How I Paid for College: World Premiere of One-Man Musical Monologue
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A whimsically heartfelt fable about love and death, this play by Philip Dawkins follows the destinies of the Fail family in 1928 Chicago. Free-spirited Nelly, tomboy Jenny June and the responsible Gerty are the daughters of immigrant clock-makers, promising young women ready to strike out on their own. Their fates change after they meet a sweetly sincere suitor, Mortimer, and then their makers, one after the other, in a series of unfortunate events. This funny, wise play has won kudos from critics for its delightful humor and moving message. Learn More
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Brilliantly written and performed. It is indeed a one-man musical monologue of how the character paid for college, and I won't tell you any more except that it is full of surprises. Alex Brightman makes the show -- is the show -- and is endlessly entertaining as a variety of characters. My only caveat is that I wish there were more music because the few songs were terrific. See this!
Hub Theater is really up-and-coming, amazing what they're doing.
Broadway actor, Alex Brightman (Wicked, Glory Days) plays dozens of roles in this World Premiere tour-de-force monologue with songs, or a “monologsical,” based on Marc Acito’s award-winning novel, How I Paid for College. Directed by Helen Pafumi, the play tells the hilarious yet heartwarming tale of a talented but irresponsible teen actor who schemes to steal his tuition money when his wealthy father refuses to pay for acting school.
Seventeen-year-old Edward Zanni, a feckless Ferris Bueller type, is Peter-Panning his way through life with his screwball theater friends. When his businessman father remarries and pulls the plug on Edward’s dreams, the aspiring thespian turns to a life of disorganized crime.
Playwright Marc Acito returns to the Hub to adapt his popular novel fresh from winning the 2012 Charles McArthur Award for Outstanding New Play for his comedy Birds of a Feather, which had its World Premiere at The Hub last season. The Washington Post called Birds of a Feather “goofy, but serious…an allusive, wisecracking comedy.” Acito is also the co-book writer of the Broadway-bound musical Allegiance, starring Tony winner Lea Salonga andStar Trek legend George Takei, as well as the book writer of a musical adaptation of E. M. Forster’s A Room with a View, both at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego.
Published in 2004, Acito’s novel How I Paid for College won the Ken Kesey Award for Fiction and was hailed as a New York Times “Editors’ Choice.” Translated into five languages the author can’t read, it paved the way for High School Musical and Glee, both of which are similar enough to be annoying to the author without being legally actionable. Inspired by his own misspent youth, Acito describes the story as “just true enough to be embarrassing to my family.”
At its heart, How I Paid for College is about how far you are willing to go to make a dream come true. It’s a story for anyone who’s ever had a dream…and a scheme.