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Misery opens October 20th at The Lab

FORT MYERS, FL (September 11, 2023)  Misery, by William Goldman, based on the novel by Stephen King, opens October 20th at The Laboratory Theater of Florida.

From the creator of The Shining and It comes a twisted story about meeting your heroes. Paul Sheldon, famous author of the Misery romance series, gets into a terrible accident in the middle of nowhere. He wakes up being nursed to health by his “number one fan,” Annie. However, when she reads his new manuscript, she’ll do anything to get him to rewrite it.. even if it means keeping him there forever.

“Misery is shrewd and gripping. – Time

Director Nykkie Rizley notes, “I have been attracted to the macabre for a very long time. Disturbed souls, dark woods, cliff-hangers, plot and psychological twists – I am a horrorphile. So, it is no wonder that no one seemed surprised that I would be directing Misery. It has been one of my dreams since before we started The Laboratory Theater of Florida. While Stephen King is well known for supernatural fiction, Misery is unique in that there are no scary monsters. No clowns hiding in a sewer. No girl with telekinesis. No mysterious cemetery, or rabid dogs, or evil cars…. There’s just Annie Wilkes. Sweet, unassuming, book-loving Annie Wilkes. The terror is palpable because we know her. She doesn’t need superpowers to reign over her captive… a syringe will do just fine.”

Producing Artistic Director Annette Trossbach adds, “The tension between Annie and Paul, the love and fear of their relationship, is the center of this story. When Annie leaves the house, Paul explores, learning more about his captor, and the set turns with him, highlighting yet another outstanding set design by Gabrielle Lansden and Jonathan Johnson. I’m thrilled that we are presenting the SWFL premiere of this exciting show, one of five premieres this season!”

Directed by Nykkie Rizley, Misery features Ryan Adair (Paul Sheldon), Lauren Miller (Annie Wilkes), and Scott Carpenter (Buster). Stage management by Daniel Sabiston, set design by Jonathan Johnson and Gabrielle Lansden. Costumes by Alena Stevenson.

Performance dates:

October 20,  21, 26, 27, 28 at 7:30 PM 

October 22, 29  24 at 2 PM

November 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 at 7:30 PM

November 5, 12 at 2 PM

Special Events: 

October 18, 19 at 7:30 PM       Half-price preview nights

October 21      at 7:30 PM       Teens get a free ticket to the performance (reservations required)

November 9    at 7:30 PM       Sensory-friendly performance

This show is rated PG13 (adult language and situations, blood)

Misery is generously sponsored by The Bireley Family Foundation.


Tickets are $35 each or $10 for students with valid IDs. There are half-priced previews on October 18th and 19th, and a new Thursday night special ticket price of $27 each for adults. For tickets, please call the box office at 239.218.0481 or online at



Photography and videography of this production are strictly prohibited.

Thank you for your cooperation and support of The Laboratory Theater of Florida.



The Laboratory Theater of Florida, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is dedicated to the promotion of the performing arts, through live performance, education, community outreach, experimentation, and the development of ensemble work. The company features ensemble productions, produces classic works, takes artistic risks, which both feature and challenge local performers. For more information visit or the physical location at 1634 Woodford Avenue, in the Fort Myers River District.

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Paul (Ryan Adair) types a new manuscript under Annie’s (Lauren Miller) watchful eye

Annie (Lauren Miller) is ecstatic with the new Paul Sheldon book

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