Arrive early for live music courtesy of pianist Art Mezzo and (non-alcoholic) refreshments sold by Union Rotary.
Music starts 7:30 Saturday, 1:30 Sunday
Come to the Cabaret!
Arrive early for live music courtesy of pianist Art Mezzo and (non-alcoholic) refreshments sold by Union Rotary.
Music starts 7:30 Saturday, 1:30 Sunday
Come to the Cabaret!
LIFE IN MOTION
WHEN: Saturday, February 6, at 2 and 7 p.m.
WHERE: The Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College, 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ
TICKETS: $10 for the 2 p.m. performance and $20 for the 7 p.m. show.
To purchase tickets or for more information, call the Box Office, 908-725-3420, or order online at www.rvccArts.org.
Subscribers’ packages are available for all Theatre series.
Senior citizen, student and group discounts are also available for most performances.
The presentation, which is suggested for audience members ages 14 and older, is part of the Theatre’s Major Artists Series.
In Life in Motion, Joseph Cashore presents his amazing collection of marionettes portraying characters that convey depth, integrity, and humanity. The performance—truly unlike anything else in theater today—offers a series of scenes taken from everyday life and is set to beautiful music by such composers as Beethoven, Vivaldi, Strauss, and Copland. Through a combination of virtuoso manipulation, humor, pathos, classical music, and poetic insight, the marionettes take the audience on a journey that celebrates the richness of life.
Life in Motion is a powerful, entertaining, surprising, theatrically satisfying, one-of-a-kind experience for adults and young adults. The Toronto Sun wrote of the Cashore Marionettes: “A wonderful world of breath-taking magic is created by one man and his exquisite marionettes.”
Serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for close to 50 years, RVCC is an educational and cultural center that is nationally recognized for its innovative programming, service to the community and environmental leadership. The College offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates, as well as career training, professional development and personal enrichment courses. The College also has a performing arts center and planetarium.
RVCC is committed to offering a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community’s businesses and state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu.
WHEN: February 12th through 21st with performances Friday evenings at 7:30 PM, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 4:00 PM
WHERE: Historic Palace Theatre on Route 183 in Netcong
TICKETS: FUN-tastic Fridays with all tickets $15! Saturday and Sunday tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $15 for children.
To purchase tickets, please visit our website at www.growingstage.com or contact the Box Office at (973) 347-4946.
Group rates and Birthday Party packages are available.
The Growing Stage, The Children’s Theatre of New Jersey is proud to present the world premiere production of the winner of their 2015 New Play-Reading Festival.
THE BOOK OF D introduces us to D, a young outcast, who escapes into a world of stories. He keeps a book, The Book of D, to grapple with the tough things in his life — his parents’ divorce, his lack of friends, and the reasons for everything. When he makes a new friend, Blu, who introduces him to Greek mythology, friendship becomes a new story for D to write.
THE BOOK OF D features the talents of four professional equity performers. Phylicia Freeman of Burlington, makes her Growing Stage debut in the role of Mom and Eurydice; Izzy Figueroa of Old Bridge, recently seen as Snail in A Year With Frog and Toad, plays Dad, Orpheus, Theseus and The Minotaur; Ginny Bartolone of Montclair, who first performed with The Growing Stage as a child, returns to our stage playing the Teacher and Pirithous and Barbara Haag of Chester, makes her Growing Stage debut as the Bus Driver and Hades.
Rounding out the cast are the following young performers: Sean Cahill of Netcong as D; Julia Mayhood of Stanhope as Blu; Terrell Cannon of Dover as Andy and Lysander; Amanda Beck of Hackettstown as Mia and Hero; Dalton Allison of Byram as Cal; Hana Hassan of Budd Lake as Len and Isabella DiBernardino of Flanders as Rae.
Enhance your theatergoing experience with pre and post show-activities.
The Strollers Community Theater Company in Maplewood presents the original family show
CRE-A-TION: ONE WORLD, MANY BEGINNINGS
a treasure trove of creation stories from around the world told through tales, songs and dances
Adapted and directed by Carol Cornicelli with musical direction by Ebony Wiggins
WHEN: Fri, Jan 29th & Feb 5th at 7:00 pm, Sat & Sun, Jan 30th & 31st at 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm, Sat & Sun, Feb 6th & 7th at 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm
WHERE: Burgdorff Center for the Performance Arts, 10 Durand Road, Maplewood
To buy tickets or for more information, go to www.TheStrollers.org or call 973-761-8453.
RACE AND ITS RESONANCE IN AUGUST WILSON’S THE PIANO LESSON
A McCarter Theatre/Not In Our Town Princeton Community Partnership Event
WHERE: McCarter Theatre Center, Berlind Rehearsal Room, 91 University Place, Princeton
WHEN: Saturday, February 6, 2016, immediately following the 3pm matinee of The Piano Lesson
This post-performance event is intended to provide an opportunity for interested audience members to engage with one another in a conversation that focuses specifically on the story of The Piano Lesson as an articulation of black American experience through which issues and themes pertaining to race, racism, and racial oppression and injustice can be shared and explored for meaning and understanding.
The conversation will be highly interactive and facilitated in small groups by members of Not In Our Town Princeton. 90 minutes.
Not In Our Town Princeton is an interracial, interfaith social action group united to advance the cause of racial justice. For more information, please visit www.niotprinceton.org.
interACT Youth Productions Announces RESCHEDULED PERFORMANCES OF
Treasure Island performances canceled this past weekend have been rescheduled as follows:
WHERE: the Baird Theatre on Three, 5 Mead Street, South Orange.
TICKETS: on sale at http://interactproductions.tix.com
All patrons with tickets for the canceled performances will receive a full refund and should purchase tickets for the rescheduled dates if they wish to attend.
Tickets purchased for the canceled performances will not be honored as admission for these performances. We hope to see you at the theatre this week to support out wonderful pirates!
GIFTSWHEN: "Conjured" (presented Fri. Jan 29 at 8pm, Sat. Jan 30 at 8pm, Fri. Feb 5th at 8pm & Sun. Feb 7th at 1pm) or Program "Rejuvenation" (presented Sat. Jan 30 at 4pm and Sun Jan 31st at 3pm & 6pm)... or both!
This past weekend Hurricane Jonas caused misery for the eastern seaboard and many New Jerseyans specifically. The 'not since Sandy' unprecedented flooding, mixed with heavy snowfall, made travel nearly impossible and business-as-usual more than unlikely for many. Of the many stories arising 'post-storm', one minor but poignant casualty was the opening weekend cancellation of an Asbury Park theater company's highly anticipated one act festival, GIFTS.
GIFTS—presented by La Strada Ensemble Theater—is a festival comprised of two completely unique programs of seven original plays each... and was set to open Friday January 22nd. But, thanks to Jonas' influence, the festival has been postponed until this coming weekend... and La Strada will be adding three additional show dates. The myriad of smart, funny, and thought-provoking plays come from the minds of 11 playwright—hailing from L.A., Chicago, Pittsburgh, New York, London, Monmouth, Somerset & Ocean Counties.
La Strada's GIFTS lineup includes the acting, writing, and directing talents of Prosper Bellizia, Evan Black, Doug Bollinger, Brian Brecht, A.J. Ciccotelli, Jennifer DiOrio, Carina Duffy, Curtis Scott Dunn, Nadine Dunn, Brianna Ellison, Dennis Gribben, Natalie Klein, Donna Knowlton, Erica Beverly Kostyz, Liz Meinders, Christine Nagy, Ann Pekata, Sam Pelissero, Brendan Paparella, Franklin Ricart, Gerry Ringwald, Robert Scott, Lisa Siano, Mike Sockol, Stephen Wagner, Jakob Walsh, and Thomas Ryan Ward.
THE RUNNER STUMBLES
by Milan Stitt
directed by Eric Hafen, Producing Artistic Director of the Bickford Theatre
co-produced by Drew University.
WHEN: January 28 to February 14, 2016. Thursday, Feb. 11 at 2PM; Friday, Jan. 29, Feb. 5 & 12 at 8PM; Saturday, Jan. 30, Feb. 6 & 13 at 8PM; Sunday, Jan. 31, Feb. 7 & 14 at 2PM; Audio described performance available on Thursday, Feb. 11 at 2PM
WHERE: Bickford Theatre, Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Hgts. Rd., Morristown
TICKETS: $45 General Public; $40 Seniors, Museum & Theatre Guild Members; $33 Groups (10+); $20 Students (under 18 or w/valid college ID).
Tickets may be purchased online at morrismuseum.org, by phone at (973) 971-3706, or in person at the Bickford Theatre Box Office.
Set in 1911 and based on a true events, The Runner Stumbles centers on a young nun who has died under mysterious circumstances and the pastor who has been charged with her murder. With alternating action between interrogations, testimony and scenes from the past, the secrets and taboos of their relationship come to a head, as a feverish struggle ensues against the tides of passion, faith and justice.
The Bickford Theatre is an integral part of the Morris Museum, located at 6 Normandy Heights Road inMorristown, NJ, and offers free parking and full accessibility. Box Office hours for phone sales are Monday through Friday, 10:00am to 5:00pm. Walk-up hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11:00am to 5:00pm.
Drew University Students
It's Junie B.'s first day of first grade and a lot of things have changed for her: Junie's friend Lucille doesn't want to be her best pal anymore, and on the bus, Junie B. makes friends with Herb, the new kid at school. Also, Junie has trouble reading the blackboard and her teacher Mr. Scary thinks she may need glasses. Throw in a friendly cafeteria lady, a kickball tournament and a "Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal", and first grade has never been more exciting.
WHEN: Friday, February 5 (7:30pm); Saturday, February 6 (7:30pm); Sunday, February 7 (2:00pm); Friday, February 12 (7:30pm); Saturday, February 13 (7:30pm); Sunday, February 14 (2:00pm)
WHERE: Summit Playhouse, 10 New England Ave., Summit
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Starring Aviva Winick (Short Hills) as Junie B. Jones
Featuring: Julia Bavoso (Berkeley Heights), Bobby Becht (Morris Township), Olivia Champeau (Montclair), Acadia Colan (South Orange), Donovan Colan (South Orange), Madelyn Fedor (Basking Ridge), Johanna Keyser (Montclair), Dexter Kennedy (Springfield), Olivia Kider (Warren), Megan Kim (Summit), Abby Jeffries (New Providence), Amelia LeRoy (Chatham), Jack Nissen (New Providence), Samantha Rascio (Far Hills), Jack Rodriquez-Vars (Montclair), Tyler Sautner (Linden), Claire Waskow (Madison), and Charlotte Wesson (Summit)
A series of solo piano recitals by the world’s foremost artists. Last in series features renowned pianist and conductor Vladimir Feltsman, who holds the Distinguished Chair of Professor of Piano at the State University of New York, New Paltz. This series is underwritten by the Ann & Milton Colman/Samuel A. Cohen Fund.
WHEN: Sunday, March 20, 2016, 3:00-4:30 PM
WHERE: Temple B'nai Abraham 300 E Northfield Rd, Livingston, NJ
ADMISSION: Open to the Community. Per recital: $25 per person; $18 for students (21 years old and under)
MOTHERHOOD OUT LOUD
conceived by Susan R. Rose and Joan Stein
directed by Cynthia Ross
WHEN: FEB 5-7 and 12-14, 2016;
FRI, SAT 7:30PM and SUN 4:00PM
WHERE: The Baird on 3, 5 Mead St, South Orange
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ABOUT THE SHOW
Off-Broadway's most delightful take on motherhood's joys, challenges and laughs will take to the local stage. The 2011 play, co-written by a dozen different playwrights, runs the gamut from childbirth to taking on the mothering role for an aging parent.
Called "funny and tender" by the Denver Post, and "touching" by the Associated Press, Motherhood Out Loud blends laughs and sentiment in ways that any parent (or anyone who's been parented) will recognize and appreciate.
The cast includes eight local actors, many of them familiar from interACT productions such as The Full Monty, Into the Woods and Leader of the Pack. They include: Tasha R. Williams of Bellville, Meara Francowicz of West Orange, Maplewood resident Debbie Bernstein and Lisa Barnett of South Orange. They are joined by Montclair's Jeff Taylor and Margaret Mikkelsen, Angela Basso of Garwood, and Ashley Del Pizzo of Branchburg.
WHERE: George Street Playhouse, 9 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick
(Left) William Connell (Jamie Wyeth) Broadway: A View From the Bridge, The Coast of Utopia
(Right) Bill Dawes (Rudolph Nureyev) Broadway: Bronx Bombers, Lombardi, Sex and Longing
Fighting personal demons and demanding perfection, American painter Jamie Wyeth and Russian ballet and film star Rudolf Nureyev develop a friendship that transcends their differences and lasts until the end of Nureyev’s storied career and too-short life. Struggling to capture the icon on paper and canvas, Wyeth is not satisfied until an unexpected breakthrough provides new inspiration—opening his eyes to what was right in front of him.
Produced in associated with Delaware Theatre Company
Set in the mid-century American Southwest and inspired by the music of Hank Williams, Roy Orbison, and Patsy Cline, Lula del Ray is a mythic reinvention of the classic coming-of-age story. Performed with overhead projectors, shadow puppets, actors in silhouette, and live music; told almost entirely without dialogue, Lula del Ray is the story of a lonely adolescent girl who lives with her mother on the outskirts of a vast satellite array in the middle of the desert. After a chance encounter over the radio, Lula becomes obsessed with a soulful country music duo, the Baden Brothers. Inspired by their music, she runs away from home and into a world of danger, deception, and disappointment.
West Side Story to Wicked: Broadway with the Callaways
Broadway's dynamic duo from Chicago—the Tony-nominated Callaway Sisters—raise the roof with their newest show, proving they're one singular sensation, singing show-stoppers from Chicago and Funny Girl to Cats, Carousel and more!
Ann Hampton Callaway's husky, jazz-flavored sound is the perfect complement for Liz Callaway's clear bell tones in West Side Story to Wicked: Broadway with the Callaways, an evening of wit, humor and the soaring sounds of the greatest songs of Broadway. This evening promises a chance to see two of Broadway's elite performers - and best friends - having fun together on stage. As Liz says about her sister, "As much as I enjoy performing on my own, there is nothing better than singing with Ann."
One of the leading champions of the Great American Songbook, Ann Hampton Callaway has made her mark as a singer, pianist, composer, lyricist, arranger and actress. She received a Tony nomination for her role in Broadway's Swing! and was featured on the soundtrack of Queen Latifah's Last Holiday. She has written more than 250 songs, including two Platinum Award-winning hits for Barbra Streisand and the theme for the hit TV series The Nanny.
Liz Callaway is a Tony nominee and Emmy Award-winning actress, singer and recording artist. She made her Broadway debut in Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along and was Tony-nominated for her performance in Baby. For five years, she won acclaim as Grizabella in Cats and has starred in the original casts of Miss Saigon, The Three Musketeers and The Look of Love. Off-Broadway, she received a Drama Desk nomination for her performance in The Spitfire Grill at Playwrights Horizons.
The Barn Theatre in Montville, New Jersey, continues its 88th Season by holding open auditions for its upcoming production
Legally Blonde: The Musical
book by Heather Hach
Music and Lyrics by Lawrence O’Keefe & Neil Benjamin
Directed by Jeffrey Fiorello
Musical Direction by Jack Bender
Choreographed by Megan Ferentinos
WHEN: **DUE TO THE SNOW STORM**, Audition Date is now:
Thursday, January 28 from 7p.m to 10p.m.
WHERE: Barn Theatre 32 Skyline Drive, Montville
Performance Dates: May 20, 2016 – June 11, 2016 (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and possible Thursdays)
A fabulously fun international award-winning musical based on the adored movie, Legally Blonde The Musical, follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery, and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. This action-packed musical explodes on the stage with memorable songs and dynamic dances. Equal parts hilarious and heart-warming warming, this musical is so much fun it should be illegal.
Legally Blonde The Musical will take you from the sorority house to the halls of justice with Broadway's brightest new heroine (and of course, her Chihuahua, Bruiser).
Based on the adored movie, Legally Blonde The Musical stays true to form with a peppy score and playful book. This musical is ridiculously enjoyable from start to finish.
Cast Requirements: 15 Women, 12 Men
Actors are asked to arrive to sign in within the first hour of the auditions start time. All roles are available. Casting is open and newcomers are especially welcomed. Crew and other volunteers are also needed for the production. If interested, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Barn Theatre is located at 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
McCarter Theatre Center continues its 2016 Signature Series with three special music events.
Tickets are on sale now at the Box Office, by phone at 609-258-2787 or online at mccarter.org
McCarter’s Signature Series is curated by Special Programming Director William W. Lockwood, who remains the driving force behind McCarter Theatre Center’s reputation as one of the premiere arts presenters in the country.
THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY
WHEN: FRIDAY, JANUARY 29 – 8:00 p.m.
WHERE: Matthews Stage, 91 University Place, Princeton
TICKETS: $50.00 - $62.00
Limited seating available
America’s own Buddy Holly is often cited as the single most influential creative force in early rock n’ roll who paved the way for the next generation of legends (including Elvis, The Stones, Dylan, and The Beatles). This Broadway musical (which ran in London for 22 years) follows his meteoric rise to fame from his humble country music roots to the top of the charts and his untimely death in 1959, at the age of only 22 (“The Day the Music Died,” according to Don McLean’s song). But the best way to describe this show is simply to list the 50s favorites that we can’t get out of our heads, golden oldies which will have you on your feet and rockin’ in the aisles: Peggy Sue, That’ll Be the Day, Raining in the Aisles, Not Fade Away, Maybe Baby, Ritchie Valens’ La Bamba and the Big Bopper’s Chantilly Lace.
Richard Thompson’s return to McCarter is a little overdue this time around, but the wait is over. Throughout a career that now spans 40 years, this singer / songwriter / guitarist has created a body of work (40 albums and over 400 songs) unsurpassed in its sheer musical invention, emotional precision, and diversity, earning Grammy nominations and tribute albums galore. So it’s not so surprising that he’s been called the finest rock songwriter since Bob Dylan (Los Angeles Times) and is a perennial contender for the title of greatest living rock guitarist (Rolling Stone).
MONTEREY JAZZ FESTIVAL – ON TOUR
The Monterey Jazz Festival, the longest continuously-running jazz festival in the world, returns to the road in 2016, featuring critically-acclaimed, GRAMMY®-winning jazz artists. The latest edition of the all-star tour band features Raul Midón on guitar and vocals; Ravi Coltrane on tenor and soprano saxophones; Nicholas Payton on trumpet; musical directorGerald Clayton on piano; Joe Sanders on bass; and Gregory Hutchinson on drums.
World-renowned for its artistic excellence, sophisticated informality, and longstanding mission to create and support year-round jazz education and performance programs in local, regional, national, and international venues, Monterey Jazz Festival has stayed true to expanding live performances of jazz around the country since 2008 by presenting national tours that have reached over 100,000 fans in 135 shows across the United States and Canada.
Raul Midón has appeared at Monterey three times, in 2009, 2011 and 2015. Ravi Coltrane first appeared at Monterey in 2001, nearly 41 years to the day after his own father, John Coltrane, made his debut at Monterey in 1960. Ravi also appeared at the Festival in 2013 and 2015. Nicholas Payton was the Festival’s Artist-In-Residence in 2000, and appeared again in 2015. Gerald Clayton, Joe Sanders, Gregory Hutchinson and Kendrick Scott, some of the rising stars in the jazz world, have been recent performers on Monterey stages, both at the Monterey Jazz Festival itself, and as high school students at the Festival’s 45-year old student competition, the Next Generation Jazz Festival.
The Union County Performing Arts Center invites women to share the fun and laughter at a hilarious, feel-good comedy.
WHEN: Jan. 30 at 8 p.m.
WHERE: UCPAC Mainstage, 1601 Irving St., Rahway
Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. To purchase tickets or for more information, call the box office at 732-499-8226 or visit the website at www.ucpac.org
Girls Night: The Musical has been thrilling audiences and earning raves from critics throughout North America since it began touring after its sensational Off-Broadway debut. This touching and hilarious "tell-it-like-it-is" musical takes audiences on a journey into the lives of a group of five female friends who re-live their past, celebrate their present and look to the future on a wild and hilarious karaoke night out - and you'll recognize a bit of yourselves in every one of them. Audience members can't help but laugh, cry and even find themselves singing and dancing in the aisles as some of the most popular hit songs of the '80s and '90s make this musical a fan favorite.
Girls Night is bursting with energy and is packed with the hits "Lady Marmalade," "It's Raining Men," "Man I Feel Like a Woman," "I Will Survive," "We are Family" and many more. "Mix a bit of Desperate Housewives with Sex and the City and Mamma Mia and you've got the hit, Girls Night: The Musical!'" says Las Vegas Round the Clock. This show is made possible in part by generous sponsorship from L'Oreal USA.
So get your girlfriends together and come sing along, dance along and sip on cocktails as you take in this party of a show.
MATT BAKER IN AN OSCAR MOMENT
WHEN: Saturday, January 30 at 8pm
WHERE: Sitnik Theater of the Lackland Center, 715 Grand Ave., Hackettstown
TICKETS: $22.50 for adults and $15.00 for children under 12 in advance. As with all concerts, jazz and special events all ticket orders increase $5.00 on the day of the performance. CSC is also offering $5.00 tickets to middle/high school band and music students. All ticket sales are final.
Australian Pianist Matt Baker has performed at jazz festivals, clubs and concert halls in Australia, Europe, USA and the Pacific. Aside from performing as a solo artist, he is fast becoming one of the most sought after accompanists, sidemen and Musical Directors on the New York scene. Now he joins Centenary Stage Company to close out the January Thaw Musical Festival with An Oscar Moment .
The concert will showcase Baker’s interpretations of Oscar Peterson’s greatest work, celebrating his life, greatest hits, and some of his beautiful original compositions, honoring his legacy as a pianist and timeless, world-class composer. The two met in 2002 at the Blue Note in NYC, which was the start of a friendship and mentorship that lasted until Peterson’s death in 2007. The show includes Peterson's original work, including some previously unrecorded compositions given to Baker by the Peterson estate. The quartet goes on a musical journey revisiting some classic moments in Peterson's career such as accompanying Jazz legends Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. The show features the hits "Satin Doll", "Tenderly", "Chicago" and many other classics from the Great American songbook.
Matt regularly plays all over New York, including engagements at Birdland, Smalls Jazz Club, The Zinc Bar, The Iridium, The Kitano, Le Cirque, Bemelmans Bar in The Carlyle Hotel, Tomi Jazz, The Garage, Somethin’ Jazz and Cleopatra’s Needle. He performs professionally with some of New York’s top musicians including Gregory Hutchinson, Hassan JJ Shakur, Marco Panascia, Jim Cammack, Jerome Jennings, Dayna Stephens, Tony Middleton, Christine Ebersole and The Artie Shaw Orchestra, and once performed an impromptu duo set with trumpet legend Roy Hargrove at Smalls Jazz Club. Matt has also toured as Pianist and Musical Director for multi-platinum recording artist Patrizio Buanne.
In March 2011, Baker recorded a new album in New York entitled ‘Underground’ featuring Gregory Hutchinson, Joe Sanders, Jeremy Pelt and Dayna Stephens. The album, which received wonderful reviews in Downbeat, Jazz Times and Jazz Wise UK, features a selection of brand new original work alongside some classic jazz standards, inspired from living the New York underground jazz scene: endless nights of clubs & jam sessions. Baker tied fifth place in the 2003 Montreux International Solo Jazz Piano competition and was a semi-finalist in 2004 and 2005. The Montreux Jazz Festival also engaged The Matt Baker Trio as their exclusive in-house band 2 years straight, where they performed 17 nights in the Montreux Festival Jazz Club, accompanying and supporting many of the festivals headlining artists.
For more information or to purchase tickets visit centenarystageco.org or call the box office at (908) 979 – 0900. The Centenary Stage Company box office is open Monday through Friday from 1 – 5pm and two hours prior to every performance. The box office is located in the David and Carol Lackland Center at 715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown, NJ 07840.
The 2015-16 season of performing arts events at the Centenary Stage Company is made possible through the generous support of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the NJ State Council on the Arts, the Shubert Foundation, the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, the Sandra Kupperman Foundation, and CSC corporate sponsors, including Premier Season Sponsor Heath Village Retirement Community, Silver Sponsors Hackettstown Regional Medical Center, Home Instead Senior Care (Washington), The Holiday Inn in Budd Lake, and Fulton Bank of New Jersey, and Centenary Stage Company members and supporters.
Emily Mann’s documentary-style drama recalls the 2009 Fort Hood shootings as a springboard for explorations of Islamist extremism in various political contexts today.
WHEN: Thursday, January 28 – 7:00 p.m.; Friday, January 29 – 7:00 p.m.; Saturday, January 30 – 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.; Sunday, January 31 – 3:00 p.m.
WHERE: McCarter Theatre Center, 91 University Pl., Princeton
TICKETS: $15.00 and are available online at www.mccarter.org, by phone at 609-258-2787, or in person at the McCarter Box Office.
Hoodwinked is a riveting exploration of Islamist extremism sparked by the 2009 mass shooting on the Army base in Fort Hood, Texas. Created by multi-award-winning playwright Emily Mann (McCarter Theatre Center Artistic Director), the play asks: how do we make sense of the questions, confusion, and misinformation surrounding one of the most pressing issues of our time, namely global Jihadism?
The play draws from interviews, transcripts, and other primary sources. Inspired by questions and confusion circulating in the media, Hoodwinked explores Islamism and the dangers this extremist ideology can pose not only to western nations but also to moderate/traditional Muslims around the world. The play uses an experimental dramatic structure to weave together scenes inspired by real conversations, speeches, video, and performance of primary text and is designed to be a catalyst for discussion and political action.
The workshop reading will be directed by Mann. The cast includes Ramsey Faragallah, Zainab Jah, Mahira Kakkar, Melissa Miller, and Ryan Shams. (All names are subject to change, full cast list tbd).
Immediately following each intimately-staged presentation, McCarter will host moderated discussions with Emily Mann and expert panelists, who will engage with the play’s themes; debate cultural shifts in the Middle East, Europe, and America; address current public policy; and answer audience questions about the crisis gripping our world. More information on each performance’s panelists may be found below.
About Emily Mann (Playwright, McCarter Artistic Director/Resident Playwright)
Multi-award-winning Director and Playwright Emily Mann is in her 26th season as Artistic Director and Resident Playwright of the Tony Award winning McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, New Jersey. Her plays include: Having Our Say, adapted from the book by Sarah L. Delany and A. Elizabeth Delany with Amy Hill Hearth (Hull-Warriner Award, Peabody Award, Christopher Award; Tony awards, Outer Critics, Drama Desk award nominations); Execution of Justice (Bay Area Theatre Critics Award, Playwriting Award from the Women’s Committee of the Dramatists Guild, Burns Mantle Yearbook Best Play Citation, Drama Desk nomination); Still Life (six Obie Awards); Annulla, An Autobiography; Greensboro (A Requiem); an adaptation of I.B. Singer’s novel Meshugah; and Mrs. Packard (Kennedy Center’s Fund for New American Plays). Adaptations: Scenes from a Marriage (Drama League Award nomination), Uncle Vanya, The Cherry Orchard, A Seagull in the Hamptons, The House of Bernarda Alba, Baby Doll, and Antigone. Currently Ms. Mann is working on a play about Gloria Steinem, commissioned by Lincoln Center Theatre. She was awarded a Princeton University Honorary Doctorate of Arts; a 2015 Helen Merrill Distinguished Playwrights' Award; and a 2015 Margo Jones Award given to a "citizen-of-the-theatre who has demonstrated a lifetime commitment to the encouragement of the living theatre everywhere.”
MODERATED DISCUSSIONS: PANELISTS (subject to change)
THURSDAY, JANUARY 28 – 7:00 p.m.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 29 – 7:00 p.m.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 30 – 2:00 p.m. (additional panelists to be announced)
SATURDAY, JANUARY 30 – 7:00 p.m. (additional panelists to be announced)
SUNDAY, JANUARY 31 – 3:00 p.m. (additional panelists to be announced)
WHEN: January 30 at 8:00 p.m. Starting at 7 p.m. a cash bar and complimentary snacks are available at the Lounge in the Loft on the third floor of SOPAC.
Where: South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC), 1 SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ, 07079.
To purchase tickets, contact SOPAC at (973) 313-2787or visit www.SOPACnow.org.
Robyn Hitchcock (Robyn Hitchcock and The Egyptians) broke into the Neo-psychedelia Rock scene when his band, The Soft Boys, released their first album, A Can of Bees, in 1979. Since then, Robyn has released more than twenty albums. He is one of England’s most enduring contemporary singer-songwriters and live performers. A surrealist poet, talented guitarist, cult artist and musician’s musician, Robyn Hitchcock is among alternative rock’s father figures and is the closest thing the genre has to a Bob Dylan, who is, coincidentally, his biggest musical inspiration.
After the members of The Soft Boys parted ways, Robyn went on to solo work, which resulted in his well-received album, I often dream of Trains released in 1984. He then shifted his focus, and formed the band Robyn Hitchcock and The Egyptians where he rocketed to success. The albums The Elements of Light (1986), Globe of Frogs (1988), and Queen of Elvis (1989) were all released to critical success.
Robyn Hitchcock describes his songs as “paintings you can listen to.” His most recent album The Man Upstairs (2014) is a bittersweet love letter to a vanishing world. Produced by legendary folk-rock Svengali Joe Boyd (Pink Floyd, Nick Drake) the album was critically acclaimed by Mojo, Uncut, and The Quietus.
Newcomer Emma Swift opens for Robyn. Emma has recently released a debut album, Emma Swift, which features Bryan Owings (Buddy Miller, Emmylou Harris, Iris Dement, Patty Griffin) on drums, Russ Pahl (John Hiatt, The Secret Sisters, Elton John) on pedal steel, James Haggerty (The Autumn Defense, Ruby Boots) on bass.
SOPAC programs are made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.
The South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) is a 501(c)(3)charitable organization.
Since 2006, SOPAC has been serving as a premier performing arts center in the region. SOPAC offers innovative artistic and cultural experiences for diverse audiences in an intimate, inviting environment. The premier arts center hosts a variety of live performances, community events and education programs for all ages. To further expand its offerings, SOPAC has a partnership with the Juilliard School of Music to present Juilliard @ SOPAC—a series featuring upcoming musicians from the acclaimed conservatory. SOPAC is home for Seton Hall University Arts Council’s performances, including Classical Concert Series, Jazz N’ the Hall performances and Seton Hall Theatre productions. SOPAC also presents performances by its theater company in residence, Midtown Direct Rep, and its dance company in residence, Lydia Johnson Dance. For more information, visit www.SOPACnow.org.
Orchestre National de France
WHEN: Friday, January 29; Doors 7:30pm / Curtain 8pm
Bank of America Classical Series
Conductor Daniele Gatti leads Orchestre National de France, the pride of Radio France and the country's greatest symphony orchestra, and joined by violin virtuoso Julian Rachlin.
Orchestre National de France as been enjoying a renaissance since Italian conductor Daniele Gatti became its music director in 2008. Gatti's genius in renewing a great French ensemble will transform a program that begins with the sheer magic of Debussy's Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune, followed by the visceral intensity of Dmitri Shostakovich's Violin Concerto No. 1, with violinist Julian Rachlin as soloist, and Tchaikovsky's aching beautiful Symphony No. 5.
Born in Lithuania but raised in Vienna, his adopted home, Rachlin was described by The Los Angeles Times as "the real thing, a virtuoso with heart and a champion's bearing." When the violinist opened the Cleveland Orchestra's 2012-13 season with the Brahms concerto (and as a last-minute replacement), he was hailed in The Cleveland Plain Dealer for his "supremely burnished tone ... a superb technician in a note-perfect performance."
Gatti has emerged as one of the most admired conductors of his time, both for his interpretations and his masterful command of orchestral sound. In 2014, Amsterdam's Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra chose him as its new principal conductor. Gatti's mastery of the orchestral repertoire is one of the high points of classical music today. When the conductor recorded Tchaikovsky's Fourth and Fifth Symphonies, one American critic wrote, "Daniele Gatti's Tchaikovsky has everything: passion, precision, and a real interpretive point of view."
Join NJPAC for the Bank of America Classical Overtures, held an hour prior to each classical concert. These interactive presentations are hosted by Maestro George Marriner Maull of New Jersey's Discovery Orchestra and are free to ticket holders.
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