The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute
In collaboration with NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Undergraduate Drama Program
and the Clifford Odets Ensemble Play Commission
By Lila Feinberg
Directed by GT Upchurch
with Guillermo Arribas, Davis Cannada, Victor Cervantes,
Addie Doyle,Josh Greenwald, Annalee Hurst, Hanna Lee,
Jessica Sharples, Olivia Songer, Noam Tomaschoff, Michael Turner
DECEMBER 5th-8th | 7:30PM
Tickets $10 | Students/Alumni $5
ABOUT THE SHOW
Meet neuropsychiatrist Dr. Stone, leading expert on the science of love. When three young couples embark on a retreat to his world-renowned physiology lab, the fracture lines in each relationship slowly oxidize with every test. LOVE LAB, a new dark comedy by Lila Feinberg, explores the desperate measures we take to choose our life partner, in an age when everlasting love is an unpromising statistic.
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
Lila Feinberg received an MFA in Dramatic Writing from Columbia University in May. Her thesis play Vertebrae won the Araca Group’s 2012 National Graduate Playwriting Award and had a workshop production at New York Theatre Workshop and a reading at Ars Nova. Last summer, her commissioned play Night Float was paired with The Catherine Wheel by Craig Lucas for its premiere at Playwrights Horizon. An excerpt from her commissioned play Perched (Cherry Lane studio) was published in the anthology What We Brought Back.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
The commission will be directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch, whose credits include Harper Reagan (Atlantic Theatre Company) and Blue Bird (Atlantic Theatre Company). Upchurch also served as associate director to Sam Mendes on Richard III starring Kevin Spacey, and The Bridge Project. She has developed new work at New Dramatists, The Kennedy Center, LCT’s Directors’ Lab, and The Playwrights’ Center.
ABOUT THE COMMISSION
The Clifford Odets Ensemble Play Commission seeks to expand on the lineage of the Group Theatre, the great work of director and pioneer in actor training Lee Strasberg, and playwright Clifford Odets whose plays for this storied ensemble transformed the American Theatre. Through the commission, The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute and The Lee Strasberg Creative Center seeks to partner talented emerging playwrights, directors and Method trained actors and encourage the synergy of great acting with the development of new works. This commission will provide an incubating space for the development of true ensemble plays in New York City, and develop the next generation of collaborating artists. The Commission thanks the Clifford Odets Estate and Walt Odets for their generous consent to this partnership.