ACT­ING OUT A ‘Fab­u­lous’ new take on the Bi­ble at Out Front

GA Voice - - Outspoken -

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-

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