MILLBURN, NJ - The latest production at the Paper Mill Playhouse is the East Coast premiere of "The Outsider," a new play by Paul Slade Smith, directed by David Esbjornson.

The fast-paced show, which is described as both a "satire and an inspirational tribute to democracy," focuses on the politics of, well, politics. The production is full of hilarious moments and sharp commentary on the state of modern politicians and what it takes to be elected to, and stay in, office.

The plot revolves around Ned Newley, a hard-working but not particularly crowd-pleasing politician who becomes governor after the current governor is forced to resign due to a a political scandal. Political consultants step in to make Newley more appealing, all while his long-time chief of staff tries to keep things running smoothly despite the upheaval, which is only exacerbated by the arrival of Louise Peakes, who is hired to be a temporary secretary and yet quickly finds herself running as Newley's Lieutenant Governor.

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The cast of six features Kelley Curran (Present Laughter) as Rachel Parsons, Julia Duffy ("(“Newhart”/”Designing Women”) as Paige Caldwell, Manoel Felciano (Sweeney Todd) as Dave Riley, Erin Noel Grennan (“Law & Order: SVU”) as Louise Peakes, Mike Houston (“Orange is the New Black”) as A.C. Petersen, Burke Moses(Beauty and the Beast) as Arthur Vance, and Lenny Wolpe (PMP’s The Baker’s Wife) as Ned Newley.         

"The Outsider" will be performed eight times a week, Wednesday through Sunday. The performance schedule is Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., Thursday at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now starting at $34. Tickets may be purchased by calling 973.376.4343, at the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office at 22 Brookside Drive in Millburn, or online at www.PaperMill.org. Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express accepted. Groups of 10 or more can receive up to a 40% discount on tickets and should call 973.315.1680. Students may order $23 rush tickets over the phone or in person at the Paper Mill Playhouse box office on the day of the performance. Paper Mill Playhouse's 2017/2018 season is proudly sponsored by Investors Bank. 

Paper Mill Playhouse will offer audio-described performances for "The Outsider" on Saturday, February 17, at 1:30 p.m. and Sunday, February 18, at 1:30 p.m. Prior to these performances at noon, the theater will offer free sensory seminars. Sensory seminars offer an opportunity for patrons with vision loss to hear a live, in-depth description of the production elements of the show and hands-on interaction with key sets, props, and costumes. There will be a sign-interpreted and open-captioned performance on Sunday, February 18, at 7 p.m.

There will also be free audience enrichment activities at selected performances of "The Outsider."

Conversation Club, an informal, informative gathering will be held one hour before curtain on Thursday, Feb. 8 and Thursday, Feb. 15.

A Q&A with the Cast is planned for directly after the matinee on Saturday, February 17.

PAPER MILL PLAYHOUSE, a not-for-profit arts organization under the direction of Mark S. Hoebee (Producing Artistic Director) and Todd Schmidt (Managing Director) and recipient of the 2016 Regional Theatre Tony Award, is one of the country's leading regional theaters.  Paper Mill Playhouse programs are made possible by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Paper Mill Playhouse is a member of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, the Council of Stock Theatres, and the New Jersey Theatre Alliance.

For additional information, visit www.papermill.org.

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