Exit 27

The Landing Theatre Company presents the world premiere of a new play, Exit 27, with a gripping and timely story by playwright Aleks Merilo. The stakes are high here, since the Fundamental Church of Latter-Day Saints expels young men accused of transgressions into the achingly dry desert of Utah, to stay alive as best they can, with few survival skills and fewer resources. Since 2000, almost 1,400 young men have undergone this exile.

David Rainey, artistic director of The Landing Theatre Company, helped present a reading of Exit 27 in Houston last July. Rainey said, ''We were struck by the importance of the subject matter and even more so by the quality of the writing, really extraordinary, and knew it deserved a fully professional production.''

The drama has a cast of five and is directed by Anne Quackenbush. 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, and July 1 and 3. Through July 6. University of Houston/Downtown, 1 Main. For information, call 713-487-5634 or visit www.landingtheatre.org. $20.
Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays, 8 p.m.; Mon., July 1, 8 p.m.; Wed., July 3, 8 p.m. Starts: June 20. Continues through July 6, 2013

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