Cincinnati LAB Theatre’s 2016 Festival of New Works Coming in August

You’ll be hearing a lot more about this from me since I wrote one of the plays…

Yes, this is your chance to come review ME for a change…

But I’m excited to be part of Cincinnati LAB Theatre’s commitment to producing and growing new works and new playwrights.  Here’s the official press release! More to come…

August 4 – 13, 2016

Cincinnati LAB Theatre’s New Works Festival will present two fully staged workshop productions and two original play readings in a rotating festival repertoire over two weekends, August 4 – August 13, 2016.  All performances will be presented at Falcon Theatre, 636 Monmouth St, Newport, KY.

Part of Cincinnati LAB Theatre’s mission is to provide area playwrights with opportunities to develop their work through a traditional workshop process, while utilizing some of the area’s finest professional actors. Cincinnati LAB Theatre’s New Works Festival is comprised of three different series that will present new and innovative works in various stages of development, encourage open and honest discussions, and allow audiences an inside look into the creative process.

WORKSHOP SERIES:   The New Works Festival Workshop Series will present two brand-new worskhop productions written by local playwrights:

Chase the Dragon by Kirk Sheppard.  Peter wants to make a difference; his chosen career path should allow him to do so.  But sometimes people run from their past, and other times they chase it.  Chase the Dragon is a brand-new play by Kirk Sheppard that explores the lives of at-risk youth and what happens when we don’t have a handle on our own history.  Directed by Jared D. Doren.  Cast:  Carter Bratton, Rupert Spraul, Bob Allen, Tess Talbot and Henry Howland.  Performances August 4, 6, and 12, 2016, at 8pm.

Judas by Elizabeth a. Harris.  A betrayer, an outcast, a pariah, the lowest of the low: This is Judas. Or is it? How would our views of Christianity and the Messiah change if we discovered Judas was actually Jesus’ most trusted disciple?  Judasa new play by Elizabeth a. Harris, based on the Gospel of Judas, examines the limits of love and self-sacrifice and asks the question: “What would you do if the person you loved most in the world asked you to perform the ultimate betrayal for the good of all humanity?”  Directed by Elizabeth a. Harris.  Cast:  Brian Berendts and Derek Snow.  Performances August 5, 11, and 13, 2016 at 8pm.

DISCOVERY SERIES:  The New Works Festival Discovery Series will complement our Workshop Series productions.  Guest speakers and/or panelists will lead pre-show discussions that focus on social themes and current topics related to the productions.  Pre-performance lectures are scheduled on Thursday, August. 4 (Chase the Dragon) and Thursday, August 11 (Judas) at 7pm.

PLAY READING SERIES:  The New Works Festival Play Reading Series will present readings of new plays currently under development by local playwrights.

3some by Brian Griffin.  Expectations are shattered and lives are changed when three strangers meet one evening and get something none of them bargained for. Saturday, August 5, 2016 at 5:30pm.

Medusa in You by Valetta Anderson.  The murder of the innocents is something no people forget.  And the innocents are every woman’s child, whatever age and swaddled in any color of skin.  Saturday, 13, 2016 at 5:30pm.


Single Tickets and 2016 New Works Festival All-Access Passes

Single tickets to the 2016 Cincinnati LAB Theatre New Works Festival may be purchased in advance or at the door.

Workshop Series: $15 Adult – General Admisssion per performance

$10 Student – General Admission per performance

Play Reading Series:   $5 – General Admission per performance

Discovery Series:   Pre-performance lectures are free and open to the public.

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All-Access Pass

Save $15 and experience all that Cincinnati LAB Theatre has to offer this season!  2016 All-Access Passes are on sale now for $25.  2016 All-Access passes allow general admission entry for passholders into all 2016 Cincinnati LAB Theatre New Works Festival events.

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About Cincinnati LAB Theatre

Cincinnati LAB Theatre is an organization for established and emerging playwrights and performers in the Greater Cincinnati area and is dedicated to a collaborative creative process that will present established works of drama and develop new plays through a traditional workshop model. Cincinnati LAB Theatre will provide a solid platform for artists to cultivate, strengthen, and hone their artistic crafts and talents and offer quality theatre for Cincinnati audiences.

Cincinnati LAB Theatre is a division of Falcon Theatre.