Friday, November 16, 2018

Tickets are still available for the next event at the Darress Theater

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Live Concert: "Starman"
A David Bowie Tribute

WHEN: Saturday, November 17, 8 PM
: Darress Theater, 615 Main Street, Boonton
TICKETS: $25 at the door and online
Tickets can be purchased online through Brown Paper Tickets or by clicking the link below:
For additional info, call the box office: 973-334-9292


Due to inclement weather, Centenary University and Allamuchy Township Schools have been closed.

As a result, the Centenary University Lecture and Fashion Show is postponed.

A new date will be announced shortly.

Thank you and be safe out there!


The Theater Project is creating an exciting new performance space in Union's Unity Bank.

We are offering a ticket package of two shows for $25. Single tickets are $20/$15.

WHERE: Pop-Up Theater at Unity Bank, 952 Stuyvesant Ave, Union, NJ.


LIVE theater helps downtowns THRIVE!

Thursday, November 15, 2018


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The ACL Art Gallery announces its Holiday Show, and invites you to be a part of the festivities and submit your artwork on Monday, December 3, 2018.  

All media will be accepted including paintings, sculpture, jewelry, pottery, glassware and textiles including wearable art.

Let’s ring in the New Year together.

WHEN: Thursday through Saturday from Friday, December 7, 2018, to January 7, 2019, RECEPTION on Friday evening, December 7, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM.
ACL Gallery, 2310 Town Center Way, Livingston, NJ with  

Submission of jpgs of artworks should be made to prior to November 28.

Artwork will be received on Monday, December 3, 2018, from 9:30 to 11:30 AM at the ACL Gallery. For further information, call Hugh Mahon 973-747-2257.

GUEST REVIEW: Powerful Play of a Mother’s love and the tragedy of addiction—Colleen Smith-Wallnau gives acting Masterclass

by Rick Busciglio (November 11,2018,


Three cheers for four women who have combined their impressive talents to give us a truly riveting, thought provoking, new play about a mother’s unwavering love for a son whose drug addiction led him to a cell on death row. First; the playwright, Jennifer Fawcett who has written this powerful play. Second, the veteran actress, Colleen Smith Wallnau, who gives a brilliant, gut-wrenching solo performance. (Attention:-drama students….she is providing a masterclass in acting); third ,the director Mikaela Kafka, a veteran of the CSC series who guided Collen Smith-Wallnau in more than staging, but in making an apple pie over the course of the 70 minutes (no intermission), and fourth, Catherine Rust, the CSC’s Program Director of the Women Playwrights Series, a leader in recognizing and providing new writing talent the opportunity to present their unique voice or perspective on our world.

The play is the award winning Apples in Winter *sponsored by the National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere series. It is set in a makeshift kitchen in a prison occupied by Miriam, the mother of an inmate who in seven hours is to be executed. As his “last meal” he has requested and been granted, not the usual hamburger and fries, but a simple piece of apple pie. Not any pie, but his mother’s apple pie, a favorite from childhood. Miriam’s son committed a violent crime 22 years ago while he was dealing with drug withdrawal which resulted in the deaths of two teenagers. The playbill is spot-on stating that “ this is a play about monsters and the mothers of monsters. And about how we care for each other. And about how to make a really good apple pie.”

The guilt consuming Miriam is not only how did she miss the early signs of his addiction, but most troubling, “what if” she had not refused his phone call pleading for her help that fateful night. In the eyes of many, she is more guilty of the horrible crime than her son….clearly, that is the opinion of the grief stricken parents of the two victims. Weren’t she and her late husband responsible for raising the boy to believe anything could be his? Were they lawn mower parents… constantly protecting him from the consequences of his actions?

It is a powerful play that deserves extensive exposure. It doesn’t provide answers to the growing problem of drug addiction and dealing with an addict, particularly a loved one, however, if addiction has touched your world you will find this theatre experience particularly important. Beyond the tough topic, the outstanding performance of this gifted woman is truly unforgettable theatre.


During the show's run, Centenary Stage Company has invited organizations that support people struggling with addiction and their families, including local group Parent-To-Parent, to set up information tables in the lobby. The Nov. 11 afternoon show included a post-performance talk back with the cast, creative team and Keith Morgen, who runs the Centenary University's Undergraduate Substance Abuse Research Team (photo above).

"We want to raise awareness about the support networks and treatment programs that are available," Rust said. "Sometimes people don't know what to do or where to go. There's also a really delicate line between supporting someone fighting addiction and enabling them."

The act of baking live deserves comment:"The baking of the pie is a kind of choreography," Fawcett said. "When is she mixing the dough? When is she slicing the apples?  Feeding your child is an incredibly intimate act. Emotions are fraught when they won't eat because you want to give comfort in feeding." 

Apple in Winter will play through November 18 at the Centenary Stage Company Lackland Performing Arts Center at 715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown, NJ. Remaining Individual performance dates are Friday, November 16 at 8PM; Saturday, November 17 at 8PM; Sunday, November 18 at 2PM; Wednesday, November 14 at 2PM and Thursdays, November 15 at 7:30PM.

For tickets ($17.50-29.50) visit or call the Centenary Stage Company box office at (908) 979 – 0900. The theatre is located in the Lackland Performing Arts Center at 715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown, NJ on the campus of Centenary University.

*Apples In Winter marks the 75th new play to be a part of the NNPN RWP program with other productions being presented at Riverside Theatre (Iowa City, IA) and Phoenix Theatre (Indianapolis, IN). The play started as a one-page proposal Fawcett submitted to the National New Play Network, winning her the $10,000 commissioning prize.

Seasonal Activities Right Here in Morris County!

Morris County Park Commission


November 17

Experience the phenomenon known as 'ghost hunting', and join an investigation of the historic 1790s Vail House as Island Paranormal Society attempts to contact, confront, and communicate with paranormal entities. To learn more, click here.

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Travel back in time and experience the holidays during the Civil War-era at Historic Speedwell. Learn how soldiers prepared food, built winter huts to keep warm, and wrote special letters home to loved ones during the winter months. Attend the Officer’s Ball, and dance to live music! Check it out here.


December 4, 11 & 18

Calling all new parents—it’s time to get outside! Put your baby in a backpack, and explore one of many wonderful Morris County area trails on select Tuesdays in December. Learn more here.

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November 24 & 25

The perfect fall family tradition! Make delicious, homemade apple cider using an old-fashioned, hand-cranked cider press, and learn fun facts about the amazing apple. Click here for more info.

Writer Reading Monday at RVCCArts

Reading by poet Sherwin Bitsui Free and Open to the Public

Reading by poet Sherwin Bitsui

WHEN: Mon., Nov. 19 at 3:30PM
The Theatre at RVCC, 118 Lamington Road, Branchburg

ADMISSION: Free & Open to the Public

Sherwin Bitsui is the author of three collections of poetry, Dissolve, Flood Song, and Shapeshift. He is the recipient of a Whiting Award, an American Book Award, and the PEN Book Award. His poems have appeared in Narrative, Black Renaissance Noir, American Poet, The Iowa Review, LIT, and elsewhere. He is Diné of the Todí¬ch'ii'nii (Bitter Water Clan), born for the Tlizí¬laaní¬ (Many Goats Clan), and has received fellowships from the Lannan Foundation and the Native Arts & Culture Foundation. For full bio:

Sherwin Bitsui sees violent beauty in the American landscape. But above all else, there is an indigenous eccentricity, 'a cornfield at the bottom of a sandstone canyon,' that you will not find anywhere else." —SHERMAN ALEXIE


Do you live in the Greater MetroWest area?
Are you between the ages of 13 & 18?
Are you Jewish or does your film contain Jewish content?

Submit your film by January 1, 2019

Films chosen will be screened at JCC MetroWest on Tuesday, February 12, 2019.

More Information:

Alborada Spanish Dance Theater Appears in Succasunna this Sunday


WHEN: Sunday, November 18th, at 4:00pm
Investors Bank Theater at the Horseshoe Lake Complex, 72 Eyland Ave, Succasunna. PLEASE USE THE ENTRANCE LOCATED IN THE SENIOR CENTER
TICKETS: RAA Members - $20 online* in advance and $25 at the door; Gen. Admission - $25 online* in advance and $30 at the door. *Online ticket sales close the day before the event

Through dances, drama, and music, Alborada’s passionate artistry reveals the many and diverse historical threads that comprise the multicultural fabric of Spanish culture. The Alborada Spanish Dance Theater will be performing flamenco, classical, and regional dances from Spain. Colorful costumes, shawls, fans, and live musical accompaniment will transport you to Spain.


Saturday is "P" Day at the Planetarium—Pajamas and Pink Floyd (different audiences!)

Young Stargazer Shows for kids ages 3-8 and their grown-up friends

WHERE: RVCC Planetarium, 118 Lamington Rd., Branchburg

It's Pajama Day at the Planetarium!

Saturday, November 17

Our afternoon shows are more fun when you are wearing your pajamas and have your favorite stuffed animal with you.

  • Rockin' Rocket Ride
    Saturday, November 17, 3:00 pm
    Put on your space suit and blast-off into outer space to visit the Moon, Sun and planets. A lively experience for young people with selected music from "Journey Into Space" by Jane Murphy. (Recommended for ages 3-8)
  • Storybooks in Space
    Saturday, November 17, 4:00 pm
    Enjoy story time in the Planetarium as youngsters and their families learn about the stars and planets.. (Recommended for ages 3-8)

Check our website for the Fall schedule and show descriptions.

ADMISSION: $10 per person for one show, $16 per person for two shows on the same day

Use code STAR1 when you purchase your ticket for a $2 per person discount.

Reservations are recommended.

Call to make reservations: 908-231-8805

Astronomy and Laser Shows

General Audience programs are recommended for ages 8-adult

To Worlds Beyond

Saturday, November 17, 7:00 pm

Discover some of the stars visible in tonight's sky. Then take an amazing journey through our solar system, visiting each of the planets, plus the most famous dwarf planet, Pluto.  Watch the Trailer.

Pink Floyd: The Wall laser concert

Saturday, November 17, 8:00 pm

"Hey You," are you on "The Thin Ice?" Don't say "Goodbye Cruel World" as you break through "Another Brick in the Wall."  These songs and more are in this popular laser concert.

Check our website for the Fall schedule and show descriptions.

ADMISSION: $10 per person for one show; $16 per person for two shows on the same day

Use code STAR1 when you purchase your ticket for a $2 per person discount.

Reservations are recommended.

Call to make reservations: 908-231-8805

Sensory-Friendly programs

Saturn on PuzzleThe Sky Above 

Saturday, December 1, 5 pm

Enjoy music, laser lights, stories, and information about the planets, Moon, and constellations.  Content is presented on a kindergarten level.

RVCC Planetarium offers special astronomy and music shows designed for families with children on the Autism spectrum or those with developmental disabilities.  These sensory-friendly shows, which are appropriate for audiences of all ages, will provide a comfortable and judgment-free space that is welcoming to all families. During the show, the doors will remain open so children may freely leave and return if they choose.  Lights will be left dim (instead of dark) and the audio will be lowered and kept at a consistent level.

Call to make a reservation: 908-231-8805

JCTC Presents Two Dance Companies for an Up Close & Personal Connection

Carolyn Dorfman Dance (left) and Hillary-Marie's Sole Music Collective; photos by Anthony Johnso

Up Close & Personal
An afternoon of unique and engaging performances

WHEN: Sunday, November 18, Doors: 3:30/ Show: 4:00
White Eagle Hall, 335-337 Newark Avenue, Jersey City
TICKETS: $10 to $35* and are available online at Student and Senior Discounts are also available

In a rare double-bill, the historic, restored venue hosts JCTC Dance: Carolyn Dorfman Dance and Hillary-Marie’s Sole Music Collective. This exclusive pairing features two award winning and internationally acclaimed artists – Carolyn Dorfman, artistic director of Carolyn Dorfman Dance, New Jersey’s premiere modern dance company and Hillary-Marie, a world-renowned tap dance artist and founder of Jersey Tap Fest.

This program is part of JCTC’s Connection series, for which JCTC selects a topic global in scope and relevant to the community, then explores that theme through readings, visual arts, theatre, dance and performance. With this unique JCTC Dance event, new connections are formed between different genres of dance, dancers from different generations, as well as between the performers and the audience.

“JCTC is proud to present the first collaboration between two extraordinary dance companies at White Eagle Hall,” said Olga Levina, Artistic Director, JCTC. “Carolyn is one of the best choreographers and educators in the state, and Hillary-Marie is part of the younger generation of dancers and leading innovators in the field. Their collaboration is a unique balance and juxtaposition of two different dance styles by true master choreographers from two generations in the graceful field of dance.”

Audiences can expect the unexpected for this JCTC Dance event. The two artists have reimagined the seating layout of this historical theater to create an immersive, Up Close & Personal experience of dance.

As part their collaborative debut, the two companies will open their show with Rising Stars, a special showcase for up-and-coming dance and movement artists from Northern New Jersey.

“Carolyn and Hillary-Marie worked with schools and other companies to give an opportunity to young artists to perform in a professional setting,” said Levina. “Rising Stars truly makes their show at White Eagle Hall an intergenerational connection between dancers.”

After reviewing submissions, the two choreographers selected three Rising Stars applicants to open the show:

  • St. Thomas by FutureSTEP Tap Company
  • Beveled by Dolly Sfeir
  • Car Radio by Danica Butler

Carolyn Dorfman Dance is a multiethnic company renowned for incorporating gripping narratives and powerful story into technically demanding dance. Dorfman’s work connects life and dance in bold, athletic and dramatic terms, taking audiences on intellectual and emotional journeys that illuminate and celebrate the human experience. The troupe will perform two works: Snap Crackle Pop, a groundbreaking collaboration between Carolyn Dorfman and Renée Jaworski, Co-Artistic Director of PILOBOLUS, and Sextet which features a powerful and driving score by jazz composer Horacee Arnold and explores the energy, rhythm, and power of six dancers as they connect, divide, and regroup.

“We’re delighted to join forces with Hillary-Marie for a unique afternoon of dance,” said Dorfman. “The range of work is truly exciting, within and between our two companies. White Eagle Hall is a unique and beautiful venue and we are proud to be returning for our second performance at this historical space. JCTC is a vision driven organization and is a powerful force for growth of the arts in Jersey City.”

Hillary-Marie’ Sole Music Collective is a percussive dance experience creating original tap dance works for the 21st century. Truly music for the soul created by the soles of the feet, the company gives a visual to the rhythm and a voice to the dance by approaching tap as both musical instrument and visual performance art. Hillary-Marie’s work combines live music collaborations with strong improvisational presence to culminate in an engaging and unforgettable form of storytelling.

Hillary-Marie’ Sole Music Collective will perform two works: Herspective, which was inspired by the natural world and the people within it, and One More Than Two which features three women of three generations and tells through movement the unexpected alignment of life paths and friendship.

"This collaborative performance will mark the first time that our companies will have shared a stage as we offer audiences a unique opportunity to experience the juxtaposition of tap and contemporary dance in one evening," said Hillary-Marie. "We are extending a bridge for music and dance audiences to cross paths and experience these two art forms in an immersive, exciting and unexpected environment."

*Main Floor - General Admission: $20; Balcony - General Admission: $20; VIP Balcony - VIP Tickets (1 free drink): $35; Main Floor (Student and Senior Discount w/valid ID): $15

Carolyn Dorfman Dance

Carolyn Dorfman Dance connects life and dance in bold, athletic and dramatic works by Carolyn Dorfman and nationally renowned choreographers. The company’s ten multi-ethnic and stunning dancers tap their unique talents to present high-energy and technically demanding dance that unleashes the powerful storytelling and imagery of its visionary creator.

Touring nationally and internationally, Carolyn Dorfman Dance appears at major theaters, festivals, universities, museums/galleries and other non-traditional performance venues. Carolyn Dorfman Dance presents immersive performance and teaching residencies that take the company into diverse communities to share art and process, creating experiences that build connection, understanding and inspire positive social change.

Hillary-Marie’s Sole Music Collective

One of the most accomplished tap dance artists and producers in America, Hillary-Marie is an award-winning, internationally acclaimed soloist and at age 17 founded Jersey Tap Fest, named the Best Place to See Live Dance Performances in New Jersey by New Jersey Stage. In addition to Sole Music Collective, she is the artistic director of Grooves Unlimited Dance Studio and has served as Adjunct Professor at Montclair State University, guest artist at Hofstra University and Long Island University, and guest faculty at Alvin Ailey and STEPS. She received a 2017 Individual Artist Fellowship in Choreography from the New Jersey State Council on the Art. Additional credits include The Colbert Report, the Smithsonian, Apollo Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Highline Ballroom, The Copacabana, NJ State Theater, NJPAC, SOPAC, Symphony Space, Westobou Festival among many other prestigious international theatrical and live music venues throughout Europe, South America, Central America and Taiwan.

IMAGE: Carolyn Dorfman Dance (left) and Hillary-Marie’s Sole Music Collective; photos courtesy of Anthony Johnson (left) and Robert Nauta (right).

Circle Players Announces Audition Classes In December

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Circle Players in Piscataway announces two drop-in audition technique classes. Both classes will be taught by director Jessica Damrow Sherman.

Saturday, Dec. 1, 10am-12pm
WHERE: Circle Players, 416 Victoria Ave., Piscataway, NJ.
FEE: $25/class, cash only.  No change will be available.

In this class, Jessica touches on choosing classical monologues for auditions and then delves into the hard work of both preparing them and delivering them in performance. Special focus will be given to voice and diction, physicality and maintaining an active objective throughout the speech. Students should come prepared with one or more classical monologues they wish to work on in a class setting. Attention will also be paid to overall audition technique.

Saturday, December 8, 10am-12pm
WHERE: Circle Players, 416 Victoria Ave., Piscataway, NJ.
FEE: $25/class, cash only.  No change will be available.

In this class, Jessica touches on choosing contemporary monologues for auditions, and then delves into the hard work of both preparing them and delivering them in performance. Special focus will be given to voice and diction, physicality and maintaining an active objective throughout the speech. Students should come prepared with one or more contemporary  monologues they wish to work on in a class setting. Attention will also be paid to overall audition technique.

All classes must have a minimum of 4 people registered to be held. To register, interested parties should email