Monday, January 2, 2017

NJ Footlights Award Winner Noreen Farley in 'Mrs. Mannerly' in Union Township

(Union Township, NJ, January 14,15): Pop Up Theater– performances in unexpected places -- continues in Union’s Downtown Center when The Theater Project presents a script in hand performance of Jeffrey Hatcher’s quasi-autobiographical comedy, MRS.MANNERLY, hailed by the Houston Chronicle as “the most ingenious and hilarious new play of the year." As a boy in 1960s Ohio, Hatcher endured etiquette classes taught by a lady with a very mysterious past. No one had ever discovered her secret, until her best student – Hatcher -- decides to turn detective. Jason Gillis of Springfield plays Jeffrey and all his little classmates, and Noreen Farley (Clinton, NJ) is the mysterious lady. A clip of their performance is available at

MRS MANNERLY is part of a series of Pop Up theater events sponsored by a Union County HEART grant and Union’s Downtown Improvement District, designed to bring more foot traffic to the township’s central business district. This year’s series has been hosted by Unity Bank in their Stuyvesant Avenue branch, with the support of the Union Chamber of Commerce. The Theater Project has added a directory of Union Center eateries to its web site to encourage audiences to explore the area. Tickets ($15) for MRS MANNERLY are available at

The Theater Project, an award-winning company that has just celebrated its 22th anniversary, presents its main stage season at the Burgdorff Center in Maplewood. It offers many programs, including classes for kids and showcases for new writers, in Essex and Union Counties, all on display at their web site.
WHAT:           A script in hand performance of MRS. MANNERLY by Jeffrey Hatcher
           Saturday, January 14 at 8 PM and Sunday, January 15 at 2 PM
WHO:             The Theater Project,
WHERE:        Unity Bank, 952 Stuyvesant Avenue, Union, NJ
TIX:                 $15,
INFO:              908 809-8865
PHOTO:         Jason Gillis as Jeffrey and Noreen Farley as MRS MANNERLY.
Photo credit: Elisabeth Lynch

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