“Back of the Throat” by Yussef El Guindi

The Outré Theatre Company is proud to announce Outré’s first production of their third season, Back of the Throat by Yussef El Guindi. El Guindi’s work has been called “brilliant and sinewy” by the New Yorker, and praised for its “chillingly plausible vision” by the Seattle Weekly.

Set in the years post-9/11, Back of the Throat introduces us to Khaled, an Arab-American writer living in an unnamed American metropolis. In the aftermath of another devastating attack, Khaled finds himself the target of a “casual” inquiry by two government agents. But as rumors swirl and grudges are exposed, the darkness behind such governmental euphemisms as “person of interest” and “extraordinary rendition” is revealed. An unflinching and Strangelovian look at the post-9/11 stripping of Americans’ rights in the name of security, Back of the Throat mixes dark humor with paranoid suspense.

“It’s not a preachy play,” warns director Skye Whitcomb. “There’s a lot of humor to it, which makes it a bit more disturbing. The play really is about how every so often, a particular group in America is singled out. As one of the agents in the play says, yesterday it was the Irish and the Poles, tomorrow it might be someone else entirely. Really, the question the play poses is this: When it’s your turn, your turn to be the scapegoat, who will be your voice? Who will stand up for your rights?”

Managing Director Sabrina Gore, who is also pulling double duty as assistant director and costumer, agrees. “I think the show really speaks to the paranoia and fear that is very prevalent today. But the fear is more of our own government,” she says. “It’s unsettling to think this sort of thing could happen in this country but the truth is, it happens all the time.”

In keeping with Outré’s commitment to community involvement and outreach, Outré will be raising funds during the production for the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach, which provides pro bono legal advice and counsel to the disadvantaged. As well, Dr. Abdul Samra of the University of Miami and the Islamic Center of Greater Miami will host a talkback with the audience after the 8 pm performance on Saturday, October 25.

Back of the Throat will be performed at Sol/Evening Star Productions, 3333 N. Federal Highway in Boca Raton. The production runs October 24 through November 9, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm, with an industry night performance on Monday, November 3, at 8 pm. The production stars Rayner Garranchan, Jim Gibbons, Tim Gore, Faiza Cherie, and Freddy Valle, with set design by Jordon Armstrong, lighting and sound design by Stefanie Howard, and stage management by Jennipher Murphy.

Meet the Casts of “Back of the Throat” and “Othello”!

Outré Theatre Company is proud to announce the casts of its first two shows of the 2014/15 season!

 

First, Back of the Throat by Yussef El Guindi, running October 24-November 9, 2014, at Sol/Evening Star in Boca Raton!

  • Khaled – Rayner Garranchan
  • Bartlett – Jim Gibbons
  • Carl – Tim Gore
  • Shelley/Beth/Jean – Faiza Cherie
  • Asfoor – Freddy Valle

 

Then, William Shakespeare’s Othello takes the stage at the Broward Center in the Abdo New River Room December 5-21, 2014!

  • Othello – Troy Davidson
  • Desdemona – Faiza Cherie
  • Cassio – Rayner Garranchan
  • Roderigo – Seth Trucks
  • Bianca – Kandace Crystal
  • Iago – Skye Whitcomb
  • Emilia – Sabrina Gore
  • Brabantio – Mark Hetelson
  • The Duke – Tim Gore
  • Montano – Reginald Pierre-Louis
  • Lodovico – Jennipher Murphy
  • Gratiano – Christopher Mitchell
  • Clown/Messenger/Soldier – Bradley Wells
  • Musician/Sailor – Juan Gamero
  • Musician/Sailor – Daryl Patrice Fortson

 

Congratulations to the casts, and we can’t wait for you to join us!

Outré Announces 2014/15 Season Auditions

The Outré Theatre Company will be holding non-Equity season auditions on Monday, July 21, 2014, from 5 pm to 10 pm, BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Actors interested in auditioning should submit electronic copy of their headshot and resume, along with the role(s) for which they would like to be considered, to Artistic Director Skye Whitcomb at skye@outretheatrecompany.com when requesting an appointment. The 201close4/15 season consists of Back of the Throat by Yussef El Guindi, Othello by Will Shakespeare, and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, music and lyrics by Michael Friedman, book by Alex Timbers. Auditionees DO NOT need to prepare monologues; sides will be sent prior to the auditions. Auditionees wishing to be considered as replacements for Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson should also prepare 16 bars of an uptempo rock-style song. The breakdown is as follows:

 

Back of the Throat by Yussef El Guindi – October 23-November 9

Khaled – male, late 20s to mid-30s – An Arab-American writer, living in a large, unnamed U.S. city. Truly believes in the good of humanity.

Bartlett – male, 30s to 70s – An agent working for an unnamed government agency. Alternately brilliant and cruel.

Carl – male, late 20s to 50s – Another agent. Brutal and simplistic.

Shelley/Beth/Jean – female, mid 20s to mid 30s – Khaled’s ex-girlfriend, a well-intentioned librarian, and a stripper, all of whom are questioned by Bartlett and Carol about Khaled – NOTE: these three roles are played by the same actress

Asfoor – male, early 20s to mid 30s – A jihadist linked to a terror plot

 

Othello by Shakespeare – early 2015

 

Othello – male, late 30s to 50s – A lifelong soldier, known for his calm, collected demeanor; a perpetual outsider

Desdemona – female, 20s – A strong, intelligent young woman raised in a powerful household

Iago (CAST – actors will be considered as possible replacements) – male, late 20s to mid 30s – A career soldier and borderline sociopath; cunning and clever

Emilia (CAST – actors will be considered as possible replacements) – female, late 20s to mid 30s – A career soldier who has watched her marriage dissolve; independent and strong-willed. Iago’s wife

Cassio – male, 20s to 30s – A handsome and intelligent officer, but arrogant at times

The Duke – male, 40s to 70s – The ruler of Venice; calculating and pragmatic

Brabantio – male, 40s to 70s – Desdemona’s father; overprotective and suspicious

Bianca – female, 20s to 30s – A Cypriot woman, rumored to be a prostitute; madly in love/lust with Cassio

Ludovico – male, 30s to 60s – A Venetian nobleman, related to Desdemona

Gratiano – male, 30s to 60s – Another Venetian nobleman, trusted by the Duke

Roderigo – male, 20s to 30s – An oblivious and easily duped romantic

Montano – male, 30s to 50s – A retired soldier, now appointed governor of Cyprus

The Clown – either gender, any age – A servant; witty and a bit too forward

 

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson – late spring/early summer 2015

 

All roles have been CAST – actors will be considered as possible replacements.

An Iliad, starring Avi Hoffman

“Harrowing…breathtaking…an exhilarating example of pure theatre” – John Thomason, Florida Theater On Stage

“Vibrant and utterly intriguing…we are there, completely” – Roger Martin, Miami Artzine

“Electrifying…devastating…this, my friend, is theater incarnate” – Jesse Leaf, Around Town

Outré Theatre Company is proud to announce its sophomore production, Denis O’Hare and Lisa Peterson’s Obie Award-winning one-man show An Iliad, starring Avi Hoffman. Returning Homer’s classic to where it originated – the words of the Poet, speaking directly to an audience – An Iliad brings alive the struggle between Achilles and Hector, the battle and fall of Troy, and the beautiful woman who caused it all.

Outré’s production of An Iliad stars Avi Hoffman, the well-known and well-respected South Florida actor/director whose accolades and nominations include the LA Ovation Awards, the NY Drama Desk, the NY Outer Critics Circle, and South Florida’s own Carbonell Awards. Hoffman plays the Poet, bringing to life Homer’s timeless characters such as Achilles, Hector, Helen, and Priam.

The production will be directed by Skye Whitcomb, Outré’s Artistic Director. Sabrina Lynn Gore will assistant direct, with set design by Sean McClelland and lighting design by Stefanie Howard.

An Iliad will be performed at the Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center, 201 Plaza Real in Boca Raton, Florida. The production opens April 5, 2013, and runs through April 21, 2013. Performances are Fridays at 8:00 pm, Saturdays at 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm, and Sundays at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm. There will be no 7:00 pm performance on Sunday, April 14.

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Outre Theatre’s First Show Is Challenging ‘The Wild Party

By Bill Hirschman

Some troupes ease into existence with a modest, surefire and frugal first full production. Not Outré Theater Company.

South Florida’s newest professional company bows Friday with Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party. The 200close0 off-Broadway cult hit combines a brilliant but edgy Jazz Age score with a jet black story of self-destructive hedonists in the 1920s who indulge in virtually every vice imaginable.

The music is artistically challenging to perform, the piece needs a relatively large cast and band, and this isn’t Andrew Lloyd Webber, let alone Lerner & Loewe.

Outré would have it no other way, said Skye Whitcomb, artistic director and co-founder of the troupe with Managing Director Nori Tecosky.

Read  more of Bill’s feature on Wild Party, here.

You’re invited to a Wild, Wild Party!

Dust off your spats, shake out your flapper dress, find those gangster duds and take a trip to the Roaring 20s! Join Outré’ Theatre Company and the cast of The Wild Party for Outré’s first costume ball, A Wild Wild Party, on November 9 at the Manor Complex from 7pm to 11pm.

On Friday, November 9, Outré’ Theatre Company is launching its first performance costume ball, a party that will take you back to the days of the speakeasy. Meet the cast, listen to jazz from local artists, and have a drink on us.

Guests will have the opportunity to sponsor costume pieces, set pieces, and props from Outré’s inaugural show, Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party, opening November 23 at Mizner Park Studio Theatre and running for three weekends.
Tickets for A Wild Wild Party are $40 per person and $65 per couple.

Tickets are available here, and remember, enter through the back door and make sure to tell the bouncers the code word.
No costumes, no entry. The Manor Complex is located at 2345 Wilton Drive,
Wilton Manors.

Costumed patrons will get a 15% discount at the Manor Complex’s restaurant.
Tickets are also available at the door.

Outré Announces Its Premiere 2012/13 Season!

Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Outré Theatre Company, under the leadership of Artistic Director Skye Whitcomb and Managing Director Nori Tecosky, announces its premiere 2012-13 season.  The company’s first full season will feature Andrew Lippa’s cult musical The Wild Party, the Southeastern Premiere of An Iliad written by Denis O’Hare and Lisa Peterson and starring Avi Hoffman, and the South Florida Premiere of Jonathan Larson’s tick, tick…BOOM!

Artistic Director Skye Whitcomb said, “I’m proud to announce that Outré will be presenting the Southeastern Premiere of O’Hare and Peterson’s An Iliad. The show recently played to a great deal of acclaim in both Chicago and New York, and with Avi Hoffman playing the role of Homer’s Poet, I think this is one of those shows that will really make an impact on people.

“You couple that with the sexy and gritty stylings of The Wild Party, set in the 1920s, and with Jonathan Larson’s examination of an artist’s struggles in 1990s New York in tick, tick…BOOM!, and what you have is a season which traces our struggle to discover ourselves and to connect with other people, a struggle which has gone on for most of human history.”

 

The 201close2/13 Outré Theatre Company Season Up-Close:

 

The Wild Party

by Andrew Lippa

November 23 – December 9, 2012

“Don’t ya wanna be the life of the party?” Lippa’s retelling of John Moncure March’s 1928 poem introduces us to vaudeville performers Burrs and Queenie, a couple with a tempestuous and often violent relationship.  After a particular violent argument, Queenie decides to throw a party in order to humiliate Burrs, replete with bathtub gin and a colorful array of characters.  As the night wears on, the party gets wilder, the air gets hotter, and the unexpected decides to make an appearance.

 

An Iliad

by Denis O’Hare and Lisa Peterson

April 5 – April 23, 2013

“Rage – Goddess, sing the rage of Achilles!” Homer’s Iliad, an account of the ten-year Trojan War, remains one of the most enduring poems ever written. In this adaptation by Denis O’Hare (TV’s True Blood) and Lisa Peterson, Homer’s Poet stands alone, telling the story of loss and bloodshed and strife as it echoes down through the centuries, from the walls of Troy to the streets of Kabul.

 

tick, tick…BOOM!

by Jonathan Larson

May 2013

“Cages or wings – which do you prefer? Ask the birds.” Larson’s musical, incomplete at the time of his death, follows a semi-autobiographical telling of a struggling young composer in late 20th-century New York. As Jon strives to create a new form of theatre, one which speaks to his generation, he watches his best friend trade creativity for financial stability, and sees his girlfriend dream of a stable family life away from the city.  On the cusp of his thirtieth birthday, Jon must decide what it truly means to be an artist.

 

Outré Theatre Company is one of South Florida’s newest professional non-profit theatre companies. We believe that theatre is a living art form with the power to reimagine and reexamine ourselves, and the world around us. We are a theatre that nurtures the creative spirit of individuals and our community through original and established works, utilizing a variety of mediums to engage the souls and imagination of the artists and the audience. We strive to create theatre that is technically diverse and stimulates thought, promotes reflection, and encourages activism.