Cartman's mom coming to Hillsborough Community College in Ybor City
But yes, it's true -- stage and TV actress Eliza Jane Schneider, who provided the voice of Eric Cartman's mother and other roles (including Stan's mom, Kenny's mom, Principal Victoria, Wendy Testaburger and Mayor McDaniels) on South Park, is coming to Ybor City next week for performances at Hillsborough Community College.
Now, South Park fans shouldn't get too excited about this. Schneider is performing her one-woman, 25-character play Freedom of Speech, which is something of a road-trip narrative blending her distrust of government with her own anthropological and cultural research. From the play's synopsis:
Arkansas fiddles, Pittsburgh street rap and New Orleans midnight arias provide the soundtrack to Schneider’s 317,000-mile spiritual quest, born of her hypothesis that dialects -- residual phonemes -- are the only archeological dig the kids of America have.
You know, that old story. Anyway, Schneider also played many of the female roles on South Park from 1999 to 2003. Remember when Wendy Testaburger got breast implants, or when Cartman and his mom went on Maury Povich, or when Stan's mom and dad accidentally mixed up a porno with The Lord of the Rings? That was all Schneider.
We realize we're selling Schneider short by calling her, simply, "Cartman's mom." She's actually got a ton of credits under her belt, including Finding Nemo and Beakman's World, on which she played Liza for two seasons. She's a dialect expert and an oral historian, and she's also in a band called Eliza Jane and the Barnyard Gypsies. Basically, she sounds like an insanely adventurous and creative person, and this sounds like a really entertaining show.
Eliza Jane Schneider's Freedom of Speech will be staged at 7:30 p.m. March 4-6 (Thursday through Saturday) at HCC's Mainstage Theatre at the corner of Palm Ave. and 14th Street in Ybor City. Tickets are $10 general admission, and $5 seniors and students (free to HCC faculty, staff and students with ID). Click here for more.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*. Photo: South Park Studios.