Wednesday, January 17, 2018



Artwork by Students in Independent Study Programs to be Displayed at RVCC

Zoey-Russomano_ziploc-bagRVCC Independent Study Students Exhibition

WHEN: January 22-February 9. An artists’ talk will be held Friday, January 26, from 5-6 p.m., in the Art Gallery, followed by a reception from 6-7 p.m. Both are free of charge and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
: Art Gallery, 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg
For further information, visit

This year’s exhibition, organized by RVCC faculty members Darren McManus and Christopher Koep, will include advanced work in such media as ceramics, visual communication, painting and digital/multimedia. (Above, left, “Ziploc Bag 1,” by Zoey Russomano, experimental image-making via scanned Ziploc bags, created Spring 2017)

The annual exhibition highlights the artwork of students who completed an independent study during the Spring, Summer and Fall 2017 Semesters.

Michael-Brailove_Fantasy-FlowersAdvanced art students at RVCC work with individual instructors in their various fields of interest. The independent study projects are usually of an advanced nature. Students develop a more independent studio practice than in a classroom situation, and this gives them a concentrated opportunity to develop their own ideas and visions.

Gallery hours 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. (Right: “Fantasy Flowers,” by Michael Brailove, ceramic, created Fall 2017)



Photo: American Repertory Ballet, Princeton Ballet School
DOUGLAS MARTIN, Artistic Director
Mary Barton
Ballet Master and Resident Choreographer
Photo Call/photographed: Friday, August 25, 2017; 1:30 PM at Princeton Ballet School, Princeton, New Jersey;
Photograph: © 2017 Richard Termine  PHOTO CREDIT - Richard Termine2018 Summer Intensive programs

WHEN: Saturday, January 27:

  • 16 years old and above, Registration: 12:15 pm, Audition: 12:45-2:15 pm
  • 13-15 year old, Registration: 2:15, Audition: 3:00 -5:00 pm. 

WHERE: Princeton Ballet School, 301 N. Harrison St., Princeton
FEE: There is an audition fee of $30 (the pre-registration audition fee is $25).
For those unable to make the in-person audition, a video audition is possible.
To pre-register and for more information, please visit or call (609) 921-7758.

Leading the audition will be Douglas Martin, Artistic Director, American Repertory Ballet, and Pamela Levy, Director, Princeton Ballet School.

First held in 1982, Princeton Ballet School's Summer Intensive is one of the longest running Summer Intensive programs in the United States. The Summer Intensive program runs from June 25 through July 27, 2018.

The Summer Intensive is a program of serious study in a warm and companionable atmosphere. The faculty provides caring and careful instruction conductive to technical and artistic progress. In seeking to maintain a feeling of community, Princeton Ballet School purposely limits the number of students in class. Students receive individualized attention and intensive training led by ARB Artistic Director Douglas Martin, Resident Choreographer Mary Barton, and master teachers Kathleen Moore and Maria Youskevitch. Guest faculty have included Franco De Vita, Raymond Lukens, Kirk Peterson, Trinette Singleton, Aydmara Cabrera,Sterling Baca and Unity Phelan, among others.

“The Summer Intensive has always been my favorite time spent in the classroom both as a student and as a faculty member,” says Martin, a former principal dancer for Joffrey Ballet. “As a student I was excited to spend my entire day focused on dancing and I couldn't wait to experience the intensity of the workload and feel the daily progress that I was making through that intense study. As a faculty member, I get a similar thrill from seeing the students' tremendous progress over the course of the five week program.”

Auditions are conducted by Princeton Ballet School faculty members throughout the United States and Europe to select 100 students for the program. The audition will give students the opportunity to experience the approach to classical ballet technique that Princeton Ballet School is known for teaching. Students must be 13 and older; classes are held at the Princeton Studio location with optional housing at Princeton University.

“A Good Farmer” debuts in American Theater Group’s inaugural mainstage production at SOPAC


See A Good Farmer at SOPAC

American Theater Group's

A Good Farmer
WHEN: WED, JAN 24 - SUN, FEB 4; Wed, Jan 24 and Thursdays Jan 25 & Feb 1 at 7:30PM, Fridays Jan 26, Feb 2 & Sat, Jan 27 at 8PM, Sat Feb 3 at 3PM & 8PM, Sun Jan 28 at 3PM 
WHERE: : South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC), 1 SOPAC Way, South Orange
TICKETS: $25-$45  
To purchase tickets, contact SOPAC at (973) 313-2787 or visit     

What is the life of an immigrant worth? Are immigrants entitled to the American Dream? Explore these questions and more when you come to see this new play by Sharyn Rothstein. 

Ripped from today's headlines, this is the story of a farming community and its struggle with issues of immigration, loyalty, family survival and compassion.

Written by Sharyn Rothstein, directed by Kel Haney, featuring Janice Amaya, Todd Lawson, Brenda Withers and Ariel Woodiwiss.

See Janice Amaya in A Good Farmer

See Todd Lawson in A Good Farmer

See Brenda Withers in a Good Farmer

See Ariel Woodiwiss in A Good Farmer

Producer Jim Vagias notes “I had no idea when I read this play in October 2016 that it would become even more relevant a year later. Sharyn Rothstein puts a human face to all we are reading about, and she does so in a compelling, compassionate way.”

As an additional value to further explore the topics addressed in A Good Farmer, there will be a panel discussion following the SUN, JAN 28, 3PM performance. The Immigrant Experience: Escaping the Shadows, moderated by esteemed immigration attorney Michael Noriega, features leaders on the front lines of this complex situation who experience first-hand the hurdles immigrants face as they engage with the difficulties of modern day America.

SOPAC, known for presenting music, comedy, dance and other genres in its intimate theater, is partnering with American Theater Group as its theater company in-residence. A Good Farmer is the first of two full productions this season. It will be followed by Small Town Story, a musical about a small town that is divided by a controversial high school production, presented May 30-June 10, 2018.

Sharyn Rothstein is a playwright and television writer, whose plays and musicals have been workshopped and produced around the country, as well as internationally. Her play By The Water was first produced by Manhattan Theater Club and Ars Nova in 2014 and was the recipient of the 2015 American Theater Critic’s Association Francesca Primus Prize for a play by an emerging woman playwright. Her play All The Days was the recipient of the Edgerton Foundation Award and was produced at the McCarter Theater Center in 2016, directed by Emily Mann. In addition to playwriting, Sharyn is a writer for the USA Network drama SUITS.  She holds an MFA in dramatic writing from NYU and a Masters in Public Health from Hunter College, with a concentration in Urban Health.

Her unique background helps her to see the humanity in many situations. She says, “I believe that theater does its job best when it’s full of heart and full of complexity and, usually, has a nice helping of funny to go along with it. I’m driven by questions of social responsibility, of what we owe each other, and by strong, dynamic characters that don’t take easy “no’s”.”

Director Kel Haney will lead a cast that includes Janice Amaya, Todd Lawson, Brenda Withers and Ariel Woodiwiss. Ms. Haney’s credits include several regional theatres in the New York area and beyond including Atlantic Theater Company, Cherry Lane, Keen Company, Labyrinth, The Lark, Ma-Yi, Naked Angels, New Dramatists and New Georges. In addition to her work with American Theater Group directing the hugely successful The Way We Get By by acclaimed playwright Neil LaBute, New Jersey audiences may remember her productions of Deborah Brevoort’s My Lord What a Night and James Christy’s At Liberty Hall at Premiere Stages.  



WHEN: Sunday, January 21, at 2 PM
Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center, 715 Grand Ave., Hackettstown
TICKETS: $25.00 for adults and $17.50 for children under 12 in advance.  As with all concerts, jazz and special events ticket prices increase $5.00 day of the performance.
For more information or to purchase tickets visit or call the Centenary Stage Company box office at (908) 979 – 0900.  The box office is open Monday through Friday from 1 – 5 PM and two hours prior to every performance.  The box office is located in the Lackland Performing Arts Center at 715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown, NJ.  Centenary Stage Company can also be found across social media platforms; Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.  Like and follow to receive the latest in Centenary Stage Company news and special offers.

Centenary Stage Company’s January Thaw Music Festival continues with Danny Bacher in Swing That Music! A Jazz Tribute to the Three Louis. Vocalist- saxophonist, Danny Bacher swings the praises of the three Louis ... Armstrong, Prima & Jordan in an unforgettable performance paying homage to the era of jumpin' jive with a dollop of Dixieland.  "It is about making hot music but staying cool, about cutting up while maintaining effortless self - control, about having a blast with friends." —Stephen Holden, NY Times

A dynamic entertainer with world-class talents as an actor, musician, writer and comedian, Danny Bacher is a fresh new face on the jazz landscape.  Bacher has been a fixture on the New York stage and has toured internationally with his original works.  Raised on classic Jazz and the American popular songbook, Bacher possesses a warm smoky tone and favors a lush lyrical soprano sax style that complements his role as storyteller. Bacher unleashes his substantial chops and signature wit to pay homage to three jazz firebrands in a series of kinetic tracks that vibrantly reimagine classics from the three Louis' repertoire for today's audience.

Centenary Stage Company’s January Thaw Music Festival continues on Saturday, January 27, at 8 PM with the Brazilian bluegrass of Matuto. Centenary Stage Company’s January Thaw Music Festival is made possible in part by Home Instead Senior Care and Heath Village Retirement Community.

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, The House of the Good Shepherd Silver Sponsors Hackettstown Medical Center, Home Instead Senior Care (Washington),  and Fulton Bank of New Jersey, and Centenary Stage Company members and supporters.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018



Film Club Spring Series

La Cinémathèque Film Club: Women Directors 
WHEN: Sundays at 2 PM, March 25, April 22, May 6      
WHERE: SOPAC, 1 SOPAC Way, South Orange (behind train station)
TICKETS: Film Club Membership is $50 for 3 Film Screenings
Film Club Membership: $50


La Cinémathèque Film Club continues this series into the spring. The Women Film Directors series is a chronology of pictures directed by women from around the world. It explores the social, economic and political aspects of each director’s home country and the cinematic language of the female filmmaker. After each screening, there will be a discussion about the different viewpoints of these great directors, their impact on the world of cinema and their impact on the lives of women from various cultures.

MAR 25  |  The Piano (1993) 
directed by Jane Campion, New Zealand

APR 22 | Blackboards (2000)
directed by Samira Makhmalbaf, Iran

MAY 6  |  Fish Tank (2009)
directed by Andrea Arnold, England

Gerard Amsellem
Gerard Amsellem is a French and American citizen. He spent the first 25 years of his life in Paris, France where he studied painting at the University of Paris and earned his Masters Degree in French Literature and Art History. In 1982, Gerard moved to the U.S. and continued to paint and develop his interest in film. His paintings have been exhibited abroad in Paris and locally at GAS Gallery & Studio and at 1978 Maplewood Arts Center. Gerard has been studying film throughout his life. He currently teaches World Film at Livingston High School and has directed several short films. Gerard’s special interests lie in foreign and independent films from all over the world.

Questions about La Cinémathèque Film Club can be directed to Gerard Amsellem at

The Theater Project Brings STEEL MAGNOLIAS to the POP-UP Theater at Unity Bank, Union

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by Robert Harling

WHEN: Saturday, January 20, at 8 PM and Sunday, January 21, at 2 PM
Unity Bank, 952 Stuyvesant Avenue, Union, NJ
TICKETS: $20 or 908-809-8865

Come to Truvy's beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are "anybody" have come to have their hair done in time for Shelby’s wedding. Shelby is marrying a traditional “good ol’ boy” who wants a traditional wife and family—and these ladies have a lot to say on that subject and many others.  Robert Harling’s hit play went on to become a star-studded film, but nothing captures the immediacy of these friendships like live theater.

Steel Magnolias is the next in a series Pop Up Theater—performances in unexpected places—continuing in Union’s Downtown Center, presented by The Theater Project in a cleverly converted annex at Union’s Unity Bank. These events are designed to bring more foot traffic to the township’s central business district; The Theater Project has added a directory of Union Center eateries to its web site to encourage audiences to explore the area.

The series has been hosted by Unity Bank in their Stuyvesant Avenue branch, with the support of the Union Chamber of Commerce, and is sponsored by a Union County HEART grant and Union’s Downtown Center.

The Theater Project, an award-winning company that has just celebrated its 23rd anniversary, presents its main stage season at the Burgdorff Center in Maplewood. It offers many programs, including classes for kids and showcases for new writers, in Essex and Union Counties, all on display at their web site.

IMAGE: Terri Sturtevant, Barbara Guidi, and Daaimah Talley, part of the STEEL MAGNOILIAS cast.



WHEN: Saturday, January 20, at 8 pm
Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center, 715 Grand Ave., Hackettstown
TICKETS: $48 for adults and children in advance.  As with all concerts, jazz and special events ticket prices increase $5.00 day of performance.   
The performance is presented in partnership with the Hackettstown Rotary Club.  Proceeds to benefit Hackettstown Rotary Club local scholarships.
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 Center; 715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown, NJ.  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, Instagram and Twitter.  Like and follow to receive the latest in CSC news and special offers.

Hollywood's most recognizable face, Larry Miller returns to Centenary Stage Company for  a special fundraiser stand-up performance.  Actor, comedian and writer Larry Miller has an extensive career spanning over 100 film/television credits and Broadway performances. He began his career alongside Richard Gere and Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman.  Miller has since gone on to unforgettable roles in such films as The Princess Diaries, The Nutty Professor, Bee Movie and 10 Things I Hate About You. He's also a proud member of Christopher Guest's ensemble cast in the films Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show, A Mighty Wind and For Your Consideration.

Miller has made dozens of appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman and Real Time with Bill Maher. He has also starred in his own HBO comedy specials and on Broadway in Neil Simon's play, The Dinner Party. His other television credits include Seinfeld, Desperate Housewives, Medium, Burn Notice and Law & Order, in addition to a recurring role on Boston Legal. Miller is the also the only "bad guy" to return on Law and Order as an unrepentant – and uncatchable – wife killer.  He currently hosts the weekly podcast called The Larry Miller Show about the absurdities of everyday life, and he’s a humorist for both the Huffington Post and The Weekly Standard as well as the author of the best-selling book Spoiled Rotten America.  Miller frequently tours the country with his one-man comedy show, Cocktails with Larry Miller.

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), and Fulton Bank of New Jersey, and Centenary Stage Company members and supporters.

bergenPAC presents Rufus Wainwright on Jan. 21


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Rufus Wainwright

with special guest Lucy Wainwright Roche, presented by WFUV

WHEN: SUNDAY, JAN. 21, 2018 – 8PM
: bergenPAC, 30 N. Van Brunt St., Englewood
TICKETS: $69-59-39-29
Tickets available at or by calling bergenPAC’s Box Office at (201) 227-1030.

Praised by the New York Times for his “genuine originality,” Rufus Wainwright has established himself as one of the great male vocalists and songwriters of his generation. The New York-born, Montreal-raised singer-songwriter released seven studio albums, three DVDs and three live albums, including the Grammy-nominated Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall, which captured his celebrated Judy Garland tribute performance at the London Palladium in 2007.

Wainwright has received Juno Awards for Best Alternative Album in 1999 and 2002 for Rufus Wainwright and Poses, respectively, and nominations for his albums Want Two (2005) and Release the Stars (2008).


John's dynamic original music is a unique blend of jazz, Latin, Brazilian, rhythm and blues, and world music. His original music can be heard on Telarc and Dream Box records, "Jazz Showcase," an internationally released CD  compilation of Telarc's greatest jazz recordings. As pianist for international jazz recording artist Steve Nelson for 5+years, and Jeanie Bryson  10+ years, John has also worked with Cassandra Wilson, Terence Blanchard, Regina Belle, Christy Baron,  Charlie Rouse, Bobby Watson, and many others.

Born and raised in the Bronx, NY, trumpeter Bruce Harris has earned a reputation as one of the most important and emerging voices in jazz today.  In addition to well established reputation on the international jazz scene, Bruce has been featured in two Broadway shows; After Midnight (2013) and Shuffle Along (2016), performing with the likes of Fantasia Barrino, Patti Labelle, KD Lang, Tony Braxton, and Audra McDonald. Harris' eclectic list of collaborations include notable artists like: Lady Gaga, Rihanna,Steve Martin,Seth MacFarlane,Harry Connick Jr. Harris's career spans the globe with multiple tours as a performer and educator.

An invitation to sing with a local jazz trio got Swedish born Emma Larsson, hooked. While studying classical piano at the Janacek Conservatory in the Czech Republic, Emma sat in with the group on one of their gigs and never looked back.

"Larsson represents a new class of vocalists who are pushing the limits of jazz vocals to the edge of post bop conventional wisdom into a realm not otherwise traveled." - All About Jazz

Monday, January 15, 2018

AUDITIONS for “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” at LONJ



WHEN: Tuesday, March 27th from 7 - 9:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 28th from 7 - 9:30 pm. With Call Backs (invitation only) on Saturday, April 7th from 4 - 7 pm
: SOPAC (South Orange Performing Arts Center), 1 SOPAC Way, South Orange, New Jersey

Auditions are open to REGISTERED actors only
Please contact to register for one of the above dates, and include your head-shot, resume and home town.

Performances and Rehearsals will also be at SOPAC.

Performances will be at SOPAC (South Orange) on July 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 2018

For further information about audition requirements and roles, click on the "Learn More" button below.


Musical Theatre, Japanese Drummers Set at RVCC Theatre

WHERE: RVCC Theatre, 118 Lamington Rd., Branchburg

January at The Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg offers an eclectic lineup—from a production of an award-wining Broadway musical, to music by an energetic, exciting troupe of Japanese drummers. The following shows will be presented:

A Chorus Line

A Chorus Line
(Big League Productions)
WHEN: Saturday, January 20, at 8 p.m.
: $25 & $35

From the pen of legendary composer Marvin Hamlisch comes the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning singular sensation, A Chorus Line. Casting for a new Broadway musical is almost complete, and for 17 dancers, this audition is the chance of a lifetime. A Chorus Line brilliantly evokes both the glamour and grind of showbiz. It’s the musical for anyone who’s ever put everything on the line to fulfill a dream. The iconic score features such classics as “What I Did for Love, "One," "I Hope I Get It" and more. A Chorus Line has earned unanimous praise as one of the true masterpieces of live theatre.

Chousensha – The Challengers

Chousensha – The Challengers
(Yamato – The Drummers of Japan)
WHEN:  Friday, January 26, at 7 p.m.
$25 & $35

This wildly entertaining group of energetic young Taiko drummers presents a high-energy spectacle of athleticism, superhuman coordination, and heart-pounding intensity. Performing on drums that weigh up to half a ton, the Yamato drummers demonstrate a staggering display of physical strength. Their trademark infectious energy will leave audiences feeling totally exhilarated. Continually challenging themselves to reach greater heights, the drummers present a spirited performance celebrating the strength, hope, dreams and courage in all of us. The Evening Post has written of this production: “It was simply captivating. The incredible talent and sheer enjoyment of what they do was plain to see.”

To purchase tickets for either show, call the Theatre Box Office, 908-725-3420, or order online at Subscribers’ packages are available for most Theatre series. Senior citizen, student and group discounts are also available for most performances.

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

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Pinchas Zukerman January 20 at NJPAC

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Pinchas Zukerman, Conductor and Soloist
Part of Bank of America Classical Series

WHEN: Saturday, January 20, Doors 7:30pm / Performance 8pm
WHERE: NJPAC, One Center St., Newark
TICKETS: Start at $24

It towers over even the greatest of violin concertos. Pinchas Zukerman plays (and conducts) Beethoven's Violin Concerto. "His violin playing is bright and sinuous, and he conducts with an abundance of spirit," says The San Francisco Chronicle. Both sides of Zukerman's talent will be on full display in a program that includes Dvořák's spirited Seventh Symphony; the audience will also be treated to Carl Maria von Weber's Overture to Der Freischütz.

Zukerman has remained a phenomenon in the world of classical music for over four decades. His musical genius, prodigious technique and unwavering artistic standards are a marvel to audiences and critics. Devoted to the next generation of musicians, he has inspired younger artists with his magnetism and passion. His enthusiasm for teaching has resulted in innovative programs in London, New York, China, Israel and Ottawa. The name Pinchas Zukerman is equally respected as violinist, violist, conductor, pedagogue and chamber musician. Zukerman's extensive discography contains over 100 titles, and has earned him 2 Grammy awards and 21 nominations.

For more than seven decades the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) has been at the forefront of music-making in the UK. Its home base since 2004 at London's Cadogan Hall serves as a springboard for seven principal residencies as well as more than forty-five concerts per year in long-term partnership venues across the country, often in areas where access to live orchestral music is very limited. With a wider reach than any other UK large ensemble, the RPO has truly become Britain's national orchestra.

Join us for the Bank of America Classical Overtures, held an hour prior to each classical concert. These interactive presentations are hosted by Maestro George Marriner Maull of New Jersey's Discovery Orchestra and are free to ticket holders.

Location and Directions:

NJPAC is located at 1 Center Street, Newark, New Jersey; a short walk from the Newark Penn Station stop by Newark-bound PATH Train or Amtrak.

Detailed instructions on approaching the venue by car, by bus, by foot or by rail:

Kaplen JCC on the Palisades to Screen “Amor” as Part of the IAC Cinematec Israeli Film Series

IAC Cinematec Israeli Film Series

WHEN: Sunday, January 21, 7:30 pm; 6:30 reception with director
Kaplen JCC, 411 E. Clinton Ave., Tenafly
TICKETS: $12 for JCC members; $14 public; $17 at door.
Tickets available at . For more information, or to register, please call 201.408.1427.

IAC Cinematec at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades will present Amor, as part of an ongoing series designed to bring people together to enjoy screening acclaimed Israeli films and participate in unique dialogues with film experts.

Gil Alon and Anat Atzmon[4]In this fascinating and profoundly moving film, an abstract artist who has been wandering around Europe for three years, returns home to his small farming village in Israel, which is also the home to a former dancer, who is now paralyzed with no will to live. The film explores the great demands love can make on us, and how memories are both fragile and fleeting, but sometimes all that we have.

The evening will begin at 6:30 with a reception with Director Rafael Rebibo and Producer Martine Fitoussi. The film screening will take place at 7:30, followed by a Talk Back dialogue with Director Rafael Rebibo and Eran Polishuk, Director of Film & Media, Consulate General of Israel, at 9 pm. The evening will also include an exhibition of two wonderful artists, Shosh Earnst & Nira Chorev, whose work will be for sale with 40% being donated by the artists to benefit the IAC Cinematec program.

The screening has been made possible in collaboration with Jewish Federation of Northern NJ’s Israel Film Festival.

Dr. Eric Mandel, world expert on Middle Eastern policy, will Discuss Balfour Declaration and Six-Day War

imageThe 100th Anniversary of Balfour Declaration and How It Affects Israel Today

WHEN: Wednesday, January 17, 8 PM
Kaplen JCC on the Palisades, 411 East Clinton Avenue, Tenafly
ADMISSION: Free and Open to the Community

Dr. Eric Mandel, a world expert on Middle Eastern policy, will discuss the legacy of the Balfour Declaration and the Six Day War and why the historical lessons they represent are as important for Israel today as they were 50 and 100 years ago respectively. Despite the miraculous growth and flourishing of the Jewish State over the last 70 years, the same powerful questions as to how America and the world relates to a Jewish State has not been resolved. Dr. Mandel will explore what the specific challenges for Israel are, and what decisions America needs to face in presenting a foundational deal to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Image result for Eric MandelDr. Eric Mandel is the founder and director of MEPIN™ (Middle East Political and Information Network™), which provides private Middle East research analysis that is read by members of Congress, foreign policy advisors, members of the Knesset, journalists, and other organizational leaders. As director, Dr. Mandel regularly briefs Congress about the current geo-political situation in the Middle East, and meets with members of Israeli leadership and think tanks as well. He is a regular columnist for the Jerusalem Post, reporting on US-Israel relationships, Iran, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement. Dr. Mandel also serves as the Northeast Co-Chair of Stand With Us, an international organization dedicated to educating the public about Israel, while fighting the BDS. Dr. Mandel frequently speaks on university campuses and in the last year alone, appeared at the Columbia Graduate School of International Affairs and Policy, Harvard, Brown, Cornell, Penn, Binghamton and John Jay College of Criminal Justice. In April 2015 he was the keynote speaker for American Defense Contractors in Dallas, Texas.

Program is free and open to the Community. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to


Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

WHEN: Tuesday, January 16 – 7:30pm

Currently celebrating its 40th anniversary and now under the artistic direction of Glen Edgerton, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago combines explosive energy, theatrical jazz and the technique of classical ballet into a style uniquely its own.

The toast of the Chicago dance scene, the company’s repertoire reads like a “who’s who” of today’s major choreographers, including Nacho Duato, Jiři Kylián, Ohad Naharin, Twyla Tharp, and its current resident choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo. But Edgerton has added significant new voices such as Mats Ek, Sharon Eyal, and Alonzo King, as well as continuing its collaboration with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Their McCarter program includes works by William Forsythe, Robyn Mineko Williams, Nacho Duato, Alejandro Cerrudo, and Crystal Pite.

The 2017-2018 Dance Series is sponsored by The Jerome Robbins Foundation.

The New Year Brings New UCPAC Discounts!

**Discount code is not combinable and cannot be applied to past purchases. Expiration date is absolute.**

WHERE: Union County Performing Arts Center - 1601 Irving St, Rahway



WHERE: Play City, 4918 Park Avenue, Weehawken

Hudson Theater Works is providing Play City with a teacher to bring acting classes for young children to their space.

So bust out your inner drama king and queen and let's get into character. Drama Classes are geared for children from preschool to age 11. Included with the cost is (unsupervised) open play before/after class.

Contact Play City for more information:
(201) 348-4000 | Tel 2: (201) 348-4002

Taught by Cassandra Glovine

Cassandra Giovine is a New York City-based actress with a B.F.A. in musical theatre from SUNY. For the past three years, along with her performance duties with the Southern Colorado Repertory Theatre, Cassandra has been a teacher at the theatre's youth drama camp, teaching acting and music to kids ages 5 to 16. The classes covered everything from improv to movement work to writing songs, and ended with fully-staged productions. While performing at Point Sebago Resort in Maine, Cassandra also taught and choreographed kids Broadway dance classes each week, and coached teens in a competition modeled after The Voice. At the collegiate level, Cassandra was a teaching assistant for incoming Freshman actors.



WHEN: Sunday, January 20 @ 2 pm and Tuesday, January 23 @ 7:30 pm 
Summit Playhouse, 120 New England Ave., Summit

Performance dates are May 4 - 20 

Directed by Kevern Cameron
Produced by Joann Scanlon and Arnold Buchaine
Assistant Director Carol Holland
Stage Manager George Seylaz
Costumes Beverly Wand and Ann Lowe

Click here for audition form -- please print out, complete, and bring to your auditions
Click here for list of characters and page numbers of sides
Click here to view sides

Character Descriptions
(None of these descriptions of age and physical characteristics are definitive. These describe how the character might best appear to the audience, not facts about the actor. They are a starting place for finding the right person for the role. Always, talent and how you fit with other actors count most. Experience counts but so does eagerness to try something new. Audition! The play can accommodate and deserves a large cast, some without lines. Note: The play takes place in Maycomb, Alabama, 1935. The era and the dialect are important. The script uses the “N-word” as that community would have at the time. That, too, is important.

  • ATTICUS FINCH (M, 50, greying, tall, moves with dignity): Atticus is the figure on which the entire play depends, a lawyer who, in the deep south, has been assigned the task of defending a black man accused of raping a white woman. Despite the town’s almost unanimous  isapproval, he is resolved to give Tom Robinson the best defense possible. His gravitas – moral weight – is his most important characteristic, followed closely by his thoughtful sense of humor, particularly in relating to his children, Scout and Jem, whom he loves and never talks down to. He most wants to exemplify deep empathy and profound moral standards for them.
  • JEAN LOUISE FINCH (F, 30-60): The narrator of this story, Jean Louis, is Atticus’ daughter, now grown up. She exists outside the action and its time, to shape that memory as she shares it. She wants most to have us understand the most powerful event and figure in her life.
  • SCOUT FINCH (F, 9): Scout is Jean Louis at 9 years old. A tomboy who learned to read sitting on Atticus’ lap, she’s never known a mother. She is used to being talked to as an adult even though her frank curiosity
    often takes adults by surprise. She picks up on everything, even though she doesn’t always know what it means yet. She’ll use her fists if provoked, but learns other ways to deal with problems over the course
    of the summer. She wants most to figure out adults, particularly the adult Atticus wants her to become.
  • JEM FINCH (M, 13, athletic): Atticus’ son, Jem is Scout’s brother. Each is the other’s only friend, except for Dill. He enjoys inventing games for them all to play, yet feels he has responsibilities as an older brother. Football is his life. He loves his father, but wants most to figure out if he wants to or can live up to Atticus’ standards.
  • DILL (Charles Baker Harris, M, 10, smaller than Scout): Dill is the outsider, passed from relative to relative to end up each summer in Maycomb with his aunt. He is a teller of tall stories and his daring imagination entrances Scout and Jem. He sees who Atticus is more quickly than they do. Fatherless, he wants most to be a significant part of a family, with a father like Atticus.
  • CALPURNIA (F, 30-60): Cal, as most call her, is the Finch family’s black housekeeper, but she is far more a member of the family than employee. Her firm sense of right and wrong coupled with her tough love and evenhandedness has formed Scout and Jem almost as much as Atticus has. She is deeply compassionate and wants most to see that people are treated equally and properly while keeping her loved ones safe.
  • TOM ROBINSON (M, 25-35, muscular but with a crippled arm): Tom is a black man accused of rape by a white girl and her father. He’s innocent – he intended an act of kindness – but though uneducated understands that the accusation alone is most likely a death sentence. He wants most to tell the truth in the desperate hope someone will understand what actually happened.
  • HELEN ROBINSON (F, 20-35, depending on Tom’s age): Tom Robinson’s wife, Helen is devastated by the charge against her husband and by trying to take care of her family without her him. She wants most for her husband to come back to them.
  • REVEREND SYKES (M, 40+): As pastor to Maycomb’s African-Americans, Rev. Sykes is their leader. He knows Jem and Scout through Calpurnia and invites the children to sit with him in the ‘colored’ balcony when they can’t find seats in the courtroom. He lives by the tenets of his faith and wants most to guide his people through this terrible event safely and with dignity.
  • MAUDIE ATKINSON (F, 40-60): Miss Maudie, one of three female neighbors, shows us that despite the milieu, white southern women could be independent, fair-minded, and witty. She models, as does Calpurnia, what becoming a woman should be for Scout. She wants most to do her own thing while demonstrating
    and encouraging balance and fairness.
  • STEPHANIE CRAWFORD (F, 40-60): Miss Stephanie, a second neighbor, is the neighborhood gossip. As with all gossips, she is far more interested in the scandalous than the true. She wants most to see what reaction she gets each time she says something provocative.
  • MRS. DUBOSE (F, 50 +): The third female neighbor, Mrs. Dubose verbally attacks everyone who passes her porch. Her bitterness arises from a severe illness she keeps private. Jem and Scout learn a great lesson because of her. She wants most that everyone be as unhappy as she is.
  • HECK TATE (M, 35-60, he can handle himself if he has to): The town sheriff, Heck must deal with the community as it is, even if he doesn’t necessarily share all its values. He does his duty, straightforwardly. He wants most to be fair and get things to work out as best they can.
  • JUDGE TAYLOR (M, 50+, deliberate): Judge Taylor has assigned Atticus to defend Tom Robinson. He knows
    his community, but shares with Atticus an absolute commitment to the law. He keeps absolute control of
    his courtroom. He chews cigars to pulp and sometimes appears to be sleeping while court is in session.
    He isn’t. He wants most that this trial meet the highest standards of legal proceedings.
  • HORACE GILMER (M, 40+): The prosecuting attorney from out of town, Mr. Gilmer is doing his job. He has no
    passion for what he is doing, but is smart enough to know the evidence supports Tom, and how to seize the opportunity for the jury to ignore that evidence. What he wants most is to keep his job.
  • BOB EWELL (M, 40+, perhaps small): The poster ugly for southern white trash, Bob Ewell accuses Tom of raping his daughter and dares the community to say he’s lying. His crude wit and cocky defiance of the
    ‘smart’ people in the courtroom fascinate us. What he wants most is revenge on those who he thinks keep him at the bottom of the social ladder.
  • MAYELLA EWELL (F, 20): Brought up in ignorance and poverty, Mayella is friendless yet with the job of taking care of her younger siblings while her father drinks. She lures Tom into her house, then throws herself on him. When her father discovers them, her only way out is to accuse Tom publicly. In the courtroom, she responds like a trapped animal. She wants most to avoid the beating her father will inflict if she does anything wrong on the stand.
  • WALTER CUNNINGHAM (M, 40+, of enough size to get our attention): Uneducated but with a droll streak, and perhaps the most complex character in the play, Cunningham is a desperately poor farmer who is very grateful Atticus can solve his legal problems but can only pay with the goods his farm produces. As poor white trash, he holds the prejudices of his day but wants most to figure out the right thing to do,
    and do it.
  • BOO (Arthur Radley, 40+): Boo Radley is the spooky figure in the house next to the Finch’s, whose door and windows are always closed. Rumors of his dark history have created a picture of a monster that terrifies and fascinates the children. He appears at the end of the play and only speaks twice, but his presence is felt throughout the play. (The actor will double in other roles earlier.) He wants most to connect with the world, represented by Jem and Scout.
  • NATHAN RADLEY (40+, can be same actor as Boo Radley): Nathan is the Finch’s neighbor, acknowledged with politeness, who took over confining Boo in the house when their father died. He wants most for the
    Radley’s to be left alone.

White Eagle Hall in Jersey City Opens 2018 with Dance, Theatre & Music

WEHJC_2018Preview_poressrelease-picture 12018 SEASON PROGRAMMING

After officially opening on May 5th of last year with a ribbon cutting ceremony led by the mayor of Jersey City, the restored White Eagle Hall attracted audiences with a dynamic schedule of music, theater and dance. As this historic theater begins its first full-year of programming in 2018, White Eagle Hall is poised to become a leading performing arts center in the New Jersey/New York area.

WEHJC_2018Preview_poressrelease-picture 3On January 21st, for its first new show of the year at White Eagle Hall, JCTC presents Grace, an afternoon of dance with Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, Freespace Dance, and LaneCo., an afternoon of captivating dance pieces, all choreographed by women.

Next Month, JCTC presents Hamlet by Bedlam, a reimagining of Shakespeare’s timeless tragedy by one of the most cutting-edge theatre companies in New York. Another exclusive show, the White Eagle Hall presentation of Hamlet by Bedlam opens a national tour of the production with a new, diverse cast.

WEHJC_2018Preview_poressrelease-picture 2The 2018 schedule of music at White Eagle Hall kicks off with a night of Jersey City-based bands – Black Wail, Debra Devi, Hey Anna, Universal Rebel and The Components (Friday, Jan. 19); BoomBox: Western Voodoo Tour (Friday, Jan. 26); From Good Homes (Saturday, Feb. 3) and The World / Inferno Friendship Society (Feb. 2).

White Eagle Hall’s restoration returned a vital public assembly facility to the Hudson County community. In less than a year, the fully renovated White Eagle Hall has become one of Hudson County’s most beloved venues. “Reopening White Eagle Hall was an amazing and sometimes difficult journey,” said Olga Levina, Artistic Director, JCTC. “But the response has been overwhelmingly positive and for 2018 we have even more amazing programming to present.”

Friday, January 12, 2018



Off With Their Heads (acoustic)

Stacey Dee (Bad Cop/Bad Cop)

Seth Anderson (One Week Records)

Sammy Kay (King of NJ folk punk)

Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken

(featuring Johnny Ott of Cryptkeeper Five & Amazing Amy!)

WHEN: Sunday, January 14, DOORS: 7pm (show starts at 7:30!)
WHERE: Mill Hill Basement, 300 South Broad St., Trenton, NJ 08611 Directions

w/ Molly Rhythm, Babe Patrol, Ate Bit & Pissed!

WHERE: Championship Bar, 931 Chambers St, Trenton, NJ 08611
WHEN: FRIDAY JAN 19, 2018, Doors 7pm
$12 / More Info / Advance Tix Here!

w/ Experiment 34, Cyclone Static, Yorkshire Tenth & Mike Holman!

WHERE: Mill Hill Basement, 300 S. Broad St, Trenton, NJ 08611
WHEN: SATURDAY JAN 20, 2018, Doors 9pm
$8 / More Info

w/ Matthew Charles, T.GUNN & Real Rude Dude Girl!

WHERE: Mill Hill Basement, 300 S. Broad St, Trenton, NJ 08611
WHEN: FRIDAY FEB 2, 2018, Doors 9pm
$8 / More Info

w/ The Vansaders, LateWaves & The Carousers!

WHERE: Mill Hill Basement, 300 S. Broad St, Trenton, NJ 08611
WHEN: FRIDAY FEB 16, 2018, Doors 9pm
$8 / More Info

w/ The Warhawks, Tiny Vices & Breaklite!

WHERE: Mill Hill Basement, 300 S. Broad St, Trenton, NJ 08611
WHEN: SATURDAY MARCH 10, 2018, Doors 9pm 
$8 / More Info