Thursday, August 31, 2017



WHERE: UCPAC Hamilton Stage, 360 Hamilton St., Rahway

Use code PAC17 online for 30% off tickets!
$22 tickets become...$15.40!

This musical revolves around Bobby (a single man unable to commit fully to a steady relationship, let alone marriage), the five married couples who are his best friends, and his three girlfriends.

CSNsongs: Celebrating the Music of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

WHEN: September 9, 2017 at 7:30 PM
UCPAC, 1601 Irving St., Rahway
TICKETS: Use code PAC17 online for 30% off tickets!
$20 Mezzanine tickets become... $14.00!
$25 Loge tickets become...$17.50!
$30 Orchestra tickets become...$21.00!
$35 Orchestra tickets become...$24.50!

It was August 1969 at Woodstock that David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash changed the face of folk/rock music forever. CSNsongs is the only national touring “Crosby Stills Nash & Young” tribute show of its kind, performing all of their amazing and timeless hit songs that you have come to love throughout the years. All CSN&Y compositions are reproduced with the highest sincerity and respect to Crosby Stills Nash & Young. The opening act is "The Guess Who Experience", America’s only touring tribute show dedicated to The Guess Who. You're going to love "The Guess Who Experience" & "CSNsongs" together, for one amazing show!!

WHEN: September 16, 7 PM
UCPAC, 1601 Irving St., Rahway
TICKETS: only $3.00 each!

Showing from a 35mm print!

After Barbara (Geena Davis) and Adam Maitland (Alec Baldwin) die in a car accident, they find themselves stuck haunting their country residence, unable to leave the house. When the unbearable Deetzes (Catherine O'Hara, Jeffrey Jones) and teen daughter Lydia (Winona Ryder) buy the home, the Maitlands attempt to scare them away without success. Their efforts attract Beetlejuice (Michael Keaton), a rambunctious spirit whose "help" quickly becomes dangerous for the Maitlands and innocent Lydia.

*As always, there are no added fees no matter how you choose to purchase your tickets.*

Discount code PAC17 available on select shows only until an hour before respective showtimes. Discounts are not combinable and cannot be applied to past purchases.

Box Office: 732.499.8226  -

"Generations" Art Reception & Exhibit on September 17

Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ

Generations Art Reception and Exhigit

Wednesday, August 30, 2017



WHEN: Friday, September 8 from 7 to 9 p.m.
WHERE: Rutgers–New Brunswick’s Alexander Library (169 College Avenue, New Brunswick
Free parking will be available in the College Avenue Parking Deck, Lot 26, and Lot 30 for guests not affiliated with the university.

The New Brunswick Music Scene Archive in Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries, will kick off Hub City Sounds’ ROCK New Brunswick music festival weekend with a free panel discussion

  • Dennis Diken, the cofounder and drummer of the Carteret, New Jersey, band The Smithereens, who played numerous times in New Brunswick before they shot to international fame in the 1980s. Diken is also a record producer that has worked with Ben E. King, Mary Weiss of The Shangri-Las, Dave Amels, and R. Stevie Moore. He also fills in occasionally as a DJ on WFMU.
  • Sharief Hobley, a singer, songwriter, musician, and producer who has worked with Alicia Keys, John Legend, Kanye West, Cee-Lo Green, and others. Hobley is also the guitarist and singer of his soul band, Sharief in Burgundy.
  • Bob Makin, a reporter who has been covering music and more throughout New Jersey for 37 years, most notably through his column, Makin Waves. His current work can be found at
  • Audrey Rose, the lead vocalist and keyboardist of the New Brunswick-based band The Wichts, who ran the Blueberry Patch performance space in New Brunswick. Rose is also a poet and has produced music as a solo artist.
  • Andrew Spina, the owner of Spina Records, which is the only record store in New Brunswick. Spina Records specializes in selling and buying used and new vinyl records

The New Brunswick Music Scene Archive was established to demonstrate the value and reach of independent, local music with a focus on New Brunswick since 1980. It furthers the mission of Special Collections and University Archives to collect, preserve, and provide access to materials that document the history and culture of New Jersey. The archive is available for viewing by appointment. For more information or to donate materials, contact New Jersey regional studies librarian Christie Lutz (

Rutgers University Libraries support and enrich the instructional, research, and public service missions of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, through the stewardship of scholarly information and the delivery of information services. With more than five million volumes and thousands of digital resources located in 26 libraries, centers, and reading rooms in New Brunswick, Newark, and Camden, Rutgers University Libraries rank among the nation’s top research libraries.



NJ Premiere

Swimming in the Shallows
a quirky comedy by Adam Bock
directed by Michael Driscoll

WHEN: Sept 8 -23, 2017 Friday and Saturday evenings at 8pm. There is one Thursday night show Sept. 14th at 8pm
: Lower Level, MONDO  - 426 Springfield Avenue, Summit
TICKETS: Adults $27; seniors $22; students $17; early bird $18
For reservations: By Phone: 908-472-1502 or Online at

The Alliance Repertory Theatre Company is proud to present the off-beat comedy Swimming in the Shallows, a quirky comedy is about a group of friends’ exploration into everyday problems, anxieties and modern relationships, be they man-woman, woman-woman or man-shark.

This fairy-tale like story is eccentric and funny, yet also very moving as it explores gay weddings, heterosexual marriages, American Capitalism and the consequences of a love affair with a shark. It is an award-winning play described as "A screwy little jewel of a play", by the New York Times.

The cast includes Gus Ibranyi as Nick, Debbie Bernstein as Barbara, Elissa Strell as Donna, Gordon Wiener as Bob, Sarah Kuhns as Carla Carla, and Sean Morgan as the Shark.

The award-winning company, Alliance Repertory Theatre, is under the Artistic Direction of Michael Driscoll and was founded in 1999 by Jerry Marino and Jeff Streger. They are a non-profit 501c3company dedicated to producing distinctive, challenging and thought-provoking theater, and to providing local actors, directors and writers the opportunity to display and expand their talents.

“In the 10+ years I have been reviewing them, I have come to believe that Alliance Repertory Theatre is the Best Little Theater Company you've never heard of. Not only does Artistic Director Michael Driscoll have a knack for selecting little-known plays but, despite changing locations several times in the past few years and minus fancy sets, their productions are polished, professional and provocative—all at once.” —Ruth Ross, NJ Arts Maven

Tuesday, August 29, 2017



Escape to MCCC’s Kelsey Theatre for Season of Musicals, Dramas and Family Events

KelseyStaffMercer County Community College’s (MCCC’s) Kelsey Theatre invites theater goers of all ages to escape to the theater for this year’s line-up of hilarious comedies, serious dramas, family and adult musicals, and shows for the younger set. Artistic Director M. Kitty Getlik and all the staff at Kelsey Theatre are preparing to bring up the curtain on a blockbuster 44th season.

“Our audiences can expect mysteries that will keep them on the edge of their seats, musicals that will have them dancing in the aisles, and laughs that will keep on coming. It’s all part of the unique magic of live performance that you can’t get on any digital device! And, there is no bad seat in the house at Kelsey Theatre,” Getlik says.

WHERE: Kelsey Theatre is located on MCCC’s West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.
TICKETS: In keeping with the college’s goal to offer high quality, affordable theater for all, ticket prices are a fraction of those at larger venues, with subscription packages available for discounts of up to 43 percent. Series packages for new subscribers go on sale Aug. 15; tickets for all individual shows go on sale August 21. (Current subscribers may renew now.)
Unless otherwise noted, tickets for musicals are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, and $16 for students and children; tickets for plays are $18, $16, and $14. (There is a small surcharge for order processing.)
Orders may be placed by calling the box office at 609-570-3333, by mail, or online at (starting Aug. 21). For a complete listing of adult and children's events, visit the Kelsey website or call the box office for a brochure.

The season kicks off Sept. 8 to 17 as PinnWorth Productions presents the Tony Award-winning musical Memphis,” set in 1950s Tennessee at the dawn of the rock music revolution. (Tickets are $20 for all.) Next up is a romantic tale that will tickle your funnybone and touch your heart as The Yardley Players present Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park Sept. 22 to Oct. 1.

First in October is Sleuth,” a delicious cat-and-mouse murder mystery presented by Maurer Productions OnStage Oct. 6 to 15. A special event follows with The Pennington Players’ The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” a musical based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from Disney’s animated film, Oct. 20 to 29. (Tickets are $20 for all.)

In November, there are lessons to be learned about love and kindness in Dogfight,” presented by Pierrot Productions Nov. 3 to 12. This moving rock musical about a Vietnam veteran readjusting to civilian life boasts a score by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul of “La La Land” and “Dear Evan Hansen” fame. (This show is not recommended for children.)

The mood turns wondrously festive with Irving Berlin’s timeless White Christmas,” presented by M & M Stage Productions Nov. 17 to Dec. 3. Other family events for the holiday season are “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” presented by The Kelsey Players Dec. 8 to 10, and The Nutcracker,” a performance by New Jersey Youth Ballet Dec. 15 to 17.

The music continues in 2018 with another blockbuster of Broadway and film. Presented by PinnWorth Productions Jan. 5 to 21, the title cannot be announced quite yet. Let’s just say, “Something's coming, something good!” (Tickets are $20 for all.) Next up is a comic adaptation of a 1930s hit film. Ken Ludwig’s Twentieth Century,” about romance aboard a train bound for Boston, will be presented by Theater To Go Jan. 26 to Feb. 4. The whole family will enjoy “HONK! The Musical,” based on The Ugly Duckling fable by Hans Christian Andersen, presented by The Yardley Players Feb. 9 to 18 (A daytime performance for groups will be presented Feb. 16.)

The mood stays light with another Ken Ludwig comedy. Moon Over Buffalo moves at a hilariously frenetic pace as two fading stars take one last shot at keeping their careers afloat. It’s presented by M & M Stage Productions Feb. 23 to Mar. 4.

There’s more music in store in March as Reock & Roll Revue returns to Kelsey with a new tribute concert. NO ANGEL—The Life and Music of Gregg Allman is an all-new concert that will be performed for two shows only, Mar. 10 and 11. Get your tickets early for this one! (Tickets are $25 for all.)

Next up is a turn to classic Broadway at its best, as Maurer Productions OnStage presents Fiddler on the Roof,” Mar. 16 to 25. Tevye and his life in the little Russian town of Anatevka combine music and dance in a poignant story of tradition and change. Fast forward to modern Broadway for the coming-of-age rock sensation Spring Awakening,” to be performed by MCCC Theatre/Dance students April 6 to 15. (This show is not recommended for children.)

A huge special event follows as the Broadway musical “Titanic” sails onto the Kelsey stage. Playful Theatre Productions presents the epic tale of the doomed ship and its passengers April 20 to 29. (Tickets are $20 for all.)

May brings dance to the Kelsey stage with the Mercer Dance Ensemble’s Escapades,” featuring students, faculty, alumni and community dancers two concerts only, May 5 and 6.

For anyone with an empty nest who has considered filling it with a dog, Sylvia,” presented Forte Dramatic Productions May 11 to 19, will hit just the right touching and amusing notes. Emotions of a darker sort are on display in Glengarry Glen Ross,” as ruthless real estate salesmen battle for supremacy by lying and cheating. David Mamet’s modern classic is presented by The Pennington Players May 25 to June 3. (This show is not recommended for children.)

The season closes out in June on two comic notes. Disaster! A Musical is a send-up of a string of 1970s disaster movies featuring some classic rock hits and unforgettable fashions from the era, as told by Pierrot Productions June 8 to 17. And last, but certainly never least, is Shakepeare’70s return to the Kelsey Theatre with The Merry Wives of Windsor June 22 to July 1.

In addition to “Twas” and “The Nutcracker,” the Kelsey Kids Series features five shows to be presented by traveling professional companies: Pinocchio,” presented by Virginia Rep on Tour on Oct. 7; Disney’s Frozen The Movie-Play-Along,” presented by Theater To Go on Nov. 4; Goldilocks & The 3 Bears,” presented by Kaleidoscope Theatre on Mar. 3; Junie B. Jones,” presented by Theatreworks/USA on April 28; and The Cat in The Hat,” presented by Theatreworks/USA on June 2.

Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible, with free parking available next to the theater.

TOP: Ready to serve the community as Kelsey Theatre’s 44th season commences are, seated from left, Diana Maurer, Kate Pinner and Amy Bessellieu; back row from left, Lyndsey Goehrig, Dan Spalluto, Kelsey Theatre Artistic Director M. Kitty Getlik and Mike Almstedt.


So How Does A Musical

The Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County presents So How Does a Musical Become a Musical? a talk by Larry Lowenstein.

After 30 years as a theater professor at Brookdale Community College, where he directed more than 100 shows, Larry Lowenstein had done every show on his wish list. Therefore, after he retired, he decided to create his own original musical called The Next Big Thing. In this presentation, Professor Lowenstein will talk about what it takes to develop and put together a musical, revealing the process, pitfalls, and triumphs.

For more information or to make a paid reservation (non-refundable), call the Museum at 732-252-6990, or visit 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. The Museum is handicapped and assisted-listening accessible.


2017-2018 Improv Comedy Classes for Adults & Teens

Fall Class Open Level:

WHEN: Saturdays, Sept. 30 - Nov. 4, 2017 (six weeks); 12:00 - 2:00 pm
Oakes Center, 120 Morris Avenue, Summit, NJ
FEE: $210 for six classes

Winter Class Open Level:

WHEN: Saturdays, Jan. 20 - Feb. 24, 2018 (six weeks); 12:00 - 2:00 pm
Oakes Center, 120 Morris Avenue, Summit, NJ
FEE: $210 for six classes

Spring Class Open Level:

WHEN: Saturdays, April 7 - May 12, 2018 (six weeks); 12:00 - 2:00 pm
Oakes Center, 120 Morris Avenue, Summit, NJ
FEE: $210 for six classes

Summer Class Level 1:

WHEN: Wednesdays, June 6 - July 18, 2018 (six weeks - no July 4th class); 7:30 - 9:30 pm
Oakes Center, 120 Morris Avenue, Summit, NJ
FEE: $210 for six classes

Summer Class Level 2:

WHEN: Thursdays, June 7 - July 26, 2018 (eight weeks); 7:30 - 9:30 pm
Oakes Center, 120 Morris Avenue, Summit, NJ
FEE: $280 for eight classes (last class is a showcase)

You can read more:

Or you can jump right on it and register now!

I believe that anyone can improvise—anyone! And if you're saying, "Nuh-uh, not me!" then I must respectfully disagree. Sorry to be so blunt, but I've witnessed it time and time again. ANYONE can improvise.  —Lulu French, Instructor

Instructor * Improv

Lulu French first took improv classes at Gotham City Improv two decades ago and has been improvising ever since.  In addition to being a graduate of GCI, she has also studied improv under Amy Poehler, Matt Walsh, and Matt Besser - original members of the Upright Citizens Brigade, Armando Diaz - founder of the Magnet Theater, various Second City alumni such as Todd Stashwick (12 Monkeys), and improv masters Michael Gellman, Dave Razowsky, and Aretha Sills.  She has appeared in numerous improv performances in NYC improv theaters such as Gotham City Improv, the Magnet Theater, and Upright Citizens Brigade.

Lulu has been teaching improv since 2000 and has had the privilege to teach for organizations such as Gotham City Improv, The Queens Theater in the Park, Arts Horizons, The Theater Project, The South Orange Maplewood Adult School, IN Studios, Beyond the Bell, and Dreamcatcher Rep in addition to teaching corporate improv workshops for companies such as Pfizer, Novartis and AstraZeneca. She can currently be seen improvising in Dreamcatchers Rep's twice yearly improv show, Multiple Personality Disorder and with Gary Austin's the Classroom at the People's Improv Theater in NYC.

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



Leonieke Scheuble is a gifted young jazz pianist and organist who at age 7, had already recorded a handful of pieces including two of her own compositions. This was brought to the attention of acclaimed jazz pianist Steve Ash,  who took her on as a student.  In 2013 Scheuble received International Women in Jazz "Youth in Action" Award  and in 2015 she was the recipient of the "Best Up and Coming Young Artist Award" which was presented at the Hothouse Fan Award Ceremony. Leonieke Scheuble

Jared Gold - Organ
Dave Gibson- Trombone
Chris Beck-Drums

Over the past two decades, Freddie Hendrix has become one of the most in demand trumpeters in Jazz, and beyond. Also an accomplished composer, arranger and educator, the Teaneck, native's skill and versatility has resulted in him working with the Count Basie Orchestra and The Christian McBride Big Band, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and Alicia Keys. A product of the esteemed Jazz program at William Paterson U, with a Masters from NJCU, Hendrix also serves as a faculty member at the Hartt School of Music at The University of Hartford, The New School and Jazz House Kids.

Freddie Hendrix


Rain or shine!


Art After Hours: First Tuesdays

WHEN: September 5, 2017 / 5 to 9 pm
Zimmerli Art Museum, 71 Hamilton St., New Brunswick

Exhibition Tours / 5:45-6:15 and 6:30-7 pm
Christine Giviskos, the Zimmerli’s Curator of Prints, Drawings, and European Art, leads tours of On the Prowl: Cats and Dogs in French Prints. The exhibition features works from the Zimmerli’s renowned collection of nineteenth-century French graphic arts and explores the ways artists relied on traditional representations of cats and dogs, serving as symbols or indications of status, while also acknowledging their modern lives in Paris’s streets and parks. Nicole Simpson, the Zimmerli's Assistant Curator of Prints and Drawings, offers tours of Cats vs. Dogs: Illustrations for Children's Literature. Showcasing drawings from the Zimmerli's collection of original illustrations for children's literature, the exhibition captures the character and charms of both animals, as well as the joys that they bring to our everyday lives.

Live Music / All evening
Enjoy live music performed by the Eric Mintel Quartet. Pianist and composer Eric Mintel has brought his own lyrical and energetic style of jazz to audiences of all ages for more than twenty years.

September Exhibitions
Subjective Objective: A Century of Social Photography; Serigraphy: The Rise of Screenprinting in America; Absence and Trace: The Dematerialized Image in Contemporary Art; Stanley Twardowicz: Color Field Paintings, 1962-1990; On the Prowl: Cats and Dogs in French Prints; Cats vs. Dogs: Illustrations for Children's Literature; A Vibrant Field: Nature and Landscape in Soviet Nonconformist Art, 1970s-1980s; and Three American Painters: David Diao, Sam Gilliam, Sal Sirugo. Coming in October: Commemorating the Russian Revolution: 1917/2017.

ADMISSION: The program is FREE and open to the public.
For details, visit the web page.

TOP IMAGES: Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen, Summer: Cat on a Balustrade, 1909.
Art Seiden, Scrub-a-dub-dub!, illulstration from Puppies, c. 1962.

ABOVE: Pianist and composer Eric Mintel


We're searching for a cast of

actors, singers and dancers

for the Mel Brooks musical,

The Producers!

A hit show at the Rhino back in 2009,

we're pleased to bring back this hilarious show back to our stage

with our original Max Bialystock and Franz Liebkind.

All other roles available.

Register your spot on our website today!

Learn more about it by watching the video HERE



Uncommon Ground

Bluegrass Bar-B-Q Barn Dance and Fall Fundraiser
WHEN: Saturday, September 9, from 6-9 pm.
The Farmstead Arts Center Old English Barn, 450 King George Road in Basking Ridge.
TICKETS: $20 general admission, $10 for students, and free for kids 5 and under, may be purchased online at or CASH ONLY at the door.

The English Barn at Farmstead Arts will provide the perfect backdrop for an evening of great music, wholesome food and fun for the whole family. Food provided by the Soup Shoppe in the Riverwalk Plaza in Basking Ridge will be available to purchase beginning at 6pm.

Music and dancing will begin at 7pm, featuring “Uncommon Ground,” (above) a hot alternative Bluegrass group based in New York’s Hudson Valley. The band draws on the talents of Mike Kobetitsch on guitar, and mandolinist Wayne Fugate, both long-time veterans of the Bluegrass scene who have performed with “Out to Lunch”, Grammy award winner, Lisa Gutkin, and a host of other noteworthy bands and musical luminaries. Fugate was also heard and seen on Broadway playing mandolin and guitar on Steve Martin and Edie Brikell's Tony nominated musical Bright Star. Rounding out the group are the ever amazing Rachel Handman on fiddle and string bass player Phil Helm, two principles in the Hudson Valley Philharmonic whose technical precision, fertile inventiveness, surprising touches and mastery of the Bluegrass genre, give the band a distinctive, signature voice. To hear samples of their music, visit

Fundraising events will feature a silent auction with goods and services donated by area businesses and individuals available to the highest bidder. Guests will have the opportunity to learn about Farmstead membership at the membership tent where they will also be able to purchase unique Farmstead t-shirts featuring artwork by Liberty Corner artist Linda Arnold.

The Farmhouse will be open for the public to view the current art show, “Spectrum”, which features works by Farmstead studio artists, teachers and students. The art show closes on Sunday, September 10th, so this will be one of the final opportunities to view the show. There will also be lawn games provided for families with children. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs if they prefer to sit outside.

For more information visit or contact Operations Manager Kathy Harris at or call 908-636-7576.

The English Barn and farmhouse are wheelchair accessible. Anyone anticipating the need for additional accessibility services may make a request by sending an e-mail to at least three weeks in advance.

Funds for this event 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 for the Arts, through the State/County Partnership Local Arts Program Grant administered by The Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission.



A Raisin in the Sun
by Lorraine Hansberry
directed by Carl Cofield

WHEN: Saturday, September 9, and continue for an extended four-week run, through Sunday, October 8*. The opening night performance is Friday, September 15, at 7pm.
Two River’s Rechnitz Theater, 21 Bridge Avenue, Red Bank
TICKETS: range from $40 to $70, with discounts available for groups, seniors, and U.S. military personnel, their families, and veterans. A limited number of $20 tickets are available for every performance; $20 tickets may be partial view. Tickets for patrons under 30 are $20 and include the best available seats at every performance.
Tickets are available from 732.345.1400 or The lead production sponsor is Riverview Medical Center and the media partner is WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM.

In this landmark drama, Hansberry—drawing on her own family’s experience with housing discrimination—dramatizes the story of the Younger family, headed by matriarch Lena Younger, her son Walter Lee, and his wife, Ruth, who live (with other family members) in poverty on Chicago’s south side. As the play begins, we see that Walter Lee, a chauffeur, dreams of what he might do with a long-promised life-insurance check, a legacy left to them to them by Lena’s late husband. We meet the Younger family on the day that their lives could change forever. Taking its title from a poem by Langston Hughes—“What happens to a dream deferred/Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun?”—Hansberry’s play explores the different hopes and aspirations of each member of the Younger family as they fight for their piece of the American Dream.

A Raisin in the Sun debuted in 1959 and was the first play by a black woman to be produced on Broadway. Produced at Two River for the first time in the theater’s 24-year history, the play is Lorraine Hansberry’s seminal masterpiece about race, social justice, and history—American history in the largest sense, and the personal histories of ordinary African-Americans.

A Raisin in the Sun is not only one of America’s greatest plays,” says Artistic Director John Dias, “it is in fact one of the greatest works of art ever created. Lorraine Hansberry uses the metaphor of the family to illuminate something profound about who we are as Americans. We have built this production around the talents of an extraordinary family of Two River actors: Brenda Pressley as Lena Younger; Brandon J. Dirden as Walter Lee younger; and Brandon’s wife, Crystal A. Dickinson, as Ruth Younger. Joining them will be Brandon’s father, Willie Dirden, as Bobo, making this the first time that father and son have acted together. Carl Cofield’s production will resonate today as a story of how courage, hope and love trump our ongoing history of inequity and injustice.”

The cast of A Raisin in the Sun includes Jasmine Batchelor (Beneatha Younger), Nat DeWolf (Karl Lindner), Crystal A. Dickinson (Ruth Younger), Brandon J. Dirden (Walter Lee Younger), Willie Dirden (Bobo), Charlie Hudson III (Joseph Asagai), Brenda Pressley (Lena Younger), Owen Tabaka (Travis Younger), and York Walker (George Murchison). Andrew Binger and David Joel Rivera play the Moving Men.

The creative team includes scenic designers Christopher & Justin Swader, costume designer Elivia Bovenzi, lighting designer Kathy A. Perkins, sound designer Karin Graybash, and wigs designer Valerie Gladstone. The casting is by Jack Doulin + Sharky, and the stage manager is Lloyd Davis, Jr

Inside Two River

Inside Two River is a series of events specially curated for each Two River Theater production. For more information or to reserve seats, patrons should visit or call 732.345.1400.

WBGO JAZZ 88.3 FM Live Interview
WHEN: Thursday, August 17, at 7pm
Two River’s Rechnitz Theater

In this free event, Doug Doyle, the award-winning News Director at WBGO, will conduct a live interview with director Carl Cofield and cast members Crystal A. Dickinson, Brandon J. Dirden and Brenda Pressley. The interview will be taped for later broadcast on WBGO. Following the discussion, audience members are invited to join the artists in the Two River Lobby for coffee and dessert. 

Raisin’ the Roof Block Party
WHEN: Thursday, August 31, at 6pm
on the Two River Theater Plaza (rain location: Theater Lobby)

In this free community event, Two River will host an outdoor block party featuring live music by Gary Wright Roots & Blues, dancing on the plaza, and a sampling of food from local restaurants including M+J Texas BBQ. Participants will have the opportunity to meet the company of A Raisin in the Sun and enter a raffle to win free tickets. Reservations are strongly recommended; call 732.345.1400.

Audience Extras

Before Play and Lobby Display
Audiences will learn about Lorraine Hansberry and A Raisin in the Sun in Two River’s Before Play lecture series, which takes place 45 minutes prior to every performance, and Lobby Display.

Post-Play Conversations
Discussions with the cast and a member of Two River’s Artistic staff will take place on Sunday, September 24 at 3pm; Wednesday, September 27 at 1pm; and Wednesday, October 4 at 7pm.


Working with Google, Two River has created and launched a virtual tour of its facility, which lives on Google Maps and This virtual tour provides an additional level of support and benefit for patrons who use wheelchairs or require other assistance by allowing them to virtually come through the theater’s front doors and view the space in detail in advance of their visit.

An audio-described performance is scheduled for Wednesday, September 27 at 1pm, and an open-captioned performance is scheduled for Saturday, September 30 at 3pm. Tickets are available at a discounted rate of $25 for patrons using these services. To reserve wheelchair-accessible seating or tickets to a performance listed above, patrons should call 732.345.1400 or e-mail

*Saturday, September 9 at 8pm 
Sunday, September 10 at 3pm
Wednesday, September 13 at 1 pm and 7pm
Thursday, September 14 at 8pm
Friday, September 15 at 7pm (Opening Night)
Saturday, September 16 at 3pm and 8pm
Sunday, September 17 at 3pm
Wednesday, September 20 at 1pm and 7pm
Thursday, September 21 at 8pm
Friday, September 22 at 1pm and 8pm
Saturday, September 23 at 3pm and 8pm
Sunday, September 24 at 3pm
Wednesday, September 27 at 1pm and 7pm
Thursday, September 28 at 10 am (student matinee) and 8pm
Friday, September 29 at 8pm
Saturday, September 30 at 3pm and 8pm
Sunday, October 1 at 3pm
Tuesday, October 3 at 10am (student matinee)
Wednesday, October 4 at 1pm and 7pm
Thursday, October 5 at 10 am (student matinee) and 8pm
Friday, October 6 at 8pm
Saturday, October 7 at 3pm and 8pm
Sunday, October 8 at 3pm

Monday, August 28, 2017


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Directed by Laurie Wood
Produced by Michael A. Muller

WHEN: September 8 - September 24, 2017; Friday and Saturday Evenings at 8:00 pm and Sunday Matinees at 2:00 pm
WHERE: Somerset Valley Players, 689 Amwell Rd./Route 514, Hilllsborough, NJ  
TICKETS:  General Admission $22 - Seniors/Students $20
To Buy TicketsVisit the website at

It's 1979, and New York's hottest A-listers are lining up for the opening of a floating casino and discotheque. What begins as a night of boogie fever quickly changes to panic as the ship succumbs to multiple disasters, such as earthquakes, tidal waves and infernos. As the night turns into day, everyone struggles to survive and, quite possibly, repair the love that they've lost... or at least escape the killer rats.

For Further Info:  Call 908-369-7469
Theatre is wheelchair accessible.

IMAGE: Lynda Dickson (Bridgewater), Steve Sizer (Basking Ridge), Tracey Fama (Hillsborough), Todd Bennington (Clinton), Diane Parker (Lawrence Harbor), Christopher Patti (Martinsville), Jesse Principale (Hamilton), Mark Piltz (South Plainfield), Christopher Neuman (Hamilton Square), Katie McDonald (Basking Ridge), Olivia Ringel (Middlesex). Photos by Todd Bennington and Brian Bennington


Visit eventbrite to reserve your seats

WHERE: The Snyder Academy, 42 Broad St., Elizabeth

Featuring: Shakespeare’s most famous sonnets and soliloquies, swordfights & songs.

  • 4pm: Wine, Beer & Snacks

  • 5pm: Performances by ASC’s artists

  • 6:30pm: Dessert

DONATION: $20 Suggested Donation (per person, tax deductible)

For more information: or (609) 807-8258


We have exciting news to share!

Two River Theater has switched ticketing systems – offering you
a TON of added benefits such as:

  • Choosing your own seats when purchasing show tickets
  • Automatically applied discounts for subscribers & donors ― no more promo codes to remember!
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  • Ability to purchase subscriptions online
  • Print at home and mobile tickets
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Temple B'nai Abraham

Professor David N. Myers
President, Center for Jewish History, Professor of Jewish History, UCLA

WHEN: Wednesday, September 6, 7:30 PM 
Temple B’nai Abraham, Northfield Rd. (entrance on East Cedar Street), Livingston
ADMISSION: free and open to all

All Jewish History in One Hour... Really

Professor David Myers, a favorite and frequent TBA speaker, returns this fall to discuss his just-published Jewish History, part of the prestigious Oxford University Press A Very Short Introduction series.

In one hour, Myers takes us on a speedy but substantial journey, allowing us to perceive our history as one, distinct, organic whole.  Don't think it's possible? Come see. And learn.


Jewish Film Shorts Festival

Sunday, August 27, 2017


Jewish Film Shorts Festival

With shorts ranging from vintage to contemporary, serious as well as comedic, the screening will be followed by a discussion led by Seymour Levin, a board member of the Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival. Levin also founded The Kehillah of Chester County Summer Shorts film festival of Chester County, Pennsylvania (now in its fourth year).

The shorts to be presented include:

Dear G-d
| 2014 | 13 min. (Directors: Guy Nattiv and Erez Tadmor)

In this beautiful and poetic film, we witness life at the Western Wall through the eyes of Aaron, one of the site's security guards. Ave Maria USA, Israel | 2015 | 15 min. (Director: Basil Khalil)

The silent routine of 5 Palestinian nuns in the West Bank wilderness is disrupted when a family of Israeli settlers knock on their door after crashing into the convent's wall. Together they come up with an unorthodox plan to get them home.

Salomea’s Nose
USA | 2014 | 22 min. (Director: Susan Korda)

Salomea remembers the day her brothers disfigured her and themselves for life. Their mother called it The Day of Tragedy, and blamed it on fate, though fate and tragedy have a different meaning by the end of her tale.

The Funeral
UK | 2013 | 10 min. (Directors: Phil Montgomery and Alex Quinn)

Arnold Cowan is not a religious man. He does not believe in any of "that nonsense," which is a bit of a problem, because his son wants a proper bar mitzvah.

West Bank Story
USA | 2005 | 21 min. (Director: Ari Sandel)

This Oscar-winning musical comedy is set in the fast-paced, fast-food world of competing falafel stands in the West Bank.

Broken Branches
Israel | 2014 | 25 min. (Director: Ayala Sharot)

Michal Rechter was only 14 when she left her home in Poland and traveled to Palestine by herself on the eve of the Second World War. Her family was supposed to join her the following year, but when the war broke, everything changed. Michal's memories come to life in this colorful animation.

The Tailor
USA | 2011 | 6 min. (Director: Gordon Greenberg)

Culture and confusion meet on a Brooklyn street.

For more information or to make a paid reservation (non-refundable), call the Museum at 732-252-6990, or visit 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. The Museum is handicapped and assisted-listening accessible.


Foster_Mom_1275Foster Mom
by Chris Cragin-Day
directed by longtime collaborator Kel Haney

WHEN: September 7-24, Thursdays and Fridays at 8:00 pm, Saturdays at 3:00 pm and 8:00 pm, and Sundays at 3:00 pm.
Kean University’s Zella Fry Theatre, Vaughn Eames Hall, 1000 Morris Avenue, Union
TICKETS: $30 standard, $20 for senior citizens and Kean alumni, and $15 for students and patrons with disabilities. Significant discounts for groups of 8 or more apply.
To make reservations or to order a season brochure, please call the box office at 908-737-7469 or visit Premiere Stages online at

A funny, surprising, and optimistic coming-of-age tale for adults, Foster Mom tells the story of Leslie, a woman whose decision to foster a child is complicated by two factors: a skeptical mother and an unexpected romance. The play was selected from over 400 submissions to the Play Festival, an annual competition for unproduced scripts by area playwrights. Foster Mom feature actors Stori Ayers, Kate Kearney-Patch, Kurt Uy, and Ariel Woodiwiss.

chris-cragin-dayPlaywright Chris Cragin-Day (left) is a founding member of Firebone Theatre and an alumna of the Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group and the O’Neill Center’s National Music Theater Conference. Her recent productions include A Woman at 59E59 (directed by Ms. Haney), The Unusual Tale of Mary & Joseph's Baby with Don Chaffer at River & Rail, and the National Tour of Martin Luther on Trial with Max McLean, which also ran Off-Broadway and in Washington, D.C. A resident of Weehawken, Ms. Cragin-Day is an assistant professor of English and theatre at The King's College in New York.

Kel Haney previously directed My Lord, What a Night, Water by the Spoonful, and At Liberty Hall at Premiere Stages. Other recent directing credits include the world premiere of What Happens in Vegas at 59E59, the regional premiere of The Way We Get By at American Theater Group, and The Elephant in Every Room I Enter at La MaMa. Ms. Haney is an active member of Ensemble Studio Theatre, and a former Manhattan Theatre Club Directing Fellow and Lincoln Center Directors Lab participant.

The accomplished cast includes Newark resident Stori Ayers, who most recently appeared in Chautauqua Theater Company’s acclaimed production of Detroit '67; Kate Kearney-Patch, previously seen on television’s “How to Get Away with Murder” and “Person of Interest”; Princeton alumni Kurt Uy, who recent credits include Vietgone at Manhattan Theatre Club and The Oldest Boy at Lincoln Center Theater; and Ariel Woodiwiss, whose distinguished regional credits include Williamstown Theatre Festival, Steppenwolf, and Long Wharf Theatre.

Audience members are invited to further engage with the issues raised by Ms. Cragin-Day’s heartwarming play through Premiere Stages’ 2017 Talk-Back Series, which offers free post-show discussions with community leaders and local experts after select matinee performances (September 9, 10, 17 and 23 at 3:00 pm). Featured speakers include Meghan M. Walbert, author of Phase Three of Life (Saturday, September 9); Ms. Cragin-Day (Sunday, September 10); Celines Garcia and Lynn Patmalnee of Foster and Adoptive Family Services (Sunday, September 17); and Elizabeth Williams-Riley and Gloria McDonald of the American Conference on Diversity (Saturday, September 23). Premiere will also offer a series of informal pre-show talks every Saturday evening 30 minutes prior to performance in the lobby of the theatre.

“We are proud to share Chris’s compelling and highly topical story,” stated John J. Wooten, producing artistic director of Premiere Stages. “And the community partners we have engaged will provide additional perspectives on the challenges and rewards fostering affords.”

Tickets are also available for Premiere Stages’ exclusive Foster Mom Opening Night Party on Friday, September 8. This event features a pre-show party with wine, hors d’oeuvres, live music, and breathtaking views of the New York City skyline in Kean’s North Avenue Academic Building event space, reserved seating for the performance, and a post-show champagne toast and dessert reception with the cast. Tickets for this exclusive event are $65.00, and may be purchased by calling 908-737-7469 or emailing

Premiere Stages offers affordable prices, air-conditioned facilities and free parking close to the theatre. Premiere Stages also provides free or discounted tickets to patrons with disabilities. All Premiere Stages facilities are fully accessible spaces, and companion seating is available for patrons with disabilities. Assistive listening devices and large print programs are available at all times; publications in alternate formats are available with advance notice. Please call 908-737-4077 for a list of sign-interpreted, audio-described or open-captioned performances. For more information, please visit Premiere Stages online at

Premiere Stages is made possible in part through funding from The New Jersey State Council on the Arts, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, The Northfield Bank Foundation, The Wallerstein Foundation for Geriatric Life Improvement, The Hyde and Watson Foundation, The Union Foundation, E.J. Grassmann Trust, The New Jersey Theatre Alliance, Investors Foundation, The Union County HEART Grant, and through the generous support of individual patrons and local organizations. Discover Jersey Arts is our marketing partner. Visit for more information about other arts programming happening around the Garden State.


Raritan Valley Community College’s (RVCC) Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Department will present the

“Bust of Menelaus”_James AdkinsArt Faculty Exhibition

WHEN: September 6-22. An Artists’ Talk will be held Friday, September 8, from 5-6 p.m. A reception will follow from 6-7 p.m. Both are free of charge and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
Art Gallery at the Raritan Valley Community College Branchburg campus, 118 Lamington Road

The show is being coordinated by RVCC Art Gallery coordinator and VAPA faculty member Darren McManus.

The exhibition will feature work by RVCC art faculty members representing a wide range of media, including drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, video, graphic design, digital media, interior design and photography. (Above: “Bust of Menelaus” by James Adkins, charcoal & chalk on toned paper, 8.5" x 11", 2016)

“RW Chapel of the Abbey of Beaulieu”_Darren McManusWork by the following faculty members will be on display: James Adkins (Bedminster), Eric Araujo (New York, NY), Robert Di Matteo (Pittstown), Colin Edgington (Tobyhanna, PA), Andrea Freiwald (Highland Park), Barbara Friedman (Freehold), Lydia Grey (Somerville), Kristen Hagan (Newark), John Harford (Point Pleasant, PA), Heejung Kim (Bogota), Ji Yong Kim (Brooklyn, NY), Christopher Brand Koep (Hampton), William Macholdt (Raritan), Jeff Mason (Cranford), Darren McManus (Lambertville), Dot Paolo (Flemington), Dawn Paruta (Chatham), John Reinking (Pittstown), Jonathan Ricci (Trenton), Sarah Roche (Philadelphia, PA), Kathleen Schulz (Annandale), Wes Sherman (Denville), Val Sivilli (Milford), Virginia Smith (Ewing), Donna Stackhouse (Washington) and Ann Tsubota (Pittstown). (Left: “RW: Chapel of the Abbey of Beaulieu” by Darren McManus, acrylic on beveled wood, 48" diameter, 2015-17)

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. For further information, visit



For more information or to make a paid reservation (non-refundable), call the Museum at 732-252-6990, or visit 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. The Museum is handicapped and assisted-listening accessible.


Mothers and Sons - Barn Theatre - 01MOTHERS AND SONS

WHEN: September 8, 15, 16, 22, 23, and 30 at 8pm; and on September 9, 10, 17, 24, at 2pm
WHERE: Barn Theatre in Montville, located on Skyline Drive in Montville, NJ, just minutes off Exit 47 from Route 287
TICKETS: $20 (senior/student tickets are $18 on matinees only)
For more reservations, information or directions, call The Barn Theatre Box Office at (973) 334-9320, or visit The Barn Theatre on the web at

At turns funny and powerful, Mothers and Sons centers on Katharine Gerard, a woman who pays an unexpected visit to the New York apartment of Cal, her late son Andre's partner. Cal, however, is now married to Will, with whom he has a young son. Challenged to face how society has changed around her, generations collide as Katharine revisits the past and begins to see the life her son, Andre, might have led.

The cast of Mothers and Sons features: Jodi Freeman Maloy of Cedar Grove as Katharine Gerard, Liam Sheffield of Wayne as Bud Ogden-Porter, Scott Baird of Rockaway as Will and Greg Allen of Hawthorne as Cal Porter.

Pictured (clockwise from center):  Jodi Freeman Maloy of Cedar Grove (as Katharine Gerard), Liam Sheffield of Wayne (as Bud Ogden-Porter), Scott Baird of Rockaway (as Will) and Greg Allen of Hawthorne (as Cal Porter). [Photograph by Tom Schopper]



WHEN: Saturday, September 16, at 8pm
Lackland Performing Arts Center at 715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown
TICKETS: $35.00 for the orchestra and $30.00 for the balcony in advance.  Ticket prices increase $5.00 the day of the performance. 
Centenary Stage Company’s Curtain Up! event Tapestry: The Carole King Songbook is sponsored by Heath Village and Fulton Bank of New Jersey.

For more information or to purchase tickets visit or call the CSC box office at (908) 979 – 0900.  The box office is located in the Lackland Performing Arts Center at 715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown, NJ.  The Box office is open Monday through Friday from 1 – 5 pm and two hours prior to each performance.  Centenary Stage Company can also be found across social media platforms; Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  Like and follow to receive the latest in Centenary Stage Company news and special offers.

Image result for Suzanne O. DavisSuzanne O. Davis embodies Carole King, recreating the sound and vibe of a 1970’s Carole King concert. Following her legendary album, Tapestry not only presents the record-breaking Grammy winning album of the same name but is a retrospective of the iconic songwriting team of Goffin and King. The prolific team wrote chart-topping hits for such artists as Aretha Franklin, Bobby Vee, The Beatles, James Taylor, the Drifters, Donny Osmond and, of course, King whose hits continued into the 70’s.

Tapestry: The Carole King Songbook has performed to sold out audiences across the United States and Canada.  Davis notes, “The band and I feel [the love of Carole King] from the audience within the first song… When I play and sing this music at the piano, I feel like I’ve really found my spot… The audience seems to want to go with me on this musical journey during these concerts. I’ve waited several years to be able to have the time to put this show together, and the time is right, and the time is now.”

The 2017-2018 season of performing arts events at the Centenary Stage Company is made possible through the generous support of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the NJ State Council on the Arts, the Shubert Foundation, the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, the Sandra Kupperman Foundation, and CSC corporate sponsors, including Premier Season Sponsor Heath Village Retirement Community, Silver Sponsors Hackettstown Medical Center, Home Instead Senior Care (Washington), The Holiday Inn in Budd Lake, Fulton Bank of New Jersey, The House of the Good Shepherd and Centenary Stage Company members and supporters


Aiken & Friends Fest, North Branch


  • Songwriters-in-the-Round * Fri., Sept. 22 at 7PM * $20
  • Workshops * Sat., Sept. 23 from 12-1PM * $10
  • Concert On the Quad * Sat., Sept 23 from 2-6PM * FREE
  • Tall Tales & Troubadours * Sat., Sept. 23 at 7PM * $20
  • Weekend pass (includes one workshop) $30

WHERE: The Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College, 118 Lamington Road, Branchburg

For 12 years, Aiken & Friends Fest has been coastal Virginia’s premier music festival featuring national, regional and local artists and songwriters performing genuine original music and, now, we’ve joined with Mike & Amy Aiken in opening up a north branch. This two-day mini fest, kicks off Friday night with Songwriters-in-the-Round, featuring Mike Aiken and two guests performing their original works and talking about their writing and what inspires them (ticketed). Saturday begins with three concurrent, 60-minute workshops in guitar, songwriting and indie music promotion. Weekend pass holders can enroll in the class of their choice. Remaining seats will be offered for a $10 fee. Saturday afternoon’s events are free and open to the public. They include a music stage with 45-60 minutes sets by four artists and a pickers’ tent where locals can come together and play. Food will be available throughout the afternoon and local craft vendors will be offering their wares. Fest closes with another ticketed event, Tall Tales & Troubadours, a concert by Mike Aiken. Fest will be preceded by several open mics, the winner(s) of which will be invited to open for the Saturday night concert.

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Saturday, August 26, 2017


“The purpose of my husband’s clinic isn’t to cure, but to liberate and exploit madness.”

“In this, he appears to succeed only too well.”

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WHERE: The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, 36 Madison Ave, Madison

Click here for directions to the F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre and for information about FREE parking.



Back to the Land: The Story of The Jewish Farmers of Greater Monmouth
A PowerPoint Presentation, focusing on the Jewish agricultural industry that flourished in Central Jersey from 1920 to 1970

WHEN: Thursday, September 7, 2017, at 6:30p.m.
WHERE: Howell Public Library (Monmouth County Library), 318 Old Tavern Rd, Howell, NJ

The program deals with earlier 18th and 19th century Jewish farming development leading to the 20th century when commercial-scale poultry farming became the most important form of agriculture engaged in by the state’s Jewish farmers. The largest concentration of Jewish poultry farms in Monmouth County developed in the Farmingdale/Howell area, producing a rich community as well as an agricultural life.

For more information or to make a paid reservation (non-refundable), call the Museum at 732-252-6990, or visit 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. The Museum is handicapped and assisted-listening accessible.

Friday, August 25, 2017



WHERE:  Crawford Hall, Ehringer Center, Drew University, 36 Madison Ave., Madison


WHEN: Sept. 8 (previews) – Oct. 15; opens Sept. 16
McCarter Theatre Center, 91 University Place, Princeton

Featuring members of A Red Orchid TheatreL (L-R) Kristin E. Ellis, Jennifer Engstrom, Mierka Girten, John Judd, Michael Shannon, and Guy Van Swearingen

Buried secrets, blackmail, and false identities race onto the stage in Simpatico, a tragicomedy about the slippery netherworld of thoroughbred racing from Pulitzer Prize-winning dramatist Sam Shepard.

McCarter is proud to collaborate with the acclaimed Chicago ensemble A Red Orchid Theatre to bring this riveting American drama to Princeton, starring Tony and Oscar-nominated actor Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire, Nocturnal Animals, Long Day’s Journey Into Night) and members of A Red Orchid Theatre.

“A sharply hilarious lament for a mythic America and the fallout of one quintessential con.”– Chicago Sun Times

“It is like a cross between a modern film noir, Ibsenesque thriller and revenge drama.”– London Evening Standard.

Celebrating Sam Shepard
WHEN: November 5, 1943 – July 27, 2017

“One of the most important playwrights of his generation, Sam Shepard shaped the American theater from the moment his plays appeared on our stages—and in so many theaters across the globe—in the late 1960s. We dedicate our opening play of the season, Sam's Simpatico featuring A Red Orchid Theatre, to his memory. In this way, he lives on." —Emily Mann, Artistic Director/Resident Playwright

Special Events

Community Play Reading Event

Cowboys and Con Artists in the Plays of Sam Shepard
WHEN: Wednesday, September 6, 2017; 7– 8:30pm
WHERE: Princeton Public Library, Community Room
ADMISSION: Free and open to the public

An interactive, round-robin format reading in which everyone gets a chance to read aloud. No experience or preparation is necessary at all—and it’s fun! LEARN MORE

This is a Princeton Public Library and McCarter Theatre Center community partnership event.

Dialogue on Drama
An in-depth post-show interview with director Dado of The Red Orchid Theatre.
WHEN: Sunday, September 17


Pride Night Party
Mix and mingle with the LGBTQ community before the show and enjoy hearty appetizers, exciting giveaways, and special guest appearances.
WHEN: Thursday, September 21 – 6pm


Post-Show Discussions
Highly interactive audience-based conversations facilitated by an artist from the production and members of The Red Orchid Theatre Company.

  • Sunday, September 24 following 2pm performance
  • Wednesday September 27 following the 7:30pm performance


Access Programs

  • Open Captioning
    Saturday, September 30 – 2pm
  • Audio Described
    Saturday, October 7 – 2pm
  • ASL Interpreted
    Saturday, October 7 – 2pm