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Outfit’s ‘Season of Compassion’ kicks off tonight with ‘Savannah Disputation’

Alex Bond (left) and Shannon Eubanks in Theatrical Outfit's "The Savannah Disputation." CONTRIBUTED BY GREG NEWINGTON

Alex Bond (left) and Shannon Eubanks in Theatrical Outfit’s “The Savannah Disputation.” CONTRIBUTED BY GREG NEWINGTON

Theatrical Outfit has dubbed its 38th season, launching tonight with the dramatic comedy “The Savannah Disputation, ” as its “Season of Compassion.”

Producing artistic director Tom Key calls the 2014-15 season opener by Georgia-born playwright Evan Smith “the toughest comedy I know of, ” and thinks it’s the perfect response to an increasingly divisive political climate.

Smith’s script takes off with two plain-as-potatoes sisters of the Roman Catholic persuasion who lose their Southern charm when a peppy evangelical Christian appears at their door. Directed by Tess Malis Kincaid, the show is described as a debate about religion, life, convictions and finding kindness where you might least expect it.

Previews are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, with opening night at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Through Sept. 7. Tickets, $20-$50.

The rest of the Outfit (84 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta) season:

Oct. 9-26: Athol Fugard’s “My Children! My Africa!” a three-character thriller set in segregated South Africa in which a humane black teacher tries to convince a favorite student that education, not violence, is the answer to the nation’s problems. Part of Africa Atlanta 2014.

Dec. 4-21: “The Gifts of the Magi” by Mark St. Germain, music by Randy Courts. The musical about a penniless husband and wife in 19th century New York is based on two O. Henry stories.

Dec. 22-23: Truman Capote’s “A Christmas Memory,” adapted and performed by executive artistic director Tom Key.

Feb. 12-March 1, 2015: Lauren  Gunderson’s “Silent Sky, “ regional premiere of a period romance about American astronomer Henrietta Leavitt (1868-1921).

April 9-26, 2015: John Patrick Shanley’s “Storefront Church,” the final part of the Pulitzer Prize-winner’s “Doubt” trilogy. The relationship between spiritual experience and social action comes into question when the mortgage crisis forces a Bronx borough president to confront an unorthodox minister.

Subscription packages (which do not include “Gifts of the Magi” or “Christmas Memory”), $80-$150: 877-725-8849, www.ticketalternative .com.

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