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Theater LaB Houston announces 2013 2014 Season and Regional Premieres

Theater LaB Houston returns with its 21st Season of staging the BEST in contemporary theater. The search for a new and intimate venue that complements TLH's home of twenty years has been found at Obsidian Art Space (OAS) located at 3522 White Oak Blvd. Houston, Texas 77007. The four new season productions will be staged at OAS as well as Cock.

The 2013/14 TLH Season Subscription Series includes these four productions:

2013 Productions
Man 1 Bank 0
Created and performed by Patrick Combs
Houston Premiere

The true story of Patrick Combs depositing a $95,000 junk-mail check into his bank as a joke and the bank cashing it! Then things really got crazy! And even landed Patrick on The Oprah Winfrey Show. What makes this more than just a "helluva tale" is its look at the smothering of humanity by the modern-day boogeyman: "faceless corporate culture"...with well played villains and heroes. Man 1 Bank 0 is something of a comic reworking of David versus Goliath, or maybe even '1984' while saying something about the idealist notion of being decent and human. It's the perfect show for these complicated uncertain final days of 2013...

Man 1 Bank 0 has played to sold out crowds in New York, London, Edinburgh, Dublin, Montreal and San Francisco.

Press & Opening Night, Wednesday, November 13th 2013 at 8pm.

Thursday, November 14th at 8pm

Friday, November 15th at 8pm

Saturday, November 16th at 5pm and 8pm

Sunday, November 17th 3pm

Burnt at the Steak

Created and performed by Carolann Valentino

Houston Premiere

Burnt at the Steak is the critically acclaimed one woman musical comedy based on a true story about a young aspiring female artist of Italian descent who leaves Texas for New York City to pursue a theatrical career. Soon after arriving in the "Big Apple" she lands a "rare" day job managing an infamous multi-million-dollar steakhouse in the heart of Manhattan. Her experiences in this male dominated industry teach her valuable lessons that help transform her life.

As the stress of trying to balance a performing arts career, along with the urging of her psychic (or is it psychotic?) Italian-American mother, her day job takes its toll emotionally and physically, she finds herself faced with having to make a choice with having to make a choice between following her dreams and holding on to the security of a six figure salary with all the perks. Will she play it safe or take a leap of faith? Restaurant staff members and the A-list clientele provide the basis for this entertainment that "sizzles". Through song, dance and comedy Carolann morphs into 18 hilarious characters - each show becomes a unique and spontaneous theatrical experience.

Burnt at the Steak has been awarded BEST of the Fringe Festivals in Calgary, Vancouver, Edmonton and Boulder and has played to sold-out runs in Orlando, Dallas, Denver and Fresno.

Press & Opening Night, Wednesday, November 20th 2013 at 8pm.

Thursday, November 21st at 8pm

Friday, November 22nd at 8pm

Saturday, November 23rd at 5pm and 8pm

Sunday, November 24th at 3pm

2014 Productions

Sixty Miles to Silver Lake

By Dan LeFranc

Regional Premiere

A moving car. A father and son. The father drives. The son's face is pressed against the rolled up window.

Time marches onward (and jumps backward) in this painfully honest play about the fragile relationship between a divorced dad and the son he picks up every Saturday after soccer. A lifetime can pass in the sixty miles in this moving play about family relationships, we see just how much time and space can exist between the pleather seats of a father's used car.

Press & Opening Night, Wednesday, March 26th 2014 at 8pm.

Thursday, March 27th at 8pm

Friday, March 28th at 8pm

Saturday, March 29th at 5pm and 8pm

Sunday, March 30th at 3pm


Husband Fixin 101

Created and performed by Julia Kay Laskowski and Patti Rabazza

A World Premiere

They're Back!!! Mavis Applebee (Julia) and Myrtle (Patti) are back by popular demand to solve (or possibly make worse) all of your problems in one blowout seminar. Husband Fixin 101 tackles life's big issues - like picking up towels off the bathroom floor, back seat driving, that weird noise he makes when he eats and much, much more. Freud, Jung, Dr. Phil STEP ASIDE!!! Watch and learn as these two hilarious and ingenious singing gals fix all your male relationship issues and help to transform lives.

Press & Opening Night, Wednesday, April 2nd 2014 at 8pm.

Thursday, April 3rd at 8pm

Friday, April 4th at 8pm

Saturday, April 5th at 5pm and 8pm

Sunday, April 6th at 3pm

These productions are not part of the above four play subscription events.

TLH presents the Regional Premieres of two Exclusive Houston engagements.


By Mike Bartlett

Regional Premiere

Winner of the 2010 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement.

John has been in a stable relationship with his boyfriend for a number of years. But when he takes a break, he accidentally falls in love with a woman. Torn between the two, filled with guilt and conflicting emotions, he doesn't know which way to turn. His boyfriend is willing to wait for him to make a decision, but so is his girlfriend. And both are prepared to fight to keep him. As the pressure mounts a dinner with both parties is arranged and everyone wants to know. Who is John? What is he? And what will his decision be?

In TLH's tradition of staging works by Brad Fraser and Neil LaBute comes the hit Off Broadway play from May 2012 which played to sold-out audiences, several extensions and critical acclaim. c*ckpremiered at London's Royal Court Theatre in 2009.

Cock is a co-production with Obsidian Art Space.

Press & Opening Night, Wednesday, April 16th 2014 at 8pm and runs thru Sunday, May 11, 2014.


Steven Fales returns to perform the final chapter of his acclaimed Mormon Boy Trilogy - Prodigal Dad.

Following his sold-out engagements in 2011 (Confessions of a Mormon Boy) and 2012 (Missionary Position) here at TLH, Steven returns with this final chapter - as he fights for his life and rights as a father in Utah and as he seeks answers from his Greco-Mormon heritage, he comes face to face with his own demons and his greatest nemesis, shattering family myths and secrets in an underworld where bipolar ghosts and mortals collide. Prodigal Dad dates and venues TBA.

Tickets for c*ckand Prodigal Dad will go on sale in January 2014.

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