Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Starting Wednesday Costa Mesa Goes Off Center

Segerstrom Center will be presenting its 2nd annual
Off Center Festival (image via SCFTA)

If you've never been to the theater or if you've only attended traditional productions, do yourself a favor and check out Segerstrom’s Off Center Festival. It runs through to February 2nd, and promises to “explore the wild diverse terrain of today’s modern arts scene.”

Made up of eight artists, each one offers a new take on their medium and allows the audience to experience the performing arts in a new way. Below is a rundown of some of the highlights:

Reggie Watts
This vocalist/beatboxer/musician/comedian/improviser will be performing at the Segerstom Concert Hall. His performances are improvised and described as “fun and dangerous [with] an unexpected element.”

“The Car Plays”
The next best thing to being a fly on the wall of human drama is this series of 15 short plays, which all take place in parked cars. The audience members rotate through each one, sitting in the back seat and watching the actors, who are literally in the drivers’ seat.

The Belarus Free Theatre
A theater company that was banned in its native Belarus for being too politically outspoken, this group will be performing “Minsk, 2011” which focuses on the violent suppression of protesting and raids on underground nightclubs.

Off Center Lounge
Following the performances, audience and artists are invited to mingle at this specially created nightclub that will be located inside the concert hall. With a low priced menu, you can linger over the mushroom risotto fries and ask your favorite artist all about the performance you just saw.

Ticket prices are $20 for one show, or you can take advantage of their special of 3 shows for $10 each. To purchase tickets or learn about the rest of the performances scheduled, visit Segerstrom’s website.

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