Wednesday, August 27, 2014

INTERNATIONAL ART EXHIBIT IN YONKERS

This event is not in NJ, but it is not far away.

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VISIONARIES: SEERS OF THE SOUL

WHEN: Sept 6 –October 11, 2014
WHERE:
Blue Door Gallery, 13 Riverdale Ave., Yonkers

France Garrido
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THE JEWISH PLAYS PROJECT NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS FOR 2015 SEASON

Well hello, folks.

We are delighted to announce that the Jewish Plays Project is now accepting Project Submissions for its 2015 season.

What's New this Year?

In past seasons, we have accepted new work formally through the Jewish Playwriting Contest and informally through a variety of industry channels. This year, we’re combining the two. Every project will go through the same online channel, and it will be up to the primary creative on each to select to which programs they want to submit.

We’re aiming to keep control of your work in the artists' hands. Do the writers want as many opportunities for your new work to be seen, developed, appreciated, and advanced? So do we. They can check all the boxes. Writers want us to look at your new play but don’t want it in the public eye of the Contest? No problem. They can just leave that Contest box blank, and we’ll keep it to ourselves.

We’re also accepting musicals this time around! We developed our first musical last year (Sharyn Rothstein and Kris Kukul’s modern Megillah, Beauty Queen) and really liked it. While musicals don’t quite fit into our Contest or OPEN structure yet, we want to survey the field and find out what’s being created. Can't wait to see 'em!

Click Here for the Full Submission Guidelines

CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT YOUR PLAY

What’s the Same This Year?

Our two main development programs – the Contest and OPEN: Festival of New Jewish Theater at the 14th Street Y - rock on. The Contest will take us around the country, bringing more than 500 diverse and committed lay leaders into the conversation to help us find the material that best represents our community right now. OPEN will light up New York in June, 2015 with the Contest winner and a few additional projects selected by the JPP staff.

What Do We Want To See?

 

Be bold.

Plays that think differently about what Jewish theater can be, strive for epic size and impact, and embrace the emotional, the mystical, the theatrical.

 

 


Be topical.

Writers grappling with social justice, economic justice, diversity, strong women in Jewish life, LGBTQ inclusion, new perspectives on Israel, environmentalism, and interfaith relations. Artists tackling the challenging, the controversial, the provocative. We are unafraid to walk these roads.

 

Be Jewy.

We're asking the field to take a deep look at Jewish ideas, traditions, stories, myths, culture (and yes, even religion). We hope they get into this ancient balagan that’s full of really smart, useful, ethical and moral rules. We want them to show us how they Jew.

That’s it really. Stay tuned to this space to see what we get. Submissiosn are open until October 9.


Submit a play today.

Todah rabah,
David Winitsky, Artistic Director
Jeremy Stoller, Resident Dramaturg and Contest Producer
Ben Kamine, Resident Director
Joshua Benghiat, Artistic Associate and Resident Designer

Make sure your colleagues, friends and enemies know! 

THE NEW JERSEY PREMIERE OF AWARD-WINNING CONTEMPORARY PLAY “WITTENBERG” ​AT THE SHAKESPEARE THEATRE

I am so excited to post this notice about WITTENBERG, being produced at STNJ this September. I attended a staged reading last winter and we recommended that it be produced on the STNJ stage. It is a hilarious take on WHAT IF? And it stars (and is directed) by some of the most talented actors in NJ. Here it is!

STNJ_McKowen WITTENBERG iconWITTENBERG
By David Davalos
Directed by Joseph Discher 

WHEN: begins September 10; Performances are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays at 7:30 PM; Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM; and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 PM
WHERE:
F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, 36 Madison Ave., Madison
TICKETS: $25 for preview performances and $32 for regular performances. Student rush tickets for all performances are $15, available a half-hour before curtain for with a valid student ID.  
For tickets, call the Box Office at 973.408.5600 or visit www.ShakespeareNJ.org.

The Shakespeare Theatre is proud to present the New Jersey premiere of the award-winning play Wittenberg by David Davalos, in which he ingeniously manipulates time and space to unite an unusual trio—Doctor Faustus, Martin Luther, and Hamlet—for a witty and provocative debate about faith, fate, existence, and tennis. The “big questions,” the enigmas that eternally puzzle mankind, are given clever and delightfully quirky forum in this contemporary riff on the age-old and eternal conudrums. The Washington Post promises, Wittenberg “should delight Tom Stoppard fans, recovering English majors, disillusioned academics and anyone who has ever wondered what Helen of Troy was like in the sack.”

A play that the Philadelphia Inquirer winkingly celebrates as “Finally—a decent Protestant Reformation comedy!”, Wittenberg begins in northern Germany, the year 1517, on the University of Wittenberg campus. Young Hamlet, prince of Denmark, is a senior, unsure of his beliefs after an eye-opening summer spent studying abroad. Upon his return to school, he seeks guidance from his two trusted professors—philosopher John Faustus and theologian Martin Luther.

Inspiration struck when Davalos, an actor as well as playwright, worked on a production of Hamlet. As he listened in the wings to the young prince’s speeches, he considered the prince’s intellectual and religious background, the foundation of Shakespeare’s tragedy. Both Hamlet’s mother Gertrude and his scheming uncle, the new king Claudius, plead with the prince to “go not to Wittenberg,” declaring “for your intent in going back to school in Wittenberg, it is most retrograde to our desire” (Act I, scene ii). Davalos, speaking with the San Antonio Current, said he began to wonder, “what was Hamlet doing in school before Hamlet?”

After nearly eight years of research, Wittenberg premiered in 2008 at Philadelphia’s Arden Theatre Company. The New York premiere followed in 2011; The New York Times declared, “Hilarity, thy name is Wittenberg.

Davalos deftly combines historical fact and literary fiction in Wittenberg. Martin Luther was the Catholic priest and German monk who protested, amongst many other things, the Catholic Church’s practice of selling indulgences and confronted the practice by penning his Ninety-Five Theses, a scalding indictment of the Catholic Church’s abuses of power.  He famously nailed the pages to the doors of the All Saint’s Church in Wittenberg, Germany on October 31, 1517. Luther was excommunicated and exiled; he became the figurehead of the Protestant Reformation, the movement that ruptured the Catholic Church.

Davalos sets his play Wittenberg mere weeks before Luther’s rebellious act. The university depicted in the play, moments before the start of the Protestant Reformation, is, as Davalos described to the San Antonio Current, “a time and place somewhat like Berkeley in the 1960s, a center for intellectual ferment” and “a certain amount of rebellion.”

Unlike Luther, the character of Doctor Faust is literary fiction, nearly as famous as Hamlet. Beginning as a German legend about a learned scholar who strikes a deal with the Devil—exchanging his soul for earthly pleasures—Faust was most famously depicted in Elizabethan dramatist Christopher Marlowe’s 1604 play The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus and Goethe’s early-19th century editions of Faust. In Goethe’s interpretations, Faust and the Devil travel through time, meeting Helen of Troy; the infamous beauty appears in Davalos’s script as well.

AUDITIONS FOR “HARVEY” AT CENTENARY STAGE, LACKLAND CTR

EQUITY &  NONEQUITY AUDITION NOTICE

HARVEY
by Mary Chase
directed by Carl Wallnau

WHEN: September 3th from 10:30 AM-7:30 PM. Lunch break will happen between 12:45 - 1:30 PM
WHERE:
Lackland Center, located at 715 Grand Ave in Hackettstown

The Centenary Stage Company, a not-for-profit professional equity theatre located on the campus of Centenary College in Hackettstown will hold  Auditions for the production of HARVEY.

The production will run Oct. 3-19th, with the first rehearsal on September 15.

CHARACTERS:

  • Myrtle Mae Simmons:  Late 20’s to late 30’s- Niece of Elwood. Comic Character
  • Mrs. Ethel Chauvenet: 50’s to 60’s, Society Matron
  • Ruth Kelly, RN:  20’s, attractive nurse at Chumley’s, romantically involved with Sanderson
  • William Chumley, MD:  50’s to 60’s, Man of science whose life is turned upside down when he runs across Harvey
  • Betty Chumley:  50s to 60s, Wife of Dr. Chumley
  • Judge Omar Gaffney:  50s to 60s, Family Lawyer for Veta and Elwood
  • Duane Wilson: late 20’s to late 30’s, Attendant at Chumley’s sanitorium, who develops a romantic attachment to Myrtle Mae
  • E.J. Lofgren: 50’s – 60’s Taxi Driver who changes the course of the play
  • CAST - Elwood P Dowd
  • CAST - Veta Louise Simmons
  • CAST – Lyman Sanderson, M.D.

Performers should bring a photo and resume, stapled back-to-back.

Actors may read sides from the script which will be provided at the audition, or perform a monologue for the audition.

Visually-impaired performers may request an advance copy of the sides when making an audition appointment.

Actors can call 908.979.0900 ext  8 to schedule an appointment.  Actor without an appointment will be seen as time allows.

CSC operates under a SPT Actors Equity Association contract, with a weekly salary of $332.00 for union actors, and a stipend for non-union actors.  

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

MAKE YOUR OWN SHOFAR IN MONMOUTH COUNTY

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The Druin Education Fund of The Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County will present a children's program:

Make Your Own Shofar 
WHEN: Sunday, September 7, at 10 AM 
WHERE: The Jewish Heritage Museum is located at 310 Mounts Corner Drive in Freehold Township.  It is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization and is handicapped accessible.
ADMISSION: $10.00 per child
For more information or to make reservations call the Museum at 732.252.6990or visit its website at www.jhmomc.org
Advance registration is required so that adequate supplies will be /on hand.

Taught by dynamic Rabbi Bernstein of the Chabad of Western Monmouth County, participants will craft a beautiful shofar from a genuine ram's horn, from the initial cleaning of the horn to the final step of polishing it. This event. suitable for ages 7 through teen, promises to be a "blast" so sign your children up quickly as space is limited. 

IMAGINE YOURSELF ONSTAGE @ STNJ THIS FALL

Fall Classes begin September 15th! Sign up now!

REGISTER TODAY!
www.ShakespeareNJ.org/classes

DAY TRIP & ART AFTER HOURS @ THE ZIMMERLI ART MUSEUM IN NEW BRUNSWICK

Day Trip: Whitney Museum: Jeff Koons Retrospective and The Studio Museum in Harlem
WHEN: September 18,  7:30 AM to 7:00 PM

 

 

Installation view: Jeff Koons: A Retrospective, Whitney Museum of American Art, N.Y.<br />© Jeff Koons. Photograph by Ron Amstutz<br />

Installation view: Jeff Koons: A Retrospective, Whitney Museum of American Art, N.Y. © Jeff Koons. Photograph by Ron Amstutz

The Studio Museum in Harlem
Since opening in a rented loft at Fifth Avenue and 125th Street in 1968, The Studio Museum in Harlem has earned recognition for its catalytic role in promoting the works of artists of African descent. Charles Gaines: Gridwork 1974–1989 is the first museum survey of the Los Angeles–based conceptual artist’s early work. Charles Gaines is celebrated primarily for his photographs, drawings, and works on paper that investigate systems, cognition, and language. The exhibition features seventy-five works from the beginning of a singular career that now spans four decades.

Whitney Museum of American Art: Jeff Koons Retrospective
Jeff Koons is widely regarded as one of the most important, influential, popular and controversial artists of the postwar era. Comprising almost 150 objects dating from 1978 to the present, this exhibition is the most comprehensive ever devoted to the artist’s groundbreaking oeuvre. It is his first major museum presentation in New York and the first to fill nearly the entirety of the Whitney’s Marcel Breuer building with a single artist’s work. It is also the final exhibition to take place there before the museum opens its new building in the Meatpacking District in 2015.

Lunch at Orsay is included.

For details and registration, visit the webpage. Seating is limited; please register by September 2.


Join us for the return of
ART AFTER HOURS
WHEN: Tuesday*, September 2, 5 to 9 PM
WHERE:
Zimmerli Art Museum, Hamilton & Easton Aves., New Brunswick
ADMISSION: Free

DJ-curated Music on the Terrace
Complimentary Refreshments
Guided Tours
"Big Ten: Art"

*This season ART AFTER HOURS moves to First Tuesday nights!

 

The Zimmerli's operations, exhibitions, and programs are funded in part by Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and income from the Avenir Foundation Endowment, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Endowment Fund, and the Voorhees Family Endowment, among others. Additional support comes from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; the Estate of Victoria J. Mastrobuono; and donors, members, and friends of the Zimmerli Art Museum.

 

 

OPEN AUDITIONS FOR “THE LION IN WINTER”


The Holmdel Theatre Company is holding open auditions for 

THE LION IN WINTER
Written by JAMES GOLDMAN
Directed by LAURIE DEVINO

WHEN: Wed 9/3 and Thu 9/4, 7 – 10 PM; Possible callbacks on Sat, 9/6 at 2 PM
WHERE:
Holmdel Theatre Company at the Duncan Smith Theatre, 36 Crawfords Corner Road, Holmdel (on the grounds of Holmdel High School)

  • Needed are several performers, ranging in age, including some high school aged performers.
  • Those auditioning need attend only one of the regular audition dates.
  • Monologues are welcome but not required.
  • No pre-registration is required.
  • Audition sides from the script will be provided at auditions.
  • ALL ROLES ARE OPEN.
  • More information including character breakdown is available via our Facebook page.
  • Special Appearance Actors' Equity contract is available.

Sibling rivalry, adultery and dungeons—The Lion in Winter, by James Goldman, is a modern day classic.  Comedic in tone, dramatic in action—the play tells the story of the Plantagenet family who are locked in a free for all of competing ambitions to inherit a kingdom. The queen, and wealthiest woman in the world, Eleanor of Aquitaine, has been kept in prison since raising an army against her husband, King Henry II.  Let out only for holidays, the play centers around the inner conflicts of the royal family as they fight over both a kingdom, as well as King Henry’s paramour during the Christmas of 1183. 


"A work of intelligence, astringent wit, and much theatrical skill." —The New York Times.

"Marvelously articulate language, with humor that bristles and burns" —The Los Angeles Times.

Rehearsals will run through September and October.
Performances are November 1 - 16.
Cast members must keep scheduling conflicts to a minimum.

Please email info@holmdeltheatrecompany.org
with any questions


 

 

 


 

 

COUNTRY FAIR/HARVEST FESTIVAL @ FOSTERFIELDS

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AT HOME WITH AMERICA, A FOUR-YEAR ODYSSEY INTO A NATION, DEBUTS AT THE CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ART

AT HOME WITH AMERICA, A FOUR-YEAR ODYSSEY INTO A NATION: YOUR’RE U.S.

WHEN:  Sunday, September 5th, 6-8 PM
WHERE:
The Center For Contemporary Art, 2020 Burnt Mills Rd, Bedminster, NJ

Multimedia cohort You’re U.S. kicks off At Home With America, a nationally touring exhibit exploring lives of a 30 contemporary Americans. Seemingly standard classical portraits and biographies spring to life with the scan of a smartphone, revealing secret radio portraits, scored with original compositions. Throughout the seven-week show You’re U.S. will be partnering local middles schools, holding demonstrations from radio making to portrait painting, and offering weekly opportunities to record oral histories.

Sadie BFor four years the itinerant painter Emile B. Klein has cycled into the inner sanctum of strangers lives, learning about a country you won’t find on the news. These creations, exploring subjects such as religion, race, fame, and environment, were created in collaboration with dozens of American writers, composers, and radio producers. Hear a children’s choir sing odes to a Virginian nun, see the Hmong-North Carolinian painted in the style of Delacroix, or read about a former gangster with a love for educational metrics. Each story walks the line between the personal and the foreign, exploring America’s cross-cultural harmony. Find out more at ccabedminster.org

Other exhibition locations include, The Biggs Museum of American Art (DE), The McGuffey (VA), Open Gallery (NY), Salem Art Works, (NY), and Orchard Galley (MA).

Cautionary note: All portraits are family friendly, but certain radio stories contain subject matter that parents may deem unsuitable for children; listener discretion will be advised.

About You’re U.S.
You’re U.S. has used visual, literal and audio arts to tell the story of contemporary America since 2010. Their stories air regularly on NPR and have been shown in galleries across the U.S.

 

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FILM SERIES TO START @ JCC WEST ORANGE FIRDAYS THIS FALL

If you love films, love to talk about films, and are free on Friday mornings, you might want to come to this series sponsored by the New Jersey Jewish Film Festival. It is held at the JCC in West Orange:

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imageWWW.NJJFF.ORG to watch trailers and register