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Bringing new works to life

LAB's 2024 Season

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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.

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Tiffany Faykus

as Helen Trahan


Mandy Keen 

as Sydney Trahan

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James Skinner

as Robert "Bud" Trahan

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Isabel Natera

as Beverly Larson


John D. Hooper

as Beau Larson

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It is August 1914 and Taliesin, the extraordinary home of Frank Lloyd Wright, is burning.
After receiving an urgent telephone call, famed master builder Frank Lloyd Wright rushes on board a train in Chicago bound for the Wisconsin countryside. To complicate matters, Wright is joined in the private coach by his lover’s former husband, Edwin Cheney.
Both men are desperate to know the extent of the blaze.

Many have speculated about what the two men discussed during the agonizing six-hour 
journey, while being hounded by the press on the worst day of their lives.
Only the plucky young reporter Mary Evelyn Brooks knows the answer.


Mandy Keen 

as Mary Evelyn Brooks


Owen Robertson

as Frank Lloyd Wright

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Larry Corwin

as Edwin Cheney

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Zachary Finley

as Thompson / Train Conductor / Porter & Charles Davenport 

Bringing new works to life
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Directed By

Katie Calahan & Caroline Jett

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Each year LAB solicits comedic shorts from across the globe. This year, over ninety plays were submitted and only seven have made it to our stage. The evening will begin at BITTER GROUNDS, a simple little coffee shop that doesn’t cater to bougie drinks but rather serves coffee perfect for your personal crappy mood. Two couples gather to play “BRIDGE” but very quickly it isn’t about cards but rather a hilarious misunderstanding of “playing” together. Dating is hard enough these days, and there is an app for everyone, imagine if the beloved Wordle became a dating app, they would have to call it FLIRTLE. In FULL FRONTAL TRANSPARENCY, two young people, tired of the dating scene, seek to find a quicker way of getting to know each other by getting all the nasty “secrets” out of the way upfront; what could go wrong? Ever wonder if there was a quicker way at the end? HEAVEN CAN’T WAIT, has the answer for you, and you’ll get the service you deserve. We end the night cuddling up to two old familiar friends or are they. In SNOW WHITE WHO? Prince Charming comes home to tell the King of his luck in finding the perfect future Princess, but dear old dad has questions, a lot of questions. And to end the night, we take a look back at the big bad wolf. Ever wonder what he was like as a child? THE ORIGIN OF ZEKE WOLF explores that question as his parents attend a teacher’s conference to discuss Zeke’s recent behavior. Eight actors, two directors and an overabundance of hilarity. Join us for LAB Laughs 2024.

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