Boca Raton’s Outré Theatre Company, based for its first two seasons at the Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center, is making a major move. After performing its season opener at the Sol/Evening Star Productions space in Boca Raton, the company will stage the rest of its 2014-2015 season at Fort Lauderdale’s Broward Center for the Performing Arts.
“It’s a phenomenal opportunity for us,” artistic director Skye Whitcomb said in a statement thanking Broward Center executives Shelly Bradshaw and Jill Kratish. “… when they gave us this wonderful opportunity, we couldn’t pass it up.”
Outré’s season will begin Oct. 24-Nov. 9 with Yussef El Guindi’s Back of the Throat at Sol/Evening Star, 3333 N. Federal Hwy., Boca Raton. The company will present Othello Dec. 5-21 in the Broward Center’s Abdo New River Room, which will also be the location for its production of the musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson May 1-17. A staged reading of Marie Antoinette: The Color of Flesh will be presented in the center’s new JM Family Studio Theatre March 6-7. Outré is also scouting for a non-traditional venue to do a concert version of the punk rock musical Rooms: A Rock Musical.
The Broward Center is located at 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale. For information on Outré, visit www.outretheatrecompany.com.
Producer Jay H. Harris, who passed away last month at 77, will be memorialized in a celebration of his life at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at GableStage. A behind-the-scenes force in South Florida theater, Harris contributed funds and advice to numerous companies, led the board of the region’s Carbonell Awards and produced shows on Broadway, in London and around the country.
Pulitzer Prize winner Nilo Cruz, whose play Anna in the Tropics was produced by Harris in London, will be one of those remembering the man who was mentor, supporter and friend. Others scheduled to speak are Promethean Theatre founder Deborah L. Sherman, Mosaic Theatre founder Richard Jay Simon, GableStage artistic director Joseph Adler, Actors’ Playhouse artistic director David Arisco, director Amy London and Harris’ New York-based producing partner Bill Franzblau.
GableStage is located in the eastern end of the Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables. For assured seating, call the box office at 305-445-0651.
Movie, play set
Fort Lauderdale’s Thinking Cap Theatre is presenting two different works, a movie and the regional premiere of the play Church, by playwright Young Jean Lee.
The movie The Shipment, written and directed by Lee, features five actors exploring unsettling African-American stereotypes. The film gets two showings on Tuesday, at 6 and 8 p.m., at Cinema Paradiso, 503 SW Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets are $10.
From Aug. 8-24, Thinking Cap is presenting Church, a play-with-music exploring the sermons, songs and dance of worship. Nicole Stodard is directing the site-specific production in a revival-style tent in the parking lot of the theater’s future home at The Vanguard — a former church — at 1501 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale. In the cast are Scott Douglas Wilson, Vanessa Elise, Ann Marie Olson and Carey Hart as evangelists; Sabrina Gore as the choir director and lead singer of the praise band; and Mariah Busk, A.J. Calaluca, Michael Friedman, Amy London and Miles Smith are in the band.
Performances of Church are 8 p.m. Friday-Sunday, with a 10 p.m. late-night performance on Saturday. Tickets are $28 (students $15). Call 813-220-1546 or visit www.thinkingcaptheatre.com.
In briefCharles Castleman
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