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
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.
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.
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.
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.