Wednesday, January 12, 2011


Dreamcatcher Rep and The Theatre Project have teamed up to present Astonishment for 2 weekends:

Astonishment. Reflections on aging with humor and grace. January 15-16 at Dreamcatcher. January 21-22 at The Theater Project at Union County College in Cranford.

WHEN: Saturday, January 15, 2 PM and Sunday, January 16, 2 PM
Dreamcatcher Rep Theatre, The Baird, 5 Mead Street in Meadowland Park, a few blocks from the center of downtown South Orange

WHEN: Friday, January 21, 8 PM and Saturday, January 22, 3 PM
Roy E. Smith Theater on the Union County College Campus, 1033 Springfield Avenue in Cranford
TICKETS: $15 at the door and $12 in advance or by calling Brown Paper Tickets at 800.838.3006.

Astonishment is a bittersweet, insightful and laugh-out-loud funny cornucopia of reflections on aging with humor and grace. Based on the published retirement community newsletter columns of Maplewood resident and children’s author Jan Slepian, the play has been adapted by Laura Ekstrand, Dreamcatcher’s Artistic Director, and will be directed by Mark Spina, The Theater Project’s Artistic Director.

The cast features familiar New Jersey professional actresses Noreen Farley of Clinton, Daaimah Talley of Plainfield, and Terri Sturtevant of Hillsborough. Acting as understudy for all the roles is Nancy Lee Ryan of West Orange. Original music will be provided by Don Slepian, a professional musician and son of the author.

Jan Slepian is the author of 28 children’s books and novels for young-adult readers. Her picture book, THE HUNGRY THING, is now a classic, and her young-adult novel, THE ALFRED SUMMER was honored by a National Book Award nomination and inclusion on the School Library Journal’s list of 100 books that shaped the century. She is married to noted mathematician David Slepian, has lived in Paris, Hawaii and New Jersey, and has three children and four grandchildren.



Wheelchair accessibility
All Theater Project activity takes place on the ground level of Union County College’s two-story Cranford complex. An 8-foot wide sidewalk with a curb cut leads to the entrance of the College nearest the theater, and when desirable, patrons with special needs can be driven to these doors and disembark at that point. The Theater Project’s 75 seat venue is able to accommodate as many as 12 wheelchairs. The flexible seating allows for companion and seeing-eye dog accommodation.

Dreamcatcher Rep is also wheelchair accessible. Assistive Listening devices for the hearing impaired and advance large print scripts are available by prior arrangement. To purchase tickets or for information on any of Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre's programs, please visit or contact Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre at The Baird, 5 Mead Street, South Orange, NJ 07079, 973.378.7754, ext. 2228.