You Know the Voices, Now Discover the Genius of ELIZA JANE SCHNEIDER!
World traveler. Many of the women on “South Park.” Hollywood’s premiere professional dialect expert and author. Liza on “Beakman’s World.” A Hollywood defector who prefers San Diego’s South Park, but can’t get away from the crazed fans of the original at ComiCon, who adore her videogame personas and edgy adult animation. She has been seen (or heard) on Bravo’s “Arts & Minds,” “King of the Hill,” “Girlfriends” What Women Want, and Finding Nemo. Eliza JaneSchneider is all this, and much more.
Moxie Theatre is proud to present the critically acclaimed one-woman, 34 character show, FREEDOM OF SPEECH, written and performed by Eliza Jane Schneider, directed by Delicia Turner Sonnenberg. It won the “Best Solo Show” award at the New York International Fringe Festival, then ran Off-Broadway at P.S. 122, and ultimately moved to The Public Theater. FREEDOM OF SPEECH runs July 11––August 11, 2013 at Diversionary Theatre.
FREEDOM OF SPEECH is a true story. Eliza Jane cashed in her assets, quit a lucrative job on an Emmy-winning sitcom, shaved her head and set off on a 317,000-mile cross-country spiritual quest in a second-hand ambulance. Eliza Jane stopped in at beauty parlors, swimming holes, bars, street corners ad churches, asking everyone she met along the way the question, ”What’s going on?” ” FREEDOM OF SPEECH blends the immediacy of a documentary with the intimacy of Eliza Jane’s hilarious personal narrative to capture a muffled underlying voice of America that we won’t hear anywhere else.
Eliza Jane’s search for the twangs, drawls and colloquialisms––and personal stories–– of every American led her to a much greater discovery—that we all share universal hopes and dreams, and too many experience a resounding disconnect between themselves and their government. The riotous sociopolitical manifesto that evolved from her hypothesis that dialects—residual phonemes––are the only archeological dig the kids of America have––provided answers wrought with as much delicious contradiction as the journey itself.
What began as a thesis project at UCLA has sold out theatres across the country, winning rave reviews at each stop for her astonishing collage of disenfranchised pre-millennial American voices. Eliza Jane has been dubbed by the press as “Wildly funny! Genuinely poignant*,” and “A fine and funny mimic, capable of astonishing transformations***.” MOXIE audiences can share her journey through the kitchenettes and hearts of Arizona polygamists, Los Angeles dominatrixes and Montana Huterites––accompanied by a soundtrack of Arkansas fiddles, Pittsburgh street rap and New Orleans midnight arias—all created by a unique voice and sensibility––separate from but inexorably drawn into the discovery of her own story among all the others.
A bit of background: MOXIE recently announced that the final show of their eighth season, Lucy Prebble’s Enron, would be delayed to provide time for fundraising, which unfortunately caused unsolvable scheduling problems. MOXIE is now choosing to move forward and replace the production entirely. “We met Eliza Jane Schneider and read her play once we’d already announced our eighth season, which has been about exploring genuinely American stories. Eliza’s show FREEDOM OF SPEECH was a perfect fit, but it seemed too late to add it to our season. When challenges arose withEnron we jumped at the chance to be the first company in San Diego to showcase her extraordinary talent,” says MOXIE’s Artistic Director Delicia Turner Sonnenberg who will also direct. “It’s a really exciting win for our company,” Sonnenberg adds.
FREEDOM OF SPEECH runs July 11––August 11, 2013.
Opening Night July 13 at 8PM includes a post-show reception. Diversionary Theatre is located at 4545 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92116.
Tickets: Opening Night – $40; Previews–$20; General Admission –$27; Seniors, Students, Military, AASD–$5 off general admission.
Call 619 220-0097 or visit www.moxietheatre.com to purchase tickets.
Due to a previous commitment, there will be no performances July 25-28.