Saturday, April 30, 2016

SUSPENSEFUL DRAMA OPENS IN NJ PREMIERE @ NEW JERSEY REP IN LONG BRANCH

New Jersey Repertory Company

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Villainous Company: A Caper for Three Women
written by Victor L. Cahn
directed by SuzAnne Barabas

WHEN: May 5th thru June 5th; Thursdays, Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays at 3pm & 8pm; Sundays at 2pm
WHERE: New Jersey Repertory Company, Award-Winning Theater, 179 Broadway, Long Branch, NJ 07740
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www.njrep.org
732-229-3166
njrep@njrep.org

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, 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.

SPECIAL EVENT: Attend the performance Thursday May 5 or Friday May 6 and join us for a Wine and Cheese Meet-and-Greet with the cast and playwright immediately following the 8pm performance. Tickets are limited so call today!

Monday Night Salon Readings

May 9th: Hollywood Hills by Sheldon Bull (writer of TV’s “Newhart” and “Mom”). Paul, a late-night talk show writer, returns home to find his young girlfriend getting ready to leave him. Things go from bad to comically worse as the pair try to figure out if theirs is a relationship worth saving.

May 16th: Church & State by Jason Odell Williams. A comedy-drama about Charles Whitmore, a conservative Christian Senator who, three days before Election Day, is inspired to question his stance on guns and God ... with surprising results.

May 23rd: Stage Life by Ruth Wolff. In this comedy about life in the theatre, Adeline Adair, an actress who considers herself retired, is encouraged by two young men to return to the stage in the tour-de-force role of a lifetime.
July 18th: Education by Brian Dykstra. In this edgy, thought-provoking play, two young people find themselves in the middle of a controversy over censorship of art in their high school as they fight for their right to express themselves in a society hostile to any change in the status quo.

July 25th: Tooth & Nail by Sean Christopher Lewis. Gerry and Crumb are two existential hitmen on a job they dare not screw up. But when Gerry's underage and pregnant girlfriend arrives with motives of her own, everything goes to hell and no one is safe.

Doors open at 6:30. First come, first served. Readings start promptly at 7:00 and are followed by a discussion.

TICKETS:  $10 for non-subscribers.

Struck: A Serious Comedy about a Possibly Cosmic Event

NJ Rep is proud to present a world premiere by Sandy Rustin, directed by Don Stephenson. Performances to this limited engagement are June 30th thru July 31st only.

After being struck by a bicycle while crossing an East Village intersection, Vera Resnick (Susan Maris) feels a strange and out-of-character connection to the college-aged kid (Benjamin Puvalowski) responsible for the collision. Is this mysterious connection real? Is it coincidence that brought Vera and the biker together? Or, are larger forces at play? In this surprising and soulful serio-comedy, Vera, her husband (Adam Bradley), and their hippy-chic Texan neighbor (Jenny Bacon) seek truth in the face of deception, exploring matters of fate, family, and self-identity that affect all of their lives. Also starring Matthew Shepard Smith.

Performances are Thursdays, Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 3pm & 8pm, Sundays at 2pm.

TICKETS: $45.

SPECIAL EVENT: Attend the performance Thursday June 30 or Friday July 1 and join us for a Wine and Cheese Meet-and-Greet with the cast and playwright immediately following the 8pm performance. Tickets are limited so call today!

732-229-3166 or visit us on the web at www.njrep.org

HOLOCAUST COUNCIL TO SHOW FILM OF ACCLAIMED NOVEL

Real to Reel, The Book Thief 5.18.16

RSVP to holocaustcouncil@jfedgmw.org OR 973.929.3194
Directions Available at www.jfedgmw.org/directions

WHERE: Alex Aidekman Family Jewish Community Campus, 901 Route 10 East, Whippany
ADMISSION: Free but $5 donation appreciated

Friday, April 29, 2016

FAMILY DRAMA CONTINUES @ DREAMCATCHER REP IN SUMMIT

The Outgoing Tide
WHEN: April 21- May 8, 2016
WHERE:
The Oakes Center, 120 Morris Ave., Summit

Past, present and future come together for the Concannon family in The Outgoing Tide.

In a summer cottage on Chesapeake Bay, Gunner has hatched an unorthodox plan to secure his family's future but meets with resistance from his wife and son, who have plans of their own. As winter approaches, the three must quickly find common ground and come to an understanding before the tide goes out.

This drama hums with dark humor and powerful emotion. When the play ran Off-Broadway in 2012, The New York Times said, "...this drama brings sensitive observation and minor-key humor to painful situations that many of us will recognize from our own families...its poignant conclusion will have resonance for many in the audience."

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TICKETS: $35 adults, $30 seniors 65+, $30 students 25-. Buy in advance; no fees!

Make sure to use your 10% discount code when purchasing tickets: HIGHTIDE3

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Dreamcatcher adds special guest and access services to
"The Outgoing Tide" performances:

For all performances of the play from April 29 through May 8, assistive listening equipment will be available for patrons with hearing loss.

The FM headsets amplify the onstage dialogue for audience members seated anywhere in the theatre. Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm.

On Saturday, April 30 at 8 pm, Dreamcatcher will offer Audio Description of the performance. Audience members with vision loss will hear the physical action of the performers described throughout the show via FM headsets. Advance notice is requested for this service so that the correct number of devices can be made available.  

Please call 908-514-9654 or email info@dreamcatcherrep.org to indicate interest.

Information about "The Outgoing Tide" performances

REMAINING SHOW TIMES

  • Friday, April 29: 8pm
  • Saturday, April 30: 8pm
  • Sunday, May 1: 2pm
  • Friday, May 6: 8pm
  • Saturday, May 7: 8pm
  • Sunday, May 8: 2pm

REMAINING SPECIAL DATES

  • May 1: Free post-show talkback

One night only!

Improv at Dreamcatcher Rep:  

Multiple Personality Disorder

Multiple Personality Disorder is the improvisational comedy troupe of Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre. MPD has been performing as a group since 2002. Their unpredictable shows are always packed with laughs from start to finish.

MPD performs improv comedy sketches like those seen on the popular television show, "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" and uses audience input to shape the scenes that the actors instantly create onstage.  Performers use ingredients such as everyday objects, strange maladies, and unusual circumstances to cook up unconventional mini-plays that appear and disappear before your eyes.   

TICKETS: $20 adults, $15 kids 15 and younger - buy in advance; no fees! Buy your tickets now!

WHEN: May 14,  2015 at 8:00 PM

WHERE: Oakes Center * 120 Morris Avenue * Summit, NJ 07901  

     

Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre
Oakes Center  *  120 Morris Avenue  *  Summit, NJ 07901
Tickets: 800-838-3006 | Info: 908-514-9654
www.dreamcatcherrep.org

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FREE FAMILY FUN @ HUNTERDON ART MUSEUM THIS SUNDAY

FAMILY FUN DAY

WHEN: Sunday, May 1, 1-4PM; This is a sun or rain event. 
WHERE:
Hunterdon Art Museum, 7 Lower Center St., Clinton
ADMISSION: free

Where can your family make Egyptian-style jewelry, paint a fish, learn how to spin a plate, listen to great live music, and it won't cost you a penny? At our annual HAM It Up community event, of course!

Come on down to the Museum this Sunday  for all of the above activities and so much more! You can:

  • Paint a wooden fish and add it to a large 3-D fish tank on our terrace.
  • Contribute to our giant chalkboard mural depicting life along the Raritan River.
  • Make a paper-bag hat, a Monet-inspired watercolor or Egyptian-style jewelry.
  • Listen to great live music by Raritan Valley Recovery and Macheis Wind.
  • Learn how to twist balloon animals, juggle, spin a plate or a Chinese yoyo.
  • Dance with the Millstone River Morris Dancers.
  • Greet an alpaca from the Bluebird Alpaca Farm in nearby Peapack.
Flavorganics, lead sponsor of HAM It Up!, will offer samples of its organic syrups to please your palate. Additional sponsors are Unity Bank and Citispot Tea and Coffee.

Beer Here! Get Your Art on Tap Tickets!

WHEN: Sunday, June 5, from 2 to 5 PM

Sample some wonderful micro-brews and enjoy delicious food from many of the Clinton area's best restaurants.

Proceeds from the beer-and-food tasting fundraiser help support our education programs. 

Hunterdon Brewing Company will supply 15 diverse beers at three tasting tables.
To satisfy your appetite we’ll have delicious food to sample from Metropolitan Seafood Co, Milford Oyster House, BEX Kitchen, The Farm House at the Grand Colonial, Glen Gardner Inn, Chéz Alice Catering Co., Cryan’s Tavern, Chelseas 22, Frank’s Restaurant, Sol Mexican Cantina, A La Carte, Lovin' Oven, Clinton Station Diner and Chocodiem.
Register for Art on Tap here.

Try your luck with our raffle featuring lots of terrific prizes from Metropolitan Seafood Co., Milford Oyster House, The Ryland Inn, Matt’s Red Rooster Grill and Jake’s Restaurant & Bar. We'll also have an assortment of one-of-a-kind coasters for sale created by HAM artists.

And you can enjoy live music on our terrace with New Road Band. Inside you can explore the Museum, and check out our latest exhibitions.

This is a 21 and older event that sells out quickly every year. Don't delay—get your tickets today!

Art on Tap sponsors are Unity Bank and Investors Bank. The Hunterdon Art Museum also wishes to thank ShopRite, Stop & Shop, Wegmans Food Markets and Costco for donations.


Calendar Corner—Upcoming Events at HAM

  • Exhibition OpeningInterconnections: The Language of Basketry; Diana González-Gandolfi: Navigated Territories, Sunday, May 15, 2 to 4 p.m.
  • HomeFront—HAM has partnered with HomeFront, an organization that works to break the cycle of povery and end homelessness in central NJ. This exhibition showcases art created by HomeFront clients in classes conducted by HAM. Opening Reception, Saturday, June 11.
  • 52 Reasons to Love a Vet—A special exhibition of artists honoring our veterans. Starts Sunday, June 12 at 2 p.m.
  • Summer Camp—Our popular summer camp program kicks off Monday, June 20! Sign up.
  • Wood Block Printing Workshop with Stephen McKenzieDiscover the joys of creating woodcuts on Sunday, July 10. Learn more.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

FREE STAGED READING OF “ROMEO & JULIET” THIS SATURDAY AFTERNOON IN RAHWAY

GUITAR DUO @ GUITARFEST 2016 – WILLIAM PATERSON UNIVERSITY

Newman & Oltman Duo at Guitarfest
2016

WHEN: Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 8:00pm
WHERE: Shea Center for the Performing Arts, William Paterson University, 300 Pompton Road, Wayne, NJ 07470
ADMISSION: $20.00; Free to William Paterson students with student ID Card
For information: call 973-720-2315 or visit: www.wpni.edu/guitarfest

Michael Newman and Laura Oltman will perform the music of Dušan Bogdanović, Johann Kaspar Mertz, Paul Moravec, Alfonzo Montes & Irina Kircher and Isaac Albéniz.

Hailed as a “revelation to hear” by The Washington Post, the Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo’s phenomenal musicianship places them solidly at the top of their field. Their innovative programming, matchless technique and ensemble precision, combined with their commitment to expanding the repertoire for guitar duo, make them a chamber ensemble of world renown.

Newman and Oltman’s concert tours have taken them to world cultural capitals and premiere venues across five continents, the Caribbean, and South Pacific. In addition to their international engagements, they have performed at Carnegie Hall, aboard the Queen Elizabeth II, Caramoor and the Grand Canyon. The Duo has demonstrated extraordinary stylistic breadth in their collaborations with such diverse artists as composer/conductor Marvin Hamlisch and the Pittsburgh Symphony, mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade, fiddler Eileen Ivers, pianist Clarice Assad, violinist Tim Fain, and the ETHEL, Calder, and Turtle Island string quartets.

Highlights of recent performances include the world premiere of “Concierto Buenos Aires” composed for the Duo by Nuevo Tango Master Daniel Binelli with l’Orchestre de l’Opéra de Reims in France. Following on the success of the Concierto’s French debut, the Duo “charmed the Ferguson audience with phenomenal musicianship” (Gazette Journal) when they performed it with the Virginia Symphony. Last season their international tour included a performance and lecture at the VI Academic Guitar Symposium in Brazil, and several Italian festivals including the Estate Musicale Frentana/Lanciano International Guitar Seminar and the Volterra Guitar Project.

Through their groundbreaking new music-commissioning program, Newman & Oltman have built a unique repertoire of works for two guitars by composers such as Paul Moravec, Augusta Read Thomas, Lowell Liebermann, Dušan Bogdanovic, Arthur Kampela and Roberto Sierra. Next season will see the world premier of a new work written for them by Leo Brouwer. Fanfare Magazine hailed the duo’s latest CD, Music from Raritan River as “top notch” and “a winner all around.” The recording features a collection of world premieres commissioned by the duo over the past decade. Their artistry has also been captured on nearly a dozen other acclaimed recordings and has been recognized by grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Chamber Music America and ASCAP.

In addition to founding and serving as artistic directors of the New York Guitar Seminar at Mannes, Michael Newman and Laura Oltman have served as ensemble-in-residence at Mannes College of Music since 1987. They are also founders and artistic directors of the Raritan River Music Festival which will mark its 27th season this year.

HANDS-ON TOUR OF “THE WILLOWS” ON SATURDAYS

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ALLIANCE THEATRE GROUP TO HOLD AUDITIONS FOR 2 ACTORS FOR ITS JULY PRODUCTION

AUDITION NOTICE:

Alliance Theatre Group will be holding non-equity auditions for

The Norwegians 
WHEN:  Saturday May 7th, from 3 - 5pm
WHERE:
3rd floor of MONDO, 426 Springfield Ave in Summit.

Looking for a man 25 -50 for the role of Tor, hit man. The brains of the outfit. Scandinavian accent a plus.

And a female 25-50 for the role of Betty, opinionated, sarcastic, bitter. Excellent comedic timing is essential!

PERFORMANCE DATES: July 15 - 30.
Rehearsals begin late May

VISIT THE NJ STATE HISTORY FAIR ON MAY 14 IN MANALAPAN

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NOTE: Carol Simon, Bridgewater Twp. Public Library’s youth services librarian (and fellow blogger) will present her one-woman show, Bridge Builder in Petticoats, about Emily Roebling (wife and assistant to the man who built the Brooklyn Bridge), at this State History Fair.  Emily Roebling has been called “one of the most noted women in the country” and “the most famous woman in New Jersey”…yet today few people even know her name! You won’t want to miss it! www.tellingherstories.com 

The 2016 Fair will feature some familiar faces from the past like Clara Barton, George Washington and Walt Whitman as well as such favorite activities as 19th baseball, horse-drawn plowing demonstrations,  Phydeaux’s flying flea circus and period music.

New to the Fair will be several Civil War-themed programs to coincide with the exhibit of President Lincoln’s casket.  This replica casket, manufactured by the Batesville Casket Company of Indiana, will be on display in the park’s Visitor Center.  A local Civil War reenactment unit, the 14th NJ Volunteers, Co. H, will provide an honor guard for the casket and the Fort Delaware Cornet Band will perform music of the era on period instruments.  Darrel Ford, portraying Walt Whitman, will read his poem, “Oh Captain, My Captain”, a tribute to President Lincoln.  Kenneth Serfass , who will portray General Ulysses S. Grant, will reflect on his relationship and career with the late Commander in Chief.

Another exciting new program will be a fictional U.S. Army radio and live show, “SPAM Time,”  modeled on actual entertainment presented to U.S. military personnel from WWII to the Viet Nam War era.  A full day of pre-recorded and live musical entertainment will be presented.

www.njhistoryfair.org

CENTENARY STAGE COMPANY’S NEXTSTAGE REPERTORY PRESENTS STEPHEN SONDHEIM’S “INTO THE WOODS”

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“Stephen Sondheim’s stage classic Into the Woods, a dark and subversive musical take on fairy tales, not only survives but triumphs in the composer’s most unlikely collaboration with Disney.” —New York Post

Centenary Stage Company’s Nextstage Repertory presents

Into the Woods
By Stephen Sondheim
Directed by Carl Wallnau and Lea Antolini-Lid
Choreography by Lea Antolini-Lid
Music Direction by Jarred Lee
Lighting Design by Joyce Laio

WHEN: April 28 through May 8
WHERE:
Sitnik Theater of the Lackland Performing Arts Center, 715 Grand Ave., Hackettstown
TICKETS: $17.50 for adults and $10.00 for children under 12.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit centenarystageco.org or call the CSC 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 Lackland Performing Arts Center; 715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown, NJ.  CSC can also be found on social media platforms; Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Into the Woods was created by Stephen Sondheim and writer James Lapine and it originally premiered in 1987 on Broadway.  The musical is set in an alternate world of four of The Grimm’s fairy tales.  Into the Woods tells the tale of a childless baker and his wife who are desperate to have a baby.  They attempt to lift the curse that has been placed on the Baker’s side of the family by a witch because his father stole magic beans.  Along the way they encounter Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Jack from Jack and the Beanstalk.  Each one of the characters have a desperate desire that they will do anything to achieve, but when wishes don’t go the way they thought they would, the characters realize something that had never occurred to them before; that maybe wishes aren’t always what they appear to be.

Into the Woods will be performed by Nextstage Repertory, Centenary College Theater Department’s student-based Performance Company under the auspices of the Centenary Stage Company.  Nextstage Repertory provides students with the opportunity to perform along-side the production standard of a fully operational professional regional theater.  The Centenary College Theater Department has been in existence for 16 years and has continued to grow and expand, now boasting a musical theater concentration.  Students are able to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre with concentrations in Costume Design, Dance, Performance Studies, Production Management, Technical Theater and Musical Theater.

The production is directed by CSC Artistic Director / Centenary College Chairman of the Fine Arts Department, Carl Wallnau and Lea Antolini-Lid, Assistant Professor of Theater / Dance and director of CSC’s Young Audience Series, with music direction by Jarred Lee-a vocal coach and pianist whose Broadway credits include American Psycho, On The Twentieth Century, and Something Rotten, and Joyce Laio-an award winning NYC-based lighting designer.

WoodsPub2SmallThe cast and crew features Centenary College Theater Students Dominick Garatino (Byram, NJ), Yentl Oliver (Irvington, NJ), Victoria Pulido (Hackettstown, NJ), Megan Schmeidhauser (Stanhope, NJ), Joseph Anselmo (Dumont, NJ), Sasha Onishchuk (Oakdale, NJ), Jana Byrnes (Hackettstown, NJ), Angelina Taysktra (Washington, NJ), Alex Holbrook (Greensboro Bend, VT), Sarah Farber (High Bridge, NJ), Chris Kolwicz (Mahwah, NJ), Nick Bettens (Stanhope, NJ), Cina Gabel (Vernon, NJ), Greensville, SC), Stephanie Anderson (Mount Arlington, NJ), Lauren Taglienti (Hackettstown, NJ), Tom Farber (High Bridge, NJ), James Williams (Hackettstown, NJ), Conner Goerk (Hackettstown, NJ), Takiyiia Grundy (Irvington, NJ), Sonya Thiel (Bangor, PA), James Thrash (Bethlehem, PA), Quiomarie Munoz (Cherry Hill, NJ), Matt Kenny (Hackettstown, NJ), Amaryllis Cummings (Linden, NJ), Jalyn Lovejoy (Hackettstown, NJ), and CSC Intern Zach Weidner (Easton, PA).

THE SHAKESPEARE THEATRE OF NEW JERSEY OPENS ITS 54th SEASON WITH NOËL COWARD COMEDY

A SONG AT TWILIGHT

by Noel Coward
Directed by Paul Mullins

WHEN: May 11 through May 29; special Wednesday matinee on May 25 at 2:00 p.m. provides a new opportunity for seniors and other members of the general public to see a performance during daylight hours.
WHERE: F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, 36 Madison Avenue (at Lancaster Road) in Madison.
TICKETS: Single tickets for A Song at Twilight start at $25 for preview performances and $32 for regular performances. This season, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is initiating their $30 Under 30 Program, which offers tickets for $30 for patrons aged 30 and under, with valid ID, tickets subject to availability.
For tickets, call the Box Office at 973-408-5600 or visit www.ShakespeareNJ.org.

Take a celebrated writer, his devoted wife, and a glamorous woman from his past—add a sprinkling of piano music and Coward’s delicious quips—and it’s the perfect recipe for this bittersweet comedy from the master of sophisticated wit. Veteran company members Edmond Genest and Laila Robins will appear in the leading roles, directed by Paul Mullins.

First produced in 1966, A Song at Twilight premiered at the Queen’s Theatre, London, and was planned as Coward’s final theatrical production. A Song at Twilight opened to celebratory reviews with Coward playing the part of Felix. Although a success in England, the show was not staged in New York City until 1974, a year after Coward’s death. On Broadway, the show was billed under the title Noël Coward in Two Keys alongside Come Into the Garden Maud where it ran for 140 performances at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre.

The Cast:

Long-time company member, Edmond Genest will play the role of Hugo Latymer, Coward’s alter ego. Mr. Genest most recently appeared at The Shakespeare Theatre in last season’s The Royal Family and has been with the company since the early 90’s, playing leading roles in over 20 productions, including The Devil’s Disciple, The Playboy of the Western World, and No Man’s Land. Throughout his career, he has worked with many companies, including Portland Stage Company, The Kennedy Center, Roundabout Theatre Company, and Yale Repertory Company.

Last seen at the Theatre in Noises Off, Laila Robins, plays Carlotta Gray. Company credits include A Streetcar Named Desire, The Cherry Orchard, Macbeth, King John, Three Sisters, among many others. Laila has appeared on Broadway in Heartbreak House, Frozen, The Herbal Bed, and The Real Thing. Recently, Ms. Robins was a season regular on the hit series Homeland as Martha Boyd. Film and television credits include The Good Shepherd, True Crime, 30 Rock, Sex and the City, all three Law & Orders, and The Sopranos.

Alison Weller, who will be returning for her seventh season with The Shakespeare Theatre, will play the role of Hilda Latymer. Company credits include: Belise in The Learned Ladies, Fernande in Tovarich, Varya in The Cherry Orchard, Corine in Triumph of Love, Clara in Hay Fever, Calphurnia in Julius Caesar, and Lucy in The Country Wife. She is an Associate Artist with the Obie Award-winning investigative theatre The Civilians.

In his Shakespeare Theatre debut, Ben Houghton joins the cast to play Felix, the waiter. He has performed regionally with the Virginia Repertory Theater, Utah Festival Opera, Bucks County Playhouse, and the MCS Studio Theater.

The Director:

Paul Mullins returns for his twenty-fifth season with the Theatre after directing Equivocation last year. His most recent company credits include The Devil’s Disciple, The Playboy of the Western World, The Liar, The Accidental Death of an Anarchist, The Lion in Winter, Noises Off, Private Lives, and The Time of Your Life. Mr. Mullins has worked with The Old Globe, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, The Studio Theatre, DC, Portland Stage, Dorset Theatre Festival, and Connecticut Repertory Theatre.

The Artistic Staff:

The show’s visual elements will be brought to life through the work of set designer Brittany Vasta, lighting designer Michael Giannitti, and costume designer Nikki Delhomme. Serving as production stage manager is Alison Cote.

Special Performances:

For the same price as a regular ticket, the Symposium Series performances offer a post-show discussion with the cast and artistic staff. For A Song At Twilight these performances will be Tuesday, May 17 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, May 21 at 2:00 p.m., and Saturday, May 28 at 2:00 p.m.

The Know the Show pre-show talks are offered again in 2016 free-of-cost. Prior to the show, an artist from The Shakespeare Theatre will present a pre-performance talk providing background information and an inside perspective on the production. This program is free with the purchase of a performance ticket and for A Song at Twilight will be held Thursday, May 19 at 7:00 p.m., with the show commencing at 8:00 p.m.

KAPLEN JCC IN TENAFLY COMMEMORATES HOLOCAUST WITH FREE FILM, PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT

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Holocaust Commemoration at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades features Film Screening of

Besa: The Promise & Fine Arts Photography Exhibit

WHEN: Wed, May 4, 7 – 9 pm
WHERE:
Kaplen JCC on the Palisades, 411 E. Clinton St., Tenafly
ADMISSION: Free

Besa: The Promise weaves the first-person accounts of two men: Norman H. Gershman, a renowned Jewish-American photographer who documented the lives of Albanian Muslims who rescued Jews during the Holocaust, with another, Rexhep Hoxha, who sought to fulfill the promise his father made to a Jewish family by returning a set of Judaic books they left behind.

With Norman’s help, Rexhep embarks on a journey to Bulgaria and Israel, where his promise amounts to more than words. His promise is his besa, an honor code that pledges all Albanians to offer safe harbor to refugees – a pledge that was steadfastly observed during the war as not a single Jew was betrayed by an Albanian citizen when the Nazis occupied their country. This true and heroic story is about a nation of everyday heroes who recognized their common humanity, remained true to their promises, and risked their lives for strangers.

Underscoring the film’s message and impact, the evening will also feature an exhibition of Norman Gershman’s moving black and white portraits of Jews who were rescued in Albania and Kosovo during the war. The show, which will remain on display in the Waltuch Gallery at the JCC for the month of May, is a perfect companion to the film, revealing a hidden period in history and a highly compassionate side of ordinary people saving other people’s lives. Gershman’s photographs are represented in museums throughout the world. They have been featured in exhibits by Yad Vashem in Israel and the United Nations in New York.

The commemoration will conclude with the presentation of the Abe Oster Holocaust Remembrance Award to a high school student who creates a work of fine art that conveys the continuing relevance of the Holocaust in the 21st century and a candle-lighting ceremony, led by five Holocaust survivors and their families.

The program is made possible each year through the Martin Perlman & Jo-Ann Hassan Holocaust Education Institute.

For more information, call Ruth Yung at 201.408.1418 or ryung@jccotp.org.

TICKETS FOR 2016 “TOUR OF NOTABLE HOMES” NOW ON SALE!

Join the New Jersey Festival Orchestra for this year's
TOUR OF NOTABLE HOMES

presented by The Friends of NJ Festival Orchestra

WHEN: SATURDAY MAY 7th, 2016; 10am to 3pm

A Self-Guided Tour of Distinguished Residences in Westfield and Environs

  • Five Enticing Residences
  • Musical Interludes
  • Upscale Raffle and Door Prizes
  • Mother's Day Plant Sale
  • Refreshments
  • WIN A TESLA FOR THE DAY Ticketed Raffle

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Stylish "smart house" in Scotch Plains

This sprawling contemporary home embodies the vision of its owners who redesigned and enlarged the footprint of a demolished dwelling. Replete with custom details, over-sized kitchen, luxurious amenities, all aimed at entertaining and family living.


Westfield Elegance

Situated on one of the town’s most prestigious avenues, this stately English Tudor has been beautifully renovated and expanded to include a gourmet center and other amenities. Splendid grounds include patios, outdoor fireplace, pool, pool house/game room, a guest-house and cabana.


Historic Colonial Revival Residence

This circa 1913 Colonial Revival property boasts custom period architectural detailing and 21st century amenities. A new conservatory and two balconies overlook a magnificent salt-water pool and professionally landscaped grounds.


Plainfield Historic Beauty

This eclectic, refined center hall Colonial, designed and built by eminent architect John Benson, is situated in the heart of the Plainfield Historic District. Five fireplaces, six bedrooms, nine-and-a-half foot ceilings with exquisite millwork throughout. Set in magnificent grounds with paver terrace, lush landscaping and original carriage house for up to seven cars.


An Entertainer's Delight

With luxury appointments and up-to-the-minute selections, this classically proportioned Westfield residence was recently transformed into an entertainer’s paradise by renovator Eric Gerckens.


TICKETS: Advance tour tickets $35, $40 on May 7.
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ALL PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT NEW JERSEY FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA

 

ENCORE (STAGED READING) OF “CHILDREN OF EDEN JR.” TO BE PERFORMED @ THE PINGRY SCHOOL THIS SUNDAY ONLY

WHEN: Sunday, May 1st at 2:00 pm
WHERE:
Pingry School’s Macrae Theatre, 131 Martinsville Road, Basking Ridge
TICKETS: $15
For tickets vist: coereading.brownpapertickets.com

Following the success of the World Premiere production at The Summit Playhouse in Summer 2015, the cast reunites again to present a reading of an updated script and score. All proceeds from this special event will be donated to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

NOTE: Actors will perform with books in hand and minimal staging. This title is in development for MTI's Broadway Junior Collection

For more information visit thesummitplayhouse.org/kaleidoscope

SVP TO HOLD AUDITIONS FOR CHILDREN’S SHOW

OPEN AUDITION NOTICE:

SLEEPING BEAUTY
By Blanche Marvin
Directed by Holly Kowalenko
Produced by Emily Windus

WHEN: Tuesday, May 1,0 at 8:00 pm and Wednesday May 11, 2016 
WHERE:
Somerset Valley Playhouse - 689 Amwell Rd, Hillsborough, NJ.

Performance dates: July 15 - July 31, 2016

A shy and absent-minded Prince is browbeaten into marrying the Sleeping Beauty who is 100 years his senior. The children in the audience lend him a hand while good and bad fairies deal with the politics of the day and the gossips of the court vie with each other telling scandal.

Director Holly Kowalenko is seeking to fill the following roles:

  • King 30-50
  • Queen 30-50
  • Princess Beauty 15-19Prince Charming 16-25
  • Court Jester 16-40
  • Queen of the Fairies 20+
  • Fairies (2) 18+
  • Barbel (Wicked Fairy) 30+
  • Ladies-in-Waiting (2) 18+
  • Lords (2) 18+
  • Cook 18+
  • Cook's Assistant 15+
  • Soldiers and Pages 15+

Special note for auditioners:

  • Readings will be from the script.
  • All cast members must be able to move well, as there is some ballroom dancing required.

NEIL SIMON PLAY THIS WEEKEND @ NJ SCHOOL OF DRAMATIC ARTS: A STUDENT PRODUCTION!

New Jersey School of Dramatic Arts

 

FOOLS
A Play by Neil Simon

WHEN: Friday April 29th at 8:00 PM, Saturday April 30th at 8:00 PM, Sunday May 1st at 3:00 PM
WHERE: NJSDA Black Box Theatre 593 Bloomfield Ave, Bloomfield
TICKETS: $15
Call 973-566-9700 to reserve your seat!

Young actors create some "foolish" fun on stage!

Fools is a hilarious comic fable by Neil Simon, set in the small village of Kulyenchikov, Ukraine, during the late 19th century. The story follows Leon Steponovich Tolchinsky, a schoolteacher who takes a new job educating Sophia, the daughter of Doctor Zubritsky and his wife, Lenya. Leon soon learns that there is a curse on the village that makes everyone stupid, but complications ensue when Leon falls in love with his pupil!

The show is directed by Mikaela Kafka. This past summer she directed The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) for NJSDA's Summer Camp KIDS ON STAGE! Mikaela has been working professionally in the theatre for over 25 years. Most recent directing credits include; ENRON at The Garage Theatre Group and Michael C. O’Day’s Dragon’s Breath in the New York International Fringe Festival.

Children’s productions include Into the Woods, Little Mermaid, Fiddler on the Roof, Charlie Brown, High School Musical, Bugsy, and Bye Bye Birdie. She is also a member of Centenary Stage Company’s Women’s Play Series, where she will be directing readings by up and coming woman playwrights in April. As an actress, her credits include; Moe Green… by Tony Dimurro (Helen Hayes), An Empty Plate… by Michael Hollinger (Arden), Light up the Sky (Centenary Stage), ‘Night Mother, Imagining Madoff , Slaughter City, andThe Maids by Jean Genet (Garage Theatre) which earned her a nomination for “Best Lead Actress in NJ.”

Founded in 2004, the New Jersey School of Dramatic Arts (www.njactors.org) in Bloomfield, NJ has provided comprehensive professional acting training for adults, teens and children. More than 1,200 students, some of whom have gone on to pursue professional acting careers, have taken classes at the school since it opened its doors ten years ago.

DINO DAY COMING TO MORRIS MUSEUM THIS SATURDAY

Dino Day

Dino Day Family Festival
WHEN: Saturday, April 30, 11:00am – 4:00pm
WHERE:
Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown

Travel back with us to the time of the dinosaurs!

During Dino Day, visitors to the Museum will have the opportunity to enjoy a performance of the children's rock show, Hadrosaurus Rocks, in the Bickford Theatre. In addition, there will be plenty of hands-on activities for the whole family, including a fossil dig pit, a dinosaur scavenger hunt, and crafts. Visitors will also have the chance to meet paleontology experts. Don't miss it!

Hadrosaurus Rocks
WHEN: 11:00am and 1:30pm
WHERE:
Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum

Jungle Gym Jam

Join Jason Didner and the Jungle Gym Jam for an interactive and energetic rock show for kids and their grown-ups about dinosaurs and other animals.

TICKETS: Festival Tickets: Free for Members; $7/Child, $10/Adult for Non-members
Combo Tickets:
  $10 Members; $15 Non-members (Includes Dino Day Family Festival and a Performance of Hadrosaurus Rocks.)

Further program and ticket information is available by calling (973) 971-3706 or online at www.morrismuseum.org.

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.

Location & Hours
The Museum is located at 6 Normandy Heights Road (at the corner of Columbia Turnpike) in Morristown, NJ, and is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 11:00am to 5:00pm and Sunday, 12:00 to 5:00pm. In addition, the Museum is open evenings from 5:00 to 8:00pm on the second and third Thursday of the month. Admission to the Museum is $10 for adults and $7 for children, students and senior citizens. Admission is always free for Museum members.  For more information, call (973) 971-3706, or visit www.morrismuseum.org.

MUSICAL ABOUT HUCKELBERRY FINN TO OPEN IN SOUTH ORANGE MAY 6

BIG RIVER: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

"How about a hand for the hog?"

WHEN: MAY 6-8, 13-15, 20-21, 2016; Fri/Sat - 7:30PM Sun - 4:00PM
WHERE:
The Baird Theatre on Three - 5 Mead St - South Orange
TICKETS: Online - $18 Student/Senior: $15 ; At the Box Office - $25 Student/Senior: $20
Click here for more information or to purchase your tickets

Starring

Sherese Bulluck - Christa Carlucci - Tionna Clifton - Levil Shawn DaCosta - Brittaney Duhaney - Will Ehren - J. Marshall Evans - Babette Godefroy - Aidan Harn-Flood - Arlinda Harris - Sally Jayne - Trevor Jones - Demetrius Kee - Chris Learn - Lynne Lewis - Ian MacDonald - David Marques - Jared Mompoint - Linnea Mumma - Dean Nielsen - Elyssa Nielsen - Jeremy Nielsen - Janet Painter - Diane Parker - Whitney Pillsbury - Robert Rasczyk - Milo Shields - Aubrey Skolnick - Kathryn Stathakis - Kayla Stewart - Felicity Winter - David Wren-Hardin

ABOUT THE SHOW
Twain's timeless classic sweeps us down the mighty Mississippi as the irrepressible Huck Finn helps his friend Jim, a slave, escape to freedom at the mouth of the Ohio River. Their adventures along the way are hilarious, suspenseful and heartwarming, bringing to life your favorite characters from the novel-the Widow Douglas and her stern sister, Miss Watson; the uproarious King and Duke, who may or may not be as harmless as they seem; Huck's partner in crime, Tom Sawyer, and their rowdy gang of pals; Huck's drunken father, the sinister Pap Finn; the lovely Mary Jane Wilkes and her trusting family. Propelled by an award winning score from Roger Miller, the king of country music, this jaunty journey provides a brilliantly theatrical celebration of pure Americana.

INTERFAITH HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE SERVICE THIS SUNDAY

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MARCH: Assemble at Spiotta Park, South Orange Ave. and Village Plaza
SERVICE: Congregation Oheb Shalom, 170 Scotland Rd., South Orange

LUNA STAGE PRESENTS FINAL JAZZ CONCERT OF THE SEASON

WHEN:  Sunday, May 1, at 7:00 PM
WHERE:
Luna Stage, 555 Valley Road, West Orange
TICKETS: $18

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS

MILE SQUARE THEATRE TO PRESENT “CIRCUS IN A SUITCASE” TO BENEFIT 3 LOCAL SCHOOLS

CIRCUS IN A SUITCASE

Join Mile Square Theatre for a special event to benefit MST, Elysian Charter School, Hoboken Charter School, and the Hola Dual Language Charter School. Bring your family to see the fabulous Kevin O'Keefe perform his hilarious CIRCUS IN A SUITCASE.

From the suitcase of the multi-talented Kevin O’Keefe, an entire circus emerges: tent, band, lights, and a collection of comedic circus characters he inhabits. Included are a boisterous ringmaster, officious usher Mervin Merkle, a glamorous “magician to the stars,” and even an entire family of juggling acrobats. However, the most important performers emerge from the audience. Each performance becomes a dialogue between the characters and the audience—a light-hearted collaboration.

Half your ticket price will go to the school of your choice. The remainder will go to MST's Education Scholarship Fund.

WHEN: Saturday, April 30 @ 2pm and 5pm
WHERE:
Mile Square Theatre, 1408 Clinton St., Hoboken
TICKETS: Adults: $25 Children $20

NEW DROP-OFF OPTION!
Drop off your K-4th grader to our trained chaperones for only $5 more

GET TICKETS HERE!

IMPORTANT: Please enter your SCHOOL CODE in the DISCOUNT CODE field at check out so we know which school receives the funds from your tickets:

  • Hoboken Charter School: HCS
  • Elysian Charter School: ECS
  • Hola Dual Language School: HDL
 

Mile Square Theatre is supported by Clifton Savings Bank, The Rockefeller Group, Jet.com, Monroe Center for the Arts, Ironstate, Bijou Properties, The Brummette Family, The Kocis Family, Hufnagel Landscaping, Party with Purpose, the Hoboken Family Alliance, and by The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.

THIS PROGRAM IS MADE POSSIBLE IN PART BY FUNDS FROM THE NEW JERSEY 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, ADMINISTERED BY THE HUDSON COUNTY OFFICE OF CULTURAL & HERITAGE AFFAIRS, THOMAS A. DEGISE, COUNTY EXECUTIVE, AND THE BOARD OF CHOSEN FREEHOLDERS.

 

HOLMDEL THEATRE COMPANY SEEKS ACTORS FOR “TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD,” THEIR SUMMER PRODUCTION

OPEN CALL AUDITION NOTICE:


To Kill A Mockingbird
written by Harper Lee
adapted by Christopher Sergel
directed by Tom Frascatore

Performance Dates: July 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, 31; August 5, 6
Friday and Saturday nights – 8 pm curtain; Sunday Matinees – 2 pm curtain
All actors must be available for all performances

WHEN:
Wednesday, May 11
7 pm – 8 pm Children
8 pm – 10 pm Adults
Thursday, May 12
7 pm – 8 pm Children
8 pm – 10 pm Adults
Saturday, May 14:
Callbacks – 2 pm
WHERE: Duncan Smith Theater, 36 Crawfords Corner Road, Holmdel, NJ

  • One Equity Special Appearance contract will be available for this production.
  • ALL ROLES ARE OPEN
  • Contemporary monologues are welcome, but not necessary.
  • Sides will be provided at the auditions.

ROLES

  • Jean Louise Finch (Scout) - Female age 9-11, a young girl about to experience the events that will shape the rest of her life, she should, ideally seem as young as nine. Scout is courageous and forthright. If a question occurs to her, she’ll ask it.
  • Jeremy Finch (Jem) – Male age 13-14, he is a few years older than his sister Scout, and like his sister – perhaps even more than his sister – he’s reaching out to understand their unusual and thus not conventionally-admirable father. Probably the strongest undercurrent in Jem is his desire to communicate with his father.
  • Atticus Finch – Male age 45-55, he’s tall, quietly impressive, reserved, civilized and nearly fifty. He wears glasses and because of the poor sight in his left eye, looks with his right eye when he wants to see something well. It’s typical of Atticus that when he found out he was an extraordinary shot with a rifle, he gave up shooting – because he considered it gave him an unfair advantage over the animals. He’s quietly courageous and without heroics, he does what he considers just. As someone comments about him “we trust him to do right”.
  • Calpurnia – African-American Female, age 40+, proud and capable, she has raised the motherless Scout and Jem. She’s a self-educated woman and she’s made quite a good job of it. Her standards are high and her discipline as applied to Scout and Jem is uncompromising.
  • Charles Baker Harris (Dill) – Male age 11-12, small, blond and wise beyond his years, he is about the same age as Jem. Dill is neater and better dressed than his friends. There’s an undercurrent of sophistication to him, but his laugh is sudden and happy. Obviously there is a lack of his own home life, and he senses something in Atticus that’s missing from his own family relationship.
  • Maudie Atkinson – Female age 45-50, younger than Atticus, but of his generation, she’s a lovely sensitive woman. Though belonging to the time and place of this play, she has a wisdom and compassion that suggests the best instincts of the South and that period.
  • Stephanie Crawford – Female age 35-40, she’s a neighborhood gossip, and she enjoys it to the hilt. There’s an enthusiasm in her talking over the people of her town that makes it almost humorous. Sometimes she says things that are petty, but partly it’s because she simply can’t keep herself from stirring things up.
  • Mrs. Dubose – Female age 70+, she’s an old woman – ill, walking with difficulty, her pain making her biting, bitter and angry. However, she’s fighting a secret battle within herself, a battle about which few people are aware and her existence has in it a point of importance for Jem and Scout.
  • Arthur Radley (Boo) – Male age 35-40, he is a pale recluse who hasn’t been outside his house in fifteen years. It takes an extraordinary emergency to bring him out, and once out he’s uncertain about how to deal with people, and with his mission accomplished, he’s eager to return to his sanctuary.
  • Heck Tate – Male age 50-60, the town sheriff and a complex man. He does his duty as he sees it, and enforced the law without favor. The key to this man’s actual feelings is revealed in his final speeches to Atticus, and this attitude should be an undercurrent to his earlier actions.
  • Judge Taylor – Male age 60, the judge is a wintry man of the South, who does what he can within the context of the time to see justice done in his court. While he tried to run his court impartially, his sympathy is with Tom.
  • Reverend Sykes – African American Male age 40-45, the minister of the First Purchase Church, called that because it was paid for with the first money earned by freed slaves. He’s an imposing man with a strong stage presence. He should have a strong “minister’s” voice.
  • Mayella Ewell – Female age 18-21, she’s a desperately lonely and overworked young woman whose need for companionship – any companionship – has overwhelmed every other emotion. However, when her effort to reach out explodes in her face, she fights just as desperately for what she thinks is survival.
  • Bob Ewell – Male age 35-45, father of Mayella, a little bantam-cock of a man who lives with his large family by the town dump. As Harper Lee describes their situation – “The town gave them Christmas baskets, welfare money and the back of their hand”. Bob thinks this trial will make him an important man, and when Atticus destroys his credibility, Bob’s rage and frustration borer on paranoia.
  • Walter Cunningham – Male age 40, a hard-up farmer who shares the prejudices of this time and place but who is nevertheless a man who can be reached as a human being. He also has seeds of leadership for when his attitude is changed during the confrontation with Atticus, he takes the other with him.
  • Mr. Gilmer – Male any age, he’s a public prosecutor who is doing his job in trying to convict Tom. In many ways his manner is cruel and hurtful, and yet under all this, he too has unexpressed doubts as to Tom’s guilt, and his heart isn’t really in this conviction. Still, he goes after it, and it’s a hard thing.
  • Tom Robinson – African American Male age 25-30, handsome and vital, but with a left hand crippled by a childhood accident and held against his chest. He’s married to Helen and they have young children. He faces up to a false charge with quiet dignity. There’s an undercurrent of kindness, sensitivity and consideration.
  • Court Clerk – Male any age
    The roles of Mr. Gilmer and Boo Radley may be played by one actor. The roles of Judge Taylor and Mr. Cunningham may be played by one actor.

ADDITIONAL—NON-SPEAKING ROLES:
We are looking for 2-3 African American adults of any gender and any age and 2-3 Caucasian adults of any gender and any age to fill out a couple of scenes at every performance. There is no need to attend auditions for these roles. Some rehearsal time will be required. Please contact the producer at loren.manheimer@gmail.com for additional information about these roles.

Please email info@holmdeltheatrecompany.org
with any questions.

www.holmdeltheatrecompany.org.

ALLIANCE THEATRE GROUP 2016-2017 SEASON CONTAINS 4 NEW JERSEY PREMIERES!

ALLIANCE REPERTORY THEATRE HAS A NEW NAME—ALLIANCE THEATRE GROUP

2016-2017 SEASON:

WHERE: Mondo, 426 Springfield Ave., Summit (lower level theater)

Heisenberg
by Simon Stephens

WHEN: Sept 30 - Oct 15, 2016
A crowded subway platform, 2 strangers, and a kiss on the neck = A recipe for a life-changing and fascinating set of events that exemplifies the uncertainty principal of Heisenberg.

A Kid Like Jake
by Daniel Pearle

WHEN: Jan 6 - 21, 2017
A young couple's hope for their son's admittance to an exclusive private Manhattan school becomes tenuous when the 4 year old exhibits erratic and perplexing behavior. A Kid Like Jake is a study of intimacy and parenthood and the fantasies that accompany both.

The Big Meal 
by Dan LeFranc

WHEN: Mar 3 - 18, 2017
In a typical American suburban restaurant a young couple meets, sparks fly setting in motion an expansive tale over 5 generations. From first kiss to final goodbye, The Big Meal is an extraordinary big-hearted play of an ordinary family not to be missed.

Bakersfield Mist
by Stephen Sachs

WHEN: May 5 - 20, 2017
Is a painting bought for a few dollars from a thrift store just trash or a masterpiece? The answer may come when an art dealer arrives to decide. But answers are never easy and he soon discovers more than he bargained for. This thought-provoking comedy-drama asks vital questions about what makes art and people truly authentic.

The Realistic Joneses 
by Will Eno

WHEN: Jul 14 - 29, 2017
A thoughtfulplay that resonates with richness and feelingas 2 couples reach for connection,  both human and cosmic, in Will Eno's existential dramedy about mortality and communication.

OLDWICK COMMUNITY PLAYERS STILL SEEKS 3 FEMALE ACTORS FOR STAGED READING

AUDITION NOTICE: IMPORTANT!

BELLES 
by Mark Dunn

WHEN: Contact Merrylarue@aol.com or 908-399-3586 to schedule an appt.
WHERE:
Do It Yourself (DIY), 90 Main Street, Flemington
More info at www.Oldwickplayers.org.

A Staged Reading of Belles, a play told in two acts and 45 phone calls, visits six southern sisters, who, over the course of an autumn weekend, seek to bridge the physical and emotional distance between them via the telephone, and in the process come to terms with their shattered family history, told with humor and pathos.

Casting 3 remaining female roles. Ages 18-50.

  • No memorization of script is required.
  • One performance only: Sat., May 14, @2:00 PM. North Branch County Library, 65 Halstead St, Clinton NJ.
  • Rehearsals: May 5, 6, 12 & 13th, 6:30-9 PM at Flemington Do It Yourself, 90 Main St. Flemington.

Oldwick Community Players Inc. is a non profit community theater group, whose objective is to stimulate interest in drama and the arts, offering individuals opportunity for self expression in all of the arts of theater, including plays, musicals and concerts and provide educational experiences for “actors” of all ages.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

JHMOMC SPONSORS TRIP TO NATIONAL MUSEUM OF JEWISH HISTORY IN PHILADELPHIA

Trip to the National Museum of American Jewish History

Please join The Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County and Jewish Family & Children Services in our co-sponsored trip to the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia. Explore more than 350 years of Jewish life in America through evocative objects, telling moments, original films, and state-of-the-art interactive technologies.

WHEN: Tuesday, May 24, 2016.
DEPARTURES: Bus departures from Freehold are scheduled at 9:00 a.m. from the Freehold Jewish Center at 59 Broad Street in Freehold Borough, (please park across street in church parking lot), and at 9:15 a.m. from The Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County at 310 Mounts Corner Drive in Freehold Township. The bus will return at approximately 5:00 p.m. 
COST: $45 per person and includes round-trip bus transportation, docent-led small tours at the Museum, and a kosher boxed lunch.

Please register as soon as possible, as there is limited seating. A non-refundable payment is due at time of registration. The last day of registration is Wednesday, May 4, 2016. For more information regarding this event or to make a reservation, please call Marion Riback at Jewish Family & Children’s Service at 732-774-6886 (Ext. 43).

2016 May NMAJH Trip

JEWISH HERITAGE MUSEUM OF MONMOUTH COUNTY TO PARTICIPATE IN ANNUAL “A WEEKEND IN MONMOUTH COUNTY”

A WEEKEND IN OLD MONMOUTH
an event organized by The Monmouth County Historical Commission

WHEN: Sunday, May 1, 2016 from 12 to 5 p.m.
WHERE:
Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County, 310 Mounts Corner Dr. Freehold, NJ 07728
ADMISSION: free

The Jewish Heritage Museum will participate in the annual
A Weekend in Old Monmouth, an annual two-day event during which more than 40 of the Monmouth County history sites open their doors to visitors and waive their admission fees.

The Jewish Heritage Museum participates only on Sunday. (The Museum is closed on Saturday.)

There are four “tours” within the county, and the Museum is on the West or Orange Tour. Please click the link, http://tinyurl.com/zss9e3p for a downloadable PDF of the Tour booklet and see all of the sites available.

For more information call the Museum at 732-252-6990, or visit www.jhmomc.org.

The Jewish Heritage Museum is located in the Mounts Corner Shopping Center, at 310 Mounts Corner Drive Freehold, NJ, at the corner of Route 537 and Wemrock Road (between the CentraState Medical Center and Freehold Raceway Mall). It is on the second floor of the historic Levi Solomon Barn. The JHMOMC is a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and is handicapped accessible.

EDWARD ALBEE DARK COMEDY NEXT UP @ FEARLESS PRODUCTIONS IN RAHWAY

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WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?
By Edward Albee
Directed by James Walsh

WHEN: May 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15; Fridays and Saturdays 8 PM, Sundays 2 PM 
WHERE: The Loft Theater at the UCPAC, 1601 Irving St., Rahway
TICKETS: $20
Tickets are available HERE

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee is a dark comedy that portrays husband and wife George and Martha in a searing night of dangerous fun and games. By the evening's end, a stunning, almost unbearable revelation provides a climax that has shocked audiences for years.

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James Walsh (from Leonardo, NJ) has appeared in 7 Fearless Productions shows and directed 5 other Fearless Productions shows. “This production has been a process of discovery for both myself as the Director and for the actors, every step of the way. I am very lucky to work with, not only fearless actors, but hard working and intelligent ones! These qualities are essential in staging a play if this caliber. I believe Edward Albee has brilliantly captured the beautifully flawed and raw human emotions that exist between couples in his iconic play Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and I am honored to be directing this production.”

Lynn Langone (from Cranford, NJ) stars as Martha in her 2nd show with Fearless Productions. Lynn was nominated for a Best Actress Perry and has also directed a one act in the Kicking and swearing festival. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to take on the iconic role of Martha! She challenges me to the core of my being with her richly layered character. I also have the unique opportunity to perform opposite of my boyfriend Ted Wrigley. While some have questioned our sanity to take on the roles of such a dysfunctional couple, we have actually found the experience to be rewarding and so far we are still together. Actually we love discussing all the eccentricities of the characters and discovering their personal stories. All the pushing, shoving, spitting and hair pulling keep us on our toes. We hope you can come watch us play.”

Ted Wrigley (from Cranford, NJ) stars as George in his 2nd show with Fearless Productions. Ted had this to say about the show: "Albee's play challenges the actor to look within him or herself layer by layer, unfolding new discoveries of the character."

Shiva Kiani (from Newark, NJ) stars as Honey in her 8th show with Fearless Productions. Shiva will be Directing the Fearless Productions presentation of MAURITIUS by Theresa Rebeck which runs August 12-21, 2016. Shiva had this to say about the show: "Albee captures the function and dysfunction of marriage--how people can simultaneously support one another and break each other down, love someone above all others and hate them to the point of strangulation, play their games and yet break their rules in a real and dynamic way. I have never seen a stage relationship more true, even amidst the illusions the characters create to keep themselves alive. I'm thankful to be associated with a great piece of theater and even greater people."

Mike Burdick (from Linden, NJ) stars as Nick in his 16th show with Fearless Productions. Mike had this to say about the show: "Virginia Woolf is such an iconic play that it often gets attempted in community theater. But, by my estimation, rarely does it get produced with such a high caliber of actor and director. You do not want to miss this."

SUMMIT PLAYHOUSE PRODUCTION OF “GODSPELL” OPENS MAY 6

Godspell
Book by John Michael Tebelak;
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Directed by Carol Cornicelli
Musical Director Marsha Schreier

WHEN: May 6, 7, 13, 14, 15*, 20, 21, 22* at 8 PM (*2:00 pm matinee performance)
WHERE:
The Summit Playhouse, 10 New England Ave., Summit, NJ  07901
908-273-2192
TICKETS: $25 for adults and $20 for students.  We offer a 10% discount for groups of 10 or more.  If you want a group rate, please call the Playhouse at 908-273-2192 or email us summitplayhouseinfo@gmail.com
www.brownpapertickets.com

Prepare ye for the timeless tale of friendship, loyalty and love based on the Gospel according to St. Matthew. A group of people help Jesus Christ tell different parables with an eclectic blend of songs ranging in style from pop to vaudeville as the story of Jesus' life dances across the stage. Dissolving hauntingly into the Last Supper and the Crucifixion, Jesus' messages of kindness, tolerance, and love come vibrantly to life.