Stage Version of Marc Acito's How I Paid for College Will Debut in Virginia

By Andrew Gans
July 2, 2012

A stage version of Marc Acito's award-winning tome "How I Paid for College," which is subtitled "A Novel of Sex, Theft, Friendship and Music Theatre," will debut in December at The Hub Theatre in Reston, VA.



The monologue with songs, which will require the actor to "play dozens of characters, command the stage alone for two hours and be able to sing musical theatre songs," will play the Virginia venue Dec. 7-30, according to an Equity casting notice.

Acito also penned the stage adaptation, which is described as such: "How I Paid for College tells the hilarious yet heartwarming tale of seventeen-year-old Edward Zanni, a feckless Ferris Bueller type, who is Glee-fully 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."

The star of the monologue is described as a "boy-next-door type – if you lived next door to a theater. Half Italian and half Irish, good looking, and charming. Feckless in a fun Ferris Bueller way, Edward longs to go to Juillard to study acting and indeed has the talent to get in. He’s school-smart but naïve and hapless when it comes to the ways of the world. He has an emotional vulnerability and insecurity that he masks with fast talk and wisecracks." 

Acito is the winner of the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play for his comedy Birds of a Feather.