Thursday, October 31, 2013

EXCLUSIVE TICKET OFFER FOR “OUR TOWN”

The Shakespeare Theatre is pleased to offer $20 tickets for young people ages 18 and under. Call the box office at 973-408-5600 to purchase your tickets today.

WHEN: Through November 17
WHERE:
Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, 36 Madison Ave., Madison
TICKETS: ShakespeareNJ.org | 973-408-5600

Pictured: Nisi Sturgis and James Michael Reilly
Photo credit: Gerry Goodstein, 2013

To learn more about Our Town, click here for the interactive Know the Show Guide!

THANKSGIVING BINGO…WITH A TWIST IN MONTCLAIR

TICKETS: www.GardenStateEquality.org

“THE WIZARD OF OZ” LANDS @ PARK PLAYERS IN FORT LEE

Venerable tale dramatized for kids, families…and nearby, to boot:

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THE PARK PLAYERS AND CHURCH OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD PRESENT

THE WIZARD OF OZ
DIRECTED BY JOSEPH D. CONKLIN

WHEN: November 8, 9, 15, 16 at 8 PM and November 10, 17 at 5 PM
WHERE: Church of The Good Shepherd, 1576 Palisade Avenue, Fort Lee
TICKETS: $16 adults, $14 senior/student, $12 for groups of 10 or more
For tickets call 201.941.6030 or visit  www.brownpapertickets.com

For more information, go to www.parkplayers.com

The Wizard of Oz (RSC) is produced by arrangement with, and the music and dialogue material furnished by TAMS-WITMARK MUSIC LIBRARY, INC. 560 Lexington Avenue, NY, NY 10022

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

AUDITIONS FOR “MASTER CLASS” @ THE BARN THEATRE

OPEN AUDITIONS NOTICE:

MASTER CLASS
By Terrance McNally
Directed by Roseann Ruggiero.

WHEN: Sunday, Nov. 10, 7 PM / Monday, Nov. 11, 7 PM;  CALLBACK DATE: Wednesday, Nov. 13 7 PM (by invitation ONLY)
WHERE:
The Barn Theatre, 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: Jan. 10 - Feb. 2, 2014 (Fridays, Saturday and Sundays)

The Tony Award-winning play is based on a series of master classes in opera given at the Julliard School of Music by the renowned opera singer Maria Callas.

CAST REQUIREMENTS (2 Males, 3 Females)

  • MANNY (Accompanist): MALE – 25+ - Seasoned Julliard accompanist / Callas devote. Actor must be able to accompany singers live onstage during sections of three arias: Amina’s aria from Bellini’s La Sonnambula, Cavaradossis’ aria from Puccini’s Tosca and Lady Macbeth’s aria “Vieni! t’affretta” from Verdi’s Macbeth. A stipend will be offered for musicianship assistance.
  • MARIA CALLAS: FEMALE – 50+ - La Divina – strong, proud, egotistical, tempestuous, passionate. The ultimate Diva whose voice has gone. Must sing a few lines in Soprano range.
  • FIRST SOPRANO (SOPHIE): FEMALE - 25-45 - Attractive but insecure, awestruck. Must sing Bellini’s La Sonnambula
  • TENOR (TONY): MALE – 25-45 – Attractive, self-assured verging on cocky. Must sing Cavaradossis’ aria from Puccini’s Tosca
  • SECOND SOPRANO (SHARON): FEMALE – 25-45 – Posed, self-confident, feisty. Must sing Lady Macbeth’s aria “Vieni! t’affretta” from Verdi’s Macbeth

Please note that it is imperative anyone auditioning for either Soprano or Tenor be familiar with the arias noted above and sing very well because all three are portraying students in the Master’s Degree Program at the prestigious Julliard School of Music.

Rehearsal schedule will be determined based on schedules of actors case in show but will likely be two nights per week and Sunday afternoons until tech week. Please contact the director with any questions at Roseann1023@aol.com

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 .

A RICH MENU OF EVENTS @ CREATIVE GROVE THIS FRIDAY

Creative Grove Artist & Designer Market

DiaDeLosMuertos

Dia de los Muertos Jersey City
the best Latina culture ladies bring facepainting and calavera styling to the plaza, starts at 5 PM. Learn about the Dia de Los Muertos, a Central American and Mexican tradition to honor and re-welcome the dead with a party, flowers, food, music and art for a day. Brought to you by Cynthia Renta.


DJ PasticheDJ Pastiche returns From Berlin to Fight the American Robots. Spinning all new music from Berlin.

  • Opening set: Experimental, Electroclash and Gabba (Your kids hate this DJ mix)
  • Second Set: House Music (Back in JC mix)
  • Third Set: Minimal Techno and Techno (Fall of the Technology)
  • Last Set: Electro/Fidget House (Even the Robots Dance)


Then the Poop hits the fan at 8 PM!       

POOP TALK
hosted by Meredith Rollman

Line Up:

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ATTENTION WANNABE SLEUTHS: AGATHA CHRISTIE MURDER MYSTERY OPENS THIS WEEKEND IN CLIFTON

 

An engaging murder-mystery by beloved playwright
Agatha Christie, the queen of Whodunnits!

Set in 1945 at the Jerusalem King Solomon Hotel and among the towering red cliffs of Petra. Visit this weekend to meet some strange travelers in this classic from "the Golden Age of Agatha Christie."

WHERE: The Theresa Aprea Theater, 199 Scoles Ave., Clifton
TICKETS: $20 ADULTS; $15 SENIORS/STUDENTS
Get your Tickets Online Now

The cast features new faces, as well as Theater League alumni from the greater North Jersey community, including:

  • Alexa Fernandez, Kenneth Fowler, Gary Koseyan, Susan McDonald,  Chris Robertson, Geoffrey Waumans and Victoria Waumans of Clifton
  • Louis Balsamo  of Montclair
  • Bonnie Berkowitz of Hackensack
  • George Blair IV of Totowa
  • Chris Chucala of Paramus
  • Catherine Lillis of Rutherford
  • Danielle Petrucelli of West Orange
  • Bill Porterfield of  Ridgewood
  • Joe Romano of Hasbrouk Heights
  • Ernest Romeo of Kinnelon
  • Rebecca Shuster of Basking Ridge

Don't miss this Agatha Christie classic brought to you at the Aprea Theater in Clifton!

CENTENARY STAGE PRESENTS TRIBUTE TO SOUSA

TRIBUTE TO SOUSA

WHEN: November 2, 8 PM
WHERE:
Lackland Center, 715 Grand Ave., Hackettstown
TICKETS: $22.50 for adults and $15 for children under 12 when purchased in advance. All ticket orders for concerts and special events increase $5 when purchased on the day of the performance.
Tickets may be purchased online at www.centenarystageco.org, at the CSC Box Office in The Lackland Center at 715 Grand Ave in Hackettstown, or by calling 908-979-0900. The Box Office is open Monday through Friday 1-5 PM, and 2 hours prior to performance times. The Box Office at 217 Main Street in Hackettstown is also open for the season Monday through Friday 3-6 PM.

What have they done to your grandfather's Sousa? Hear New Trad's exciting new arrangements of the music of John Philip Sousa, the most popular American musician at the turn-of-the-20th-century. His music from the early days of American life is given a brand new sound with the joyful rhythms of modern Haitian "Kompa" and other Caribbean styles. This century-wide connection ties modern American culture, with its many Caribbean influences, to a time when concerts in the town square or city park were the focal point of social and cultural life for many Americans.

TEENS 12+ NEEDED FOR FANTASY THEATER DRAMATIZATION OF FAIRY TALE

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AUDITION NOTICE:

PUSS IN BOOTS

WHEN: Sunday, November 3 from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM and Tuesday, November 5 from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
WHERE:
Chatham Playhouse, 23 N. Passaic Ave., Chatham

Chatham Community Players’ (CCP) Fantasy Theater, the Theater for Young Audiences branch of CCP, is pleased to announce auditions for Puss In Boots adapted and dramatized from Charles Perrault’s original story by Vera Morris.

This is a delightful re-telling of the classic tale that always charms audiences, young and old. Tom, the miller’s son, is left his father’s cat for an inheritance. He expected to get the family mill. Unfortunately, that went to his bossy elder sister, Gabrielle. The cat, however, is no one’s fool. He promises that if Tom gets him a pair of boots he will make his fortune. Once he has the footwear and becomes Puss In Boots, the cat sets out on an amazing adventure.

Lonnie Ruland will direct. 

Rehearsals will begin in mid/late November.  Performances will be
January 11 and 12, 2014 at the Chatham Playhouse.

We are looking for a multi-generational cast ages 12 and up to play the 15 characters. Those auditioning will be asked to read from sides.

  • Puss – Clever Cat
  • Tom – His young master
  • Jeannette – One of Tom’s older sisters
  • Countess – Haughty nobleman
  • Rosalind – Countess’ giggling daughter
  • Gabrielle – Another sister, disagreeable
  • Dog – Belongs to The Great Ogre
  • The Great Ogre – Some kind of monster or giant
  • Princess Pam – Daughter of the King
  • Coachman – Servant of the King
  • Peasant Woman – Farms for the King
  • King - Traveling through the land
  • Queen – Traveling with the King
  • Cook – The Great Ogre’s servant
  • Prisoner – At the Ogre’s castle

This version is an ensemble piece and most of the parts can be played by someone of any age or gender.  Those determinations will be made during the audition and casting process. 

The Chatham Players have an open call casting policy. ALL roles are open, none are precast, and everyone is encouraged to audition.

Any questions, please call Laura Piervincenzi at (973) 769-9356 or email her at ccpcasting@gmail.com.

For directions or additional information, please visit www.chathamplayers.org

NEW MOON PLAY READING NOV. 4 @ LUNA STAGE

TRANQUIL
by Andrew Rosendorf
Directed by Lucie Tiberghien

WHEN: Monday, Nov. 4, 7:30 PM
WHERE:
Luna Stage, 555 Valley Road, West Orange
TICKETS: suggested donation $5 at the door
No reservations necessary

Everything changes for a teenage paraplegic when her estranged brother returns to the family home. Disability, raging hormones and guilt are all confronted by the fractured family in this story about the pain of growing up.

 

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Andrew Rosendorf: Plays include CANE (Florida Stage), BRILLIANT CORNERS (NNPN National Showcase of New Plays), GOOD NIGHT & GOD BLESS, OR THE LONE RANGER RIDES AGAIN, and THE KID. His play, TRANQUIL, was part of the Lark’s 19th Annual Playwrights' Week. His other work has been produced or developed at MCC, City Theatre, Geva Theatre, Actor’s Express, UglyRhino, Tofte Lake Center, and FringeNYC. Andrew is an alum of terraNOVA Collective’s Groundbreakers Playwrights Group and has been a VCCA and MacDowell Colony Fellow. He holds a BA in Theatre from the College of William and Mary and an MFA in Playwriting from The New School for Drama.

 

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

KAPLEN JCC TO MARK KRISTALLNACHT WITH PLAY ABOUT “THE BRITISH SCHINDLER”

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To mark Kristallnacht Commemoration, Kaplen JCC on the Palisades Presents Film Screening of

NICKY’S FAMILY
with Eva Holzer, a Kindertransport Survivor

WHEN: Wednesday, November 6, 7:30 PM
WHERE:
Kaplen JCC Eric Brown Theater, 411 E. Clinton Ave., Tenafly
TICKETS: $10 JCC members/ $12 general admission

young Nicholas Winton with rescued childThe JCC will mark this important annual commemoration with a film screening of Nicky’s Family, which tells the nearly forgotten story of Nicholas Winton, an Englishman knighted by the Queen Elisabeth and dubbed “Britain’s Schindler.” Winton organized the rescue of 669 Czech and Slovak children just before the outbreak of World War II through a masterminded series of rail-sea transports. Winton, now 104 years old, did not speak about these events with anyone for more than half a century, and his heroic rescues would undoubtedly been forgotten if his wife, fifty years later, hadn’t found a suitcase in the attic, full of documents and transport plans.

The film is narrated by the rescued children and Sir Winton himself, and has earned rave reviews from around the world, winning over 30 awards. Eva Holzer, a long standing member of our community and a Kindertransport survivor, will speak after the film.

Winton's story is a very powerful one, and thousands of children in many countries have followed in his footsteps, looking to do something important and positive for our world. More than 120,000 children in the Czech Republic signed a petition to award Nicholas Winton the Nobel Prize for Peace. Dozens of the children he saved have been found and have grown up to be academics, members of parliament, scientists and artists.

Producers Matej Minac and Patrik Pass set out to ensure that these fascinating, little-known stories and precious facts about this important mission are not lost to time, and in presenting the film, the JCC hopes to communicate an important message about the sacred quality of life, how fragile it is, and how one person can show us the “larger consequences of what we thought were small achievements.”

The evening will begin with a film short, entitled Generations of the Shoah, written and directed by JCC teen members Ben, Adam and Daniel Danzger, who produced the film as their way of passing the torch so stories such as those in Nicky’s Family will never be forgotten. The film documents the story of Regina Sznajderman and Abraham Tauber , who knew each other as young children in Poland. World War II and the Nazi invasion sent them on separate journeys, filled with arduous trials and tribulations. At the end of the war, Regina and Abraham were reunited and married. They moved to the United States, built a family, a business, and a new life.

For more information, call Jessica Wolf Spiegel, 201.408.1426. The evening is sponsored by The Richard H. Holzer Memorial Foundation and presented by The Martin Perlman & Jo-Ann Hassan Holocaust Education Institute

LONJ PRESENTS 17TH ANNUAL A CAPPELLA JAMBOREE

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This year’s concert features the Princeton Tigressions (left) and The Colgate Thirteen.

WHEN: November 9th at 7:30 PM
WHERE: St. Mark's Episcopal Church 140 So. Finley  Ave in Basking Ridge
TICKETS:
Tickets at: www.lightoperaofnewjersey.org or by calling 908.903.0702

So what do Colgate University and Princeton University have in common besides academic excellence?  Why a cappella singing excellence of course!  That's why for the past 17 years Light Opera of New Jersey (formerly Ridge Light Opera) has been sponsoring this kind of young singing talent for everyone in the region to enjoy! This year come to see the lovely and talented ladies of the "Tigressions" aligned by the handsome men of the well-known Colgate Thirteen. Although each sings a wide variety of popular music, you'll enjoy the subtle differences in the sounds of the all female and all male groups.

The Princeton University Tigressions was founded in 1981 by a group of undergraduate women eager to add a bold, new sound to Princeton's  rich a cappella tradition. Over the years, while developing a wide-ranging repertoire, the group has established a reputation for great music, originality, style and fun.

The Colgate 13The Colgate Thirteen (right), on the other hand, have been entertaining for more than 70 years, delighting audiences with fun, surprises, and some of the best male a cappella sound anywhere. Old and new musical favorites supply the Colgate Thirteen with an active repertoire of over 75 songs.
As Colgate University's own "ambassadors of good will", their unique blend of song and humor brings excitement to every audience.

LONJ believes that singing is for all people of all ages. Our warm-up groups this year will be the young men of Grace Church in Madison, "The Gargoyles," and their equally talented sister group, "The Daughters of Zion." Come join the fun and maybe even sing along some!

IMPROV COMEDY 1 NIGHT ONLY @ DREAMCATCHER REP

Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre

Multiple Personality Disorder is improv comedy, Dreamcatcher style!

MPD

ONE NIGHT ONLY!

MULTIPLE PERSONALITY DISORDER  

 

 

WHEN::

Saturday, November 2, at 8 PM

WHERE:

Oakes Center, 120 Morris Avenue, Summit     Directions
(entrance on Russell Place, parking lot at 20 Ashwood Ave.)

TICKETS:

$20 all adults, $15 kids 15 and younger
See discount below! Buy tickets now No fees! 

 

 

Note to 7-show season passholders: don't forget to reserve your seats!

Autumn is here and our improv comedy troupe is ready to entertain you with a one-night-only performance of Multiple Personality Disorder, our very warm and funny improv comedy show.

For one low price you can kick back, see live entertainment and laugh out loud with your family and friends.

Visit our Web site for cast, photos, tickets and more!

CHRISTINE EBERSOLE TO PERFORM @ ALL-STAR JAZZ CONCERT

ALL THAT JAZZ
An Evening Featuring the Music of American Jazz Legends
Christine Ebersole, Tony Winning Actress, Joins All-Star Musicians

WHEN: Sat., November 9, at 8 PM
WHERE:
The Axelrod PAC is located at 100 Grant Ave. Deal Park
TICKETS:
$25
Box Office: 732.858.8106
Tickets can be purchased online at www.axelrodartscenter.com

Featuring Art Topilow and the Axelrod Jazz All-Stars with special guest Aaron Weinstein, a renowned Jazz violist, Christine Ebersole, one of the truly great voices of Broadway and Jazz, joins these incredible musicians for what will be a memorable evening!

CHRISTINE EBERSOLE won Tony Awards for her roles in GREY GARDENS and 42nd St. She has enchanted audiences throughout her performing career, from the Broadway stage to television series' and specials, film, concert appearances and recordings. In concert, Christine has appeared in concert at Carnegie Hall with The San Francisco Symphony (PBS Special), multiple concerts with The Boston Pops, multiple appearances at The Kennedy Center Honors, a 2009 solo concert at The Kennedy Center and in virtually every city across the country. In television, Christine has appeared in "Boston Legal," "Law and Order, SVU," USA's "Royal Pains," "Lipstick Jungle," "Cashmere Mafia," "Will and Grace" and ABC's "Samantha Who." She has appeared on "The Today Show", "The View" and "The Colbert Report."In film, Christine was featured in "Confessions of a Shopaholic," "Tootsie," "Black Sheep," Amadeus," "Dead Again," "My Favorite Martian," My Girl II," "Folks!" "and "Richie Rich."                  

DR. ART TOPILOW, Piano, has performed with Jazz legend Dick Hyman at the Axelrod Performing Arts Center and with Broadway Stars including Bernadette Peters. His groups in the past have featured such jazz notables as Ken Peplowski, Ed Polcer, Randy Sanke, James Chirillo, and Warren Vache. He has performed with the Red Bank Jazz Orchestra toured Italy with his brother Carl Topilow, conductor of the Cleveland Pops.

 

Named a "rising star violinist" by Downbeat Magazine, AARON WEINSTEIN is quickly  earning a reputation as one of the finest jazz violinists of his generation.  As a featured soloist, Aaron has performed at Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Wolftrap Center for the Performing Arts, Birdland, Blue Note the Iridium, and abroad at jazz festivals in England, France, Switzerland, Iceland, and Israel.   Aaron has performed and recorded with an array of jazz icons including: Les Paul, Bucky Pizzarelli, John Pizzarelli, Dick Hyman, NYPops conductor, Skitch Henderson plus more. 

Howard Alden, Guitar: "He may be the best of his generation," writes Owen Cordle in JazzTimes. George Kanzler of the Newark Star Ledger proclaims that he is "the most impressive and creative member of a new generation of jazz guitarists." And Chip Deffaa of the New York Post observes that he is "...one of the very finest young guitarists working today."   The remarkable jazz guitarist is one of the best or simply the best.

Jay Leonhart, Bass, has been performing his own songs for decades at festivals and concert halls around the world. From early appearances on David Letterman to features at Carnegie Hall, Jay has been lighting up audiences with his songs about life in the music world and the people he has come to know.

On Site Parking, Handicapped Access, State of the Art Sound and Seating.

GET TIX FOR TRILOGY REP’S “THE WHO’S TOMMY” IN CONCERT

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www.trilogyrepertory.com

Trilogy Repertory was founded in 1981 to bring together theater, community and schools. Trilogy worked to present theater works not often seen and projects by new directors and playwrights in our area. The first two productions took place in the gym at Liberty Corner School. The group soon moved into the new Little Theater created at Ridge High School. The next sixteen years were spent improving the Little Theater and producing plays in that space. Trilogy worked closely with Ridge High School and a close partnership of shared materials and knowledge developed to provide quality theater for the Community.

In 1985, Trilogy Repertory was approached by the Bernards Township Department of Parks and Recreation to produce a musical in the amphitheater in Pleasant Valley Park. This joint venture has grown from three performances to an award-winning season that includes a full-scale musical and classical production.

In 1999, Ridge High School closed the Little Theater and Trilogy has been seeking a new home since that time. Plays in the Park, Children's Participation Theater and Cabaret productions are still performed, and with the continued support of the community, Trilogy Repertory is moving forward to establish a permanent home for live theater in the Somerset Hills.

TONY AWARD-NOMINATED DARK COMEDY OPENS IN HACKENSACK

GOD OF CARNAGE
By Yasmina Reza
Directed by Lou Scarpati

WHEN: November 8-17, Fri & Sat 7:30 PM; Sun 3:30 PM
WHERE:
Hackensack Cultural Arts Center, 39 Broadway, Hackensack, NJ
ADMISSION: $18
http://www.theatrecompany.biz/tickets 

6 TONY Award Nomination + 4 All-Star Actors = 1 Amazing Night of Theatre

The Company Theatre Group is proud to bring you the multi-award winning play God of Carnage by Yazmina Reza (Translated by Christopher Hampton).

Two set of parents decide to discuss how to handle the fact that one pair’s child has hit the other’s with a stick, knocking out a couple of teeth. Come watch as these four adults unravel right before your eyes and prove that sometimes it’s quicker to use a stick.

God of Carnage is a hilarious and energy-filled romp. And, it stars 4 of your favorite actors from THE COMPANY:

  • Sheila Griffin is playing Annette Raleigh - mother of our stick-wielding Benjamin. She’s a bit of nervous thing…the pressures of motherhood, household maintenance, and a cellphone addicted husband who barely knows she’s there...you understand.
    You last saw Sheila in her hilarious turn as the murderous "widow" Lois in our production of Cahoots in June.
  • Larry Kadish is playing Michael Novak – father of our poor victim Henry. He is a bit course, wants to kill his nagging mother, and hopes to get through the evening as quickly and painlessly as possible. Larry is a familiar face to our patrons. You've seen him in Burn This, Apartment 3A, ART, and Veronica's Room. Most recently, Larry brought back one of our favorite characters Bernie the Baboon in Feeding Time at the Human House in our April Fundraiser: Writes of Spring.
  • Andrea Prendamano is playing Veronica Novak. She can be a bit overbearing and is the architect of this meeting. She believes that as long as the Raleigh’s understand the shame and responsibility involved, they can all come to an agreement on how the Raleigh’s son Benjamin can make amends for his unwarranted attack. Yeah…you can see how that’s going to go. Andrea is a founding member of THE COMPANY and has appeared in many of our productions including Veronica's Room, Copenhagen, Apartment3A, Chapter Two and others. Most recently, she played Fran the Baboon (alongside Larry Kadish) in Feeding Time at the Human House which is one of her favorite roles.
  • Bart Shatto is playing Alan Raleigh. He is world class lawyer…literally he argues cases in the Hague. Unfortunately, as a result his cell phone is practically glued to his ear 24 hours a day. And, as the play opens he is wrapped up in a law suit, defending a pharmaceutical company that is about to be sued because one of their new products has few side effects…such as causing those who take it to “bump into the furniture” involuntarily.

    Broadway veteran Bart Shatto joins us for the second time, having appeared last with us as Paul Bratter in our production of Barefoot in the Park. Bart played Jean Valjean in the Broadway production of Les Miserables. He was also in the Broadway/Touring Company of Hands on a Hardbody, The Civil War, Cats, and Dracula. He also toured with Trans-Siberian Orchestra as a featured vocalist. Most recently, Bart reprised his role of Jean Valjean in Les Miserables at Surflight Theatre on Long Beach Island.

This is a play and a cast not to be missed! Get your tickets NOW

FREE SNEAK PEEK @ 2013-2014 LIBERTY LIVE COMMISSION


Sam Kitchin and Nick Piacente in Liberty Live: Talking to Westfield (2012)

At Liberty Hall
by James Christy
directed by Kel Haney

WHEN: November 8 - 10, Friday, at 7 PM; Saturday & Sunday, at 3 PM
WHERE: Little Theatre, located in the Kean University Center; 1000 Morris Ave., Union

The story of an unlikely pair of American immigrants, At Liberty Hall follows two high school students who've just moved to New Jersey:  Cristian Rosario, a funny but unfocused teenager from Queens by way of the Dominican Republic; and Alexander Hamilton, 16, the subject of Cristian's 10th grade history project. This time-bending story finds common threads of humor, honor and awkwardness as told through the experiences of a someday-Founding Father and a kid looking for a way out of the projects.

ADMISSION: All seats are FREE!

Free tour of Liberty Hall Museum available after the readings November 9th & 10th!

Please call 908.737.4092 or e-mail premiere@kean.edu to reserve.

Liberty Live is a unique partnership between Premiere Stages and the Liberty Hall Museum that celebrates New Jersey history with professional theatrical productions, museum tours, interactive displays, workshops for children, and talk-backs with local historians. At this interactive staged reading, you'll be the first to see an exciting new play that celebrates the 350th Anniversary of New Jersey and Elizabethtown. Intimate discussions with the playwright follow each reading, and free tours of Liberty Hall Museum are available after the Saturday and Sunday readings.

Premiere Stages will present a full production of At Liberty Hall in Fall 2014 as part of the statewide NJ350 celebration.

The Libery Live readings are made possible in part by a HEART (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) Grant from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Premiere Stages at Kean University
1000 Morris Ave •  Union, NJ 07083
Box Office: 908.737.SHOW (7469) • web
 

Premiere Stages is made possible in part through funding from The New Jersey State Council on the Arts, The Shubert Foundation, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, The New Jersey Historical Commission, The Provident Bank Foundation, Hudson City Savings Bank Foundation, Union County HEART Grants, The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, and through the generous support of individual patrons. Discover Jersey Arts is our marketing partner. For more information visit www.JerseyArts.com about other arts programming happening around the Garden State.

Monday, October 28, 2013

FREE FILM FOR KIDS THIS SUNDAY @ THE FORUM

Forum Jr. Films For Kids presents...

Mel Brooks Classic
YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN
Starring Gene Wilder

WHEN: Sunday, November 3, 11 AM
WHERE:
Forum Theatre, 317 Main Street, Metuchen
ADMISSION: This is a free Forum event...(Donations are always appreciated)

Determined to live down his family's reputation, Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (co-screenwriter Gene Wilder) insists on pronouncing his name "Fronckensteen" and denies interest in replicating his grandfather's experiments. But when he is lured by Frau Blucher (Cloris Leachman) to discover the tantalizingly titled journal "How I Did It" in his grandfather's castle, he cannot resist.

With the help of voluptuous Inga (Teri Garr), wall-eyed assistant Igor (Marty Feldman), and a purloined brain, Frankenstein creates his monster (Peter Boyle). Igor, however, stole the wrong brain, and the monster tears off into the countryside, encountering a little girl and a blind hermit (Gene Hackman). Frankenstein finds the monster and trains him to do a little "Puttin' On the Ritz" soft-shoe, but the monster escapes again, this time seducing Frankenstein's uptight fiancée Elizabeth (Madeline Kahn) with his, ahem, sweet mystery. His love life and experiment in shambles, Frankenstein finally finds a way to create the being he had planned.

CONTINUING ON THE FORUM SCREEN: FILM ABOUT ISRAELI PRIME MINISTERS

Continuing On The Forum Screen...<br />THE PRIME MINISTERS: THE PIONEERS, A New Documentary<br />Saturday @ 8pm  Sunday @ 2pm<br />The Prime Ministers: The Pioneers, is the 13th release by Moriah Films, the Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaking division of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. Based on the best- selling book by Ambassador Yehuda Avner.Starring the voices of Sandra Bullock as Golda Meir, Michael Douglas as Yitzhak Rabin, Leonard Nimoy as Levi Eshkol and Christoph Waltz as Menachem Begin, The Prime Ministers: The Pioneers is written, produced and directed by Academy Award winner Richard Trank

THE PRIME MINISTERS: THE PIONEERS
A New Documentary

WHEN: Saturday, November 2, @ 8 PM Sunday, November 3, @ 2 PM
WHERE:
The Forum Theatre, 314 Main Street, Metuchen, New Jersey
Buy tickets at the door

The Prime Ministers: The Pioneers, is the 13th release by Moriah Films, the Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaking division of the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

Based on the best-selling book by Ambassador Yehuda Avner. Starring the voices of Sandra Bullock as Golda Meir, Michael Douglas as Yitzhak Rabin, Leonard Nimoy as Levi Eshkol and Christoph Waltz as Menachem Begin.

The Prime Ministers: The Pioneers focuses on Ambassador Avner's years working with Prime Ministers Levi Eshkol and Golda Meir and then US Ambassador Yitzhak Rabin and reveals new details about the Six-Day War, the development of Israel's close strategic relationship with the United States, the fight against terrorism, the Yom Kippur War and its aftermath. Weaving a rich tapestry of history and personal testimonies, The Prime Ministers brings some of the most important events of the 20th and 21st centuries to life.

The Prime Ministers: The Pioneers is written, produced and directed by Academy Award winner Richard Trank and co-written and produced by two-time Academy Award winner Rabbi Marvin Hier. Grammy and Emmy winner Lee Holdridge composed and conducted the film’s original score.

REVIEW: BALANCHINE, ROBBINS, NJ BALLET LIGHT UP STAGE AT CENTENARY

Sheila and OreoBy Sheila Abrams

I’ve noticed recently that sports team reps whine a lot about injuries. They ought to take a hint from dance companies. Injuries may occur, but the show must go on. And it has to look great.

That’s what New Jersey Ballet managed to do, despite some recent injuries, at Centenary College’s Lackland Center Saturday night. There, the Livingston-based company opened their 2013-2014 season with an evening of works by the two greatest American choreographers of the 20th century: George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins. No whining. Just courage, determination and a commitment to artistry.

It probably helped that the troupe was coached in the Balanchine works by the legendary Edward Villella, one of Balanchine’s greatest dancers, who has had a long relationship with New Jersey Ballet. Additionally, Edward Verso, an experienced Jerome Robbins dancer, coached the Robbins work, on behalf of the Robbins Rights Trust.

There was great variety in the program. Through long and brilliant careers, these two choreographers spanned the whole range of what dance can be. One evening can’t characterize it all, but this program offered the audience a taste and left it wanting more.

The evening opened with Balanchine’s Pas De Dix (dance for ten), to music by Alexander Glazounov, originally composed for the ballet Raymonda. Working in a strictly classical mode (the women in tutus and tiaras, the men in bedazzled tunics and tights) the choreographer paid tribute to his Russian roots.

In acknowledgement of Marius Petipa, the father of classical ballet who choreographed the original Raymonda, Balanchine created a sort-of ballet revue with no plot and no theme beyond the dance itself. The ten dancers, including a lead couple and four couples serving as a corps, divide into various combinations for a series of solos, a duet for two of the women and a quartet for the men. The lead couple, Risa Mochizuki and Albert Davydov, glittered in traditional style.

The mood changed radically as the company proceeded to the effervescent Interplay, in which a brilliant young Jerome Robbins took the language of classical ballet and interpreted it with a distinct jazz accent.

This was Robbins’ second ballet (Fancy Free was the first), choreographed in 1945 for a Broadway show, Billy Rose’s Concert Varieties, to a marvelous score by Morton Gould. It became part of the repertoire of New York City Ballet in 1952.

It shares with the Balanchine work a total lack of plot. But there is a flavor. The four men and four women wear brightly colored practice garb, the women’s hair in pony tails. If they were not so exquisite in form and movement, they might be teenagers cavorting on a playground. Andrew Notarile, who is a product of the New Jersey Ballet’s school as well as the School of American Ballet, was particularly dynamic.

Following an intermission, another group of 10 took the stage to perform Balanchine’s Allegro Brilliante. Balanchine, who was a musician as well as a dancer (he once earned a living playing a piano for silent movies), somehow found a way to integrate the two arts as few had before him. This wonderful up-tempo piece is danced to the first movement of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 3.

The choreographer is quoted as saying that this ballet contains “everything I know about classical ballet in 13 minutes.” High energy, it is filled with balletic content. The four couples pass steps and patterns back and forth among them in a way that seems absolutely algebraic. The lead couple, Mari Sugawa and Leonid Flegmatov, shone.

The evening ended with one of New Jersey Ballet’s favorite dances, Who Cares? The piece is Balanchine’s tribute to composer George Gershwin, danced to some of the best songs from the Great American Songbook. In 1937, the two were planning to collaborate on a movie, The Goldwyn Follies, when Gershwin was taken ill with the brain tumor that would eventually kill him. It was not until 1970 that the collaboration came to fruition. Who Cares? was premiered by New York City Ballet.

A glittering image of the New York City skyline at night is projected on the backdrop, telling us clearly where we are and what this is about. To call these songs familiar is an understatement. They are part of the American DNA. They are played, not sung, but even without lyrics, we know what they are about. And as he always does, Balanchine takes the music and turns it into dance.

Some of the songs are romantic duets: Embraceable You and The Man I Love. Others are high energy blends of classical ballet and jazz rhythms. Christina Theryoung-Neira rocked the house with her version of Fascinatin’ Rhythm, and as he had earlier in the evening, Andrew Notarile, stood out again with Liza. The ensemble gathered for the finale, I Got Rhythm, ending the evening on a very high note.

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CABARET ABOUT THE CHOICES WE MAKE TO PLAY WTC 2 PERFORMANCES ONLY

Lynn Hart to perform in the Women's Theater Company's Cabaret series on Saturday, November 16 and Sunday, November 17!

Get your tickets today by calling the box office at 973.316.3033 or visit www.womenstheater.org.

THE SUMMIT PLAYHOUSE OPENS ITS 2013-2014 SEASON WITH KEN LUDWIG’S SHERLOCK HOLMES COMEDY/THRILLER

More Sherlock Holmes! We had productions at The Theater Project and The Bickford Theatre. This version is a farce by the master farceur Ken Ludwig (Lend Me a Tenor, Moon Over Buffalo). I saw a hilarious production some years back at the Dennis Playhouse on Cape Cod. Check this one out, you Baker Street Irregulars”:

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By Ken Ludwig
Directed by Belle Wesel

WHEN: November 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 15, and 16 at 8 PM, and Sunday, November 10, at 2 PM
WHERE:
Summit Playhouse, 10 New England Ave., Summit
TICKETS: Single tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for students (18 and under). Season subscriptions are $55 for adults and $40 for 18 and under students. Group rates for ten or more are also available; for details call the Playhouse at 908.273.2192.
Tickets are available at www.brownpapertickets.com or 1.800.838.3006.

The Summit Playhouse is launching its 2013-2014 season with the Edgar Award-winning comedy/thriller The Game’s Afoot, Ken Ludwig’s clever, fast-paced twist on a Sherlock Holmes mystery. With delicious dialogue and characters, The Game’s Afoot delivers uproariously funny, engrossing entertainment from start to finish.

An intriguing blend of fact and fiction, The Game’s Afoot’s main character, William Gillette, was a real-life star of the American stage during the early 20th century. He made his fortune playing the famous fictional detective in “Sherlock Holmes,” a play he also wrote. He assumed the role onstage more than 1,300 times over thirty years.

Gillette owned a replica of a medieval castle (still in existence and open for tours today) filled with remarkably forward-thinking gadgets, tricks and mirrors. This is where, in The Game’s Afoot, he invites fellow cast members for a weekend of fun, which takes a sinister turn when one of his guests is stabbed. Gillette assumes the familiar persona of Sherlock Holmes to solve the case before the unknown assailant strikes again.

Director Belle Wesel of Brooklyn recently directed the hilarious production of The 39 Steps for Chatham Community Players, and is making her directorial debut with The Summit Playhouse. “With the current popularity of all things Sherlock, the brilliant detective from Baker Street has never been more in demand,” observes Wesel. “In The Game’s Afoot, we take a light-hearted look at the genius of detection through the eyes of the actor. It’s a lot of fun.”

In 2014, The Last Night of Ballyhoo will be presented in February/March, and Harvey will run in April/May.

FREE CONCERT ON MAIN IN CHATHAM BLENDS SOUTH AMERICAN & BAROQUE MUSIC

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CONCERTS ON MAIN
works by Bach, Handel, Piazzolla, Villa-Lobos & others

passionate & interconnected music performed by two of NYC's most in-demand young players

WHEN: 7:30 PM on Friday, November 8
WHERE: Ogden Memorial Presbyterian Church, 286 Main Street, Chatham
ADMISSION: Free
www.concertsonmain.org

Two of NYC’s most in-demand players, Ms. Cargo and Ms. Zaitsu’s repertoire ranges from historical and jazz-influenced masterpieces to rhapsodic music by contemporary composers. Whether playing chamber music with members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra or spearheading genre-bending ensembles, the duo’s performances have been lauded as engaging and consistently accessible. Their credits include performances at Carnegie Hall and other celebrated venues, multimedia spaces, as well as Chatham’s Ogden Memorial Presbyterian and other churches.

Free and open to all, Concerts on Main are part of Ogden Memorial Presbyterian Church’s mission to connect with the community. Hour-long performances are held approximately three times per year in the church’s historic and acoustically-engaging sanctuary. Audiences of all ages are invited to enjoy stellar NJ and NYC professionals sharing a variety of musical genres. Donations are greatly appreciated to support the series.

Concerts on Main continue on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 2 PM with Percussionist Clara Warnaar and at 7 PM on Friday, March 14 with Jazz Vocalist Kristen Lee Sergeant and her combo. Ogden is located a block from Chatham’s train station, with easy and fast NYC access; in the evenings there is ample free parking in the vicinity of the church. As needed, younger listeners can take advantage of a nearby indoor playspace during the concerts. Additional information is available at www.concertsonmain.org.

STNJ OFFERS SPECIAL “OUR TOWN” TICKETS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

In celebration of the 75th anniversary of Thornton Wilder’s great dramatic homage to small-town American life, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is offering young people, ages 18 and under, $20 tickets to the critically-acclaimed production of Our Town.

Our Town is a play that should be seen by everyone, especially young people, said Artistic Director Bonnie J. Monte. “It is as formative and informative a play about love and life as any of the world’s greatest classics, and in this day and age, it provides an even more important perspective than ever. This special ticket offer for young people is our attempt to encourage parents to bring their kids to this show. It is a perfect prelude to the Thanksgiving season for families. Filled with all things that occupy our hearts and minds, particularly when we are young, Our Town is our Thanksgiving gift to our audience members of all ages.”  

OUR TOWN

WHEN: through November 17th at the F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, 36 Madison Ave. (at Lancaster Road) in Madison. Performances are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays at 7:30 PM; Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM; and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 PM
WHERE:
F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, 36 Madison Ave., Madison
TICKETS: $20 for young people, ages 18 and under.
Young adult tickets may be purchased in advance by calling the Box Office at 973-408-5600 or by visiting www.ShakespeareNJ.org.
Single tickets for Our Town are now on sale and range from $20 to $61.  
Student Rush tickets are available a half-hour before curtain for $15 with a valid student ID.

The Shakespeare Theatre’s revival of Our Town has been praised as “superb” and “powerfully gripping.” Real-life couple and Shakespeare Theatre veterans Nisi Sturgis and Jordan Coughtry give “wholesome, heartfelt portrayals” of the play’s central couple, Emily Webb and George Gibbs. Philip Goodwin portrays the enigmatic Stage Manager “with grandfatherly affection as well as palpable pride in an ordinary neighborhood whose history he is determined to honor.”

The entire cast “delivers in spades” with James Michael Reilly and Alison Daugherty as Emily’s parents, the Webbs, and Malachy Cleary and Marion Adler as Doctor and Mrs. Gibbs, George’s parents. Mark H. Dold memorably appears as Simon Stimson, the tragic choir master. Rebecca Davis, Isaac Allen Miller, Jeff Gonzalez, Jake Berger, Glenn Beatty, Eileen Glenn, Terence Gleeson, Joseph Hamel, Justin Waldo, Jean Walker, and Edward McEneaney round out the population of Grover’s Corners.

The Artistic Staff
Director Joseph Discher returns to The Shakespeare Theatre, presenting Our Town “with the fidelity of a well-preserved time capsule.” Creating the world of Our Town are set designer Charlie Calvert, costume designer Candida Nichols, lighting designer Matthew AdelsonDee Dee Katchen serves as production stage manager.  

Special Performances

For no more than the cost of a regular ticket, Symposium Series performances are offered for each show and include a post-play discussion with the cast and artistic staff.  Remaining Symposium performances for Our Town will be Saturday, October 26th and November 2nd at 2 PM.

The 2:00 PM performance on November 2nd will be audio described for those who are blind or have visual impairments. Audio description enables patrons with visual impairments to hear, through an FM transmitter, a live description of the action on the stage. A pre-performance sensory seminar is offered that allows patrons to feel props, costumes and set pieces to further enhance their live theatrical experience. The service is offered free of charge.  

An exclusive open-captioned performance will be offered Sunday, November 10th at 2 PM. Captioning will be provided by c2 (caption coalition) inc, a 501(c)(3) non-profit company which utilizes Live Performance Captioning (sm) for Hard of Hearing and Deaf patrons at live theatrical and cultural events.

For tickets or for more information, call the box office at 973-408-5600 or visit www.ShakespeareNJ.org.

PLAY BY MIDTOWN DIRECT FOUNDER TO HAVE WORLD PREMIERE IN ASTORIA NY: DISCOUNT!

I don’t usually publicize events that occur outside NJ, but Midtown Direct Rep is one of the most respected theater companies in Northern NJ. Now, a play written and directed by two founding members of Midtown Direct is having a world premiere in Astoria, NY, and they are offering a discount for MDR friends.

 

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THE COTTAGE
By Sandy Rustin
Directed by Adam Dannheisser

WHEN: Previews begin November 7 and the show runs through November 23.
WHERE:
Good Shepherd United Methodist Church | 30-44 Crescent Street @ 30th Rd., Astoria NY 11102
TICKETS: $18; With code MDRTC you will receive $12 tickets for shows November 7 - November 9
www.apacny.org

We're pleased to offer a special MDR discount for the WORLD PREMIERE of The Cottage. This play was MDR's April 2013 selection for our Theatre in the Loft Series and will now have its world premiere at The Astoria Performing Arts Center (APAC).

Because of MDR's involvement with the development of the piece, APAC is offering all MDR audiences a discount for the first weekend of performances.  (regularly priced tickets $18).

The Cottage is a rollicking farce inspired by the works of Noel Coward. Set in the English countryside in 1923, this tale of sex, betrayal and, oh yes, love, unfolds when Sylvia Van Kipness decides to expose her love affair to her husband and her lover’s wife. The true meanings of fate, identity and marriage are called into question as a surprising, hilarious web of secrets unravels in this ridiculous—and potentially murderous—romantic comedy.

Written by MDR's, Sandy Rustin, directed by MDR's, Adam Dannheisser, and cast by MDR's resident casting director, Gayle Seay (Wojcik/Seay casting), the production stars the incredible cast of Daniel Bielinski, Maria Couch, Kevin Isola, Jason Loughlin, Amy Rutber, and Hanley Smith

JOIN US FOR AN APAC TALK-BACK: Saturday, November 16, 2013
Immediately following the 2 PM performance

Tom Wojtunik (APAC Artistic Director) will moderate a panel featuring playwright Sandy Rustin (Rated R [for Parenthood]), as well as the cast of APAC’s production of the The Cottage: Daniel Bielinski, Maria Couch, Kevin Isola, Jason Loughlin, Amy Rutberg, and Hanley Smith.

 

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)

THEATRE IN THE LOFT READING OFFERS A LOOK AT GOD, FAITH & REDEMPTION

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MIDTOWN DIRECT REP
proudly presents
A Theatre in the Loft Reading of

LISTEN FOR THE LIGHT
True Faith Always Comes With A Cost
Written by KARA LEE CORTHRON
Starring BRADLEY DEAN, JOANNA YOUNG, and additional MDR MEMBERS
Directed by AMY SALTZ

WHEN: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3, AT 7 PM
WHERE:
SOPAC, ONE SOPAC WAY, SOUTH ORANGE, NJ
ADMISSION: $15
Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 973.313.ARTS (2787), by visiting www.sopacnow.org, or by CLICKING HERE

MIDTOWN DIRECT REP is pleased to announce a reading of Kara Lee Corthron's (Princess Grace Award-winner) Listen For The Light, directed by Amy Saltz (Almost Maine), as part of Midtown Direct Rep's play development series focuses on new and innovative American theatre: Theatre in the Loft.

TRUE FAITH ALWAYS COMES WITH A COST.

From playwright Kara Lee Corthron (winner of the Princess Grace award and multiple NEA grants) comes a blazingly theatrical look at God, faith and redemption.

It's 1844 and the word of God has been revealed to Joseph Smith, making him a prophet to some and a lightning rod to others. He must fight his inner and outer demons as a free black man with a tragic past questions his faith, and a precocious young woman locked in a room reluctantly awaits word from God.

God is watching and the holiest of holy revelations can happen at any time. So can its opposite.

Following on the heels of MDR's successful development of Rated P (for parenthood), MDR's program, Theatre in the Loft, aims to do the same for other previously unseen material. MDR now presents monthly readings or workshops of new plays and musicals one Sunday night a month at 7 PM in the SOPAC loft. With a cash bar and post show discussions with the casts and creative teams, MDR fosters a fun and collaborative environment to nurture the development of top notch theatre right here at home.

The reading stars Bradley Dean (Evita; A Little Night Music) and Joanna Young (The Drowsy Chaperone; Grease; Rated P), both members of MDR, plus two additional company members.

About Midtown Direct Rep (MDR)
With perhaps more professional theater artists than any suburb of NYC, Maplewood/South Orange (NJ) is “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. www.midtowndirectrep.org.

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.

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.

McCARTER THEATRE TO SELL SINGLE TICKETS TO WINTER EVENTS

McCarter Theatre in Princeton is one of New Jersey’s treasures. If you have never attended a performance there, this may be the time to do so. You can BUY TICKETS ONLINE HERE.

McCarter Theatre Center
91 University Place
Princeton, NJ 08540

Ticket Office: 609.258.2787

www.mccarter.org