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PINCH ’N OUCH THEATRE OFFERS YOUTHFUL ENTHUSIASM AND EDGY FARE By Holley Calmes “Edgy” is the best word to describe Pinch ‘N Ouch Theatre, a youthful group of dedicated actors shaking up the Atanta theatre scene since 2010. The unusual name is based on a quote from the legendary acting teacher Sanford Meisner, who guided students to act truthfully. Founded and led by Grant McGowen, this troop of youthful artists lives up to Meisner’s standards, earning them the title of “The Hippest Theatre Company in Atlanta” from “Backstage Beat” magazine. “Pinch ‘n’ Ouch Theatre produces exciting new plays that live on the edge,” says McGowen. “It’s a great place to bring someone who likes R-rated independent films or HBO series shows. We also offer some incredible adult classes for serious artists of all levels.” One such play is “Wall Street Wedding,” written by McGowen, which will be running from February 6 to March 1, 2014 at the group’s theatre located at 1085 Ponce de Leon Avenue in Atlanta. “Wall Street Wedding is a satirical comedy about relationships on Wall Street just after the stock market crash of 2008,” McGowen explains. There are a handful of funny characters, a single woman who can’t seem to find a date to save her life, a bride-to-be who wants to rediscover her identify, a newlywed stockbroker who can’t get a break, and a loud mouthed divorcee who says just about everything he feels.”  A writer who also acts in his own plays is a fairly unusual circumstance. “It’s really fun performing in something you’ve written, especially in the play ‘Wall Street Wedding’ because it’s funny, sexy, and I get to work with some amazing people. Every now and then I forget I am the writer and I think ‘wow, this line really feels like something I’d say!’” Teaching the craft of acting is another passion for McGowen. “First and foremost, I really try to encourage artists to create. More actors should write for themselves and others. That way they wouldn’t have to sit and wait in an audition room. Secondly, I really strive to enhance the power of the artist’s imagination, and that takes a lot of hard work and practice!” Acting classes are also a part of the Pinch ‘N Ouch experience. 6

Atlanta ShowGuide  

Greater Atlanta's Performing Arts Magazine

Atlanta ShowGuide  

Greater Atlanta's Performing Arts Magazine