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Florida Rep Seeks Submissions for 2018 PlayLab Festival Of New Works

Florida Rep Seeks Submissions for 2018 PlayLab Festival Of New WorksFlorida Repertory Theatre, an Associate Member of the National New Play Network, is seeking submissions for its 2018 PlayLab Festival slated for May 3 - 6. The fifth annual festival is an intensive weekend of rehearsals, readings, talkbacks, and development that brings professional playwrights, directors, and actors together to hone up to six new plays in a laboratory setting.

The 2018 deadline for submissions is Friday, November 17, 2017. The theatre's reading committee will read and evaluate submitted plays through the remainder of the year, and the theatre will announce the selected titles in early 2018. Each playwright will be brought in to work on her/his play with a company of professional actors and a director in preparation for a public reading. Each showcased play will be considered for a full production in a future Florida Rep season.

Florida Rep is seeking plays that have not yet had a full professional production, and will accept the first 75 submissions from playwrights and agents through 5pm on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017. Those interested should submit a PDF of their play to Florida Rep will consider plays looking for Rolling World Premiere partners with NNPN member theatres. Playwrights or agents will receive a confirmation of their submission. Florida Rep has chosen a play each year from its festival to be produced in a subsequent season, and seeks plays for submission that are ready to move into late stages of development and production.

Two plays from the 2017 festival, Mark St. Germain's George Washington's Teeth and Bennett Fisher's Damascus, were chosen for further development and world premiere productions at Florida Rep. St. Germain's farce for five women will be running in the Historic Arcade Theatre during the 2018 PlayLab, and Fisher's psychological thriller that explores domestic terror will have its world premiere in the 2018-2019 season.

In addition to George Washington's Teeth and Damascus, Stephen Spotswood's Doublewide began its NNPN Rolling World Premiere last April at Florida Rep, in 2016 Mark Shanahan's Feydeau adaptation, The Dingdong, had its first regional production at Florida Rep, and Daryl Lisa Fazio's hard-hitting story of sisterhood in uncertain times, Split in Three, became the company's first world premiere production in 2015.

Florida Rep's 2017-2018 Season is now playing in the Historic Arcade Theatre and the Artstage Studio Theatre. The remaining season includes Sylvia by A.R. Gurney, Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar, The Last Night of Ballyhoo by Alfred Uhry, a world premiere revue called Night and Day: Love Lost and Found through the Eyes of Cole Porter by Robert Cacioppo, How the Other Half Loves by Alan Ayckbourn, The Miracle Worker by William Gibson, Cabaret by John Kander, Fred Ebb, and Joe Masteroff, and closes with the world premiere of George Washington's Teeth by Mark. St. Germain. Subscriptions and single tickets are available at or through the box office at 239-332-4488.

Florida Repertory Theatre performs in the Historic Arcade Theatre and the ArtStage Studio Theatre on Bay St. between Jackson & Hendry Streets in the Fort Myers River District. Visit Florida Rep online at, and by following the company on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube.

Bold titles had subsequent world premieres at Florida Rep

Inaugural PlayLab Festival 2014
The Exceptionals by Robert Clyman
Mr. Perfect by William Missouri Downs
Split in Three by Daryl Lisa Fazio
Rainbow's Return by Stephen Mo Hanan
Journey to Oz by Christopher T. Parks (commissioned by Florida Rep)

2nd Annual PlayLab Festival 2015
Where I Dwell by Cynthia Babak
The Firestorm by Meridith Friedman
The Dingdong by Mark Shanahan; adapted from Le Dindon by Georges Feydeau.
J'oy Vey by Lojo Simon and Anita Yellin Simons

3rd Annual PlayLab Festival 2016
A Pier at the Edge of the World by Nathan Cann
In Vivo by Eric Coble (now titled These Mortal Hosts)
Echo Location by Carter Lewis
Doublewide by Stephen Spotswood
A Dream within a Dream: The Spirit of Poe by Christopher T. Parks (commissioned by Florida Rep)

4th Annual PlayLab Festival 2017
Love, The Cracksman by Mark Brown
Smoke by Gloria Bond Clunie
The Flower Room by Daryl Lisa Fazio
Damascus by Bennett Fisher
We Will Not Be Silent by David Meyers
George Washington's Teeth by Mark St Germain

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