Bringing new works to life
LAB's 2024 Season
"From the “good things come in small packages” file, an incisive, emotional script, an engaging and committed cast and brisk, clear direction make SYD, the new show at Ybor City’s tiny LAB Theater Project, a major accomplishment." -St. Pete Catalyst
Prior to the horrific mass shooting of 2016 at Pulse in Orlando Florida, there was the arson that took the lives of thirty-two gay men at The Upstairs Lounge in New Orleans on June 24, 1973. On the same night, Sydney Trahan, a young nursing student, was arrested for dancing at Brady’s, a notorious lesbian bar in the French Quarter. Her parents, Bud and Helen Trahan struggle to gain some control over their lives and restore a sense of normalcy after Syd’s transgressions that night. Their neighbors, Beverly and Beau Larson, try to be supportive friends while hiding their secrets that intertwine with the tragedy of The Upstairs Lounge and Syd’s arrest. The Larsons face terrible realities as the Trahan family makes choices they couldn’t make. Will Syd’s future be saved? Will she come out of this the person she wants to be? Will Bud and Helen love their daughter unconditionally? Will the Larsons survive the truth when forced to face it? All this is revealed in SYD.
“Saw it this afternoon with many familiar faces on stage …… runs 2 more weekends so you still have time to see it. You will be moved.” MaryKay C.
“Great show and cast! So glad I got to see it!” Crystal M.
“This had a great story to it. Everybody should see it - it was riveting.” Kat K.
as Helen Trahan
as Sydney Trahan
as Robert "Bud" Trahan
as Beverly Larson
John D. Hooper
as Beau Larson
Christine Samad, the creator of The Pigcowtopus Project, a movement meant to inspire the creative creature within all of us. “I love to use bold colors and lines in my imaginative and whimsical artwork. I have always had an affinity for whimsy. I studied drawing, painting, and design for a short time at St. Petersburg College (Class of 2010)—Tarpon Campus, home of the Leepa Rattner Museum, while getting my degree in Education. I began painting professionally after rediscovering my love for painting in 2017 when I published my first children’s book and poetry and art book. I have transformed into an artist who loves acrylics, watercolors, and mixed media. Now, it is my passion to share my art and poetry with the community to spread happiness, joy and open up conversations about healing, self-love, and connecting to nature. I am inspired by the dark and light themes of the world around us. I aim to capture the hidden world of whimsy hiding in every leaf, every tree, every bud, every cloud. Nature and my wild imagination has kept me company for many years. Making up stories and poems have been a beacon of light for me throughout my life. I hope that my paintings are a light for those who stop along on their journey to visit the universe I have cultivated on canvas.”
Queer Latin American artist, John Gascot spent the first twelve years of his life in Puerto Rico, a fact to which he attributes his love and use of bold color. While he creates in a variety of styles including painterly and geometric abstraction, Latin Pop paintings are his signature. He affectionately coined the term after years of development. The series combines elements of Folk, Pop and Cubism. John's Latin Pop paintings combine various global influences in contemporary narratives, blurring cultural lines which divide us. The figures in his works are often large and curvaceous. Their mass speaks more about strength and presence than actual size. He creates accessible art that promotes diversity while simultaneously celebrating and challenging social and gender roles dictated by various cultures. John is co-owner and Curator of Studios @ 5663. He is the founder of Diversity Arts Inc., a nonprofit which uplifts underserved youth by providing safe environments, materials, and guidance for self-expressive art workshops. He is also a founding member of the Pinellas Arts Village.