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24-Hour Screenwriting Project is coming to The Laboratory Theater on October 22nd.

FORT MYERS, FL (September 9,  2022) – The Lab’s 24-Hour Playwriting Project is back on stage for one night only – October 22, at 8 pm- the first time since the pandemic.

Listed as a southwest Florida Bucket List event, this perennial favorite is always a fun event. The premise is simple – bring four playwrights into the theater at 8 pm Friday, give them this year’s rules and restrictions, and then leave them to write furiously overnight. Early the next morning, the playwrights meet for a quick read, then some quick rewrites before they meet with their directors, who arrive onsite at 10 am. The actors arrive at noon and have the afternoon to work with the director to block their play and learn their lines. Each team has an hour onstage to finalize their play, and everyone breaks for a quick dinner before performing these new plays live onstage.

The playwright’s rules and restrictions are a closely guarded secret. The Lab is breaking tradition this year and announcing the theme in advance – Jazz Era Cabaret. In addition to this overarching theme, the writers must include a series of items, costume pieces, sounds, specific lines, and a handicap. Everything happens while locked in a 100-year-old building that might be haunted.

This exciting event sells out every year. In addition to the fun and mayhem onstage, the playwrights vie for the coveted “Critic’s Choice” and “People’s Choice” awards. The event judges determine the Critic’s Choice winner, and the audience decides the winner of the People’s Choice. These awards come with exclusive bragging rights for an entire season. Stacy Lee-Williams graciously sponsors this event.

Join us for a night of zany hilarity on Saturday,  October 22nd, at 8 pm. Tickets are $20 each and available online at or by calling 239.218.0481


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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