robert-funaroRobert Funaro of “The Sopranos” will play reclusive author Abel Znorko and Jamie LaVerdiere from The Producers will play journalist Erik Larsen in the The Garage Theatre presentation of Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt’s Enigma Variations.

The play, opening Feb. 11th through Feb. 28, at the Becton Theater in Teaneck, NJ., centers on journalist Larsen who is given an unprecedented interview with Znorko, a larger-than-life author and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Larsen arrives at the reclusive Znorko’s home on a remote island in the Norwegian Sea to interview him about his latest book.

The psychological thriller, directed by Frank Licato, is full of twists and turns, a duel as much as a duet, but never what it appears to be.

The audience also gets to be part of the presentation. Following all performances, audiences are invited to a free post show discussion with cast and director .

Brooklyn born Funaro is a gifted actor who is best known for his recurring character, “Eugene Pontecorvo” in the acclaimed HBO series “The Sopranos.”

Furnaro was the main character in the Emmy Award winning episode, “Members Only” for which he also received an Emmy nod. He has also guest starred on  “Law and Order SVU” and “Criminal Intent.”

His film credits include “American Gangster” directed by Ridley Scott, “Waiting for Budd,” “Cut Out,” and “The A.D. Project.”

He has worked extensively in many Off Broadway productions including Louis La Russo’s sold out Lamppost Reunion revival in New York at The Arc Light Theater.

LaVerdiere made his stage debut opposite Nathan Lane in the Broadway hit “The Producers” as Matthew Broderick’s understudy.

He also appeared in “1776” and “The Baker’s Wife” at the Papermill Playhouse. This spring, he’ll appear in the off-Broadway production of  This Side of Paradise.

Enigma Variations
Becton Theatre
Fairleigh Dickinson University,
960 River Rd., Teaneck, NJ.
Showtimes: Thursday – Saturdays: 8:00pm
Matinee: Sundays: 3:00pm.
Reservations: Call Garage Theatre Group: 201.569.7710
Or go online at: Garage Theater