Thursday, August 29, 2013

SEPTEMBER PROGRAMS @ THE WEST ORANGE PUBLIC LIBRARY

WOPL LogoWest Orange Public Library                   Hours: M, W, Th 10-9
46 Mt. Pleasant Ave.                                        Tu, Fri 10-5:30
West Orange, NJ 07052                                    Sat 9-5
973.736.0198                                                   Sun 1-5*
www.wopl.org


FOR ADULTS:

Film & Dessert 
WHEN: Friday, September 6, at 2 PM
Drop by the Library for a free screening of Red, starring Bruce Willis,
Morgan Freeman and John Malkovich. 

E-Mail Basics 
WHEN: Tuesday, September 10 at 10 AM
A free hands-on workshop. You'll learn how to send and receive email. Participants must know how to use the mouse. Class size is limited; Advance registration is required.

Creative Connection
WHEN: Wednesday, September 11, at 7:15 PM
Drop by and join in the discussion on the creative process. 
Receive constructive feedback on your work.    
Presented in partnership with the West Orange Arts Council.  

West Orange Writers' Group
WHEN: Thursday, September 12, at 7 PM
A forum for anyone interested in any kind of writing—fiction, nonfiction, children's books, poetry, etc.   

Film & Dessert
WHEN: Friday, September 20, at 2 PM

Drop by the Library for a free screening of Gypsy, starring Rosalind Russell.    

iPhoneography
WHEN: Saturday, September 28, 9:30 AM-12:30 PM

Learn how to create and process images with your iPhone. 
This free workshop will be presented by an expert in creating iPhone art. Sponsored by the WO Arts Council. 


teen logoOpen Mic Night
Grades 6-12
WHEN: Wednesday, September 4 at 7 PM
Aspiring poets, musicians, actors, dancers—Unveil your inner artist at our open mic night! We provide speakers and mics; bring your own instruments and amps (if needed). Light percussion only. Sign up online.

Teen Game Night
Grades 6-12
WHEN: Wednesday, September 18 at 7 PM
Teen Game Night features Nintendo Wii and board games (chess, Scrabble, Boggle, and more). It's the perfect place to get together with teens and socialize while having fun. Bring your Nintendo DS or PSP!  

Anime Club
Grades 6-12 
WHEN: Wednesday, September 25 at 7 PM

Crafts, games and movies for manga and anime fans. 


CHILDREN’S PROGRAM
harvestmoon

Harvest Moon Storytime
Pre-K to 3rd Grade
WHEN: Mondays at 7 PM; September 9, 16, 23 & 30
Plant the seeds of imagination with our family storytime.
Advance registration is required.

legosLego Club
WHEN: Tuesday, September 10 at 4 PM
Grades K-5

Build with Legos and make new friends. 
Sign up online.   

Downtime with Disney
WHEN: Saturday, September 10 at 2 PM

Drop by and watch a Disney film. Fun for the whole family. Free

Mayor's Fun Run
Meet in front of Town Hall  
WHEN: Sunday, September 29 at 9:20 AM
Sign up to participate in the children's one mile fun run.
Advance registraton is required.   Sign up online or at the Library. 

COME PREVIEW UPCOMING SEASON @ EVP THIS SATURDAY

The Historic Edison Valley Playhouse
2196 Oak Tree Rd.
Edison, NJ 
908.755.4654
www.evplayhouse.com
www.facebook.com/groups/edisonvalleyplayhouse

Music and Lyrics by Jimmy Roberts
Book by Joe DiPietro
Directed by Scott Goldman
Musical Direction by Judy Brewer
Choreography by B.J. Solomon

WHEN: Friday & Saturday, September 13 – 28, at 8 PM and Sunday, September 22, at 2 PM
WHERE:
The Historic Edison Valley Playhouse, 2196 Oak Tree Rd., Edison
TICKETS: Order tickets online or call 908.755.4654 to make a reservation
For more information visit www.evplayhouse.com or
https://www.facebook.com/groups/edisonvalleyplayhouse

Off-Broadway's long-running hit musical, this hilarious revue pays tribute to those who have loved, lost and lived to try again. A musical joyride that explores dating, romance, marriage, lovers, husbands, wives, and in-laws, I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change reveals our desire to connect with another person, no matter what age.

TRILOGY HOLDS AUDITIONS FOR CONCERT “TOMMY”


AUDITION NOTICE:

The Who's Tommy

WHEN: Sunday, September 8th from 2-5 PM
WHERE: Bernards Township Community Center. (Click for more information)

All are invited!

Please prepare a rock song in the style of the show. Something that shows off your personality and vocal range.

Important: Prepare to stay for the entire time.

Performance will be at the Liberty Corner Firehouse
Friday, November 8th and Saturday, November 9th 7:30 PM. 

 

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

MDR’S THEATRE IN THE LOFT: THIS TIME IT’S EVIL!

EVIL TIME
By David Johnston
Directed by Robert Ross Parker

. . . Time for MDR's monthly Theatre in the Loft! And this time, it's EVIL!

This month MDR presents a reading of David Johnston's Evil Time as part of our ongoing play development series focused on new and innovative American theatre. Come see a brand new work performed by MDR's world-renowned performers, and then stay after the show for amazing conversation with the writers and cast! Don't miss this next opportunity to help a new work take shape.

WHEN: Sunday, September 8th at 7 PM
WHERE:
SOPAC Loft, 1 SOPAC Way (behind the train station), South Orange

In Evil Time, we watch as Ray, a clean young Christian, begins his internship at King of Kings World Media Corp. (a nexus of power, media and political influence in the Christian right movement). He quickly discovers that all is not as it seems to be: Dr. Billy has visions, Florence carries a gun, and before long Ray is having an affair with a mysterioius male UPS carrier. Oh, and then the two of them uncover a fiendish plot by religious conservatives to bring about the end of the world. Violence, religious extremism, and black comedy all collide in this slapstick tragedy.

 

TICKETS: $15—on sale now and can be purchased by calling 973 313 ARTS (2787), by visiting www.sopacnow.org, or by CLICKING HERE.

The New York Times calls Midtown Direct Rep, "A Place to Discover the Next Great Play." We hope you'll come and see for yourself! (NY Times Article)

 

This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/ Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and administered by the Essex County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs.

 

About Midtown Direct Rep (MDR)
With perhaps more professional theater artists than any suburb of NYC, Maplewood/South Orange (NJ) is, according to the NY Times, “where Broadway comes home to sleep.” MDR, a theatre company created by and for these NJ-based artists, develops and presents relevant, world-class theatre for its community. Midtown Direct Rep company members include two-time Tony Winner Norbert Leo Butz, Tony Nominee Christiane Noll, and "Law & Order; SVU" regular Joel de la Fuente, among others.  The Company is managed by Co-Artistic Directors Sandy Rustin and Jeremy Dobrish, Managing Director Jeffrey Shubart, and Producing Director Evan Fleischer.

www.midtowndirectrep.org.

CHILLING THRILLER INAUGURATES THE BARN THEATRE’S 86th SEASON

VERONICA'S ROOM
By Ira Levin
Directed by Omar Kozarsky

WHEN: September 6, 14, 20, 21, 27 and 28 at 8 PM; and on September 7, 8, 15 and 22 at 2 PM
WHERE:
The Barn Theatre is located on Skyline Drive in Montville, NJ, just minutes off Exit 47 from Route 287.
TICKETS:
$18 (senior/student tickets are $16 on matinees only)
For more reservations, information or directions, call The Barn Theatre Box Office at 973.334.9320, or visit The Barn on the web at www.barntheatre.org

VeronicasRoom02Written by the author of Rosemary's Baby and Deathtrap, The Barn Theatre's production of VERONICA'S ROOM explores the thin line between fantasy and reality, madness and murder. Unexpected twists and turns will keep you on the edge of your seat as it tells the story of college students Susan and Larry, who are invited to an New England mansion by its caretakers. Susan is encouraged to impersonate Veronica (a long-dead daughter of the family) in an effort to provide comfort to Veronica's only surviving sister. But once dressed in Veronica's clothes, Susan finds herself locked in the role... and locked in Veronica's room. [Photo by Tom Schopper]

The Village Voice said VERONICA'S ROOM is "like being trapped in someone else's nightmare... jarring and (with a) surprising climax... a neat, elegant thriller!"

The 4-person cast of VERONICA’S ROOM features Wendy Schibener (of Morris Plains), William Michael Harper (of Roseland), Laura Kennedy (of Denville), and Michael Lawlor (of Glen Rock).

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

PHOENIX PRODUCTIONS ANNOUNCES OPEN AUDITIONS

OPEN AUDITION NOTICE

White_Christmas_logo_web.jpgWHITE CHRISTMAS
Directed by Anthony Greco
Musical direction by Bob Sammond
Cchoreography by Drew Wilfred

WHEN: Tuesday and Wednesday, September 10th and 11th from 7 to 9 PM, and on Saturday, September 14th from 10 AM to noon.
WHERE:
second floor studio of the Count Basie Theatre, 99 Monmouth Street in Red Bank

  • All roles are open and will remain so until the close of auditions.
  • Auditionees should prepare 32 bars of a musical theatre song in the style of the show.
  • They should also bring clothing suitable for an intense dance audition.

White Christmas is based on the perennial classic movie that starred Bing Crosby. It tells the story of two GIs who become song-and-dance stars and a General who retires to run an inn (badly) in Vermont. When the inn sputters, the GIs mount a rescue effort and save the day. The Irving Berlin score abounds in well-known, well-loved classic melodies that give rise to spectacular production numbers. Thus, dancers who sing and singers who dance are needed for the cast.

The first rehearsal will be on Saturday, September 21st. Performances will be at the Count Basie Theatre beginning November 15th.

More information, such as character descriptions, can be found at www.phoenixredbank.com. Questions may be directed to the producer, Tom Martini at tom@phoenixredbank.com.

Phoenix is a 25 year old non-profit community theatre organization based in Red Bank, New Jersey.

Monday, August 26, 2013

2013-2014 JAZZ SERIES SET FOR RUTHERFURD HALL

clip_image001WHEN: Sunday afternoons, 3:00–5:00 PM
WHERE: Rutherfurd Hall, 1686 Route 517, Allamuchy, NJ
908.637.6455
www.rutherfurdhall.org (link on graphic will not work)

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

CHATHAM PLAYHOUSE HOSTS SIDEWALK COSTUME SALE JUST IN TIME FOR HALLOWEEN!

Costume_SaleCOSTUME SALE

WHEN: Saturday, August 24, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM 
WHERE: Chatham Playhouse, 23 N Passaic Avenue.

Motivated by the need to make some room in our costume loft, sale racks of clothing & costumes in all sizes are being offered at ridiculous prices:

 

  • $10-$15 dresses including current fashions, satin/velvet/chiffon evening gowns (some w/ price tags still on them), retro prom or princess dresses (think Halloween), vintage and period clothing…
  • $10 jackets/blazers
  • $5 Halloween ideas for kids and adults include cowboy & Indian vests ($5), white fringed flapper dress, jester hood, jump suits and so much more.

If you’ve been around for 92 years, you would need to begin getting rid of your unused clothes too!! Please find time to come and rummage through the racks of clothes!

LEGENDARY MULTI-INSTRUMENTALIST IN FREE CONCERT IN ATLANTIC CITY

EDGAR WINTER AND HIS BAND

WHEN: Wednesday, August 28, and Thursday, August 29, at 7:00 PM
WHERE:
on the boardwalk on the beach in front of The Revel Resort Hotel & Casino, 500 Boardwalk, Atlantic City (In the event of rain, the concert will be moved to Ovation Hall)
ADMISSION: FREE 
For more info: http://www.revelresorts.com/entertainment

By the time Edgar Winter left his hometown of Beaumont, Texas in the 1960's, he was already technically proficient in every aspect of music. A child prodigy who achieved international success early on, Edgar has found an audience in every major entertainment medium--music, film and television. A prolific writer, Edgar's music encompasses many different genres, including rock, jazz, blues, and pop. From his critically acclaimed 1970 debut release, Entrance, he has demonstrated his unique style and ability to cross the genre lines and do the unexpected. His early recording of "Tobacco Road" is a powerful, emotionally devastating masterpiece that propelled him into the national spotlight. Edgar followed Entrance with two hit albums backed by his group White Trash, a group originally comprised of musicians from Texas and Louisiana. White Trash enjoyed huge success, both with the 1971 release of the studio album, Edgar Winter's White Trash, and with 1972's follow-up live gold album, Roadwork.

With over 20 albums and numerous collaborative efforts to his credit, Edgar Winter has not been satisfied to ride the wave of popular music stardom. Major national television and radio campaigns have relied on Edgar's music to advertise their products. Edgar has also made frequent television appearances, both to promote his music, and to give his opinions on everything from Politically Incorrect to a commercial with George Hamilton for Miller Lite beer. He has appeared in the film "Netherworld", and the TV shows "The Cape,” "Mysterious Ways," "David Letterman" and "Jimmy Kimmel."

Edgar's music can be heard in no fewer than fifteen film and television projects, including Netherworld, Air America, My Cousin Vinny, Encino Man, Son In Law, What's Love Got to do With It, Wayne's World 2, Starkid, Wag the Dog, Knockabout Guys, Duets, Radio, The Simpsons, Queer as Folk, and Tupac Resurrection. Edgar's CD and DVD, titled, Live At The Galaxy was recorded live at the Galaxy Theatre for Classic Pictures in 2003.

Edgar Winter's live shows consistently receive rave reviews. His music is always evolving, and he is a master at stretching his skill and imagination to produce amazing results. He continues to thrill audiences with his live performances, always remaining on the cutting edge of music and style. Edgar is now at the very top of his game, and his future looks even brighter than his past.

Edgar and his wife, Monique, live in Beverly Hills with their little dog Mimi.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

DREAMCATCHER REP PLANS EXCITING SEASON OF NJ PREMIERES

One of my favorite local Equity companies has announced its 2013-2014 season. Check out their always-interesting productions:

Dreamcatcher's 2013-2014 New Season

Dreamcatcher new home at OakesDreamcatcher is excited to launch their new season—number 19—as they begin a second year at their new home at Oakes Center!

This season they are presenting three terrific mainstage productions. All three plays are New Jersey premieres of hit shows from Broadway and off-Broadway.

 

The Other PlaceWHEN: October 3 - 20

THE OTHER PLACE 
A haunting drama about relationships and memory from the 2012 Broadway season. (NJ Premiere)

 

RxWHEN: February 13 - March 2

RX
Unhappy Meena participates in a drug trial for a new medication designed to increase job satisfaction. Will the new drug provide a shortcut to happiness? A 2012 off-Broadway hit comedy! (NJ Premiere)

 

Motherhood Out LoudWHEN: April 24 - May 11

MOTHERHOOD OUT LOUD
Fresh from its off-Broadway run, this compilation of pieces about motherhood features the writing of 14 famous playwrights. (NJ Premiere)

How To Be OldIn addition we're presenting

How to Be Old: A Beginner's Guide
a staged reading of the follow-up to the sold-out hit, Astonishment. Then we'll round out the season with two improv comedy nights, our annual holiday variety special, new play readings, and our Summer Theatre Conservatory's Dreamcatcher Junior show for families.

Read more about the new season

Season tickets are on sale now! About season tickets

Buy season tickets and see 7 shows while saving 20%

Love our shows? Subscribe to Dreamcatcher and see quality, local and intimate professional theater that's close to home at just a tiny fraction of the cost of Broadway. 

Both subscriptions include our 3 mainstage productions:

The Other Place

Rx

Motherhood Out Loud

The Other Place

Rx

Motherhood Out Loud 

How to Be OldThe 7-show full season pass adds How to Be Old: A Beginner's Guide, 2 family-friendly improv comedy shows and A Very Special (Holiday) Special, our annual holiday variety show.

BENEFITS

  • DISCOUNT: biggest savings available—20% off all shows
  • BONUS: guest ticket to bring a friend to one show for free ($30 value)
  • CHOICE: choose the full 7-show season or the 3-show mainstage season
  • FLEXIBILITY: pick your dates whenever you want—free date changes  

PRICE $60 - $136 View details and more info online

STUDIO PLAYERS SEEKS CHILD ACTORS FOR WACKY VERSION OF VENERABLE FAIRY TALE

AUDITION NOTICE

cinderella substitute godmotherCINDERELLA & THE SUBSTITUTE FAIRY GODMOTHER
Written by Ed Monk
Directed by Sue MacDonald

WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 5th at 7:00 PM; Sunday, Sept. 8th at 6:30 PM
WHERE:
STUDIO PLAYERS, 14 Alvin Place, Upper Montclair
973.744.9752
www.studioplayhouse.org ~ www.facebook.com/studioplayhouse

It's the night of the royal ball and Cinderella must get to the palace if she is ever to meet her one true love, Prince Charmfull. But when she calls for her Fairy Godmother, it turns out that some bad potato salad has given all the Fairy Godmothers food poisoning. Enter Lucretia Fossilwart, scented candle saleswoman and Substitute Fairy Godmother. This will not end well. (Or will it?)

CAST OF CHARACTERS

  • Cinderella: (female, 16+) A sassy, young girl who is mistreated by her stepmother and step-siblings; determined to meet a prince to take her away from her miseries.    
  • Lucretia: (female, 35+) A flamboyant, quirky, and forgetful substitute fairy godmother/scented candle sales woman. 
  • Fabreeze: (female, 20-40) The evil step-mother.
  • Fabio: (male, 14+) An evil, not too bright, and lazy step-brother. 
  • Alberta: (female, 16+)  An evil, not too bright step-sister.
  • Merwin: (male/female, 16+)  The big bad wolf; a smashing old chap. Preferably able to do a British accent. (Will double up with the role of The Royal Messenger: Their majesties most royal messenger.)
  • Boss: (male/female, 16+) Manager of the fairy godmother headquarters. (May possibly double up with the role of Pinocchio)
  • Hortense: (male/female, 16+) The fairy dispatcher.  (Will double up with the role of Noxima: flaky girl who believes she will marry the prince and have 10 babies.)
  • Esperanto: (female, 14+) A fairy godmother. (Will double up with the role of Panteen: a girl who was forced to attend the ball by her parents, but is in love with the village podiatrist.)
  • The Three Little Pigs: (3 males/ females, 10+) Maurice, Wembly and Wasabi are pigs with attitudes. They play poker and like eating chips and dip.
  • King Vladimir: (male, 20-50) The King of the land; anxious for his son to finally grow up and find a wife. (May possibly double up with the role of Rumpelstiltskin)
  • Queen Shania: (female, 20-40) The Queen; the true ruler of the land.
  • Prince Charmfull: (male, 16+) A nerdy prince who enjoys playing with model trains and eating lama cheese.
  • Rumpelstiltskin: (male/female, 10+) An old man, who likes to make people guess his name.
  • Pinocchio: (male/female, 10+) A puppet who wishes he was a real boy.

Sides will be provided.

Performance dates: November 2-10

BARN THEATRE HOLD AUDITIONS FOR MUSICAL REVUE

AUDTION NOTICE

JERRY’S GIRLS
The musical revue celebrating the music and lyrics of legendary Broadway composer Jerry Herman

Directed by Cliff Parrish

WHEN: Sunday Sept. 8, at 7 PM and Monday Sept. 9, at 7 PM. Callbacks (only if needed) will be Tuesday Sept. 10 at 7 PM.
WHERE: 32 Skyline Drive in Montville, NJ, just minutes off Route 287 (Exit 47). For more information or directions, call 973.334.9320 ext. 5, or visit www.barntheatre.org
PERFORMANCE DATES: November 8-30, 2013 (Fridays, Saturday and Sundays)

SHOW DESCRIPTION:
This Broadway hit celebrates the music and lyrics of award-winning composer Jerry Herman. It features all the best songs for women from such immortal musicals as Mame, Hello Dolly!, Milk and Honey, Mack and Mabel, A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine and La Cage Aux Folles.

CAST REQUIREMENTS: 7 Women (ages 25 and up)

  • Singers should be prepared to sing a traditional Broadway song, either one by Jerry Herman, or something similar.
  • No "pop" songs should be sung. All need some belt (C) and an ability to sing harmony.
  • There is no spoken dialogue in the show. There will be some movement in the show.

Actors are asked to arrive to sign in within the first hour of the audition start time. All roles are available. Casting is open, and newcomers are especially welcomed. Crew and other volunteers are also needed for the event. If interested, please contact info@barntheatre.org .

MEET RVCC ARTS @ THE HUNTERDON COUNTY FAIR!

October at RVCCArts

New Season at RVCCArts

Meet Me at the Fair!

Look for our tent again this year at the Hunterdon County 4-H and Agricultural Fair. Come on up and say hello.

WHEN: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21ST – SUNDAY, AUGUST 25TH
WHERE:
South County Park. 1207 Route 179, Lambertville

We will be handing out our season listing postcard (pictured left). Those of you on our mailing list should have received your copy in the mail this week.

If you're not on the mailing list or you didn't receive yours yet and just can't wait any longer, click here to download a high res PDF (5M). If you'd like a paper copy mailed to you, call the box office (908.725.3420, M-F, 11 - 4) and ask them to drop one in the mail. They'll be happy to.

Shaping up to be a lovely week. See you at the fair!

Subscribe Now! Single Tickets On Sale

PAPER MILL PLAYHOUSE ANNOUNCES A CHILDREN’S OPEN CALL AUDITION FOR “OLIVER!”

Paper Mill Playhouse seeks boys (or girls who can play boys) who look ages 10–14 to play “Orphans” in the opening number and the role of “Oliver.”

WHEN: Saturday, September 7, beginning at 9 AM.
WHERE:
Paper Mill Playhouse, 22 Brookside Drive, Millburn

Audition signup will take place in the theater’s lobby on a first-come, first-served basis on Saturday, September 7, beginning at 9:00AM. Children and their guardian should join the line in front of the theater and enter through the front doors of the theater only. Every child should bring a picture and resume stapled together.

Children will be taught a short piece of music from the show and should wear appropriate footwear as they may be asked to dance. Callbacks will be held on the same day. Depending on the number of children auditioning, there is no guarantee everyone will be seen.

Oliver! will run from November 21 to December 29 (Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day off). Rehearsals begin Monday, October 28 in New York City.

Click here for more information.

ELEGANT COMEDY EXTENDED @ STNJ UNTIL SEPTEMBER 1st

Read my review on the REVIEWS pages of this blog:

Tovarich "dazzles!" See the rediscovered comedy, now extended through September 1!

Monday, August 19, 2013

YOUNG ACTORS INVITED TO AUDITION FOR ORIGINAL CHILDREN’S THEATER PRODUCTION

Audition Notice

The Theater League of Clifton, in conjunction with the Clifton Arts Center, will present a children’s theater production:

Aladdin Visits the 20th Century
Written and directed by Kirk Woodward

WHEN: Saturday, September 7th and Sunday, September 8th from 1-4 PM
WHERE:
Clifton Arts Center located at Clifton City Hall Complex, 900 Clifton Ave., Clifton

PERFORMANCE DATES: Saturday October 5th and Sunday October 6th at 1:00 PM & 3:30 PM

There are 6 roles with an age range of teen to adult.

Excerpts from the play will be provided at the auditions.

LISA LAMPANELLI MAKES GEORGE STREET DEBUT NEXT WEEK


SKINNY BITCH
Starring Lisa Lampanelli
Written by Lisa Lampanelli and Alan Zweibel
Directed by John Rando

Now is your opportunity to see Lisa Lampanelli in her work-in-progress, one-woman show!

WHEN: 3 SHOWS ONLY! AUGUST 28 – 30, 8 PM
WHERE:
George Street Playhouse, 9 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick

CLICK HERE TO BUY ONLINE NOW OR CALL (732) 246- 7717

Lisa Lampanelli makes a departure from her signature “insult” comedy in the developmental production of her new one-woman show Skinny Bitch: NOT A Stand-Up Comedy Show.

The production, which is written by Ms. Lampanelli and 700 Sundays writer Alan Zweibel, will be helmed by Tony Award-winning director John Rando. In her first theatrical production, Lisa will reveal the woman behind the comic, and her struggle with food, men and body image. In turns hilariously funny, surprisingly touching and totally relatable, Skinny Bitch: NOT a Stand-Up Comedy Show will show a side to Comedy's Lovable Queen of Mean that few would guess exists.

Lisa has become a household name as a standout contestant on the fifth season of NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice and for famously roasting everyone from Betty White to Flavor Flav. Lisa appeared in the David Chase-directed feature film, Not Fade Away and is currently starring as a series regular on Bounty Hunters, CMT’s first-ever animated show, airing Saturdays at 10 PM ET/PT. This Grammy-nominated equal opportunity offender is a regular on late-night television, the Comedy Central Roasts, and is a frequent guest and guest host on Howard Stern's Sirius satellite radio shows. Lisa has also appeared on EXTRA as a guest correspondent, is a frequent guest and co-host on TMZ, and has sold out theaters across the country, including NYC's Radio City Music Hall, the Chicago Theatre, and Carnegie Hall. 

Lampanelli joined the ranks of comedy greats with her 2009 HBO comedy special, Long Live the Queen, and that same year, released her autobiography, Chocolate, Please: My Adventures in Food, Fat and Freaks. Lisa's greatest hits CD, Equal Opportunity Offender, was released in April 2012.

photo by Andrew Coppa.
Copyright © 2013 George Street Playhouse, All rights reserved.

WOMEN’S THEATER COMPANY ANNOUNCES MASTERFUL 21st SEASON

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Barbara Krajkowski, Artistic Director of the Women’s Theater Company, a professional theater located in the heart of Morris County in Parsippany, proudly announces the twenty-first season with a masterful line-up complete with plays, a musical and cabaret performances.

 

MASTER CLASS
By Terrance McNally
Directed by Barbara Krajkowski

WHEN: September 20-October 6; Fridays & Saturdays at 8 PM and Sundays at 3 PM 
WHERE: Parsippany Playhouse, 1130 Knoll Road, Lake Hiawatha
TICKETS: $25, and $20 for seniors

Master Class is based on the larger-than-life opera diva, Maria Callas, who later in her career, held master classes at Juilliard in the 1970’s. In the play, the glamorous, commanding and hysterical Callas teaches a master class and shares her experience in opera and stage with the attendees (the audience). Three different students Sophie, Tony and Sharon have the opportunity to sing and receive constructive criticism. As each student performs, they become”‘victims” of Callas’s callousness. Callas comically and poignantly reminisces about her life on and off the stage, soliloquizing her innermost thoughts, regrets and personal inadequacies.

WORKING
By Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso
Directed by Barbara Krajkowski

WHEN: March 7-23, 2014;

Fridays & Saturdays at 8 PM and Sundays at 3 PM
WHERE: Parsippany Playhouse, 1130 Knoll Road, Lake Hiawatha
TICKETS: $25, and $20 for seniors

Working is the 2010 revised musical written by Tony-Award winner Stephen
Schwartz and Nina Faso. Working paints a vivid portrait of the men and women the world so often takes for granted: the school teacher, the phone operator, the waitress, the millworker, the mason, and the housewife, just to name a few. Set in contemporary America, Working contains timeless truths. The musical explores the workers’ relationships to their work and reveals aspects of their humanity, regardless of the trappings of the job itself.

CABARET SERIES I 
Featuring Lynn Hart

WHEN: November 15,16 and 17, 2013; Fridays & Saturdays at 8 PM and Sundays at 3 PM
WHERE: Parsippany Playhouse, 1130 Knoll Road, Lake Hiawatha
TICKETS: $25, and $20 for seniors

The Women’s Theater Company is currently in the works to secure its final play and cabaret for the Spring 2014 that will surely entice and please the audience and subscription base. Visit www.womenstheater.org for complete updates.

For GPS driving directions, please enter the town of Boonton, 07005. To purchase tickets online go to www.womenstheater.org or call 973.316.3033, or e-mail info@womenstheater.org.

The Women’s Theater Company mission is to provide a fertile environment for the advancement of professional women theater artists and to provide quality theater for the community at large.

Through our main stage, educational outreach, and new works development programs, the Women’s Theater Company supports the development of new women artists, promotes new works in the American theater, and provides entertaining and enriching productions for growing audiences.

CSC SEEKS EQUITY ACTORS FOR THRILLER

EQUITY PRINCIPAL AUDITIONS NOTICE

Deathtrap in blueDEATHTRAP
By Ira Levin
Directed by Carl Wallnau

WHEN: by APPOINTMENT—Wed, Sept. 4th, 10:30 AM – 7:30 PM; Lunch from 12:45 – 1:30 PM
WHERE:
Lackland Center. Centenary College, 715 Grand Avenue, Hackettstown (approx. 50 miles west of NYC)
PAY: CSC operates under a SPT contract, weekly salary $322.00. Stage Manager $377.00
For an appointment, Equity Members call 908.979.0900, ext. 8.
Equity Members without appointments will be seen throughout the audition day, as time permits.
Send resumes if unable to attend to CSC, 400 Jefferson Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840 or fax to 907.979.4297 or e-mail them to Wallnauc@centenarystageco.org

 

  • Actors may perform a prepared monologue OR read from sides, which will be provided at the audition.
  • Blind/low vision performers may request an advance copy of sides when making an audition appointment.
  • Please bring a photo and resume, stapled back-to-back.
  • 1st rehearsal: Sept. 16—Show Runs Oct. 4-20th

CHARACTERS (Sidney Bruhl and Helga Ten Dorp have been cast):

  • SIDNEY BRUHL- Cast
  • MYRA BRUHL- Late 30’s to 50’s Wealthy wife of author Sidney Bruhl. Nervous and high strung with a heart condition.
  • CLIFFORD ANDERSON – 20’S – 30’S Young author of potential hit play and former student of Sidney Bruhls.
  • HELGA DEN TORP- Cast
  • PORTER MILGRIM – 40’s-60’s Sidney’s friend and lawyer
  • Also seeking equity stage manager

COME TO DLT's SPECIAL EVENT: A STAGED READING

family gathTHE FAMILY GATHERING
A staged reading
by George Castellitto

WHEN: Saturday, August 24, at 8 PM
WHERE: Dover Little Theatre, 69 Elliott Street, Dover
TICKETS: 10.00
For tickets call 973.328.9202 
DLT NOW ACCEPTS CREDIT CARDS

Featuring Linda Wielkotz, Tom Florio, Brian Carroll, Eric Holgerson and Debbie Campanalli

The Family Gathering portrays a Thanksgiving Dinner gathering where hidden and repressed feelings and wounds surface as the meal progresses. The play presents the personal perspectives of a mother, her daughter, the daughter's husband, the mother's husband and a family friend. We see from these different perspectives that the facts of these wounds have very subjective roots and interpretations. If the play has any discernible theme, that theme would be the role of a woman as mother, wife, and woman in contemporary society.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

WAYNE YMCA HOLDS AUDITIONS FOR WORLD PREMIERE MUSICAL ABOUT FANNY BRICE

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AUDITION NOTICE:

Fanny Brice PromoWorld Premiere of
THE FANNY BRICE STORY
By Chip Deffaa
Directed by Lauren Moran Mills
Musically Directed by William Arnold

WHEN: Monday August 26, 7-9 PM. Callbacks are August 29. 7-9 PM.  Rehearsals begin the week of September 9.  Performances are October 12 and 13 and October 19 and 20.
WHERE:
The Wayne YMCA, 1 Pike Drive, Wayne
For audition information contact Meryl Budnick at 973.595.0100 ext 257.

Starting in 1950 The Fanny Brice Story chronicles the life of the famed performer through an interview with a young girl named Emmie who claims to be her biggest fan. Flipping back and forth through time we meet the many people who influenced and shaped Fanny’s life and career in show business such as Eddie Cantor, WC Fields, Flo Ziegfeld, Arnold Rothstein, George M. Cohan, countless Vaudeville showgirls and of course Nicky Arnstein, her husband and  noted con man. The play boasts songs from Fanny’s era such as Second Hand Rose, Oh, That Beautiful Rag, Give My Regards to Broadway and many more! 

Be a part of this first-ever produced Americana Showbiz journey!

Please prepare 16 bars of a song in the vaudeville style.

Roles to be Cast:

  • Emmie: teenage girl in the 1950’s who is interviewing Fanny Brice-singing role 15-19
  • Fanny Brice: the stories narrator, she plays ages 20’s to her 50’s- 30’s-50’s
  • Eddie Cantor:Comedian/Entertainer friend of Fanny (singing role) costume 30’s-50’s
  • Lew Brice: Fanny’s Brother 30’s-50’s
  • Young Fanny: singing role 15-17
  • Young Lew: singing role 15-17
  • Theron and Johnson:Theater owners in Brooklyn 20-40’s
  • Max Bierstein (singing role): Performer in Madame Bordonaros show 20’s –50’s
  • Pops Zander (singing role): Performer in Madame Bordonaros show 20’s –50’s
  • John Fredrick Chance: small-time Producer 30’s-50’s
  • George M. Cohan: singing role 30’s-50’s
  • Rose Borach: Fanny’s Mother 40’s-50’s
  • Charles Borach: Fanny’s Father 40’s-50’s
  • Madame Victoria Bordonaro (singing role): head of a traveling Theatrical Company 30’s-50’s
  • J. Saleeby Jackson( singing role):Emcee and Comic in Madame Bordonaros show 30’s-50’s
  • Flo Ziegfeld: Producer of the Ziegfeld Follies 30’s-50’s
  • Ziegfeld girls
    Olive Thomas: sing and dance 15-20’s
    Bessie McCoy: sing and dance 15-20’s
    Ann Pennington: sing and dance 15-20’s
    Lillian Lorraine: sing and dance 15-20’s
    Vera Maxwell: sing and dance 15-20’s
  • Nicky Arnstein (singing role): handsome, dashing, smooth-talking gambler, married to Fanny
  • W.C Fields: famed Comedian
  • Arnold Rothstein: organized crime Kingpin
  • Many bit and ensemble roles

THE SHAKESPEARE THEATRE ACADEMY FOR YOUTH & ADULTS RETURNS FOR THE FALL

Pictured: Andrew Weems and Seamus Mulcahy as the Player King and the Player Queen in the Main Stage production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, 2006. Photo credit: Gerry Goodstein

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HOBOKEN CHILDREN’S THEATRE REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

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Our partners, Hoboken Children's Theatre, has a huge lineup of programs and classes for kids of all ages, all held at the Monroe Center for the Arts.

Registration is open now!

This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey Council on the Arts/Department of state, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts , administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Thomas A. Degise, County Executive, and the Board of Chosen Freeholders.

DARRESS THEATRE HOLDS AUDITIONS FOR “FRANKENSTEIN” HALLOWEEN SPECIAL

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AUDITION NOTICE

FRANKENSTEIN
By Victor Gialanello

This play will be performed October 18, 19, 20, 25 and 26, 2013 as their Halloween Special. The music will be scary and the special effects breathtaking. Rehearsals will be held during September and October.

WHEN: AUGUST 20, 21 AND 22; 6 PM TO 9 PM 
WHERE: Darress Theatre, 615 Main St., Boonton, NJ

CAST REQUIREMENTS ARE:

  • Victor Frankenstein ... A brooding and intense young scientist
  • Elizabeth Lavenza ... His good looking adopted "cousin"
  • Alphonse Frankenstein ... His portly older father
  • William Frankenstein ... His 6 year old (looking) younger brother
  • Henry Clerval ... A young dashing friend of Victor's
  • Lionel Mueller ... The smarmy middle age local magistrate
  • Frau Mueller ... His wife and peacemaker
  • Hans Metz ... A dangerous villager
  • Peter Schmidt ... A dangerous villager
  • DeLacey ... A 60-year-old blind hermit. A survivor who lives alone.
  • Justine Moritz ... 16, a good-looking "girl next door type"
  • Maidservant
  • The Creature ... A big guy made up from the parts of several bodies—you know the type.

The action takes place in and around the Frankenstein Estate, Geneva, Switzerland, in the mid-1800's.

This play is being Directed by Susan Conover Marenello and Produced by Rich Witenberg.

 

Please check our web site for details. (www.darresstheatre.com)