When we last caught up with Keith Garsson, artistic director of Boca Raton theatre company Primal Forces, back in March 2020, he had just canceled the opening weekend performances of his latest production, the political drama “Warrior Class.” Like the rest of America, he expected a relatively brief hiatus. “If it were a football game, it would be the equivalent of a time-out,” he told me at the time.
More than a year later, the theatre, like those of most of his contemporaries, is still dark. But with vaccinations rising, death counts decreasing and events finally returning, Garsson is poised for a robust 2021/2022 season. The company, which he runs with fellow director Genie Croft, is celebrating this reboot with a new name; the former Primal Forces is henceforth known as Boca Stage. “Warrior Class” is set to resume its run in November (dates TBA), followed quickly in December by the first of four plays scheduled throughout the season. Garsson says there’s a theme running through it.
“Every one of us has at some point or another felt powerless against ‘the machine’,” he said, in a press release. “In the upcoming season, four recent plays express this sentiment through comedy, suspense and some colorful Hollywood history.”
Attendees can look forward to these regional premieres, produced at the company’s resident space at Boca’s Sol Theatre (3333 N. Federal Highway).
The Unremarkable Death of Marilyn Monroe (Dec. 3-19, 2021)
This solo show deconstructs the mythos behind the titular American icon, exploring the struggles with addiction and celebrity that contributed to her untimely demise at 36.
Rx (Jan. 21-Feb. 6, 2022)
An unfulfilled editor at a middling agricultural magazine finds promise in a new miracle pill—as well as the doctor prescribing it—in this timely satire skewering the predatory world of Big Pharma.
Luna Gale (Feb. 25-March 13, 2022)
The most populated play of Boca Stage’s season, Rebecca Gilman’s shattering “Luna Gale” features a cast of seven, and centers on a social worker tasked with the difficult decision of removing an infant daughter from her drug-addicted, teenage parents—a decision that leads to the revelation of long-hidden family secrets.
Ben Butler (March 25-April 10, 2022)
This fact-based Civil War-era play marries arresting humor with pathos and provocation, as it follows a runaway slave who seeks asylum at a Union garrison run by the title general, prompting the military man to make a decision that could alter the course of history.
Individual ticket sales will be available in September, but discounted season subscriptions ($120 for all four plays) are available now at bocastage.org or by calling 866/811-4111.