Mark your calendars! We've got four weeks of unique events that celebrate the art of theater-making. From classes to readings to conversations with playwrights, it's an inspiring and thought-provoking series.  All iambic lab events are pay-what-you-can and space is limited. Reserve today!

harold cherry as bottom in the Lillian Booth actors home A Midsummer Night's Dream

harold cherry as bottom in the Lillian Booth actors home A Midsummer Night's Dream

February 18
Screening: Still Dreaming
7:30 pm

STILL DREAMING is the multi-award winning, uproarious film about the powers of creativity, and how engaging in art-making can deeply enrich our lives at any age.

At The Lillian Booth Actors Home just outside New York City, a group of long-retired Broadway entertainers dive into a production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and find that nothing is what it seems to be. With a play that is usually about young love and sex farce, this ensemble finds that for them, the themes of perception, reality and dreaming deeply resonate.

This wistful, honest, and frequently hilarious documentary follows the rehearsals as opening night approaches. Tempers flare, health concerns abound, and disaster seems imminent. But as these former entertainers forge ahead, they realize that creativity is a magical force of renewal. Learn more and watch the trailer.

February 25
The Snow Geese: Preview
6:30 pm

Learn more about our upcoming West Coast premiere of Sharr White's extraordinary play. In an informal atmosphere with drinks and light snacks, we'll preview scenes, you'll meet the cast and the artistic team, see the design, and have the opportunity to ask questions. Space is limited, so reserve now!


Previous iambic lab events

January 28
The Pretenders
7:30 pm
By Henrik Ibsen, in a new version by Charles Edward Pogue
Directed by Joseph Culliton

The Pretenders was Henrik Ibsen's first success (legendary theater critic Kenneth Tynan called it "his first great play") Shakespearean in scope, this historical chronicle about the quest for the throne in medieval Norway has rarely been performed in English. Award-winning playwright Charles Edward Pogue has adapted Ibsen's epic into a swift-paced version that captures both the poetic imagination and psychological intensity of the original. The Pretenders explores the nature of power and personal ambition, the obligation of leadership, and the search for national unity.

February 4
Speak the Speech (and Sip Cocktails) with David Melville
7:00 pm

In a convivial atmosphere, ISC co-founder David Melville takes you though the history of English verse speaking, Chaucer through Shakespeare. It's a fascinating evening full of anecdotes and acting. And did we mention cocktails?

February 5
Open Studio: Shakespearean scene study
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Explore Shakespearean acting in the ISC style! Artistic Director Melissa Chalsma, assisted by actors from the company, will lead you through a series of exercises on specific scenes. This is open to all experience levels, and space is very limited.

February 11
Works in progress: "Bobo" and "Letters From My Father"
7:30 pm

ISC company members Kalean Ung and Faqir Hassan share with you their works in progress. They will be reading from their works and sharing their source material and inspiration. You'll have the opportunity to ask them questions (and they may have a question or two for you!) It's an extraordinary preview into their highly personal solo plays. It's part of our commitment to supporting artistic growth, and fostering deeper relationships between artists and audience members.

Faqir Hassan says: "This piece is a part of a my life long journey to understand my family history. Outside of names, birth and death dates, my family history is largely oral. Growing up, and to this day, I often find myself asking my family to repeat stories that I have heard many times. This is partly because I love to hear the stories, but mostly because I have bad retention. I started writing this story to make notes for myself. I knew if ever I was asked about the family history I would get it wrong. So I jotted it down. Once they were in text I realized that I was, in some way, hoarding these memories for a place and time that may never come. I believe history, like theater, requires an audience. I am excited to tell a story that largely has not been heard."

 

Kalean Ung says: I will be presenting pieces from my solo-show centered around my father's story as a Cambodian-American immigrant, my own story as a first generation bi-racial American, and stories of family members during Khmer Rouge. As a collaboration with my father, composer Chinary Ung, I will also be performing a song he wrote for the show, sharing letters sent to him from many of my family members stuck in refugee camps and seeking help from my father in U.S., as well discussing the process in writing and developing my work."