New Jersey Stage

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

West Orange's New Jersey Arts Incubator to Host The Theater Project's Hysterical Satire Production of "Penny Penniworth" July 14 Through August 7

(West Orange and Union, NJ) -- The Theater Project, a 17-year old Central New Jersey-based professional theater company, will present its summer production, the hysterical satire "Penny Penniworth" by Chris Weikel, from July 14 through August 7. The production will take place at the the New Jersey Arts Incubator at the Essex Green Shopping Center on Prospect Avenue just off I-280 in West Orange, NJ.

A fast-paced and loving satire of Dickensian literary conventions, this hilarious parody features four actors portraying 14 different characters and spoofing such familiar topics as Masterpiece Theatre, Nicholas Nickleby and the collected works of Charles Dickens. Familiar award-winning New Jersey actors Harry Patrick Christian, Rick Delaney, Jenelle Sosa, and Terri Sturtevant take on the multiple roles, physical comedy, silly accents, and quick-witted wordplay.

Performances will take place at the New Jersey Arts Incubator in the Essex Green Shopping Center, 495 Prospect Avenue in West Orange. Tickets range from $10-25 and are available at Brown Paper Tickets at 800-838-3006 or at More information is available at and or by calling (908) 809-8865.

Set in Victorian England, this madcap adventure tells the story of young Penny Penniworth whose childhood love is driven out of town after nearly killing a wealthy businessman. Soon, Penny finds herself penniless, left alone to make her way through a convoluted maze of strange relationships, anonymous benefactors and ultimate justice. This cult-favorite satirical comedy also channels D.H. Lawrence, Jane Austen, Mel Brooks, Monty Python and Sid Caesar.

The New York Times hailed a previous production of "Penny Penniworth" saying, "Anyone ever tortured by a Charles Dickens novel will find lots and lots to laugh at in this parody." called the play "irresistible... with broad physical comedy and cheeky social satire."

The Theater Project believes that a more thoughtful, inspired and creative community can be stimulated by its unique brand of professional, high-quality and theatrical programming. It is dedicated to the presentation of powerful and relevant productions that explore contemporary values and topic issues in an intimate and engaging setting.

Committed to strengthening the bond our professional artists have with our patrons and donors, The Theater Project provides the Central New Jersey community with a broad range of affordable programming -- ranging from rarely-seen productions to educational offerings and programs supporting next-generation actors and playwrights to a safe developmental environment for the cultivation of new plays by authors of all ages -- in celebration of the special interactive relationship between artists and audiences only live theater can provide.

Until this summer, The Theater Project presented its productions and full programming for more than 16 years at the Roy Smith Theater at the Cranford campus of Union County College. The Theater Project plans to announce its new long-term home later this summer.


Begun in 1994, The Theater Project is a Union County-based Professional Theater Company and is currently in search of a new performance venue. An award-winning Associate Member of the New Jersey Theater Alliance, The Theater Project strives to cultivate a more thoughtful and creative community by inspiring and challenging our audiences in an intimate and engaging setting through powerful, relevant and rarely-seen theatrical productions that explore contemporary values and topical issues, as well as through educational offerings and programs that benefit our Central New Jersey community. The Theater Project has recently received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the New Jersey State Council for the Arts, and the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders. More information is available at


The New Jersey Arts Incubator is an organization dedicated to the economic and creative growth of artists in New Jersey. NJAI provides education, programming and revenue raising opportunities and is both a producing and presenting organization.