Tuesday, April 25, 2017

“CLYBOURNE PARK” TO OPEN IN PISCATAWAY

Circle Players Presents:

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by Bruce Norris
directed by Kirk White

WHEN: Fridays: May 5th*, 19th, at 8:00pm;  Saturdays: May 6th, 13th, 20th, at 8:00pm; Sunday: May 14th, 21st, at 3:00pm; A talkback will be held following the Sunday, May 14 performance.
WHERE:
416 Victoria Avenue, Piscataway.
TICKETS: $18 for adults and $17 for students and seniors.
For reservations, call (732) 968-7555, or buy tickets online at www.circleplayers.org

Please be advised: due to the unique layout of this theater in the round, latecomers cannot be seated after the performance has started. Please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before curtain.

Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play, Clybourne Park  spans two generations fifty years apart and borrows a plot line from Lorraine Hansberry’s classic A Raisin in the Sun to examine issues of race, class, and society festering under the floorboards of one particular Chicago home.

Appearing in the cast are: Jonathan Wierzbicki of Ringoes, NJ, as Russ/Dan; Robyn Mandalakis of Somerset, NJ, as Bev/Kathy; Toni Kwadzogah of Somerset, NJ, as Francine/Lena; Steve Yates of Millburn, NJ, as Jim/Tom/Kenneth; Malik Abdul Khaaliq of King of Prussia, PA, as Albert/Kevin; Michael Stratton of Union City, NJ, as Karl/Steve; and Adriana Spizuoco of Millburn, NJ, as Betsy/Lindsey.

*Audiences are invited to join in a special wine and cheese reception in the theater lobby following the opening night performance.

NJ REP TO STAGE WORLD PERMIERE PLAY ABOUT ACADEMIA

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& JULIET
A WORLD PREMIERE BY ROBERT CAISLEY
directed by Marc Geller

WHEN: Sneak previews begin May 4th and the play will run thru June 4th for this limited engagement. Opening night with reception is Saturday, May 6 and the play runs through June 4.
WHERE
: New Jersey Repertory Company, located at 179 Broadway in Long Branch
TICKETS:
Tickets are available at 732-229-3166 or online at www.njrep.org.

Idealistic young director Charlie Vaughn takes a position at a rural college campus and plans to stage a production of Romeo and Juliet—despite the suspicious eye of an old-school drama professor. When Charlie announces his decision to abide by Elizabethan custom and cast a 14-year-old boy as Juliet, he invites the wrath of Annie, an African-American student who believes she has paid her dues in the drama department and is passionately vying for the role. The three become embroiled in a conflict laced with unspoken motives, well-placed lies, and accusations of racism that parallel the greatest works of the Bard.

The cast includes Nadia Brown, John FitzGibbon, and Jacob A. Ware (L-R below).

Monday, April 24, 2017

CENTENARY STAGE COMPANY’S ALL-STUDENT NEXTSTAGE REPERTORY PRESENTS MEL BROOKS’ INSTANT CLASSIC “YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN”

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Young Frankenstein

WHEN: April 27 through May 7
WHERE: Sitnik Theater of the Lackland Performance Arts Center, 715 Grand Ave., Hackettstown
TICKETS: $20.00 for adults and $10.00 for children under the age of 12.  For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.centenarystageco.org or call the Centenary Stage Company box office at (908) 979-0900. The box office is open Monday- Friday from 1pm- 5pm, and opens two hours prior to every performance. The CSC box office is located in the Lackland Center, 715 Grand Avenue Hackettstown, NJ. Centenary Stage Company can also be found on social media platforms Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

With a book by Thomas Meehan and music and lyrics by Mel Brooks, Young Frankenstein opened on Broadway in 2007 and won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Broadway Musical.  It was hailed by critics from the New York Post to the LA Times as being dazzling, funny, and glitzy and “classic Brooks.” 

Grandson of the infamous Victor Frankenstein, Frederick Frankenstein (pronounced "Fronk-en-steen") inherits his family's estate in Transylvania. With the help of a hunchbacked sidekick, Igor (pronounced "Eye-gore"), and a leggy lab assistant, Inga (pronounced normally), Frederick finds himself in the mad scientist shoes of his ancestors. "It's alive!" he exclaims as he brings to life a creature to rival his grandfather's.  Eventually, of course, the monster escapes and hilarity continuously abounds.  Every bit as relevant to audience members who will remember the original as it will be to newcomers, Young Frankenstein has all the of panache of the screen sensation with a little extra theatrical flair added with such memorable tunes as "The Transylvania Mania," "He Vas My Boyfriend" and "Puttin' on the Ritz."

The production is directed by CSC Artistic Director & Centenary University Chairman of the Fine Arts Department, Carl Wallnau and Assistant Professor of Theater/Dance and director of CSC’s Young Audience Series, Lea Antolini-Lid.  Wallnau has directed numerous productions including the world premieres of Inventing Montana, The Tillie Project and The Poetry of Pizza, as well as, the American premiere of A Laughing Matter and the New Jersey premieres of Below the Belt, Square One, Rounding Third, and Marvin’s Room.  Antolini-Lid’s performance credits include most recently, Peter Pan, Mary Poppins & A Christmas Carol all at Centenary Stage Company.  Other performance credits include, Floyd Collins and States of Independence at American Musical Theatre Works, The Importance of being Ernest at the New Repertory Theatre in Mass, and many recent productions at The Growing Stage Theatre Co, where she also choreographs and teaches.  Music direction by Jarred Lee, a vocal coach and pianist whose Broadway credits include American Psycho, On the Twentieth Century, and Something Rotten

Young Frankenstein will be performed by NEXTstage Repertory, Centenary University Theater Department’s student based Performance Company under the auspices of the Centenary Stage Company.  NEXTstage Repertory provides students with the opportunity to perform along-side the production standard of a fully operational professional regional theater.  The Centenary University Theater Department has been in existence for 17 years and has continued to grow and expand, now boasting a musical theater concentration.  Students are able to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre with concentrations in Costume Design, Dance, Performance Studies, Production Management, Technical Theater and Musical Theater.

The 2016- 17 season of performing art events at the Centenary Stage Company is made possible through the generous support of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the NJ Sate Council on the Arts, the Shubert Foundation, the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, the Sandra Kupperman Foundation, and CSC corporate sponsors. These include Premier Season Sponsor Heath Village Retirement Community, Silver Sponsor Hackettstown Medical center, Home Instead Senior Care (Washington), The Holiday Inn in Budd Lake, Fulton Bank of New Jersey, as well as Centenary Stage Company members and supporters.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

WACKY, RELEVANT COMEDY TO OPEN @ CHESTER THEATRE GROUP ON APRIL 28

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5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche

WHEN: Friday, April 28th, and extending for eight shows through Sunday, May 14th. Performances are Friday and Saturdays at 8:00 and Sundays at 2:00pm.
WHERE:
Black River Playhouse, the corner of Grove Street and Maple Avenue, Chester
TICKETS: $20.00 with a discounted price of $18.00 for seniors over 65 and students under 18.
Tickets may be purchased online at www.chestertheatregroup.org .

It's 1956 and The Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein are hosting their annual quiche breakfast—and YOU'RE INVITED! They may appear to be docile, suburban housewives on the outside, but as the meeting progresses and the fear of atomic warfare looms nearer, the claws come out along with every skeleton in the sisters' closets!

Evan Linder & Andrew Hobgood both out of Chicago, wrote this winner of the 2012 NYC International Fringe Festival, Best Overall Production, which continues to have countless productions across the country.

The talented cast of 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche includes Lynn Langone of Cranford in the role of Lulie Stanwick; Nikki Simz of Wharton in the role of Dale Prist; Julie Camelotto of Morristown in the role of Ginny Cadbury; Tracy Lee Witko of Somerville in the role of Veronica Schultz; and D'Angelique Dopson of Rockaway in the role of Wren Robin.

The Chester Theatre Group performs in The Black River Playhbouse, an intimate, 100-seat theater in the heart of Chester Borough’s historic district. The venue’s in-the-round format ensures that every seat offers an engaging, memorable experience for each audience member. The theater is located on the corner of Grove Street and Maple Avenue. For more information, visit the CTG website at http://www.chestertheatregroup.org .

Thursday, April 20, 2017

BROADWAY COMES TO WAYNE AS ASPIRE PAC OFFERS A MASTER CLASS WITH TONY-NOMINATED ACTRESS KERRY BUTLER

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MASTER CLASS WITH TONY-NOMINATED ACTRESS KERRY BUTLER

WHEN: Sunday, April 30, 2017; 12:30PM-4:30PM
WHERE:
Our Lady of Consolation, 1799 Hamburg Turnpike, Wayne, NJ
TUITION: $135 per student
Ages: 11-18
Limited space is available. For more information and to register, visit Aspire PAC at www.aspirepac.com or call 201-220-4933. You can also find Aspire PAC on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Aspire Performing Arts Company will bring Broadway to the ’burbs, welcoming Tony Award–nominated actress Kerry Butler for a special Broadway Master Class!

This one-day Master Class for aspiring performers ages 11–18 will focus on audition technique and include one-on-one instruction and feedback from Ms. Butler. Students will receive valuable insight into the professional performance process, and learn the keys to a great audition, including selecting the right song, developing a character, and preparing an audition binder.

“I love working with and helping young people achieve their dreams,” Ms. Butler said. “Their enthusiasm is infectious! They are so eager to perform and learn, and it is a great reminder of why I chose this profession.”

Kerry Butler was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for Xanadu. Other Broadway credits include Belle in Beauty and the Beast, Disaster!, Catch Me If You Can, Sherrie in Rock of Ages, Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, Penny Pingleton in the original cast of Hairspray, Eponine in Les Misérables, Blood Brothers, and The Best Man. On television, she has appeared on 30 Rock, The Mindy Project, Rescue Me, Law and Order, Elementary, The Mysteries of Laura, White Collar, Blue Bloods, One Life to Live, and most recently the Gilmore Girls reunion for Netflix, and the feature film The Miseducation of Cameron Post. She has an album of Disney songs entitled Faith, Trust, and Pixie Dust.

“Since starting Aspire PAC in 2011, it has been my goal to not only provide local children and teens with the chance to participate in theatrical productions, but also to give them opportunities to work directly with Broadway professionals and gain a better understanding of the theater industry,” said President and Artistic Director Lisa Beth Vettoso. “There is no substitute for exposure and access to the best talent, and we’re thrilled to be able to provide that in this Master Class with Kerry Butler.”

FREE GLOBAL DANCE & MOVEMENT PROGRAM TO CELEBRATE NATIONAL POETRY MONTH

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Poetry Moves

WHEN: Sunday, April 30, from 2:00-3:00 p.m.
WHERE:
Fort Lee Public Library, 320 Main Street,  Fort Lee
ADMISSION: Free and open to the public
The library is wheelchair accessible. Parking is available on the street and in the lot behind the library building on Hoym Street. For directions and further information, contact the Fort Lee Public Library at 201-592-3615.

Summary: The program features global dances and movements in honor of National Poetry Month and the world's only flamenco comedian, Inma Heredia.

BALAM Dance Theatre (BALAM), a non-profit professional dance theatre company, returns to New Jersey to premiere its new Out & About series program, Poetry Moves, created in honor of National Poetry Month to spotlight various modalities of poetic communication.

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BALAM, a New York City-based company, offers a new vision of contemporary dance by combining diverse cultural dance styles from around the world and time periods with Balinese theatre. This latest cross-cultural program features BALAM’s artists from Spain, Japan, Mexico and the United States: Inma Heredia (above), the world’s first and only flamenco stand-up comedian; Toshinori Hamada (right), Barbara Romero, Yumiko Niimi, artistic director Carlos Fittante, and guest percussionist Guzeli. Performers will dance in beautiful vibrantly colored traditional and fusion costumes.

The program's range of dance forms and movements from around the world will entertain the New Jersey audience. The program will present a Balinese fusion dance, Rhythm Bird, performed to live percussion; the popular Spanish Andalusian dance, Sevillanas Corraleras; the classic Japanese Noh theatre solo, Yashima; and the Romantic Ballet pas de deux, Giselle. Heredia will demonstrate her charismatic humor in the Shakespearean sonnet, My Mistress’ Eyes. She will also sing a popular Spanish song, charming the audience with her critically acclaimed “salero”, charismatic humor. An audience participation segment inspired by the Balinese Kecak, also known as the Monkey Chant, will conclude the program.

About BALAM
Founded by choreographer and movement researcher, Islene Pinder, BALAM Dance Theatre offers a new vision of contemporary dance that is rooted in the dazzling opulence and magical aura of Balinese theatre.

The New York City-based dance/theatre company creates a unique entertainment experience that has universal appeal. Audiences of all ages and backgrounds enjoy BALAM’s innovative movement alchemy where dynamic athleticism, detailed skills, and movement techniques from around world are fused and enhanced by eclectic music, striking masks, vibrant costumes and fantasy stories.

The company educates the community about dances and cultures throughout the world. Through its Out & About Series, free and affordable performances, workshops and creative events at the grassroots level are made available for families, children, students and community residents.

BALAM has been featured at numerous festivals and venues including First Night New York; Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors; Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival; Downtown Dance Festival; and has also appeared throughout the United States and internationally. The company has received praise from the New York Times and Village Voice, the Governor and people of Bali and the Indonesian Consulate of New York, as well as others.

For further information, call 646-361-9183 or visit BALAM Dance Theatre on its blog, www.balamdancetheatre.blogspot.com, follow the company on Facebook, www.facebook.com/balamdancetheatre, and check for updates on Twitter @BALAMDance.

TOP IMAGE: Inma Heredia in The Melon Peel. Photo Credit: Yi Chun-Wu
RIGHT IMAGE: Toshinori Hamada will perform a Japanese Noh Theatre movement. Photo Credit: Neil Sapienza

CELEBRATE MAY @ THE MAYO PERFORMING ARTS CENTER IN MORRISTOWN!

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Julianne and Derek Hough: Move—Beyond: Live on Tour

WHEN: Wednesday, May 3 at 4 pm and 8 pm
WHERE
:  Mayo PAC, 100 South Street, Morristown
TICKETS: $59-$119 LIMITED TICKETS

Following the sold-out successes of both its 2014 inaugural run and a fan-demanded sophomore run in 2015, Move Live on Tour, featuring powerhouse duo Julianne & Derek Hough, is back and better than ever in 2017 with a brand-new stage production inspired by the elements - earth, wind, fire, and water. Featuring fresh, high impact choreography that only the Houghs can deliver, the show will bring fans on a journey of dance and music, taking inspiration directly from the four elements as an exploration of the human relationship with nature.  (Photo Credit: Brian Bowen Smith)

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Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

WHEN: Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 8 pm

WHERE:  Mayo PAC, 100 South Street, Morristown
TICKETS: $59 - $109

Grammy-winning trumpeter Wynton Marsalis leads the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, fifteen of today's finest jazz soloists and ensemble players, at Mayo Performing Arts Center. (Photo credit: Frank Stewart)

Among the performers in the Orchestra is Ted Nash, who won a 2017 Grammy in the category of "Best Large Ensemble Album" for his recording Presidential Suite: Eight Variations on Freedom by the Ted Nash Big Band.

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Glen Burtnik's Summer of Love Concert

WHEN: Friday, May 5, 2017 at 8 pm

WHERE:  Mayo PAC, 100 South Street, Morristown
TICKETS: $29 - $59

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the music, memories and spirit of the Woodstock Generation, the music that changed the world, at Glen Burtnik's Summer of Love, coming to Mayo Performing Arts Center. (Photo Credit: Courtesy Roots Agency)

Joined by 12 or more performers including a horn section, strings, keyboardists, percussionists, background vocalists and an incredible rock rhythm section, Glen Burtnick's Summer of Love Experience recreates "note for note and absolutely live" the songs, and the psychedelically flavored spirit, of the Woodstock Generation.

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WHEN: Sunday, May 17, 2017 at 1:30 pm and 4:30 pm; 4:30 pm performance is autism friendly

WHERE:  Mayo PAC, 100 South Street, Morristown
TICKETS: $12-15

All grown-ups were children once, although few of us remember the wonderment of childhood. The astonishing and beautiful tale The Little Prince will remind you!

The 4:30 performance will be an autism friendly performance. MPAC autism friendly performances have been designed to create a supportive, welcoming experience for children on the autism spectrum. Each performance features modulated sound and light levels and a relaxed environment where the audience is free to talk, vocalize, and leave and re-enter the seating area. All children and their families are welcome to enjoy these performances. Support for this performance is provided by the George A. Ohl, Jr. Trust. (Photo Credit: Courtesy Brad Simon Organization_

GEORGE STREET PLAYHOUSE SPONSORS 1 NIGHT ONLY READING

WHEN: ONE NIGHT ONLY EVENT!  THURSDAY, MAY 11
WHERE: George Street Playhouse, 9 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick
TICKETS: $35; VIP TICKETS: $75 includes premium seating and a reception with the cast

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Starring Emmy Award Winner JUDD HIRSCH (Taxi) and
DAN LAURIA (The Wonder Years, Sullivan & Son)

Years after a retired comic's career is derailed by the blacklist, he finds himself face to face with the former friend who accused him. 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

THE HIT MEN TAKE US BACK IN MUSICAL TIME @ bergenPAC

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THE HIT MEN: TIME TRAVEL TOUR

WHEN: FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2017 – 8 PM
WHERE:
bergenPAC, 30 N. Van Brunt St., Englewood
TICKETS: $59-49-39-29
Tickets are on sale at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling bergenPAC’s Box Office at 201.227.1030.

Legendary Performers with Frankie Valli, Carole King, Cat Stevens and more! The Hit Men—a super group consisting of Lee Shapiro, Jimmy Ryan, Russ Velazquez, Steve Murphy and Jeff Ganz—either played, sang or did both on some of the most memorable hits of the era, including “Who Loves You,” “Oh What a Night,” “The Loco-motion,” “Peace Train,” “Mony Mony,” “Joy to the World” and other songs in which they used their talents to spin wax into gold and platinum.

The Hit Men connect with audiences on a level rarely seen by today’s music acts. From the classic songs we all know and love (such as “Oh What a Night” and “You’re So Vain”) to the backstage stories never told until today, a Hit Men show is like no other as they combine the music and the memories alongside exciting multimedia footage & visuals, evoking an unforgettable and nostalgic experience. “We can do whatever we want with complete legitimacy,” Shapiro said. “We have an emotional connection with the audience that tribute bands and sound-alike bands can’t have. When we share our experiences and tell stories we aren’t reciting a script. We were there. When we tell you how ‘My Eyes Adored You’ was originally called ‘Sweet Eyes of Georgia,’' we know because we were there.” Reliving the magic they created on stages around the world and in recording studios with some of our most cherished musical artists, when The Hit Men take the stage today, it’s easy to see why their music has transcended generations.

About bergenPAC
Founded in 2003, the 1,367-seat Bergen Performing Arts Center, or bergenPAC, is the area’s cultural mecca. Housed in a historic Art Deco-style theater boasting one of the finest acoustic halls in the United States, bergenPAC attracts a stellar roster of world-class entertainment. The jewel in our crown is The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC – the innovative, educational performing arts initiative that, through programs, classes, outreach, school shows, and main theater presented shows, reach more than 30,000 students and community youth annually. The Performing Arts School provides community youth, age 2 months to 21 years, with unique, “hands-on” training in music, dance and theater by industry professionals. It is through the ongoing generosity of sponsors, donors, members, and patrons that the not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) corporation bergenPAC and The Performing Arts School are able to thrive and enrich our community.

For updates, “Like” bergenPAC on Facebook (facebook.com/#!/bergenpacfan), follow @

CIRCUS, ANIMALS COMING TO THE MAYO PERFORMING ARTS CENTER IN MORRISTOWN

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Rhythmic Circus: Feet Don't Fail Me Now!

WHEN: Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 7:30 pm
WHERE:
Mayo PAC, 100 South St., Morristown
TICKETS: $29 - $69.
TICKETS CAN BE PURCHASED AT www.mayoarts.org | Box Office - (973) 539-8008

The high-energy dance/variety show Rhythmic Circus: "Feet Don't Fail Me Now!" comes to Mayo Performing Arts Center. Armed with a trunk full of tap shoes, funky costumes and a big brass band, Rhythmic Circus bursts onto the stage in a joyous celebration of genre-hopping music and percussive dance that will have you jumping out of your seat and dancing to the beat!

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WHEN: Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 1:30 pm & 4:30 pm
WHERE:
Mayo PAC, 100 South St., Morristown
TICKETS: $25 - $35.
TICKETS CAN BE PURCHASED AT www.mayoarts.org | Box Office - (973) 539-8008

America's most beloved animal expert, Jack Hanna, brings his three-time Emmy Award-winning television series to the live stage with Into the Wild Live!  In this live show, prepare to be fascinated as Jungle Jack takes you into the wild with a spectacular array of incredible animals. Jack will also share humorous stories and amazing footage from his adventures all around the world from Africa, to the Amazon, to Antarctica and beyond. He will also inspire with his passion and dedication to wildlife conservation.

JEWISH HERITAGE MUSEUM OF MONMOUTH COUNTY WELCOMES ORAL HISTORIAN FROM NATIONAL SEPTEMBER 11TH MEMORIAL AND MUSEUM

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WHEN: Sunday, April 30th, at 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: The Jewish Heritage Museum is located in the Mounts Corner Shopping Center, at 310 Mounts Corner Drive Freehold, NJ, at the corner of Route 537 and Wemrock Road (between the CentraState Medical Center and Freehold Raceway Mall). It is on the second floor of the historic Levi Solomon Barn.
ADMISSION: $10 for members and $12 non-members.

Ms. Weinstein will speak about her work at the Museum, focusing on stories and artifacts that relate to New Jersey residents and to Jewish victims and responders of the attack at the World Trade Center.

The 9/11 Memorial & Museum is a tribute of remembrance and honor to the nearly 3,000 people killed in the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, at the World Trade Center site in New York City, the crash site near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and at the Pentagon, as well as the six people killed in the World Trade Center bombing in February 1993.

Amy Weinstein is Senior Oral Historian and Director of Collections at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum. She records oral histories of first responders, recovery workers, survivors, 9/11 family members, journalists, caregivers, and others affected by the terrorist attacks.

Her responsibilities also include the acquisition of artifacts for the Museum. Most recently she co-curated Hope at Ground Zero, an exhibition of photographs by FEMA photographer Andrea Booher. Ms. Weinstein was an active participant in the Museum’s planning process. She holds a Master’s Degree in the History of Decorative Arts from the Cooper Hewitt/National Design Museum/Smithsonian Institution. Museum work is a second career for Ms. Weinstein, who worked as an attorney practicing in the fields of financial services and government relations, after graduating from Brooklyn Law School. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Ms.

Weinstein grew up and attended public school in Freehold Township, New Jersey. 

The Memorial’s twin reflecting pools are each nearly an acre in size and feature the largest manmade waterfalls in North America. The pools sit within the footprints where the Twin Towers once stood. Architect Michael Arad and landscape architect Peter Walker created the Memorial design. They were selected from a global design competition that included more than 5,200 entries from 63 nations.

The names of every person who died in the 2001 and 1993 attacks are inscribed into bronze panels that edge the Memorial pools, a powerful reminder of the largest loss of life resulting from a foreign attack on American soil and the greatest single loss of rescue personnel in American history.

In a phone interview, when asked about how her Jewish background may influence her work at the Museum, Weinstein noted that her commitment extends to all who were affected by the attack, regardless of their faith. She further explained that in the process of collecting stories and artifacts from individuals of diverse backgrounds, she has learned about other faiths’ traditions. In particular, she noted prayer cards and rosary beads donated to the Museum. She came to appreciate the value of religious and secular mourning rituals and how they might help those grieving the loss of loved ones. For Weinstein, helping to bring the 9-11stories to the public is a creative, life-affirming act.

For more information or to make a reservation (non-refundable), call the Museum at 732-252-6990, or visit www.jhmomc.org.  The JHMOMC is a tax-exempt organization under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and is handicapped accessible.

LAURIE BERKNER IN RELAXED PERFORMANCE @ McCARTER THEATRE IN PRINCETON

WHEN: Saturday, April 29, 11 AM
WHERE:
McCarter Theatre Center, 91 University Pl., Princeton
TICKETS: $15

This solo relaxed performance will provide a welcoming and judgment-free environment for people of all abilities who want to enjoy a live performance.

Recognized as “the queen of children’s music," Princeton native Laurie Berkner has been a longtime fixture of children’s TV shows, starting with Noggin (now Nick Jr.) and Jack’s Big Music Show and currently to Sing it, Laurie! on the Sprout channel.

Tickets are available by calling McCarter’s Ticket Office at 609.258.2787, visiting us in person at 91 University Place in Princeton, or online with promo code RELAXED.

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WHAT IS A “RELAXED PERFORMANCE”?

 

Relaxed performances (RPs) are specially-adjusted sensory-friendly shows designed to create a welcoming theatre experience for individuals with a wide range of sensory, learning, and communication differences, and their families and friends. In addition to people on the autism spectrum, those with other neurological differences (ADAD, social anxiety, OCD, and agoraphobia), can and have been served by these relaxed performances.

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AN AUDIENCE REVOLUTION

McCarter Theatre Center is proud to be among a cohort of six professional theatres in our area awarded an Audience (R)Evolution Cohort Grant from the national organization for theatre, Theatre Communications Group (TCG). Supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, TCG’s Cohort Grants empower teams of not-for-profit organizations to strategize and implement audience engagement and community development initiatives together. Over the next two years McCarter will work with the cohort to address accessibility and inclusivity needs.

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AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH

During the month of April, The Autism Society celebrates National Autism Awareness Month in their nationwide effort to promote autism awareness, inclusion, and self-determination for all, and assure that each person with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is provided the opportunity to achieve the highest possible quality of life. McCarter is proud to celebrate this April with a special Relaxed Performance and continue to make live performance more accessible and inclusive.

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This Relaxed Performance is sponsored by the Karma Foundation

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McCarter Theatre Center is a participant in the Audience (R)Evolution Cohort Grants program, funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and administered by Theatre Communications Group, the national organization for the professional not-for-profit American theatre.