Topics: Lab! Theatre

Lab! Theatre is a student-run theater company at the University of North Carolina. It is the oldest student theatre group at UNC. The group was founded in 1982 as a way to provide undergraduates with more performance opportunities. Lab! performs only free shows and they put on up to 12 shows a year. Students participate in all aspects of the theater, including acting, directing, designing and promoting.

The group performs in Kenan Theatre, Historic Playmakers Theatre and an extension of the Paul Green Theatre in the Center for Dramatic Arts building, and has a series of smaller performances as part of a Lab!ratory program. The Lab!ratory program is meant as a forum for more experimental theater. Lab! gained its name from its early practice space in the basement of Graham Memorial.

The group receives support from the Center for Dramatic Art and is overseen by three elected student producers and an appointed Lab! Board.

LAB! Theatre puts on a 24-hour festival

David Fine and Kelsey Sutton

 Artists must suffer for their work, but not all artists suffer the same. LAB! Theatre will be performing their 24-hour play festival this Friday and Saturday. 

'How I Spent My Saturday' combines visual and performing arts

Very few people can say they’ve sung next to Pablo Picasso’s artwork. Students in LAB! Theatre’s “How I Spent My Saturday” will become a part of those lucky few when they perform the show in the Ackland Art Museum this weekend.

Student theater gears up for fall seasons

Student theater participants and enthusiasts alike will have plenty to keep them busy this semester. LAB! Theatre, Company Carolina and Pauper Players all have released their fall lineups, and are currently preparing for auditions.

UNC, Duke theatre companies team up for "Me Too Monologues"


UNC theater groups Kenan Theatre Company and LAB! Theatre are developing a production revolving around the nature of identity in conjunction with Duke University.

Modern Shakespeare holds ‘30 Plays in 60 Minutes’ auditions


The approach to the ongoing auditions for the Modern Shakespeare Society’s “30 Plays in 60 Minutes” is as unique as the performances themselves will be.

Student actors will pack 30 plays into holiday-themed show


Thirty plays; 60 minutes. Do the math, and that means about two minutes per show.

LAB! Theatre announces experimental season

LAB! Theatre announced its 2014 fall season which aims to capture their love of experimental and off-the-wall theatre.

LAB! Theatre performance features pirates, Canadians and Billy Joel


Billy Joel’s music has the power to unite many different people — including pirates and Canadians.

LAB! Theatre's next show "Tender Napalm" to be held at Linda's Downbar


Instead of performing at the usual Center for Dramatic Art, LAB! Theatre’s next show, “Tender Napalm,” will be held at Linda’s Downbar on Franklin Street.

Andrew Crabtree led a life full of character


Andrew Crabtree, a UNC sophomore, died Saturday after a two-and-a-half-year battle with synovial sarcoma, a rare form of cancer. He was 19.

Coker Arboretum becomes a stage for Shakespeare play


Coker Arboretum has been transformed for LAB! Theatre’s performance of William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” which premieres tonight.

Audience chooses ‘30 Plays in 60 Minutes’


Audience choice is the driving force behind LAB! Theatre’s production “Who Ate My Sandwich? 30 Plays in 60 Minutes.”

'July House' and 'Baby Blue' address ignored problems


Two student-written plays are attempting to tackle dark themes that will awake audiences to common, but often ignored, problems.

LAB!, Company Carolina and Pauper Players expand breadth despite space issues

Company Carolina and Pauper Players have both faced performance space issues this year. But that hasn’t stopped both groups and LAB! Theatre from expanding the breadth of their performances.

LAB! production questions mortality


Thick, gray curtains frame a studio classroom, setting a somber mood. But the play that will take place in that room will be comic.

LAB! puts on its first bilingual production


LAB! Theatre is pushing boundaries with its newest production. But the characters in the show are trapped.

LAB! play 'Jon' a story of ‘personal change’


The ultimate choice of personal happiness over the happiness of those you love is a main focus of The LAB! Theatre production of “Jon.”

Student theater groups in need of venues


An ethereal organ score accompanies Father Brendan Flynn as he walks down the aisle toward the stage, whispering greetings to empty seats.

LAB! Theatre transforms ancient myth of Eurydice


In “Eurydice,” Orpheus travels through hell and back for his bride. LAB! Theatre is putting a quirky spin on the ancient myth, transforming it into a tale of the power of love and memory.

LAB!’s ‘Alice’ dazzles, overwhelms

LAB! Theatre’s production of “Alice: A devised Alice in Wonderland project” certainly is mad, almost dizzyingly so.