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Outré Returns to Boca Raton for it’s Fifth Season

Outré Theatre Company, known for its dedication to challenging and thought-provoking works, is proud to announce its return to Boca Raton for its fifth season. Outré’s first two seasons were produced at the Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center, before the company relocated to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts for seasons three and four. Now, Outré returns to Boca to present its fifth season jointly with Showtime Performing Arts, helmed by Marilyn Perry.

Outré opens its fifth season with Larry Kramer’s fiery The Normal Heart, running September 22 through October 9, 2016. Set in New York City as the AIDS epidemic breaks over the gay community, Kramer’s semi-autobiographical play follows one man as he rages against the indifference of his government and his society. Ned Weeks, Kramer’s alter ego, watches as friends and community members succumb to the disease, and refuses to stand by as the Reagan administration ignores the deaths of thousands. Newsweek called the play “a fierce and moving human drama,” while the Time Out New York praised it as “raw, scary, and galvanizing.” Winner of the 2011 Tony Award for Best Revival, as well as the Drama Desk Award, the Outer Critic’s Circle Award, and the Drama League Award, The Normal Heart reminds us that the fight we now face began decades ago, and the voices of those who came before us still guide our steps.

Outré follows that with Peter Townshend and Des McNuff’s powerful rock opera The Who’s Tommy, running December 1 through December 18, 2016. Winner of five Tony Awards, six Drama Desk Awards, and a Grammy for Best Musical Show Album, Tommy follows a young man shocked into catatonia after witnessing his father commit murder. Suffering abuse at the hands of his peers and neighbors, Tommy finds release and hope through playing pinball. Praised and lauded as a revitalizing force in an often sterile landscape, Tommy speaks across generations to the needs of each individual for recognition and understanding.

The summer also begins the first stage of Outré’s partnership with Clare Vickery and Grace Arts on RnJ2, a new work that will fuse theatre, dance, music, and visual art to tell the stories of young people growing up in the South Florida area. Aided by Rachel Finley of the poetry collective Chaos Theory, this collaborative work will begin with youth workshops conducted through the Urban League of Broward County, and will continue through the fall in partnership with area high schools. Outré joins Grace Arts and New York’s Zest Collective in this artistic fusion that will hit the stage sometime in January 2017.

Two other productions, one running February 16 through March 5, 2017, and the other running May 25 through June 11, 2017, are yet to be announced. They will be announced as soon as the production rights have been secured. For more information regarding Outré and its 2016/17 season, please contact Artistic Director Skye Whitcomb at 954-300-2149 or via email at skye@outretheatrecompany.com.