In Ike Holter’s edgy new comedy Exit Strategy, a crumbling Chicago school is about to be shut down over the dead body of at least one teacher. Vice Principal Ricky Hubble has been hiding in his office, still afraid of the kids and teachers, just as he was as an insecure high school student 13 years ago – until an unexpected encounter with a student challenges this mouse to roar.
The Theater Project frequently chooses plays to shine light on social issues of community concern, and in Exit Strategy, the playwright uncovers all the humor in the teachers’ room gossip, conflicts and chaos in the staff’s efforts to save the school.
“The play was written in response to the sweeping 2009 school closures in Chicago,” says artistic director Mark Spina. “With all the current drama in Trenton and Washington about school funding, it might be a good idea to start thinking about these issues NOW.”
The play features Nicholas Wilder (Philadelphia), Liz Zazzi (Montclair), BK Dawson (Hoboken), Gary Glor (Union), and Rokia L. Shearin, Melody Vargas and Thomas Vorsteg (New York).
Called "Fierce and funny!" by The Philadelphia Inquirer, the show is sure to spark strong reactions. The Theater Project is hosting post-performance discussions to provide opportunities for audiences to share experiences and voice opinions. Executive producer Daaimah Talley says. “We would like people who care about these issues to see this play and talk about it, and perhaps inspire some who are indifferent to take an interest.”
For more information 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 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 a forum 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
WHAT: EXIT STRATEGY, a comedy by Ike Holter
WHO: The Theater Project
WHEN: April 6 -23, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 PM; Sunday at 2 PM
No performance Sunday, April 16
Talk back with the actors after the Friday and Sunday performances.
WHERE: The Theater Project at the Burgdorff Center, 10 Durand Rd, Maplewood, NJ
TIX: $30 for adults, $25 for seniors, $15 for students.
$7 discount for NJ Education Association members.