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South Park’s Eliza Jane Schneider Presents Play In San Diego

Above: Eliza Jane Schneider, writer, actress, stars in a one-woman show, "Freedom of Speech."

Aired 7/17/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.

Guest

Eliza Jane Schneider, actress

Transcript

Many people know her as the person behind the voices of female characters on Comedy Central's 'South Park'.

But Eliza Jane Schneider has left Hollywood and is now starring in a one-woman, 34 character show in San Diego.

Presented by Moxie Theatre, "Freedom of Speech" is a true story that focuses on Schneider's 317,000-mile cross-country spiritual quest in an old ambulance. During her travels, she stopped in at beauty parlors, swimming holes, bars, street corners and churches, asking of everyone she met along the way "what's going on?"

"These are the oral histories in the storybook of a road trip," Schneider said.

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Schneider behind the wheel of the ambulance she drove cross-country to interview people across the U.S.

Schneider, who also wrote the play, said she fell in love with listening to other people and wanted to share their stories with an audience through documentary theatre.

"I fell in love with America, with the people's history and I learned that I can be patriotic without being defined by our government," she said.

Many of Schneider's fans who track her video game personas, will be in San Diego this week for Comic-Con, where she's made repeated appearances. This week, she'll be hosting a panel at Gam3rcon.

"Freedom of Speech" runs through August 11 at Diversionary Theatre.

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