“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.

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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Additional Day Added for 17/18 Season Auditions

Due to an overwhelming number of auditionees, the Outré Theatre Company, performing at the Pompano Beach Cultural Center, is adding an additional day of Equity and non-Equity auditions for 2017/18, its sixth full season.

Auditions will be held on May 7, 2017, in addition to April 30 and May 1, 2017, from 6 pm until 10 pm each day. Audition slots for April 30 and May 1 are extremely limited. Auditions will be held at Magnetic Pompano, 2201 N. Federal Hwy, Suite C104, Pompano Beach, FL 33062 (by the carousel).

Auditions are by appointment only. Video auditions will be accepted from auditionees who are unable to attend.

Auditionees wishing to audition for only 1984 and/or Reservoir Dolls should prepare two contrasting monologues, not to exceed three minutes total. Auditionees wishing to audition for American Idiot should prepare one monologue and 16 bars in a rock/punk style. An accompanist will be provided.

To schedule an audition, email auditions@outretheatrecompany.com with an electronic copy of your headshot and resume, along with your preferred audition time. Please also include your Equity status in your email, as well as which show(s) you are interested in auditioning for. Equity members without an appointment will be seen as time permits.

For rehearsal and performance dates, as well as character breakdowns, please see below.

1984 by George Orwell, adapted by Andrew White
Rehearsals begin June 12, 2017
Performances run July 13-30, 2017

Character breakdown:
Winston – male, late 20s to early 40s. Frail and erudite. Appears older than he is. A Party member who cannot help but remember a time before the Party.
O’Brien – male, 30s to 50s. Robust and commanding. Charming and charismatic, and is both zealous and kindly. An Inner Party member with intelligence, wit, and presence.
Julia – female, 20s to 30s. Sexy, intelligent, and clever. Can be confident and aggressive, with a strong sense of purpose.
Syme – male or female, late 20s to early 50s. A true believer and devoted follower of Big Brother. Nerdy and cocky, with the self-assurance of the favored. Also plays other roles.
Tillotson – male or female, 30s to 50s. Nervous and fearful. A Party member terrified of doing the wrong thing. Also plays other roles.
Ampleforth – male, 30s to 50s. A propagandist and writer. In love with the beauty of the word, and quietly disheartened by his job. Also plays other roles.
Parsons – male, 20s to 30s. Friendly and open, an eager follower with little intellect. Winston’s neighbor. Also plays other roles.
Charrington – male, 50s to 70s. An shopkeeper in the Prole section of town. An apparent lover of the past and what has been lost. Also plays other roles.

American Idiot by Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer
Rehearsals begin October 2, 2017
Performances run November 2-19, 2017

Character breakdown:
Johnny – male, 20s, baritone (B2 to B4). The self-proclaimed “Jesus of Suburbia.” Bored of his do-nothing, go-nowhere existence, he takes off for the city to get a new lease on life. He wages an inner war between a budding love for Whatsername and a growing dependency on St. Jimmy.
Will – male, 20s, tenor (C#3 to A4). Johnny’s friend. He ends up staying in Suburbia to take care of pregnant girlfriend Heather. The more he stays on the couch, the more he becomes slowly disconnected from the world and his own relationships.
Tunny – male, 20s, tenor (D3 to B4). Johnny’s friend who follows him to the city and eventually enlists in the army. He travels to the Middle East. A dreamer who is easily swayed, first by Johnny’s ideas and then by patriotism and the American Dream.
Whatshername – female, 20s-30s, mezzo-soprano (F#3 to D#5). A girl in the city who falls for Johnny. A rebellious activist who is willing to follow Johnny to the ends of the earth, but fights to have him embrace their authentic relationship.
St Jimmy – male, 20s, tenor (C3 to F#5). Johnny’s alter ego. Known as the “city badass.” An enigmatic and charismatic enabler who gets Johnny addicted to heroin and grows jealous of his relationship with Whatsername.
Heather – female, 20s, mezzo-soprano (A3 to E5). A girl in Suburbia and Will’s girlfriend. She discovers she is pregnant but has difficulty telling her boyfriend of the news. Once she settles down with him, she struggles to maintain their relationship with his despondency.
Extraordinary Girl – female, 20s, mezzo-soprano (Bb3 to E5). A girl in the Middle East who appears as a hallucination to the injured Tunny. Attractive and mysterious, she later appears as his nurse and accompanies him home after the war.
Ensemble – male/female, 20s-30s, various roles.
 

Reservoir Dolls adapted by Erika Soerensen
Rehearsals begin January 2, 2018
Performances run February 1-18, 2018

Women, age range 18-70, any ethnicity

Ms. Orange – A younger woman, brazen and brash.
Ms. Brown – Lewd and intellectual.
Ms. White – The “mother” of the group. Logical and reasoning, but can be cold and threatening.
Ms. Blue – Moody and introverted. Intuitive.
Ms. Blonde – Psychopath. Real name: Vicki Vega. Just got out of prison, and is looking for a new heist.
Ms. Pink – Anxious and calculated. Takes care of herself. Conspiracy theorist.
Jo Cabot – A crime boss. Hard, no-nonsense, but with a strong sense of loyalty.
Nice Gal Edie – Jo’s daughter. Sexy. Sheltered. Once kept under lock and key but no more.

Auditions for Our 17/18 Season

The Outré Theatre Company, performing at the Pompano Beach Cultural Center, is proud to announce Equity and non-Equity auditions for 2017/18, its sixth full season.

Auditions will be held by appointment only on April 30 and May 1, 2017, from 6 pm until 10 pm each day. Auditions will be held at Magnetic Pompano, 2201 N. Federal Hwy, Suite C104, Pompano Beach, FL 33062 (by the carousel).

Auditionees wishing to audition for only 1984 and/or Reservoir Dolls should prepare two contrasting monologues, not to exceed three minutes total. Auditionees wishing to audition for American Idiot should prepare one monologue and 16 bars in a rock/punk style. An accompanist will be provided.

To schedule an audition, email auditions@outretheatrecompany.com with an electronic copy of your headshot and resume, along with your preferred audition time. Please also include your Equity status in your email, as well as which show(s) you are interested in auditioning for. Equity members without an appointment will be seen as time permits.

For rehearsal and performance dates, as well as character breakdowns, please see below.

 

1984 by George Orwell, adapted by Andrew White
Rehearsals begin June 12, 2017
Performances run July 13-30, 2017

Character breakdown:
Winston – male, late 20s to early 40s. Frail and erudite. Appears older than he is. A Party member who cannot help but remember a time before the Party.
O’Brien – male, 30s to 50s. Robust and commanding. Charming and charismatic, and is both zealous and kindly. An Inner Party member with intelligence, wit, and presence.
Julia – female, 20s to 30s. Sexy, intelligent, and clever. Can be confident and aggressive, with a strong sense of purpose.
Syme – male or female, late 20s to early 50s. A true believer and devoted follower of Big Brother. Nerdy and cocky, with the self-assurance of the favored. Also plays other roles.
Tillotson – male or female, 30s to 50s. Nervous and fearful. A Party member terrified of doing the wrong thing. Also plays other roles.
Ampleforth – male, 30s to 50s. A propagandist and writer. In love with the beauty of the word, and quietly disheartened by his job. Also plays other roles.
Parsons – male, 20s to 30s. Friendly and open, an eager follower with little intellect. Winston’s neighbor. Also plays other roles.
Charrington – male, 50s to 70s. An shopkeeper in the Prole section of town. An apparent lover of the past and what has been lost. Also plays other roles.

 

American Idiot by Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer
Rehearsals begin October 2, 2017
Performances run November 2-19, 2017

Character breakdown:
Johnny – male, 20s, baritone (B2 to B4). The self-proclaimed “Jesus of Suburbia.” Bored of his do-nothing, go-nowhere existence, he takes off for the city to get a new lease on life. He wages an inner war between a budding love for Whatsername and a growing dependency on St. Jimmy.
Will – male, 20s, tenor (C#3 to A4). Johnny’s friend. He ends up staying in Suburbia to take care of pregnant girlfriend Heather. The more he stays on the couch, the more he becomes slowly disconnected from the world and his own relationships.
Tunny – male, 20s, tenor (D3 to B4). Johnny’s friend who follows him to the city and eventually enlists in the army. He travels to the Middle East. A dreamer who is easily swayed, first by Johnny’s ideas and then by patriotism and the American Dream.
Whatshername – female, 20s-30s, mezzo-soprano (F#3 to D#5). A girl in the city who falls for Johnny. A rebellious activist who is willing to follow Johnny to the ends of the earth, but fights to have him embrace their authentic relationship.
St Jimmy – male, 20s, tenor (C3 to F#5). Johnny’s alter ego. Known as the “city badass.” An enigmatic and charismatic enabler who gets Johnny addicted to heroin and grows jealous of his relationship with Whatsername.
Heather – female, 20s, mezzo-soprano (A3 to E5). A girl in Suburbia and Will’s girlfriend. She discovers she is pregnant but has difficulty telling her boyfriend of the news. Once she settles down with him, she struggles to maintain their relationship with his despondency.
Extraordinary Girl – female, 20s, mezzo-soprano (Bb3 to E5). A girl in the Middle East who appears as a hallucination to the injured Tunny. Attractive and mysterious, she later appears as his nurse and accompanies him home after the war.
Ensemble – male/female, 20s-30s, various roles.
 

Reservoir Dolls adapted by Erika Soerensen
Rehearsals begin January 2, 2018
Performances run February 1-18, 2018

Women, age range 18-70, any ethnicity

Ms. Orange – A younger woman, brazen and brash.
Ms. Brown – Lewd and intellectual.
Ms. White – The “mother” of the group. Logical and reasoning, but can be cold and threatening.
Ms. Blue – Moody and introverted. Intuitive.
Ms. Blonde – Psychopath. Real name: Vicki Vega. Just got out of prison, and is looking for a new heist.
Ms. Pink – Anxious and calculated. Takes care of herself. Conspiracy theorist.
Jo Cabot – A crime boss. Hard, no-nonsense, but with a strong sense of loyalty.
Nice Gal Edie – Jo’s daughter. Sexy. Sheltered. Once kept under lock and key but no more.

“A Gray Divide” by Juan Sanchez – A Free Reading

As part of the Theatre League’s Summer Theatre Fest, Outré and Showtime join forces to present a reading of A Gray Divide by Juan Sanchez, starring Noah Levine and Elizabeth Price!

When Jason starts a conversation with Anna Maria about the book she’s reading, the classical play Medea, there’s an immediate connection between them. One thing leads to another and they end up at her place, discovering each other in-between bouts of heavy kissing and petting. When she suddenly remembers meeting him two years earlier at a party — and the circumstances of that meeting — the romance comes to an abrupt end. With elements of the Medea myth woven into the story, the play asks if we have the right to decide who we are and want to become, or whether we are only the sum of our experiences and forever tied to them.

The reading is for one night only, June 27 at 7:00 pm. It will be held at Showtime Performing Arts, 503 Mizner Boulevard in Boca Raton. The reading will be followed by a brief talkback with the playwright and actors.

The Theatre League’s Summer Theatre Fest has become an integral part of South Florida’s cultural landscape, and in its fourth year South Florida audiences will once again have the opportunity to see theatre for free, and check out new plays in development by South Florida playwrights. The program’s continued and growing success over of past three years has indicated to the League that theatre patrons are ready and willing to try new theatrical experiences, and even cross county lines to do it.

Every Monday from June 1 to August 31, with the exception of July 4, a South Florida Theatre League member theatre will host a reading of a new play by a local playwright.

Playwrights range from established local favorites, including Carbonell Award-winners and nominees, to emerging talents, with plays vastly ranging in subject matter and style.

Venue Changes, Edgy Work Mark Broward’s Evolving Theater Scene

Venue Changes, Edgy Work Mark Broward’s Evolving Theater Scene

by Christine DiMattei for WLRN

When nominations for South Florida’s equivalent of the Tony Awards – the Carbonells – were announced recently, Broward County theaters snagged a quarter of them.

That comes as no surprise to Bill Hirschman, founder of and chief critic for the website Florida Theater On Stage.

“There is some outstanding work that’s being done,” says Hirschman. “People are doing things specifically aimed at getting younger and more diverse audiences in.”

Until recently, Broward’s theater scene resembled the dot com bubble of the early 2000’s — companies would make a great start and then fold after only a few years. But a number of defections from Palm Beach County suggest Broward’s status as a theater mecca is on the upswing.

The most high-profile venue changes involve the Slow Burn and Outre Theatre companies. Over the last five years, Slow Burn has built a loyal following and garnered critical praise with its ambitious musicals mounted in a high school auditorium in western Boca Raton. Outre’s edgy work has appeared in venues throughout Boca, including Mizner Park. But recently, Slow Burn partnered with the Broward Center for the Performing Arts as a resident company for its Amaturo Theater, while Outre rents its new space in the Broward Center’s Abdo New River Room.

In addition, smaller venues continue to make a fresh start. Thinking Cap Theatre, which had been operating for five years in a tiny Fort Lauderdale venue (the “size of your living room,” according to Hirschman), renovated a church in the city’s downtown. Now christened The Vanguard, the space is home to Thinking Cap and has opened itself up to other arts events.

Other theaters are distinguishing themselves with cutting-edge drama. Island City Stage, an LGBT company, scored a big win last season with its production of “Daniel’s Husband,” a play about marriage equality by Michael McKeever that opened to rapturous praise and played to sold-out houses.

However, Broward theater still continues to struggle with funding problems, lacking both the generous government grants and deep-pocket donors found in other counties. “There is a tradition of giving to the arts that exists in Broward, but it’s not remotely as strong as it is in Miami-Dade and Palm Beach County,” says Hirschman.

So what will Broward County have to do to survive as a theater destination?

According to Hirschman, it will need savvy publicity and advertising imaginative enough to convince people that good theater is worth a drive from one county to another. “[In Broward] there’s theater that’s as edgy as anything you find Off-Off-Broadway, and then there’s mainstream theater that your grandparents would like,” he says. “When people ask me, ‘What should I go see?’ I say, ‘What do you like?’ ”

Miami Herald Features Outré as Part of a Broward Renaissance!

Broward theatre’s stage presence is growing rapidly

by Christine Dolen for the Miami Herald

 

West Side Story is being produced by Actors’ Playhouse in Coral Gables in late January, but one of the show’s signature numbers could serve as a theme song for the Broward County theater community at the start of the 2015-16 season.

Something’s Coming, a song that radiates anticipation, excitement and hope, expresses the way many artistic directors and theater leaders are feeling as the season is about to begin.

“Our theater scene here is growing and diversifying,” said Nicole Stodard, whose Thinking Cap Theatre now has its own striking space, The Vanguard, in a refurbished Fort Lauderdale church. “It’s not just canned touring shows. There’s already a sense of strength in numbers.”

Sabrina Lynn Gore, Outré’s co-founder and managing director, believes the presence of her company and Slow Burn at the Broward Center makes a statement.

“There’s a whole legitimacy that’s conferred when a big theater center supports the work of smaller companies. It tells the community they care,” she said.

Read the rest of the article here.

A Southeastern Premiere! “Bed and Sofa” by Polly Pen and Laurence Klavan

The Outré Theatre Company’s Artistic Director Skye Whitcomb and Managing Director Sabrina Lynn Gore are honored to announce that Outré will be presenting the Southeastern premiere of Polly Pen and Laurence Klavan’s “silent movie opera,” Bed and Sofa. Winner of the 1996 Obie Award for Best Music, and nominated for seven Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical, Bed and Sofa was hailed by the New York Times as “a delight” and “a classy treat,” while the Village Voice praised it as “so perfectly done it is almost unfair to the rackety hacks who infest our musical theatre.”

Based on Avram Room’s 1926 silent film masterpiece Tretya meshchanskaya, Bed and Sofa focuses on a stonemason, Kolya, and his wife, Ludmilla, living in a cramped basement apartment in Moscow. When Kolya’s old army buddy Volodya shows up in Moscow without a place to stay, Kolya offers to let the handsome young man “with the sensitive face” stay on his and Ludmilla’s sofa, while they take the bed. The sexual tension between Ludmilla and Volodya reaches its peak when Kolya has to leave town for three weeks, only to return to find that is now he who is sleeping on the sofa, while Ludmilla and Volodya share the bed. The tension mounts between the three, until Ludmilla finally must make the decision that will define her.

Outré is proud to offer the Southeastern premiere of Pen and Klavan’s work, which will be replacing The Threepenny Opera in the 2015/16 season. The Threepenny Opera will be included as part of the 2016/17 season. “The film on which [Bed and Sofa] is based was revolutionary for its time,” says director Skye Whitcomb. “Its frank treatment of sex, of abortion, of women’s rights, was nearly unheard of in 1927. It’s a great show to start our ‘Power of Woman’ season, since Ludmilla is really the linchpin of the story. Rather than allowing either of the men to define who she is, she makes that decision on her own, to be whoever it is that she wants to be.”

Bed and Sofa welcomes back Noah Levine as Volodya; Levine was last seen on Outré’s stage as Van Buren in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, and will reprise his role as Ian in the June 2016 full production of rooms: a rock romance. Elvin Negron, who played the Male Soloist in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, returns as Kolya. The role of Ludmilla will be played by Rebeca Diaz, a newcomer to Outré whom we are excited to welcome to our stage. Bed and Sofa also welcomes Caryl Fantel to the Outré family as Music Director; she will be leading an orchestra comprised of cellist Konstantin Litvinenko and violinist Liuba Ohrimenko, both of whom have played with the Miami Symphony Orchestra.

Bed and Sofa will perform August 28, 2015, through September 13, 2015, with performances on Friday and Saturday nights at 8 pm and Sunday afternoons at 2 pm. All performances are in the Abdo New River Room at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Season and individual show tickets are available through the Broward Center’s website, www.browardcenter.org, or by calling 954-462-0222.

Outré is proud to call the Abdo New River Room at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts its new home. The Abdo New River Room features a fresh, modern menu of delectable choices with table service offered 90 minutes prior to performances and during intermission for shows that take place in the Abdo New River Room. Please note: arrive at least 15 minutes prior to curtain to ensure table service. No table service is available after the show. Tickets to performances in the Abdo New River Room do not include food or beverages unless otherwise noted.