Wednesday, April 23, 2014

LECTURE ON TERRORISM THURSDAY @ LIVINGSTON TEMPLE

TV DANCE PROS & AMERICAN IDOL FINALISTS APPEAR @ PAPER MILL PLAYHOUSE WITH “BALLROOM WITH A TWIST II”

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UPCOMING BALLET PERFORMANCE @ THE COLLEGE OF NEW JERSEY

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WHEN: Saturday, May 3rd at 7 PM and Sunday, May 4th at 2 PM
WHERE:
The College of New Jersey’s Kendall Main Stage Theater, 2000 Pennington Road, Ewing, NJ.
TICKETS: $25 for adults, and $20 for students, children, and seniors.

WHEN: Saturday, May 10th at 7 PM
WHERE:
Neptune High School Performing Arts Center, 55 Neptune Blvd, Neptune, NJ.
TICKETS: To celebrate DanceVision’s debut at this venue, tickets there are specially priced at just $15.
To purchase tickets, visit www.DancevisionNj.org, or call 609-520-1020.
For information on group sales at either venue, email info@DancevisionNj.org.

This May, DanceVision Performance Company will be bringing back Risa Kaplowitz’s ballet interpretation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, based on William Shakespeare's classic comedy and set to Mendelssohn's lush score. Guest artists Rickey Flagg II and Joshua Henry, trainees at the Dance Theatre of Harlem Professional Training Program, will be performing the roles of Lysander and Demetrius. Mr. Flagg, originally from Windsor, Connecticut, and Mr. Henry, originally from Los Angeles, California, are excited to be working on this production with DanceVision. “It is quite an experience for me to be working with such talented young people with so much potential,” says Mr. Henry. Risa Kaplowitz, DanceVision’s Artistic Director, is thrilled to have the young men as part of the cast. “Rickey and Josh add so much to the performance. They are not only great dancers but they are also wonderful performers, who bring their noble roles to life with both grace and humor.”

Rehearsalphoto1Risa Kaplowitz, who also choreographed DanceVision’s successful ballets, The Snow Queen and The Secret Garden, has once again used her ethereal choreography to bring to life this wonderful tale of magical characters caught up in a comedic entanglement of love, jealousy, and fun, where Fairies, Sylphs, and Sprites make mischief with the lives of unsuspecting, love-struck Mortals. After intermission, DanceVision will also perform Graduation Ball as a special bonus feature, with original choreography by David Lichine. Watch what ensues as a group of male cadets is invited to a dance at a girls’ school in this humorous and playful ballet. Performed by the region's most talented and well-trained young dancers, this ballet double feature is sure to please audiences of all ages.

Rehearsalphoto2DanceVision also offers a free, fun and educational pre-performance talk one hour prior to the performance. Get a preview of the story, and learn about the process of translating great literature into dance. Simply come to the theater one hour early and show your ticket stub to attend.

DanceVision, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation founded by Artistic DirectorRisaKaplowitz and Susan Jaffe in 2005. Its mission is to enrich the community with quality dance experiences. DanceVision's performance arm produces full-length ballets which are performed at TCNJ's Kendall Theater twice a year. In addition, DanceVision dancers have performed several times with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and most recently with Boheme Opera New Jersey. DanceVision also has an active community outreach program which includes a free dance camp for children from Trenton’s HomeFront, free or discounted performance tickets for disadvantaged groups, and free dance classes for local seniors with disabilities.

DanceVision is proud to present the highest quality performances at a most affordable price. For less than the cost of most trips to the movie theater, families can enjoy an entertaining, live performance filled with the rarified beauty and culture that is unique to classical ballet.

ONLY 20 TICKETS LEFT TO SEE GEORGE BENSON & NATALIE COLE AT bergenPAC THIS FRIDAY

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George Benson and Natalie Cole

WHEN: This Friday April 25 at 8 PM
WHERE:
bergenPAC, 30 N. Van Brunt St., Englewood
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A special evening with two musical superstars and lifelong friends:  acclaimed soul icon Natalie Cole and definitive Modern Jazz and R&B guitarist George Benson will take the stage at bergenPAC in a rare appearance together in celebration of our 9th Annual Spring Gala. 

Don't miss your chance to see these two legends on our stage!  

Get your tickets now!

AUDIENCES RAVE ABOUT “MARISOL” @ LUNA STAGE

Audiences Rave About Marisol...

"Powerful!" — "Enthralling!"
"Inspiring!" — "Daring!"
"Every bit of it was remarkable..."
"One of the best plays I've seen..."
"Nice to see theatre with some grit and truth..."
"Never seen Rivera's work clearer..."

THROUGH MAY 11th ONLY

Cynthia Fernandez and Emma O'Donnell. Photo by Steven Lawler.<br />MARISOL
By Jose Rivera
Directed by Niegel Smith

WHEN: Thursdays at 7:30 PM; (Talkback after the performance on Thursday April 24th at 7:30 PM); Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM; Sundays at 3 PM
WHERE:
Luna Stage, 555 Valley Road, West Orange
Purchase Tickets Online or by phone or in-person Tues.-Fri. 10 AM-3 PM, 973.395.5551

“…Rivera's play is angry, fearsome, fantastic, and poetically frenzied, without surrendering either its sanity or its mordant sense of humor… It's a cry from the poet's heart.” —Village Voice

Above: Cynthia Fernandez and Emma O'Donnell. Photo by Steven Lawler.

TALKBACK WITH DIRECTOR NIEGEL SMITH FOLLOWING THE 7:30 PM PERFORMANCE ON THURSDAY APRIL 24TH

Niegel Smith is a performance artist and theater director who sculpts social spaces into unique communal environments where we make new rituals, excavate our pasts and imagine future narratives. His theater work has been produced by The Public Theater, Classical Theatre of Harlem, Magic Theatre, HERE Arts Center, Hip Hop Theatre Festival, Summer Play Festival, New York Fringe Festival and the Phoenix Theatre Ensemble, and his participatory walks have been produced by Elastic City, American Realness, the Prelude Festival, Abrons Arts Center, Visual AIDS, the Van Alen Institute and PS 122. READ MORE...

 

IRREVERENT LOOK @ ROBIN HOOD LEGEND @ DUNELLEN SKYLIGHT THEATRE

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Dunellen Skylight Theatre Productions presents The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood, a frantically funny, Monty Python-esque retelling of the classic Robin Hood tale written by Mary Lynn Dobson. Under the Direction of Barbara Gianotto and Assistant Direction of Sandra Spano, our gallant guy-in-green tries his best to help the needy as he swaggers through The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood.

IMG_3831_copyThis time around, the legendary legend Robin Hood (Paul Kazalski, Bound Brook), encounters a lovely damsel-in-distress the Lady Marian (Kelly Maizenaski, Middlesex) who has an odd obsession with skin conditions; an ever-scheming Sheriff (Will Rider, Manville) who would rather bowl a strike than hit a bull's-eye; a gold-hoarding, bad-guy monarch wannabe Prince John (Tom Hickey, Bloomfield); and a good-natured "Town's Guy" (Mark Noble, Green Brook) who manages to make his way into every scene, whether he belongs there or not.

Combine them a band of spoon-wielding Merry Men whose collective IQs equal six, and you've got an irreverent jaunt through Sherwood Forest you won't soon forget!

Tickets can be purchased at http://dunellenskylight.ticketleap.com/
For more information contact us at: Dunellenskylight@yahoo.com or on Facebook under Dunellen Skylight Theatre Productions

TRUE AMERICAN CLASSIC TO RUN @ GEORGE STREET PLAYHOUSE APRIL 22–MAY 25

An American Classic Our Town April 22 - May 25

 

OUR TOWN
By Thornton Wilder
Directed by Michael Esbjornson

With Pico Alexander, Aaron Ballard, Kati Brazda, Sean Cullen, Wally Dunn, Boyd Gaines, Christopher Gibbs, Dalton Gray, Matthew Kuenne, Matthew Lawler, Mary McLain, Kathleen McNenny, Christian Navarro, Shazi Raja, Brandon Rubin, Lee Sellars and Michael Sirow

WHEN: April 22 – May 25
WHERE:
George Street Playhouse, 9 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick
TICKETS: CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS

The village of Grover’s Corners comes to brilliant life in this thrilling new production of Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning classic.  Filled with unexpected humor, Wilder’s poignant – and pointed – observations on life and love are as relevant today as they were at its premiere 75 years ago.

Filled with unexpected humor, a cast of 25 brings this Pulitzer Prize-winning classic to life in a thrilling new production featuring four-time Tony Award-winner Boyd Gaines and introducing two future stars of stage and screen in their professional debut, Pico Alexander as George and Aaron Ballard as Emily.  The not-to-be-missed theatrical event of the spring season is helmed by internationally acclaimed director David Esbjornson.

George Street Playhouse is proud to present Our Town as the inaugural production of a landmark collaboration between the Playhouse and Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts.  Nearly half this cast are either Mason Gross alumni or students. 

In addition, over the course of the run the roles of the people in the audience will be played by actual audience members. Various local dignitaries and personalities will be filling those roles each performance.

Special dates for this production

  • 4/22/2014: post-show talk back
  • 4/23/2014: post-show talk back
  • 4/24/2014: post-show talk back
  • 5/8/2014: audio described performance; 8pm
  • 5/11/2014: Sunday symposium; 2 PM
  • 5/21/2014: student matinee; 11 AM
  • 5/22/2014: student matinee; 11 AM
  • 5/24/2014: open captioned performance; 2 PM

BIG DOINGS @ UCPAC & HAMILTON STAGE

~ Click Here for Full Calendar of Events at  UCPAC Mainstage, Loft & Hamilton Stage ~

WHERE: UCPAC, 1601 Irving Av., Rahway; Hamilton Stage, Hamilton Stage - 360 Hamilton St., Rahway


BOX OFFICE INFORMATION

  • Purchase tickets online at www.ucpac.org
  • ... or call (732) 499-8226 
  • ... or stop in to the Box Office at 1601 Irving Street in the heart of Rahway Arts District.

BOX OFFICE HOURS

  • Tuesday - 11am until 5pm
  • Wednesday - 11am until 5pm
  • Thursday - 11am until 8pm
  • Friday - 11am until 5pm

The Union County PAC Box Office is also open 2 hour prior to any ticketed event and will remain open through intermission.

BRING YOUR GROUP AND SAVE!
Groups of 10 or more may be entitled to a discounted ticket price.  Limited discounted tickets are available. Call the box office today to make your reservations.

ACCESSIBILITY
Patrons needing assistance should contact UCPAC at least 3 weeks prior to the performance for which you have tickets.  Please call the Box Office for details.

PARKING & DIRECTIONS
Parking is available to our patrons at Rahway's public multi-level parking deck, located on the corner of Main Street and Lewis Street (across from Rahway Train Station and behind Skyview Apartments).  A free shuttle is often available to and from the theatre.   

Click here for directions to the Union County PAC.
... or Call the box office for more information.

WANT TO KNOW MORE?
For an up-to-date listing of UCPAC events visit the
Calendar of Events page of our website at www.ucpac.org.

* Programs, artists, dates, times and prices are subject to change without notice.  

~ Please contact the Box Office for further details (732) 499-8226 ~

RAVE REVIEWS FOR TWO RIVER’S “TROUBLE IN MIND”: FINAL WEEK

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

CIRCLE PLAYERS TO PRESENT “ROMEO & JULIET” IN CONTEMPORARY SETTING

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circleplayers001001.gifROMEO AND JULIET
by William Shakespeare
directed by Erik Hall
produced by Faith Dowgin

WHEN: April 25-May 10; 8 PM Fridays and Saturdays; 3 PM matinee Sunday, May 4. A wine and cheese reception and a celebration of William Shakespeare’s birthday will follow the opening night performance.
WHERE:
416 Victoria Ave., Piscataway
TICKETS: $18 for adults and $17 for students and seniors. Sorry, no credit cards can be accepted at the theater box office, but may be used online.
For reservations, call 732.968.7555, or buy tickets online at www.circleplayers.com. ($1 per ticket discount online.)

One of Shakespeare’s most well-known tragedies, it is the story of two star-crossed lovers whose untimely deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families. This contemporary production places the Bard’s timeless words into a modern setting—a private school. (This is a perfect opportunity to introduce teenagers to the 16th century world of Shakespeare while still making the play relevant to their lives.)

Appearing onstage are Kristin Bennett, Montville; Debbie Campanali, Towaco; Becca Dagnall, Piscataway; Lewis Decker, Millington; Charles Deitz, Tinton Falls; Chris Debono, Madison; Ed Faver, Roselle; Roberto Forero, Edison; Daniel Hamm, Hazlet; Victor Martinez, South Amboy; Taryn Mateyka, Piscataway; Mary Morlino, Whippany; George Rateau, Metuchen; Billy Rateau, Metuchen; Joshua Rowand, Bridgewater; Lance Williams, Piscataway; Stacie Williamson, Palmer Township, PA; and Mark Zebro, Roselle Park.

IMPORTANT EVENTS @ THE NEWARK MUSEUM FOR ALL AGES

The Making of A Civil Rights Icon:
The Problem We All Live With by Norman Rockwell

WHEN: Sunday, April 27, 2:30 PM
WHERE:
Newark Museum, 49 Washington St., Newark
ADMISSION: FREE to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Guest speakers: Laurie Norton Moffat, Director of the Norman Rockwell Museum; and Robert Snyder, Director of the Graduate Program in American Studies at Rutgers-Newark.

Surrounded by U.S. Marshals, six-year-old Ruby Bridges became the very first black student to attend the all-white William Frantz Pubic School in New Orleans, Louisiana on November 14, 1960. Perhaps never had so much hatred been directed at so perfect a symbol of innocence.

Norman Rockwell captured this moment in our history 50 years ago and it continues to have a profound hold our collective consciousness today. Explore the social context, the making of this work of art, Rockwell’s process, the public reaction and its on-going impact. Explore the power of visual language to prompt cultural transformation.

Complimentary Shuttle Service provide on Saturdays & Sundays, noon-5 pm (every 20 minutes) to and from Newark Penn Station and Broad Street Station, courtesy of Prudential for the Norman Rockwell exhibition.

The Problem We All Live With, Illustration for Look, January 14, 1964, ©Norman Rockwell Family Agency. All rights reserved. Norman Rockwell Museum Collection


Other Upcoming Programs

The Institute on Ethnicity, Culture and the Modern Experience and the Newark Black Film Festival present

Joachim Prinz: I Shall Not Be Silent
WHEN: Wednesday, April 30, 6 PM
ADMISSION:
Free and open to the public
Screening will be followed by a Q&A and reception.

This remarkable film captures the life and times of Rabbi Joachim Prinz of Newark. The stark evil and legacies of the Holocaust, the presence of racial injustice on American soil, and the friendship of Rabbi Prinz and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. are brought to light in this poignant film on a great American clergyman.


The Inaugural Kevin Shanley Annual Tibetan Art Lecture

Dunhuang, a Buddhist Oasis & Gateway to Tibet
WHEN: Thursday, May 1, 2014, 6–8 PM
ADMISSION:
FREE; pre-registration required. Register online or call 973.596.6613.
Speaker: Katherine Anne Paul, Ph.D., Curator, Arts of Asia

When Tibet was at the zenith of its military power in the 8th century, it ruled over the city of Dunhuang in Western China. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Dunhuang was a crucial oasis between the Taklamakan and Gobi deserts, a vital post along the ancient silk route. This talk will explore the extraordinary legacy of Dunhuang, through the lens of Tibetan influence.


7th Annual Dinosaur Day
WHEN: Saturday, May 3, 10 AM–4:30 PM
ADMISSION: Activities free with suggested admission unless otherwise noted.

Join in a fun-filled day of activities for the entire family.

  • Roaring, breathing 15 ft. T-Rex from Field Station: Dinosaurs
  • Live Reptile & Bird shows
  • Geological Demonstrations
  • Fossil Rubbings
  • Shark Tooth Fossil Dig
  • Planetarium shows*
  • Meet Dora the Explorer
  • Hurricane Simulator* —Experience winds up to 80 mph
  • Enjoy "Dinosaur Sandwiches" from the restaurant-parter Dinosaur Bar-B-Que*.
    *With additional charge


SPECIAL Membership Discount on Dinosaur Day
NEW MEMBERS ONLY!
Sign up at the Garden Entrance

  • Receive $5 off on a one-year Family membership and receive exclusive benefits.
  • Free admission for two adults and up to four children
  • Avoid the lines by using Member’s Express
  • Free performance tickets (Dino Day Only)
  • 10% discount at the Museum Shops and CafĂ©
  • Four Planetarium tickets (one-time use)
  • Invitation for two adults to members-only exhibition previews and openings
  • Discounts on Museum programs, courses and lectures
  • Members Only Event on Dinosaur Day 9 AM–10 AM

Sign up for the Member-Only Dino Origami activity and beat the crowd before we open to the public & receive your dinosaur day show tickets. Space is limited. RSVP required by April 30. Call 973.596.6699 or email membership@newarkmuseum.org. Look for the Members-Only entrance and skip the lines.

LES PAUL & MARY FORD TRIBUTE CONCERT FRIDAY NIGHT

A Tribute Concert

TOM DOYLE & SANDY CORY

WHEN: 7:00 PM, Friday April 25th
WHERE:
Investors Bank Theater, 72 Eyland Ave., Succasunna
TICKETS: Adults $12, Students/Seniors $10
Tickets available online, at Roxbury Rec Dept. or at the door.
Questions? Call 862.219.1379


Come and see this amazing husband and wife team capture the magic of Les Paul and Mary Ford through Tom's spellbinding guitar and Sandy's smooth vocals that will take you back in time!

As Tom worked with Les Paul for over 45 years, he acquired a first-hand account of musical history as well as the invention and development of the electric guitar as we know it.

Hear the Doyles as they entertain with stories and recreate top hits such as; How High the Moon, Via Con Dios, Bye Bye Blues, The World is Waiting for the Sunrise and many more!