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PURE Theatre is well known for its hard-hitting, uncompromising contemporary dramas. But come November it will be taking a step back in time for The Tragedian, the first play that the company's producing under a "PURE Historical" banner.

Originally, the theatre group planned to keep their modern-day and historical productions completely seperate. Then they realized that since the same people were involved in both kinds of shows, that split didn't make much sense. So PURE co-founder and Playwright in Residence Rodney Lee Rogers will present the one man Tragedian in the new year.

By then, the company will be out on its ear. Its current home at the Cigar Factory on East Bay will be closed. While it might not sound smart to start a new offshoot of a venueless group, PURE's always taken risks. So far, that's worked out pretty well.

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