Shakespeare Unplugged @ The Garrison

A 2-week development workshop of a new musical

In November of 2021, the Lab collaborated with composer and writer Scotty Arnold on a two-week development workshop of his new musical adaptation of Twelfth Night. Under the direction of Liz Dahmen and movement direction of Mandy Work Wetzel, a group of 6 actors dove headfirst into the world of Twelfth Night as reimagined by Scotty Arnold. 

The two-week intensive workshop was followed by a one-night community event where participants enjoyed live performances of excerpts from the adaptation followed by discussions and interactive exercises that highlighted the Lab’s process of developing new work. See images from these events here.



Performing Art 2021 @ the Samuel Dorsky Museum

A devised performance piece in support of Hudson River Housing


During the early months of 2021, the Lab collaborated with the Samuel Dorsky Museum in New Paltz, NY for a second exploration of the intersection between visual and performing arts. Despite restrictions imposed by the pandemic, we created a series of short films that could be accessed in the museum while the 2021 Spring Exhibition was live, as well as virtually. Nine short films were produced that responded to 8 exhibits throughout the museum.


While the Spring 2021 exhibits have now closed, you can still experience the films right here.



Wind Chill Fundraiser @ Hudson River Housing

A devised performance piece in support of Hudson River Housing


In November 2020, The Lab joined Hudson River Housing in support of their annual Wind Chill Fundraiser, devising a short play and film rooted in real experiences of homelessness, to raise funds and awareness to support those in our community who are confronting homelessness as we face the long winter ahead.

Learn more about Hudson River Housing and the important work they're doing here.


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Hawk's Landing

A soap opera; devised, rehearsed, and shot entirely in quarantine

The pizza guy always showing up at the wrong house may seem like a simple small-town problem, but like most things in Hawk’s Landing, it masks something deeper. A motley cast of seemingly average people assemble to scheme, trick, blackmail, and connive their way in and out of trouble. Who is lying and who is telling the truth? Is anyone who they seem to be? The everyday life of a not-so-ordinary town reveals the answers--and raises even more questions.



Performing Art @ the Samuel Dorsky Museum

A devised performance piece in response to the Dorsky's 2020 Spring Exhibitions


What if the experiences of previous museum visitors lingered in the space after they left? What if the songs that ran through their head, the conversations they had with their friends, the images that popped into their minds while they looked at the artwork were suspended in the air? And most importantly, what might it be like to walk through that? This production snakes through the museum inviting the audience to have their own experience while simultaneously being confronted with the images and conversations of patrons who came before them.



Medea @ Arts Society of Kingston

We take Medea on the road for a residency in Kingston


The Lab continued 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 invited the audience to experience a classic Greek tragedy from a new perspective. 



Living Closely 2

Jumping off with the script of Living Closely, we take old stories in new directions with Blind Tiger Improv @ Howland Cultural Center

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.  



Medea (by Medea)

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 series acted as a community gathering where we could come together for food, conversation, and to read and discuss a play. Since many of us find it hard to make time to read plays, this event incentivized 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, Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire and more! 



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).


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Living Closely 

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.



Antigone Unbound

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. 

Directed by Elizabeth Dahmen