Florida Repertory Theatre hosts Annual PlayLab Festival May 2 – 5

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Florida Repertory Theatre will hold its PlayLab Festival May 2 – 5 in the Historic Arcade Theatre in downtown Fort Myers. The 2024 PlayLab lineup includes five plays reflecting Florida Rep’s mission to produce a wide variety of work by emerging and well-established writers.
Tickets are $30 per reading or $150 for an all-access pass that includes admission to all five readings plus the playwright’s panel.
A VIP all-access package is also available for $185 and includes complimentary concessions at each reading.
Selected works include two unconventional romantic comedies, Dunk City by Stephen Brown (May 2 at 7 p.m.), and Ten Minutes On A Bench by Kenneth Jones (May 3 at 7 p.m.), a tough love dramedy Minding Miss Mae Mae by Phillip Christian Smith (May 4 at 2 p.m.), a moving dramedy about healing and moving forward, How It Feels To Fall From The Sky by Dominic Finocchiaro (May 4 at 7 p.m.) and an intense drama that reimagines the outcome of a real-life tragedy, Room 12 by Michelle Kholos Brooks (May 5 at 4 p.m.).
Each of the festival playwrights 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. The festival culminates with a playwright panel session moderated by Jason Parrish, Florida Rep’s associate artistic director.
“Each reading performance includes a talk-back and a discussion with the playwrights, directors and actors,” said Jason Parrish, the festival organizer. “Audience feedback is instrumental in the development process and helps the playwrights perfect their scripts and helps guide Florida Rep as it decides whether to include one of these plays in a future season.”
Examples of past plays selected for production by Florida Rep include Mark Shanahan’s plays A Sherlock Carol produced in 2023 and “The Dingdong” in 2016, “Damascus” by Bennett Fisher produced in 2018, Alabaster by Audrey Cefaly produced in 2019, and Split in Three by Daryl Lisa Fazio produced in 2015.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit floridarep.org or call 239-332-4488 or toll-free at 877-787-8053.


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