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By Marc Acito
Directed by Helen Pafumi
Featuring Alex Brightman

December 7 - 30, 2012

John Swayze Theatre

 

 

 

WORLD PREMIERE!

Embezzlement...Forgery…Fraud…High School



Trailer: HOW I PAID FOR COLLEGE
by Marc Acito



Behind the Scenes: The Hub Theatre presents Marc Acito's HOW I PAID FOR COLLEGE

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 and Star 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.

Ages 13 and up

Strobe lights are used in this production


ALEX BRIGHTMANALEX BRIGHTMAN, Edward Zanni
Alex Brightman makes his Hub Theatre debut in the role of Edward Zanni. On Broadway, Alex was Boq in WICKED, and was in the company of the cult-fan musical, GLORY DAYS. Other credits include the World Premiere of NOBODY LOVES YOU at The Old Globe in San Diego, the World Premiere of 35MM in New York City, the regional premiere of THE HISTORY BOYS at The Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, and NEXT TO NORMAL at the Pioneer Theatre in Utah. He was also featured in Royal Pains on USA and had a recurring role on Important Things w/ Demetri Martin on Comedy Central. Alex is currently in development of a new musical, MAKE ME BAD, which he wrote with composer-lyricist Drew Gasparini. Follow Alex on Twitter@ABrightMonster

MARC ACITOMARC ACITO, Playwright
Playwright Marc Acito returns to the Hub to adapt his popular novel fresh from winning the Helen Hayes Award for Best 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 and Star 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.” www.marcacito.com

HELEN PAFUMIHELEN PAFUMI, Director
Helen Pafumi co-founded The Hub Theatre in April of 2008. Her original plays MERRY, HAPPY ... WHAT? and WONDERFUL LIFE (co-adapted with Jason Lott, and nominee for the 2012 Charles McArthur Award for Outstanding New Play) received World Premieres at The Hub, and her work, CLARA'S LITTLE QUESTIONS was recently at the Kennedy Center's Page to Stage Festival. Last season, she directed The Hub's highly acclaimed, JOHN & BEATRICE. Pafumi has also been seen onstage at many DC area theatres, including Theatre J, Folger Theatre, Woolly Mammoth, Forum Theatre, Theatre Alliance, Rorschach Theatre, Keegan Theatre, Didactic Theatre, The Inkwell, the Source Festival, the Beckett Centenary Festival. www.thehubtheatre.org

 

CREATIVE TEAM:
Scenic Design: Kristen Morgan
Lighting Design: Jimmy Lawlor
Sound Design: Matthew Nielson
Costume Design: Maria Vetsch
Stage Management: Rebecca Griffith

PRODUCTION TEAM
Playwright: Marc Acito
Director: Helen Pafumi
Scenic Design: Kristen Morgan
Lighting Design: Jimmy Lawlor
Sound Design: Matthew Nielson
Costume Design: Maria Vetsch
Music Director: Michael Gerdes
Music Director: Carla Gerdes
Stage Manager: Rebecca Griffith

CAST
Edward Zanni
Alex Brightman

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