Artistic director Aaron Posner will host the "candid conversation with the real Stephen Colbert," rather than the blowhard persona he creates for his fake TV news program, which he hosts and executive produces.
The 7:30 PM chat — billed as I Am Stephen Colbert (and So Can You) — will be held at the Count Basie Theater, 99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, NJ.
All proceeds from the evening will benefit TRTC's productions and education programs.
Colbert's book, "I Am America (And So Can You!)," spent 29 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List.
TRTC states, "How did Stephen Colbert create one of the most intensely theatrical, bitingly satiric, genuinely important, and totally original characters on television today? Audiences will discover this and more in a rare, out-of-character interview between Colbert and his old friend Aaron Posner." "Stephen is an old friend and it has been amazing to watch what he has created," stated Posner. The two attended Northwestern University in the early 1980s and have remained in touch ever since. "I directed him in a show back in college," Posner added, "in which he was completely fabulous, and of course totally hilarious. He was already learning to inhabit the kind of high-status, egocentric persona that he has now perfected through his work at Second City, 'The Daily Show,' and 'The Colbert Report.'"
Tickets are $99.50-$35. They can be purchased online at www.countbasietheatre.org, by calling (732) 842-9000, or at the Count Basie box office. A limited number of Exclusive VIP tickets are available. These include premium seating and a private reception with Stephen Colbert. Inquiries for this exclusive event go to Danielle Norris at (732) 345-1400, ext. 826 or via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Two River Theater Company is a not-for-profit Equity regional theatre company. It was founded in 1994 by Robert and Joan Rechnitz. The 2009-10 season begins with 26 Miles by Quiara Alegria Hudes, on Sept. 15.