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Lab Theatre

The university's black box performance space was established as a laboratory for students to explore new ideas and put classroom studies to practical use. Today it's another stage where you can enjoy compelling live theatre.

The Lab Theatre is located at 1400 Wheat St., between Sumter and Pickens, in the Booker T. Washington Building. Show times are 8 p.m. nightly unless otherwise noted. Tickets cost $10 per ticket and are only sold at the door. Arrive early for best seating. Performance dates, times and locations are subject to change.

2017-2018 Lab Theatre Season

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The Pavilion

Hailed by critics as an "Our Town" for our time, "The Pavilion" is by turns poetic and comic, romantic and philosophical. Peter returns to his twenty-year high-school reunion with dreams of winning back Kari. As the night progresses, a virtuosic narrator, playing a host of characters, leads Peter and Kari to face the consequences of choices made long ago. 

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The White Liars/Black Comedy

Two clever one-acts share the bill for an evening of outrageous farce. In "The White Liars," a down-and-out fortune teller is visited by two new clients, each hoping to use her wiles to manipulate the other. In the uproarious "Black Comedy," a young artist tries to impress both his fiance’s father and a haughty art dealer by “borrowing” his antique-collecting neighbor’s expensive furnishings.

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Speech & Debate

In this critically acclaimed dark comedy by playwright Stephen Karam (author of 2016 Best Play Tony-winner The Humans), three high school misfits find connection as they plot to expose a teacher who preys on his male students. 

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A Piece of My Heart

Called “the most enduring play on Vietnam in the nation,” Shirley Lauro’s "A Piece of My Heart" is a deeply affecting portrayal of the wartime service of six female veterans. With unflinching honesty, the women recount heartrending stories from their tours of duty, struggling to make sense of a war that irrevocably changed them and a nation that turned against them.