Wednesday, December 21, 2016

AMERICAN THEATER GROUP FINDS NEW HOME @ SOPAC; PLANS READINGS IN THE LOFT

SINGLE
A New Musical
Music and lyrics by Karen Bishko
Book by Karen Bishko and Nat Bennett
WHEN: SUN, JAN 8 AT 7PM
WHERE: SOPAC, 1 SOPAC Way, South Orange (behind the train station)
TICKETS: $20. Visit www.SOPACnow.org or call (973) 313-2787 for more information and to buy tickets.
A punk rock star in the 90’s. Now a high powered NY divorce attorney. And she’s still looking to find a nice, normal guy for herself.

A GOOD FARMER
by Sharyn Rothstein
WHEN: SUN, APR 2 AT 7PM
WHERE:
SOPAC, 1 SOPAC Way, South Orange (behind the train station)TICKETS: $20. Visit www.SOPACnow.org or call (973) 313-2787 for more information and to buy tickets.
Ripped from today’s headlines, a farming community struggles with issues of immigration, loyalty, family, survival and compassion.

A MIND OUT OF THE GUTTER
by Erin Mallon
WHEN: SUN, MAY 21 AT 7PM
WHERE: SOPAC, 1 SOPAC Way, South Orange (behind the train station)
TICKETS: $20. Visit www.SOPACnow.org or call (973) 313-2787 for more information and to buy tickets.
A crotchety senior citizen learns about life and forgiveness from his new neighbor – a precocious 9 year-old.
*Ms. Mallon is a New Jersey playwright and resides in Maplewood.

TBA
WHEN: SUN, JUN 18 AT 7PM

WHERE: SOPAC, 1 SOPAC Way, South Orange (behind the train station)TICKETS: $20. Visit www.SOPACnow.org or call (973) 313-2787 for more information and to buy tickets.

(Dates and titles subject to change)

MarkPacker_JamesVagiasThe South Orange Performing Arts Center is thrilled to announce a new partnership with American Theater Group, a professional member theatre of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance. The company, headed by Producing Artistic Director James Vagias, will begin presenting staged readings in the SOPAC Loft in January, 2017 and the following year will produce at least two fully-staged productions on the mainstage. As SOPAC’s theatre company in-residence, American Theater Group and SOPAC will co-present these theatrical offerings.

“We are excited to welcome American Theater Group to the SOPAC stage, and to South Orange,” noted SOPAC’s executive director Mark Packer (Above, left). “James Vagias (Above, right) has an outstanding record of achievement in bringing new works to life. His reputation as a long-time producer in New Jersey is sterling and we feel that our audiences will be thrilled to see these quality productions in the intimate SOPAC theater.”

American Theater Group is an ambitious new performing arts company launched in 2012 with co-founders Joe Mancuso, Rick Sordelet and then Mayor of Rahway Jim Kennedy that offers musicals and plays, a new musical reading series and and arts-in education programming. Its focus is on producing new and classical works, primarily by American playwrights, with an emphasis on the development of new works and the rediscovery of undeservedly neglected older ones. American Theater Group’s Board of Trustees chairperson is South Orange resident and Tony Award-winning actress Michelle Pawk.