Primal Forces Theatre begins new year with Villainous Company

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By: Dale King Contributing Writer

The Boca Raton-based Primal Forces Theatre Company moves into 2020 by continuing to present plays that focus on issues taking place today.

Its current show, Victor L. Cahn’s Villainous Company, is part comedy, part suspense, a dramatic game of cat-and-mouse starring Anna Lise Jensen, Elizabeth Price and Rita Cole. Directed by Genie Croft, the show runs through Jan. 12 at the Sol Theatre, with evening performances at 8 and matinees at 2. Tickets are $40-$45 at www.primalforces.com.

“All shows in our current season concentrate on the way we live today,” said Artistic Director Keith Garsson. “The politics of today, the family unit of today, the women of today, and, of course, finding romance… today.”

Villainous Company opens as Claire returns home from an afternoon at the mall. Soon after realizing a package is missing, she is visited by a mysterious stranger who seems to know all about her suspicious “shopping” habits. Larceny and trickery abound as, soon, three women are competing in a suspenseful wrangle.

“We are very proud that Primal Forces has garnered a reputation for showcasing some of the best actresses in South Florida in roles that are bold, challenging and fierce,” said director Croft. “For Villainous Company, we have three dynamic characters that are smart, complicated and possibly very bad women. Prepare for a lot of laughs, unexpected twists and a dose of sexual tension.”

Price, an actor, director, and acting teacher based in South Florida received her master of fine arts degree in acting from Florida Atlantic University where she now teaches. She has extensive acting credits at local performance venues and directed Straight White Men at Thinking Cap Theatre. She’s received two Silver Palm Awards and three Carbonell nominations

Rita Cole is also the recipient of Silver Palm Awards and Carbonell nominations. Her South Florida credits include Skeleton Crew, Doubt, A Raisin In the Sun, White Guy on the Bus, Seven Guitars, Brothers of the Dust, Terror, The Submission, The Christians and Reservoir Dolls.

Anna Lise Jensen is a faculty member of New World School of the Arts in Miami. She runs a flourishing private coaching business for young professional actors, and enjoys a thriving professional career onstage across South Florida.

Remaining Primal Forces productions are:

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center of New York City by Halley Feiffer and directed by Keith Garsson. It runs Feb. 7 to March 1.

Warrior Class, by Kenneth Lin, directed by Genie Croft. It runs March 13 to April 5.