New Jersey Stage

Monday, March 21, 2011

George Street Playhouse to Host An Intimate Evening with STILLER AND MEARA on Monday, April 4

(New Brunswick, NJ) -– David Saint, Artistic Director of George Street Playhouse, announced today that the renowned comedy duo Stiller and Meara, comprising the considerable comic talents of Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara, will make a special appearance at the New Brunswick theatre Monday, April 4 at 8pm.  Proceeds from this "one night only" event will benefit the Playhouse's mainstage and educational programming.  Tickets to the event are priced at $100 and $50; the $100 VIP ticket price includes premium seating in the theatre and an exclusive, private reception with Stiller and Meara after the performance.

The intimate evening with the comic duo, hosted by GSP Artistic Director David Saint will include the couple's reminiscences about their incredible life and career, spanning decades and including working with such noted personalities as Ed Sullivan, Sir Laurence Olivier and their son, Ben Stiller, as well as their unique take on everyday life and current events.  The delightful evening promises backstage stories and anecdotes sure to be unforgettable – and funny.

"We at George Street Playhouse are incredibly grateful to Anne and Jerry for donating their time and talents for this special benefit evening.  For years we have enjoyed their appearances at our Annual Gala evenings, and I look forward to a lively conversation on our stage."

Tickets may be purchased by contacting the George Street Playhouse Box Office 732-246-7717, or by visiting the Playhouse website, www.GSPonline.org.  George Street Playhouse is located at 9 Livingston Avenue, in the heart of New Brunswick's dining and entertainment district, steps away from  incredible dining experiences for every taste and budget.

Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara honed their comedic talents first as members of The Compass Players which later became The Second City comedy troupe.  Later, as the comedy team of Stiller and Meara, they often brought their real-life squabbles on stage with hilarious results.  After a number of years performing together, Ed Sullivan asked them to make the first of 36 appearances on his show.  During this time they made numerous appearances on television, in movies and on the radio, most notably a series of commercials for Blue Nun wine, which won a Clio award.  While successful as a team, they each had their individual careers as actors and writers as well – Jerry's acting career includes the films The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, Hairspray (the original John Waters film and the later musical remake), The Ritz and Zoolander , as well as memorable roles on television in the series Seinfeld (receiving an Emmy nomination and American Comedy Award) and King of Queens.   He has been on Broadway in Hurlyburly, The Ritz and Three Men on a Horse.  He is also author of the book Married to Laughter: A Love Story featuring Anne Meara.  Anne's work on the TV series Archie Bunker's Place and Sex and the City garnered her five Emmy nominations.  In addition, she co-wrote and starred in the CBS movie of the week The Other Woman, which won a Writers Guild Award. Film credits include Lovers and Other Strangers, The Boys from Brazil, Fame, The Independent, Sex and the City: The Movie, and many others.  Anne originated the role of Bunny in John Guare's The House of Blue Leaves, and received a Tony nomination for Anna Christie at The Roundabout Theatre.  She is well known to George Street Playhouse audiences as both playwright and star of After-Play (which won the Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Award for New and Promising Playwright) and playwright of Down the Garden Paths, which had its premiere at George Street Playhouse, subsequently moving to New York.

Under the leadership of Artistic Director David Saint, George Street Playhouse has become a nationally recognized theatre, presenting an acclaimed mainstage season while providing an artistic home for established and emerging theatre artists.  Founded in 1974, the Playhouse has been well represented by numerous productions both on and off-Broadway – recent productions include Tony-award winner Joe DiPietro's Creating Claire, the Outer Critics Circle Best New Off-Broadway Award winner The Toxic Avenger, the Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk and Drama League nominated production of The Spitfire Grill and the Broadway hit and Tony® and Pulitzer Prize winning play Proof by David Auburn, which was developed at GSP during the 1999 Next Stage Series of new plays.

George Street Playhouse programming is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and its lead season sponsor, Johnson & Johnson.  United Airlines is the official airline of George Street Playhouse.