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We've taken our Educational Outreach program into the virtual world.
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As the new school year begins, Theatre Lab begins the Fall 2020 installation of the Future PAGES Project. We have modified our program to best serve our partner schools, teachers, and students who will be engaged in remote learning this semester, and are excited to enrich the experience with more workshops to choose from, through a series of pre-production residencies, leading up to our 2021 production of The Impracticality of Modern-Day Mastodons, by Rachel Teagle! 

 


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.


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On Sundays throughout October, Theatre Lab will once again welcome some of the nation’s emerging and established playwrights to share readings of their newest plays followed by a discussion about the work, their process, and the importance of new-play development.

In keeping with recommendations for social distancing, the 2020 series will take place in the “virtual world”.

Participants in the Master-Class Series will be encouraged to utilize the series to develop their own short plays.

As in past seasons, the short plays developed as part of this series will be eligible for submission to 2021 Theatre Lab’s New Play Festival – an opportunity for budding and established playwrights to see their work produced at Theatre Lab!

$15/Reading | | $30/MasterClass

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Check out our lineup:

Teagle

Rachel Teagle | October 4th

MasterClass 2-3:30pm

Reading and talkback 4-6pm

The Impracticality of Modern-Day Mastodons by Rachel Teagle

Suddenly all childhood dreams have come true, and the world is full of astronauts, ballerinas, cowboys, and princesses. It's a brave and glorious new world for everyone but Jess, who wanted to be a mastodon when she grew up. With the help of her friendly vocational adviser and her super-spy boyfriend, Jess embarks on a journey to find her place in the world, and discover why it seems to be unraveling. An offbeat comedy about ambition, vocation, and restlessness.

Get your sneak preview of this hilarious and imaginative play, which will receive a FULL production as part of our Heckscher Theatre for Families program in Sept 2021.

Rachel Teagle is a playwright, librettist, and comedian who grew up in the Silicon Valley, moved around the country, and settled in Minnesota. She helped found the Atlanta Fringe Festival and the Twin Cities Playwright Cabal. She was awarded the Leah Ryan’s Fund for Emerging Women Writers prize for her play The Ever and After. She currently resides in St. Paul with her family. More at rachelteagle.com

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Jeff Bower | October 11th

MasterClass 2-3:30pm

Reading and talkback 4-6pm

One Last Shot, a new audio play by Jeff Bower

When a struggling waitress, her creepy boss, a mismatched blind date, and a suicidal old widow are quarantined in an eclectic bar due to a freak military accident they're forced to confront their potential demise from toxic gas...and the truth about each other. 

A former teacher, professional mascot, and assembly line worker, Jeff Bower earned a Bachelor's in Mathematics from Binghamton University and an MFA in Theatre from Florida Atlantic University where he received death threats for performing the lead role in his thesis project, Corpus Christi. After moving to Los Angeles Jeff was accepted into the Advanced Studies improv program at the Upright Citizens Brigade and performed sketch and improv for over three years on the iO West mainstage, winning a Del Close Award along the way. He has acted and written for countless web series, short films, and TV pilots and yet mainly gets recognized for his five seconds of screen time in an episode of 1,000 Ways to Die. He has a play published by Samuel French, won and placed in over a dozen screenplay competitions (ScreenCraft, PAGE, Tracking Board, Slamdance, Austin, Nashville, etc.), and primarily writes dark hour-long TV dramas even though he still hopes to one day grow up to be a Muppet. Jeff is repped by Paul Weitzman at Culture Creative Entertainment and Alex Creasia at Pathfinder Media. 

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Jahna Ferron-Smith | October 18th

MasterClass 2-3:30pm

Reading and talkback 4-6pm

Adrift , a new audio play by Jahna Ferron-Smith

Simone and Malik—a young Black couple—are making their first 21-day nautical crossing across the Atlantic Ocean, while filming it for YouTube. With an impending storm on the horizon, dwindling snack rations, and no escape from one another, what could go wrong?

Jahna Ferron-Smith is a Lila Acheson Wallace Playwriting Fellow at the Juilliard School, as well as a member of the Obie Award-winning playwrights collective, Youngblood. Her plays have been performed at Ensemble Studio Theatre, and the Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival. Her plays include, THE WOODS. (developed at SPACE on Ryder Farm) SIR. (published by Samuel French), and SALT: A Rom Com (The Lark Jerome New York Fellowship Finalist).

 

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Vanessa Garcia | October 25th

MasterClass 2-3:30pm

Reading and talkback 4-6pm

Ich Bin Ein Berliner, a new audio play by Vanessa Garcia

This is the true story of one woman’s deep dive into why the fall of the Berlin Wall meant so much to her as she watched it come crashing down on TV, from the back seat of her math class in the great magic city of Miami. Why did she cry when she saw Eastern bloc kids wearing Levis and drinking coke? Had capitalism done a number on her, or was this something else, something bigger? Destiny and freedom calling, history and her Cuban roots tugging; punk rock headbanging to the idea that putting your money where your ideas are is as powerful a punch as they come. 

Vanessa Garcia is a multidisciplinary artist working as a novelist, playwright, screenwriter and journalist. Her debut novel, White Light, was published in 2015, to critical acclaim. Named one of the Best Books of 2015 by NPR, Al Dia, Flavorwire, and numerous other publications and institutions, it also won an International Latino Book Award. Her plays have been produced in Edinburgh, Miami, Los Angeles, New York, and other cities around the world. These include the immersive hit, Amparo (“Miami’s Hottest Ticket,” according to People en Español), winner of The Ruth Foreman Award. Most recently she's written for Sesame Street and adapted the National Award Winning Book, Waiting for Snow in Havana into a Limited Series. As a journalist, feature writer, and essayist, her pieces have appeared in The LA Times, The Miami Herald, The Guardian, The Washington Post, Narrative.ly, Huffington Post, and American Theatre Magazine, among numerous other publications. She holds a PhD from the University of California Irvine in English (with a focus in Creative Nonfiction), an MFA from the University of Miami (in fiction), and a BA from Barnard College, Columbia University (English and Art History). 


COMING SOON:

To Fall In Love

To Fall In Love by Jennifer Lane
A Southeastern Premiere

New Dates TBA

Directed by Louis Tyrrell

Featuring: *Niki Fridh & *Matt Stabile

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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UPCOMING SEASON

A season of World Premieres!

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Predictor
by Jennifer Blackmer,

NNPN Rolling World Premiere

It’s 1967, and 26 year old Meg Crane is an imaginative, stubborn, recovering Catholic graphic artist with a proclivity for seeing things differently – and she’s just invented the world’s first home pregnancy test.

Will Meg’s invention fall into the wrong hands? Will it disappear? Will she? Or will she persist and change the lives of millions of women?

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Refuge
co-created by Satya Jnani Chavez and Andrew Rosendorf

NNPN Rolling World Premiere

REFUGE follows a South Texas Rancher who finds an undocumented teenage migrant from Honduras passed out on his land, a female Latina border patrol agent who is trying to find someone lost in the desert, and the animals who are just trying to survive – as everything is illegal in the desert.

Overactive Letdown

Overactive Letdown
by Gina Montét

NNPN Rolling World Premiere

Married and in love, Christine and Mark are eagerly expecting their first child. When the birth doesn’t go as planned, Christine’s anxious mind escapes to an imaginary world crafted from the movies she loves. Maternal instincts elude her and she pulls away, losing her grip on reality as the fantasies take over. Overactive Letdown is a revealing portrayal of motherhood and an intimate unveiling of the downward spiral of post-partum depression.


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