TFT Theater Lab

The TFT Theater Lab, an experimental performance space, was launched in 2011 when distinguished playwright Eve Ensler (The Vagina Monologues), used the lab to workshop her newest play, O.P.C.: Obsessive Political Correctness, collaborating with student actors and assistants. The workshop production, directed by Ensler, was presented as a staged reading with installation elements in the Theater Lab space in Melnitz Hall. Since that time, five additional experimental performances have taken place there:

January 2014
DOUBLE FALSEHOOD

Undergraduate actors from the Department of Theater were featured in this wildly decadent 18th century play by Lewis Theobald, based on a play by William Shakespeare and John Fletcher in which an act of outrage against a young woman plagues a family. The piece was reportedly based on a last collaboration between Shakespeare and Fletcher. Directed by Adjunct Assistant Professor Paul Wagar.

November 2013
EXPLODING LEAR

King Lear stormed into the modern world with a visceral exploration of the great Shakespearean tragedy in this workshop performance starring Olivier-Award-winning actor Kathryn Hunter and directed by Helena Kaut-Howson. A long-time artistic team, Hunter and Kaut-Howson have led groundbreaking work at the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Globe and the Young Vic. The production also featured undergraduate actors from the Department of Theater and was made possible by the generous support of the Los Angeles Philanthropic Committee for the Arts.

May 2013
WINTERREISE

Directed and designed by MFA designer Emily MacDonald, this song cycle for voice and piano featured undergraduate actors from the Department of Theater. Music by Franz Schubert, Libretto by Wilhelm Müller.

February 2012
THE COUNTRY WIFE

In William Wycherley’s play, Margery seems like a naïve country girl, but she’s about to show everyone how fast she can master big city life. The production featured graduate actors from the Department of Theater. Directed by Adjunct Professor Paul Wagar.

January 2012
ANTWONE FISHER: A PLAY

Writer-director Antwone Fisher’s autobiographical play became the second workshop production to inhabit the Theater Lab space. The piece was a verbal and emotional parry between Fisher and Commander Williams, the Navy psychologist he was ordered to see after he was involved in a fight with a fellow sailor. Fisher was a visiting professor at TFT in Winter Quarter 2012.

ON STAGE MFA Department of Theater acting candidates Adrienne Hertler and Jeremiah O'Brian perform in Antwone Fisher: A Play