LSU Theatre Lab to Present Seventh Annual Outworks Festival of One-Act Performances May 1-6
BATON ROUGE – LSU Theatre presents the 7th annual Outworks Festival, coordinated by Garrett Guilbeau, May 1-6 in the Studio Theatre, located in the LSU Music & Dramatic Arts Building on Dalrymple Drive.
Outworks is an evening of six new, previously unproduced one act plays with gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and/or queer themes. The Outworks committee chooses six plays from hundreds of submissions all over the country including New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Orlando and Denver. The festival is directed, designed, performed, and produced by students. Audiences can to look forward to a barrel of laughs, some tears and dramatic tension.
“It was the most challenging, exciting, and fun show I had ever undertaken,” said Guilbeau, who served as stage manager for the 2009 Outworks Festival. “I am returning in my senior year to coordinate the festival and direct one of the shows. Outworks is one of the most relevant, meaningful things that happen on this campus. All in all, Outworks is sure to open minds to see that we are all in it together.”
One of the plays premiering at this year’s Outworks Festival is entitled “Best Man.” Playwright Steven Korbar said in writing the production, he worked to suggest a common ground between all people – mutual suffering.
“It struck me that the one universally relatable aspect of love is the demoralizing pain it can inflict on all of us,” Korbar said. “In its own strange way, I hope my play argues that, gay or straight, ‘the right to love who you chose’ can’t be legislated, but rather is earned by accepting the risk of not being loved in return.”
“Best Man” director Jason Bayle added that he was drawn to the play because of the deftly humorous way in which Korbar tackles what it means to ask for love.
“The challenge for me was to find two actors skilled and courageous enough to examine that question in what are very comedic circumstances masking painful consequences,” Bayle said.
Other new works that will be included in this year’s Outworks Festival include “The Gay Play,” written by Christina Quintana and directed by Garrett Guilbeau; “A Small Fishing Nation Wedged Between Estonia and Latvia,” written by Andrew Black and directed by Chelsey Payne; “Charming,” written by Mark Harvey Levine and directed by Ali Bagbey; “The Conservative Plight of Robert Mendelson,” written by Mark Troy and directed by Michael Augustine; and “Sirens,” written by Carol Mullen and directed by Rachel Theriot.
Performances held May 1-5 will begin at 7:30 p.m. each evening, while a matinee performance will be held on Sunday, May 6, at 2 p.m.
Tickets for Outworks Festival performances are $10 each, and can only be purchased at the door.
This production is supported by the LSU Performing Arts Fee. All dates and times are subject to change.