Out On The Edge
The 12th Annual Festival of
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Theatre

The Theater Offensive will present Out On The Edge: 12th Annual Festival of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Theater, from September 6 - 27, 2003 at the Boston Center for the Arts.

Since its inception in 1992, The Theater Offensive's Out On The Edge Festival has become one of the premiere LGBT theater festivals in the world and the only one in New England.

The 2003 festival will offer a wide-range of opportunities to experience and interact with performers, directors and playwrights through performances, workshops, panels and community events, with a special focus on development of new works by people of color.

As a highlight of the week-long Play Lab artist residency, local artists Melissa Li ("Surviving The Nian"), Thomas Defrantz ("Queer Theory: A Musical Travesty"), and Letta Neeley ("Last Rites") will present staged readings of their new works on September 6 and 7 at 5 PM, 6:30 PM and 8:30 PM.

From September 11 - 14, The Theater Offensive brings together the extraordinary talents of Caribbean female-to-male transgender performer, writer and activist, Imani Henry, NY-based actress Renita Martin and director Maureen Shea for "B4T: Before Testosterone." This moving multi-media theater piece explores black lesbian and transgender experiences through the contrasting lives of three characters and challenges with the daily realities of people who live between and outside conventional genders. Performances are Thursday - Saturday at 8 PM and Sunday at 7 PM.

On the weekends of September 18 - 21 and September 25 - 27, Filipino gay performance artist, novelist, and AIDS activist Noel Alumit returns to Out On The Edge in "Master of the (Miss) Universe." Directed by Anne Etue, Alumit's new piece is a sharp and provocative tribute to one of the world's most enduring and controversial gay cultural icons: the beauty pageant. Named a Los Angeles Times' Best Bet, "Master of the (Miss) Universe" entertains and provokes while Alumit obsesses about his answers to those now infamous final questions. (And yes, somebody wins a tiara.)

Alumit's "The Rice Room: Scenes from a Bar" played to packed houses at The Theater Offensive's 2000 festival. Published by Alyson Publications, his new novel, "Letters to Montgomery Clift" received critical acclaim by OUT, Advocate and Genre magazines.

Festival Events include:

Sept. 6: Private Passholders' Party with the Playwrights

Sept. 7: Transgender Community Brunch

Sept 11: "B4T" Pre-show event with Sistah Insiders and Brother in the House

Sept. 11: Post-show Opening Night Toast

Sept. 13: Imani Henry Workshop (advanced sign-up encouraged)

Sept. 19: Noel Alumit Workshop (advanced sign-up encouraged)

Sept. 19: Post-show reception and award presentation. Sponsored by MAAPP

Sept. 21: Post-show surprise performance featuring local artists (Co-Sponsored by MAAPP)

Sept. 24: Queer Youth Performance Slam! Co-sponsored by GLASS & BAGLY

Sept. 25: Afternoon panel discussion "AIDS ACTIVISM & Performance" (Co-sponsored by MAAP

Sept. 25: "Master of the (Miss) Universe" Pre-show event with Sistah Insiders and Brothers in the House.

All performances and events will be held at the BCA Theater at the Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont Street. The BCA is a wheelchair accessible facility. Single tickets are $27 and $18. A Festival PassOUT is $50 and includes one ticket to each performance, one seat at each staged reading, and one ticket to the Playwrights' Party.

PAY WHAT YOU CAN NIGHTS will be offered Thursdays Sept. 11, 18 & 25. You can set your own price of $10 or more when you make your purchase the day of the show, upon availability, at the BCA Box Office before 6 PM.

Single Tickets and Festival PassOUT can be ordered by calling the box office at 617-426-2787 or logging onto www.theatermania.com.

For information on staged readings and other festival events call The Theater Offensive at (617) 621-6090 or visit www.thetheateroffensive.org.

The 12th Annual Out on the Edge Festival is made possible by The Theater Offensive's community supporters, the Boston Foundation, the Grass Roots Gay Rights Fund, the Haymarket People's Fund, National Performance Network, the OUT Fund, the LEF Foundation, the Proscenium Fund for Audience Development, the Massachusetts Cultural Council (a state agency which also receives funding from the National Endowment for the Arts).

This presentation of The Theater Offensive is one of a series of programs designed by the National Performance Network (NPN). NPN is an independent organization begun by Dance Theater Workshop and is comprised of arts organizations in 37 cities and 26 states. NPN is made possible through major funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Theater Offensive is a resident company of the Boston Center for the Arts.

-- OnStage Boston



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