We’re excited to announce our 7th Annual New Works Festival!
Cincinnati LAB Theatre’s New Works Festival will present three fully staged workshop productions and three original play readings in a rotating festival repertoire over two weekends, July 22 – July 31, 2021. All performances will be presented in Cincinnati at the Madcap Education Center 3064 Harrison Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45211.
Cincinnati LAB Theatre is now in its eighth producing season.
Some of Cincinnati LAB Theatre’s past productions include The Color Of The Leaves by Isaiah Reaves, A Funny Play For Troubled Times by Charlie Schulman, Medusa In You by Valetta Anderson, The Hired Man by Heather Meyer, Led Thespian by Jason Podplesky, 3Some by Brian Griffin, An Evening with Stephen Crane by Phil Paradis, Identity: An Evening of Three Twenty-Minute Plays by Elizabeth a. Harris, Brian Griffin, and Leah Strasser, and Buckeye as well as Judas by Elizabeth a. Harris.
The New Works Festival Workshop Series will present three brand- new fully staged workshop productions:
MARRIED LIFE by Charlie Schulman
Directed by Torie Pate
A married couple’s attempt to spice up their sex life reveals that nothing about their marriage is what it seems.
Performances July 22 and 24 at 8:00pm.
THE SECRET LIFE OF BROS by Nathan Top
Directed by Aaron Epstein
A contemporary comedy, The Secret Life of Bros begins with two gym buddies, Dude and Bro. As Dude prepares for his impending wedding, that upcoming weekend, Bro is trying to figure out how to dump the ‘f***boy’ he has been seeing. When Bro decides to follow Dude’s advice and attempts to dump the ‘f***boy,’ a myriad of secrets and feelings unravel, jeopardizing Dude and Bro’s friendship. The Secret Life Of Bros is an unfiltered examination at male relationships and how the perceptions of those closest to us affect how we see ourselves.
Performances July 23 and 30, at 8:00pm.
SHIRT. BROWN. HONESTY. by Jason Podplesky
Directed by Karen O’Brien
Part physical theater, part absurdist drama, and part stand-up comedy routine, this is the story of a woman who overcomes a serious physical trauma all while trying to negotiate the pitfalls of the American Health Care System and a romantic relationship. Through barriers to her physical state she must learn to speak, eat, walk, and love all over again in this raw, poetic, and inspiring piece of theatre.
Performances July 29 and 31 at 8:00pm.
PLAY READING SERIES
The New Works Festival Play Reading Series will present three staged readings of new plays currently under development:
A GHOST OF A CHANCE by Kimberly Shimer
Directed by Nathan Gabriel
Evelyn is struck by lightning and sent to the afterlife, but before her final resting place is decided she must reconcile with her long-suffering husband of 30 plus years…in only 4.25 days!
Sunday July 25, at 7:30pm.
SLAY by Ron Nelson
Directed by Rachel Mock
An unexpected visit from a sister in desperate need of legal help results in an unexpected opportunity for a conscientious lawyer to change the trajectory of the rest of her life.
Tuesday July 27, at 7:30pm.
BREAKZ by Cris Eli Blak
Directed by Derek Snow
After estranged friends and tragedy from his old community begin to enter back into his life, an up and coming rapper must face where he comes from, where he is and decide if he wants to ignore the problem or use his voice as the cure.
Wednesday July 28, at 7:30pm.
Tickets are now available online through our website or may be purchased at the door using cash or credit-card.
Stay tuned to our social media all during the month of July for artist highlights and information about the festival! We’re looking forward to seeing you in person soon.