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 and are sold online. Please note ticket sales will end one hour before the start of each performance.
Lab Theatre Season 2021-2022
Scenes from Metamorphoses
October 28-31, 2021 Written by Mary Zimmerman Directed by Tiffani Hagan
Hailed in 2002 as “the theatre event of the year” (Time), the award-winning Metamorphoses is a breathtaking fusion of classic and contemporary storytelling, bringing Roman
poet Ovid’s timeless myths to dazzlingly theatrical life. Mary Zimmerman’s daring
adaptations explore the wide gamut of our universal experience, from love to loss,
from joy to despair, connecting all with the idea that nothing in life comes without
"Mary Zimmerman's lovely, deeply affecting work...shows that theater can provide not
just escape but sometimes a glimpse of the divine." — Time
This is Our Youth
March 24-27, 2022 Written by Kenneth Lonergan Directed by John Reynolds
Three privileged young adults experience 48 eventful hours at the dawn of the materialistic
Reagan Era in this hard-hitting drama by Academy Award-winning author Kenneth Lonergan
(Manchester by the Sea). After stealing $15,000 from his tycoon father, 19-year-old Warren turns for help
to his slightly older, drug-dealing friend, Dennis. As they concoct a scheme to buy
cocaine with the stolen funds and resell it for profit, Warren falls for fashion student
Jessica, threatening both the plan and their lives. Brutally frank and honest, This is Our Youth is a still-relevant portrayal of young people coming of age in a world they aren’t
yet equipped to navigate.
“This Is Our Youth is rich and sad and wry in its cruel-to-be-kind portrayal of disillusioned adolescents...
How do you put away childish things, it asks, when you aren’t ready to pick up adult
*Contains adult themes that may not be suitable for all ages.
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