EVENTS THIS WEEK @ The JOCUNDA MUSIC, FILM & THEATRE FESTIVAL
Take a drive-thru tour of the farm from the comfort and safety of your vehicle! See your favorite Fosterfields animals including Hobbes, the retired Belgian draft horse, sheep, including our newest Shropshire breed, the Jersey cows, and of course, Carl the ox! See the vegetables growing in the gardens, the architectural features of the Willows, and enjoy special demonstrations that may include corn cracking, butter churning, clothes washing, and more! Each tour will last approximately 45 minutes and admission is by preregistration only. For more info, click here!
Grab your camera or phone! Contactless scavenger hunts are a great way to safely get your family or group outdoors all year-round! Register here to receive a list of items; take a photo of every item and receive a prize! There are monthly challenges and a seasonal hunt for families with younger children and for special needs groups. Themes and prizes change monthly.
Thursday, August 27 - 10 am - 11 am
Interested in learning more about watercolor? Join artist and curator Melanie Bump as she explores design, beauty and the artistic expressions of watercolor. No experience necessary. For more information, click here.
1 pm – 2 pm • Ages 5 - 12
Experience the incredible spectacle of the life and migration of the Monarch butterfly.
To start off the spooky fall season we are going to create potions and slime using ingredients found in your home. Learn what a non-Newtonian fluid is, create chemical reactions and craft a magical treat. No prior wizardry experience required!
Ever wonder why there are so many varieties of flowers, vegetables and fruits? It’s all because of the seed. Learn how scientists figured out how to make new varieties, how to breed seeds and how to save them.
COST: $10/child per class. A $2 material fee may apply. Click here for more class information!
August 24 - 28, 10 am – 11:15 am • Ages 5 - 8
Discover the amazing animals of NJ by learning all about them with a naturalist and meeting the live resident animals that call the nature center home. Each day features an hour and fifteen minutes of online learning about a new animal family through artifacts, stories, crafts, and more. Then complete a variety of activities at home each day to continue the fun and learning! Registrants will need to pick up a container of supplies before camp starts.
COST: $60/child. Click here to register!
August 31 - September 4, 10 am – 11 am • Ages 6 - 9
Enjoy a week of drawing, projects, and crafts with the natural world as inspiration. Create masterpieces and learn about wildlife and habitats at the same time! Each day features an hour of online learning about art and artists. Then complete a variety of activities at home each day to continue the fun and learning! Registrants will need to pick up a container of supplies before camp starts.
COST: $50/child. Click here to register!
|Thanhloan Tran, Grade 9 at Dr Ronald Mcnair Academic High School, Jersey City, NJ, I'm comfortable, Gold Medal|
Following a successful online reading series, the actors are moving outside from late August and performing through the end of September as the ever-evolving situation allows. In these public venues (ranging from libraries and parks in Tenafly, Englewood, and Teaneck to a variety of private venues in the general area), The Tempest and Measure For Measure will be performed outdoors without fixed seating.
Audiences will bring their own chairs and will set up at a distance from other parties. Furthermore, audience will be asked to comply with current state guidelines and wear masks. Local officials will be in attendance to ensure distancing is taking place. BBPAC strictly follows all up-to-date health protocols as dictated by local, state, and national authorities. The safety of our patrons and performers is of the utmost importance.
Due to capacity restrictions, most venues will require pre-registration. Opening night of The Tempest at The Teaneck Public Library, a new venue for this third year of Shakespeare, has already “sold out”—attendance is free, but reservations have already hit the cap of 100 attendees!
The Borough of Tenafly began an outdoor concert series mid July, led by Council President Jeff Grossman. The Tenafly Presents committee has been carefully planning the 2020 performance series in order to adjust to COVID-19 and social distancing concerns. They are excited to add Shakespeare to the lineup, with performances aat Huyler Park (intersection of Hillside & Piermont) and all audience members instructed to bring a chair and a mask.
Additionally, this summer a selection of special private venues will be added to the lineup. Old York Cellars in Ringoes, NJ has been hosting a “Summer Wine & Music” series and “Wine & Comedy” nights in their outdoor tent. In August, Shakespeare is added to the mix! These performances require ticketed reservations through Old York Cellars, at www.oldyorkcellars.com.
The evolving performance schedule—as of this writing—is as follows:
Audience is asked to check in with each venue for reservation information and their COVID-19 policy. Dates and locations are also posted to www.BlackBoxPAC.com.
This year, the Shakespeare in the Park Bergen County company is excited to mount these new productions of Measure for Measure and The Tempest in rep. The shows - directed by BBPAC's Artistic Director Matt Okin and Director of Shakespeare Programming Michael Gardiner - feature the talents of professional actors from NJ and NY including: Christina Cruz, Allen Garcia, Michael Gardiner, Cassandra Guglielmo, Kentrell Loftin, Danielle MacMath, Sean Mannix, Rachel Matusewicz, Bess Miller, Arthur Gregory Pugh, Ilana Schimmel, and Jacey Schult.
Black Box Performing Arts Center is a 501(c)3 non profit theater company. They are able to present free summer Shakespeare with the support of the Puffin Foundation, Arbor Terrace of Teaneck, Bauer Printing, Michael Pessolano of Freidburg Properties, and the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund.
Photo credit: Amy Lebovics Photography
Have you been writing during the pandemic?
Did you take one of our 10-Minute Playwriting workshops?
Do you have questions about "the business" of playwriting?
A workshop with playwright Stephen Kaplan
Thursday, August 20, 7pm-9pm
FREE for Luna playwriting students (former and current); $5 general
This workshop is designed to inspire writers to market their work more effectively. You hear it all the time: the only difference between playwrights that have been produced and playwrights that haven't is that produced playwrights get their work seen by the decision-makers. That translates to submissions and networking, a daunting task we'd like to simplify. This workshop covers resources for finding opportunities, tips for easier submission, success stories from cold calls, and remote networking.
Stephen Kaplan’s plays include: Tracy Jones (upcoming: Williamston Theatre); Death Defying (NJ Rep/Theatre Brut); Branwell (and the other Brontës) (upcoming: Loft Ensemble, Blue Room; semi-finalist: O’Neill); Community (finalist: Seven Devils; semi-finalist: Premiere Stages); Exquisite Potential (finalist: Woodward/Newman); A Real Boy (59E59 Theatre; semi-finalist: PlayPenn, Ashland, FutureFest and MTWorks’ Newborn Festival); una casa/a home (finalist: Landing Theatre’s New American Voices, Route 66 New Play Development); For Unto Us (published by DPS); In Mrs. Baker’s Room (Commission: Abingdon); The Seventh Son (semi-finalist: Ronald M Ruble New Play Festival). He is a Dramatists Guild member and serves as the Northeastern Regional Representative for the DG National Council. Visit www.bystephenkaplan.com for more info.
The alliance is comprised of Berkshire Playwrights Lab, Durango PlayFest, Laguna Playhouse, New Jersey Repertory Company, and Seven Angels Theatre. Like similar groups nationwide, each of these organizations canceled their summer performances due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The alliance will harness the writing talents of dozens of well-known screen and stage actors to create original vignettes of three to ten minutes each. The project is the brainchild of actor Dan Lauria (The Wonder Years, Lombardi), who called upon friends in the industry to create videos of themselves reading works they’ve written under the banner “Keeping Live Theatre Alive.” He has brought in Filmmaker Jeremy Fletcher to edit individual videos of the actors and alliance members will be making them available on their websites starting August 29th, 2020. Lauria is a longstanding supporter of local theater and of the alliance members.
“Every sector in society has been impacted negatively by COVID-19, including theaters,” Lauria said. “I wanted to raise awareness of the plight of these organizations while celebrating how actors are keeping their creative juices flowing.”
Actors committed to the project so far include Kim Brockington, Bryan Cranston, Bruce Davidson, Andre De Shields, Judd Hirsch, Stacy Keach, Dan Lauria, John Larroquette, Judith Light, Hal Linden, John Lithgow, Jodi Long, Priscilla Lopez, Wendie Malick, Joe Mantegna, Carolyn McCormick, Patty McCormack, Laurie Metcalf, Alfred Molina, Ed O’Neill, Lou Diamond Phillips, James Pickens Jr, Stephen Root, Tony Shalhoub, Charles Shaughnessy, Peter Scolari, Joe Spano, Chris Sullivan, Reno Wilson, Henry Winkler, and Robert Wuhl.
The content will be available to viewers by each theatre and they will use the vignettes in creative ways to raise awareness of their organizations as well as thank their patrons for their support during this difficult year.
For more information on each theatre’s programming plans, visit any of these theatre websites: New Jersey Repertory Company, Berkshire Playwrights Lab, Durango PlayFest, Laguna Playhouse or Seven Angels Theatre.
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