Wednesday, February 25, 2015



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
Tickets can be purchased online 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.

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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