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PlayLab 2024

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May. 2, 2024 - May. 5, 2024

Historic Arcade Theatre



The deadline for submissions is Friday, January 12, 2024. The festival’s reading committee will read and evaluate the submitted works and announce its 2024 festival line-up later this winter. Each showcased playwright is brought in to work on their play with a company of professional actors and a director in preparation for a public reading.


Florida Rep is seeking plays that have not yet had a full professional production but are nearly ready for production. Those interested should submit a PDF of their play to the Submissions Email by 5 PM on January 12th.

Please include the following information in the body of the email:

  • Play Title
  • Playwright’s Name
  • Cast Size (number of actors needed; not number of characters if doubling is used)
  • Brief Synopsis
  • Development History
  • Link to NPX page (if applicable)
  • NOTE TO Literary Agents: Please submit plays as separate emails, not as multiple PDF attachments.

Florida Rep produces a wide variety of comedies, dramas, musicals, and new plays in its professional season and seeks to curate a PlayLab Festival that reflects that variety. Florida Rep will consider plays looking for Rolling World Premiere partners with NNPN member theatres. Playwrights or agents will receive a confirmation of their submission.

Florida Rep often chooses plays from its festival to be produced in subsequent seasons and seeks plays for submission that are ready to move into the late stages of development and production.

Florida Rep’s PlayLab Grand Sponsors are Lee Moore & Dee Whited.


PlayLab is an intensive weekend of rehearsals, readings, talkbacks, and development that brings professional playwrights, directors, and actors together to work on up to six new plays in a laboratory setting. Each festival playwright works with a professional director and cast of actors and receives 15 hours to workshop and develop their piece before it has one public reading during the intensive weekend festival. The plays are each in consideration for a future premiere production in a subsequent Florida Rep season.

PlayLab has produced 42 play readings, including two commissioned works for young audiences: Journey to Oz and Dream within a Dream: The Spirit of Poe by Christopher T. Parks. The 2024 Festival will include a reading of a newly commissioned work by Michelle Tyrene Johnson, a one-woman-play about Fort Myers pioneer and trailblazer Dr. Ella Mae Piper. as well as the upcoming commission for young audiences,  by Michelle Tyrene Johnson of a new play for Southwest Florida young people about Fort Myers trailblazer, Dr. Ella Mae Piper.

Florida Rep’s PlayLab is responsible for seven world premiere or regional premiere productions: Split in Three by Daryl Lisa Fazio, A Sherlock Carol and The Dingdong by Mark Shanahan, George Washington’s Teeth by Mark St. Germain, Damascus by Bennett Fisher, and the National New Play Network Rolling World Premieres of Doublewide by Stephen Spotswood (2017) and the 11-theatre National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere of Alabaster by Audrey Cefaly (2019/2020).

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