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College of Arts & Sciences
Department of Theatre and Dance


Lab Theatre | Season 2017-2018

Show Times*
8pm nightly
*Unless otherwise noted


Ticket Price: $10
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.


August 29 - September 2, 2017
THE PAVILION
Written by Craig Wright
Directed by Robert Richmond

Hailed by critics as “an Our Town for our time,” The Pavilion is by turns poetic and comic, romantic and philosophical. Peter returns to his twenty-year high-school reunion with dreams of winning back Kari, the girl he left behind after an unexpected pregnancy ended their relationship. Standing in Peter’s way is Kari’s husband and bitter-as-ever resentment. As the night progresses, a virtuosic Narrator, playing a host of characters, leads Peter and Kari to face the consequences of choices made long ago. 

“...a seamless blend of humor and pathos, philosophy and emotion.” -- The Houston Chronicle

 

September 23-26, 2017
THE WHITE LIARS / BLACK COMEDY
Written by Peter Shaffer
Directed by Curtis Smoak and Lane Christopher

Two clever one-acts share the bill for an evening of outrageous farce by acclaimed playwright Peter Shaffer (Amadeus, Equus).  In The White Liars, a down-and-out fortune teller is visited by two new clients, each hoping to use her wiles to manipulate the other.  In the uproarious Black Comedy, a young artist tries to impress both his fiance’s father and a haughty art dealer by “borrowing” his antique-collecting neighbor’s expensive furnishings.  When the neighbor shows up unexpectedly in the midst of a power outage, our hero frantically attempts to return the stolen goods and keep his ruse under wraps. 

“…a pleasure to behold.” — Backstage
“A dazzling comic ballet.” - New York Daily News

 

November 9-12, 2017
SPEECH & DEBATE
Written by Stephen Karam
Directed by Marybeth Gorman Craig

In this critically acclaimed dark comedy by playwright Stephen Karam (author of 2016 Best Play Tony-winner The Humans), three high school misfits find connection as they plot to expose a teacher who preys on his male students.  In the process, they must contend with their own secrets and insecurities to discover the power of their voices. 

“Flat-out funny…Karam has an outstanding ear for how young people talk.” — Associated Press 

Speech & Debate contains adult themes and is not appropriate for children.

March 1-4, 2018
A PIECE OF MY HEART
Written by Shirley Lauro
Directed by David Britt

Called “the most enduring play on Vietnam in the nation,” Shirley Lauro’s A Piece of My Heart is a deeply affecting portrayal of the wartime service of six female veterans.  With unflinching honesty, the women recount heartrending stories from their tours of duty, struggling to make sense of a war that irrevocably changed them and a nation that  turned against them.  

“There have been a number of plays dealing with Vietnam...but none with the direct, emotional impact of Ms. Lauro’s work…a disturbing drama that evokes empathy for survivors as victims.” — The New York Times