In The Lab
In The Lab

In The Lab

In The Lab supports artists in developing experimental new works in a multitude of forms. Playwrights’ Center launched this development and performance project series in 2020 to meet the changing needs of artists exploring new theater pieces — and new ways of working.

The innovative program features two writers who will create, explore, test, and try, try again, as they push the boundaries of form and content. Audience members are invited into the experiment for an open rehearsal presentation followed by a conversation with the artists on the process.

The world continues to shift and churn, and so does theater-making. We’re excited to support the continued revolutionizing of theatrical storytelling.


The 2023-24 In The Lab projects are: 

Cyranoid, an adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac
by Janaki Ranpura

How can a gorgeous guy who’s tongue-tied around females get the girl? All he needs are the wily words of a willing friend! Or maybe chat-GPT would be easier, if he can figure out how it works. Through onstage interactions with actual artificial intelligence, Cyranoid offers ways to fathom the Robot Revolution. It might be an advantage to know some code and some Hinduism – or just get swept along in the wow.

In-person reading: Friday, January 12, 2024 at 7 p.m.


by AriDy Nox 

bayou is (chronologically) the first play in a series that explores relationships between community members, between generations, and between the village and Mother Bayou. It begins when the high priestess, Cove, finds herself in a precarious situation after she and fellow villagers go on a pilgrimage following a stream they believe to be a manifestation of their deity, the Sweet Goddess of Rivers and Rain. It turns out, the stream is actually Sweet Goddess’s daughter, Little Goddess, a young deity who wants to strike out on her own and has no interest in or allegiance to her new worshippers.

In-person reading: Friday, January 26, 2024 at 7 p.m.

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