Tampa’s Outcast Theatre will premiere play about Uganda LGBTQ activist David Okello

‘Dionysus on the Down Low’ opens July 22.

click to enlarge (L-R) Jonathan O’Brien and Theron (T.R.) Butler who ‘Dionysus on the Down Low’ who opens on July 22, 2021 at Outcast Theater in Tampa, Florida. - Outcast Theatre
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(L-R) Jonathan O’Brien and Theron (T.R.) Butler who ‘Dionysus on the Down Low’ who opens on July 22, 2021 at Outcast Theater in Tampa, Florida.

Outcast Theatre Collective’s latest production —“Dionysus on the Down Low”—is coming to Tampa’s Stageworks Theatre, for one weekend only.

The play centers around Uganda LGBTQ activist David Okello—played by Best of the Bay winning actor Theron (T.R.) Butler—who is forced to flee his country because of a possible anti-homosexuality law. Okello takes shelter in Boston with another activist Matthew Teitman–played by Jonathan O’Brien . 

Expect some “personal, political, and sexual tensions” while the two main characters grapple to coexist and “find common ground.”

A press release says the July 22-25 performances mark the world premiere of the play, written by Michael Proft—a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Dramatic Writing Program—who will be on hand after the Friday night show to chat with the audience. 

The nonprofit theater collective’s mission is to “enhance local theatrical diversity by facilitating the professional development of artists from marginalized communities.”

Tickets to see Outcast Theatre Collective’s July 22-25 production of “Dionysus on the Down Low” at Tampa’s Stageworks Theatre—located at 1120 E Kennedy Blvd, Suite 151 in Channelside—are $30, with showtimes at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, July 22-24, and 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 25. For more information, go to outcasttheatre.org

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Stephanie Powers

Freelance contributor Stephanie Powers started her media career as an Editorial Assistant long ago when the Tampa Bay Times was still called the St. Petersburg Times. After stints in Chicago and Los Angeles, where she studied improvisation at Second City Hollywood, she came back to Tampa and stayed put.She soon...
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