THE 19/20 SEASON OF THE RENEGADE:
A 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
Iron Crow Theatre celebrates its 10 year anniversary this season! For a decade, Iron Crow Theatre has remained solely committed to producing theatrical work dedicated to the exploration and celebration of the queer experience. This remarkable milestone — made possible by the renegades who have come before, as well as the continued support of our growing community of artists and patrons — belongs to all of us. And so, this season we celebrate the spirit of resilience and defiance that birthed Iron Crow Theatre and that today remains very much a part of its DNA. Featuring regional premieres, new musicals, and cult classics alike, the 19/20 Season of the Renegade is unapologetically bold, absolutely fearless, and unabashedly queer.
We begin with award-winning playwright Jen Silverman’s absurdist dark comedy, Collective Rage: A Play in 5 Betties. Fresh from its NYC run, Iron Crow Theatre is proud to present the hilarious, inspired, and boldly unapologetic premier of the most recent edition. Heralded by The New York Times as “a full-tilt lesbian/bi-curious/genderqueer/Shakespearean comedy for everyone,” Collective Rage follows five different women named Betty as they collide at the intersection of anger, sex, and the “Thea-Tah.” Betty is rich; Betty is lonely; Betty’s busy working on her truck; Betty wants to talk about love, but Betty needs to hit something; and Betty keeps using a small hand mirror to stare into parts of herself she’s never examined. Directed by Resident Artist Dr. Natka Bianchini (Iron Crow Theatre’s Cloud 9, The Mystery of Love & Sex), Collective Rage will force you to truly determine if you’re ready for the revolution.
Next we have Bare, the worldwide coming-of-age rock musical phenomenon and one the most significant pieces of contemporary queer musical theatre. Bare follows a group of high school renegades at a Catholic co-ed boarding school as they wrestle with their sexuality, their religion, and ultimately their identity. With deep honesty, alarming cultural relevance and a gritty, alt-rock-pop score reminiscent of RENT and Next to Normal, Bare delivers one of the most powerful and gripping theatrical experiences of this generation — an introspection into the fragility of our "bare" humanity.
Our season wouldn’t be complete without Baltimore’s award-winning and favorite tradition, Richard O'Briens outrageous sci-fi rock-and-roll cult classic The Rocky Horror Show! Our tradition continues, only this time with a new Valentine’s Day spin like you've never seen before! Directed by Resident Artist Quae Simpson, you won’t want to miss this quintessential queer theatrical experience live on stage — complete with call-outs, cascading toilet paper, and an array of other audience participation props. So bring your sweetheart (or sweethearts) for our most daring and outrageous Rocky ever!
And finally, we complete our season with a regional premier of Scott Elmegreen and Drew Fornarola’s Straight. Named a New York Times Critics Pick and Straight is a provocative, intricate and compelling comic drama that takes us on an enthralling exploration of sexuality and identity in a "post-equality" America. Funny, sad, sexy and surprising, this complex love story featuring three actors in a tour-de-force performance takes aim at the moral neurosis of a generation that prides itself on the pretense of acceptance.
While the 19/20 Season of the Renegade celebrates Iron Crow Theatre’s first decade, it also ushers in its next, solidifying Iron Crow Theatre’s commitment to telling queer stories that celebrate the renegade and unorthodox in all of us.