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Virginia Players Lab Series

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Spring 2024 Lab Series Production:


Passage, directed by fourth-year student Angel Lin, presents three playwrights’ perspectives on inter-women and inner-women relationships. Each piece is an exhibition of the human experience as it is understood through the lens of womanhood. 

Opening the show, the audience is greeted with the kindness of strangers in Mary Hall’s The Waiting Room where Violet, a young woman facing the uncertain future of an unplanned pregnancy, finds comfort in a new friend, Lily. The show continues by exploring the intersection of grief and identity in Megan Wenig’s Lizzy, Is That You, where Eliza finds herself confronted by her younger self, Lizzy, in light of her grandmother’s passing. In Angel Lin’s Delayed Departure, the show continues to consider the nature of grief, loss, and moving forward. This production is also an experiment in expressionism. Reality devolves bit by bit, shifting from Hall’s realism to Wenig’s dreamlike state and stranding us in Lin’s surrealism.

Passage will run Friday, April 12th at 8pm & Saturday, April 13th at 2pm in the Helms Theatre.

Virginia Players Lab Series is free and open to the public.

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The Lab Series Program is presented by the UVA Department of Drama and the Virginia Players. Through Lab Series, we are interested in providing a vehicle for students to produce and direct their own theatrical work, mentored by the Virginia Players Executive Board and Drama Department faculty. By being selected to participate in Lab Series, directors/playwrights will receive up to $200 to launch their proposed project in the a Drama Department facility, often the Helms Theatre, a flexible blackbox performance space. With our resources and guidance, we aspire to give opportunities and experience to students interested in learning more about theatrical production, as well as help them bring their vision into reality on the stage.