LAB! Theatre Company will showcase “Fear of Buildings,” a free virtual production, from Oct. 23-25.
"Fear of Buildings" is a comedy about two characters who run into each other on the street. There is an omniscient presence commenting on what they talk about, who they eventually meet.
Sam Bible-Sullivan, the playwright and a UNC senior majoring in communication studies, said the play started out as a 10-minute piece. After taking it to a theater conference, he was recommended to turn it into a full-length play.
The play is about the absurdism of life and the systems people unknowingly buy into. Anish Pinnamaraju, the director of the play and executive director of LAB! Theatre, said it questions the larger purpose of things, involving many arguments, roundabout humor and wordplay.
“Not only did we love the script, we loved the potential it could be and the places we could explore with it because it’s a really wacky, insane script,” Pinnamaraju said.
Pinnamaraju said he hopes to bring a moment of levity to people in the audience who are struggling and could use a laugh.
“Since the world is so crazy right now, it’s super easy to transpose the lessons we learn in this play to real life,” Pinnamaraju said.
The play was originally supposed to be performed in spring 2020 but was canceled when in-person events were shut down.
“It will be a different form than what theaters have been done in for a long time now,” Bible-Sullivan said. “Theaters are kind of having to adapt and figure out how to exist in these different virtual forms.”