UNION COUNTY, NJ — The Roaring Twenties are set to come alive in September at UCPAC’s Hamilton Stage in a Gatsby-esque production of Andrew Lippa’s “The Wild Party,” presented by Fearless Hearts and Fearless Productions through the Union County Advancing Community Theater Program. Performance dates are Sept. 11, 12,18 and 19, at 8 p.m.; Sept. 20, at 3 p.m.; Sept. 26, at 8 p.m., and Sept. 27, at 3 p.m.
“The Wild Party” was an Off Broadway gem that garnered an array of industry accolades, including Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Obie awards. Based on Joseph Moncure March’s 1928 narrative poem of the same name, the darkly brilliant show features an exciting, pulse-racing score.
A take on Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” the show paints a vivid picture of a decadent and deadly all-night party in late 1920s Manhattan, just a year before the stock market crash of 1929, when nearly everything in America would collapse.
It’s the story of a desperately damaged relationship between vaudeville dancer Queenie and vaudeville clown Burrs, two vicious, reckless people, whose lives are spiraling downward fast, filled to the brim with drugs, drinking, jealousies and casual betrayals. Tickets are available now and can be purchased online at ucpac.org or through the UCPAC Box Office at 732-499-8226. Seating is general admission and tickets are priced at $20.