Theatre Outré broadcasting new season of Gommorah online


Theatre Outré is experimenting with technology to get their work out to the world.Theatre Outre Artistic Director Jay Whitehead. Photo by Richard Amery
“ Last week we did our drunk  improv show live online (on March 21) on the Theatre Outré Facebook page, but now we don’t even feel comfortable doing that,” said Theatre Outré artistic director Jay Whitehead.

This weekend, Saturday, March 28 they are embracing technology again for the first episode of their new improvised sop opera Gommorah inspired by reality television shows like Big Brother through the Zoom app, which will,once again, be broadcasted on their Facebook page.

“We’ll be self isolating and playing a variety of crazy characters from our own laptops, computers and even phones,” Whitehead continued, agreeing it is a good fit, considering Big Brother uses a lot of cameras on the just the individual characters.

“ We’re experimenting, We’ll see of it works. I’ve been getting familiar with Zoom because I’ve been using it for teleconferencing at work. We have to experiment to do what we love to do,” he said.
 He said they will keep the show to 45 minutes.
“There is a lot going on on social media competing for people’s attention,” he continued.

 The show will be broadcasted on their Facebook page beginning at 8 p.m., March 28.
 Their  production of the Sissy Duckling has also been postponed, but they have also filmed a few songs from the show, which are also available on their Facebook page.

“ We were hoping to remount it in June, but we’re not sure if we will be able to now. But we’ve put a lot of work into creating this show,” he said of the Sissy Duckling, which is based on Harvey Fierstein’s children’s book adapted by Nicola Elson and featuring a mostly local cast of Erica Barr, Rylan Kunkle, Greg Wilson and Shannon Murphy.

“It’s the story of a boy duckling who doesn‘t like to do the things that other boy ducklings like to do like play baseball. He doesn’t fit in at home or in school. It’s about his journey as he comes to realize he is fine the way he is,” Whitehead summarized.
 He doesn’t know the future for Theatre Outré.
“ I’m optimistic, but if things don’t turn around by June, some difficult decisions are going to have to be made,” he said.
 The first episode of the new season of Gommorah will be broadcasted online on the Theatre Outré Facebook page, at 8 p.m., Saturday, March 28.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor