Florida Rep is proud to continue its commitment to nurturing new plays and playwrights with its first VIRTUAL PlayLab Festival of New Works. Chosen from over 80 submissions, we are thrilled to still be able to bring these 5 plays to our audiences in 2020!
All Readings Broadcast LIVE on Zoom | Thursdays at 7 PM
Nov. 5, 12, 19, Dec. 3 & 10 Readings Available for On-Demand Viewing for 4 days following each Live Broadcast!
To Purchase an Individual $20 Reading, click the links below!
TABLESCAPE by Jeanette Farr
On-Demand Streaming Nov. 13 – Nov. 16 >>Watch On-Demand for $20
Joe and Pratt are world travelers who love a great adventure, but it is time to settle down and think about a family. Pratt prepares a lavish “tablescape” for what is supposed to be a site visit with their lawyer and the teenaged mother of the child they intend to adopt. But when only the “baby mama” shows up and unravels the details of the potential adoption, what was meant to be a perfect brunch quickly spirals – plates get broken, babaganoush flies, and despite their best intentions (and attempts to meditate), not everything can be fixed. Each finds that there is beauty in broken things, and the cracks in the foundation might be what makes a person whole. Sponsored by Noreen Raney
JEROME by Ron Lagomarsino
LIVE Broadcast Nov. 19 at 7 PM | On-Demand Streaming to Nov. 23 >>Buy Tickets
Upon the untimely death of their father, two estranged siblings must face off to determine the proper course of care for their schizophrenic brother Jerome. Alternately heartbreaking and hilarious, they embark on an emotional journey no one is prepared to take. Sponsored by Bruce & Janet Bunch and Nick Bodven
WHITE PARTY by Brent Askari | Dec. 3 | 7 PM
LIVE Broadcast Dec. 3 at 7 PM | On-Demand Streaming to Dec. 7 >>Buy Tickets
John and Laura Baron are making final preparations for their annual party – thrown in their lavish home on an exclusive Florida barrier island with a causeway. This year, however, things don’t go according to plan. As the festivities seem to spiral off-track, the Barons grow increasingly manic and paranoid, suspecting darker forces have conspired to sabotage their perfect evening. | Sponsored by Judy Weiner
A SHERLOCK CAROL by Mark Shanahan
LIVE Broadcast Dec. 10 at 7 PM | On-Demand Streaming to Dec. 14 >>Buy Tickets
Moriarty was dead, to begin with. And Sherlock Holmes is a haunted man. But, when a grown-up Tiny Tim asks Holmes to investigate the death of Ebenezer Scrooge, the Great Detective must use his gifts to solve a Dickens of a Christmas mystery! Six actors take on the beloved characters of Arthur Conan Doyle and Charles Dickens in this holiday adventure for all ages. A delightful new holiday mystery from the author of “The Dingdong” and last 2018’s “A Christmas Carol: The Tale of Ebenezer Scrooge.” Sponsored by Mary Denison and Naomi Bloom
LIVE Broadcast Dec. 11 at 3:30 PM | On-Demand Streaming to Dec. 15 >>Buy Tickets
Following the final reading of the 2020 PlayLab, audiences will hear from all of the festival playwrights in a round table discussion. Moderated by Associate Artistic Director, Jason Parrish, the playwrights will talk about their plays, their work as writers, and what it takes to make a living as a playwright in the American Theatre. Join us for this one-of-a-kind gathering of professional working playwrights. Sponsored by Val & Darlene Arnold
SPAY by Madison Fiedler
LIVE Broadcast Nov. 5 at 7 PM | On-Demand Streaming to Nov. 9
Williamson, West Virginia has been aptly nicknamed “Pilliamson” as long as anyone there can remember. Two now-grown sisters have taken very different paths in the wake of their mother’s overdose. As Harper raises her sister’s child, vowing to tread new ground, Noah opts for the old and finds herself in all-too-familiar territory. “Spay” is an electrifying new drama where cycles of addiction and notions of autonomy are catapulted into question when a stranger shows up with an answer to their prayers – at a certain cost. Sponsored by Emily Eason & CosFlorida Rep is a proud Associate Member of the National New Play Network (NNPN). The NNPN is the country’s only alliance of nonprofit theaters that champions the development, production, and continued life of new plays. Florida Rep works closely with the Network to develop relationships with playwrights, other theatre professionals, and theatres that champion new works.
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