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Saturday, February 28, 2015
WHEN; Saturday, March 7, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
WHERE: Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Hgts. Road, Morristown
In honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday, join us at the Museum for our annual Dr. Seuss Family Festival! This day of play will feature Dr. Seuss story times, ooblek experiments, craft activities, a Seuss LEGO challenge, and two performances of the fun and interactive show "Seussology."
Visit the museum for free (you still need to pay for theater admissions) using the library museum pass if available. The Morris Museum also participates in the Bank of America Museums on Us program. During the first full weekend of every month (Dr. Seuss Family Festival qualifies), each Bank of America card holder is entitled to one free general admission to the Museum. For further information, visit museums.bankofamerica.com/
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Friday, February 27, 2015
Written by John Cariani
Directed by Christine Gaden
WHEN: March 6-8, 13-15, 20-22; Fridays & Saturdays 8 PM; Sundays 2 PM
WHERE: The Baird Theatre (3rd floor), 5 Mead St., South Orange
TICKETS: Adult Online - $16; Student/Senior Online - $13; All tickets at the door - $20
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Welcome to Almost, Maine, a town that's so far north, it's almost not in the United States—it's almost in Canada. And it almost doesn't exist, because its residents never got around to getting organized. So it's just... Almost.
One cold, clear Friday night in the middle of winter, while the northern lights hover in the sky above, Almost's residents find themselves falling in and out of love in the strangest ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. Love is lost, found, and confounded. And life for the people of Almost, Maine will never be the same. ALMOST, MAINE: It's love. But not quite.
- Alex Underwood – Hope
- Ann Alfano – Rhonda
- Billy Berger-Bailey - Pete/Steve
- Briana Burnside – Ginette
- Erik Gaden - Lendall/Phil/Man
- Jess Emerson – Marci
- John M. Olsen - Jimmy/Randy/Dave
- Kate Soriano – Glory
- Kate Pfuhler – Sandrine
- Pamela Rasin – Marvalyn
- Sabrina Santoro – Gayle
- Scott Lind - East/Chad
- Tasha R. Williams-Arroyo - Waitress
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Lois is so excited to present her fifth Extravaganza, themed "Walking in the Air!"
Thursday, February 26, 2015
WHERE: McCarter Theatre, 91 University Place, Princeton
TICKETS: Single tickets for Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery start as low as $25 and are on sale now online at www.mccarter.org, by phone at (609) 258-2787, or in person at the McCarter Theatre Ticket Office, located at 91 University Place in Princeton.
More information on Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, including cast and production bios, may be found on McCarter Theatre Center’s dedicated website.
This production is sponsored by the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation.
Opening Night is sponsored by the PNC Foundation.
Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery 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 by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.
WHERE: Princeton University Art Museum | Princeton University | Princeton | NJ | 08540
LAST TRAIN TO PARIS
WHEN: Tuesday, March 3, 7 PM
WHERE: Alex Aidekman Family Jewish Community Campus, 901 Route 10 East, Whippany
For parents of high school and college age students:
HOW TEENS & YOUNG ADULTS USE SOCIAL MEDIA: PROMOTING RESPONSIBLE USE
WHEN: Saturday, March 7, 7 PM
WHERE: Outreach Committee of Cresskill Congregational Church, UCC, 85 Union Avenue, Cresskill
ADMISSION: free There is no charge, but reservations are appreciated. Please call the church office at 201.568.0608 and leave a message with your name and number attending.
The lecture your kids don't want you to attend! Come for an educational discussion about how teens and young adults are using social media and learn tips for promoting responsible use.
Jack Flynn, Director of Student Conduct for St. John's University in Queens, NY will facilitate an informative lecture and Q&A. Social media sites being discussed include Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Yik Yak and Instagram.
The event, which takes place in the Church Social Hall, will include light refreshments. Adults, only please.
Contact: Carole Lotito, firstname.lastname@example.org or (201) 294-7309.
KIDS DO BROADWAY
Pushcart Players teaches young people about theatre in their own schools, camps and community centers.
Young people learn theatre by doing it!
They experience the process of putting on a show and working as an ensemble in rehearsal and performance.
Adapted versions of familiar Broadway shows
Dazzling final performances make an extraordinary school-wide and community activity!
The program can serve the needs of a 2 to16 week time frame.
Workshops * Residencies * Curriculum Development
Camp Imagination— summer program
Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts, Wickenburg, Arizona
Breezy Point Cooperative Theatre—summer program
Gould School—after school program
Rockaway Valley School—after school program
Wayne YMCA Youth Drama Recreation Program—throughout the year
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
FREE CONCERT AT RUTGERS ON MARCH 10 BY YIDDISH ROCK BAND BROOKLYN’S “YIDDISH PRINCESS” MIXES POWER POP, HARD ROCK, & YIDDISH
WHEN: Tuesday, March 10, at 7:30 PM
WHERE: Victoria J. Mastrobuono Theater, at 85 George Street in New Brunswick
Advance registration is requested by emailing email@example.com or calling 848.932.2033. For more information, visit the website www.BildnerCenter.rutgers.edu.
Yiddish Princess mixes power pop and hard rock with traditional Yiddish music, reflecting the powerful mix of cultures found in Brooklyn and other hipster outposts around the world today.
The concert, which is open to the public, will be followed by a talk-back with members of the band moderated by Dr. Jeffrey Shandler, a professor of Jewish Studies at Rutgers and a scholar of contemporary Yiddish culture, including groups that break the mold like Yiddish Princess.
The concert is presented in conjunction with Shandler’s undergraduate course at Rutgers on the Culture of Yiddish, which surveys Yiddish language and culture from the Middle Ages in Europe to contemporary Brooklyn. “The idea of a hard rock Yiddish band may seem surprising to some people, who think of Yiddish as being tied to the past,” Shandler notes, “but many young musicians are busy creating 21st-century Yiddish culture. For me, Yiddish Princess exemplifies contemporary Yiddish hipster culture, which draws on the riches of Yiddish going back generations and energizes it with the most up-to-date sounds and sensibilities. Anyone who wants to understand what is happening with Yiddish today should not miss this chance to hear contemporary Yiddish rock.”
Yiddish Princess was cofounded by Sarah Mina Gordon and Michael Winograd. Gordon, the band’s lead singer, has recorded and performed with the top Yiddish groups in the world, including The Klezmatics and Frank London’s Klezmer Brass All-Stars. Winograd, the group’s keyboardist, is a leading Klezmer clarinetist. The band released a self-titled EP in 2010. More information about Yiddish Princess can be found on their website at www.yiddishprincess.com.
The program is sponsored by the Department of Jewish Studies and the Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life at Rutgers. It is free and open to the public and free parking is available.
The Department of Jewish Studies offers an interdisciplinary approach to the academic study of all aspects of the Jewish experience at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Courses offered by the department, which are open to all students, address the historical, social, cultural, religious, and political life of the Jewish people from ancient times to the present.
The Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life connects the university with the community through public lectures, symposia, Jewish communal initiatives, cultural events, and teacher training.
MIDTOWN DIRECT REP (MDR), the theatre company in residence at the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC), concludes their Theatre in the Loft series with a staged reading of a new serio-comedy:
by the playwright of Rated P (for Parenthood) and The Cottage, Sandy Rustin
directed by Will Pomerantz (The Blue Flower)
WHEN: Sunday, March 8, at 7:00 PM
WHERE: SOPAC (One Sopac Way, South Orange, NJ, 07079)
TICKETS: The reading is open to the public, and $15 tickets are available at www.sopacnow.org
Tickets can be purchased online http://www.sopacnow.org/507/mdr or by calling 973-313-ARTS (2787).
Same day student tickets are available for $10 at the Box Office only (subject to availability, one ticket per ID, two-hours prior to curtain).
The cast will feature MDR company members Adam Dannheisser (Rock of Ages), Michelle Federer (Wicked), and Stephanie Kurtzuba (Annie, the movie), with special guest Matthew Gumley(Elf) and more TBA. MDR company member Terrence Witter (Chicago) will be the stage manager.
Vera Resnick was struck by a bicycle in the East Village. Now she feels a strange and out-of-character connection to the college-aged biker who hit her. Was the collision just coincidence, or did larger forces bring them together? Vera, her husband, and their hippy-chic Texan neighbor seek truth in the face of deception in this surprising and soulful serio-comedy that explores fate, family and identity.
About Theatre in the Loft
Midtown Direct Rep presents Theatre in the Loft at the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) in South Orange, New Jersey. This series of public readings of new plays and musicals showcases new work in development in an elegant and safe setting in front of a sophisticated and engaged audience. The series focuses on works that reflect the complexities of a uniquely diverse community; writers or subjects with a local connection; and roles that can be cast significantly from the MDR ensemble. Recent projects include work by Jack Canfora, Jeremy Desmon, Chad Hardin, James Hindman, Chisa Hutchinson, David Johnston, Kara Lee Korthron, David Myers, Sandy Rustin, John Walch, Douglas J. Cohen, Zoe Samuel and others. In 2014, Academy Award®-winner Olympia Dukakis joined company members Sebastian Arcelus, Jenny Bacon, Stephanie Kurtzuba and others in Absence, a new play by Peter Flaherty.
About Midtown Direct Rep
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.
Midtown Direct Rep company members include two-time Tony Award®-winner Norbert Leo Butz, Tony Award®-nominees Stephanie J. Block, Megan Lawrence, and Christiane Noll, plus Sebastian Arcelus, Joel de la Fuente, Bradley Dean, Michele Pawk, and many others. The Company is led by Managing Director Jeffrey Shubart, Artistic Producer Steven Tabakin, Literary Manager Marni Raab, Artistic Advisor Sandy Rustin, and Producing Director Evan Fleischer.
For more information, visit http://www.middirrep.org.
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
AMERICAN SONGBOOK AT NJPAC
WHEN; Wednesday, February 25th at 8 PM on NJTV; The five-part music series will also air weekly on THIRTEEN beginning Saturday, March 21 at 1 PM (check local listings), and will be scheduled on WLIW21 in the spring. Preview episodes here.
Award-winning songwriters Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman bring their vast repertoire of songs from stage and screen. AMERICAN SONGBOOK AT NJPAC, taped in the Victoria Theater at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark in September, features performances from stars of stage, screen and concert halls. The series kicked off with Broadway’s Laura Osnes and Santino Fontana (Cinderella), jazz guitarist/vocalist John Pizzarelli and entertainer Nellie McKay, and singer Maureen McGovern performing in the first four episodes.
In this week’s segment, the Tony Award-winning songwriting team of Hairspray, Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman take center stage. Joining them to perform their music are Marilyn Maye, Micailah Lockhart, Alex Stone and Annie Golden, who belts out a rousing rendition of “Good Morning Baltimore.” to kick off the program. The show is a joyous journey through their careers including songs that Marc Shaiman earned five Oscar nominations for: “A Wink and a Smile” (Toy Story), “Blame Canada” (South Park, Bigger, Longer and Uncut). Several memorable tunes from their NBC program “Smash” are also performed: “(They Just Keep) Moving the Line”, “Second Hand White Baby Grand” and “I Can’t Let Go.” However, Shaiman steals the program with solo performances of “Big, Blonde, & Beautiful” (Hairspray) and “Simply Second Nature” (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory).
In-between songs, Shaiman and Wittman share career stories with host Ted Chapin, president and executive director of Rodgers & Hammerstein: An Imagen Company.
“This second season of American Songbook at NJPAC marks another production milestone for NJTV and affirms our commitment to arts programming,” said John Servidio, General Manager of NJTV. “We are delighted to once again partner with NJPAC to make homegrown arts content available to everyone across the state and beyond.”
“The American Songbook is the soundtrack of our lives,” said John Schreiber, President and CEO of NJPAC. “This new series is a remarkable mix of brilliant talent and extraordinary songs interwoven with fascinating commentary.”
American Songbook at NJPAC is presented, in part, through the generosity of the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, the David S. Steiner and Sylvia Steiner Charitable Trust, the Johnny Mercer Foundation and Investors Bank.
American Songbook at NJPAC is a production of New Jersey Performing Arts Center and Public Media NJ, Inc.. Mike Kostel is the series executive producer; David Stern is director and Annette Jolles is Associate Director.
The first season of the series, which aired on local public television stations last January, was recently awarded a New York State Broadcasters Association award for “Outstanding Locally Produced Television Program”. Season One episodes can be viewed online.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
"A pretty funny comedy about a somewhat angry conflict gets an above-average staging."— Ken Jaworowski, New York Times
"The most enthusiastic of the show's laughs belong to the ever-charming Noreen Farley."—Ronnie Reich, Star-Ledger
"Trieschmann has a lively and off-kilter sense of humor which she employs to provide much laughter, which is fully amplified by director Laura Ekstrand and her fine company."—Bob Rendell, Talkin' Broadway
This weekend is your last chance to see what all the buzz is about!
The Story: The Ellis County Arts Council is giving away the largest artist grant in its history; now if only they could agree on who is the most deserving.
This uproarious comedy by Catherine Trieschmann recently played Off-Broadway at The Women's Project, where it was called a "frisky new comedy" by The New York Times and "smart, hilarious, riveting" by The New Yorker. (New Jersey premiere) Read more.
WHEN: Thursday, February 26: 8 PM; Friday, February 27: 8 PM; Saturday, February 28: 8 PM; Sunday, March 1: 2PM
WHERE: Oakes Center, 120 Morris Avenue, Summit, NJ 07901 (Directions)
TICKETS: $35 adults, $30 seniors 65+, $30 students 25-. Buy in advance; no fees!
SAVE 10% (advance only) Enter code ART10 at checkout on the Brown Paper Tickets site.
TONY AND EMMY NOMINEE JOHN TARTAGLIA in
BUYER & CELLAR
by Jonathan Tolins
directed by David Saint
WHEN: March 3 - 29
WHERE: George Street Playhouse, 9 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick
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John Tartaglia (Avenue Q, Shrek, SiriusXM's Sunday Funday) stars in this outrageous hit comedy. Alex More is an underemployed actor who is hired for the oddest of odd jobs—toiling in the basement "mall" of a famous actress.
Equal parts fantasy and farce, Buyer & Cellar is a hilarious examination of the pressures of fame and perfection, hailed by Entertainment Weekly as,“Hilarious! Beyond Brilliant. This show will go down ‘like buttah!’”
Buyer & Cellar is sponsored by The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation; Peter Jewell and Fred Eisinger
Dodge Poetry Events at NJPAC this spring!
Join us for three Friday evenings of poetry, music, dance, performance and conversation!
WHERE: NJPAC, One Center Street, Newark, NJ.
TICKETS: $15 each, or $30 for all three events!
Shuffle, Cramproll, Paradiddle and Stomp: The Rhythm of Tap Meets the Rhythm of Poetry
WHEN: Friday, March 6th, 8 PM
Featuring poet Kurtis Lamkin, tap dancer Maurice Chestnut, and regional poets Marjorie Barnes, Michael Cirelli, Saeed Jones and Patrick Rosal
These are only a few of the names of dance steps in rhythmic tap, which treats the dancer’s feet as a percussion instrument. Newark resident and world-class tap dancer Maurice Chestnut accompanies poet and griot Kurtis Lamkin and other poets in dynamic duets of poetic and tap-dance rhythms.
Jersey Voices: Rediscovering the Poetry State
WHEN: Friday, April 24th, 8 PM
Come hear U.S. Poet Laureate and Long Branch native Robert Pinsky and some of the many poets who make the Garden State the Poetry State.
Featuring New Jersey poets Robert Pinsky (above), Renée Ashley, Cat Doty, Maria Mazziotti Gillan, Kathleen Graber, Peter Murphy, James Richardson, Vincent Toro, BJ Ward, Joe Weil and Gretna Wilkinson.
Walt Whitman, William Carlos Williams, Allen Ginsberg, Amiri Baraka and many other influential poets have called New Jersey home.
Poetry Like Bread: Poems of Political and Social Consciousness
WHEN: Friday, May 15th, 8 PM
Featuring Martín Espada & Patricia Smith, with discussion and Q&A
Poet Roque Dalton wrote “I believe the world is beautiful/and that poetry, like bread, is for everyone.” Perhaps we need it most when we face our greatest struggles. Come hear poems that, like bread, offer us life, sustenance and the strength to go on.
For more information visit dodgepoetry.org
Reflections of a Blessed Soul: A Tribute To Our Beloved Dr. Maya Angelou
WHEN: Wednesday, February 25th at 8 PM
WHERE: Luna Stage, 555 Valley Road, West Orange
ADMISSION: Tickets for the screening and post-screening discussion $15; Premium Tickets including a pre-screening reception (7pm) $25
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The screening will be followed by a discussion with filmmakers Hafiz Farid & Shelley Grodner Seidenstein, both award-winning producers & co-writers.
One Night Only!
Luna Stage would like to thank the following businesses for generously donating to our reception.