Thursday, November 2, 2017


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Circle Players Presents a Special Event:

Image result for V for Vendetta FILMRaconteur Radio's V for Vendetta: ACLU and HRC Fundraiser

WHEN: Sunday, November 5th, at 7:00 pm 
 Circle Players, 416 Victoria Avenue, Piscataway, NJ.
ADMISSION: suggested donation is $20.00, but, naturally, feel free to donate more (or less). This is a pay-what-you-can event; allowing for occupancy limits, no one will be turned away. Check, cash, or cc (prior and during). for advance donations (or to contribute even if your calendar and/or distance precludes attendance).
All proceeds will be divided equally between the ACLU and The Human Rights Campaign. 100% of your contribution will be conveyed to these two organizations.

WAIT, WHAT IS THIS? A radio play or audio narrative, what some call an "ear movie," is a story told through dialogue, sound effects and music. We add costumes, colored spots, a fatboy Elvis mic, and, sometimes, a fog machine and/or a strobe light, then perform it for live audiences at a range of traditional and improvised venues throughout the Tri-State area.

Alan Moore aimed his graphic novel at Thatcher, the Wachcowski brothers at Bush, but it's painfully obvious this post-apocalyptic cautionary tale has even more in common with our current administration.

  • RALLY: signs will, of course, obstruct audience sight lines, so, instead, we encourage audience members to wear white t-shirts Sharpied with protest slogans.
  • ACTION: Prior to the program proper, from 7:00 - 7:30, Circle Players will offer patrons pre-addressed and pre-stamped postcards allowing them the opportunity to contact their Senators or Representatives (assuming they are New Jersey residents) regarding any political matter they deem important.
  • FORTHCOMING: This is our second such event. Our first fundraiser (at Highland Park's Pino's) raised well over $2,000 for the ACLU and Free Press. Our hope is to reprise the program throughout the year (and, indeed, the term) all over the state, always as a fundraiser for both a local charity and one of the many national charities whose important work has never been more necessary: the ACLU, the IRC, the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Sierra Club, etc. To find out how you or your organization can host a V fundraiser, e-mail
  • FEATURING: Laurence Mintz, Danielle Illario, Jason Jackson, Michael Jarmus, Jeff Maschi, and Alex Dawson.
  • WITH: theatrical lighting, fog effects, costumes, Golden Age radio equipment, audience participation, and, of course, hundreds of sound effects.
  • PLUS: jazz vocalist Danielle Illario sings Julia London's "Cry Me a River" from V's jukebox.
  • RATING: Suitable for 10 and up. Our program is based on the movie (not the graphic novel); it's not as dark as the source material (esp. the comic book) and, indeed, falls somewhere between PG and PG 13.
  • RUN TIME: The performance begins at 7:30 pm and runs1 hour

THE AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION (ACLU): is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization whose stated mission is "to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States."

THE HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN: is the nation's largest LGBTQ rights organization; it's a 501(c)3 charity that advocates for anti-discrimination legislation and support for people with HIV/AIDS.

COLAB ARTS: engages artists, social advocates, and communities to create transformative new work, facilitating creative conversation through innovative programs and artist infrastructure, connecting artists with community partners and mentors, and executing productions that challenge perceptions and inspire action.

RACONTEUR RADIO: stages theatrical presentations of vintage radio plays, classic works of literature/film, and pop culture parodies for live audiences at traditional and improvised venues throughout the Tri-State area. They've been called "family friendly guerrilla theater" by the New York Times, one of "the 7 best things to do in NJ" by the Newark Star-Ledger, "innovative and entertaining," by the Home News Tribune, and "a radio show on steroids," by the Courier News. As well as "epic!" by Lev Grossman (of Time Magazine), "amazing!" by Kyle Hartzell (of NPR), "dazzling!" by Megan Ryan (of wNYC), "spellbinding!" by Tom Lynch (of Theatre World), "awesome!" by Stephen Segal (of Weird Magazine and Geek Wisdom), "thrilling!" by Barry Monush (of The Museum of Television and Radio), and "outstanding!" by Lee Pfeiffer (of Cinema Retro Magazine). For more info, visit