Friday, February 26, 2016


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WHEN: Sunday, March 6, 2016, 4:00 pm
WHERE: Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, 101 Chelsea Avenue, Long Branch, NJ
TICKETS: $30 adult, $27 senior, $25 group (10 or more), $5 student
Tickets and information: 732-933-9333 or

The award-winning Monmouth Civic Chorus will perform meditations on Lent from the 17th to the 20th centuries at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, 101 Chelsea Avenue, Long Branch, in a concert titled Passions on Sunday, March 6, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. The music includes Membra Jesu Nostri by Dieterich Buxtehude, Crucifixus by Antonio Lotti, O Vos Omnes by Pablo Casals and Hear My Prayer, O Lord by Henry Purcell. The Chorus will be accompanied by a string quartet, organ and five professional vocal soloists. Listeners are invited to sponsor the performer of their choice with a donation.

Artistic Director Dr. Ryan James Brandau has once again chosen the superb acoustics of Our Lady Star of the Sea after the Chorus’s Vespers Fusion concert there in May 2015 received a standing ovation. Audience members at that concert commented, “The concert was wonderful! So glad I was here to enjoy it! Bravo, MCC!” (Ruthann E) and “Outstanding concert ! What a wonderful time!” (Mary Anne D).

The Monmouth Civic Chorus is pleased to announce its nomination for Favorite Choral Group in the 2016 People’s Choice Awards. Now in its eighth year, the yearly awards program run by Discover Jersey Arts pays tribute to the work of New Jersey’s vital, vibrant and diverse arts organizations. Public voting runs through February 11, 2016. To vote, please visit

The Monmouth Civic Chorus has been called "near-flawless" (Asbury Park Press), "alive and evocative" (The Star-Ledger) and "superior" (Red Bank Green). The Chorus is the proud recipient of the 2008 ASCAP/Chorus America Alice Parker Award, and the 2010 Spinnaker Award for Arts and Culture from the Eastern Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce.


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Viaggio: A Transatlantic Love Affair
Benefit Concert for American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
 highlights songs from the heart of Italy and America at Pennington United Methodist Church

clip_image002WHEN: Sunday, March 6th, at 4pm
Pennington United Methodist Church, South Main Street in Pennington
ADMISSION: a free will offering to AFSP

Operatic mezzo-soprano Jessica Renfro and pianist Lynda Saponara have joined forces to present Viaggio: A Transatlantic Love Affair, a recital of Italian and American music. ll proceeds will be donated to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.



This cultural event was inspired by Renfro's recent experiences living in Florence, Italy where she performed in last season's prestigious Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. "Everyone says that Italy is beautiful, but I wasn't prepared for how completely I would fall in love with that country, while at the same time being homesick for America". Saponara, an Italian-American, heard and played Italian music from a very young age, and was excited to bring that music into recital form. These classically trained musicians have performed extensively in Europe and the United States, and have created a program of songs that expresses their passion for both Italy and America.

Pennington United Methodist Church has been a long-time supporter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). This organization raises awareness, funds scientific research, and provides resources and aid to those affected by suicide.

More about the artists is available at and

Wednesday, February 24, 2016


by J.B. Priestley

WHEN: Friday, March 4th, through Saturday, March 19th. Performances are Friday and Saturdays at 8:00 and Sundays at 2:00pm.
Black River Playhouse, on the corner of Grove Street and Maple Avenue, Chester
TICKETS: $20.00 with a discounted price of $18.00 for seniors over 65 and students under 18.
Tickets may be purchased online at

Married life is about to get very interesting. Set on a September evening around 1908, this timeless British comedy centers on three couples who gather to celebrate their joint silver wedding anniversaries. As the evening progresses, one outrageous secret is revealed: the parson who married them wasn’t authorized to perform marriages, thus, they were never actually married and these uptight, distinguished couples have been “living in sin” for twenty-five years. When each couple samples a taste of single life once again, their relationships are vigorously and hilariously put to the test, and the elephant in the room can’t be ignored. Do they really want to be married after all?

The talented cast includes Jason Cilento, Dunellen; Jim Clancy, Basking Ridge; Matt Cotton, Sparta; Rachael Dimichino, Succusunna; Lynn Hart, Wharton; Carol Holland, Long Valley; Judi Laganga, Roselle Park; Gloria Lamoureux, Succasunna; Robert Longstreet, Bridgewater; Robert Mackasek, Mendham; Lauri MacMillan, Rockaway; and Roxanna Wagner, Mendham.

The Chester Theatre Group performs in The Black River Playhbouse, an intimate, 100-seat theater in the heart of Chester Borough’s historic district. The venue’s in-the-round format ensures that every seat offers an engaging, memorable experience for each audience member. For more information, visit the CTG website at

Photos by Steve Catron.


The Summit Playhouse in Summit, NJ, will present the Pulitzer Prize-
winning play

PictureDriving Miss Daisy
by Alfred Uhry

WHEN: March 4-5, 11-12, and 18-19 at 8:00 pm and March 6 and 13 at 2:00 pm.
Summit Playhouse, 10 New England Ave., Summit
TICKETS: $20 for adults and $15 for students

When Daisy Werthan, a wealthy, sharp-tongued Jewish widow, is deemed too old to drive, her son hires Hoke Colburn, an African American man, to work as her chauffeur. Set in Atlanta and spanning over a quarter of a century, Daisy and Hoke come to realize that they have more in common than they ever believed possible.

From its long-running Off-Broadway production in 1989 to the remarkable success of the Oscar-winning film version with Jessica Tandy and Morgan Freeman, Driving Miss Daisy is the story an enduring friendship that transcends the societal boundaries of a changing America.

The production is directed by Harry Patrick Christian of Montclair and
features Terri Sturtevant of Hillsborough as Daisy Werthan, Ron
Richardson of Maplewood as Hoke Colburn and Rob Nissen of New
Providence as Boolie Werthan.

For more information, visit, email   or call 908-273-2192.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016




WHEN: Mar 3 - Mar 27, 2016; 8 pm Thursdays-Saturdays; 3 pm Sundays
WHERE: The Mill Hill Playhouse, 205 East Front Street, Trenton, NJ (Secure Parking)
$25. Discounts for seniors, groups and students
Purchase at or 609-392-0766

In honor of Passage Theatre’s 30th Anniversary, the popular Solo Flights Festival has returned by popular demand to the Mill Hill Playhouse.  The festival was retired 5 years ago in favor of selected single artist events. 

The Solo Flights Festival features a variety of 6 one-person plays written and performed by 6 artists.

This season’s line-up brings to the stage in rotating repertory:

  • An adaptation of Claude Brown’s Manchild in the Promised Land, by Joseph Edwards, directed by Wynn Handman, March 3, 5, and 6. In this coming-of-age story, young Claude struggles to find his identity and keep his sanity to overcome social ills and turn his life around. The play explores themes of education, the power of choice, and self-awareness.
  • Panther Hollow, written and performed by David Lee White, directed by John Augustine, performs March 4, 12 and 18 and is a comedy describing life at 25 years upon encountering two dead bodies, a Jacobean tragedy, drugs, Satanists, skinheads, Elizabeth Wurtzel, and Nordic death metal. Coming of age in the Midwest can be tough.
  • Remembrance Day, written and performed by June Ballinger, directed by Janice Goldberg, performs March 10 and 20 and follows the memories of an 80-year-old former British code breaker attending a Remembrance Day service in England.  She looks back on her life and the secrets about her work and identity that she has held for over 50 years.
  • Playwright and performer Leslie Ayvazian reads from her collection of stories Mention My Beauty on March 11 and 19, centered on growing up in the 1960’s and 70’s, a time of rebellion and action and indignation.  Although she joined organizations like VISTA…her attention was elsewhere.
  • Etty, crafted solely from Etty Hillesum’s writings during the Holocaust, is an unconventional theatre experience written and performed by Susan Stein that brings the audience into Etty’s thinking as she wrestles to write the life she is living – her loves, her work, her wry sense of humor and her knowledge of self in this moment in history, all whilst confronting God. March 13 and 14.
  • Improviser and storyteller Alex Clothier tries to tell us what happened when Grandma was hit by a train in Everything’s Fine!, through an exploration of family and memory an intimate night full of secrets, laughter, and food. March 17.

“This has been a long popular type of storytelling with audiences internationally and has the benefit of providing each theatre artist control of their own artistry and career,” Artistic Director June Ballinger explains.  “And it affords Passage the opportunity to curate a wildly eclectic month of theatre with a variety of stories, theatrical forms and generations.  There is truly something for everyone, though oddly enough a common theme is pondering the ‘coming of age’…whether 25 or 85!  People were dismayed to see us stop the festival a few years ago, but we decided we needed a change.  But we are back!”

Passage Theatre has been committed to original new work with an emphasis on socially responsible themes for 30 years.  The professional (Actors Equity Association) company performs in the historic Mill Hill Playhouse in Trenton. 

Passage Theatre’s mainstage supporters are: N.J. State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the NEA; Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation; The City of Trenton; WIMG 1300; The Curtis McGraw Foundation; The James Kerney Foundation; PNC Bank; The Garfield Foundation; Princeton Area Community Foundation; The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey; The Shubert Foundation; New Jersey Manufacturers; Church & Dwight; Mary G. Roebling Foundation; Anonymous; and Fidelity Savings Bank.

Friday, February 19, 2016



Dreamcatcher’s Annual Gala: Peace, Love, Dreamcatcher

WHEN: March 19, 6 PM drinks and hors d'oeuvres; 8 pm the Dreamcatcher ensemble will perform an original cabaret
The Oakes Center, located at 120 Morris Avenue in Summit
ADMISSION: the entire evening $125; the cabaret and dessert can be enjoyed for $30 in advance, or $35 at the door.
Tickets can be purchased in advance at, or by calling Brown Paper Tickets at 800-838-3006.

gala2015-56Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, the professional theatre in residence at the Oakes Center in Summit, NJ, will celebrate with old friends and new at its annual gala. The gala celebration begins at our home at Oakes Center at 6 pm with drinks and hors d'oeuvres. Enjoy unlimited beer, wine and soft drinks followed by a gourmet buffet dinner. At 8 pm the Dreamcatcher ensemble will perform an original cabaret in the theater titled "Peace, Love, Dreamcatcher." A silent auction will run throughout the evening with prizes ranging from personal services to unique experiences.

The evening will have a 60s flavor (period dress optional and encouraged), and the cabaret will include songs and performances from the era as well as entertainment from other decades that illuminate the theme. Dreamcatcher’s company, known for its improvisational and collaborative spirit, will create this unique performance for this evening only.

Funds raised at this event help Dreamcatcher maintain its tradition of excellence in arts programming. In addition to our regular season of mainstage productions, cabaret, improv and new play readings, we provide outreach and education programs for students and seniors, as well as internship opportunities for college students and young professionals. Providing an creative home for New Jersey artists is primary among our goals, as is cultivating the relationship between artists and audiences throughout the season.

Parking is available in the lot behind the theatre on Ashwood Avenue and at the Summit Recreation Center on Morris Avenue, as well as on the street.  The facility is wheelchair accessible.  To purchase tickets or for information on any of Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre's programs, please visit or contact Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre at The Oakes Center, 120 Morris Avenue, Summit, NJ 07901, 908-514-9654.

About Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre:
Dreamcatcher was founded in 1994, and is a non-profit professional ensemble of actors who build community with the audience by sharing life-affirming stories in an intimate environment.  We seek to expose theatregoers to ideas and lives like and unlike their own, to awaken their imaginations and create empathy for others. The company focuses on deepening the experience of our patrons by supplementing the performances with personal contact through receptions, talkbacks, and interactive programs.

Dreamcatcher's core company of professional local actors performs contemporary work that entertains and challenges, and has at its heart a belief in the essential goodness of people. The company’s activities include mainstage productions, improvisational comedy and cabarets, new play readings and a variety of educational and senior outreach programs.

Dreamcatcher’s programs are funded by the New Jersey State council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Dramatist Guild Fund, The Summit Area Public Foundation, the Manley-Winser Foundation, and many other corporations, foundations and individuals.  Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre is a senior member of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance.

Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) corporation, incorporated under the laws of the State of

Thursday, February 18, 2016



WHEN: Saturday, February 27, at 8 p.m. 
The Loft at Union County Performing Arts Center, 1601 Irving St., Rahway
TICKETS: $20 and can be purchased at 

The concert is part of the on-going Split Level Concert Series which highlights critically acclaimed singer-songwriters in a uniquely intimate setting. 

Shannon McNally conjures ghosts and heroines, thieves, lovers and redeemers in a transcendent folk-blues, country-rock moonshine she’s been pulling straight from the still for nearly 20 years. She’s been living in the deep South for fifteen years, first in New Orleans, then moving to the higher ground in the North Mississippi Hill Country after Hurricane Katrina.

Shannon’s latest recording, Small Town Talk, is a loving, collaborative tribute to the late Bobby Charles, conceived and created together with the great Dr. John and his Lower 911 Band at Dockside Studios, deep in Louisiana’s bayou heart. Off Beat Magazine nominated the collection for Album of the Year 2014. She’s released 10 albums, been nominated for a Grammy Award, and performed with a who’s who of rock, country and soul: Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Vince Gill, Levon Helm, Charlie Sexton, Dr. John, Rufus Wainwright, Anders Osbourne, Luther and Cody Dickinson, Greg Leisz, and Derek Trucks.

Upcoming Split Level Concerts include Rod Picott at The Loft at UCPAC on March 12th, Sarah Borges at The Loft at UCPAC on April 16th and Jeanne Jolly in the Fazioli Room at Hamilton Stage on May 7th

For a full listing of shows, visit the Split Level Concerts website at and the Union County Performing Arts Center website at

Tuesday, February 16, 2016


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TLC’s annual dinner theater has become a very popular, and often sell-out, local event. These dinner theaters helps support the TLC mission to bring the performing arts to the greater Clifton community – guests enjoy a fun night with a 3-course dinner and a show for just $40!

The Multiple Mystery Murder tells the story of a family gathered as Cousin M prepares to finalize a will. But M's suggestions don't make the family happy at all. Might they try something... murderous?

The cast features new talents as well as TLC Alumni, including Roberta Almeida of Belleville, Kenneth Fowler , Michael Purdy and Michael Sconzo of Clifton, Tara Moran of Montclair, Tarek Salib of Rutherford and Danielle Petrucelli of West Orange.


For more information visit or call (908)852-1894 X138


Calvert_Untitled-244 (2)WORKS BY TIFFANY CALVERT

WHEN: February 19 to March 11
the Art Gallery at RVCC, 118 Lamington Rd., Branchburg

Raritan Valley Community College’s (RVCC) Visual and Performing Arts Department will present a solo exhibition of paintings and works on paper by Tiffany Calvert, RVCC Assistant Professor of Art. Calvert, a resident of Easton, PA, is a full-time faculty member in the College’s VAPA Department.

An artist’s talk will be held in the Art Gallery on Friday, February 19, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. A reception will follow from 6:30-8 p.m. Both are free of charge and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

The exhibition will feature acrylic and oil paintings and works on paper spanning five years. The works on display draw from canonical paintings and contemporary photographs. The imagery often hovers between representation and abstraction in an attempt to prolong the viewer’s gaze.

Untitled #268Calvert has taught at RVCC for 10 years and has been actively exhibiting throughout the United States. Her work has been exhibited in group and solo exhibitions including Carl & Sloan Contemporary in Portland, OR; Lawrimore Project in Seattle; Visual Arts Gallery at SVA New York; and The Lab in San Francisco. She has been a recipient of a Geraldine R. Dodge Fellowship and residencies at the ArtOmi International Arts Center (NY) and Djerassi Resident Artists Program (CA). In 2010 Calvert was awarded a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant. She also was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Art at Reed College in Portland, OR, during the 2014-2015 school year.

Gallery hours for the exhibition are Mondays, 3-8 p.m.; Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Wednesdays, 3-8 p.m.; Thursdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Fridays, 1-4 p.m. For further information, contact the Visual and Performing Arts Department, 908-218-8876.

Raritan Valley Community College’s main campus is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ. 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

TOP: Tiffany Calvert, Untitled #268, oil on digital print on canvas, 48" x 60", 2015
BOTTOM: Tiffany Calvert, Untitled #244, acrylic and oil on canvas, 16" x 20", 2013

Monday, February 15, 2016



Crescent Concerts opens 2016 with its annual showcase of exceptionally talented young musicians from New Jersey.  The five young artists selected this year will perform great works of classical music in the splendor of the neo-Gothic Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church in Plainfield:

Christine Chang is a 7th grader at Hammarskjold Middle School in East Brunswick, who has been studying piano since the age of four.  She has received numerous awards, including second prize in the Steinway Society Piano Competition and The Grand Prize from the National League of Performing Arts.  She has performed more than once at Carnegie Hall.  She will be performing pieces by Mendelssohn and Clementi.

Jasmine Cheng, age 14, is a ninth grader at East Brunswick Middle School who has studied piano since she was four.  She has been awarded first prize at the NJMTA Young Musician Piano Competition, and has won the MTNA Junior Performance Competition.  She has performed at Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center.  She will be presenting works by Beethoven and Chopin.

Kimmy Norrell, age 13, is a seventh grader who has been studying voice since she was eight.  She sings with the Manhattan Girls' Chorus and Broadway Youth Ensemble, and she has performed several roles with Chelsea Opera.  She will be presenting five songs by five different composers, including Mozart, Scarlatti, and Leoni.

Brendan Tang, age 14, has been studying piano since he was 5.  He has won the Solo and Concerto Competition at the Festival Musica in Laguna in Venice multiple times, and has received numerous other awards in Italy, New York City, and New Jersey.  He has performed in Carnegie Hall, Steinway Hall, Auditorium San Nicolo, and Auditorium San Domenico.  He will be presenting pieces by Rachmaninoff, Muczynski, and Liszt.

Eric Wang, age 14, is a ninth grader at Milburn High School, who plays the piano as well as French horn and cello.  He was awarded Musician of the Year upon his graduation from Millburn Middle School, and has received numerous awards, including first place and second place piano solos in his age group the last two years at the MEA-NJ Annual Young Pianist Piano Competition.  He will be performing pieces by Beethoven, Brahms, and Ginastera.

So, whether you are a lover of classical music, or an aspiring young musician yourself, join us on Sunday, February 21 and be inspired by the performances from five of classical music's rising stars.

WHEN: Sunday, February 21, at 3:00 pm
WHERE: Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church Sanctuary, 716 Watchung Avenue, Plainfield Ample free, secure parking in Church lot (Entrance on 1st Place - connected to church by walkway)
TICKETS: General Admission-$20, Seniors-$15, Students-$5.  

Tickets may be purchased at the door the day of the concert, or are available during normal business hours at the Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church office. Call 908-756-2468 or visit for more information about this and upcoming concerts.

About Crescent Concerts
Since 1980, Crescent Concerts at Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church has brought world-class musical events to the residents of the City of Plainfield and surrounding communities. Under the superb musical direction of F. Allen Artz III, programming for our concert series is wonderfully diverse, including solo voice and instrumental performances, chamber groups, and full choral/orchestral spectaculars. Crescent Concerts is committed to ensuring that its programs are accessible to all. If you require a special accommodation, please do not hesitate to ask at the concert or call in advance at 908-756-2468 (9am – 4pm). 

Funding has been made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment of the Arts, through a grant administered by the Union County Division of Cultural and Heritage Affairs.




by Neil Simon

WHEN: Monday and Tuesday February 22 and 23 starting at 7p.m.
WHERE: Sussex County Community College Performing Arts Center (View)
1 College Hill Rd, Newton

Casting the following roles:

  • KEN GORMAN – (40) A well-to-do lawyer. Wealthy, but by no means pretentious. Takes charge of the situation. Married to Chris. Halfway through the show, a gunshot causes his temporary deafness.
  • CHRIS GORMAN – (mid-30’s) Another lawyer, married to Ken. Beautiful, easily flustered. Frantically tries to maintain normalcy at the party. Has recently quit smoking, which drives her to drink a bit more.
  • LENNY GANZ – (Late 30’s, early 40’s) – A wealthy accountant, distraught over the recent destruction over his new car. Starts the show with an extreme case of whiplash. Intolerant of the gossipy-lifestyle that he is often involved in.
  • CLAIRE GANZ – (Late 30’s) – Lenny’s wife. Very concerned with appearances (hers and others’). Starts the play with a swollen lip. Likes to gossip.
  • ERNIE CUSACK – (Early 50’s) – a psychiatrist. Affable, smokes a pipe. Loves his wife very much. Tries to be as helpful as possible cooking the evening’s dinner.
  • COOKIE CUSACK – (40’s) – has her own cooking show. Suffers from extreme back spasms. Loves her husband very much. A bit absent-minded at times.
  • GLENN COOPER – (30-40) A handsome man running for State Senate. Worried about his own reputation. Struggles with placating his wife, who is convinced he is having an affair (which he may or may not be).
  • CASSIE COOPER – (late 20’s, early 30’s) Glenn’s beautiful wife. Obsesses over her husbands’ relationships with other women. Quick to anger. Must rub her quartz crystal to calm herself down.
  • OFFICER WELCH (M) – (30-50) – A city police officer having a rough night. Does not tolerate lying. Sees through the “classy” fa├žade that these high-society types put up.
  • OFFICER PUDNEY (F) – (20-30) – Welch’s partner. A strong but silent type.

Be prepared to read from the script. Auditions and shows will be held in Newton, N.J

Show dates will be the weekends of May 6 & May 13

Call 973-512-8251 or email for an audition date and time.



WHEN: Thursday, February 18 at 9 p.m. with an encore presentation on Friday, February 19 at 2 a.m. The play will also air on WLIW21 Sunday, February 21 at 9 p.m. with an encore Thursday, February 25 at 1 a.m.

Second Season of Theater Close-Up Showcasing the Best of Off-Broadway and Regional Theater Continues with Repairing a Nation

Tony Award-winning Blythe Danner hosts production from Crossroads Theatre Company

Theater Close-Up — the unique collaboration between THIRTEEN and the large community of New York City area non-profit Off-Broadway theaters — will present its first regional production, Nikkole Salter’s Repairing a Nation, from Crossroads Theatre Company in New Brunswick, New Jersey, captured live on-stage, in THIRTEEN’s signature “up-close” style. (Top: L to R Stephanie Berry, Chantal Jean Pierre and Landon Woodson. Photo by William M. Brown)

Beginning Friday, February 19, the play will be available online in the tri-state area (

The broadcast will again be hosted by Blythe Danner, Tony Award-winning star of stage, screen, and television. No stranger to public television, Danner memorably starred in the Great Performances productions of Chekhov’s The Seagull and Tennessee Williams’Eccentricities of a Nightingale.

Repairing a Nation – directed by Marshall Jones III, Crossroads’ producing artistic director — chronicles a holiday celebration of the Davis family in their native Tulsa, Oklahoma. All goes awry when the family matriarch insists they join a lawsuit seeking reparations for the Tulsa Race Riots that devastated their family 80 years ago. The cast includes Chantal Jean-Pierre, Angel Moore, Landon Woodson, Stephanie Berry, and Phil McGlaston. (Above: Phil McGlaston and Landon Woodson. Photo by William M. Brown)

“We are delighted and proud that new audiences throughout New York, New Jersey and Long Island will be able to see Repairing a Nation, a searing new play by a truly gifted writer who reveals a little-known tragic episode in American history — the Tulsa Race Riots,” said Jones who also directed the original stage production. “Nikkole Salter deftly uses the Davis family to capture the lasting impact of this historic event in the conflicts within contemporary family life.” (Right: Landon Woodson and Angel Moore. Photo by William M. Brown)

Founded in 1978 by Ricardo Khan and L. Kenneth Richardson, Crossroads Theatre Company embraces the vision that African-American theater is intended for a broad-based, diverse audience. As a major force in the development of new ideas and the introduction of formerly marginalized writers, Crossroads produces works that enrich and diversify the representation of African American culture on the American stage. Crossroads was the winner of the 1999 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theater in the United States.

In her review of the production last year, Ronni Reich of the Newark Star-Ledger posited the question: “What if you knew an injustice had been done, and you had it in your power to make it right? ‘Repairing a Nation,’ an ambitious new play by Nikkole Salter at Crossroads Theatre Company deals with the question on three levels: in a country, in a family, and in a relationship. Marshall Jones III directs an engaging production…In maintaining some lightness and focusing on family, the play becomes relatable rather than didactic as it asks difficult questions…Salter addresses worthy issues in an accessible way, and at least one of them gets a satisfying resolution.”

Theater Close-Up’s second season will continue this spring (airdate TBA) with Signature Theatre’s Off-Broadway revival of Incident at Vichy, by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Arthur Miller.

Last October, THIRTEEN debuted nine plays on Theater Close-Up, encompassing works ranging from vintage playwright John Van Druten to today’s Richard Nelson, and drawing on the resources of some of New York’s finest theater companies.

The second season of Theater Close-Up on THIRTEEN has thus far featured Rasheeda Speaking from The New Group, Fashions for Men from Mint Theater and Wiesenthalfilmed at the Acorn Theatre at Theatre Row.

THIRTEEN is using its unrivaled expertise in producing national PBS arts programming – which began with such classic series as Theater in America, part of the award-winning series Great Performances and special limited series such as Stage on Screen — to provide New Yorkers with unparalleled access to one of the City’s greatest underexposed cultural assets.

Theater Close-Up is a production of THIRTEEN Productions LLC for WNET. The plays were directed for television by David Horn. Mitch Owgang is producer; Bill O’Donnell is series producer; and David Horn is executive producer. Executive-in-charge: Neal Shapiro.

Major support for Theater Close-Up, Season Two is provided by the Howard Gilman Foundation, Bernard and Irene Schwartz, the LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust, the President’s Innovation Fund and Leo Shull and Family.  Major support for the Crossroads Theatre broadcast of Repairing a Nation is provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Health System, Anthony & Wendy Carter, John Hinds, Juanita Jones and M. Ishmael Griffin, MD.



by Davd Auburn

WHEN: Friday, February 26 – 8 p.m., Saturday, February 27 – 8 p.m., Sunday, February 28 – 3 p.m.
Open Arts Stage, 146 U.S. 130, Bordentown Township, NJ
TICKETS: General Admission: $18 online plus processing fees
Purchase tickets online at:

Open Arts Stage  logoOpen Arts Stage is pleased to announce the debut of the Open Arts Stage Theatre Co. Troupe with their performance of Dave Auburn’s Proof.

In Proof, Catherine has spent years caring for her brilliant but unstable father, Robert. When he dies, she has more than grief to deal with: her estranged sister, Claire, and Hal, a former student of her father’s who hopes to find valuable work in the 103 notebooks that Robert left behind. And a further problem: how much of her father’s madness — or genius — will Catherine inherit?

Featuring Michelle Wood of Hamilton, NJ as Catherine, Alysia Toscano of Hamilton, NJ as Claire, Rupert Hinton of Princeton, NJ as Robert and Jon Cintron of Trenton, NJ as Harold (Hal) Dobbs. Directed by Jon Cintron and Deena Jiles of Trenton, NJ.


The Graduate 2THE GRADUATE
Directed by Matthew Muccigrossi 
Produced by Crystal Coddington

WHERE: Somerset Valley Players, 689 Amwell Rd./Route 514, Hillsborough, WHEN:  February 26 - March 13, Friday and Saturday Evenings at 8:00 pm and Sunday Matinees at 2:00 pm. 
TICKETS:  General Admission $20 - Seniors/Students $18
For Further Info:  Call 908-369-7469
To Buy Tickets:  Visit the website at
Theatre is wheelchair accessible.

 “Are you trying to seduce me, Mrs. Robinson?” The well-known line from the groundbreaking 60’s film is adapted for the stage in this evocative portrait of recent college graduate Benjamin, who is aimlessly wandering toward a haphazard future when the lascivious Mrs. Robinson introduces him to real manhood, and dynamic family complications ripple between Benjamin and his well-meaning parents, the perplexed Mr. Robinson, and their feisty daughter Elaine.

IMAGE: Tracey Fama and Ross Pohling

Sunday, February 14, 2016



The South Orange Symphony presents a free family-friendly “Winter Carnival” concert. Designed to appeal to adults and youngsters alike, the program includes musical favorites by Bizet, Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Shostakovich, Vivaldi. Concertmaster Robert Radliff is violin soloist in Winter, from Vivaldi's The Four Seasons. The concert finishes with selections from "Star Wars” by John Williams.

Children can try various instruments at the “musical instrument petting zoo” during intermission, and will receive a special 'kids program' booklet including musical terms and games. Children young and old will be invited to dance along to Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty Waltz and Bizet's Carmen Prelude. The orchestra's annual Silent Auction fundraiser runs pre-concert through intermission, featuring a wide selection of items donated by patrons, members, musicians, and local businesses.

The South Orange Symphony, now under the direction of Susan Haig of Summit, NJ, has been presenting free concerts for South Orange-Maplewood citizens and neighbors since 1949. It has been in residence at the South Orange Middle School since the 1970s. For more information, visit; email; or call 973 376-6349. Be sure to “Like” us on Facebook!

This concert is made possible by generous donations and by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts administered through Essex County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs.

Friday, February 12, 2016


Carl Burger

W. Carl Burger—The Urge To Paint

WHEN: February 18 through March 27 of this year. An Opening Reception will be held on Thursday, February 18 at 6:30PM and is free to the public.
Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Hgts. Rd., Morristown
ADMISSION: $10 for adults and $7 for children, students and senior citizens. Admission is always free for Museum members.  For more information, call (973) 971-3700, or visit

Bringing together some thirty paintings, W. Carl Burger—The Urge to Paint will include representative examples of the work Burger has created over the past seven decades. The exhibition will highlight the artist's interest in landscape and nature, his investigation of architectural forms, and his dramatic recent works on paper. Many of the featured paintings were inspired by the landscape of western New Jersey. The exhibition is drawn from the artist's own collection, private collections, and the collection of Morris Museum.

"The Morris Museum is proud to celebrate the artistry of Carl Burger," said Linda Moore, Executive Director. "Through this exhibition, the Museum continues its longstanding tradition of spotlighting the creativity and talents of New Jersey artists."

Born in Germany in 1925, Burger moved to New Jersey as a young child. He began his career as an Abstract Expressionist and was awarded the Bamburger Exhibition of Contemporary New Jersey Art Award in 1960. Burger then shifted his focus to nature and landscape, particularly through the medium of watercolor. In the 1970s and 1980s, he turned to an investigation of architectural forms and most recently he has been creating dramatic paintings depicting the industrial landscape of New Jersey. Burger studied art at New York University, Columbia University and Rutgers University and was a faculty member at Kean University for forty years. During his long career, his work has been shown at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the National Academy of Design in New York, and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. Locally, he has exhibited at the Morris Museum, the Newark Museum, the Montclair Art Museum, and the New Jersey State Museum.  

Image: W. Carl Burger, Ground Zero, 2001. Collection of the Morris Museum.

About the Morris Museum

Founded in 1913, the Morris Museum is an award-winning, community-based arts and cultural institution which serves the public through high caliber exhibitions in the arts, sciences and humanities.  The Museum also offers educational programs, family events, and is home to the Bickford Theatre and its wide range of performing arts offerings. Continuously serving the public since 1913, the Morris Museum has been designated a Major Arts Institution and has received the New Jersey State Council on the Arts’ Citation of Excellence, among other awards. The first museum in New Jersey to be accredited, the Morris Museum was re-accredited in 2013 by the American Alliance of Museums. 

The Morris Museum is a Blue Star Museum, offering free admission to active duty military personnel and their families, from Memorial Day to Labor Day.





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Thursday, February 11, 2016



Improv for Tweens

Improv is great for tweens and teens! It is lots of fun and helps kids to open up and gain confidence. I will engage the class in simple ensemble building theater games and various other improv exercises. Students will build up to learning and playing short-form improv games which will eventually be performed for an audience at our end of term Improv Showcase. Get ready to think fast and laugh a lot!

6th - 9th grades (5th graders with approval)
Offered through The Theater Project Classroom

WHEN: Fridays,  4:00 to 5:00; Feb. 19, 26; March 4, 11, 18; April 1, 8, 22, 29; May 6, 13. SHOWCASE May 19 @ 7:00
WHERE: The Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts, 10 Durand Rd., Maplewood
TUITION: 11 sessions plus a showcase $240

One can register at:

“Nia came out of the show last night as high as a kite! She kept talking about how fun it was, how everybody worked so well together in her group, and how she can't wait for improv to start back up! Bravo Lulu! Thanks so much for your hard work!”  - Joyce Paton, mom of Nia

“I don't know what kind of magic spell you cast, but the fact that Henry got on stage and performed is a feat no other mortal has been able to conjure out of him. He had so much fun! He's hooked on improv.” - Nancy Fitzsimmons, mom of Henry

“I didn’t realize until my son Daniel took Lulu’s class what an important skill it is to be able to do improv. Being able to think on your feet and collaborate is helpful both on the stage and in life. When I realized that Daniel was drawn to being in front of an audience, I wanted to find some way to hone his skills and channel his ability to perform. Lulu’s class was great, and I highly recommend it. Daniel loved playing the games which taught him how to think on his feet. Lulu really gets the silliness of children and is able to harness their energy into a fun class where they learn valuable skills that will benefit them during every stage in life.” - Jodi Fox, mom of Daniel





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Thoughtful - The New York Times
Riveting - Broadway World
Powerful - Star Ledger
- Asbury Park Press
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A World Premiere Comedy by Deborah Rennard, directed by Evan Bergman

After three daughters and 30 years of marriage, Peter informs his wife that he has been having an affair and has fallen in love. He assumes upon hearing this, his wife will immediately dump him. Unfortunately, she doesn't. Worse, she says she still loves him and wants to work things out, and the girlfriend, who has given Peter an ultimatum to leave his wife tonight or it's all over, doesn't appear to be sympathetic to his plight at all. A story of love, trust, friendship and betrayal - examining the question, "is old-fashioned, monogamous, committed marriage even possible anymore in today's world?"


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A Caper for Three Women
A New Play by Victor L. Kahn, directed by SuzAnne Barabas

When Claire returns home from an afternoon of shopping, she discovers that one of her packages is missing. Coincidentally, just as she is calling the store, a staff member stops by to return the item, and then manages to invite herself inside. Before long, larceny and trickery abound as the two women, soon joined by a third, compete in a scintillating and suspenseful game of cat-and-mouse. CLICK HERE for mor information and online ticketing.

MAY 5 - JUNE 5

WHERE: New Jersey Repertory Company, Award-Winning Theater
179 Broadway
Long Branch, NJ 07740


Meet the Authors

The Theater Project is delighted to share the work of this accomplished and talented group with our patrons—selectng a winner will NOT be easy!

WHEN: February 19-21, Friday & Saturday 8 PM; Sunday 2 PM
Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts, 10 Durand Rd., Maplewood
TICKETS: $20, $10

A writer and performance artist, Stephen Bracco has studied at New York University, Brooklyn College, the Vermont Studio Center, and with the Creativity Workshop in Prague and Florence. Many thanks to Jeff Burchfield for his invaluable help, and to Village Playwrights, an LGBT-focused playwriting group.

Jonathan R. Citron was born in Newark, NJ and lives locally. Cheers to TTP and so many more for attending to this short play, The Wink!

Zames Curran runs the website NJTheater.Com, in his spare time from being a software developer.  This is the first piece of fiction he has written in 30 years.

A reformed lawyer and even more reformed Long Islander, Josh Kaplan has been writing for the theater for a jam-packed two years. Currently, he is developing his first full-length comedy, So Late, So Soon, which has had readings at the Actors Studio and Ensemble Studio Theatre (dir. Jerry Zaks), starring the inimitable Estelle Parsons.

Jason Kurtz (playwright) is the author of the book Follow the Joy.  He serves as the Director of Training at the Training Institute for Mental Health and works as a psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City.  This is his first foray into playwriting.

Rolando Sanchez is a Theater / Film Director born and raised in Queens, NY. After his tour of duty in the U.S. NAVY he was mentored by Lenore DeKoven Columbia University MFA Directing Program Professor in NYC. He has directed several award winning short films & plays. Currently he has been hired to direct his first feature film in Los Angeles, CA in 2016.  

Alisa Sniderman is a New York playwright. She teaches in the Drama Department at NYU Tisch.

Mary Teitelbaum lives Bayside, NY and is a member of Polaris North, a Playwrights' and Actors' Cooperative on West 29th Street in NYC.



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Wednesday, February 10, 2016


a drama by Tim Blake Nelson
directed by Christie Leigh Carver of Bound Brook
produced by Thom Boyer of Hillsborough

WHEN: February 19 and 20, February 26 and 27, and March 4 and 5, 2016 Friday and Saturday at 8:00 pm. There will also be a performance Sunday March 6, 2016 at 3:00pm.
Circle Players, 416 Victoria Avenue, Piscataway
TICKETS: $18 for adults and $17 for students and seniors. No credit cards may be used at the box office, but will be accepted online.
For reservations, call (732) 968-7555, or buy tickets online at

The play is set in a small, dying Oklahoma town, where a young woman finally meets her beau: a just-released convict with whom she’s corresponded for three years. We watch her story weave in and out of the memories of a weary detective investigating a grisly case in a nearby lake, and a broken, mute boy who may hold the key to the mystery.

Appearing in the cast are James Houston of Bound Brook as Sam Rogers; John Thompson of Piscataway  as Jack; Arielle Beth of Livingston as Ainsley; Heather Denges of Dunellen as Dorothy; James Jones of Metuchen as Tom; Lewis Decker of Millington as Willard Sprague; Michael Stratton of Union City as Les; David Bronovicki of Piscataway as Glen; Elizabeth Stamat of East Brunswick as Janice; Frank Lankey, Jr. of Edison as Del; and John W. Kennedy of Chatham as Lee.

The stage manager for this production will be Andrea Polselli of Monmouth Junction.

Additional crew includes, Ed Pearson of Middlesex, Elyse Halloran of Somerset (lighting design), Emily Russoniello of Somerset (set design), Diane Teichman and Evan Hutnick of Bridgewater (props) Hilary Pearson of Middlesex (special makeup design), and David Bronovicki of Piscataway (stage combat).

Performances are on

Please be advised: due to the unique layout of this theater in the round, latecomers cannot be seated after the performance has started. Please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before curtain. 




Monty Python’s Spamalot
book and lyrics by Eric Idle
music by John Du Prez & Eric Idle
James Mosser directs
Patrick Phillips is Musical Director
Jennifer Williams, the Choreographer

PERFORMANCE DATES: May 6 – 21, 2016 at the Chatham Playhouse.  REHEARSALS to begin in early March.

WHEN: Monday, February 22, and Friday, February 26, from 7pm until 10pm
WHERE: The Bickford Theatre located at the Morris Museum 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown, NJ.

  • Please prepare a joke and 32 bars of a song (in the style of the show).
  • Be sure to bring sheet music in the appropriate key. An accompanist will be provided.
  • Come prepared to dance. Performers will also be asked to learn and perform a short dance combination.
  • Headshots and resumes are not required but gladly received.

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 Leslie Williams at (973) 769-3886 or email 
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Telling the legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and the quest for the Holy Grail in song, Monty Python's Spamalot features "a chorus line of legless knights, men in tights (with legs), killer rabbits and sexy dancing divas! Monty Python's Spamalot is a adapted from the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Like the film, it is a highly irreverent parody of the tale, but it differs from the film in many ways.

Character Breakdowns: (13 Males, 7 Females)

  • KING ARTHUR (Late 30s-60s.): The King of England who sets out on a quest to form the Knights of the Roundtable and find the Holy Grail. Great Humor. Good singer.
  • SIR ROBIN (30s-40s): A Knight of the Roundtable. Ironically called ‘Sir Robin the Brave,’ though he couldn’t be more cowardly. Joins the Knights for the singing and dancing. Also plays GUARD 1 and BROTHER MAYNARD, a long-winded monk.
  • SIR LANCELOT (30s-40): A Knight of the Roundtable. He is fearless to a bloody fault but through a twist of fate, does discover his ‘softer side.’ This actor MUST be great with character voices and accents, as he also plays THE FRENCH TAUNTER, an arrogant, condescending, over-the-top Frenchman, the KNIGHT OF NI, an absurd, cartoonish leader of a peculiar group of Knights, and TIM THE ENCHANTER, a ghostly being with a Scottish accent.
  • PATSY (30s-40s): King Arthur’s horse and servant. Underappreciated but always longing for King Arthur’s approval. Good, funny, physical mover with some tap dancing. Also plays MAYOR, a jolly red-faced man who advertises the merits of his home town and the drunken, useless GUARD 2.
  • SIR GALAHAD (30s): A Knight of the Roundtable. Begins as Dennis, a lower class ‘mud gatherer’ who becomes Knighted and transforms into the dashing Sir Galahad. Also plays PRINCE HERBERT’S FATHER, a wealthy, brutish Yorkshireman man at odds with his sensitive son, THE BLACK KNIGHT who is always ready to duel despite multiple injuries. Strong bari tenor singing required.
  • SIR BEDEVERE (20s-40s): A Knight of the Roundtable. An inept scholar. Also plays DENNIS GALAHAD’S MOTHER, a shrill peasant woman, and CONCORDE, Sir Lancelot’s horse. No solo singing.
  • THE LADY OF THE LAKE (20s-30s ): A diva. Strong, beautiful, possesses mystical powers. The leading lady of the show. Great singing voice is essential, as she must be able to sing effortlessly in many styles and vocal registers, especially seeking actresses of all races for this role
  • HISTORIAN/NOT DEAD FRED/ PRINCE HERBERT/ MINSTREL/ FRENCH GUARD (Tenor). A tweedy academic. Also plays NOT DEAD FRED, a sickly little fellow who -- despite others' beliefs -- claims he is "not yet dead"; a FRENCH GUARD, the condemnatory sidekick to the French Taunter; a MINSTREL in Sir Robin's band; and PRINCE HERBERT, the hopeful and frilly prince who loves to sing and pines for his love atop a tower. Tenor singing required. Very good mover.

ENSEMBLE: (6 Men, 6 Women) EVERY "Ensemble" member plays at least SIX roles. The busiest principal player plays only FIVE roles.

  • MALE ENSEMBLE (6 men). Seeking strong dancers and singers to play many roles including the other Knights of the Round Table, Sir Not Appearing, Sir Bohrs, Bodies in "Not Yet Dead," the Dancing Monk, the Dancing Nun, French Citizens, Finland Citizens, a French Guard, Robin's Minstrel, and more! Strong dance skills preferred; tap skills a bonus.
  • FEMALE ENSEMBLE (6 women). Seeking strong dancers and singers to play many roles including the Camelot Girls, the Laker Girls, a French Guard, Knights of Ni, two of Robin's Minstrels, French Citizens, Finland Citizens, and more! Strong dance skills preferred, tap skills a bonus.



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