climACTS! WET: LGBT Arts & Activism; Transparent Actress Honored

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climActs! WET from The Theater Offensive For more photos, click this photo!  Photo: TRT/Alex Mancini

climActs! WET from The Theater Offensive – For more photos, click this photo!
Photo: TRT/Alex Mancini

BOSTON—The Theater Offensive‘s unique performance party fundraiser climACTS! WET was held to celebrate and support The Theater Offensive’s arts programs by, for and about the LGBT community. climACTS! WET featured unique performances, and a legendary Fantasy Auction with David Brown.

The event also featured performances by AcroArts, a local acrobatic performance group, and an ensemble of local, sexy performance artists.

During the event, Abe Rybeck, TTO’s Founder and Executive Artistic Director, presented the Out on the Edge Award to Transparent actress Alexandra Billings. The Theater Offensive produced Billings’ first one-woman show in 1999. Billings is also known for being the first openly transgender woman to play a trans character on TV. Past recipients of this award have included Billy Porter, comedian Alec Mapa, playwright Sharon Bridgforth, author Kate Bornstein, actor Alan Cumming, playwright Paula Vogel, and Boston’s own Gunner Scott of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition. [pullquote]During the event, Abe Rybeck, TTO’s Founder and Executive Artistic Director, presented the Out on the Edge Award to Transparent actress Alexandra Billings.  [/pullquote]

The Theater Offensive works in Roxbury, Dorchester, Jamaica Plain and the South End to create original, groundbreaking works by, for and about the LGBT community. TTO also runs True Colors: Out Youth Theater, a creative arts program for LGBTQ youth and their straight allies ages 14-29. True Colors is oldest LGBT youth theater troupe in the nation and is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

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Since 1989, The Theater Offensive has served its mission with groundbreaking interactive workshops and shows by, for, and about the LGBT community. Our work is called OUT In Your Neighborhood (OUT’hood) because we go beyond traditional theater spaces. OUT’hood reflects the diversity of Boston, gives voice to underserved LGBT community members, creates avenues for cross-cultural dialogue, and breaks down the barriers of homophobia, racism, bigotry and hate. The Theater Offensive is a Resident Theatre Company at Boston Center for the Arts.

[From a News Release]