Tuesday, January 19, 2016



This January, as everyone is slowly recovering from their food comas, unpacking their travel bags, responding to a litany of unopened and unanswered emails, and counting off the hours until starting or breaking their newly formed New Year's Resolutions, La Strada Ensemble Theater has one last present coming your way... the "Gift" of all original plays to celebrate 2016.

WHEN: Jan. 22nd until the 31st
WHERE: Jersey Shore Arts Center - the Herbst Theater (3rd floor) - 66 S. Main St. Ocean Grove

PROGRAM: "Conjured" will be presented on Sat. Jan 23 at 4pm, Sun. Jan 24 at 3pm, Fri. Jan 29 at 8pm and Sat. Jan 30 at 8pm.

PROGRAM: "Rejuvenation" will be presented on Fri. Jan 22 at 8pm, Sat. Jan 23 at 8pm, Sat. Jan 30 at 4pm and Sun Jan 31 at 3pm.

TICKETS: $15 for each program/$10 for Students and Senior Citizens with valid ID.  
Go to for more information and online ticket purchases.
Email us at lastradaensembletheater@gmail.comfor any additional questions.

Gifts is comprised of two programs of 14 new works (several of them world premiers) from the minds of 11 playwrights hailing from L.A., Chicago, Pittsburgh, New York, London, and Monmouth & Ocean Counties.

"We wanted to start the year off by sharing the last bits of holiday wonder with our audiences... pieces that are touching, insightful, and warm... passionate expressions of various 'GIFTS' we give and receive throughout life," offered La Strada's Artistic Director, A.J. Ciccotelli, who plays the role of both writer and director for the festival. "One evening is being called 'Gifts Conjured', while the other is 'Gifts of Rejuvenation'... each evening is a powerful collection of short works that touch on transformative experiences for characters in all walks of life."

La Strada board & company member, producer, acclaimed stage performer, and beloved 106.7 fm morning show personality, Christine Nagy, shared, "The beauty of GIFTS is how each piece touches on such varied perspectives of the human condition... I couldn't be more excited for New Jersey and New York audiences to enjoy these poignant, original plays from the minds of La Strada's writers."

clip_image002The productions include the acting, writing and directing talents of Nina Acuna-Francia, 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, Thomas Ryan Ward.

Photo Credit of Christine Nagy: