To Fall In Love
Patricia Neal Stage

To Fall In Love

May 15 - 25, 2024

After their marriage is splintered by tragedy, a couple comes together for one night in the hopes of finding something worth saving.

Starring Niki Fridh and Matt Stabile

“…a play… rich in depth and nuance, in emotional peaks and valleys, in tears and occasional laughter, in exposed viscera both psychological and literal.” BOCA MAGAZINE


Director: Louis Tyrrell
Writer: Jennifer Lane

To Fall In Love

About Theatre Lab
Established in 2015, Theatre Lab is the professional resident company of Florida Atlantic University. Housed on the Boca Raton campus in its intimate 99-seat Heckscher Stage theatre space, Theatre Lab’s mission to “inspire, develop, and produce new work, audiences, and artists” engages the South Florida community with world-class professional theatre performances, workshops, and conversations with leading playwrights and theatre artists. To date, Theatre Lab has presented 20 world, U.S., or regional premiere productions and nearly 100 developmental readings of new work.
The show was originally scheduled as part of the 2019-20 season. We held one preview performance on March 12, 2020 and then the theater closed the following day due to the pandemic. Eighteen months later, Theatre Lab was finally able to present the Southeastern Premiere opening on Nov 20 and closing on Dec 10, 2021. 
The 2021 Silver Palm Awards recognized the following work on this production:
Louis Tyrrell, Outstanding Direction
Nicole Perry, Outstanding Intimacy Direction
Niki Fridh, Outstanding Performance
Jennifer Lane (Playwright)
JENNIFER LANE is a California-based writer of plays, books, poems, and essays. Her work has appeared in such places as The Mothership, Aberrant Tales, The Dionysian, Women in Theatre Magazine, Sisyphus Quarterly, HowlRound, and The Bayou Magazine. A special edition collection of her poetry entitled The Word for When was published by Edizione INAUDITE in Italy and she has published several science fiction romance novels under a pseudonym that reached #1 in several categories on Amazon. (visit for full bio)
Louis Tyrrell (Director)
Louis Tyrrell has been pioneering theatre in Florida since 1974. Most recently, he has established and serves as Founding Director and Dorothy F. Schmidt Eminent Scholar in the Arts for Theatre Lab, the professional resident company of Florida Atlantic University. Dedicated to the play-making process through the development and production of new work in American theater, Theatre Lab is a laboratory for seasoned theater professionals to share their work with students, faculty, and the entire community. Programs include a Mainstage production series, a year-long play-reading series and new play festival, The Playwrights’ Forum, a master-class forum for America’s finest playwrights, and Future Pages, an innovative education outreach program.
In 1987, Lou founded Florida Stage, a LORT theatre in Palm Beach County. Dedicated exclusively to the development and production of new work in American theatre, Florida Stage was an important nurturing ground for some of the best new plays being written today. Under Lou’s guidance, the company produced more than 150 new works, many of which have enjoyed rich and rewarding production lives throughout the country. Florida Stage closed in 2011, with the completion of it's 24th Season.
As an actor and director, Lou has been recognized extensively. Awards include several acting and directing Carbonell Awards from the South Florida Critics’ Association, the Ubertalli Award for Artistic Excellence from the Palm Beach County Cultural Council, a Florida Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship, the Fallon Award for Excellence in Professional Theatre, the Florida Atlantic University Palm Beach County Cultural Leader Award, and the George Abbott Award for Outstanding Artistic Achievement.
Niki Fridh (Merryn Thomas)
Niki Fridh, hailing from South Florida, is an actor and arts educator and is delighted to be making her debut at Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse . Niki is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association and has received two Carbonell Awards (and six nominations), and is a four-time recipient of the Silver Palm Award. Niki has performed in theatres spanning the state of Florida and some of her memorable appearances include: August: Osage County, The Cancellation of Lauren Fein, Almost Maine, at Palm Beach Dramaworks; The Berlin Diaries, Most Wanted, The Revolutionists at Theatre Lab; The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and Trust at Zoetic Stage; Grounded and Vita & Virginia at Thinking Cap Theatre; White Rabbit Red Rabbit at Urbanite Theatre; Summer Shorts at City Theatre; Tracy Jones and Shorts Gone Wild 1, 2, and 3 at Island City Stage. She is so happy to be able to revisit this beautiful piece of theatre and is grateful to The Chemerows for their help in making it happen here in Martha’s Vineyard. A big thank you to the entire team here at MVP, to Lou for your constant love and trust, and to Matt for making our life the best production I know.
Matt Stabile (Wyatt Grimes)
Matt is a writer, director, actor, and educator who found his home in the Theatre at an early age. He proudly serves as Producing Artistic Director of Theatre Lab, the professional resident company at Florida Atlantic University, where he has directed multiple World, US, and Regional Premiere productions. Although most of his time is now spent directing and developing new plays at The Lab, Matt has performed with companies across South Florida for the better part of the past two decades, written and produced material for the stage and screen, and is a passionate advocate for arts and education. He is thrilled to be able to revisit this beautiful play and share it with the Martha’s Vineyard community. Special thanks to the Chemerows for their help in making this possible, to Lou for his endless trust, support, and guidance, and to Niki for being the perfect scene partner in this production called “Life”.
Nicole Perry (Intimacy Coordinator)
Nicole Perry is a Silver Palm award-winning intimacy director, as well as certified intimacy coordinator and a dance choreographer in South Florida. Career highlights include 2 Broward County Artist Investment Grants for KINesphere (site-inspired dance works), intimacy coordination for God Forbid on Hulu, and a Carbonell nomination for the intimacy direction of To Fall in Love at Theatre Lab.
Nicole is a Certified Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst. She holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts, with concentrations in Performance Creation and Decolonial Arts Praxis from Goddard College.
Nicole has taught Movement and Dance at Florida Atlantic University, Lynn University, and the University of Miami. She is a founding member of Intimacy Direction in Dance and Florida Intimacy Professionals. Nicole is a member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, the Dance Studies Association, the National Dance Education Organization, and the Association of Theatre Movement Educators. Insta and TikTok: @intimacychoreofl