Thursday, October 22, 2020

Safely scary: COUNT DRACULA FLIES AGAIN, a Radio Play on Zoom, October 29-31


WHEN: October 29-31. The show will be performed live on Zoom Thursday and Friday and streamed twice on Saturday for Halloween.
TICKETS are $15 each suggested donation—all proceeds benefit The Theater Project—please pay what you can. (Note: $2.20 processing & credit card fees apply at time of reservation.

In one form or another, DRACULA has fascinated audiences for generations, as a novel, a play, and too many movies about the Count to count.

With so many holiday traditions interrupted this year, The Theater Project is offering some comfort food on the Zoom platform: DRACULA, THE RADIO PLAY, as it might have been performed in the Lux Radio Theater in 1932. Eight actors and one extremely overworked sound technician—all that thunder and wolf howling!—prepare for the big radio broadcast of the classic vampire story around the time of the original film’s depression era premiere. Audiences enjoy the thrills and chills of the vampire legend in the safety of their own homes, minus all the bloody visual effects of some of the recent film adaptations.

 “It’s a tongue-in-cheek treatment,” says Mark Spina, the show’s director. “We wanted to play with the styles of old-time movies, radio, and horror films, which were scary but not too scary to bring the kids. They often included a lot of humor, which we’ve done here.” 

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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Write off your stress (you can, really; it's science!). No-fee session tomorrow. 

Come as you are, write as you are.
FREE Write Your Stress Out session tomorrow.

Tomorrow evening from 6 - 7:10pm ET, I'll be leading a group of women to write through a FREE 70-minute workshop with the goal of creating an oasis of sanity during this crazy-pants time.

You'll have time to spill your thoughts and feelings out on the page around whatever is coming up for you during this rollercoaster pandemic/election/social justice time we're living in. (Already know you want to join us? Pop over here and sign up ...)

You might be stressed, frustrated, scared, bored, angry, anxious, uneasy, or some crazy-salad of all of the above and then some. Or you might be some combo of that ... but sprinkled with a little bit of energy and hope after making calls and writing lots of get-out-the-v0te letters like I have.

No matter what you're feeling, the framework of this session (and next month's sessions – yup there are 2 in November, as well) will give you the time and space to bathe in the scientifically proven stress-relieving magic of writing your feelings out.

I'll be sharing open-ended writing invitations to help you find a way to start processing the things that need to be let out. Even if you haven't written anything but emails and stuff for work in years, you can do this. I've been doing this work with never-writers, blocked creatives, and professional writers for nearly 20 years. I've got you.

And yes, the session is free (yay!), but registration is required. So click here to register, or to get more info. Or hit "reply" to ask a question.

See you tomorrow?

Grab Your Costume for a Super Silly Storytime!

Click here to register for MOCA's Halloween Storytime on 10/22!


Boo! Don’t be scared—you’re in for a treat with this week’s Halloween-themed storytime! Join us for a reading of Boo! and the always-classic Where the Wild Things Are. We’ll also sing a few songs and make a super-fun craft at the end. 


Don’t forget to wear your Halloween costume! 


Thursday, October 22 from 4:00 - 4:30 P.M. EDT via Zoom.


MOCAKIDS Storytime is free to the public. 
To join, simply register here!


Please note that this program will be recorded via Zoom and posted on Facebook Live for 24 hours. 



MOCAKIDS Storytime is a lively, bilingual 30-minute combination of fun activities and language exploration designed to enhance your young child’s word skills and vocabulary. Best for ages 3-6, younger & older siblings welcome. 

Every 2nd & 4th Thursday from 4:00 - 4:30pm via Zoom.


欢迎参与华人博物馆讲故事时间活动。这是一个为时三十分钟的现场互动活动。届时,您的孩子将有机会参与一系列互动游戏,探索并提高儿童的词汇量及语言能力,为日后流利的中文阅读能力打下坚实的基础。本活动针对3-6岁的儿童设计,同时也欢迎各个年龄段的幼儿及以上儿童参与。每月的第二和第四个星期四。下午 4 00 4 30 分。

DREAMCATCHER REP Podcast: LOCAL with guest David Lee White: It's My Medium

October 2020 | Season 3; Episode 2: 

David Lee White: It's My Medium

In this episode, Laura is joined by playwright and educator David Lee White. A longtime friend and frequent Dreamcatcher collaborator, David has worked with theatres and theatre programs across the New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania area. And this month with Dreamcatcher, we're thrilled to be virtually premiering David Lee White's audio play Ways to Be Happy.

David and Laura share a warm and lively conversation "socially distanced on the Dreamcatcher stage" about the challenge of trying to write the current moment, how he first started writing Ways to Be Happy  in grad school and how it was developed since, the welcome respite of taking a laugh break, and what his 10-year-old son thinks of his life and work as a playwright. We're so happy to share this conversation with the wonderful David Lee White and we invite you to join the conversation and tell us what you do to recharge and find happiness.

 Listen now: 

WHAT IS LOCAL? Laura Ekstrand, Artistic Director of Dreamcatcher Rep in Summit, New Jersey, explores what it means to make art and culture in New Jersey. Join her for smart, thoughtful conversations with local actors, playwrights, directors, and arts professionals.

WAYS TO ENJOY LOCAL EPISODES: You can SUBSCRIBE, DOWNLOAD, EMBED, or SHARE. Look for the icons on the podcast player on our our website.

Ways to be Happy - Teaser 1

Listen to Ways To Be Happy

Available Friday, October 23rdHERE

Live Jazz Events October 22-25 in New Brunswick


361 George Street
Tables Will Be Socially Distant
Face Coverings Are Required

Tavern on George now accepting EMAIL reservations for outdoor dining on Thursdays. Email:

Stage Left Steak
5 Livingston Avenue
Tables Will Be Socially Distant
Face Coverings Are Required

Missing live theater?

Tavern on George proudly presents 

Broadway on George

a 90-Minute Socially-Distanced Show Tune Spectacular! 

Let our amazingly talented cast of performers and musicians entertain you with your favorite musical hits from shows like Cabaret, Frozen, Grease, Les Miserables, Lion King, Oklahoma, Rent, & More...all while enjoying a delicious three-course lunch in our outdoor dining area. Tables of 2, 4, and 4+ available for purchase here

Buy your tickets, bundle up, and get ready to belt out your favorite Broadway songs at Tavern on George in October!

Note: Show content is Family-Friendly and generally "PG rated" for your enjoyment. Please review our Inclement Weather Policy & Other FAQs at the bottom of this site.

Evening Performances Added at 5:30 & 8:00PM on Saturday October 24!

Reserve Your Table Today for 10/24 & 10/31.

Shows will Sell Out!

New York's Smash Hit Tevye Served Raw to Be Performed at Centenary Stage Company, Oct. 22 - 25


WHEN: Thursday at 7:30 pm, Friday & Saturday at 8 pm, and Sunday at 2 pm
Sitnik Theatre at the Lackland Performing Arts Center, 715 Grand Avenue in Hackettstown, NJ.
 range from $22.50 to $27.50 for adults with discounts available for seniors, students and children under 12. Thursday evening is a Buy One Get One rush ticket special when purchased at the box office beginning at 5:30 PM.
Tickets and more information are available online at or by calling the box office at (908) 979-0900.

Find out what happens to the beloved characters in Fiddler on the Roof after the musical ends. TEVYE SERVED RAW is an evening of Sholem Aleichem material, with adaptations of his Tevye stories (“What, Me Worthy?” and “Get Thee Gone!”), scenes from his own long-unseen Yiddish stage version, and three of his purely comedic stories, newly adapted (“Strange Jews on a Train,” “The Yiddish Sisyphus” and “A Stepmother’s Trash-Talk”). 

TEVYE SERVED RAW will feature the original New York cast: Allen Lewis Rickman and Yelena Shmulenson (the Yiddish-speaking couple from the Coen brothers’ A Serious Man) and Shane Baker (“the best-loved Episcopalian on the Yiddish stage today”). The production is performed in English and Yiddish with English supertitles. Unlike several recent Yiddish-language productions, the cast of TEVYE SERVED RAW are all authentic speakers of the language. 

"We have tremendous fun doing the comic stuff, but the 'Tevye' material is something else entirely," said Rickman, who is also the show's director. "It's a revelation to people who only know Fiddler on the Roof. Fiddler is a superb musical – one of the best ever – but they had to dilute the material to make it acceptable to a mainstream audience in 1964. And look, Bock and Harnick and Stein are brilliant musical theater guys, but they grew up in America, which is a very different place from Tsarist Russia.

What we did is go back to the source. What's in our show is what Sholem Aleichem, who was there in the shtetl and saw it all himself, actually wrote. It's his words, his observations, unfiltered, ‘raw’. We're doing adaptations of his original stories plus scenes from his own stage version of Tevye. A few of the plot points are also in Fiddler, but we do them as Sholem Aleichem wrote them, without the compromises they had to make for Broadway.

It's a question of authenticity. If people want to get a sense of where most American Jews actually came from, this is the real deal. The characters in our show are the people that were there, not exaggerations from musical comedy."

TEVYE SERVED RAW has been in development for over four years and has been performed in New York City, Los Angeles; Kiev, Ukraine; Toronto; and Massachusetts, among other places. In 2018, the production played to ecstatic acclaim in Romania, where it was presented with Romanian supertitles at the State Jewish Theater in Bucharest.

Allen Lewis Rickman is an actor, writer and director. He played Velvel in A Serious Man and also translated the Coens’ dialogue into Yiddish. Other film work includes John Turturro’s Fading Gigolo (with Woody Allen) and The Jesus Rolls (with Bobby Cannavale & Susan Sarandon), Chinese Puzzle (with Audrey Tautou) and The Cobbler (with Dustin Hoffman). TV: Barry Levinson’s Emmy-winning “You Don’t Know Jack” (with Al Pacino & John Goodman), recurring roles on “Boardwalk Empire” and Steven Spielberg’s “Public Morals,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (as Red Skelton), Michael Moore’s “The Awful Truth,” Buck Henry’s “Are We On?,” etc. Broadway: Relatively Speaking (with Marlo Thomas). Off-Broadway: Mack and Mabel at Encores!, So Help Me God! (with Kristen Johnston), Schnitzler’s Far and Wide (Mint), Theda Bara and the Frontier Rabbi (JRT & York), etc. Regional: Cleveland Play House, Paper Mill, Two River, etc. Rickman has directed Off-Broadway and regionally, including the Drama Desk-nominated Yiddish Pirates of Penzance. He is an internationally produced playwright whose work has been presented in six languages. His new subtitle translation for the classic film Tevye, starring Maurice Schwartz, will be released by Kino Lorber on November 24th.

Yelena Shmulenson was born in Belarus, raised in Ukraine and emigrated to the US in 1993. She’s perhaps best known as the icepick-wielding Dora in the Coen brothers’ Oscar-nominated Best Picture A Serious Man. Other film & TV credits include “Orange is the New Black,” “Blue Bloods,” “Madame Secretary,” “The Knick,” “Boardwalk Empire” (as Mrs. Manny Horvitz), “Chicago Med,” The Good Shepherd, Romeo & Juliet in Yiddish, and Chinese Puzzle. Stage credits include The Golem of Havana (Miami New Drama), The Essence: A Yiddish Theater Dim Sum (Fringe/tour), two seasons at the Ellis Island Theatre, Covers (New York/St. Petersburg/Moscow/Montreal), etc. She won three Earphones Awards for her recorded books and is fluent in five languages.

Shane Baker appeared Off-Broadway in Sholem Asch’s God of Vengeance, in his solo show The Big Bupkis! A Complete Gentile’s Guide to Yiddish Vaudeville (co-written and directed by Allen Lewis Rickman), The Adventures of Hershele Ostropolyer (with Mike Burstyn), The Megile of Itzik Manger, Everett Quinton’s staging of Charles Ludlam’s Conquest of the Universe or When Queens Collide, and in his own Yiddish translation of Beckett’s Waiting for Godot for the play’s Yiddish world premiere, and tours to Enniskillen, Ireland and Paris, France. The New York Times called his translation “even more depressing than Beckett’s original.” In 2016 he toured the world with programs commemorating the 100th anniversary of the death of Sholem Aleichem, sharing stages with Itzhak Perlman and Chava Alberstein. Shane spent several seasons with Jeff Weiss in his serial And That’s How the Rent Gets Paid / Hot Keys / Come Clean and assisted director Doug Hughes in his Obie-award winning direction of The Grey Zone.

One of the most beloved writers of Yiddish literature, Sholem Aleichem’s work inspired the hit musical Fiddler on the Roof. Sholem Aleichem (Solomon Rabinowitz) was born in Pereyaslav, Ukraine, and moved as a child with his family to Voronkov, a neighboring small town which later served as the model for the fictitious town of Kasrilevke described in his works. One of his first stories appeared in a Yiddish paper under the pseudonym “Sholem Aleichem” which in Hebrew means "Peace be unto you." From this time on, this became his pen name. He wrote stories, sketches, critical reviews, plays, and poems in both verse and prose. His immense popularity did not decline after his death in 1916 but rather increased beyond the Yiddish-speaking public. His works have also been translated into most European languages, as well as Russian and English. His plays and dramatic versions of his stories have been performed by the top Yiddish and Hebrew theatrical companies in America, Israel, Russia, Poland, and many other countries.

 Raise a Toast to NJFO This Friday

The Friends of

NJ Festival Orchestra




Come join us in tasting a symphony of fine wines.


Time to get out and have some fun and support your New Jersey Festival Orchestra!


 Friday, October 23 at 6.30pm

 Under the tents at

Shackamaxon Country Club

Scotch Plains, NJ

 Tickets $75

Cigars and a Macallan Scotch tasting (including a rare cask) available for extra donation.


Jazz vocalist Vanessa Perea and friends V


Safety protocols strictly observed. Masks required.


All proceeds to benefit NJFO and NJFO outreach programs.

CROSSROADS THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS Town Talks—Our Responsibility to the Vote

This is the first of four Town Talks of the 20/21 season. With our co-host the Greater New Brunswick Area of the NAACP, and moderated by Jeannine Frisby LaRue we will bring artists, civil rights icons, and thought leaders together for an engaging conversation on the role of the arts in the historic struggle for the right to vote. What is our responsibility to preserve that right for ourselves and others? This will be a memorable evening!

You're invited to the Live Recording on October 23, 2020, 
6PM @ New Brunswick Performing Arts Center,. Please RSVP by Thursday, Oct. 22nd

Attendance is extremely limited due to NBPAC's COVID safety protocols. 

Doors open at 5PMNo admittance after 6PM.

Mask required. 

There will be sign language interpretation for all Town Talk live events.

We look forward to seeing you!


As part of Crossroads Theatre Company’s platform to educate and engage audiences locally, regionally and nationally, it will kick off it’s Town Talks series with a two-part conversation on topics pertinent to the state of our country’s affairs before and after the 2020 election. The conversations, which will be recorded live at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NBPAC) with a limited audience comprised of Crossroads members and streamed for public viewing, are being co-presented by the NAACP of New Brunswick.

In addition to virtual encore productions being offered, Crossroads 2020-2021 season includes eight Town Talks that are public conversations to address the burning topics and questions impacting our communities today.  The Town Talks will stream two to four weeks every month from October 2020 to April 2021.

The first part of the inaugural Town Talks conversation, entitled Our Responsibility to the Vote, will be streamed from October 28 to November 3, 2020, from the Crossroads Theatre Company website.  

The second part, The Day After Conversations, will stream from November 5 to November 15.  Noted New Jersey statewide lobbyist and public affairs consultant Jeannine Frisby LaRue will moderate the first public conversation.  “I am honored to be a part of Crossroads’ continuing and unapologetic voice to raise awareness about the VOTE, said LaRue.  “I am additionally proud to contribute to any effort to keep the voices of ancestors alive and relevant in tandem with the causes being lifted today that fuel our spirits and compel us to teach, enlighten and motivate,” LaRue added.  Panelists include long-time civil rights activist Ruby Sales; Middlesex Country Freeholder Shanti Narra; Rev. Dr. Charles F. Boyer, Founding Director of Salvation and Social Justice; and Aaron Greene, Esq. Associate Counsel of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice.

The Day After Conversations will be led by Crossroads Co-Founder Ricardo Khan who will be joined by veteran artists, up and coming activists and today’s drum majors for justice.

This Town Talks event will be segmented into three parts:  

  • Looking Back: Reflections from the American theatre

  • Contemporary Activism: The Struggle Continues

  • Dangerous Waters: Raising and Protecting the Next Generation

“Art inspires transformation and ignites change,” said Khan who created the Town Talks series to” highlight the historic role the arts have played to bring social change.”

Launching Crossroads Town Talks series is a very fitting tribute to the late Congressman John Lewis, among the original drum majors or justice,” said Anthony Carter, President of Crossroads Board of Trustees.  Carter reminds us of the importance Lewis placed on the arts as an influencer and documenter of history with a quote from Lewis that says “without the arts, without music, without dance, without drama, without photography, the civil rights movement would have been like a bird without wings.”

To register for Town Talks and for more information about Crossroads 2020-2021 season, please visit


Vibraphonist/vocalist Roy Ayers is among the best-known, most loved and respected jazz/R&B artists on the music scene today. We are proud and happy to be hosting these exclusive, worldwide live & online concerts by Roy Ayers.

Now in his fifth decade in the music business, Ayers, known as the Godfather of Neo-soul, continues to bridge the gap between generations of music lovers. In the 60’s he was an award-winning jazz vibraphonist, and transformed into a popular R&B band leader in the 70's/80's. Today, the dynamic music man is an iconic figure still in great demand and whose music industry heavyweights, including Mary J. Blige, Erykah Badu, 50 Cent, A Tribe Called Quest, Tupac and Ice Cube. Join us this weekend for Roy Ayers’ first and only live concert appearances of the year at Keystone Korner Baltimore.


Livestream Ticket Links

Explore solar weather as the Frontiers Lecture returns online

Rendering of solar weather.


Frontiers Lecture: Simulating Risks of Solar Weather

The monthly Frontiers Lectures series exploring astrophysics returns online! On Wednesday, October 21, at 6 pm EDT, join Jon Linker, president of Predictive Science Inc. and a NASA co-investigator, Carter Emmart, the Museum’s director of astrovisualization, Leila Mays of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, and the Center’s Elon Olsson, piloting OpenSpace visualization software, for a deep dive into the latest research on solar weather. You’ll see stunning computational models of extreme solar eruptions that enhance our ability to forecast threatening solar activity as we plan to return humans to the Moon.  REGISTER NOW


Keep a Field Journal

Choose an animal—perhaps a pet or an animal you see outside—and observe its characteristics, where it lives, and how it behaves. Then, in this new challenge from OLogy, the Museum’s science website for kids, create your very own field journal of this animal. Submit your entry by Monday, November 2, for a chance to be featured on the website!  TAKE THE CHALLENGE


The Scientist Is In: Fossil Skeletons

What’s in a bone? Join paleontologist John Flynn, the Museum’s Frick Curator of Fossil Mammals, on Thursday, October 29, at 2 pm EDT, for a family-friendly exploration of some of the most compelling mammal fossils in the Museum’s collection. Find out about the management of specimens, fieldwork and discovery of new species, the evolution of mammals and Mesozoic vertebrates, methods for geological dating, and more.  JOIN THE WATCH PARTY


Virtual Author Event

Esther Safran Foer
I Want You To Know We’re Still Here: A Post-Holocaust Memoir

Moderated by Evelyn Rauch, Second Generation Holocaust Survivor 

WHENThursday, October 22 • 7 PM

Esther Safran Foer grew up in a home where the past was too terrible to speak of. The child of parents who were each the sole survivors of their respective families, for Esther the Holocaust loomed in the backdrop of daily life, felt but never discussed. Even as she built a successful career, married, and raised three children, Esther felt herself searching. When Esther’s mother casually mentions an astonishing revelation-that her father had a previous wife and daughter, both killed in the Holocaust-Esther resolves to find out who they were. Please join us for the moving story of Esther’s journey.

In 2008 Esther was recognized as one of the “Forward 50” Jewish leaders in the country, and in 2015 she was named one of the most powerful women in Washington by Washingtonian Magazine.

Moderator Evelyn Rauch is a founding member of the Holocaust Memorial and Education Center at the Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center. Evelyn designed and created the Holocaust Memorial at the JCC. She has been a member of the Committee for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Raritan Valley Community College and was honored at RVCC’s “Make a Difference Program” for her work. She has taught workshops for children during the “Learning Through Experience” program at RVCC, and has spoken most recently on RVCC’s zoom series “Resilience During Challenging Times”. She has written her family’s very personal story, “Surviving Steffi,” and has spoken to groups at libraries, schools and book clubs about her book and growing up as a Second Generation Holocaust survivor.

Link to register:  or call 908.443.9018

Supported by the Grotta Fund for Senior Care of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater MetroWest NJ, The Jewish Book Council, Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center, and the Jewish Federation of Somerset, Hunterdon, and Warren Counties.

ARTIVISM: the first exhibition of its kind, located at the intersection of art, human rights, and the prevention of genocide

Join us for this online presentation with Kerry Whigham, curator of the ARTIVISM exhibit, and Aida Šehović from Bosnia and Herzegovina, one of the artists involved in this exhibition. 

WHEN: Friday, October 23, 2020, at 3 - 4 PM EDT 
WHERE: Zoom Webinar. 

ARTIVISM illustrates how the arts are used as a mechanism for preventing and responding to mass violence. ARTIVISM introduces the personal, emotional, and historical realities of mass atrocities, inviting attendees to learn about the essential role played by the arts as a grassroots tool for social transformation and a deterrent to systematic violence. It showcases the works of six artists and activist collectives from across the globe: Rebin Chalak Ismael from Iraq, Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Elisabeth Ida Mulyani from Indonesia, the South African Intuthuko Embroidery Project, the Argentinian Grupo de Arte Callejero (GAC), and Aida Šehović from Bosnia and Herzegovina.

This exhibit is coordinated through The Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation which is the largest nongovernmental organization in the world for the training of public officials in genocide and mass atrocity prevention.

Artivism Registration Link:

This program is being co-sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Somerset, Hunterdon, & Warren Counties, The New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education, the Holocaust Education Center of the Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center.

Monday, October 19, 2020

Arts Break, Artists, Activities, Australia from the New Victory Theatre

New Victory Arts Break: Explore a World of Art

Discover Australia!

This season, we visit six continents to check in on a few of our favorite artist friends. First stop: Australia! For the next four weeks, we join the immersive theater company Slingsby to learn about their community and creative practice—and make art of our own along the way. Now, let's explore the history of the land, traditions (like teatime!) and even the animals of Australia!


Jacqy from Slingsby!

Meet Awesome, Aussie Artists

Join Jacqy, from Australia's Slingsby (The Young King, 2018) as she as she introduces you to her off-the-grid lifestyle (including an outback outhouse). Then, discover what some of our other favorite Australian artists are up to!

Act Wild!

Lizards & kangaroos & koala bears, oh my! Show off your amazing acting skills as New Victory Teaching Artist Ugo teaches you how to transform into a wild animal. Then, see if your friends and family can correctly guess which creature you are!

Ugo, a New Victory Teaching Artist


Plan of a very fun tea party

Plan a Koala-tea Tea Party

It’s 6 o'clock somewhere (Australia's traditional tea hour) which means it’s time to plan your perfect tea party—real or imaginary! Who would you invite? What’s on the menu? And don’t forget to put your pinky up.