Friday, September 1, 2017 —
This fall, Theatrical Outfit proudly stages the Southeast premiere of Boy, a recent Off-Broadway hit play by Anna Ziegler inspired by a true story of gender reassignment, featuring Tom Key, Theatrical Outfit’s Artistic Director, and Clifton Guterman, Theatrical Outfit’s Associate Artistic Director, with direction by Melissa Foulger. Humorous, profound, educational and deeply illuminating, Boy runs September 28 – October 15 and is the first production of the 2017- 2018 Season of Character in our home space, The Balzer Theater at Herren’s.
ABOUT THE PLAY
By Anna Ziegler
Directed by Melissa Foulger
Featuring Theatrical Outfit's Associate Artistic Director Clifton Guterman and Artistic Director Tom Key
1968-1990. Davenport, Iowa and Boston, Massachusetts. Inspired by a fascinating true story covered by Oprah, documented by the BBC and exposed in a best-selling biography, Boy asks us: does nature or nurture determine who and how we love? A renowned doctor convinces the parents of a male infant to raise their son as a girl after an accident, and years later, the repercussions and realities of that choice unfold and alter lives. With humor and tenderness, Boy explores the tricky terrain of loving oneself and others amidst the confusion of gender identity as one very special young person simply yearns to be himself. Mature themes and content.
"At the end, you won't be thinking about gender. You'll be thinking about humanity." — The Hollywood Reporter
“Expect it to be a long while before there’s another play more rewarding, more moving, and more magical than Boy.” — Talkin’ Broadway
“A great play….Boy lays out this complex story with precision and grace.” — Huffington Post
“With uncommon empathy and startling insight, Boy gets to the conflict between medicine and science.” — Theatermania
“Captivating, insightful, gut-wrenching and beautiful …dazzlingly, deliciously alive from start to finish. — Talkin’ Broadway
Clifton Guterman* – Adam Turner
Tom Key* – Dr. Wendell Barnes
Annie York – Jenny Lafferty
Daryl Lisa Fazio – Trudy Turner
Matt Lewis* – Doug Turner
Melissa Foulger – Director
Barrett Doyle and Joel Coady – Scenic Designers
Lauren Robinson – Lighting Designer
Samantha P. McDaniel – Costume Designer
Dan Bauman – Sound Designer
Julian Verner – Properties Designer
Clifton Guterman* – Associate Artistic Director/Casting Director
Barbara Gantt O'Haley* – Stage Manager
Julie Skrzypek – Assistant to the Director
Sarah Dove – Stage Management Production Assistant
*Appearing through an Agreement between this theatre, Theatrical Outfit, and Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
PERFORMANCE DATES & TICKETS*
Previews: September 28 and 29, 2017 at 7:30PM
Opening night: Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 7:30PM
Regular performances: October 1 - 15, 2017
Theatrical Outfit’s regular performances of Boy are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30PM and Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30PM. Tickets range from $18-$51* and may be purchased online at www.theatricaloutfit.org or by calling 678.528.1500. Group pricing is available. For info, email email@example.com.
*Ticket prices are subject to availability. Fees and taxes apply. Order early for best pricing.
Consider taking MARTA to Theatrical Outfit! The Peachtree Center station is only two blocks north on Peachtree Street – easily walkable.
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT EVENTS:
Downtown Dialogue — Saturday, October 7, post-matinee
Be downtown and join a panel of special guests in an open dialogue about the social and global themes in the show. Open to all patrons with a ticket to any performance of the current production.
Macy's Page to Stage Talk Back — Friday, October 13, post-show
Representatives from the creative team/staff share how they moved the show from script to finished production.
PUBLICITY AND PRODUCTION PHOTOS may be accessed HERE.
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Major funding is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners. Sponsors: Fulton County Office of Cultural Affairs, Turner Broadcasting, City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, Jackson Spalding, Publix Super Markets Charities, Audience Building Roundtable of The Blank Foundation, Macy’s, MARTA, The Shubert Foundation
ABOUT THEATRICAL OUTFIT: Atlanta’s second-oldest continually-operating professional theatre company was founded in 1976 and has been led by Artistic Director Tom Key since fall 1995. Key led the company through the creation of its award-winning downtown home, the Balzer Theater at Herren’s, the first U.S. theater to achieve LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The Balzer Theater is also the historical site of Herren’s, the first restaurant in Atlanta to voluntarily desegregate in 1962; its first African American patrons, Dr. Lee and Delores Shelton, remain Theatrical Outfit patrons and season ticket subscribers. Key's programming of classics, regional and world premieres and musicals tell soul-stirring stories, with themes that explore diversity, equality, ethnicity, race, and religion; and often feature the best writers of the American South, including Ernest Gaines, Lauren Gunderson, Horton Foote, Harper Lee, Flannery O’Connor, Janece Shaffer, Sherry Shephard-Massat, Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder, and Tennessee Williams. After ten years of capital investment, T.O. is in new territory. Having retired its mortgage, the staff, trustees, and artists have launched a new 2018-2020 Strategic Plan designed to produce great art, diversify and grow our audience, increase revenue and reserves, develop artists who contribute to the dramatic cannon and maintain an effective organization. The plan now has the benefit of two leaders, Artistic Director Tom Key and Managing Director Lee Foster (hired in July 2014) who together have achieved Theatrical Outfit’s most successful successive season of ticket sales since the 2005 opening of The Balzer Theater at Herren’s and the most Suzi Bass Award nominations for several seasons ever garnered by Theatrical Outfit.
ABOUT OUR VENUE: Boy will be performed at The Balzer Theater at Herren's at 84 Luckie Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30303.
OUR VISION: A compassionate, joyful, and just community.
OUR MISSION: Produce world-class theatre that starts the conversations that matter.
BOY at Theatrical Outfit