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2021-2022 Theatre Lab

We Are Blood  Ryan_Bernsten
by Ryan Bernsten
Oct. 2, 2021, PH Coffee

“We Are Blood” explores the demons that live in every family. Set in rural Missouri, the play explores resentments between urban elites and their remote relatives.

 

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by Bethany Vermillion
Dec. 4 2021, PH Coffee

“Heirlooms” centers on a family dealing with the effects of addiction, PTSD, and the trauma of childhood. It explores the complexity of family dynamics and how avoiding hard truths never truly keeps the peace.

 

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by Kevin King
Feb. 7, 2022

“Boxed” explores the issue of racism in the gay community and how it affects the perception of gay men of color as the characters grapple with the ramifications of a date gone dramatically wrong.
 
 
 
 

The Avocado Tree Sofiana Olivera
By Sofiana Olivera Abalan
March 7, 2022

PRESENTED IN SPANISH AND ENGLISH
Lucia, a brilliant  young architect, lives  in  a Latin American country in social and political upheaval  with her  father and her young daughter. When the  violence  in her  country  escalates, she  makes  the difficult decision  to  emigrate to the United States.

THEARE LAB FESTIVAL
May 6-8, 2022
Featuring:

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By LaCherish Thompson

A play which finds the family of a Vietnam veteran trying to heal after a family member’s tragic incident.

 

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By Lindsay Adams

Arthur Miller drama meets ecological absurdist comedy in this comedy which finds a catfish family facing the slow decline of their neighborhood due to pollution.

 

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By Terrace Wyatt, Jr.

EMERGING PLAYWRIGHT SERIES
A play which deals with questions of ongoing violence right here in Kansas City, MO

 

The Head of Medusa
By Kitty Corum, Emmy Panzica-Piontek, and Nathan Bowman

Examining the origins the mythological monster, “The Head of Medusa” follows Medusa and her call for justice after a violent encounter with the god Poseidon.