Artistic Director Skye Whitcomb and Managing Director Nori Tecosky have announced Outré Theatre Company’s 2013-2014 season.
“Our sophomore season is really very eclectic,” Whitcomb remarked. “We have two brand new works, we have caustic dark comedies, we have Shakespeare – we’re really trying to show how some themes thread their way through the centuries. This year our focus is on how often people skirt around uncomfortable truths, whether those truths are about ourselves or about others. You can see that in all the works we’re producing this year, from works that are five hundred years old as well as works that are still being workshopped.”
The season opens with a reading of a new work, Flashing Lights by Edward Excalibur, produced under the auspices of the South Florida Theatre League’s Summer Reading Series and sponsored by WLRN. Being produced on July 29, Flashing Lights examines the disintegration of a couple’s relationship as they deal, each in their own way, with the effects of tragedy.
Outré follows this up with a South Florida premiere, a one-weekend only performance of the outrageously successful off-Broadway hit Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. This reimagining of America’s first populist president casts him as a rock star, and examines the thrills and terrors that populism brings. Continuing Outré’s penchant for incorporating the band into the action of their musicals, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson will perform September 20-22.
In November, Outré brings us back to the Bard, one of the original bad boys of theatre, with Much Ado About Nothing. The original romantic comedy, Much Ado follows the rock-strewn path towards romance followed by Benedick and Beatrice, this time set in modern-day Venice, California. Mistaken identities, lavish parties, and a beach cop riding a Segway – what could possibly go wrong? Much Ado plays November 1-17.
Outré begins the new year with a concert of a brand-new musical, The Journey by Outré’s resident musical director, Kristen Long. Set in present-day New Orleans, and featuring a bluesy rock score, The Journey shows us the differing lives of five individuals as they strive for what they desire and what they need. Playing for one weekend only, The Journey graces Outré’s stage on January 17-19.
The next full production comes in March with Noah Haidle’s blacker-than-black comedy Mr. Marmalade. Haidle’s work centers on a four-year-old little girl with an imaginary friend, Mr. Marmalade. Innocent, right? What if that imaginary friend is a cocaine addict who beats his personal assistant and has a penchant for porn and sex toys? In that case, you have Haidle’s I-can’t-believe-I’m-laughing-at-this Mr. Marmalade, playing March 28 through April 13.
Outré finishes its sophomore season with the musical Grey Gardens, playing May 23-June 8. Based on the 1975 film, the musical follows Edith Bouvier Beale and her daughter “Little Edie,” aunt and cousin to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, on their descent from wealth and power to decrepitude and decay. Powerful and haunting, Grey Gardens examines what happens when sedentary complacency prevent us from pursuing and holding on to our dreams.
Season ticket packages will be available August 1, and can be purchased either by calling 954-300-2149 or online at www.outretheatrecompany.com. Single production tickets will be available August 19. For more information, call 954-300-2149 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.