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Monday, March 9, 2015

The Theater Project celebrates the end of winter with the production of Moonlight & Magnolias

 

moonlight and magnolias

The Theater Project, an award-winning, professional theater in Maplewood, NJ, will usher in spring with the presentation of Moonlight & Magnolias on March 26th at the Burgdorff Cultural Center in Maplewood, New Jersey. Set in 1939 Hollywood, Moonlight & Magnolias tells the story of the mid-production rewriting of the original screenplay to Gone with the Wind, one of the most successful and beloved films of all time. The production of Moonlight & Magnolias will run on Thursdays through Sundays from March 26th through April 12th but will be closed for Easter Sunday on April 5th.

Rick Delaney Known for presenting off-Broadway-quality theater in an intimate environment, The Theater Project’s M&M production features a talented cast of actors including veteran improv comedy performer and Glen Ridge resident Deborah Maclean, professional actor and Maplewood resident Rick DeLaney (photo right), veteran actor Gary Glor of Union, and professional actor Michael Irvin Pollard.

Ms. Maclean has appeared in New York at venues such as The West Bank Theater where she played multiple roles in Kill the Performance Artist and in Los Angeles in theaters like the Odyssey Theater where she played Madame Olevskaya in Diplomacy. Mr. DeLaney has multiple New York City shows and dozens of regional theater performances to his credit including productions such as The House of Mirth and Look Back in Anger in theaters like the Metropolitan Playhouse and The Seeing Place Theater. Mr. Glor has appeared in numerous performances by The Theater Project and other regional theater companies including productions such as The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler. Mr. Pollard is an experienced regional and stock theater performer having appeared in productions such as Wait Until Dark at the Bickford Theater (Read our review). He also has several New York stage roles to his credit.

“After a long winter in New Jersey, everyone is ready for a little bit of spring and a good laugh. This production of Moonlight & Magnolias will certainly help us put the very rough winter behind us.” said Mark Spina, artistic director. “We offer theater that is thought provoking as well as entertaining at
The Theater Project and we need to start this theater season by thinking warmer and funnier thoughts”. Following each production on Friday nights, The Theater Project will host its signature “Talk-Back” discussion group where audience members have the opportunity to have a dialogue with the actors and directors. “Talk-Back allows the audience and the cast to dig a little deeper into the script of the play and sometimes into the possible motivation of the writers and producers” says Spina, “There is always lively and interesting conversation during Talk-Back”.

Thanks to the generosity of the Lions Club of and the cooperation of the Union County Association for the blind, a special audio described version of the play will be performed on April 2nd. During the show, professional actors will describe the visual element of the scenes in vivid detail for those in the audience who are visually impaired. “The Theater Project is one of only a few theaters in New Jersey making the visual medium of live theater more accessible to the blind” says Spina. For more information about Moonlight & Magnolias and to purchase tickets visit The Theater Project’s website at www.thetheaterproject.org

About The Theater Project (TTP):

Founded in 1994, The Theater Project under the leadership of Mark Spina, Artistic Director has stimulated New Jersey audiences with award-winning thought provoking theater. The Theater Project offers venues for actors, writers and directors of all ages. In addition TTP awards scholarships and incentives for young playwrights, young filmmakers, and young actors engaged in the tasks of organizing and telling a story.

Providing a forum to express ideas that spark the imagination, The Theater Project presents its main stage season and children’s classes at the Burgdorff Cultural Center in Maplewood, New Jersey. TTP also maintains a strong presence in Cranford, New Jersey through a monthly staged reading and discussion series showcasing the work of TTP’s Playwrights Workshop. For more information visit www.thetheaterproject.org

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