Tuesday, July 6, 2010

The New Jersey Premiere of Christopher Durang’s Latest Comedy

The Theater Project, Union County’s Professional Theater Company, will proudly present the New Jersey premiere of Christopher Durang’s newest comedy, Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them, with a four-weekend run opening Thursday, July 8, and running through Sunday, August 1, 2010.

Performances will take place in the Roy Smith Theater at the Cranford campus of Union County College, 1033 Springfield Avenue. Performance times are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, and Sunday matinees at 3 PM. Tickets range from $10-25 and can be reserved by contacting Brown Paper Tickets either online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/115853 or by telephone at 800-838-3006. Information is also available at www.thetheaterproject.org.

Why Torture is Wrong… is a raucous and provocative satire about America’s growing homeland "insecurity" written by renowned playwright Christopher Durang. It tells the story of a young woman suddenly in crisis: Is her new husband a terrorist…or just crazy…or both? Turning political humor upside down and honing in on our private terrors both home and abroad, Durang oddly relieves our fears throughout this black comedy in an era of yellow, orange and red alerts.

Written by commission for NYC’s Public Theatre in 2009, Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them was hailed by The New York Times as "Durang’s funniest play!" during its 2009 world premiere run. The New York Observer called it a "smashing new play with a serious taste for the blissfully, unapologetically silly!"

“All of us are thrilled to be able to present the statewide premiere of this hysterical and topical Christopher Durang masterpiece to The Theater Project stage,” said director and Theater Project Artistic Director Mark Spina. “We remain committed to bring ‘must-see theater’ to our loyal audiences and this much talked-about satire will not disappoint,” added Spina.

In addition, the director and cast will lead special interactive audience talkbacks after every Friday performance. “We expect that the script’s themes will provoke a wide range of questions, opinions and perspectives. Dialoguing with our audiences and deliberating on these debates helps The Theater Project deliver on our commitment to inspire, provoke, and make live theater matter,” said director and Theater Project Artistic Director Mark Spina. As for all Theater Project shows, the cast will also be available after each performance to take up individual Q&A with interested audience members.

Begun in 1994, The Theater Project is known as Union County College’s Professional Theater Company and is celebrating another season of producing new works and contemporary classics. An award-winning Associate Member of the New Jersey Theater Alliance, The Theater Project is recognized for its color-blind casting policy and provocative “actor’s view of theater” seating where the audience literally sits on stage with the actors “where the action is.” More information is available at thetheaterproject.org.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: David Neal @ 908-322-4588 / theaterprojectpr@gmail.com