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Local Theater Company discovers and develops world-premiere plays, small-cast musicals and devised theater pieces through the Local Lab new play festival. Week-long workshops culminate in publicly-presented staged readings where you, the audience, participate in conversations that move the material toward full productions. Parties and workshops round out the festival programming and provide audiences the opportunity to casually engage with each other and the creative teams.

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APRIL 22-24, 2022
Location: Dairy Arts Center

You Enjoy Myself
Written by Topher Payne
Friday, April 22, 2022 | 7pm MT
Location: Boulder, CO

ABOUT You Enjoy Myself
Judith and Eileen met and eagerly fell in love- first with a band called Phish, and then with each other. But that was thirty years ago, before their lives took notably divergent paths. An Instagram post from a stranger leads the two of them crashing back into each other, along with four young wayward souls who passionately want to be passionate about something. Over the course of one curious night at a remote Vermont farmhouse, they’ll each explore the nature of devotion- to music, to literature, to other people- and learn the art of “including your own hey.”

ABOUT Topher Payne
Topher Payne has written than 20 works for the stage, including Evelyn in Purgatory, The Only Light in Reno, Angry Fags, and Morningside. He has somewhat improbably scripted five films for The Hallmark Channel, and is the author of a series of alternate endings to problematic children’s literature, most notably The Tree Who Set Healthy Boundaries and The Rainbow Fish Keeps His Scales. Topher was a 2016 Lambda Literary Award nominee for his play Perfect Arrangement, which premiered Off-Broadway in 2015. He was the 2018 inductee into the Georgia Theatre Hall of Fame. Topher makes his home in Atlanta with a very nice fella, two cats, and an opinionated three-legged dog.

Esther Omegba

The Lotus
Written by Esther Omegba
Saturday, April 23, 2022 | 2pm MT
Location: Boulder, CO

ABOUT The Lotus
A poor, young girl and her sister attempt to take on a global computer supervirus with the help of a charming young boy. However, unforeseen circumstances threaten to derail their relationships and thwart their one chance at creating a cure to the supervirus.

ABOUT Esther Omegba
Esther Omegba is a third-year Political Science and Theatre double major at the University of Colorado Boulder. She was born in Lagos, Nigeria, and moved with her family to the United States when she was four years old. Esther has always had a love for the arts and has been expressing it through different artistic mediums since she was a young child. Although The Lotus is her first official play, Esther has always had a passion for writing and has been creating short stories ever since she was eight years old. She wrote The Lotus as a final project for her Playwriting class at CU Boulder and at her professor’s encouragement, decided to submit the script to CU’s New Play Festival– where it was chosen as a finalist. As a result of the New Play Festival, Esther was contacted by representatives at Local Theatre to be part of Local Lab 2022.

Available to Season 11 Members in January, 2022
Available to non-members in February, 2022