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March 2018

Heal the Divide on Campus – A ReACT Reading

March 28, 2018 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Elizabeth & Byron Anderson Sculpture Garden Ames, IA 50010 United States

The ReACT Gallery is hosting a performance in the Anderson Sculpture Garden in partnership with Focal Theatre Lab and ISU's MFA Program in Creative Writing and the Environment - a new initiative by @ProtestPlays titled Heal the Divide On Campus: An Opportunity for Inter-Collegiate Conversation Through Theatre. In their words, "Our hope is that by introducing short, brand new plays inspired by each playwright’s community, we can cultivate empathy and engage in inter-community conversations about social issues currently at play in our…

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April 2018

New Script Series – April 2018

April 21, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Ames Public Library, 515 Douglas Ave
Ames, IA 50010 United States
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Focal Theatre Lab is back for April's New Script Series! This month features SMOKE BREAK by Sarah Etheridge. In a small town, a group of rebellious, broken, and deeply connected young friends struggle with growing up, healing, and addiction. Join us for a reading of this new play and a talkback with Sarah afterwards. The event is free and open to the public. Find us in the PEO Room of Ames Public Library (up the stairs and to the left)…

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July 2018

New Script Series – July 2018

July 21, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Ames Public Library, 515 Douglas Ave
Ames, IA 50010 United States
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Readings of brand new plays by local playwrights. Focal Theatre Lab is back after a short summer hiatus for the July 2018 New Script Series! This month features A Chrysalis for Your Chaos Theory by Josh Oren. Warrant officers Daniel and Emily are tasked with visiting a government black site to check on an artifact that the United Nations has stored away for a decade. They soon find out it's not an object, but a person, Zacharius. And the more they…

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August 2018

Smoke Break & Fission

August 16, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Reliable Street, 4625 Reliable St
Ames, IA 50014 United States
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Join Focal Theatre Lab for a night of brand new theatre (a double-feature with a one act performance and a staged reading of scripts by two local playwrights!) at Reliable Street, a warehouse in Ames that has been transformed into an arts center by Ames community members. Smoke Break A play in one act, written by Sarah Etheridge, and directed by Mat Wymore. Sarah Etheridge's Smoke Break follows a group of high schoolers attempting to navigate the joys and fears…

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Smoke Break & Fission

August 17, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Reliable Street, 4625 Reliable St
Ames, IA 50014 United States
Poster for the combined event of Smoke Break and Fission

Join Focal Theatre Lab for a night of brand new theatre (a double-feature with a one act performance and a staged reading of scripts by two local playwrights!) at Reliable Street, a warehouse in Ames that has been transformed into an arts center by Ames community members. Smoke Break A play in one act, written by Sarah Etheridge, and directed by Mat Wymore. Sarah Etheridge's Smoke Break follows a group of high schoolers attempting to navigate the joys and fears…

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April 2019

New Script Series Musical Edition – MIRRORS

April 13, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
308 Carver Hall, 308 Carver Hall
Iowa State University, IA 50011 United States
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Focal Theatre Lab is featuring Olivia Griffith's brand new musical, MIRRORS, for our April 2019 New Script Series! In this new play, two sisters struggle with self-worth, ultimately succeeding or failing in learning to love themselves. Performances by Olivia Griffith, Sara Kottra, Jonah Miller, Keaton Lane, Joi Wright, and Jim Tener. Join us for a reading of this new musical and a talkback with Olivia to follow. The event is free and open to the public. Find us in 308…

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June 2019

Code Red: Faith – May/June New Script Series

June 1, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Ames Public Library, 515 Douglas Ave
Ames, IA 50010 United States

Focal Theatre Lab and The Eco Theatre Lab are partnering to produce FTL's May/June New Script Series. This edition will feature Code Red: Faith, a staged reading of plays in response to gun violence in places of worship. Join us in the Farwell T. Brown Auditorium on the first level of Ames Public Library. Doors open at 1:45 p.m. The readings are free and open to the public. About Code Red: Faith In February 2018, in the wake of our…

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July 2019

New Script Series – July 2019

July 13, 2019 @ 2:00 pm
Ames Public Library, 515 Douglas Ave
Ames, IA 50010 United States

Focal Theatre Lab is featuring THREE brand new plays by local playwrights for our March 2019 New Script Series! Olivia Ann Griffith's SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS is a lighthearted take on grief, highlighting a mother and son's struggle to deal with the misguided sympathies of outlandish funeral guests. Sam Rude's DREAM OR ILLUSION? is an introspective look at high school and relationships in the technological age, starring a generation thrust into a spiraling pool that “it’s complicated” can’t even start…

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June 2021

Submission Period: Beyond Hope

June 11 @ 8:00 am - July 9 @ 11:59 pm

After taking a break during the pandemic, Focal Theatre Lab will be returning this fall with an exciting new project called Beyond Hope.  This event, produced in conjunction with International Overdose Awareness Day, will feature a collection of short performance pieces designed to bring awareness regarding overdose, remember those who have died, and acknowledge the grief of friends and family left behind. The pieces will be performed in Des Moines and Ames during the last week of August. We are currently seeking submissions…

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August 2021

Beyond Hope

August 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Des Moines Riverwalk Hub, 215 Water St
Des Moines, IA 50309 United States
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Free

In conjunction with International Overdose Awareness Day, Beyond Hope is a one night theater event surrounding the themes of addiction, loss, overdose, grief, and hope.

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