Saturday, February 16, 2019

JCTC: Play Reading, History & Privilege Art Opening

Jersey City Theater Center

JCTC Play Reading: Suicidal Dog & Laika

by Catalina Florina Florescu
directed by Olga Levina

WHEN: Wednesday, February 20, Doors 7:30 PM / Show 8:00 PM
Merseles Studios, 339 Newark Ave., Jersey City
TICKETS: Suggested Donation of $5

An immigrant dog has a surrealist encounter with Laika to whom he summarizes the socio-political events since she was sent to outer space where she died. The humans, mere silhouettes, struggle to stay human in a world still divided by status quo, citizenship and borders.

Preserving History, Celebrating Community: Stories of White Eagle Hall

Please check out “Stories of White Eagle Hall” – let us know what you think and if you know anyone who went to White Eagle Hall back in the day, have them fill out the contact us page. We want to hear their story. “Stories of White Eagle Hall” is an ongoing project by Jersey City Theater Center (JCTC) documenting the history of White Eagle Hall through personal stories.

Mark your calendar, set your schedules, tell your friends and neighbors and come to Merseles Studios to see

Privilege, art opening and artist talk
WHEN: March 1, Gallery Opening, Artist Reception & Art Talk (7:00 – 10:00)
ADMISSION: Free & open to the public

In addition to the unveiling of the Privilege visual art exhibit, attendees can participate in Q&A with the artists and a community dialogue on the subject of Privilege. Curated by Lucy Rovetto; Co-curator Bang Chau.

For more information visit:

Bloomfield College Theater Company to Host Benefit, Welcome Kyle Marshall to Campus

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The Company @ Bloomfield College, the College’s first and only theater company, presents


Kyle Marshall is a 2018 NY Dance and Performance “Bessie” Jury Award recipient and a 2017 NJ State Council of the Arts Fellow

WHEN: Thursday, February 28. The reception (6:00 p.m.) and performances (beginning at 7:00 p.m.)
Bloomfield College’s Center for Technology+Creativity, 467 Franklin St., Bloomfield
TICKETS: As this evening is designed to help raise funds for The Company @ Bloomfield College, there is a suggested donation of $20, though every donation, no matter the amount, is appreciated.

To reserve your seat, please email Dr. Harris at Please note when you RSVP if you will be attending the reception as well as the performances.

“Theater is important in that teaches students about collaboration and teamwork. It helps them with time management and being prepared. And studying scripts fosters critical thinking and assessment of human psychology,” said Dr. Fiona (Freddie) Harris, Assistant Professor of Writing and Rhetoric and Coordinator of the Company. “Our students are really talented and we discovered a need for a performance outlet here at the College. We are hosting this benefit to sustain and ensure that we can keep producing theater at Bloomfield College.”

At 7:00 p.m., students will perform Searching for Answers, a student improvisational piece about young people who are grappling with the aftermath of tragedy, directed by Bloomfield College’s acting teacher, Kellei Cosby.

After a brief intermission, special guest Kyle Marshall's contemporary dance production of Colored will begin.

Image result for kyle marshall coloredKyle Marshall, who first came to campus last year and helped Bloomfield College students tell their personal stories through contemporary dance, is a 2018 NY Dance and Performance “Bessie” Jury Award recipient and a 2017 NJ State Council of the Arts Fellow. His dance company, Kyle Marshall Choreography (KMC) has performed at venues including Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out, Joe’s Pub at the Public, Actors Fund Arts Center, NJPAC, NYC Summerstage, Wassaic Arts Project, and Conduit Dance (PDX). Commissions have included "Dance on the Lawn" Montclair's Dance Festival, NJPAC and Harlem Stage. Marshall currently dances with the Trisha Brown Dance Company and Doug Elkins choreography etc. Marshall is a graduate of Rutgers University with a BFA in Dance.

“One of our aims with the Company is to have students work alongside, and be exposed to, determined people making a living in the Arts,” said Dr. Harris. “We want them to witness the sort of passion and dedication it takes to ‘make it’ as a working artist in this contemporary landscape. Kyle is a wonderful example to our students.”

For those who want to contribute to The Company, but cannot attend the performance, you can make your gift online. Please select “Other” from the drop-down menu and enter “The Company” in field). Checks can be mailed to the Office of Institutional Advancement, 68 Oakland Avenue, Bloomfield, NJ 07003. Please include 'The Company' in the memo section.




WHEN: FEBRUARY 22. Doors 9 PM. Show 10 PM. Ages 21+
Tickets can be purchased here.

Asbury Park is known for its Rock n Roll roots, but hip-hop has asserted itself into the cities growing music scene.

New Jersey Live is a hip-hop event created to showcase the best emerging hip-hop artists throughout New Jersey. Garden State Hip-Hop intends to commemorate the genres resurgence into the Asbury Park music scene with a live edition of their popular Garden State Hip-Hop Cypher series.

The show will feature leading rap artists apart of the Asbury Park hip-hop community. Rodney Coursey, founder of Garden State Hip-Hop and New Jersey Live 3 producer says, “This is a great opportunity for individuals apart of the growing arts and entertainment scene in Asbury Park to see how special our hip-hop movement is.” This years show will be hosted by What’s The Movement's RAMSEYSAIDWHAT and include 14 rap artists in a one night lyrical showdown. Among the names scheduled to participate are Solo For Dolo, founder of the Asbury Park Hip-Hop Fest and Poca, a female rapper from Asbury Park that established her name after releasing her EP Apocalypto in 2017.

Coursey was listed among others as someone leading the charge in a new generation of New Jersey hip-hop by the Star Ledger in 2012. New Jersey Live Vol. 3 also includes a special performance by Black Suburbia Music, a rap and alternative collective known for their fiery live concerts at The Saint, Asbury Park Music Foundation, and The Stone Pony. “Drew can sing like an angel and spit hellfire with his rhymes, too. His Black Suburbia Music Group encompasses all kinds of music genres, from hip-hop to heavy metal,” writes the Asbury Park Press.

After decades of musical segregation in Asbury Park, venue owners have slowly began opening their doors to local and national rap artists like Jay Critch, Lupe Fiasco and Cupcakke. Budget Travel Magazine dubbed Asbury Park “The Coolest Small Town In America” in 2017 and New Jersey Live Vol. 3 will help Asbury Park sustain that image.

Coursey adds,New Jersey Live 3 will be a special night for all of us. The entire Asbury Park hip-hop community will be under one roof celebrating our progress. I can’t wait!”

Tickets now on sale for TLC's 2019 Murder Mystery Dinner Theater

WHEN: Feb. 22, 23, 24 and March 2, 3, 9 and 10. Friday and Saturday shows begin at 8 p.m., with Sunday matinees starting at 4 p.m.
$45 per person (there is an additional $2.50 fee per ticket for all credit card reservations). The Theater League’s mailing address is: PO Box 4072, Clifton, NJ 07012. Ticket includes the show & dinner: salad, pasta, two entrees, vegetables, potato, dessert, soda, coffee and tea; food is served “family style.”

Tickets can be reserved online, by phone or by regular mail. To reserve tickets, call (973) 928-7668, or visit the theater league’s website

Golden Girls: The Curse of Jessica Fletcher by John R. Logue, is directed by Erin Woodward, while Mark Peterson serves as the producer. Joseph Renga is the stage manager. Cast members for the comedy include Jessica Steele, Tara Moran, Matthew Gill Clark, Penelope Surgent, Karen Bednarz, and Annette Winter.

Famous opera coming to Westfield and Madison

Puccini’s irresistible lyric genius has long made Tosca one of opera’s most breathtaking masterpieces. A cast of internationally acclaimed guest performers assembled from Maestro Wroe’s extensive contacts in European and American opera houses joins NJFO to present, acted and in costume, this gripping tale of love, lust, corruption and ultimate struggle for survival.


Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center to Appear @ Drew University

International Collection

WHEN: Saturday, February 23, 2019, 3PM. Pre-concert conversation with CMS artists at 2:15 PM 
Concert Hall, Drew University campus, 36 Madison Ave., Madison
TICKETS: Single-event tickets $60; Educational discount $15 with current ID
Call 973-408-3176 for tickets or visit to purchase online

Debussy’s impressionist cello sonata and Brahms’s magisterial string sextet are accompanied by a colorful clarinet trio by the Armenian Aram Khachaturian and a significant addition to the piano quintet repertoire by Welshman Huw Watkins. A cast of powerhouse players promises an unforgettable performance.


  • Debussy Sonata for cello and piano (1915)
  • Khachaturian Trio for clarinet, violin, and piano (1932)
  • Watkins Quintet for piano, two violins, viola, and cello (CMS Co-Commission) (2017)
  • Brahms Sextet No. 2 in G major for two violins, two violas, and two cellos, Op. 36 (1864–65)

For directions and/or a campus map, CLICK HERE
Individuals needing special assistance, please contact Drew's office of
Housing, Conferences, and Hospitality at 973-408-3103 at least
five working days prior to the event to ensure appropriate arrangements.

Guest Review: “King Lear” a Royal Treat at Chester Theatre Group

Guest Reviewer Rick Busciglio (

The Chester Theatre Group is presenting what some consider "the greatest play ever written: William Shakespeare's King Lear.” Certainly, one of Shakespeare's most famous tragedies, the play has been widely adapted for the stage and motion pictures, with the title role coveted by many of the world's most accomplished actors, such as Ian Holm and Anthony Hopkins.

Lear would be a very ambitious production for most professional theatres, but, for a community theatre with only a local pool of non-professional actors available for this large cast production…….. it could have proven insurmountable. A BIG however, is the talent and experience, particularly with Shakespeare, of director Kevern Cameron. Cameron, or KC, has been able to cast King Lear with some of the finest area talent, many of whom have worked with him as director or actor. First and foremost, has to be his selection of veteran actor Christopher Gibbs (above, left) as Lear, King of Britain. Gibbs, with his nuanced performance ranging from a powerful, in control, monarch to an aging victim of dementia, raises the play and the handsome cast to a level that might be comparable to Off-Broadway. In other words, Gibbs is magnificent in this dark role.

He is supported by a marvelous cast, many new to the CTG audience, they include in particular; Lisa Barnett as Goneril, Lear’s eldest daughter; Sky Spiegel Monroe as Regan (left), Lear’s second daughter;and Madelyn Barkocy (above, left) as Cordelia, the youngest daughter. As the play opens, the three daughters and the court are informed by Lear that he is weary of governing and has decided to reward his three daughters by dividing his kingdom into three parts. A big however, is his demand that each daughter  express  their love and devotion to him. The two oldest profess that there is no man they love more than their father. The third, and youngest, Cordelia chastises her sisters for declaring a greater love for father over husband. Even unmarried, she scorns this insincere display of affection. Lear is furious to the point he banishes her from the Kingdom. She gains an enormous consolation prize when her suitor, and King of France (Eric Craft), makes her his bride.

Her selfish, ambitious sisters are the principal villains, first when they turn their mad father out into the storm and then when they viciously put out the Earl of Gloucester’s eyes for his loyalty to the King. Matt Meier is spot-on as Gloucester, as is Derek Egidio as Edgar (right). Mark Harvey as the loyal Earl of Kent and Michael Yoder as Edmund an impressive villain. The King has no more loyal servant than his Fool (Court Jester) played with appropriate passion by Sarah Henley.  George LaVigne, Jack Roberts,  Keith Hoovler round out  this exceptional cast. The ensemble players (soldiers, guards, and servants) include Ted Holland, Jim Quikstad, and Amie Quivey.

This is a dark tragedy of the highest order… as Shakespeare presents us with possibly the most evil, dysfunctional family in his, or any other playwright’s portfolio… in short, this is not to be confused with a Neil Simon play. We suggest that you read a good synopsis of the play in order to fully appreciate this in-the round presentation.

Director Cameron (right) offers this advice: “Don’t go nuts trying to understand every word. Feel what the music says those words want to accomplish. I never intended to love opera, but unavoidable encounters made me love it. The music demanded I love it. I heard La Boheme in Italian but never had any doubt what was going on. The music taught me. Let your ears teach your eyes how, what, to see.”

Adding nicely to the drama, Robert Jakuc performs the highly effective incidental music live. Director Cameron’s creative team includes: Carol Holland producer and costumes; Martha Riley production stage manager and lighting; Katherine Vega  stage manager; Robert Jakuc, Ted Holland sound operation;  Cathy Braithwaite, Barb Henderson properties; and George LaVigne fight coordinator.

To purchase tickets ($20; $18 seniors/students), visit the CTG website at  or call the box office to make a reservation at 908-879-7304.

Performance dates:  February 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23 at 8:00 PM; February 17, 24 at 2:00 PM at the Black River Playhouse, Corner Grove & Maple Streets, Chester, New Jersey.

Photos by Carol Holland.

Gallery Talk: “Memories of Les Paul” Sunday, February 17th, 1:15 PM in Mahwah

Gallery Talk: Memories of Les Paul with Jim Eigo

WHEN: Sunday, February 17th, 1:15 pm - 2:00 pm
upstairs gallery of The Mahwah Museum, 201 Franklin Turnpike Mahwah
ADMISSION: $5. Seating is limited; advanced reservations are recommended. To reserve, email  or call 201.512.0099.
Gallery talks are free with museum admission.

For nearly a decade, Jim Eigo was the publicist for The Iridium Jazz Club in New York City where Les Paul performed every Monday night. He is the founder and president of Jazz Promo Services. He sends out email blasts from his home base in Warwick NY. He will share his stories of working with Les.

The Museum currently features the exhibits Kilmer: The Man Kilmer: The War Years, and WWI Part I and WWI Part II. Permanent exhibits are Les Paul in Mahwah and The Donald Cooper Model Railroad, which is open weekends 1-4 pm.

The Museum is open weekends and Wednesdays from 1-4 pm.; admission $5 for non-members; members and children are free. Visit www.mahwahmuseum.orgor call 201-512-0099 for information on events, membership and volunteering.

IMAGE: Les Paul & Jim Eigo Fat Tuesday's Circa 1987

Luna Stage Presents Exhibition of Paintings by Montclair Artist

Exhibition of Carrie Emma’s Paintings

WHEN: February 14-March 3. Opening Celebration on Sunday, February 17, 6-9pm. Auction of New Painting at Luna Dinner on Sunday March 3
: Gallery at Luna Stage, 555 Valley Road, West Orange, NJ | 973-395-5551

Carrie Emma is an English-born artist who creates art in multiple media using fabric, papier-maché, canvas and rocks. Often made from found objects or recycled materials, her work is “alive with color and energy,” writes Liz Donovan in Morris/Essex Health & Life. “I love color, texture, patterns. I’m constantly inspired by nature. I literally can’t walk my dog without finding something beautiful that captures my attention, and I have to stop and take a picture. I’m happiest working in my studio, music blaring, sun on my back and my hands covered in paint, glue or sequins!” said Carrie.

Carrie graduated from the prestigious central Saint Martins School of Art and Design in London, England, with a degree in fashion and print, and was a senior print artist for a designer in New York City for many years. In addition to creating her own artwork, Carrie shares her talents inspiring local children in after school programs. For more information on her work visit .

The Luna Gallery will be open one hour prior to performances of Roan @ the Gates: Thursdays at 7:30pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 3pm through February 24, as well as by appointment with the Luna Stage office. The exhibition will also be on display during the Luna Dinner Series event on Sunday, March 3 from 6-9pm, when Carrie’s newest large-scale acrylic painting will be auctioned off. The March 3 benefit is being presented in conjunction with The
United Tastes of America (formerly Syria Supper Club). For details and reservations about the Luna Dinner Series, please visit .

About Luna Stage Luna Stage develops and produces vibrant plays about local and global experiences. Luna brings communities together for artistic events that spark conversations and create understanding and change. Firmly rooted in New Jersey’s Valley Arts District—a crossroads of cultures—the Company celebrates the diverse voices that surround us. As producer, educator, and innovator, Luna Stage is
dedicated to eliminating barriers to participation and nurturing the next generation of audiences and artists.

Luna’s classes for children and adults, and its developmental programs for early career artists, inspire community members to nurture their own creativity and vision.

Luna Stage has contributed to the development of over 80 new works for the stage, earning a reputation for artistic excellence. Some of those plays have gone on to productions in New York City and beyond. Luna’s unique approach to producing, as well as the work itself, fosters an environment
of inclusivity, understanding, and infinite possibility.


The Chatham Community Players

WHEN: Feb 22 - Mar 9, 2019. Fridays & Saturdays 8 PM; Sunday, March 3, 3 PM.
Chatham Playhouse, 23 N. Passaic Ave., Chatham
TICKETS: $23-$25

One plucky community theater is about to produce a show called Murder Most Foul: a new “murder mystery play” with the same title as an Agatha Christie novel but with no relation whatsoever. A hilarious love letter to community theater. Directed by John A.C. Kennedy.


Chatham's 2018-2019 Season

Luna Stage Holds Open Auditions for Teen Artists for New Professional Summer Performance Conservatory

Auditions for Teen Sumer Performance Conservatory

WHEN: February 24 and 25, 6-8pm; Conservatory Dates: July 1-28. Weekday rehearsals and performances will be held July 1-26, Monday-Friday from 9am-1pm. Weekend performances will be July 19, 20, 27, and 28, 10am-12:30pm (performances at 11am).
Luna Stage, 555 Valley Road, West Orange, NJ
TUITION: The charge to participate in this 4-week conservatory program is $1,200. Need-based scholarships are available.
To book an audition appointment, please email
973-395-5551 | |

Luna Stage is launching a new Summer Performance Conservatory for young artists, ages 11-17. Students selected for the program will be directed by Luna's professional artistic staff in a fully-produced play in the Luna’s MainStage theatre this July.

Students accepted to the Conservatory will begin a focused rehearsal process of Ramón Esquivel’s bilingual Spanish-English play, coincidentally titled Luna. The process will culminate in four public performances in Luna Stage’s MainStage theatre, as well as in a week-long tour to day camps in surrounding communities. The daily curriculum will also include voice and movement training, acting, physical theatre, improvisation, and ensemble work. Familiarity with Spanish is a plus but not required.

Luna's auditions are welcoming, supportive and fun.

  • Applicants should prepare a short monologue, joke or song, and may be asked to read scenes from the script.
  • A maximum of 15 actors will be accepted into the program, all of whom are guaranteed speaking roles with substantial featured dialogue. Up to five additional slots are available for students interested in stagecraft, directing, technical theatre and stage management.

The Summer Performance Conservatory offers young artists an opportunity to enhance their individual performance potential while developing a broad base of theater experience and knowledge. They will build technique and learn about themselves as performers while developing collaborative skills and artistic confidence.

About Luna Stage

Luna Stage develops and produces vibrant plays about local and global experiences. Luna brings communities together for artistic events that spark conversations and create understanding and change. Firmly rooted in New Jersey's Valley Arts District—a crossroads of cultures—the Company celebrates the diverse voices that surround us. As producer, educator, and innovator, Luna Stage is dedicated to eliminating barriers to participation and nurturing the next generation of audiences and artists.

Luna’s classes for children and adults, and its developmental programs for early career artists, inspire community members to nurture their own creativity and vision.

Luna Stage has contributed to the development of over 80 new works for the stage, earning a reputation for artistic excellence. Some of those plays have gone on to productions in New York City and beyond. Luna’s unique approach to producing, as well as the work itself, fosters an environment of inclusivity, understanding, and infinite possibility.


WHEN: February 21 - March 10, Thursday thru Saturday – 8pm; Sunday – 5pm
80 Hauxhurst Avenue, Weehawken
TICKETS: $25, in keeping with Hudson Theatre Works’ policy of low price tickets.
For more information or questions, go to  and for tickets go to

A richly poetic, tangled, and sometime comedic tale of two brothers and a mysterious stranger written by Nobel Prize Laureate playwright Harold Pinter. A powerful exploration of control, social class and the human condition.

Davies (Frank Licato), an aging down-and-out, is given shelter by the kindly but vulnerable Aston (Todd Hilsee). He quickly settles in, calmly making himself at home in the squalid, junk-filled room until Mick (Tom Althouse), Aston’s brother, a far more astute character, arrives. A battle of wits begins as the brothers seek to manipulate the old man to their respective ends. But Davies has his own agenda and not everything is as it seems.

A landmark of twentieth century drama, The Caretaker was first performed at The Arts Theatre, London in 1960. Over 40 years on, Pinter’s compelling study of loneliness and power games still has the power to amuse, to shock and to fascinate.

Playwright, director, actor, poet and political activist, Harold Pinter was born on 10 October 1930 in East London.  He wrote twenty-nine plays including The Birthday Party, Old Times, The Homecoming and Betrayal. In 2005, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. He died on Christmas Eve 2008.

Todd Hilsee (Aston) was seen in Hudson Theatre Works’ (HTW) productions of Macbeth and Stubble by Erin Mallon. He also performed in The Sword of the Unicorn, an original play about an adolescent coming out, at Theater for the New City. He was one of the producers of Golda’s Balcony at the Helen Hayes Theatre (2003), the longest-running one-woman show in Broadway history. Todd is an internationally-recognized mass communications expert, notifying victims of defective products, and served as the regular on-camera host of “man on the street” interviews to benefit federal judicial education. He has appeared on 60 Minutes (2017) to expose defective Remington rifles—and Last Week Tonight (2017) John Oliver’s spoofing of 60 Minutes anchors. He is currently producing The Puzzle, an original play about clowns and an autistic child, which he workshopped in (2018) with Tony Award-winning clown Bill Shiner directing.

Tom Althouse (Mick) is a performer and writer who has toured internationally and received awards and recognition both as a writer and actor including the Hoku Award for Best Actor in the Maui Fringe Festival. He is thrilled to be performing with his cousin in his debut at Hudson Theatre Works and under such a stellar director and team. Among numerous roles, he has been Matt in The Fantastiks, Oscar Linquist in Sweet Charity, Tartuffe in Tartuffe: Born Again, Maui Civic Light Opera's The Phantom of the Opera, Tony in Tony and Tina’s Wedding, Richmond in Richard III, Hastings in She Stoops to Conquer, Billy Crocker in Anything Goes, Hero in A Funny Thing Happened..., and Malcolm in the Scottish play. Tom has also performed with a number of improv companies throughout the country. Currently a documentary is in the works regarding his life and screenplay. Tom’s work has received national awards along with critics picks by Backstage West and LA Weekly for his role as Demetrius in A Midsummers Night's Dream at Will Geer Theater in which the LA Times proclaimed him a "delight."

Frank Licato (Director/Davies) is the recipient of the 2018 Tanne Foundation Award for continued artistic excellence. Tanne Foundation awards recognize outstanding achievement and are an expression of gratitude to artists for their passion and commitment to their work. He is a member of the Actors Studio Playwrights and Directors Lab. Most recent acting roles include the movie Modern Houses with Lily Taylor and the plays Glamour by John Patrick Shanley as part of Hudson Theatre Works 10 Minute Festival, Tranquil by Andrew Rosendorf at Luna Stage, and Dreaded Bliss by Michael Bias at the Garage Theatre.

Theatre on the Edge:

Hudson Theatre Works is committed to ensemble collaboration as well as artistic risk through its work with its permanent company, guest artists, partner institutions and the surrounding community.  It is dedicated to a rugged aesthetic which seeks to tell stories, both new and old, classic and contemporary, that reflect our lives, relationships and world today.  Hudson Theatre Works’ primary focus is in bringing a living theatre community to the area of  North Jersey through performance, outreach and theatre arts instruction.

The show is sponsored by Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner and the city council, UBS, The Campbell Foundation, Actors Equity and Walmart.