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College of Arts & Sciences
Department of Theatre and Dance

Lab Theatre | Season 2016-2017

Show Times*
8pm nightly
*Unless otherwise noted

Ticket Price: $5
Tickets available only at the door.  Arrive early for best seating.

Theatre Location
1400 Wheat St., between Sumter and Pickens, in the Booker T. Washington Building.

Dates, times and locations are subject to change.

October 8-12, 2016
Written by George Brant
Directed by Robert Richmond and The Company

Grounded will be performed at Longstreet Theatre (1300 Greene St.)

When the sky-high career of an ace fighter pilot is ended early due to an unexpected pregnancy, she is reassigned to operate military drones, hunting terrorists by day in a drab Las Vegas trailer, and returning to her family each night.  Her sense of reality becomes blurred as she struggles to reconcile her new home life with the pressures of waging a war half a world away. 

“Thought provoking, thoroughly engrossing…pulses with the rhythms of an epic war poem.” – TheatreMania

Please note, Grounded contains intense adult themes and strong language, and is not suitable for children.


November 17-20, 2016
Written by John Cariani
Directed by David Britt

A delightful midwinter night’s dream!  As the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky above, the residents of a mythical Maine town called Almost find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways.  Through a series of nine variously heartbreaking and heartwarming vignettes, playwright John Cariani explores how we all strive to find love…almost. 

“A charmer… John Cariani aims for the heart by way of the funny bone.” — Star-Ledger


February 23-26, 2017
Written and Directed by Ryan Stevens

Old West-style mayhem merges with music -- and Mexican wrestling-- in this outlandish original comedy, which pits upstanding US Marshall Roberta Weiss against Billie Baxter, a notorious outlaw whose gang has wreaked havoc in a small, Midwestern town.  You don’t want to miss the chance to see this world-premiere original, written and directed by second-year graduate student Ryan Stevens!

April 20-23, 2017
Written by Eugene Ionesco
Directed by Lindsay Rae Taylor

Ionesco’s influential 1950 “anti-play” is widely considered a masterpiece of The Theatre of the Absurd.  Originally inspired by the random phrases the playwright encountered as he took a course to learn English, Ionesco’s hilarious script invites us to a disastrous dinner party in which proper men and women lose the power to communicate, leading to a total collapse of language itself. 

“…explosively, liberatingly funny ... a loony parody with a climax which is an orgy of non-sequiturs.” – The Observer

Artwork for the 2016-2017 Lab Theatre season by Ryan Arambula