LAB Series


New Work Staged Reading Series. Select Mondays @ 7p. Admission is Free!

laboratory (/ləˈbɒrətəri/ or /ˈlæbərətri/; informally, lab. 1: a place providing an opportunity for experimentation, observation, or practice in a field of study.

Artist-driven. Risk-taking. Boundary-pushing. New work. 


WSRep’s LAB Series is dedicated to showcasing new scripts and emerging playwrights, giving the audience an artist’s perspective of the play on the page and bringing audiences & theater artists together to share and discuss a wide range of exciting new work. Admission is FREE! Come for the reading and stay for our discussion afterward…tell us what you think! The LAB reading of today may become the MainStage production of tomorrow!

New scripts.  New voices.  New work.
Select Mondays @ 7pm
Free Admission!
Join LAB!

Interested in participating? If you’re a playwright, click here to learn more about submitting your work for consideration. WSRep LAB is always looking for new acting and directing talent. For more information, download our LAB Info Sheet.

Another Girl

by John Yearley
Aug 21 |2017 | @ 7:30pm

A comedic family drama.

Aidan, an almost-famous musician, returns to the home she hasn’t seen in over 20 years, to the sister she hasn’t spoken to for more than a decade, and to a mother on her deathbed.  You can go home again…you just may not want to. Learn more…

Special Event at a special time! Refreshments will be served! Stay after the reading to hear about our exciting new season! 


 2017-2018 LAB Season! 

The Degenerates

by Germaine Shames
Oct 16 | 2017  | @ 7pm

A historical thriller.

When Adolf Hitler declares war on Europe’s avant-garde, a jaded Paris art dealer and a high-minded Berlin art student play a deadly game of bait-and-switch to save the life of a condemned Jewish artist. Learn more…

Suffer A Witch

by Donna Latham
Nov 20 | 2017 | @ 7pm

A trial of good and evil.

Independent, tart-tongued, and unorthodox, herbalist-healer Grace sticks out like a witch’s teat in a God-fearing community. When the court orders a trial by water, Grace is dunked into the waters of Lynnhaven River. Will Grace sink or float? Is she innocent or guilty? Learn more…

Miss Expanding Universe

by Conor McShane
Feb 12| 2018 | @ 7pm

A comedic family drama.

Seventeen-year-old Amber runs away to Chicago with no job, no money, and no plans for what she’s going to do next.  She’s shown up at the apartment of her uncle David, a struggling writer and recovering alcoholic stuck in an unfulfilling job, upending his solitary existence.  Over the next few days, Amber and David engage in a battle of wills, as David tries to get Amber to take charge of her future, and open up about why she really ran away from home.  Along the way, these two self-defined misfits forge a deeper, unexpected connection. Learn more…


by Alex Rubin
June 4 | 2018 | @ 7pm  New Date!

A drama of friendship and healing.

In a quiet New Jersey beach town, four women are about to have a very unusual reunion. Kari, Rachel, Janet, and Joy are the 1988 graduates of Deena Boyd’s Home for Disturbed Young Women, a center for teenagers with eating disorders. Thirty years later, the women are back at the house to speak to the current residents about life in remission…but there is still one secret that unites them. Learn more…

The Excavation of Mary Anning

by Ian August
June 18 | 2018 | @ 7pm

A fanciful history of a truly remarkable woman.

19th-century fossil hunter Mary Anning moves to tear down a system desperate to keep her anonymous.

Learn more…


by Robin Brooks
July 30 | 2018 | @ 7pm

A fractured family drama

Artist Li seeks peace with her boyfriend in a secluded cabin in the woods, but a snowstorm and a trio of uninvited guests quickly strain their relationship, and the secrets pile as high as the snow drifts. Learn more…



Interested in participating? Download our LAB Info Sheet for more information! Or email us at

Lab series operates under the CAT Reading Code Side Letter for AEA actors.

(WSR is proud to offer free programing to our community…but let’s face it, nothing is free.  We need your support to keep the lights on and pay our actors.  Please consider making a donation. Thank you!)

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All LAB readings are FREE & open to the public!
Raue Center for the Arts | Lobby Gallery
@ 7pm