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.
Doors open an hour before each event for guests to explore Theatre Lab's Art Gallery. Fine wine and light dinner fare complete your Theatre experience at the Theatre Lab Café. Hope to see you at The Lab!
This series welcomes some of the most notable playwrights from around the country to share readings of their work followed by a discussion with the playwright about the piece, their process, and the importance of new play development. Additionally, each playwright will then conduct a MasterClass for writers of all age and experience guiding participants through the process of creating work of their own.
Friday, October 27, 7:30pm Tar Beach by Tammy Ryan
It is July 1977. Son of Sam is on the loose and New York City is in the midst of a brutal heat wave. Sixteen year old Mary Claire and her best friend Mary Francis start that day sunning themselves on the roof of an Ozone Park row house. Younger sister Reenie is searching for her lost Greek Mythology class project, while their parents are consumed by the battles of their troubled marriage. The boy crazy Marys hatch a plan to stay out all night, but an overstressed electrical grid leads to a city-wide blackout and a sudden loss of innocence.
Sunday, October 29, 10:00am MasterClass with Tammy Ryan
Tammy Ryanis a playwright and librettist whose work has been performed across the United States and abroad. She was awarded the Francesca Primus Prize by the American Theater Critics Association for her play Lost Boy Found in Whole Foods (Premiere Stages/Playwrights Theater of New Jersey) in 2012. Her play Molly’s Hammer premiered at The Repertory Theater of St. Louis in 2016 and was nominated for the American Theater Critics Associations Steinberg Award as well as the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Other plays include Soldier’s Heart (Pittsburgh Playhouse), Tar Beach (Luna Stage/nominated for Susan Smith Blackburn Prize), and The Music Lesson (Florida Stage/Carbonell Award/American Alliance of Theater in Education Distinguished New Play Award.) She’s held fellowships at the Sewanee Writers Conference, Hambidge Center and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She lives in Pittsburgh where she teaches playwriting at Carnegie Mellon University.
Friday, November 3, 7:30pm The Great Beyond by Steven Dietz
Is it truly possible to communicate with the dead? For that matter, is it possible to communicate with the living? THE GREAT BEYOND is a sly, comic drama about the secrets that divide a family, and the mysteries that unite them.
Sunday, November 5, 10:00am MasterClass with Steven Dietz
Steven Dietz’s thirty-plus plays have been widely produced across the country, as well as Off-Broadway and internationally. His recent work include THIS RANDOM WORLD, ON CLOVER ROAD, BLOOMSDAY, and THE SHIMMERING.
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December 1-17 Most Wanted by Peter Sagal
This World Premiere comes from the magical mind of playwright and celebrated host of NPR’s Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell me… Peter Sagal. Frank and Doris are retired, comfortable and desperate. One day, they snatch their darling baby granddaughter and make a run for Florida, land of eternal sunshine and eternal rest, where they meet a variety of characters living on the fuzzy border between life and la-la-land—all of whom look just like the people they left behind. Cornered by an affable detective, they make one last run to President Truman's Little White House in Key West, at the very end of the road. There, their daughter Isabel, an avenging angel in expensive clothes, corners and confronts them with every mistake they've ever made. This comedy about parents, children, and the fate that awaits us all, won a MacArthur Fellowship from the O'Neill Theater Center.
February 9-25 The Revolutionists by Lauren Gunderson, Florida Premiere
True story? Total fiction? Or that special place where the two collide in your very own imagination? Four beautiful, badass women lose their heads in this irreverent, girl-powered comedy set during the French Revolution. At the height of the Reign of Terror, playwright Olympe de Gouges, assassin Charlotte Corday, activist Marianne Angelle and former queen Marie Antoinette hang out, plot murder and try to beat back extremist insanity in Paris. This fantasia by one of the country’s most exciting playwrights considers how we actually go about changing the world.
April 6-22 Be Here Now by Deborah Zoe Laufer, Florida Premiere
When life just seems too difficult to face, how far are we willing to go for love and happiness and to create meaning in our lives? Two lost souls come together under most unusual circumstances in this deeply insightful and charmingly funny new play by the prolific Deborah Zoe Laufer (The Three Sisters of Weehauken). Surrounded by painfully cheerful co-workers, Bari is deeply cynical and woefully underemployed working at a small-town fulfillment center. After an unexpected and unexplainable turn of events, Bari finds herself on an enlightening new path. When she meets Mike, a man who makes art out of garbage, it’s Bari’s turn to pull another out of the darkness.
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