Revel in Madness with Out Loud Theatre

The woman-led ensemble launches its fifth season with a party and a play mashup.

Out Loud Theatre's fifth season piles madness upon madness upon madness, with a heavy-handed dose of humanity on top.

First up, in March, is Marat/Sade, a play within a play that's also known as The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade. In June, Out Loud debuts The Yellow Wallpaper, a yearlong project that explores Charlotte Perkins Gilman's 1892 novella about a woman in the throes of postpartum depression through five lenses. Finally, in November, the ensemble tackles Shakespeare's King Lear, which chronicles one leader's tragic fall from grace.

Out Loud's offering sneak peeks of each work during its Season Five Launch Party on Monday, January 30. The event, from 7 to 9 p.m. at 134 Mathewson Street in Providence, features food, libations, prizes and performances.

"We have put together a 'mashup' of all three shows, highlighting material from all three productions," artistic director Kira Hawkridge wrote in an email. "Marat/Sade bleeds into Yellow Wallpaper, which bleeds into King Lear. All our of 'production reps' are on stage the entire time and overlay into each other's performances. It is always an exciting challenge to explore these types of mashups."

Tickets for the launch party range from $25 to $50; visit for more information.

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