The Towson Theatre Lab is a bi-weekly gathering of students, faculty and community members interested in listening to, viewing and responding to new works. Participants bring in early drafts of scripts or performance pieces to which they desire a response and the assembled company responds to the work in a compassionate, critical and inspiring manner.
• Playwrights, performance artists, actors, directors, anyone interested in working with emerging works are invited to attend.
• We recognize that playwrights and artists may need to hear, see or observe reactions to their work in a nascent stage, before proceeding onto the next phase of the creative process.
• The playwright or artist may also solicit responses from the assembled company. If responses are desired, the company responds to the work in a compassionate, critical and inspiring manner.
The Lab also provides the opportunity for actors, directors and dramaturgs to hone their skills in cold readings, listening to new works and bringing those works to life in their imaginations and the imaginations of those gathered. The Lab also hosts playwriting workshops throughout the year, including workshop by vising playwrights including George Brant.
Towson Theatre Lab has hosted readings of many works that have gone on to production or received other accolades:
Bad Kids by Steven Barroga, production spring 2013
Hello My Name is GAY by Peyton Lynch, production fall 2012, TU
Leaves of Hope presented in Joplin, MO and at WordBRIDGE, spring 2012
Paul! (A Musical) by Michael Perrie production fall 2010, TU
Pilgrims of the Storm by Catherine Hagner workshop production spring 2011, TU
A Good Brain is Hard to Find by Becca Wyrick produced spring 2010, TU; 2012 Baltimore Playwrights Festival
Martial Arts by Yury Klavdiev, translated by David M. White with Yury Urnov produced spring 2010, TU/CITD New Russian Drama Conference; 2013 Breaking String, Austin Texas
Frozen in Time by Vyacheslav Durnenkov, translated by John Freedman produced spring 2010, TU/CITD New Russian Drama Conference
Tanya-Tanya by Olga Mukhina, adapted by Kate Moira Ryan produced fall 2009, TU/CITD New Russian Drama Conference
The Rope In Your Hands by Siobhan O’Laughlin produced spring 2009, TU; fall 2009, Chesapeake Arts Center; spring 2010, Salisbury University
Chapstick Smells Like Fish by Janet Jiacinto produced fall 2009, TU
Colorism by Rain Pryor workshopped May 2009, Mina’s Gallery, Baltimore,
7:32 by KT Peterson produced fall 2008, TU; Winner of National KCACTF Music Theater Award (Book)
Good Gravy! New Play Festival Fall 2011 A Love Story <3 by Michael Perrie Jr. Thick as Thieves by Matt Shea CRACKeD by Diane Sadak (formerly Step on a Crack) Eve’s Appetite by Sean Mahoney O FortunaCom by Kyle Levine
Archive of Works Presented at the Lab
Curious by Peyton Lynch The Power by Linus T. Owens Solicitation by Timothy Huth Restless by Edmond Cofie On our Way to the Fair by Bill Savage
Special writing lab with George Brant Wayflame (pilot episode) by Kyle Levine Cityscape Act 1 by Timothy Huth Cityscape Act 2 by Timothy Huth The Second Six: The Day the Forest Fell by Linus T. Owens
Wayflame (second episode) by Kyle Levine
HELLO My Name is GAY by Peyton Lynch Bad Kids by Steven Barroga The Cup Breakers by Maddie Hicks 6 by Linus T. Owens Sunshine Play by Eva Hiott Brick by Brick by Maddie Hicks Survives by Linus T. Owens The Chronicles of Rachel West: Objects by Dawn Kelley This is All True by Kat Kaplan Sickness by Sean Mahoney Don’t Fucking Speak: A Look at Emotional Extremism by Paul America Don’t Fucking Speak: A Look at Emotional Extremism (revised) by Paul America In Our Own Revolutions A Radio Play by Sean Bargatze HELLO My Name is GAY by Peyton Lynch Closure by Zach Bopst
Spring 2012 Leaves of Hope, a play for Joplin compiled by Molly Baker, Taylor Haddad, Kelsey Hale, Kaitey Hembree, Sarah Matthews, Ethan Ritschel, Bradley White and David M. White The Industrial Revolution in 3-D by JD Sivert Lady Strata by Dawn Kelley The Power by Linus Owens Noh, Mistress by Kyle Levine Eleven Days of Bloody Bloody Carnage by Michael Perrie, Jr. Spiders by Emily Renae Hall Samsara, In The Beginning by Paul America Don’t Tell Poppa by Dawn Kelley A Dream of Wings by Sean Mahoney The Contract by Michael Perrie, Jr.
Fall 2011 Sweet Darkness and the Plot to Destroy Earth by Michael Perrie, Jr. O FortunaCom by Kyle Levine Eve’s Appetite by Sean Mahoney Waiting Room by Sean P. Smith Ninjas and Squirrels by David M. White Tall Buildings by David M. White Injuries by Dawn Kelly New Messiah by Michael Perrie, Jr. The Last Unicorn(s) by Peyton Lynch
Spring 2011 A Love Story <3 by Michael Perrie Jr.
Pavel Pryazhko’s Panties translated by David White with Yury Urnov Untitled by Will Dalrymple Transmitting by Lene Hardy Frayed Covers by Jesse Marciniak Supernatural “The Museum of Doctor Moreau” by J.N. Jiacinto Polymerous by Kyle Levine Legend of the Dead Fist by Eric Poch Loser by David M. White Ain’t Nothin’ Quik ‘n Easy by David M. White
Fall 2010 Plans by Sean P. Smith Step on a Crack: A Universe Unbound by Diane Smith-Sadak Recall by Casey Subock Headache by Sean P. Smith Tennessee Sun by Michael Perrie Jr. The Cave Dwelling by Eric “Texas” Boelsche The Masque of the Red Death by Billy McHattie 12 Steps by Sean P. Smith The Little (Messed-Up) Mermaid by Peyton Lynch A Piece by Catherine Hagner
Spring 2010: The Family Anatidae by Kate Robinson Salient Factor by Kate Robinson Ingenious Devices by Becca Wyrick Chicago Box by Julia M. Smith Lakeshore Drive by Julia M. Smith There’s Always A Worse Place to Be by Billy McHattie Dirty Little Rooms by Pamela J. Gross Paul! (A Musical) by Michael Perrie Jr. The Death Eater by Janet Jiacinto Pilgrims of the Storm by Catherine Hagner Stand-Up Comedy by Matt Kaiser Legend of the Dead Fist by Eric Poch I Am Death Man by Caitlyn Joy
Fall 2009: Damn Your Eyes! The Swingin’ of the Wretched Sam Hall as Performed by the Good Folk of Ludi County by Steven Barroga Pilgrims of the Storm by Catherine Hagner Wash Me Red in the River Cheyenne by Pamela J. Gross The Blossoming of the Dark by Joseph Ritsch The Test by Peyton Lynch Techno Breakdown by Billy McHattie A Good Brain is Hard to Find by Becca Wyrick Martial Arts by Yury Klavdiev, translated by David M. White with Yury Urnov Frozen in Time by Vyacheslav Durnenkov, translated by John Freedman Thick as Thieves by Matt Shea
Spring 2009: The Rope In Your Hands by Siobhan O’Laughlin Tanya-Tanya by Olga Mukhina, translated by Kate Moira Ryan Wash Me Red in the River Cheyenne by Pamela J. Gross Out by Rain Pryor Colorism by Rain Pryor A Good Brain is Hard to Find by Becca Wyrick Chapstick Smells Like Fish by Janet Jiacinto The Interrogation of Frances P. Dorsett on the Anniversary of Her Birth by Pamela J. Gross Pleasant Living by Caitlyn Joy
Fall 2008: Ginger’s Odyssey by Bill Stanley, edited by Joan La Count Starlight by Pamela J. Gross A Twisted Soul: The Rise of an Emperor by John Anthony Repress and Excite by Maksym Kurochkin, translated by John Freedman
(reading featuring John Glover) The Holding Pattern by David J. Glover Cat’s Cradle by Caitlyn Joy Balau and the Top of the World by KT Peterson Enough by David M. White Watersheds by David M. White
Spring 2008: Mr. Boniface, The Wise, a one act play by KT Peterson Loom, a weave of dreams by Carolynne Wilcox 7:32, the first scene by KT Peterson Fortune Teller by Carolynne Wilcox The Play, a one act play by David J Glover Loser by David M. White Red Line by Mark Krawczyk Men of Good Fortune, an adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman #13 by Tracy Flanders Neither Thinking; Nor Feeling by David J. Glover Balau and the Top of the World, part one by KT Peterson Amenti by Pamela Gross /game/ by Carmela Lanza-Weil
David M. White – Founder and Faculty Artistic Director
Chloe Anderson - Managing Director
Eva Hiott, Managing Director 2011 - 2013
Cat Hagner, Managing Director 2009 - 2011
Department of Theatre Arts
Center for the Arts, Room 3037 (map)
Hours: Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.