ABET - All Beaches Experimental Theatre

All Beaches Experimental Theatre, also known as ABET, is a not-for-profit theatre located in the Jacksonville, Florida area. ABET is registered with the State of Florida as a tax-exempt charitable organization and is committed to bringing the excitement of live theatre to diverse audiences through an emphasis on new and original plays, neglected... read all

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Bat Boy
August 2024
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Broadway Bash
September 2024
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Four Old Broads
November 2024
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Grease
January 2025
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Misery
April 2025
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She Loves Me
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The Spitfire Grill
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Past Productions

The Other Place
June 2024
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Phantom
March 2024
Grace Darling Studio Theatre
Disenchanted!
January 2024
Grace Darling Studio Theatre
Matuza Mainstage
Escape to Margaritaville
November 2023
John McManus Mainstage Theatre
Alabama Story
September 2023
Grace Darling Studio Theatre
Murder Ballad
August 2023
Grace Darling Studio Theatre
Burn This
June 2023
Grace Darling Studio Theatre
Bonnie & Clyde
March 2022
Radio Golf
January 2020
Violet
2019
Social Security
January 2005
Adele Grage Cultural Center

About ABET - All Beaches Experimental Theatre

All Beaches Experimental Theatre, also known as ABET, is a not-for-profit theatre located in the Jacksonville, Florida area. ABET is registered with the State of Florida as a tax-exempt charitable organization and is committed to bringing the excitement of live theatre to diverse audiences through an emphasis on new and original plays, neglected classics, and developing new talent.

ABET strives for diversity in all aspects of their productions, with many roles being race and gender-neutral. The theatre invites everyone to get involved by volunteering, buying a subscription, making a donation, auditioning for a play, or taking a drama workshop for adults or children.

ABET’s reputation for high-quality productions began with its founding by Carson Merry Baillie and three of her drama workshop graduates in 1992 as Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre. Baillie skillfully guided the theatre’s growth during the first 13 years, establishing a reputation for producing original scripts, challenging plays, and high-quality musicals.

Barbara Evans served as Managing Artistic Director for the next two years, continuing the theatre’s fine tradition. Celia Frank took over as Managing Artistic Director in 2007 and retired on June 1, 2021. Lee Hamby assumed the role of Managing Artistic Director in August 2021 and arranged for ABET to utilize The Foundation Academy theatre facility for the 2021/2022 season.

ABET has received generous grants and support from various organizations, including the City of Jacksonville, Community Foundation in Jacksonville, Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, Tom and Jean Nehl Fund of The Community Foundation in Jacksonville, and The Robin Shepherd Group, among others.

In the spring of 2018, ABET moved from Atlantic Beach to Neptune Beach and changed its full name to All Beaches Experimental Theatre. However, in June 2021, ABET lost its home in Neptune Beach due to the renovation of the shopping center. Nonetheless, ABET continues to thrive and provide high-quality theatre to diverse audiences in the Jacksonville area.

Reviews

Dangerous Love: 'Murder Ballad' Takes Center Stage at ABET | JaxPlays Reviews

Murder Ballad, staged by ABET - All Beaches Experimental Theatre, delves into the tangled web of a love triangle between Sara, her husband Michael, and her old flame, Tom. Sara’s journey from reckless youth to the security of married life, and then back to the excitement of rekindled romance, leads to the unraveling of personal boundaries and morals. As the story unfolds, Tom’s relentless pursuit of Sara, coupled with her confusion of love and obsession, leads them into a dangerous dance filled with passion, betrayal, and ultimately, murder. read more