We take Medea on the road for a residency in Kingston
The Lab continues their exploration of storytelling, devised theater, and experimentation with this second incarnation of Medea. Initially developed with a cast of twelve, the Lab narrows the players down to five to examine the question of what actually happened from Medea's point of view. Using devised theater techniques and written collaboratively, this production invites the audience to experience a classic Greek tragedy from a new perspective.
Our first fully devised piece, Living Closely, followed the lives of 15 characters as their daily routines took them in and out of each other's circles. For this production, we started with that script and then revisited old characters and added completely new ones to tell new stories where the old ones left off.
LIVING CLOSELY 2
Euripides' famous tragedy, reimagined through the eyes of Medea
A culmination of our Spring season, this production will take place at the Theater Building at the Cunneen Hackett Arts Center. This devised piece was developed by the cast and is based on the classic tragedy. Our production explores what might happen if Medea got to be the writer and director of her own play.
Potluck & Plays
an evening of eating and reading plays
This event is a community gathering where we come together for food, conversation and to read a play and discuss it. Since many of us find it hard to make time to read plays, this event incentivizes play reading by making it social. Our kick off event was a reading of Ibsen's A Doll's House, and since then we have read Sarah Ruhl's Euridice, Tennesse Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire and more!
POTLUCK & PLAYS
The Industry Today
a panel discussion
This was an informative panel that touched all aspects of working within and without the performing arts industry. Panelists included James Calleri (Casting Director), Bernard Bunye (Talent Manager), Patrick Mulrany (Actor, Director), Rebecca Harris (Actor, Acting Coach) and Scotty Arnold (Musical Theater Writer & Director).
our first fully devised play
Living Closely was our first performance that was completely written by the company. Our rehearsal process involved writing and improvisation exercises to develop the world in which all of these characters meet and interact. Through a series of short scenes, the audience followed the story as one after another character's lives crisscrossed and became more and more intertwined. "Living Closely" examines how closely knit we all are, even if we are perfect strangers.
Directed by Elizabeth Dahmen
New Works Readings
staged readings of plays developed at The Lab
Our writing group meets every other Tuesday during the Spring and Fall Season. In conjunction with our writer's group, we host and produce an evening where we share these plays with an audience for further feedback and development. These readings allow our writers to hear their work read out loud and experience how it is received by an audience.
NEW WORKS READINGS
our first production
This play was our first foray into our radical casting technique. Every actor played every role at some point during the play. Using simple costume changes and minimal props Antigone's struggle was slowly revealed through multiple characterizations. We also created a contrasting series of scenes that put Antigone's world into stark relief against the backdrop of a modern world obsessed with her story. This piece was based on Sophocles' Antigone but was devised and developed by the company.