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The ‘Out on the Edge’ festival begins Oct. 25


In its annual Out on the Edge festival of queer theater, The Theater Offensive (TTO) will mark the 40th anniversary of Stonewall and its own 20th anniversary by presenting the work of more than 35 performance artists. For four weeks, from Oct. 25 to Nov. 15, 2009, TTO will stage 22 performances of 7 shows at five venues throughout Boston.

“For The Theater Offensive’s 20th anniversary we’re uniting the legendary stars who defined queer performance with the hottest new artists in the field,” said Abe Rybeck, TTO’s executive artistic director. “Out on the Edge 2009 boasts our most celebrated line-up ever, sharing intimate venues where every audience member becomes part of the action.”

All performances in the festival will take place in specially designed cabaret-style environments. These venues seat no more than 100 people for an experience that will feel like unparalleled access to the artists, who include such legends of queer performance as Kate Bornstein, Tim Miller, Annie Sprinkle, and Joey Arias.

In presenting Out On The Edge in a tough economic climate, TTO has made sure that the festival is accessible to as many as possible. Tickets for all performances begin at $15. Workshops cost $10 to participate in, and many Festival Institute offerings are free to participate.

Out On the Edge Festival
The Theater Offensive presented its first Out on the Edge Queer Theater Festival in 1992. Held annually in the fall, the Festival is considered to be among the world’s premier queer theater series. Among the cutting-edge theater artists that have appeared at the Festival are Quentin Crisp, Tim Miller, The Five Lesbian Brothers, Luis Alfaro, Holly Hughes, Pomo Afro Homos, Alec Mapa, Split Britches, Jackie Hoffman, Bloolips, and Marga Gomez, among many others. Out on the Edge is known internationally for featuring the best artists from under-represented queer communities, so the festival gives audiences a unique opportunity to see performances by artists of color, the differently-abled, and transgender artists.

Compiled from the press release courtesy of The Theatre Offensive (website | profile | tag archive).

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