LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL
by Lanie Robertson
with Katrinah Carol Lewis as Billie Holiday
directed by Deejay Gray; musical direction by Anthony Smith
November 12 – December 12, 2015
The time is 1959. The place is a seedy bar in Philadelphia.
You’re invited to spend an evening filled with personal tales of difficult choices, bad breaks, worse men, and some of the most glorious songs ever written.
It’s an intimate evening, up close with a legend – so pull up a chair and order a drink, because she’s got a life to sing.
by Joshua Harmon
directed by Debra Clinton
produced in partnership with the Weinstein JCC
as part of the 2016 Acts of Faith Festival
February 18 – March 5, 2016
The night after their grandfather's funeral, three cousins engage in a verbal - and sometimes physical - battle.
In one corner is Daphna Feygenbam, a "Real Jew" who is volatile, self-assured, and unbending. In the other is her equally stubborn cousin Liam who has his shiksa girlfriend, Melody, in tow. Stuck in the middle is Liam's brother, Jonah, who tries to stay out of the fray. When Liam stakes claim to their grandfather's Chai necklace, a vicious and hilarious brawl over family, faith, and legacy ensues.
VENUS IN FUR
by David Ives
directed by Matt Shofner
co-produced with Yes, And! Entertainment
Starring James Ricks & Maggie Roop
April 14 – May 7, 2016
Thomas, a beleaguered playwright/director, is desperate to find an actress to play Vanda, the female lead in his adaptation of the classic sadomasochistic tale Venus in Fur. Into his empty audition room bursts a vulgar and equally desperate actress - oddly enough, named Vanda. As the two work through the script, they blur the line between play and reality, entering into an increasingly serious game of submission and domination that only one of them can win.
MR. BURNS: A Post-Electric Play
by Anne Washburn
directed by Deejay Gray
July 22 – August 6, 2016
After the collapse of civilization, a group of survivors share a campfire and begin to piece together the plot of The Simpsons episode "Cape Feare" entirely from memory. 7 years later, this and other snippets of pop culture (sitcom plots, commercials, jingles, and pop songs) have become the live entertainment of a post-apocalyptic society, sincerely trying to hold onto its past. 75 years later, these are the myths and legends from which new forms of performance are created.
A love letter to the power of live theatre, and the resilience of Bart Simpson through the ages, MR. BURNS: A Post-Electric Play is a thrilling exploration of how the pop culture of one era might evolve into the mythology of another.
*Due to our inability to cast an appropriate actor for the role of "Billy," the previously announced production of TRIBES by Nina Raine will no longer be a part of TheatreLAB's 2015-16 season. MR. BURNS will now be the final show of the season, and season tickets are applicable for this production. We look forward to producing Nina Raine's beautiful play in a future season!
THE CELLAR SERIES
In addition to a four show main stage season, TheatreLAB is proud to announce The Cellar Series, a second season of four shows with shorter runs, smaller budgets, and edgier, unknown or new scripts. Material will be pulled from local playwrights and fringe festivals worldwide to find the stories that can be successfully produced with minimalist design elements without sacrificing intrigue or possibility. The Cellar Series will be used as a springboard for actors, designers, and directors in the early stages of their careers to broaden the number of artists working professionally in our community. The Cellar Series will be a platform for bringing eclectic performance art to The Basement, as well as revive old Richmond favorites, like the “Six Block Series” from the beloved Sycamore Rouge. As always, TheatreLAB strives to encourage emerging artists and provide quality theatre to the greater Richmond area and The Cellar Series is the perfect addition to the growing company’s artistic endeavors.