Alyona Ushe Names Lou Tyrell As Artistic Director Of The Theatre At Arts Garage

Master Playwright Series Starts in February and Inaugural Production Opens in March by Beau Higgins Courtesy Alyona Aleksandra Ushe, Executive Director of Arts Garage, the vibrant and diverse cultural hotbed in downtown Delray Beach, announced the addition of Lou Tyrrell as Artistic Director of a new offshoot, The Theatre at Arts Garage. “Incorporating an Off-Broadway resident theatre company into the fiber of the organization is a vibrant next step in the evolution of Arts Garage,” according to Ushe. “Engaging Lou Tyrrell, who is a creative force with a proven track record, dynamic vision and unwavering resolve, enables us to build a solid foundation and continue to enrich the cultural landscape of our region.” “Arts Garage, with it’s mission to produce an eclectic mix of world- class multi-disciplinary arts experiences, is a 21st Century model for total cultural immersion, and I can’t think of a better, more culturally vibrant community than Delray Beach to make this happen,” said Tyrrell, the founder and long-time Producing Director of Florida Stage, who promises “theatre that will change your DNA.” The Theatre at Arts Garage will kick-off in early 2012 with several audience building programs and productions:

The Master Playwright Series (February 7, 14, 21& 28) The Theatre at Arts Garage will debut with a celebration of contemporary American theatre through play-readings of work from some of America’s most renowned living play- wrights, including Israel Horovitz (Line, Park Your Card in Harvard Yard, The Indian Wants the Bronx), John Guare (The House of Blue Leaves, Six Degrees of Separation) and William Mastrosimone (Extremities, Cat’s Paw). Following the play-readings, the Master Playwrights will share their perspectives and insights on the art form, discuss how the selected plays fit into their overall body of work, and illuminate issues of creating theatre in the 21st Century. The New Play Festival (March 1-4) The New Play Festival, a feast of six play- readings over four days will also include playwrit- ing workshops conducted by Master Playwright William Mastrosimone (The Woolgatherer, Extremities, Sinatra: the mini-series). Woody Sez (March 16 – April 8) The inaugural production of The Theatre at Arts Garage will be a musical salute to folk legend Woody Guthrie in honor of the 100th anniversary of his birth. A stirring, audience- rousing show that celebrates the American spirit, revels in the American folk music tradition and honors the American character in tough, economic times, this award-winning production of Woody Sez recently returned from an acclaimed tour of England.