Pinch ‘n’ Ouch Theatre has become known as “perhaps Atlanta’s finest off Broadway Theatre Company” (Atlanta InTown Paper). Their plays, which showcase powerful actors, are equally as provocative and entertaining, as they are smart and thought provoking. The 2013 Season continues their tradition for producing exciting new plays, presenting four new works from the latest generation of writers, including the OBIE Award winning playwright Annie Baker (The Aliens, Circle Mirror Transformation).
Artistic Director Grant McGowen’s new romantic drama Let’s Make It, now extended by demand thru March 30, 2013, is about a struggling filmmaker on a fleeting attempt to find success while rekindling his marriage. Starring Barrett Doyle and Heather Rule, the world premiere of Let’s Make It has already left a mark on Atlanta audiences and critics calling it “gripping and engaging” (Atlanta Theatre Fans), “Provocative, sexy, and raw” (The Backstage Beat), and “a powerful show” (Busking Seams).
If you have not yet heard of Lesyle Headland or seen any of her other plays (Bachelorette), it’s time you’re introduced with Assistance, a biting new office comedy about a group of young assistants struggling to save face in the eyes of their hellacious boss. Directed by UGA theatre professor George Contini and starring UGA grad Joe Sykes (Wolves, Next Fall), Assistance will also introduce some new actors on the scene Morgan Pelligrino, Liz Schad, and Mandi Lee. Catch Assistance live, running April 12 through May 5, before it becomes a hit TV series on NBC.
Since directing Pinch ‘n’ Ouch Theatre’s production of Body Awareness in 2011, director Justin Anderson (A Wrinkle In Time, Tigers Be Still, Angry Fags) has blown up, easily becoming one of Atlanta’s favorite directors. He returns to Pinch ‘n’ Ouch, this time directing Annie Baker’s other Off Broadway hit, The Aliens, a gentle and heartfelt play with original music about friendship, art, love, and death. Anderson expresses how grateful he is in getting his start with Pinch ‘n’ Ouch, “Many artists simply need an opportunity,” he says.
The company will close the 2013 Season with local playwright Britton Buttrill’s first ever full length production, Scratching, a dangerously gritty new play inspired by the love for tattooing. Directed by newcomer Nichole Palmietto, Scratching will no doubt challenge audiences with mature content and a vividly entertaining story about a tattoo artist struggling to find a way of life illegally tattooing out of his stripper girlfriend’s apartment.
With a brand new venue in the heart of Virginia Highlands (just across the street from Atlanta’s historic Plaza Theater), there is a lot of excitement bubbling beneath the surface at Pinch ‘n’ Ouch Theatre. As theatre critic Manning Harris put it, “support this company before they get grand like —never mind; my lips are sealed.”
For more information on shows and dates visit: www.pnotheatre.org.