The Lab Theater Project in historic Ybor City is a production company focused on producing new works in the Tampa Bay Community.
One of my favorite things about Lab Theater Project is that they produce shows from emerging playwrights. I have seen several of them and love that they also provide new artists a place to develop and work on their craft.
Although I have not worked on stage with the company, I call many of them my friends. Lab has helped me hone and work on my photography skills by providing me the opportunity to photograph some of their productions.
This year, Lab Theater Project found a new home at 812 E. Henderson Avenue in Ybor City. They have opened their doors with health and safety policies in place.
Don’t hesitate to check out their website and if you are not attending shows now, I know a donation would go a long way.
I have auditioned for them several times and was fortunate enough to be a part of their 2012-13 season. I was in their production of Behind the Gates by Wendy Graf. I made some wonderful friends during this production and have been back time and again to see other shows as an audience member there.
Through out the years I have continued to attend performances at this venue and will continue to audition when time allows.
During the pandemic they are providing us at home, with online content. At the moment, Job-side Productions will have their first show at the Straz Riverwalk Stage which has open air seating. Feel free to read up on their safety precautions.
Don’t hesitate to visit their website and make a donation. The arts are vital and the pandemic caused houses to close their productions early, some weren’t even able to have an opening night.
A brutal comedic quartet about four real women who lived in France during the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror. Playwright Olympe De Gouge, assassin Charlotte Corday, former queen Marie Antoinette, and Haitian rebel Marianne Angelle: hang out, murder Marat, lose their heads, and try to beat back the extremist insanity in revolutionary Paris.
In the Time of the Butterflies, En El Tiempo de las Mariposas, is based on the novel by Julia Alvarez as adapted by Caridad Svich.
Directed by Karla Hartley and Jorge Acosta.
Synopsis: The beautiful and inspiring story of the life of the courageous, martyred Mirabal sisters, who inspired resistance cells throughout the Dominican Republic under the tyrannical rule of Gen. Trujillo’s regime in 1960.
Select Performances will be in Spanish!
Basada en la novela de Julia Álvarez según adaptada por Caridad Svich.
Dirigida por: Karla Hartley y Jorge Acosta
Sinopsis: La obra cuenta la historia hermosa e inspiradora de la vida de las valientes y martirizadas hermanas Mirabal quienes inspiraron resistencia en la República Dominicana bajo el régimen del General Trujillo en 1960.
TAMPA REPERTORY THEATRE & CREATIVE LOAFING PRESENT
A post-apocalyptic vaudeville, Dog Act follows Zetta Stone, a traveling performer, and her companion Dog, a young man undergoing a voluntary species demotion, as they walk through the wilderness of the former Northeast U.S. with their little troupe. They are heading toward a gig in China, if they can find it—and if they can survive to reach it. A theatrical, darkly comic variation on the classic doomsday genre – the post-apocalyptic wilderness was never funnier!
Monday, February 13th, in the CL Space, 1911 N. 13th Street, Tampa. 7: 30pm Curtain. Tickets are $10. Cash bar on site. And stick around for the discussion afterwards.
2016 has passed and I was very blessed to have worked pretty regularly on stage and television. It’s weird, but in this profession you can have a period of time where you work consistently and then a period of time where you wonder if you will ever book another gig.
2016 was a great year for theater, I was in 4 productions and it was the first time I had to play multiple characters in one show. A different and challenging experience that taught me so much about myself and my craft.
On the TV front, I did commercials and got to practice and hone the skills that you need for TV and film which I find to be quite different than theater.
I took on two new endeavors my mere chance. In 2016 I started to really delve into and practice Improv. Who knows, maybe 2017 will be the year I actually perform Improv in front of an audience. The 2nd endeavor was the opportunity to voice the audio tour for the Frida Kahlo Exhibit at the Dali Museum. A pleasure and honor that words cannot express to do this audio tour about a woman that I admire so much.
All in all, I was blessed. Already starting 2017 in two staged readings and keeping myself open to whatever roles may came.
Happy New Year everyone and if you want to see what I’m doing this year, don’t hesitate to visit my website and/or any of my other social media pages.
This Halloween weekend the creative team of Aaron Washington and Keith Eisenstadt will be providing audiences with a different style of haunting. On the evening of Saturday October 29th and afternoon of Sunday October 30th, Washington and Eisenstadt will present ‘Nightfall with Edgar Allan Poe’. The show will be a collaboration between directors; Aaron Washington, Keith Eisenstadt, and Lauren Rodriguez. To support literature and the arts in local classrooms, producers will be donating a portion of each ticket sold through DonorsChoose.org. Performances will be held in The Studio @ The Carrollwood Cultural Center.
Edgar Allan Poe is amongst the most influential of American Poets; with a flair for the dramatic. Poe’s works fit perfectly with the mission of Washington and Eisenstadt; to celebrate literature and the arts and support the education of the same. The drama written by Eric Coble, features four of Poe’s most haunting tales; “The Pit and the Pendulum” directed by Washington, “The Raven” and “The Tell Tale Heart” directed by Eisenstadt, and “The Fall of the House of Usher” directed by Rodriguez. The pieces are arranged and performed to highlight the dramatic elements of the writing and presented in a way that will give the audience chills. At the beginning of the show, Edgar Allan Poe stands alone in the flickering darkness of his mind, trying desperately to convince himself, and us, that he’s not mad. Enter the world of Poe and check your heartbeat at the door.
“Nightfall with Edgar Allan Poe” will be presented by Washington and Eisenstadt on Saturday October 29th at 8pm and Sunday October 30th at 2pm. Performances will be held in The Studio @ The Carrollwood Cultural Center located at 13345 Casey Rd in Tampa. Tickets are priced at $20 and are available by calling The Carrollwood Cultural Center Box Office at (813) 269-1310 or at the door one hour before show times. For more information, find Washington and Eisenstadt at http://www.facebook.com/WashingtonEisenstadt.
One of the most popular romantic comedies of the century, Same Time, Next Year ran four years on Broadway, winning a Tony Award for lead actress Ellen Burstyn, who later recreated her role in the successful motion picture. It remains one of the world’s most widely produced plays. The plot follows a love affair between two people, Doris and George, married to others, who rendezvous once a year. Twenty-five years of manners and morals are hilariously and touchingly played out by the lovers.