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2018-2019 Laboratory Theater Season Passes
The Laboratory Theater of Florida
Fort Myers, FL
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2018-2019 Laboratory Theater Season Passes
10th Anniversary Season

HUSH UP, SWEET CHARLOTTE                 June 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30 @ 8pm      
By Matthew Martin & Steve MurrayFL PREMIERE!                           June 10, 17, 24 & July 1 @ 2pm

If you loved last season's Whatever Happened to Baby Jane, you'll love this campy parody of the movie Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte! We journey to a plantation in the Old South and meet Charlotte Hollis, a southern belle whose only companion is her maid. She has been shunned by her community since the long-ago mysterious murder of her lover. Now the family home is about to be torn down, so she calls upon her cousin, Miriam, to help. It's sure to be a drag-tastic time with these divas!

Laughter is the only way to make sense of it all. -   ...a tour de force of great gay camp acting. -    

By George Reinblatt                     July 21, 22 @ 2pm

What do you get when you combine cult classic zombie movies with stereotypical teen movies and put it all to music? You get this crazy, cheesy, hilarious, fun-filled show that appeals to horror and non-horror fans alike! Get ready for blood, chainsaws, limbs, and demons...along with laughter and singing!

If you think Sweeney Todd is for sissies, you need to see this show!         Bloody Awesome!  The Globe and Mail

IT'S ONLY A PLAY Aug. 3, 4, 10, 11,17, 18, 24, 25 @ 8pm
By Terrence McNallySWFL PREMIERE!   Aug. 12, 19, 26 @ 2pm

Set in the townhome of a Broadway producer, we meet the team behind The Golden Egg as the opening night reviews are awaited. There's the producer herself, the terrified playwright, his best friend, the has-been female lead, the British director,, and a theater critic (wait, why is he there?). Filled with one-liners about the entertainment world that will make you laugh and cringe, this show will remind you that there truly is no business like show business!

"A razor-toothed parody..." - Hollywood Reporter     ...well-aimed and highly personal zingers are...malicious and delicious... - Variety

ANNA IN THE TROPICS            Sept. 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29 @ 8pm
By Nilo Cruz SWFL PREMIERE! Sept. 23, 29, 30 @ 2pm
Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month!                             preview Sept. 13 @ 8pm

Picture it: Ybor City, Tampa in 1929. Its hot and humid inside a small cigar factory. Workers are hand-rolling tobacco leaves, while a lector reads to entertain them  anything from newspapers to poetry to novels. But when the new hire reads from the novel Anna Karenina, it sets in motion the major events of the story. Themes in this Pulitzer Prize-winning play  love, lust, infidelity, violence, debt - turn the lives of these Cuban-American families into the very story to which they've been listening.

The passions of love and lust are delicately observed....The characters are sympathetic and true. -

HAND TO GOD    Oct. 19, 20, 25, 26, 27 & Nov. 1, 2, 3 @ 8pm
By Robert Askins          SWFL PREMIERE!                     Oct. 21, 28 & Nov. 3, 4 @ 2pm
                   preview Oct. 18 @ 8pm
Admit it  you've had certain...impulses, right? Ones you've thought about, but would never actually say out loud or act upon? Its  human nature. And that darkest human nature is exposed when a Texas church youth-group assignment to create original hand puppets goes strangely awry.   Best New Play winner, 2014, Off-Broadway Alliance

"...darkly delightful...filthy hilarity... - NY Times  Ribald and wickedly funny. Sesame Street meets The Exorcist. - Wall Street Journal

24-HOUR PLAYWRITING PROJECT                            Nov. 17, 2018 @ 8pm
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 twenty-four hours, you will see the fruits of their labor when we stage all of their 20-minute one-act plays!
Judged by a panel of area theater and arts professionals. A hugely popular event!

EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD            Nov. 30 & Dec. 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22  @ 8pm
By James FitzGerald, John K. Alvarez, Michael Carleton & Will Knapp           Dec. 9, 16, 22 @ 2pm
                 preview Nov. 29 @ 8pm  
It's the holidays! Time for the classics  Rudolph, Frosty, Ebenezer Scrooge, the Nutcracker  and many more! But maybe not the way we're accustomed to hearing them. In what can best be called a holiday mash-up, actors take beloved stories and traditions from around the world and turn them upside-down and sideways!

"The play accomplishes the small miracle of making all Christmas myths seem both utterly ridiculous and absolutely essential. Yes, Virginia, you can have your fruitcake and eat it, too." - Orlando Weekly

A GUY, A GIRL, A PIANO (Cabaret Act) NEW!                   Jan. 4, 5 @ 8pm, Jan. 6 @ 2pm
Theresa Quinn and Randy Kramer will join us with their 4-hands-1-piano cabaret. Enjoy an evening of virtuosic 4-hand piano arrangements, vocal solos and duets, featuring the music of Gershwin, Sondheim, the Beatles, Beethoven, Joplin, Bernstein, Fats Waller, and others.

HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH  Jan. 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 31 & Feb. 1, 2 @ 8pm
By Stephen Trask & John Cameron Mitchell                  Jan. 20, 27 & Feb. 2, 3 @ 2pm
                  preview Jan. 17 @ 8pm
Meet Hedwig, one of the most unique characters to hit the stage in this wickedly funny, innovative, and heartbreaking rock musical sensation. Winner of four 2014 Tony Awards, Entertainment Weekly calls the show groundbreaking and undoubtedly ahead of its time.

Foulmouthed, electrically tuneful, and furiously funny... - NY Times   lyrics and beautiful melodies... - NY Daily News

AND THE WINNER IS...  Feb. 22, 23, 28 & Mar. 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16 @ 8pm
By Mitch Albom              Feb. 24 & Mar. 3, 10, 16 @ 2pm
                  preview Feb. 21 @ 8pm
Tyler Johnes just wants to make it to the Oscars to accept his award for Best Supporting Actor. There's just one problem  he seems to be stuck in a bar where things are not quite...normal. Seamus the bartender isn't helping matters, either. While Tyler continues to try to make it onto the red carpet, he is interrupted by unusual visitors.  Filled with humor and emotion, this play will win your heart.  

"WINNER shares with Albom's best-selling Morrie and The Five People You Meet in Heaven the subject of life and the lessons it teaches."  - LA Times.

ANDORRA          Mar. 29, 30 & Apr. 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20 @ 8pm
By Max FrischSWFL PREMIERE!Mar. 31 & Apr. 7, 14, 20 @ 2pm
                 preview Mar. 28 @ 8pm
One of the most oft-produced plays in Europe, this parable about racism and prejudice is a great example of epic-theater.   Set in fictionalized Andorra, Andri is adopted by a teacher and raised as a Jew.  Throughout the play, Andri is faced with outright prejudice and complicit silence from his fellow townspeople.  Frisch's message is loud and clear  prejudice happens in every country, both in the past and the present, and we must learn to accept everyone's differences if we are to lead happy, productive lives.

"The guilty are sitting in the stalls ... They are to be frightened: they should, when they have seen the play, lie awake at night. " -TIME


The Laboratory Theater of Florida (View)
1634 Woodford Ave
Fort Myers, FL 33901
United States


Arts > Performance
Arts > Theatre

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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