Auditions for the 2015/16 Season!

The Outré Theatre Company is proud to announce the 2015/16 Season Auditions for its fourth season, “The Power of Woman”! Auditions will be held by appointment only on May 3 and 4 from 6 pm until 10 pm, with callbacks on May 5 and May 10. Auditions and callbacks will be held at Outré’s new home at the Broward Center in the Abdo New River Room. Actors interested in auditioning should submit electronic copy of headshot and resume, as well as which role(s) they are interested in, via email to auditions@outretheatrecompany.com.

The following roles are available unless otherwise noted:

The Threepenny Opera by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, adapted by Robert David MacDonald and Jeremy Sams
Directed by Skye Whitcomb
Runs August 28 – September 13, 2015
Rehearsals begin mid-July 2015.

Macheath – Male, 25-35. The underworld’s most infamous criminal, charismatic and sadistic. Tenor.
Jonathan Jeremiah Peachum – Male, 40-60. The “King of the Beggars,” a cunning and vicious organized crime boss. Baritone.
Celia Peachum – Female, 35-55. The strong-willed matriarch of an organized crime family. Mezzo-soprano.
Polly Peachum – Female, 18-25. The Peachums’ daughter, a bit sheltered but learning fast. Soprano.
Jackie “Tiger” Brown – Male, 30-45. The chief of police and Macheath’s former Army buddy. Baritone.
Lucy Brown – Female, 18-25. Tiger’s daughter, sensual and smart. Soprano.
Jenny – Female, 25-35. Prostitute and former lover of Macheath’s. Mezzo-soprano.
Ensemble (3 men, 3 women) – All ages. Play a variety of roles, including gang members, prostitutes, and constables.
Medea by Euripides
Directed by Skye Whitcomb
Runs March 11-27, 2016
Rehearsals begin mid-February 2016

Medea – CAST. Auditionees will be considered as possible replacements. Female, 30-45. A strong woman consumed by grief and rage as her husband leaves her and her children for a younger woman.
Jason – Male, 35-50. A strong politician, ex-military, who sees political advantage in leaving his wife for a younger woman.
Creon – Male, 40-60. A powerful, well-connected man who approves of Jason’s maneuvering. Jason’s future father-in-law.
Nurse – Female, 30-50. Nanny to Medea and Jason’s children. She herself was left by her husband earlier in life.
Tutor – Male, any age. Tutor to Jason and Medea’s children, he is also a spy for Jason who mistrusts his wife.
Chorus – Six women who represent different aspects of Medea’s psyche. They also step in as various characters.
Goblin Market by Polly Pen and Peggy Harmon, adapted from the poem by Christina Rossetti
Directed by Sabrina Lynn Gore
Concert Production
Runs April 8-10, 2016
Rehearsals begin late March 2016

Lizzie – Female, 25-40. A Victorian wife and mother who has returned to her childhood home. Strong and loving. Operatic mezzo-soprano.
Laura – Female, 20-35. Lizzie’s younger sister. A wife and mother herself, she is more impetuous and less proper than her sister. Operatic mezzo-soprano.

Outré Announces Its 2015/16 Season!

Outré Theatre Company Announces
“The Power of Woman”
2015/16 Season!

The Outré Theatre Company’s Artistic Director Skye Whitcomb and Managing Director Sabrina Lynn Gore are pleased to announce Outré’s fourth season, and its first full season at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. This season will be built around “The Power of Woman,” with productions focusing on the strength, seduction, and experiences of women. The season includes an Outré twist on a classic musical, a modern adaptation of a timeless Greek tragedy, and a punk rock musical spanning the globe, as well as Outré’s signature concert series. All performances will be at the Abdo New River Room at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

Outré begins the 2015/16 “Power of Woman” season with the Brecht and Weill satirical musical The Threepenny Opera, the revolutionary play and original ‘mock-pera’ that introduced “epic theatre” to the masses and inspired such musicals as Cabaret and Chicago with its sensual, jazz-drenched melodies and gritty characters. Lending its signature style to this modern classic, Outré is pleased to showcase the dark underworld of London, where Mack the Knife, Polly Peachum, and Pirate Jenny hold sway over the bands of cutthroats, prostitutes, and miscreants. The Threepenny Opera will perform August 28 through September 13, 2015, with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm.

Following The Threepenny Opera, Outré turns its attention to the ancient story of a woman with nothing left to lose, Euripides’ tragedy Medea. Reimagined in a modern context, Medea tells us of a woman spurned by her husband for a younger woman, and the lengths to which despair and rage can push us. Medea will perform March 11 through March 27, 2016, with Friday and Saturday night performances at 8 pm and Sunday performances at 2 pm.

In April, Outré brings back its signature concert series with Goblin Market, adapted by Polly Pen and Peggy Harmon from the poem by Christina Rossetti. This two-woman musical follows two grown sisters as they return to their childhood home, where the goblins and faeries of their adolescence beckon them to leave the proper Victorian world behind and revel in the pleasures of the senses. Praised by critics and audiences, Goblin Market runs for a single weekend, April 8 through April 10, 2016, Friday and Saturday at 8 pm, and Sunday at 2 pm.

June sees Outré return to the heady punk world of 1977, with a full production of Rooms: a rock romance by Paul Scott Goodman and Miriam Gordon. Presented as a concert production during the 2014/15 season, Sabrina Lynn Gore again directs Noah Levine and Erica Mendez in this tale of two young people struggling against the pressures of fame. Dealing with alcoholism, bulimia and unplanned pregnancy, they strive to find themselves and each other. Rooms plays June 10 through June 26, 2016, with performances at 8 pm on Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 pm on Sundays.

In addition to its normal season, Outré is also thrilled to announce a single-weekend return of Thrill Me by Stephen Dolginoff! Conor Walton and Mike Westrich return to the stage to reprise their roles as Richard Loeb and Nathan Leopold, the infamous thrill killers of the early twentieth century. Hailed as a triumphant production by critics and audiences, winner of the 2014 BroadwayWorld Awards for Best Musical, Best Ensemble, and Best Lighting Design, and nominated for two Carbonell Awards, Thrill Me will return December 11 through December 13, 2015, with only three performances: Friday and Saturday at 8 pm, and Sunday at 2 pm.

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.

Season tickets and individual show tickets will be available soon by visiting the Broward Center of the Performing Arts’ website, www.browardcenter.org, or by calling 954-462-0222.

Benefit Gallery Showing on November 14!

The Outré Theatre Company warmly invites you to join us as we celebrate the return of local professional theatre to Fort Lauderdale! We hope you will join us at our Benefit Gallery Showing at Blue Fine Art Gallery, located at 713A East Las Olas Boulevard, on November 14, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

That evening, 20% of your purchase of exquisite, contemporary art from the Blue Fine Art Gallery will be donated to Outré, South Florida’s fastest-growing, award-winning, professional, non-profit theatre company. We cannot thank the Blue Fine Art Gallery enough for their generosity in hosting this fundraising event.

We will be offering complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres, as well as entertaining you with live music by Outré’s featured local musical theatre artists. Cocktail attire is suggested, but black tie is also welcome.

Outré Theatre Company’s Artistic Director Skye Whitcomb and Managing Director Sabrina Gore will also be on hand to discuss our upcoming production of William Shakespeare’s Othello, opening on December 5, 2014, at our new home at the newly renovated Adbo New River Room at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. They will also be previewing our new Black Box Club, which will be launching on opening night of Othello!

Outré has so much to be thankful for this season, including your generous support! Please join Outré Theatre Company for our Benefit at Blue Gallery, on November 14, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

“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 201closeAn error occurred.4/15 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 200closeAn error occurred.0 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.”

 

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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.