Auditions for “Next Fall” at Outré

The Outré Theatre Company is pleased to announce non-Equity auditions for its spring production, Next Fall by Gregory Nauffts. Next Fall will run March 8 – 31, 2019, at the Pompano Beach Cultural Center.

Auditions are by appointment only. Auditions will be held Monday, January 7, 2019, from 6 pm until 10 pm, at Bailey Contemporary Arts. Callbacks will be held the following Monday, January 14, at the same time and location.

To request an audition, please email auditions@outretheatrecompany.com with an electronic copy of a current headshot and resume, what role(s) you would like to audition for, and your preferred audition times. Actors who are given audition slots will be emailed sides to prepare. There is no need to prepare monologues.

Below is a character breakdown. Please email auditions@outretheatrecompany.com with any questions.

Luke: 20s-early 30s, Caucasian, male-presenting. An actor, originally from Tallahassee but now living in New York. Gay and a born-again Christian, he struggles to make sense of this apparent contradiction.

Adam: 30s-early 40s, Caucasian, male-presenting. Luke’s boyfriend, a native New Yorker and an atheist. Highly intelligent and a bit neurotic.

Holly: late 20s-early 40s, any ethnicity, female-presenting. Adam’s close friend and confidante, and a self-described “fag hag.”

Brandon: 20s-early 30s, any ethnicity, male-presenting. An old friend of Luke’s, a straightlaced gay man who refuses to accept that Luke is in love.

Butch: 50s-60s, Caucasian, male-presenting. Luke’s father. A fundamentalist Florida cracker, with all the baggage that entails, who loves his son deeply. Divorced from Arlene.

Arlene: 50s-60s, Caucasian, female-presenting. Luke’s mother. An eccentric Southern woman who had a wild youth.

#GivingTuesday Is On November 27!

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving, fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.

Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

This is the first year that the Outré Theatre Company will be participating in this global giving movement. On Tuesday, November 27, 2018, Outré hopes to raise $10,000 to nourish and nurture our mission to create visceral, thought-provoking, engaging, inspiring theatre.

 

And we’d love to have your help.

 

Your gift to this campaign will help us to continue to create the kind of theatre you’ve come to expect from the Outré Theatre Company, with productions like Hedwig and the Angry Inch, The Christians, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, The Normal Heart, and An Iliad. We know you believe and support our mission to #MakeArtNotFluff, because we’ve seen your faces at our performances, and we’ve been humbled by your words and emails of support. And we want to continue giving you this kind of theatre, that speaks to the soul and to the mind.

 

Engage. Provoke. Inspire. Create.

Click here to be a part of #GivingTuesday 2018.

 

Outré Presents “The Christians” by Lucas Hnath

#ClosetheDistance

The Christians, by Lucas Hnath
October 19 – November 11, 2018
Reception / Media Night: October 20, 2018
Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 2 pm
Tickets: $39 adults, $19 students and industry
Tickets available at www.ccpompano.org or by calling (954) 545-7800
#WhatDoYouBelieve

You don’t need to be a believer to find the award-winning play The Christians compelling, unsettling yet necessary. There’s this heartbreaking distance between the characters that tugs at the soul. And one of the most wrenching questions that the play forces us to contemplate is, “What should we do when those we love believe in something we strongly oppose?”

“This play, while set in a Protestant Christian church, creates a dialogue that transcends religion, and is incredibly poignant at this time in our nation,” said Skye Whitcomb, Outré’s Artistic Director and the director of the production. 

“The thing that strikes me most about The Christians is that for all the struggle that the characters go through, there is no ‘bad guy.’ Every one of these characters is coming from a place of personal truth, of belief, and they struggle with reconciling the differences in their beliefs. There’s this heartbreaking distance between them that tugs at the soul. 

And one of the most wrenching questions that the play forces us to contemplate is what we should do when those we love believe something that is not only different from what we believe, but believe something that we feel is actually dangerous.”

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Winner of the 2016 Outer Critics Circle Award, The Christians is a complex, multi-layered exploration of faith, belief and the seemingly insurmountable distance that separates us.

“Softly mesmerizing…the conflict is explored with a refreshing lack of condescension… the first important new play of the young fall season” – New York Times

“An earnest exploration of what a church schism is like, who the people are who cause it, and (most importantly) the pain that comes when a family splits, whether that family is nuclear or ecclesiastical.” – Christianity Today

“Powerful, riveting…handles a complex and intellectual debate in a relatable way and that, more importantly, shows the human and real consequences of choices based in spirituality.” – National Catholic Reporter

“Plants the audience squarely in the thick of the battle…utterly engrossing…many attendees bowed their heads at each call for prayer before reminding themselves that this is, in fact, just a play.”– BroadwayWorld.com

“Hedwig and the Angry Inch” – The John Thomason Review!

Comedian, Rock Star, Memoirist – Mike Westrich’s Dazzing Hedwig Is All Three

by John Thomason, Florida Theater On Stage

 

When Mike Westrich bounds onto the stage at the opening of Outre’s life-affirming Hedwig and the Angry Inch—donning the bombshell curls of ‘50s pinup model with midnight-blue mascara, and clad in a cape of superhero silver, a rocker’s denim top, a glittery belt and holey stockings—the critic can already begin to demystify every constituent part. The costume designer’s keen choices, the hour(s?) in front of a makeup mirror just before curtain call, the weeks of memorization and subsequent weeks of rehearsal all helped created the inextinguishable, genderless firework crackling in front of us. We know this.

But it’s more fun—and in the two hours of this transportive production, even somehow plausible—to believe that Mike Westrich always has been Hedwig and always will be Hedwig. Free of camp, and gracious even when she’s delivering bawdy double entendres, this Hedwig disappears into the actor as much as the actor becomes her. Her charisma is his charisma, and so is her despair, and so is her self-actualization. At least in this region, it’s impossible to imagine anyone else in the part.

The production, too, is a high mark in Outre’s history, a worthy contender to such similarly spartan shows as An Iliad and Thrill Me. (Minimalism clearly suits this company.) From costume changes to choreography and blocking, director Skye Whitcomb stages the musical with inconspicuous zest. But it’s his savvy updates to the script—which may vary a bit depending on the audience—and his tonal understanding of the piece that elevate what might have been a micro-targeted cult musical into a stirring, universal appeal for anyone who’s ever felt abandoned, mistreated or unloved. Mind you, it’s really funny getting there—so funny that when the pain finally encroaches on Hedwig’s glossy charm, we want to climb onstage, embrace her, and shake it loose.

Was this always the case in 1998, when the Stephen Trask/John Cameron Mitchell rock musical premiered off-Broadway, en route to its now-legendary two-year run? It’s safe to say a fair number of its curious attendees didn’t know what transgender people were in the late ‘90s, let alone empathize with one of its most flamboyant avatars. This was a stunningly progressive show two decades ago, and we’re better educated today, with more letters being added annually to the gender alphabet soup. It’s only in recent years that Hedwig premiered on Broadway and then embarked on its first national tour. It was once ahead of its time; its time has now come.

Outre’s rendition is special, though, in part because the script has been tailored to the zeitgeist, and to South Florida. The particulars of Mitchell’s provocative and touching narrative remain: Hedwig, born as Hansel on the wrong side of the Berlin Wall, undergoes a mangled sex-change operation to please a sugar daddy, winds up in America and fronts a glam-rock band, while inspiring a close-minded love interest named Tommy who would later disown her.

But before we get to that, Hedwig riffs on Pompano Beach and Mar-a-Lago, takes a few easy but gratifying shots at the president, riffs on Syria a couple of times. Hedwig and the Angry Inch plays like a theatrical memoir, but Westrich approaches it at first like a warm-up comic, acclimating us with the familiar before launching into a story that is anything but. He reels us in from the first note, stealing sips of wine from the VIP tables up front and, later, asking us to compliment his golden locks, and we’d better say something.

His playful puncturing of the fourth wall continues throughout the show, with off-the-cuff quips best appreciated by South Florida theatre geeks. To a reticent opening-weekend audience: “You’re not watching Brigadoon or Memphis; you can talk back.” After he delivers a line that’s already a reference—“Tommy, can you hear me?”—Westrich adds, “I suffered through that show once,” which Outre regulars will appreciate as a wry roast to his own history with the company. This production out-metas what is already a meta-musical.

Westrich isn’t the only talent onstage, though he is certainly the most irrepressible. There’s also Kat Gold, as his husband Yitzhak, a greasy-haired Croat and aspiring drag queen: A woman playing a man who wishes to be a woman. Yitzhak is Hedwig’s henpecked second fiddle, and Gold spends much of the show lurking near the back, grumpily accepting Hedwig’s verbal abuse, until the final moments. It’s a fine performance, especially when she finally yanks the spotlight away from Hedwig, but if there’s a fault to the source material, it’s that she’s mostly a hanger-on to a virtual one-man show—a role that is, for a majority of the script, thankless.

The live band positioned on stage left marks an incalculable improvement from Outre’s American Idiot months ago. It no doubt helps to have Caryl Fantel leading from her perch at the keyboard. A guitarist, bassist and drummer, all dressed like refugees from Haight-Ashbury in 1967, master the score’s rock ‘n’ roll subgenres with aplomb, turning “The Origin of Love” into something the New York Dolls could have written, while “Angry Inch” scalds with the heat of Iggy & the Stooges. “Wig in a Box,” the loveliest song in the show, sounds like a forgotten Elton John hit.

The set, a brick-walled backdrop with a multipurpose alcove and a bar top that’s great for dancing, is simple but achieves the show’s modest design needs. The production’s imperfections are minor. The audio mix that isn’t flawless, leaving an inaudible lyric here and there. The sound cues, deployed whenever Hedwig opens a stage door to, in theory, eavesdrop on his old love Tommy’s fatuous performance in an adjoining venue, could be tighter.

What you’ll remember most is Westrich, effortlessly embodying this complicated icon, dazzling us with her sparkling surfaces before stripping them away to reveal the naked longing underneath. This is who John Cameron Mitchell never knew he was writing for. To borrow the show’s recurring theme, he is the second part of Hedwig that makes her whole. He’s everything she’s been trying to find.

“Hedwig and the Angry Inch” Closes Out the 2017/18 Season!

Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Closes Out Outré’s 2017/18 Season
At the Pompano Beach Cultural Center
 
Winner of the 2014 Tony Award, Hedwig features
local favorite Mike Westrich in the title role
 
Hedwig and the Angry Inch, by John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask
March 22 – April 8, 2018
Reception / Media Night: March 24, 2018
Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 2 pm
Tickets: $39 adults, $19 students and industry
Tickets available at www.ccpompano.org or by calling (954) 545-7800
 
Warning: This production contains adult themes and language.
 
March 1, 2018 — The Outré Theatre Company announces its final production of the 2017/18 season, the sensational Hedwig and the Angry Inch, book by John Cameron Mitchell, music and lyrics by Stephen Trask. Starring the multi-talented Mike Westrich as Hedwig and the award-winning Kat Gold as Yitzhak, Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a glorious celebration of the genderqueer and the outsider, and is a fitting capstone to Outré’s sixth full season.
 
“In Hedwig, John Cameron Mitchell has crafted a beautifully flawed character,” explains Skye Whitcomb, Outré’s Artistic Director and the director of the production. “She’s funny and foul-mouthed, tragic and touching, and wonderfully, wonderfully human. Mitchell himself said that she wasn’t a woman or a man, but a ‘gender of one,’ which I think is an incredibly necessary, complex way that we need to look at gender, especially in today’s society.”
 
The musical is styled in a cabaret/rock show style, with Hedwig a genderqueer rock singer who is touring the country, playing in dive bars and seedy venues. Discarding the fourth wall entirely, Hedwig tells their story to the audience, from their lonely childhood in East Berlin, to their botched gender reassignment surgery, to their desperate search for love and completion.
 
Outré is proud to partner with SunServe on this production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. SunServe is the first LGBTQ social service agency in South Florida. Recognizing that the entire LGBTQ community has the right to quality care, SunServe’s mission is to provide critical life assistance and professional mental health services with an emphasis on economically disadvantaged, marginalized youth, and senior adults in the greater South Florida metropolitan area.
 
Hedwig and the Angry Inch is directed by Skye Whitcomb and music directed by Carbonell Award winner Caryl Fantel.
 
The cast includes:
 
Kat Gold (Yitzhak) holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of West Florida. Most recently seen in Broward Stage Door’s Saturday Night Fever and Smokey Joe’s Cafe, she received a 2017 Silver Palm Award and a Carbonell Award Nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical for her work as Sarraghina in Nine the Musical.
 
Mike Westrich (Hedwig) is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC and is a member of Actors’ Equity.  He has been a recipient of multiple Silver Palm Awards, and was nominated for a Carbonell Award for his performance as Nathan Leopold in Outré’s production of Thrill Me.  He was most recently seen in MNM’s Little Shop of Horrors as Seymour, and continues to tour as Harry in the children’s production of The Adventures of Bella and Harry: Let’s Visit London, a role he originated.  Some other past credits include Spamalot, Hair, The Timekeepers, Rent, Avenue Q, Stars of David, and tick, tick…BOOM!
 
About Outré Theatre Company
 
Outré Theatre Company is a vibrant, growing theatre company in beautiful South Florida. Outré believes that theatre is a living art form with the power to reimagine and reexamine ourselves and the world around us. They strive to create theatre which stimulates thought, provokes reflection, and encourages activism. www.outretheatrecompany.com
 
About the Cultural Alliance
 
The Cultural Alliance is comprised of highly regarded performing arts organizations based in South Florida. The resident companies of the Pompano Beach Cultural Center offer exciting individual performances, while also collaborating on special events and education programming. For more information, www.ccpompano.org.
 
About the Pompano Beach Cultural Center
 
The Pompano Beach Cultural Center and Library is a mixed-use City of Pompano Beach facility. The 47,000closeAn error occurred. square foot facility showcases a Cultural Center and Library under one roof. The Cultural Center features the best of regional talent in South Florida along with the finest international talent. A home to a 400-seat theater, an art gallery, and a state-of-the-art digital media center, the Cultural Center brings all disciplines together, not just under one roof but onto one stage.
 
Contact: Skye Whitcomb, Artistic Director
954.300.2149
skye@outretheatrecompany.com
 
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“American Idiot” Is Carbonell-Recommended!

Outre’s production of Green Day’s American Idiot has been recommended for consideration by the Carbonell Awards! The Carbonell Awards are the South Florida Theatre Community’s Regional Awards, named for Manuel Carbonell, an internationally-renowned sculptor who designed the original award. The Carbonell Awards is its own non-profit organization, offering scholarships to graduating high school students interested in careers in theatre and journalism.

“Talkin’ Broadway” Reviews “American Idiot”!

“Constantly pummeling us with emotionally raw honesty, American Idiot will resonate with many, especially millennials, who are fans of punk rock or are unhappy with President Trump, our relations with Korea, and the current state of politics. There is much to appreciate and admire about how this musical follows the album from beginning to end in narrative. And in the wake of protests and encouraging people to become aware of everything bad that’s going on, this could be the new anthem of today’s age, thereby fulfilling Green Day’s desire for “American Idiot” the album to be timeless. ”

Read Cindy Pierre’s entire review here!

Green Day’s “American Idiot” Comes to Outré!

Green Day’s American Idiot
Explodes Into
the Pompano Beach Cultural Center
 
Outré Theatre Company continues its focus on timely, provocative theatre
by bringing Green Day’s punk opera to South Florida
 
 
American Idiot by Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer
November 2-19, 2017
Reception / Media Night: November 4, 2017
Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 2 pm
Tickets: $39 adults, $19 students and industry
Tickets available at www.ccpompano.org or by calling (954) 545-7800
Direction by Doug Wetzel
Music Direction by Kristen Long
Choreography by Jerel Brown
 
October 2, 2017 — Green Day’s punk opera American Idiot, adapted for the stage by Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer, will continue Outré Theatre Company’s sixth full season as a provocative cultural institution in South Florida. This is Outré’s second production in its new home at the recently opened Pompano Beach Cultural Center, following its disturbingly timely production of the seminal dystopia 1984.
 
“In this time of ‘fake news,’ heightened racial tension, gun violence, nuclear tensions, name calling and lies, who do we believe?” asked Doug Wetzel, Outré’s Managing Director and the director of the production. “Although American Idiot is set in the time of the Iraq War and circumstances have evolved, it is as poignant today as when it premiered on Broadway. The more things change, the more they stay the same.”
 
In this Tony- and Grammy Award winning punk rock opera, three working-class young men struggle to find meaning against a backdrop of suburban anesthesia, forced patriotism, and dreams hovering forever just out of reach. Johnny, Will, and Tunny each strive to escape the prepackaged, commodified existence of American consumerism and jingoism, trying to find some sort of meaningful existence.
 
The cast includes:
 
Dimitri Gann (Johnny): Dimitri studied performance and directing at George Mason University in Virginia. Credits include Sir Robin in Spamalot at the Little Theatre of Alexandria, for which he received a DC Metro Arts nomination for Best Performance in a Musical. Recent credits include Augustin Magaldi in Evita, Saturday Night Fever, Urinetown, and Joey Primo in Rock of Ages.
 
Eytan Deray (Will): Eytan received his Associate’s in Arts at Broward College, and is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s in Theatre at Florida Atlantic University. Prior credits include Cousin Kevin in The Who’s Tommy and Craig in The Normal Heart, both at Outré Theatre Company, Prince Dauntless in Once Upon a Mattress at the FAU Festival Repertory, Georg in Spring Awakening at Slow Burn Theatre, Eddie in The Rocky Horror Show at Evening Star/Infinite Abyss Productions, and the Bishop of Basingstoke in Jekyll & Hyde at Marquee Theater Company.
 
Patrick Rodriguez (Tunny): Patrick is a Miami-based actor, and received his BFA in Theatre from Florida International University. He is a company member of Villain Theatre – where he performs and teaches long form improv – and Lost Girls Theatre. Credits include productions at the Actors’ Playhouse, City Theatre’s City Shorts, Florida Grand Opera, and Slow Burn Theatre, where he played Ted Hinton in Bonnie & Clyde.
 
Hilleah Neve (Whatsername): Hilleah is making her debut with Outré. Previously she has been seen on South Florida stages in Nine at the Broward Stage Door Theatre, as well as in Minnie’s Boys and Evita.
 
Jordana Forrest (Heather): Jordana has her degree in Musical Theatre from Florida State University, where she had the opportunity to travel to London and study at the Royal Shakespeare Company. Her stage credits include Annie in Annie, Get Your Gun, Woman #2 in 35mm (Regional Premiere), Maureen in Rent, Madame Thernardie in Les Mis,  Woman #2 in Songs For a New World, and Aldonza in Man of La Mancha. She is the former Artistic Director of Fresh Theatre Project and the current Artistic Director of All Girl Band
 
Elisa Dannielle (Extraordinary Girl): Elisa is a South Florida native who received her theatre training from Broward College and Valencia College. Her credits include Chiffon in Little Shop of Horrors with Slow Burn Theatre Company, Michelle in Dreamgirls with Marquee Theatre Company, and Aida at Slow Burn Theatre Company. This will be her first show with Outré.
 
Conor Walton (St. Jimmy): Conor was recently seen as Albert in It Shoulda Been You at Actors’ Playhouse, Thalia in Xanadu at Slow Burn Theatre, and Felix in The Normal Heart at Outré Theatre Company, for which he was nominated for a Carbonell Award. Other credits include Hermes in Rock Odyssey at the Adrienne Arsht Center, Reggie in First Date at Actors’ Playhouse (Carbonell Award nomination and Broadway World Award winner), and Richard Loeb in Thrill Me (Broadway World Award winner) at Outré. He is also a proud member of the Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers. 
 
Nicole Dikun (Ensemble): Nicole is a local Florida actress. She recently appeared as Muzzy Van Hossmere in Marquee Theater Company’s production of Thoroughly Modern Millie. Other recent credits include Dream Girls, also at Marquee Theater Company, Little Shop of Horrors at Slow Burn Theatre Company, and Hair at MNM Productions at the Kravis Center. 
 
Sara Grant (Ensemble): Sara graduated from Cornish College of the Arts and received her BFA in Acting. Some past productions include: Oleanna, Fancy Nancy, Love’s Labour’s Lost, The Last 5 Years, Howl’s Moving Castle: a staged reading, and Kittens in a Cage. As a choreographer she has worked with Evening Star Productions, Teatro ZinZanni (Seattle), the Florida Renaissance Festival, and Sol Children Theatre’s Performing Arts Camp. Choreography and dance direction credits include The Addams’ Family, Aladdin (Jr), Honk, The Christmas Carol, Mary Poppins, and Beauty and the Beast (Jr).
 
Mark Hernandez (Ensemble): Mark is making his debut with Outré in American Idiot. He was most recently seen on stage as Jack in Maplewood Playhouse’s production of Glory Days and as Bun Foo in Marquee Theatre Company’s production of Thoroughly Modern Millie
 
Eric Daniel O’Keefe (Ensemble): Eric is a native New Yorker and graduate of Florida Atlantic University. Theatre credits include Buzz Adams in South Pacific at The Wick, Man #2 in 35mm: A Musical Exhibition at Evening Star Productions, Simon in Big River with Slow Burn Theatre Company, and Drew Boudreaux in the world premiere of Diego and Drew Say I Do! at the Broward Center.
 
Bridget Parente (Ensemble): Bridget graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a BFA in Performance. Some recent roles include Callie in Stop Kiss, Kayleen in Gruesome Playground Injuries, and the ensemble in She Loves Me. This is Bridget’s first production with Outré, and her professional debut. She will also be seen in Outré’s upcoming production of Reservoir Dolls adapted by Erika Soerensen.
 
About Outré Theatre Company
 
Outré Theatre Company is a vibrant, growing theatre company in beautiful South Florida. Outré believes that theatre is a living art form with the power to reimagine and reexamine ourselves and the world around us. They strive to create theatre which stimulates thought, provokes reflection, and encourages activism. www.outretheatrecompany.com
 
About the Cultural Alliance
 
The Cultural Alliance is comprised of highly regarded performing arts organizations based in South Florida. The nine resident companies of the Pompano Beach Cultural Center offer exciting individual performances, while also collaborating on special events and education programming. For more information, www.ccpompano.org.
 
About the Pompano Beach Cultural Center
 
The Pompano Beach Cultural Center and Library is a mixed-use City of Pompano Beach facility. The 47,000closeAn error occurred. square foot facility showcases a Cultural Center and Library under one roof. The Cultural Center features the best of regional talent in South Florida along with the finest international talent. A home to a 400-seat theater, an art gallery, and a state-of-the-art digital media center, the Cultural Center brings all disciplines together, not just under one roof but onto one stage.

George Orwell’s “1984” Kicks Off Outre’s 17/18 Season

George Orwell’s 1984
Kicks Off Outré’s 17/18 Season
At the Pompano Beach Cultural Center

Outré’s dedication to timely, thought-provoking theatre continues
with Andrew White’s stunning adaptation of Orwell’s classic

1984 by George Orwell, adapted by Andrew White
July 13-30, 2017
Gala Opening / Media Night: July 15, 2017
Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 2 pm
Tickets: $39 adults, $19 students and industry
Tickets available at www.ccpompano.org or by calling (954) 839-9578

May 30, 2017 — The Outré Theatre Company is proud to announce the first production of its 2017/18 season will be George Orwell’s seminal dystopia 1984, adapted by Andrew White. This is Outré’s sixth full season, and its first in its new home at the recently opened Pompano Beach Cultural Center.

“It’s no surprise that Orwell’s work is as timely and provocative as ever,” said Skye Whitcomb, Outré’s Artistic Director and the director of the production. “Every day we see something else that reminds us that fascism and dictatorship can insidiously intertwine itself into our society, and that there will even be those who welcome it. 1984 shows us a society where people have willingly given up control over every aspect of their lives in order to be ‘safe’; it’s quite frightening, really.”

In this adaptation of Orwell’s dystopia, the surveillance state is everywhere. The Party subtly controls all aspects of its citizens’ lives, from the “news” they consume to the “history” they are taught to the very way they think and believe. In the midst of this society of lies and half-truths, one man remembers his childhood, a childhood without the Party, without the fear and the lies and the omnipresent spying. It is these memories which lead this man, Winston Smith, to rebel against Big Brother and to search for something more than just a bare existence. Outré’s production of 1984 uses multimedia, film, and projections to create a world that isn’t that far removed from our own.

The cast includes:

Seth Trucks (Winston): Seth Trucks trained at the NYU Tisch School of the Arts as well as the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. For five years he worked as a performer and writer in New York with the comedy troupe Six Characters. Since moving to Florida he has been directing, teaching, and acting, most notably in Waiting for Godot, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and A Comedy of Errors. Seth is also a prolific guitarist and drummer.

Peter W. Galman (O’Brien): Peter Galman earned a Silver Palm award for his work as Baptista in Kiss Me, Kate at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre in tandem with his role as a mad programmer in The Nether at Area Stage Company in Coral Gables. Peter was named Best Actor 2016 by the Miami New Times for The Nether. He was recently nominated for a Carbonell award for the role of Walt Disney in Lucas Hnath’s play, em>A Public Reading of an Unfinished Screenplay about the Death of Walt Disney, which played at Thinking Cap Theatre in Fort Lauderdale.

Jennipher Murphy (Julia): Jennipher Murphy received her MFA in performance from the Savannah College of Art and Design, and is an Actor’s Equity Association Membership Candidate. A company member of Lost Girls Theatre in Miami, she originated the role of Lavinia in Andie Arthur’s Juliet Among the Changelings. She has also been seen on South Florida stages in The Merchant of Venice, Rabbit Hole, and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.

Meredith Bartmon (Syme): Meredith Bartmon has been working professionally since 2009 and is a member of UK Equity and an Actors’ Equity Association Membership Candidate. Recently Meredith has performed in City Theatre’s Summer Shorts, in Sister Act and Hello, Dolly at The Wick Theatre, and in Lazy Fair at Mad Cat Theatre in Miami. She received her MA in Acting at East 15 Acting School in London, and her BFA in Music Theatre from New World School of the Arts in Miami.

Murphy Hayes (Charrington): Murphy Hayes is a South Florida actor and graphic designer, whose last excursion with Outré was Leonato in Much Ado About Nothing. Other recent roles include The Chairman in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Colonel Craddock in Murdered To Death, Lazar Wolf in Fiddler On The Roof, Grampy in See Rock City, and Kris Kringle in Miracle On 34th Street.

Joey De La Rua (Parsons): Joey De La Rua is making his professional South Florida theatre debut in 1984. While earning his BFA in theatre-performance at Florida Atlantic University, he has played Katurian in The Pillowman, Barry Champlain in Talk Radio, Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit, and many others.

Michael Conner (Ampleforth): Michael Conner is a South Florida based writer and actor. His most recent credits include Mark Roberts’ New Country at the Lake Worth Playhouse Black Box Series, and Strangers on a Train with the Arts Radio Network Theatre Project.

Daryl Patrice (Tillotson): Daryl Patrice is a graduate of Spelman College, and works as an actor for both film and stage. She appeared in the Oscar-winning film Moonlight, and will be featured later this year in the film Eyes of a Sinner. She has also been seen recently on South Florida stages as Benita in Love and Human Remains at Infinite Abyss Theatre, and as a Phantom in The Rocky Horror Show with Evening Star Productions.

About Outré Theatre Company

Outré Theatre Company is a vibrant, growing company in beautiful South Florida. Outré believes that theatre is a living art form with the power to reimagine and reexamine ourselves and the world around us. They strive to create theatre which stimulates thought, provokes reflection, and encourages activism. www.outretheatrecompany.com

About the Cultural Alliance

The Cultural Alliance is comprised of highly regarded performing arts organizations based in South Florida. The 11closeAn error occurred. resident companies of the Pompano Beach Cultural Center offer exciting individual performances, while also collaborating on special events and education programming. For more information, www.ccpompano.org.

About the Pompano Beach Cultural Center

The Pompano Beach Cultural Center and Library is a mixed-use City of Pompano Beach facility. The 47,000closeAn error occurred. square foot facility showcases a Cultural Center and Library under one roof. The Cultural Center features the best of regional talent in South Florida along with the finest international talent. A home to a 400-seat theater, an art gallery, and a state-of-the-art digital media center, the Cultural Center brings all disciplines together, not just under one roof but onto one stage.

Contact: Skye Whitcomb, Artistic Director
954.300.2149
skye@outretheatrecompany.com

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Outre’ Announces Its Fourth Show of 2017/18

The Outré Theatre Company is proud to announce the fourth show of its 2017/18 season will be the outrageous and groundbreaking Hedwig and the Angry Inch by John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask, starring Mike Westrich as Hedwig.
 
“Weve been wanting to produce Hedwig for quite a while,” said Outré’s Artistic Director Skye Whitcomb. “Now we find ourselves in the perfect venue, the perfect timeframe and political climate, and with the perfect actor for the role. I’m really looking forward to getting to work on it, and I think it’s an incredible show to cap off our first season at the Pompano Beach Cultural Center.”
 

Hedwig and the Angry Inch, text by John Cameron Mitchell, music and lyrics by Stephen Trask
March 22 – April 8, 2018
Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 2 pm
Tickets: $39 adults, $19 students and industry
Tickets available at www.ccpompano.org or by calling (954) 839-9578
 
Outré completes its sixth season with this Tony Award-winning celebration of the genderqueer and the outsider, starring the multitalented Mike Westrich as Hedwig. Styled in a cabaret/rock show format, the musical allows Hedwig to tell their story, from their lonely childhood in East Berlin to their botched gender reassignment surgery to their search for love and completion. 

 
About Outré Theatre Company
Outré Theatre Company is a young, vibrant theatre company in beautiful South Florida. Outré believes that theatre is a living art form with the power to reimagine and reexamine ourselves and the world around us. They strive to create theatre which stimulates thought, provokes reflection, and encourages activism. www.outretheatrecompany.com
 
About the Cultural Alliance
The Cultural Alliance is comprised of highly regarded performing arts organizations based in South Florida. The eleven resident companies of the Pompano Beach Cultural Center offer exciting individual performances, while also collaborating on special events and education programming. For more information, www.ccpompano.org.
 
About the Pompano Beach Cultural Center
The Pompano Beach Cultural Center and Library is a mixed-use City of Pompano Beach facility. The 47,000closeAn error occurred. square foot facility showcases a Cultural Center and Library under one roof. The Cultural Center features the best of regional talent in South Florida along with the finest international talent. A home to a 400-seat theater, an art gallery, and a state-of-the-art digital media center, the Cultural Center brings all disciplines together, not just under one roof but onto one stage.