Thursday, October 5, 2017

Liz Zazzi & Harry Patrick Christian in THE HUNCHBACK OF SEVILLE at The Theater Project

        Harry Patrick Christian and Liz Zazzi as Queen Isabella and Maxima, the Hunchback of Seville

a raucous comedy about some very powerful women!

Maplewood, NJ) –Charise Castro Smith’s wild new comedy about the “discovery” of the new world and the powerful women standing over Christopher Columbus’ shoulder skewers history while satirizing the personality politics of the 21st century. With all the controversy swirling around the Columbus statue in NYC, this outrageous play asks – did he act alone? Or was he just following orders?

Called “a zany trip back in time,” HUNCHBACK tells the backstory of Spain’s stumbling on to the new world. At the turn of the 16th century, Christopher Columbus has just returned with gold in his pockets and blood on his hands. But the gold is mostly filling the pockets of the Spanish royal family: heir apparent Princess Juana La Loca is a raving lunatic, her Royal Highness Queen Isabella is dying, and her brilliant adopted sister Maxima TerriblĂ© Segunda is living out her life locked away in a tower, until it is decided that the future of the country is in her nerdy, reclusive hands. In a bitingly funny and madcap take on the past, Maxima weaves her way through the best kept secrets of history.

LIZ.ZAZZI (1)Juana, Maxima and Isabella are played by Bev Sheehan (Maplewood), Liz Zazzi (Montclair-photo) and yes, Harry Patrick Christian (Montclair). Their minions are played by Thomas Vorsteg, Will Budnikov, Kelley McAndrews (New York), and Deb Maclean (Glen Ridge).

Tix are $30, with discounts available for students, seniors and NJEA members. Free teacher and school staff tickets are available on Friday, Sept 29 on a first come first served basis. Information and tickets

About The Theater Project:

Founded in 1994, The Theater Project frequently chooses plays to shine light on social issues of community concern, and has stimulated New Jersey audiences with award-winning, thought provoking theater. Each year, the company offers 200 opportunities for actors, writers and directors while providing forums to express ideas that spark the imagination.

The Theater Project presents its main stage season at the Burgdorff Cultural Center in Maplewood, New Jersey. TTP also offers programs for children and showcases for new plays and playwrights in Cranford, Rahway and Union.

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