WHAT Lab

WHAT Lab is a play development program for new works for the American theater. We provide a series of group residencies for visiting playwrights, actors and directors, each tailored to best fit the needs of individual projects. A limited number of Labs are offered each year between November and April.

A Talk Back with the cast and writer after a reading of Jim Gabriel’sWhat Love Is

The hallmark of the Lab is creative flexibility. Artists work intensively on a single project — a new play, performance piece, etc. Scripts can arrive at any stage of development. We provide the expertise of WHAT’s technical staff, rehearsal space, and the use of the Julie Harris Stage (if appropriate) for readings. Residency activities include table readings, scene work, multiple script revisions, feedback and one-on-one consultations with WHAT’s Executive Director. WHAT actors, directors and other personnel are available on an as-needed basis for projects. WHAT, considered the premiere performing arts facility on Cape Cod, includes the 200+ seat Julie Harris Stage, ample backstage and technical facilities, a rehearsal hall, and the WHAT for Kids Tent.

Participants can stay, if they wish, at WHAT’s comfortable, contemporary actor’s house. Each residency (generally 2 – 4 days) ends with a reading or performance open to the public, followed by a moderated talk-back session. Residencies also include opportunity for artistic rejuvenation and retreat in the surrounding Cape Cod National Seashore.
Project Vetting
 - Artists with projects would be asked to submit in writing to the Executive Director. jeffry@what.org No phone calls please.

Script or synopsis
List of participants and bios
List of needs including desired rehearsal schedule, days in residence
Possible private/public outcome:
Public reading
Reading for invited audience
Private reading

Most recently:

Qui’ Mo Chic
by Jahcobie Cosom
a WHAT Lab Free Reading
Sunday, December 8, at 2pm

Qui’ Mo Chic follows the paths of Xavier and Will, two LA based artists and lovers. Will has just been offered the dream of a lifetime: a one-man comedy show on one of the hottest stages in New York. But Xavier is experiencing shooting pains in the back of his neck. He’s losing his balance. One visit to the doctor confirms his worst fear: cancer. Is love more important than career? Can love save us from death? Jahcobie Cosom’s powerful and poignant drama explores the fragility of life, the role of love, and the desire for success, even in the looming shadows of death.

Last Year’s WHAT Lab:

Filming O’Keefe
by Eric Lane
directed by Dan Lombardo

Six Characters in Search of an Author
by Luigi Pirandello, adapted by Matt Foss
with Dan Lombardo

Faust in France
by Christopher Shorr
Director Caitlin Langstaff

Tenants to the Heart
by Dina Harris

Tales of a Lonely Recluse
by Jesse Tolbert