UCC’s Theater Project Presents Dark Comedy ‘Manuscript’ in April

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CRANFORD – The Theater Project, Union County College’s (UCC) Professional Theater Company, will kick off its 2010 season with a three-weekend run of Paul Grellong’s dark comedy ‘Manuscript’ opening Thursday, April 15 and running through May 2.

Performances will be held in the Roy Smith Theater at UCC’s Cranford campus located at 1033 Springfield Avenue. Performance times are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sunday matinees at 3:00 p.m. Tickets range from $10-25 and can be reserved by contacting Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-8006. Information is also available at www.thetheaterproject.org.

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‘Manuscript’ centers on three ambitious college freshmen whose discovery of an unpublished manuscript drives them into a series of startlingly cruel consequences. Little is what it seems in this hip, witty and unpredictable dark comedy that is full of provocative twists and turns. No one can be trusted as the three lose control on their manipulative quest for fame and revenge in this universal tale about deception, ambition and loyalty.

Written by Paul Grellong, an award-nominated writer for NBC’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, ‘Manuscript’ ran off-Broadway in 2005 and again in 2007. Variety called the play “a twisty dark comedy about ambition and ruthlessness, with a fancifully elaborate Hitchcockian revenge plot up its sleeve”

The Theater Project’s exciting 2010 season continues in July with the New Jersey premiere of Christopher Durang’s recent off-Broadway smash hit: ’Why Torture is Wrong…and the People Who Love Them’ (from July 8-August 1) and in September with the Regina Taylor musical ‘Crowns’ (from September 23-October 17).

Begun in 1994, The Theater Project is known as Union County College’s Professional Theater Company and is celebrating another season of producing new works and contemporary classics. An award-winning Associate Member of the New Jersey Theater Alliance, The Theater Project is recognized for its color-blind casting policy and provocative “actor’s view of theater” seating where the audience literally sits on stage with the actors where the action is. For more information, visit www.thetheaterproject.org.

Sean McIntyre (left), Rebecca Moore (center) and Daniel Pietruszka (right) to appear in The Theater Project’s production of Paul Grellong’s dark comedy ‘Manuscript’ from April 15 to May 2 at Cranford’s Union County College.


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