The first show, RUSH LIMBAUGH IN NIGHT SCHOOL (October 2 – 5) is a fantasia about a famous talk show host’s foray into liberal land at the New School for Social Research. In this one man epic, local favorite Harry Patrick Christian plays “the great man from the right” and transforms into all the lefties he encounters on his journey.MRS. MANNERLY (October 9 -- 12) is playwright Jeffrey Hatcher’s semi – autobiographical retelling of the etiquette classes he endured as a boy in Ohio, taught by a lady with a very mysterious past. Jason Gillis plays Jeffrey and all his little classmates, and Noreen Farley is the mysterious lady.PS 69 – A TEACHER GROWS IN BROOKLN (October 16 – 19) will feature its author, Susan Jeremy, portraying the teachers, administrators, parents and students she encountered on her way to becoming an educator. Ms. Jeremy takes the audience through the bureaucratic mazes and chaotic corridors of the New York City school system, illustrating the ironies and absurdities teachers encounter daily. In reviewing a past production, the New York Times commented that "Ms. Jeremy ... slips seamlessly in and out of 24 roles."
Twenty-four characters may seem like a lot for one actor to play, but it doesn't come close to a Theater Project record. In FULLY COMMITTED, presented by TTP in 2008 and 2011, Jenelle Sosa portrayed 50 different individuals of both genders, with varying accents, and having a wide range of ages.
Two other characteristics common to all of the productions in the three week series is that each is set in a school of one kind or another, and each takes a humorous approach. Artistic Director Mark Spina explained, "we know education is a serious issue, but we wanted to give everyone a chance to look at the issues and be able to laugh, too,”
Actors will greet the audiences for talkbacks after each performance.The performances will take place at the Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts, 10 Durand Rd, Maplewood, NJ. Tickets are available at www.thetheaterproject.org and additional information at 908-809-8865.At the door admission is $30 adults, $15 students. Special discounts are available when buying tickets prior to October 1: purchase tickets to see three plays for $45, two plays for $40, or one play for $25.