The Laboratory Theater of Florida will offer two free performances of The Play That Goes Wrong that are open to the community on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 9 at 2 p.m.
These free performances are possible because of a special arrangement with Broadway Licensing, The Play That Goes Wrong, and the playwrights Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, and Henry Shields, The City of Fort Myers, Mayor Kevin Henderson, and Councilman Liston Bouchette.
The theater will be open 30 minutes prior to curtain, and seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Laughter, combined with a sense of community togetherness, is the best medicine. It is important to everyone at The Lab that we support the community that sustains us – even if it is only for a few hours of air-conditioned normalcy and some outrageously riotous laughter.
Due to the postponement of a number of performances, the show will be extended to add evening performances on Oct. 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21 and 22 at 8 p.m. and matinee performances on Oct. 16 and 23 at 2 p.m.
Anyone holding tickets for postponed performances can exchange them by calling the box office at 239-218-0481. The exchange will give the ticket holder full value towards a new ticket for any performance this season.
Part Monty Python, part Sherlock Holmes, and all mayhem, this Olivier Award-winning show is disastrously delightful. The fictitious Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society, whose limited funds have allowed them to produce hits such as James and the Peach and The Lion and The Wardrobe, has received a substantial donation to produce an exciting whodunit, The Murder at Haversham Manor. But “break a leg!” takes on new meaning with this woefully misguided troupe of actors. This play-within-a-play is beset with an unconscious leading lady, a corpse who can’t play dead, a flustered detective, and a literacy-challenged butler who must manage technical gaffes, forgotten lines, and falling scenery.
Artistic sirector Annette Trossbach says, “British actors, a slickly choreographed sword fight, and a murder mystery with more twists and turns than you could hit with a cat make The Murder at Haversham Manor the must-see show of the season. Previously plagued by budgetary constraints, the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society is thrilled to present this show, which promises to be the most exciting ever. If you enjoyed Noises Off and Play On!, you’ll love The Play That Goes Wrong. Truly, there are so many things that must ‘go wrong’ in this show – choreographing the mayhem for safety and maximum comic effect makes this show one of the most challenging of my career.”
Directed by Annette Trossbach, The Play That Goes Wrong stars Miguel Cintron (Robert/Thomas Colleymoore), Andrew Sarkozy (Chris/Inspector Carter), Giuseppe Anthony (Dennis/Perkins), Danielle Channell (Sandra/Florence Colleymoore), Les Englehart (Max/Cecil Haversham), Heather Johnson (Annie), Matthew Roman (Trevor), and Daniel Sabiston (Jonathan/Charles Haversham). Scenic design by Gabrielle Lansden and Technical Director Jonathan Johnson. Costumes by Alena Stevenson, and lights/props by Steven Michael Kennedy.
For tickets, call the box office at 239-218-0481 or online at www.laboratorytheaterflorida.com. The theater is located at at 1634 Woodford Ave. in the Fort Myers River District.