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PlayLab: See Monsters of the Deep

Directed by: Mark Shanahan**

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May. 4, 2023 - May. 4, 2023

Historic Arcade Theatre

by Mark Shanahan
Friday, May 4 | 7 PM

Tickets are $25 per reading or $120 for an all-access pass that includes admission to five readings plus the playwright’s panel. To purchase an ALL ACCESS PASS please call 239-332-4488 or visit our box-office

There are such things as monsters. Aren’t there? August, 1937. A strange creature has been spotted swimming in the waters off Massachusetts. Are the local fishermen’s reports to be believed? And what of the giant footprints recently found on the shore? Determined to confront his fear of the unknown, a young man from Brooklyn journeys to a small island off the coast of New England to learn the truth about the mysterious and elusive beast. Instead, his quest provides more questions than answers, a roller coaster ride filled with impenetrable mystery, enchanting characters, the thrill of romance…and the adventure of a lifetime.

Mark Shanahan returns to PlayLab after the 2015 reading of The Dingdong, which made its regional premiere at Florida Rep in 2016. His adaptation of A Christmas Carol premiered at Florida Rep in 2018. His 2020 virtual PlayLab offering, A Sherlock Carol, will have its regional premiere at Florida Rep next fall!

About the Playwright

is the author A Sherlock Carol (nominated Best Play by The Off-Broadway Alliance, 2022, playing annually in New York and London) and his adaptation of Agatha Christie’s The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, premiering this summer at the Tony Award winning Alley Theatre. Other writing credits include the Off-Broadway and regional hit comedy, The Dingdong (Florida Rep production, 2016), A Merry Little Christmas Carol (Florida Rep production, 2018), and The Chronology Protection Case (adaptation, Edgar Award nominee), and co-author with Gibson Frasier of the short film Kill Me (Adirondack Film Festival.) Mark is the writer and creator of the acclaimed, White Heron Radio Theatre (NPR’s WNCK, Spotify, iTunes and other major audio platforms), featuring original radio drama of the supernatural performed by renowned Broadway and Hollywood actors. As a director, Mark’s work has been seen on the New York and London stage as well as The Alley, Virginia Stage, Irish Rep, Mile Square Theatre, White Heron Theatre, George Street Playhouse, Theatre Squared, Florida Rep, Weston Playhouse, Florida Studio Theatre, Penguin Rep, The Fulton, Merrimack Rep, Orlando Shakespeare Festival, Cape Playhouse and others. At Florida Rep, Mark has directed The Hound of The Baskervilles, Around The World In 80 Days, How The Other Half Loves, and A Christmas Carol. As a performer, Mark has appeared in Broadway’s The 39 Steps and Philadelphia, Here I Come! and Off-Broadway in Tryst, Small World, The Shaugraun, Checkers, As Bees in Honey Drown, and more. He has performed on numerous regional stages including The Alley, The Pioneer, The Fulton, The Kennedy Center, The Denver Centre, Hartford Theatreworks, White Heron and others. Mark is the resident director of The White Heron Theatre and curator of the Script in Hand Series at The Westport Country Playhouse. He is a graduate of Brown University (BA) and Fordham University (MA), and teaches at New York’s Jen Waldman Studio. mark-shanahan.net.



† Member of Florida Repertory Theatre's Ensemble of Artists

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