Tonight we take a break from our usual schedule to present something really crazy awesome and special.
Greenwich, Connecticut’s Off-Beat Players will present a one night only performance of Urinetown by special arrangement with The Araca Group – Tuesday August 21 at The American Theatre of Actors, where Urinetown made its Off-Broadway debut in 2001.
Off-Beat Players, Inc. (OBP) is a theatre company that provides an opportunity for young people of all backgrounds and abilities to work together, to learn from one another and to benefit from participation in a performing arts program. Young people gain an appreciation and respect for one another and their contributions to the company. The program develops life skills, instills confidence, uncovers hidden talents and affords every participant the opportunity to experience success in the performing arts. It is their hope that through this experience young people develop sensitivity toward one another’s abilities as well as disabilities, embrace the inclusion of all ability levels and celebrate differences in all their future life experiences.
OBP presented Urinetown earlier this month at the Arch Street Teen Center in Greenwich, Connecticut. Our executive producer, Danielle, caught wind of this inspirational production and we are thrilled to give these students the opportunity to perform on Urinetown’s original stage. Thankfully, The Man With America Skin was thrilled to share the theatre with such a worthy group of young artists.
To say we’re excited about this would be a drastic understatement. We’re headed over to the theatre this afternoon to help the Off-Beat Players get settled in time for their 7:30 Off-Broadway debut. We’ll be sure to post pics, etc. as much as we can. In the meantime, visit www.offbeatplayers.org for more information on this fantastic organization.
A photo from the Greenwich, CT run of Off-Beat’s Urinetown - Tina Mediate, left, plays Little Sally as Anna Carta plays Mama Peabody. Photo: Bob Luckey / Greenwich Time