SAN DIEGO –– World traveler. Many of the women on “South Park.” Hollywood's premier professional dialect expert and author. Rebecca Crane on “Assassin’s Creed.” Liza on “Beakman’s World.”
Eliza Jane Schneider is a Hollywood defector who prefers San Diego’s South Park, but still draws dedicated fans of the original at ComiCon –– they also track her many videogame personas and edgy adult animation. One of the most prolific actresses working in the videogame universe today, she has made repeat appearances on ComiCon and Gam3rCon panels for the past decade. This year, Eliza Jane will appear on a "voice acting for video games" panel for the seriously geeky Gam3rCon on Friday, July 18 at 4:30 pm at the 10th Avenue Arts Center.
Moxie Theatre is presenting 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 through Aug.11 at Diversionary Theatre in University Heights. The Moxie designers include Jennifer Brawn Gittings (scenery and costumes), Sherrice Kelly (lights and projection) and Kevin Anthenill (sound), with Ryan Heath (stage manager) and Angelica Ynfante (technical director/properties).
"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. She 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?” The show 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.
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 recently relocated to San Diego to have a baby with college sweetheart Roger Ray of Ray’s Tennis (a classic Hillcrest institution).
Eliza Jane is an actress, songstress, oral historian, dialect researcher and playwright. She voiced most of the female characters on Comedy Central’s “South Park” for 5 years before taking “Freedom Of Speech” to NYC. Videogame credits include Rebecca Crane of “Assassin’s Creed,” many voices in “Dragon Age” and “World of Warcraft,” Elizabeth Swann in “Pirates Of The Caribbean” and Arwen/Aowyn in the “Lord Of The Rings.”
She created multiple characters for MTV’s “3 South,” NBC’s “King of the Hill,” “What Women Want” and “Finding Nemo”; recurred on UPN’s “Girlfriends,” NBC’s “Spy TV” and as series regular Liza on CBS’ “Beakman’s World.”
A New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) sponsored playwright, she developed plays including “Sounds Of Silence: A Documentary Puppet Musical Farce About The 2004 Election In Ohio” at O’Neill Theater Center. A Suzuki-trained violinist and opera singer, Eliza Jane has also traveled the world with her bands Honey Pig and Eliza Jane with a recently released CD “Gypsy Grass.”
MOXIE Theatre presents “Freedom Of Speech” at Diversionary Theatre, located at 4545 Park Blvd., San Diego. Previews began Thursday, July 11; opening night is at 8 pm July 13 and includes a post-show reception. It will play Thursday through Sundays at 8 pm, with Sunday matinees at 2, through Aug. 11. Due to a previous commitment, there will be no performances July 25-28. Tickets: Opening Night – $40; Previews–$20; General Admission –$27; Seniors, Students, Military, AASD – $5 off general admission. Call 619 220-0097 or visit HERE to purchase tickets.
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