Wednesday, September 8, 2010


STNJ logo STNJ is one of my favorite theaters, not just for Shakespeare but for the high quality of their productions. This script-in-hand series gives patrons a chance to put in their two sense about plays that are under consideration for upcoming seasons. It’s also a chance to see and hear some of The Shakespeare Theatre’s esteemed company of actors, as well as prestigious guest artists, and will begin with background information about the play. Following the reading will be a talk-back session with director, cast and audience to gain valuable feedback on the play.  

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey has announced a new Fall play reading series—titled Lend Us Your Ears—featuring readings of three plays under consideration for future production.

WHEN: Monday evenings – September 20, October 4 and November 15 at 7:30 PM

WHERE: the Shakespeare Theatre’s Main Stage, the F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, 36 Madison Ave. (at Lancaster Road) in Madison. 
TICKETS: $15 each for adults or $40 for all three readings; $10 for students or $25 for all three readings.
For tickets or more information, call the box office at 973-408-5600,
e-mail or visit   

Lend Us Your Ears will begin on Monday, September 20, with a reading of William Shakespeare’s first tragedy, Titus Andronicus. Acknowledged as Shakespeare’s bloodiest work, the play has undergone tremendous scrutiny and caused much debate over its content, lineage and meaning.   The reading will be directed by Shakespeare Theatre resident director Brian B. Crowe.

Up next is Bertolt Brecht’s The Good Woman of Setzuan on Monday, October 4, at 7:30 PMThe Good Woman of Setzuan will be directed by Associate Artistic Director Joe Discher. The final reading will be Shakespeare’s Henry VIII, directed by Artistic Director Bonnie J. Monte, on Monday, November 15, at 7:30 PM.   

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s Main Stage, the 308-seat F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, is barrier free with access into the Theatre via a ramp and elevator access to all floors. Wheelchair seating and transfer seating is available. Braille and large print programs are available. Infrared listening devices are available free of charge. Some performances are audio described. Contact the theater for more information.  

The acclaimed Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is an independent, professional theatre company located on the Drew University campus. One of the leading Shakespeare theatres in the nation, serving 100,000 adults and children annually, it is New Jersey’s only professional theatre company dedicated solely to Shakespeare’s canon and other world classics. Through its distinguished productions and education programs, the company strives to illuminate the universal and lasting relevance of the classics for contemporary audiences.