ACTING OUT A ‘Fabulous’ new take on the Bible at Out Front
As if openly gay actors Ty Autry and Brian Jordan didn’t see each other enough during the day as roommates, now they share a stage as leads together in Out Front Theatre Company’s new “The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told.”
Directed by Out Front Artistic Director Paul Conroy, the comedy opens April 27, closing out the company’s first season. Written by Paul Rudnick, the production follows Adam and Steve from their time in the Garden of Eden to modern day New York, with friends Jane and Mabel in tow.
Autry plays the role of Adam. He got his hands on the script about six months ago and fell in love with it.
“From that I knew I wanted the role of Adam,” he said. “I identified with his struggles. I knew I wanted to play this character.”
According to the actor, Adam is big into asking questions, hard questions that Christians are afraid to ask themselves.
“It’s beautiful seeing this journey of discovery and exploring what it means to be a man of faith, loving someone and reconciling that with a love life and working it out all for the good,” he said. “He starts so optimistic about life and his arc is about discovering reality. One thing that drives him crazy is questions without knowing the answer.”
Autry laughed out loud reading the script, realizing this was a different take on the Bible than he was used to seeing growing up in the Bible Belt.
“It asks questions in a comical sense,” he says.
Although he has a degree in electrical engineering from Georgia Tech, he knew he wanted to go into acting his senior year in college. He booked roles in two musicals that year – “Rent” and “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” – as well as choreographed his own variety show and followed that with an apprenticeship with Georgia Ensemble Theatre. In his first year after school, he choreographed “9 to 5: The Musical” at OnStage Atlanta and starred in a dinner theater version of “Santaland Diaries” in Marietta. After the Out Front show, he moves to New York to join Atlantic Acting School.
Jordan, who plays Steve, grew up in Au-