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Segerstrom Center announces 2nd annual Off Center Festival

THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

The Segerstrom Center for the Arts' 2nd annual Off Center Festival, announced today, continues last year's line-up of unusual and sometimes provocative performing artists.

Some familiar names from the 2012 festival will be at this year's event, which runs from Jan. 23 to Feb. 2. Vocalist/beatboxer/musician/comedian/improviser Reggie Watts will play at a more formal venue than last year, the Segerstrom Concert Hall. "The Car Plays," the hottest ticket at the inaugural festival, will once again appear on the Arts Plaza, possibly with additional performances. The series of short plays, which take place in parked cars, will be new. South Coast Repertory has again commissioned a "Car Plays" world premiere, as it did for the 2012 festival.

"We loved the format of the festival last year," said Center Executive Vice President Judy Morr. "We didn't want to change it much in that regard."

One of this year's high-profile acts is new to the Center: The Belarus Free Theatre. Banned in its native country, this adventurous company will present "Minsk 2011," which looks at the political situation in Belarus, a place where protests are brutally suppressed and underground nightclubs are routinely raided by police.

"I was lucky enough to see this group in New York a few years back," said Center President Terry Dwyer. "They represent artistry of the most passionate kind. I know they will find an enthusiastic audience here."

2013 Off Center Festival

Reggie Watts – Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Jan. 23 at 8 p.m.

Belarus Free Theatre, "Minsk 2011: A Reply to Kathy Acker" – Founders Hall. Jan. 24 – 26 at 7 p.m.

Moving Arts LA, "The Car Plays" – Arts Plaza. Jan. 25 at 5, 7:30 and 9 p.m., Jan. 26 and 27 and Feb. 1 and 2 at 3:30, 5, 7:30 and 9 p.m.

Doug Varone and Dancers, "Stripped/Dressed" – Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Jan. 25 and 26 at 8 p.m.

Indie Band: Sea Wolf – Samueli Theater. Jan. 27 at 8 p.m.

Fleur Elise Noble, "2 Dimensional Life of Her" – Studio Performance Space (Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall). Jan. 30 – Feb. 2 at 7:30 p.m.

Marc Bamuthi Joseph/The Living Word Project, "Word Becomes Flesh" – Samueli Theater. Jan. 31 – Feb. 2 at 8:30 p.m.

The Off Center Lounge, a place where artists and audiences can mingle, will take over Leatherby's Cafe Rouge Jan. 23 – 26 and Jan. 30 – Feb. 2 following performances.

Tickets are $20 for a single show, $10 per show for a multi-show package. Call 714-556-2787 or visit scfta.org for more information

Contact the writer: 714-796-7979 or phodgins@ocregister.com


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