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Outré Presents The Christians at The Pompano Beach Cultural Center

Image: The Christians AdBetween fear and compassion, between faith and independence, lays Lucas Hnath’s award-winning play 

The Christians, by Lucas Hnath
October 19 – November 11, 2018
Reception / Media Night: October 20, 2018
Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 2 pm
Tickets: $42 adults, $20.50 students and industry

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#WhatDoYouBelieve, #CloseTheDistance

August 13, 2018 — The Outré Theatre Company and the City of Pompano Beach are excited to announce Outré’s first production of the 2018/19 season, the South Florida premiere of The Christians by Orlando-native playwright Lucas Hnath. Winner of the 2016 Outer Critics Circle Award, The Christians is a complex, multi-layered exploration of faith, belief and the seemingly insurmountable distance that separates us. The production will take place at the Pompano Beach Cultural Center from October 19-November 11, 2018. Tickets at www.ccpompano.org.

“This play, while set in a Protestant Christian church, creates a dialogue that transcends religion, and is incredibly poignant at this time in our nation,” said Skye Whitcomb, Outré’s Artistic Director and the director of the production. “The thing that strikes me most about The Christians is that for all the struggle that the characters go through, there is no ‘bad guy.’ Every one of these characters is coming from a place of personal truth, of belief, and they struggle with reconciling the differences in their beliefs. There’s this heartbreaking distance between them that tugs at the soul. And one of the most wrenching questions that the play forces us to contemplate is what we should do when those we love believe something that is not only different from what we believe, but believe something that we feel is actually dangerous.”

In Hnath’s play, Pastor Paul has guided his congregation through the years, from its origins as a tiny storefront church to today’s beautiful new megachurch with thousands of congregants. Now, on a Sunday, in the middle of his sermon, Paul is about to challenge one of his congregation’s most fundamental beliefs. What do you do when you realize that you’ve been lied to? If the stakes are eternity, how far are you willing to follow those you love?

Warning: This production contains adult language.

About Outré Theatre Company

 Outré Theatre Company is a vibrant, growing theatre company in beautiful South Florida. Outré believes that theatre is a living art form with the power to reimagine and reexamine ourselves and the world around us. They strive to create theatre which stimulates thought, provokes reflection, and encourages activism. www.outretheatrecompany.com

About the Pompano Beach Cultural Center 

The Pompano Beach Cultural Center and Library is a mixed-use City of Pompano Beach facility. The 47,000 square foot facility showcases a Cultural Center and Library under one roof. The Cultural Center features the best of regional talent in South Florida along with the finest international talent. A home to a 400-seat theater, an art gallery, and a state-of-the-art digital media center, the Cultural Center brings all disciplines together, not just under one roof but onto one stage.

Location: 50 West Atlantic Blvd. Pompano Beach, FL 33060   Telephone: 954-545-7800

Contact:  Skye Whitcomb, Artistic Director      954.300.2149     skye@outretheatrecompany.com

 

 

Hollywood Live! at Pompano Beach Cultural Center to Benefit Insight for The Blind

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All-Star Cast Recreates Beloved MGM Musical Numbers      

The Pompano Beach Cultural Center is proud to host a dazzling evening of entertainment to benefit Insight for the Blind.  “Hollywood Live!” directed by Shari Upbin, features an all-star cast and showcases some the most beloved songs from the silver screen from the 1940s on.  Proceeds from the event will allow Insight for the Blind, serving all of South Florida, to continue promoting literacy within the visually impaired community through the recording of Talking Books, a program of the Library of Congress. The event is scheduled for October 1, 2018, tickets are $100 or $150 for preferred seating and can be purchased at www.ccpompano.org.

“We are thrilled to present this star-studded event as a way to increase awareness and support for our organization,” said Matt Corey, CEO of Insight for the Blind. “Our fundraising efforts allow us to create recorded books for our sight-challenged community at no cost to them.”

The Hollywood Live! is produced and directed by Shari Upbin, who has staged this show with a variety of casts in New York and South Florida through her company Sharell Productions. For this event, a who’s who of theatre greats will be in the spotlight including Jeffrey Bruce, Lindsey Corey, Laura Hodos, Michael Focas, Amy Tanner, Mark Sanders and Sandi Stock. with musical and band direction by Caryl Fantel, Roy Fantel and Ruppert Zwienski. 

“Hollywood Live features a wealth of songs and juicy stories,” explained Upbin. “We will be recreating classic clips from famed MGM musicals and sharing some fascinating tinsel town tales as well. This show was declared a “joy to behold,” by Cabaret Magazine and the event will be the perfect opportunity for the audience to experience a spectacular evening, while supporting one of the most worthwhile organizations.”

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About Insight for the Blind:

Founded in 1975, the mission of Insight for the Blind is to help improve the quality of life for blind and visually impaired children and adults by promoting literacy and learning and aiding in the appreciation for reading through our production of recorded books, magazines and articles.  Insight works with and maintains the standards of the Library of Congress Talking Books program. 

Insight for the Blind produces Talking Books at no cost to the Library of Congress National Library Service or to the Florida Division of Blind Services or to any other public agency.  The program is free to anyone who has trouble reading print because of an eye problem, a reading disability, or difficulty holding a book due to arthritis, a stroke, accident, or wounds received during military service.  

Blindness is one of the most feared of all human afflictions and is growing among the elderly.  It is widespread, reaching into all segments of our population, destroying one of our most important senses. “I lost my eyesight, but not my love for reading and learning,” is a common refrain from patrons of Talking Books.  

Working in partnership with community libraries across all 67 Florida Counties, through the Library of Congress, our recordings are available to all of the 489,702 blind and visually impaired in Florida and the 7 million others throughout America.  Insight is 100% private sector funded. 

 For more information please visit, www.insightfortheblind.org

The Pompano Beach Cultural Center is located at 50 West Atlantic Blvd, Pompano Beach, FL 33060. Phone number 954-545-7800

Insight for the Blind is located at 1401 NE 4th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

Phone number 954-522-5057

Rootz of Music to Stage 4th Annual Fundraiser at The Pompano Beach Cultural Center

American Roots of Jamaican Music: The Legacy

Rootz of Music will present its 4th Annual fundraiser, a musical extravaganza entitled American Roots of Jamaican Music: The Legacy at the Pompano Beach Cultural Center on Sunday, August 26, 2018 at 7 p.m. This show chronicles the development of popular songs that were the foundation in both Jamaica and the Americas starting from the mid 1940’s to present time. The event will also honor some of the legends of the genre with the presentation of the Jamaican Music Excellence Awards. Tickets are $40 at www.ccpompano.org.

“Jamaican music has been a world-wide influence and through this Legacy event, we will take audience members on a spectacular musical journey to experience the evolution of the art form,” said Felica Grey, President of Rootz of Music.
Led by world-class Jamaican born guitarist, composer, arranger, music instructor Eugene Grey, the show will also feature renowned percussionist Larry McDonald as well as singers Lady Tasha, Yishka, Gershi, Tedman Greaves, Endel I and Sabrina Williams along with the Radiance Major dancers performing the music of the popular artists of each era such as Louis Jordan, Harry Belafonte, Byron Lee and the Dragonaires.
A special guest artist will be Sultan Ali, son of Prince Buster who recorded the classic song “Hard Man Fe Dead.” This innovative and entertaining musical presentation is staged to demonstrate the interconnectivity of American and Jamaican Music and how the two separate elements of two genres merged and became what is now known as Reggae and Hip Hop.

The event will also feature the presentation of the 2nd Annual Jamaican Music Excellence Awards to music legends Mighty Sparrow, Lord Creator, Bobby Aitken, Billy Vernon, Patrick McDonald, Brian Atkinson, Fred Crossley, Fred Campbell, Trevor Lopez and Merritone Sound System. There will be a VIP reception starting 90 minutes prior to the performance for the awardees and VIPS to enjoy free Jamaican cuisine by Mama’s Kitchen and wine.
The event is sponsored in part by Broward County Florida Cultural Division as well as by SOS Children’s Villages, Greenspoon Marder Law, First Green Bank, David Photo, WAVS, Hot 105 along with support from the City of Pompano Beach.

About Rootz of Music Inc. – Florida-based Rootz of Music, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization that was founded in 2011 by Jazz guitarist, arranger, composer, and music educator Eugene Grey and his wife Felicia K. Grey. The organization’s mission is to positively impact the social and academic success of children through music education and cultural enrichment performances and preserve the history of Jamaican music. Since 2013 Rootz of Music has provided weekly music lessons to SOS Children’s Villages, a foster care community. Proceeds benefit music education for youth in underserved communities.

Hedwig Reviews

SOUTHFLORIDA.COM
“Wrapping up the first season in its sleek new home at the Pompano Beach Cultural Center, Outre Theatre Company has transformed its large-scale performance space into a place where the storytelling feels intimate, provocative and wildly theatrical.

“Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” that difficult-to-categorize musical by John Cameron Mitchell and composer-lyricist Stephen Trask, kicks butt and takes names. If you happen to be wearing socks, stars Mike Westrich and Kat Gold, backed by the tight Angry Inch band, will knock them off. Maybe make them spontaneously combust.”…  –  Read More

FLORIDA THEATER ON STAGE
. . . “The production is a high mark in Outre’s history, a worthy contender to such similarly spartan shows as An Iliad and Thrill Me. (Minimalism clearly suits this company.) From costume changes to choreography and blocking, director Skye Whitcomb stages the musical with inconspicuous zest.” … –  Read More