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Outvisible kicks off season with ‘Unsportsmanlike Conduct’ 9/21

Preview August 23, 2018 Encore Staff

ALLEN PARK, MI, 8/21/18:  Outvisible Theatre Company opens its third season with a world premiere production of Unsportsmanlike Conduct by New York City-based playwright, Jeff Stolzer. Directed by Outvisible’s Artistic Director, Adriane Galea, the production runs September 21 thru October 7, 2018.

After spending a drunken night with NFL quarterback Noah Woodward, cocktail waitress Kaylie Robbins rebuffs his sexual advances the following morning and discovers that his romantic pillow talk was manipulative and insincere. Upset by his deceit and lies, she leaves. But they will meet again – first in her attorney’s conference room and then in a court of law – after she accuses him of date rape.

“I’ve been describing Unsportsmanlike Conduct as very Law and Order-esque and extremely relevant” said the show’s director, Adriane Galea. “We watch as this incredibly famous football player gets accused of rape, and the show presents the he said/she said argument in a smart but entirely ambiguous way. The audience will have to decide for themselves what happened, and I think it will make for a lot of interesting discussions for our audience on their car ride home.”

The playwright, Jeff Stolzer, is back in Detroit after having won the Detroit New Works Festival, produced by Outvisible, in 2017. It was through winning the festival that Unsportsmanlike Conduct was put into development and optioned for production. Stolzer has been back and forth from Detroit four times is the past two years and says he has “discovered an incredibly vibrant and passionate theater scene in the Motor City.”

Unsportsmanlike Conduct is being produced at a time where society, particularly young people, are largely engaged with and affected by the #MeToo movement, which the work aims to highlight.

Outvisible Theatre Company’s production is directed by Adriane Galea (Dearborn). The cast includes Jeremy Kucharek (Royal Oak) as Noah Woodward and Danielle Wright (Southfield) as Kaylie Robbins. Harley Miah (Wyandotte) is lighting designer, Don Corbin (Southgate) is set designer, and Jillian Joie Dahl (Brownstown) is stage manager.

Tickets are $25 and are available by phone at 313-355-8340 or online at OutvisibleTheatre.com.

Pay What You Can shows are  September 24 and October 1 at 8:00pm. All tickets for Monday shows are available for a donation of any amount to the theater. Patrons may reserve their spot online through the box office or in-person starting one hour prior to curtain.

Discussion with the Playwright September 22 following the 8:00pm performance


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