The Theater Project will present Miss Witherspoon by Christopher Durang directed by Mark Spina from April 12 through April 29. The production marks the The Theater Project’s first as a resident company at the Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts in Maplewood.
The production opens Thursday, April 12 at 8pm. Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings at 8pm through April 29 with matinee performances at 2pm Saturday April 21 and 28 and Sunday April 15, 22 and 29. The Burdgorff Center is located at 10 Durand Road, Maplewood. Tickets can be purchased at BrownPaperTickets.com or calling by 800-838-3006.
Miss Witherspoon is the most recent of Christopher Durang’s patented black comedies to be produced by The Theater Project. Durang, a New Jersey native, has a comic sensibility that resonates strongly with the company and its audiences. The Theater Project has produced many of Durang’s plays including Beyond Therapy, The Actor’s Nightmare , Baby with the Bath Water and Why Torture is Wrong…And the People Who Love Them.
Miss Witherspoon is a comedy about life, death, and, like it or not, reincarnation. And, Miss Witherspoon does NOT like the reincarnation bit. Eager to depart this world, she finds there are souls on the other side who have other ideas for her. The cast includes Theater Project favorites Bev Sheehan (in the title role), Jenelle Sosa, Daaimah Talley, Kevin Sebastian and Meredith Handerhan.
“This is Durang at the top of his metaphysical, apocalyptic, high- and pop-culture game...” – Linda Winer, Newsday. “An endearingly meditative farce… it’s a pleasure to note that [Durang] hasn’t lost his screwball.” – Richard Corliss, Time.
The play was nominated in 2006 for the Pulitzer Prize in drama and was named one of the Ten Best Plays of 2005 by Time Magazine and Newsday.