Theatrical Outfit (TO) is excited to share the updated spring 2021 mainstage season. After a sold-out digital fall and winter, TO is excited to return to the virtual stage with three pivotal solo productions that speak directly to the world today – “The Catastrophist” by Lauren Gunderson, “A Hundred Words For Snow” by Tatty Hennessy, and the previously announced “Fires In The Mirror: Crown Heights, Brooklyn and Other Identities” by Anna Deavere Smith. Additionally, TO will hold two special events – a virtual wine tasting, TO Hearts ATL, and the annual Our Luckie Stars Gala. TO continues its commitment to smart, authentic, vital theatre that starts the conversations that matter.
“I am thrilled with the response we have gotten for our digital programming so far, and am excited to share these exceptional plays with Atlanta audiences this spring,” says Matt Torney, artistic director. “When putting this season together, we challenged ourselves to look for plays that both engaged directly with the crucial questions of 2021 and the COVID recovery, and also allowed our audience to escape into new worlds and explore ideas in fresh and exciting ways. The three plays also create a path towards reopening this fall, especially the live stream of ‘Fires in the Mirror’ which will feel as close to live theatre as you can get at home!”
These exciting plays are all perfectly suited for the digital format, and will offer three outstanding performances that come to life right in the comfort of your own home. First, Atlanta favorite Lauren Gunderson returns with her brand-new play “The Catastrophist.” In a partnership with Marin Theatre Company & Round House Theatre, this ripped-from-the-headlines story is paired with Gunderson’s signature humor and heart to tell the true story of virologist Nathan Wolfe, who was named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the world (who also happens to be her husband). Streaming March 2-21.
Next, a hit British play, fresh from a national tour and a West End run, will make its Atlanta debut when “A Hundred Words For Snow” by Tatty Hennessy blows onto your screen. Torney directs this tender, hilarious, and epic play that follows the story of Rory, a 15-year-old girl who copes with her grief at her father’s passing by running away to spread his ashes across the North Pole. Streaming April 13-May 2.
Lastly, we are excited to present the seminal play “Fires In The Mirror: Crown Heights, Brooklyn and Other Identities,” by Anna Deavere Smith. Taken directly from a series of interviews with over 50 members of the Jewish and Black communities following the historic Crown Heights riots, which happened 30 years ago this summer, this timely piece turns their voices into a tour de force one-woman show starring January LaVoy. While the first two shows of the season will be prerecorded, “Fires In The Mirror”will stream live from Theatrical Outfit for nine performances only – making it the true not-to-be-missed theatrical event of the season. Additionally, there will be a chance for limited in person seating for these performances, June 11-June 27.
"It's exciting to be presenting three thought-provoking plays that explore the ways in which we navigate challenging situations with ingenuity, grace, and occasionally humor,” says Addae Moon, associate artistic director. “This is especially true now with the multitude of challenges we have been dealing with over the last several months. Plays like these remind us that one of the many gifts of our art form is that it allows a communal space for us to share, reflect and heal.”
While we all wait for the opportunity to be together in a theatre again, Theatrical Outfit promises to continue bringing you smart, authentic, vital digital theatre that starts the conversations that matter. VIP packages and single tickets to all productions and events are on sale now. We invite you to visit www.theatricaloutfit.org or call 678-528-1500.
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