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August 13, 2008

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The Theater Offensive Announces OUT ON THE EDGE
17th Annual Festival Of Queer Theater October 18 - November 8, 2008

BOSTON, MA (08-13-08)-- Since 1992, The Theater Offensive's OUT ON THE EDGE has developed and presented the talents of queer thinkers and artists from around the world. Abe Rybeck, Artistic Director, and Eve Alpern, Producing Director announce the 17th Annual Festival of Queer Theater including Plays At Work staged readings and mainstage performances. For more detail go to www.thetheateroffensive.org for updates and additional community activities.

PLAYS AT WORK - STAGE READINGS

Saturday October 18 at 4pm and Sunday October 19 at 1pm.
BIRDS DO IT
A play at work by David Valdes Greenwood

If gay marriage is a hot issue, then Fernando & Aubrey really feel the burn! After 10 happy years together, a proposal may be the one thing that could tear them apart. Then add a sexy coworker, a husband-scorched mom, and an ex-gay penguin to fan the flames! This timely romantic comedy probes the distinction between gay marriage and my marriage. Readings will be held at Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont Street, Boston. General admission with $10 suggested donation. Tickets are available on day of show at the box office only. No advance reservations available. Artist discussion following each performance.

Saturday October 18 at 8pm and Sunday October 19 at 4pm.
BLUE FIRE ON THE WATER
A play at work by Artist in Residence Renita Martin, a National Performance Network Creation Fund Project.

The Boston Herald says (Martin has) "Poetic lyricism with great storytelling". As Katrina floods Jo's home, the aging New Orleans jazz stalwart is also inundated by his stolen dreams, his lost loves, and his tightly bound secrets. Jo rejects one rescuer after another, committed to stick with the comfort of his main squeeze­­his beloved piano named "Red". As the muddy waters rise, can truth float to the surface? Readings will be held at Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont Street, Boston. General admission with $10 suggested donation. Tickets are available on day of show at the box office only. No advance reservations available. Artist discussion following each performance.

MAINSTAGE PERFORMANCES

October 22-26
NUT/CRACKED
Starring David Parker and The Bang Group

Back for the whole family to see, after selling out in 2007! Exquisite dancing, yes, but this is no saccharine-dripped chestnut! Whether you love or hate the original, you and all your friends will get swept up in this irreverent Tchaikovsky dance extravaganza. It will have you tap dancing in the aisles, and sucking a thumb! With new twists for 2008! Performances are Wednesday-Thursday at 7.30; Friday at 8 pm; Saturday at 2pm and 8pm; Sunday at 2pm at Roberts Studio in the Calderwood Pavilion in the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont Street, Boston. Tickets are $20 -$48. For tickets contact the BostonTheatreScene.com box office at 617.933.8600 or order online at www.bostontheatrescene.com. Moderated artist discussion on Saturday October 25 following 2pm matinee.

October 28-November 2
VARLA JEAN MERMAN LOVES A FOREIGN TONGUE
Starring Jeffrey Roberson with Mark Cortale www.varlaonline.com

Includes "Varla's Dirty Shorts" film festival of her Greatest flicks! According to the Los Angeles Times, (Varla is) "An indisputable force of nature... the dazzling force of a cyclone touching down in a sequin factory." Varla has charmed sold-out houses with her stunningly great voice and spectacularly bad taste, from Provincetown to Sydney (that's in AustriaSlia). Now, after conquering the rest of the world, the purported love-child of Ethel Merman and Ernest Borgnine, tries to lick Boston! You'll be left speechless in any language. Performances are Tuesday -Thursday at 7:30pm; Friday at 10:15pm, Saturday at 8pm and 10:15pm at Roberts Studio in the Calderwood Pavilion in the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont Street, Boston. Tickets are $20 - $48. For tickets contact the BostonTheatreScene.com box office at 617.933.8600 or order online at www.bostontheatrescene.com

New England Premiere!
October 31 ­ November 2
MISS AMERICA
Split Britches - starring Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver

The legendary, Obie-award winning playwright/performers return to Boston with their most timely show ever. Peggy and Lois expose what we have lost as America still clings to desperate triumphalism. Don't miss this beautiful and heady twister of the American Dream, or what's left of it. Performances are Friday at 8pm; Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 7pm at Roberts Studio in the Calderwood Pavilion in the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont Street, Boston. Tickets are $20 -$48. For tickets contact the BostonTheatreScene.com box office at 617.933.8600 or order online at www.bostontheatrescene.com.

New England Premiere!

November 5-8
WAKE THE F**K UP AMERICA
Starring The Kinsey Sicks

The San Francisco Chronicle raves "gut-busting parodies and raucous shtick-astonishing!" Best way to celebrate an election victory? Hilarious queer performance with a political twist! In fact, that'll work if we lose too. TV's "America's Most Talented" a capella drag queens finally storm Boston! This critically acclaimed ensemble serves it up a sassy, hysterical, perfectly harmonized satire of TV Morning News. Performances are Wednesday - Thursday at 7:30pm; Friday at 8pm; Saturday at 5pm and 8pm at Roberts Studio in the Calderwood Pavilion in the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont Street, Boston. Tickets are $20 - $48. For tickets contact the BostonTheatreScene.com box office at 617.933.8600 or order online at www.bostontheatrescene.com

The Theater Offensive

Founded in 1989 by Artistic Director Abe Rybeck, The Theater Offensive has driven its ambitious programming to the cutting edge of queer culture and politics. Grounded in the commitment to build an activist-based artistic forum, the groundbreaking programming has become a vital arena for the unique voice of queer cultures, and has led to lasting coalitions between the varied communities within the queer umbrella. They accomplish this work through meaningful ongoing relationships with a range of arts and organizing initiatives locally and throughout the country, and by using any and all cultural tools to make a difference in the minds, hearts, and libidos of the queer and straight communities. Nationally recognized community programs include A Street Theater Named Desire, True Colors Out Youth Theater, and the Out on The Edge Festival of Queer Theater.

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