New Play So Long Life:
A family’s struggle to come together.
TAMPA — June 18, 2018 So Long Life, a new play by Owen Robertson, will be staged at Tampa’s Silver Meteor Gallery from July 6 to July 22 produced solely by Lab Theater Company. Performance times are 8 PM on Friday and Saturday with Sunday matinee performances at 2 PM matinee performances on Saturday and Sundays. The Silver Meteor Gallery is located at 2213 East 6th Avenue, Ybor City. Parking is available in nearby lots and on 5 th Avenue. Tickets may be purchased online at https://www.artful.ly/labtheaterproject/store/events/15493 or emailing email@example.com.
So Long Life follows Ned Masters, an aging actor trapped by Alzheimer’s and suffering delusions. He lives in an old theater bar with his daughter Maggie, who provides full-time care for him. They get help from lifetime friends Sam and Mary, also old theater vets. When a stranger comes into the bar on the anniversary of Ned’s wife’s death, Ned fights against his ailment to speak the words tripping on the tongue one last time. Secrets are revealed, loyalties are tested, and ultimately family is found, and all show us how to overcome the hardships that this mortal coil can impose upon us.
This final show of the season marks Director Caroline Jett’s third show with Lab. She directed last season’s finale, Plaid Skirts, and then starred in the season opener as the lovable Trudy in 5300 Bluebird Lane. This show also represents a milestone for her at Lab as she will be stepping into the role of Artistic Director with Lab as of July 1, 2018.
A season dedicated to exploring “as we age,” Mrs. Jett explained her desire to direct So Long Life. “When I first read the play, I knew right away that I wanted to direct it. There are several themes found in this play that I wanted to explore.”
“Communication and connection,” she continued “what we hide, how we express ourselves to those around us and do we really listen to what someone else is trying to say to us?” With the play’s strong themes about family, Mrs. Jett felt that she wanted to explore “Family: how it is defined, whether by blood or by choice. Forgiveness and redemption: that in
forgiving another do we give another person peace but find our own peace.”
Jett concluded, “these themes are universal, and all of us have experienced issues with each of them. That’s what made me want to explore this play, and why I hope that each audience member will walk away from the show a little more open and connected to those they call family; meeting them where they are, and open to the idea of letting go of the past.”
Tampa based, Lab Theater Project is a company focused on two fronts: the development of new works and the education of theater artists, both new and experienced. Lab’s devotion to new works and giving opportunity to traditionally under-served and undiscovered artists continues the pursuit of its mandate “to continually grow as artists.”
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Online Tickets are $15.00 or can be purchased at the door via cash or credit card. There is a $0.50 service fee for Credit Card purchases at the door.
For reservations call 813-586-4272 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday and Saturday performances are at 8:00 pm with the doors opening at 7:30 pm. Sunday matinee performances are at 2:00 pm with the doors opening at 1:30 pm. There is general seating.
PRESS INQUIRIES ONLY: Caroline Jett, Director, 813-404-5384