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. This season, get up close with a true American classic, as well as two masterpieces
of this generation.
The University of South Carolina has closed the Columbia campus for the remainder
of the semester in an effort to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus. In accordance
with the shutdown, our scheduled performances of God of Carnage have been canceled. Please visit the University’s dedicated COVID-19 web page for updates about additional policy changes as more information about the impact
of the virus becomes available.
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 sold online or at the door. Arrive early for best seating. Performance dates, times and locations are subject to change.
2019-2020 Lab Theatre Season
I and You
November 20-23, 2019
Written by Lauren Gunderson
Directed by David Neil Edwards
Two high school students — the sardonic Caroline, homebound with a serious illness,
and Anthony, a popular athlete — find themselves forced to work together on a last-minute
class project. As they strive to overcome their clashing personalities and make sense
of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, they find themselves connecting in ever more surprising and mysterious ways. Lauren
Gunderson’s critically acclaimed play is a poignant ode to youth, life, and love,
and packs a surprise twist that will have you thinking about it long after it’s over.
2014 recipient of the American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award.
Of Mice and Men
February 29 - March 3, 2020
Written by John Steinbeck
Directed by David Britt
John Steinbeck’s theatrical adaptation of his classic novella still packs the same
gut-wrenching punch as when it premiered on Broadway in 1937. Set in the fields of
California during the Great Depression, the story follows two migrant drifters, short-tempered
George and his simple-minded but physically powerful companion, Lenny. After they
find employment at a new farm, the two friends strive to work hard and realize a shared
goal of owning their own land, but their American dream is soon threatened by the
boss’ brutish son and their involvement in a fatal tragedy.
God of Carnage
April 22-25, 2020
Written by Yasmina Reza
Translated by Christopher Hampton
Directed by Nick Good
The rules of civility are tested — and ultimately demolished — in Yasmina Reza’s powerfully
provocative, Tony®-winning script. A playground skirmish between two eleven-year-old
boys results in two broken teeth and a meeting between the boys’ parents to discuss
the altercation. Diplomacy soon degenerates into pandemonium as the four adults confront
barely concealed prejudices that transform once-polite conversation into a state of
Tony® Award winner for Best Play, 2009.