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 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.
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.
by Jonathan Larson
“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.