There are two sides to every story, but the details in the space between are often the most compelling.
All of us at TheatreLAB are thrilled to announce SEASON 5: PICKING SIDES --
Join us for our 2017/2018 Season with a year of two-person plays, all produced in alley staging.
What will you do when you find yourself Picking Sides?
THE LAST FIVE YEARS
Music & Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown
Direction by Chelsea Burke | Musical Direction by JS Fauquet
[co-produced with Yes, And!]
Jason Robert Brown’s emotionally powerful and intimate musical about falling in and out of love over the course of five years. Cathy, the woman, tells her story backwards while Jamie, the man, tells his story chronologically; the two characters meet only once, at their wedding in the middle of the show.
September 22 – October 14 at The Basement
I’M GONNA PRAY FOR YOU SO HARD
by Halley Feiffer
Direction by Deejay Gray
[as part of the 2018 Acts of Faith Festival]
“Children, beware the worship of false idols.” Ella is a precocious and fiercely competitive young actress whose sole aim in life is making her famous playwright father, David, proud. Over the course of a boozy evening, Ella and David deliberate over whether to read the reviews of her Off-Broadway debut with toxic results… Halley Feiffer’s dark, probing, and very funny new play pulls the audience into the middle of a deeply complicated relationship and sheds new light on the eternal struggles of parents and children to find common ground.
February 2 – February 17 at The Basement
by Declan Greene
Direction by Josh Chenard
Sebastian is a terminally unpopular fifteen-year-old suburban kid, with an overactive imagination and an obsession with anime and death. His only friend, Claryssa, is an emo Wiccan art-freak barely one rung higher than Sebastian on the social ladder. What starts as just another night drinking down at the cricket nets soon gives way to an ecstatic vision that leaves Sebastian unconscious, their friendship left in ruin. Moth explores themes of friendship, bullying, mental illness, and the hierarchy of the schoolyard.
April 13 – April 28 at The Basement
by Suzan-Lori Parks
Direction by Katrinah Carol Lewis
A darkly comic fable of brotherly love and family identity is Suzan-Lori Parks' riff on the way we are defined by history. The play tells the story of Lincoln and Booth, two brothers whose names were given to them as a joke, foretelling a lifetime of sibling rivalry and resentment. Haunted by the past, the brothers are forced to confront the shattering reality of their future. Winner of the 2002 Pulitzer Prize.
May 25 – June 9 at The Basement
--- Special Summer Add-On ---
HAND TO GOD
by Robert Askins
Direction by Gary Hopper
[co-produced with 5th Wall Theatre]
After the death of his father, meek Jason finds an outlet for his anxiety at the Christian Puppet Ministry, in the devoutly religious, relatively quiet small town of Cypress, Texas. Jason’s complicated relationships with the town pastor, the school bully, the girl next door, and—most especially—his mother, are thrown into upheaval when Jason’s puppet, Tyrone, takes on a shocking and dangerously irreverent personality all its own. Hand To God explores the startlingly fragile nature of faith, morality, and the ties that bind us.
July 13 - July 28 at The Basement