Make that “reincarnates” Rising Action. The former Rising Action Theatre, which developed a loyal following by featuring gay-themed plays but closed mid-season last year, is back this fall as Island City Stage. Artistic Director Andy Rogow has assembled a new board of directors and has embarked on plans for the company’s first production this August at Empire Stage in Fort Lauderdale.
Last week, Rogow issued an audition notice seeking two male actors to star in Tom Jacobson’s Twentieth-Century Way. Tony-nominated director Michael Leeds will take the helm in this award-winning story about two actors auditioning for a film designed to entrap “homosexuals” for social vagrancy in Long Beach, Ca. circa 1914.
The show is scheduled to run August 9 through September 9 at the intimate Flagler Drive theater.
In his first productions with Rising Action at its former home at the Sunshine Cathedral, Rogow improved the production values and performances markedly. Expect more of the same with Island City Stage, especially after Rogow identifies a new venue and relocates the company to Wilton Manors.