Four new plays featured in fall 2014 TheatreLAB series

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Theater lovers can be part of the creative process in the ASU TheatreLAB program, a “second stage” designed to help the School of Film, Dance and Theatre student playwrights develop their projects, during the program's fall 2014 series, which runs Oct. 30 through Nov. 1 in FAC 133.

TheatreLAB gives the audience an opportunity to experience works in various stages of development from readings of new scripts to full workshop productions that feature prototype sets and costumes. Each night of the series features discussions with the playwrights and creators and opportunities for the audience to share their responses to the works in progress.

The idea of a theatrical production as a creative process that needs to be honed and refined over time – with feedback from an audience – is at the heart of the TheatreLAB.

“It’s called a ‘lab’ for very good reason,” said Jacob Pinholster, director of the ASU School of Film, Dance and Theatre. “It moves the creation of new works away from the conservatory model and much closer to the model of research, development and discovery that you find in the sciences and technology. TheatreLAB is a great way for audiences to meaningfully participate in the creation of the theater of the future.”

The fall 2014 TheatreLAB series features:

“There’s No Place Like It” written by Rivka Rocchio, Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m.

After her lover leaves her, Tina struggles with isolation and disconnection in a technologically connected culture.

“What it's Worth/Market-Based Memories” written by Jeff McMahon with original music by Aaron Neber, Oct. 31 at 7:30 p.m.

An ensemble piece blending interviews, statistics, short scenes, songs and music, this new musical examines the multiple meanings of worth, value and debt.

“Nadine’s Coloring Book” written by Ashley Laverty and directed by Kirt Shineman, Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m.

After 11-year-old Nadine witnesses her father's fatal car accident, she finds solace in the imaginary world of her coloring book, where her father is still alive and she is happy once again.

“jellyfish pine” written by Michael Yichao, Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m.

Emily loves Jack and Jack loves Emily — just never at the same time. A journey of crossed paths, near misses and lives lived out of order.

All performances will be held in FAC 133 in the Nelson Fine Arts Center, 51 East 10th St. on ASU’s Tempe campus.

Ticket prices are:
$10–General, ASU Faculty, Staff + Alumni; $5–Seniors, Students 

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