Florida is known for its sunshine and beaches. But new work has flourished here in recent years, especially in South Florida. The Theatre League in Miami sponsors their new play festival every summer (except, of course, this year); multiple theatres host readings throughout the year including Palm Beach Dramaworks, The Greenhouse at Florida International University, Main Street Players, New City Players, City Theatre, Miami New Drama and Theatre Lab.
But premiere productions are what playwrights strive for and there have been quite a few this year. The leader, in my mind, in producing new work is Theatre Lab, located on the campus of Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL. Created by Lou Tyrrell, the past artistic director of the very successful Florida Stage, it is now manned by Matt Stabile. Matt is a young and very forward-looking artistic director. Even in this difficult time, he has been producing new online work including monologues and short scenes and doing it to raise money for area artists (actors, stage managers, tech and support staff).
New work is thriving in Florida. Come on down!