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Las Sorpresas

by Marilynn Barner Anselmi

Lib and Otis have been married almost 15 years. In an attempt to help Otis learn more of his heritage, Lib has secretly sent in his DNA sample. The surprising results threaten to dismantle their lives. Written by Marilynn Barner Anselmi, Las Sorpresas is a searing examination of the power of identification.

After watching the performance, join us for a live “talk back” session with the playwright. This is your chance to meet the playwright and help us create an original play.

Tickets are “pay what you think it’s worth”. At the event you will be given a link to donate to SPL. If you would like to donate before the event, we will provide you with a link in the confirmation email when you register. See you at the show!

April 20, 2023

Washington Cracker Building

304 W. Pacific Ave

Doors open: 6:30

Curtain: 7:30

Chat back: Immediately following the show


Lib: Sarah Dahment

Otis: Shaune Gardner

Valentina: Marlee Andrews

Lisa: Karlin Kahler


Stage Manager: Jaz Vega

Literary Advisors: Scott Doughty

Technical Director: Scott Doughty

Director: Juan Mas

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About the Playwright

Marilynn Barner Anselmi

Marilynn’s plays and short films have been produced around the country (and a bit internationally) including: Pride Films and Plays, Chicago; Detroit Repertory Theatre; August Wilson Center, Pittsburg; American Bard Theatre, NYC; Tennessee Stage Theatre, Knoxville; SNAP Productions, Omaha. Honors include three-time O’Neill semi-finalist; Best Film for Matters Related to The Black Experience, Black International Film Festival, Berlin; Winner of Mark Gilbert Award, NC Playwrights; Winner of Fratti-Newman Political Play Contest, NYC.

What you can expect at the lab.

When you come to a Lab-Time workshop performance, you’re not an audience member. You are a fellow collaborator. The script we are presenting is still being worked on. We need your input to help the playwright develop this script into a play that can be performed at local and regional playhouses. You’re not just watching a play, you’re helping create it!

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