one of the two selected for commission from our Fair Play Initiative – a commission program for LGBTQ playwrights made possible with support from OUR FUND.
Patricia Cotter Awards include American Academy of Arts Letters, Richard Rodgers Award, Emmy Award. Plays include: The Daughters will receive its World Premiere by The San Francisco Playhouse in 2019, Rules of Comedy, produced in 2015 Humana Festival of Ten-Minute Plays. Drinking On A Plane in 2018, and The Anthropology Section in 2015 both produced by The Actors Theatre of Louisville’s The Tens, Other plays include: 1980 (Or Why I’m Voting For John Anderson) Chicago’s Jackalope Theatre 2017, Jeff Awards nominee for Best New Play, The Surrogate, winner of the 2016 Susan Glaspell Award, finalist at the 2016 O'Neill National Playwrights Conference, produced at Centenary Stage Company, NJ, in 2017, The Break Up Notebook (a GLAAD Award nominee). Musicals (librettist/ adaptations) include Rocket Science: A Musical, received readings at Playwrights Horizons in New York (directed by Kathleen Marshall) and was produced at The Village Theatre, Seattle; The Break Up Notebook: A Musical (based on her play), at The Vineyard Theatre in New York. Patricia is currently in residence as a playwright at the Playwrights Foundation in San Francisco.
Patricia is joining us this year as one of our commissioned playwrights of the Fair Play Initiative.
Theatre Lab will present four full productions -a three-play MainStage Series including a regional and a world premiere and a Heckscher Theatre for Families production- along with its acclaimed Playwright’s Forum and Masterclass series, and the annual New Play Festival.
MAINSTAGE SERIES - All THREE shows for only $90!
Everything is Super Great by Stephen Brown
A Co-World Premiere
in conjunction with
New Light Theater Project and Stable Cable Lab Co.
November 30, 2019 - December 22, 2019
Directed by Matt Stabile
A typical day in the life of 19-year-old Tommy involves triple shot lattes, yearning after his assistant manager at Starbucks, and arson at Applebee’s. Such distractions are therapeutic when your older brother has been missing for months, but when a well meaning, if somewhat misguided, therapist shows up on his doorstep, Tommy must finally face his loss.
The Glass Piano by Alix Sobler
A US Premiere
February 8, 2020 - March 1, 2020
Directed by Matt Stabile
Alexandra thought her life would never change. Living in the castle with her father, the failed poet, her maid, the wise Galstina, and catching glimpses of her mother as she runs from the stables to the rose bushes, trying not get caught by the palace guard. And of course, there was the grand piano made of glass that she swallowed as a child, sitting inside her at all times. But then Lucien arrives and suddenly, anything seems possible.
To Fall In Love by Jennifer Lane
A Southeastern Premiere
March 14, 2020 - April 5, 2020
Directed by Louis Tyrrell
Scientists claim that anyone can fall in love, simply by asking and honestly answering a specific series of 36 personal questions followed by four minutes of uninterrupted eye contact. But what if the goal is to fall in love AGAIN? Can this exercise help Wyatt and Merryn save a marriage, splintered by tragedy?
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