Thursday, January 21, 2021

Tomorrow night: Virtual Performance with Dance NJ

Did you miss the 2020 premiere of Earth's Lungs March 7th and 8th? 

Join us for a virtual performance tomorrow night when we celebrate the dances of 2020 with our fellow Dance New Jersey members!

Dance NJ's Virtual "Show Up & Dance" Festival: Celebrating the Dances of 2020

Join us in celebrating dance through these uncertain times! Nikki Manx Dance Project is in "Program B" of the organization's virtual season, which runs Thursday-Saturday at 8pm. Check out an excerpt of our March 2020 premiere, just one week before our state's lockdown. The 2020 work was a response to wildfires in the Amazon, accompanied by an original live score. The virtual performances features statewide creativity, innovativeness, persistence and commitment to the field of dance throughout 2020!  

Check out NMDP's Earth's Lungs in Program B:

Friday, January 22, 2021, @ 8 pm

  • You will receive a live stream link within an hour of the show and a virtual program to follow along! Don't worry—DanceNew Jersey will also send reminder emails so you won't miss it!
  • Suggested donation: $10 (Please note that the performance will only be available for viewing when it's live streamed, not after the event).
  • Choreographers in “Program B” include some of our former season Guest Artists, fellow Bergen Dancemakers, and friends of the company:


    • Carolyn Dorfman, Carolyn Dorfman Dance "Alone/Together"
    • Claudine Ranieri, Paramus High School Dance Dept "Reason To Stay"
    • Lynn Needle  Art of Motion Dance Theatre "Hope"
    • Marianne Bator, MarDelDance"Pathways"
    • Maureen Glennon Clayton, Moe-tion Dance Theater "Excerpt from tHEre"
    • Tabitha Edwards, Tabitha Edwards "Amalgamation"
    • Alicia Giglio, Metuchen Dance Centre"Timelapse"


NMDP's 2020 season highlights, including Earth's Lungs





"An Evening of New Works at The York,"  TOMORROW, JANUARY 22, at 7PM









Join Seth Christenfeld, York’s Literary Manager, for a chat with three gifted young songwriters who were finalists for the 2020 NEO of the Future Program, which features musical theatre writing by college students.


Featured writers



by Rachel Covey

(Northwestern '20)


The intertwined stories of a doctor whose best intentions drive her to make a dangerous decision and an unlikely friendship which takes an unexpected turn, Noise

is a contemporary musical about the ways we can be blinded by our ghosts.

I Sailed

by Daniel Rudin

(Yale '20)


With transatlantic flights canceled indefinitely at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, a young man sails from Portugal to Argentina to reunite with his parents, accompanied only by the ghosts of his past. Inspired by a true story.

Untitled New Musical

by Jacob Ryan Smith

(Michigan '20)


The plot is top secret, too.


Available on the York's YouTube Channel:

or on Facebook:











Jim Morgan schmoozes with


(42nd Street, The Producers, La Cage Aux Folles) 


Join us for a




Jim Morgan schmoozes with



A little gossip. A little chat. A little idol talk on this and that... 


Available on The York's YouTube Channel:





The York suffered severe damage following a water main break earlier this month.

We will survive but need your help.

Here's a message from James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director...


Unsinkable York Theatre: "We Ain't Down Yet!"






Two River Announces Experimental Virtual Little Shakespeare Education Program

Two River Theater’s most popular education program, A Little Shakespeare, breaks the mold to create something entirely new with Tiny Shakes: Romeo and Juliet, adapted and directed by Em Weinstein (A Little Shakespeare: Twelfth Night). 

Every season, Two River Theater introduces hundreds of young people—and adults—to the work of the Bard through its annual A Little Shakespeare program, now in its eighth season. More than 140 students from 28 different schools have participated in seven A Little Shakespeare productions: As You Like It, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Pericles, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Comedy of Errors, Macbeth and Twelfth NightThe program has welcomed over 7,000 audience members, including more than 2,800 students from 35 schools across the state of New Jersey.

This year, the program takes the limitations of 2021 as an opportunity for students to delve deeply into Shakespeare's star-crossed romantic tragedy, giving them the agency to tell the story of each scene in their own way and film it: traditional Zoom scene reading? Rap battle? Movement or dance piece? Animation? The sky’s the limit! 

“I'm so excited to be returning to Two River's A Little Shakespeare program for this exciting, elaborate, and experimental take on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Over the course of several weeks, the teens and I will tear into this great tragedy and make something entirely our own. This collage will be sure to feature music, acting, filmmaking and the incredible talents of a diverse group of teens from schools all over,” says adaptor and director Em Weinstein.

Video submissions will be edited into a theatrical collage that can be accessed through Two River’s website this May. There, audiences and educators can take the journey of the play through the videos, and continue to use this site as a resource.


DUE MARCH 1, 2021


  • High school students interested in acting, Shakespeare, filmmaking, design (costumes, props, lighting, sound), editing, stage management, directing, etc.
  • This program is entirely virtual, so if you are a high school student who can attend rehearsals in the Eastern Time Zone, you are encouraged to submit. 

Record a video between 2-3 minutes inspired by a scene or moment from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. If you're interested in acting in the show, please make sure the video includes you speaking a monologue from the show. Be as creative as you wish! The video can include music, dance, humor, found footage, drawings, etc. The main purpose of this video is for us to get to know who you are, so the main task is to be your weird, wonderful self.

Additional audition details can be found here:


Em Weinstein is a writer and a director of new plays, films, musicals, and interactive installations. At Yale School of Drama, where they received their M.F.A. in directing in May 2019, Em’s credits include the first workshop production of Slave Play by Jeremy O. Harris, as well as an all-female, pop-infused Romeo & Juliet set in a Catholic high school. Their thesis production, Arden (or Shakespeare’s as u like it), was an immersive musical co-written with Michael Breslin that explored queer utopias and featured original songs by Julian Hornik. As an educator, Em ran the Guerrilla Filmmaking Program for Teens and directed the teen ensemble’s touring production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the 52nd Street Project. Em was also a Fall Festival Director for Shakespeare & Company and directed in their Shakespeare in the Courts program for adjudicated youth. They graduated summa cum laude from Smith College.


Two River Theater’s 2020/21 Season Sponsor is Hackensack Meridian Health Riverview Medical Center. A Little Shakespeare is sponsored by OceanFirst Foundation.

Two River Theater is supported in part by public support through the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Private support includes the Mary Owen Borden Foundation, Denholtz Properties, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Horizon Foundation of New Jersey, Investors Foundation, Jewish Communal Fund, Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey, The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, The John Ben Snow Memorial Trust, Springpoint Senior Living Foundation at The Atrium at Navesink Harbor, The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, The Stone Foundation of New Jersey, Visiting Nurse Association Health Group, Wells Fargo Foundation, and many other generous foundations, corporations and individuals.

Two River Theater produces a theatrical season that includes American and world classics, new plays and musicals, programs for young people, and festivals of new work. Each year, we also offer 40+ events that reflect our diverse community of Red Bank, New Jersey. Two River produces work on two stages—the 350-seat Rechnitz Theater, and the flexible 110-seat Marion Huber Theater. The theater’s recently opened Center for New Work, Education and Design is a three-story facility that includes two rehearsal studios, artist labs, classrooms, expanded shops and centrally located offices. Two River Theater has commissioned and premiered original projects including Be More Chill by Tony Award nominee Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz (the theater’s first Broadway production) and Hurricane Diane by Playwright-in-Residence Madeleine George (which won an Obie Award for its Off-Broadway run). In June 2019, Two River was nationally recognized by USA TODAY as one of “10 great places to see a play” across the U.S. Two River serves thousands of students and community members through arts and humanities programs at the theater, in schools and throughout its region. Two River Theater is led by Artistic Director John Dias and Managing Director Michael Hurst.


Next Week: Irish Rep's Theatre @ Home Winter Festival

Our Theatre @ Home Winter Festival begins on Tuesday, January 26!

Featuring all nine of our Performances on Screen, from Molly Sweeney to The Weir to A Touch of the Poet, this free Festival is the perfect way to start your 2021, safe and socially distant at home!

Check out what the critics have to say below to help you pick which shows to see! Or select a weekly show-time and stick to it—each week the schedule changes, allowing you to see 4 unique productions over the course of the festival!

Reservations for all the Performances on Screen are free but required in order to access the dedicated screening links. Donations of $25 per show, or $100 for the festival, are suggested for each viewer who can afford to give.



About the Schedule: Each Performance on Screen will be screened once per week during the festival at scheduled times (all events are listed in Eastern Standard Time). For the first week of the festival (January 26 – 31), productions will be screened in the order they were released by Irish Rep. The schedule will then change each week.

Reservations for the screenings are free but required in order to access the dedicated screening links. Donations of $25 per show, or $100 for the festival, are suggested for each viewer who can afford to give.

Open Captioned Performances: All performances during the second week (1/26–1/31) and fourth week (2/2–2/7) of our Theatre @ Home Winter Festival will feature Open Captions.