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New Play Contest - Mixed Messages by Evan Edwards
May 16th - May 18th, 2024 EST
Online sale ends: 05/17/24 at 6:30pm EST
The Laboratory Theater of Florida
1634 Woodford Ave
Fort Myers, FL 33901
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The Louise Wigglesworth Excellence in Playwriting is an annual award that is open to all new work. This year, two finalists were selected in addition to the winner.

May 18:

The Winner: The Odyssey of Tyrell James by LaDarrion Williams.

Tyrell James is one of those hard-headed kids who ain't got no business doing what he's doing. Into the gang life on the harsh streets of Memphis, Tennessee, he's on the verge of losing himself. For him, this is the only way to survive. Before he screws up his life even further and continues down the wrong path, he is mysteriously snatched back to an 1800s antebellum plantation, and he is forced into learning the hardships of slavery, past mistakes, and valuable life lessons that will set him back on the right path that he was destined for all along."

May 17:

Finalist: Mixed Messages by Evan Edwards. A multi-racial mother’s helicopter parenting has wreaked havoc for her children in their adult lives: her religious oldest son is in a sham of a marriage, her gay middle son is keeping his racist fiancé on the D.L., and her fun-loving youngest, well...bless his heart. The manipulating matriarch summons all three of her boys home to the family estate. There, with the help of the faithful family butler, a wanton wife, and a not invited-invited guest, mama schemes to covertly fix everything before brunch.

May 16:

Finalist: The Kindness of Strangers by Dan Borengasser. Synopsis: Darin Fisher,  claiming to be an MFA grad student, arrives to produce and direct a Shakespearean play, The Tempest, at Swann Health and Rehab, an independent living facility for elderly actors.  Actually, he’s an undercover cop, sent to Swann to investigate a series of suspicious deaths.  What he discovers is both unsettling and career-ending.

The submissions are blind and judged by a panel of readers chosen specifically for this event.

New Weekend Pass option! 

For tickets to a specific evening, please choose the Assigned Seating option to select your seats. There is a discounted weekend pass to see all three evenings for $35, and choosing that option allows you to pick your seats for each of the three performances.

For individual performance tickets, simply hit select seats! Enjoy! 

Items Not Allowed
The Lab offers a variety of concessions. Outside food and drink are not allowed. There is absolutely no photography or videography of any performance.
Additional Information
There is additional parking behind the main theater. Tickets are nonrefundable; tickets may be exchanged for another date or for a Laboratory Theater of Florida credit. Cancellations must be made by 10 a.m. on the date of the performance. There will be no credit for missed performances. The theater may, but is not obligated to, make reasonable accommodations due to performances missed due to illness, traffic, or other unforeseen circumstances. Refunds are only available if the theater cancels the performance for which the patron holds tickets; tickets to postponed performances may be exchanged for another date or for a credit. For holders of our Flex passes, no credit is given for lower-priced performances. Internet service fees are non-refundable. Guests must check in five minutes to curtain. Late guests may have their tickets forfeited to the waiting list.

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7:30pm to 9:30pm
Doors open at 7:00pm

Adult: $15.00
Student: $10.00
Weekend Pass: $35.00

All Ages

The Laboratory Theater of Florida<br> 1634 Woodford Ave<br> Fort Myers, 33901




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