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New Horizons: Original Works Festival

Published April 14, 2015


A must-see event each season, New Horizons connects the directors, actors, and audience in a unique experience of creation and discovery.  Choose which works to attend or, with the All Access Pass, attend the entire festival.  Join in the discovery, and lend your voice to the creation of new American theatre.

Recommended age:

18+ Contains mature humor, themes and language that may be inappropriate for audiences under the age of 18.


The Lab Theatre, on the corner of Copeland and St.Augustine.

Show Times:

April 16 – 18, 2015 at 8:00 PM

Ticket Pricing:

Adult Ticket:  $10.00
Student Ticket:  $5.00

For more information, call 850-644-6500 or go to

Directed by Carrie Colton

That you are here – that life exists and identity,
That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.
-Walt Whitman, “O Me! O Life!”

Inspired by Handel’s Messiah, “Requiem” explores the concept of existence, eternity, and where we fit into it. This group of actors explores the edges of time and what it means to exist in the universe beyond one lifetime in a physical form. They invite us to consider, when we no longer exist in our senses, where will out existence go? What came before the beginning, and what comes after the end? Does “being” ever really end, or does it just change?

In a dialogue between audience and art that is both spiritual and secular in tone, the cast will pull and push you through the process of considering how we may define “self” and being” in this brief and fleeting life.

“The Oak Tree and the Cypress”
Directed by Jenna Tamisiea

“When love beckons to you follow him,
Though his ways are hard and steep.
Even as he ascends to your height and caresses your tenderest branches
that quiver in the sun,
so shall he descend to your roots and shake them in their clinging to the earth.”
— Kahlil Gabril, “The Prophet”

“The Oak Tree and the Cypress” explores the ins and outs of one of the most potent human experiences: Love. Based on Kahlil Gibran’s “The Prophet,” as well as assorted poetry from Pablo Neruda and Emily Dickinson, the cast takes on the complex experience of love and connection, including the fears and insecurities of commitment and the effects of our world on our relationships. Can love transcend the grit and grime of everyday existence?

“Encountering One An/Other”
Directed by Aaron Ellis

This unique and personal piece began as an encounter between people. This interaction inspired a performance-driven exploration of the nature of such encounters and the humanity we bring to them. The cast used themselves and their own stories as an engagement point, and devised the piece you are seeing today around the questions and discoveries uncovered during the process. Ellis describes the nature of the work as, “…deeply personal but also communal, in that we are exploring issues like intimacy, relationships, commitment, personal struggle, and togetherness, all in the communal setting of the theatre.”

“The 10 Things We Learned from the Beat Boy Toy”
Directed by Jiana Estes

The cast of “The 10 Things We Learned from the Beat Boy Toy” created this work in response to American beat poet Allen Ginsberg’s “America.” Controversial in its time and still relevant today, this piece led the cast to explore his larger body of work. Through exploration of his views on political and social issues of the 1950’s and 60’s, the cast expands upon those sentiments and considers how we view those issues today.

Described as “Slow. Still. Quiet.” in tone, “The 10 Things We Learned from the Beat Boy Toy” takes the audience on an image-based journey, utilizing a unique sensory environment to work vertically and explore deeper from within the box.