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Thank You, Teachers! Teachers Come Free to April 7 Performance of Exit Strategy, a Comedy About Chicago Teachers Fighting School Closure

Although teachers will receive discounts throughout the run of EXIT STRATEGY, they are being invited to attend the Friday, April 7 performance at no charge. Ike Holter’s edgy new comedy about the shutdown of a crumbling Chicago school uncovers all the humor in the teachers’ room gossip, conflicts and chaos in the staff’s efforts to save the school.

There will be a discussion and coffee & cake reception immediately after the THANK YOU, TEACHERS performance. Called "Fierce and funny!" by The Philadelphia Inquirer, EXIT STRATEGY is sure to spark strong reactions.  Executive producer Daaimah Talley says. “We would like people who care about these issues to see this play and have an opportunity to share their views.”

“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 talking about these issues NOW.”

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The free tickets are available with school or NJEA ID cards at the box office beginning 7 PM, Friday, April 7 on a first come, first served basis pending availability; free tix may be reserved in advance with a $2 service charge atwww.thetheaterproject.org.

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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WHAT: THANK YOU, TEACHERS! Free tickets to EXIT STRATEGY, a comedy by Ike Holter

HOW:  First come, first served; may be reserved on the website with a $2 service charge.

WHO: The Theater Project / www.TheTheaterProject.org  

WHEN: Friday, April 7—Free tix for teachers with ID

                        To all other performances, regular teacher discounts apply:

($5 off regular price ($30) with school ID/ $7.50 off with NJEA ID)

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: Free for teachers with ID on Friday, April 7.

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