Stew: Lab Theater to perform Pulitzer Prize finalist

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Stew by Zora Howard opens Jan. 19 at The Laboratory Theater of Florida.
This fast-paced family dramedy bubbles and simmers like the titular meal that Mama, her daughter, and grandchildren work to make one important Saturday morning. Unease and tension grow with the heat of the kitchen with a twist at the end so clever you’ll want to watch the show twice.
Director Sonya McCarter says, “Step into Mama’s kitchen and celebrate the joys and pains of multi-generations cooking together. In Mama’s kitchen, you’ll find love, laughter, comfort, and a healthy dose of “You’re doing it wrong! That’s too much! and Just let me do it.”
Producing artistic director Annette Trossbach says, “It’s clear from the fun yet haunting, fast-paced language of the play why Stew was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. I laughed out loud and cried the first time I read it – it’s so honest and sharp, with the conversation just crackling with old and new tensions but underpinned by an enormous love. Mama rules the house and loves everyone in it, though her memory seems to be slipping…”
Stew features Tijuanna Clemons (Mama), Calah McCarter (Nelly), Julissa Jean-Bart (Lillian), Bianca Barner (Lil Mama) and Terroncia Simon (understudy for Mama). Stage manager is Lauren Miller, with set design by Jonathan Johnson and Gabrielle Lansden.
Performance dates are Jan. 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, 31 and Feb. 1, 2 and 3 at 7:30 p.m. Matinees will be presented Jan. 21 and 28 and Feb. 3 at 2 p.m. A sensory friendly performance will take place Feb. 1 at 7:30 p.m.
For tickets, call the box office at 239-218-0481 or online at www.laboratorytheaterflorida.com.
The Laboratory Theater of Florida is located at 1634 Woodford Ave. in the Fort Myers River District.

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