Friday, September 21, 2018




WHEN: Thursday through Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 3pm during the first weekend, and Friday at 7:30pm, Saturday at 3pm and 7:30pm, and Sunday at 3pm during the second and third weekends.
Mill Hill Playhouse, 205 E. Front Street, at the corner of Montgomery Street in Trenton, NJ. On-street parking will be available.
TICKETS: $20 - $33 ($38 Saturday night). Student, group and senior discounts available.
Salt Pepper Ketchup contains mature language.
To purchase tickets call (609) 392-0766, or visit

Passage Theatre Company, Trenton’s Barrymore Award-winning professional theatre company, will open the first run of its world premiere co-production of Salt Pepper Ketchup this fall. Written by Josh Wilder and directed by Jerrell L. Henderson, who helmed Passage’s smash hit Caged last season, this production is co-produced with Philadelphia’s InterAct Theatre Company, and will move to InterAct following its run at Passage.

A layer of bulletproof glass won’t protect Superstar Chinese Take-Out from the gentrification consuming South Philly’s Point Breeze neighborhood. When a trendy food co-op opens nearby, the Wus and their customers initially see it as a hipster annoyance, but as tensions mount they begin to recognize the intrusion as an act of war. Tinged with genuine humor and pathos, Wilder’s play examines the very human consequences of neighborhood redevelopment — who benefits and who gets chewed up and spit out?

Both Passage and InterAct are excited to work together to produce a story that speaks to both cities. Wilder is a Philadelphia playwright, and the cast reflects the local flavor; half are from the Philadelphia area, while the other half hail from New York. The cast includes Jay Battle, Richard Bradford, Mark Christie, Kendra Holloway, Fenton Li, Justin Pietropaolo, Chuja Seo, and Miriam White. Keeping the cast as close to home as possible was a deliberate effort on the part of both theatre companies, as the themes of gentrification and revitalization echo strongly in both Trenton and Philadelphia.

The first time I read the script, I immediately knew that this show had to be seen by the people of Trenton,” says Passage’s Artistic Director, Ryanne Domingues.

“Over the past year, I have watched the people in this community work very hard to come together and revitalize this city. As we continue to develop opportunities here, it will be incredibly important to maintain the characteristics that make Trenton so unique. The balance between gentrification and revitalization is challenging, but this show opens up the discussion in a funny, heart-warming and poignant way. I can’t wait for the conversations it inspires!”

InterAct’s Artistic Director, Seth Rozin, also says, ―We are incredibly pleased to finally be co-producing with Passage Theatre, with which we share a lot of values and a similar aesthetic. It’s great to be launching this partnership with the kind of gritty and provocative world premiere that has defined both our companies. And I am particularly excited to welcome two native Philadelphians – playwright Josh Wilder and director Jerrell Henderson – back home on such a timely and important play about gentrification in the neighborhood where they grew up.

Thursday, September 20, 2018


Hitchcock’s Villains

WHEN: October 2 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
WHERE: Columbia High School Black Box Theatre, 17 Parker Ave.
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The Master of Suspense was known for his lovely blonde heroines, but his films’ real thrills were provided by his surprising villains — amusing, elegantly dressed gentleman who could charm you to death. Literally. Sometimes it seemed the director even preferred him to his heroes — a favoritism which fueled some of his darkest themes. We’ll explore those, and some of Hitch’s best bad guys, including Joseph Cotten in Shadow of a Doubt, Robert Walker in Strangers on a Train and, the ultimate mama’s boy, Anthony Perkins in Psycho.

STEPHEN WHITTY is a writer and critic for the Star-Ledger, the New York Daily News, and, as well as a college lecturer, film festival host, interviewer and juror.


Buy your tickets now!

WHERE: F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, 36 Madison Ave., Madison (on the campus of Drew University) | 973-408-5600

This Pulitzer Prize-winning drama marks the first time that we will present a play by Sam Shepard, who sadly passed away last year. A stunning allegory about America, Buried Child is a darkly funny and disturbing depiction of the American dream gone wrong. In homage to this groundbreaking playwright, we are thrilled to bring this modern American classic to life.

Don't miss our Captioned performance on Sunday, September 23, at 7:30 p.m. and our Audio Described performance on Sunday, September 30, at 7:30 p.m. with a Sensory Seminar beginning an hour prior.

Click here for more information.

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

Pictured: Andrea Morales* as Shelly, Sherman Howard* as Dodge, Paul Cooper* as Vince, and Roger Clark* as Bradley. Photo credit: Jerry Dalia, 2018.

*Member of Actors Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers

FUNdraiser Fiesta! LINE DANCING Saturday night!


What has ten toes, two heels, and all the right moves?

! ! YOU DO ! !

Come out this Saturday night to kick up your heels to an eclectic mix of musical styles and two-steppin' tempos! 


Professional instructor leads the way!

No partner necessary—hurray!

“The Revisionist” @NJ Rep One Night Only

The Revisionist

WHEN: Saturday, Sept 22 at 8pm. 
West End Arts Center, 132 West End Avenue, Long Branch. Free on-site parking and entrance off of Sairs Avenue.
For tickets call 732-229-3166 or BUY TICKETS.

Written and directed by NJ Rep's Artistic Director, SuzAnne Barabas, The Revisionist is a cautionary tale about a charismatic young man with a pleasant demeanor who manages to coil himself around your heartstrings and then tear them out. Monsters don't look like monsters.

Starring Christopher Daftsios (right) and Michael Irvin Pollard (below, left), with original music by Merek Royce Press.

Also included in your ticket price are three additional short plays: Clown Alley by Gino DiIorio, All We Want by James McLindon, and Sad Clown and the Circus de Italo by Adriana Palangio.

The 4 plays are followed by a reception with complimentary refreshments, wine and live music. You can also visit the art gallery and photography exhibit.

The West End Festival of the Arts is a fundraiser for New Jersey Repertory Company. We hope you can join us for this special event.

PierFest: Eclectic Music Series to heat things up in Jersey City

PierFest: Eclectic Music Series

WHEN: Friday nights: September 21 through October 12, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
J. Owen Grundy Pier, Jersey City (In case of rain, the event will take place at the Harborside Atrium (210 Hudson St.) courtesy of Mack-Cali. Public transportation is available via the PATH, Hudson-Bergen Light Rail, NY Waterway ferries, and NJ Transit bus.)
For more information go to www.RiverviewJazz.Org and

Kick off your fall weekends on the Jersey City waterfront with some fiery Latin music! Riverview Jazz and Exchange Place Alliance have partnered to bring this exciting free series to the J. Owen Grundy Pier at Exchange Place. The four-part Friday evening series will feature world-class music, food trucks, and cold beer provided by Lutze Biergarten. Each PierFest event begins at 6pm and will present two bands.

“PierFest is an opportunity to feature some really incredible music that will get people up and dancing,” says Riverview Jazz Executive Director Bryan Beninghove. “We have an unparalleled skyline view, great partners, and an eclectic mix of legendary bands and fantastic local artists. It’s family friendly and I really can’t think of a better way to spend your Friday night.”

PierFest begins Friday September 21 with the legendary Tito Puente sideman John “Dandy” Rodriguez’s Dream Team and the dynamic flautist Andrea Brachfeld/Bill O’Connell Latin Jazz Project. September 28 hosts Grammy-nominee Doug Beavers Art of the Arrangement and Cuban drumming titan Enildo Rasua “The Third Hand”. In a special Jersey City Artist Studio Tour edition, October 5 will feature Cuban vocalist Chino Pons and Jersey City native Alex Tea with his Brazilian and reggae-inspired band. The final concert October 12 stars two Brooklyn-based horn heavy ensembles, Balkan brass band Slavic Soul Party and the African-influenced Molly Tigre.  (For list, see below).

PierFest is sponsored by Exchange Place Alliance, a not-for-profit Special Improvement District. PierFest is also made possible in part by Mayor Steven M. Fulop, the Jersey City Municipal Council, and the Office of Cultural Affairs. RiverviewJazz.Org is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.

September 21:

  • John “Dandy” Rodriguez Dream Team 7:30 p.m.
  • Andrea Brachfeld/Bill O’Connell Latin Jazz Project 6 p.m.

September 28:

  • Doug Beavers Art of the Arrangement 7:30 p.m.
  • Enildo Rasua “The Third Hand” 6 p.m.

October 5:

  • Chino Pons 7:30 p.m.
  • Alex Tea  6 p.m.

October 12:

  • Slavic Soul Party 7:30 p.m.
  • Molly Tigre 6 p.m.


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  • $5 off any regular ticket for anybody
    when you purchase by Oct 1.
    Discounts cannot be combined.

For TEACHERs only:

  • Free and $2 Tix for Teachers / School Staff w/ID,
    Order online with $2 service charge, or take your chances at the door and pay nothing—either way, present ID at box office before the show.

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    $7.50 off full-price tix for any performance,
    purchase at any time.
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Book by Rachel Sheinkin
Music by William Finn
Directed by Greg Scalera

This production is made possible by two companies pooling resources:
Bullet Theatre Collaborative and The Theater Project.

Adult actors play an eclectic group of mid-pubescents vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens—and some volunteers from the audience—spell their way through a series of (possibly made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing "ding" of the bell signaling a mistake.

Summer Might Be Over, But WPU Is Just Getting Started

James D'Amico Productions presents

Celebrating the Music of Crosby Stills Nash and Young

Shea Center for Performing Arts, William Paterson University, 300 Pompton Road, Wayne
ADMISSION: $40 Orchestra; $35 Loge
973-720-2371 |

The only show of its kind—CSNsongs plays all of your favorites: Teach Your Children; Suite: Judy Blue Eyes; Our House; Love the One You're With; and the list goes on. Audiences are amazed by CSNsong's live reproductions of Crosby Stills Nash & Young's music and delighted to sing along to their favorite songs. If you love the music of Crosby Stills Nash & young, this show is for you.

James D'Amico Productions presents

Let's Hang On!
America's #1 Tribute to Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons

WHEN: October 13, 8:00PM
Shea Center for Performing Arts, William Paterson University, 300 Pompton Road, Wayne
ADMISSION: $40 Orchestra; $35 Loge
973-720-2371 |

This full-blown stage production pays respect to the Broadway show, The Jersey Boys, and includes all the great Four Seasons' mega hits. Take a trip down memory lane with the best 60s music.

Ensemble Español
World-Renowned Spanish Dance Theater

WHEN: October 26, 8:00PM
Shea Center for Performing Arts, William Paterson University, 300 Pompton Road, Wayne
ADMISSION: $19 Orchestra; $12 Loge WP employees, students, and alumni are admitted free with ID.
973-720-2371 |

With undeniable sensuality and passion, world class Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater presents the music, songs, and dances of Spain in a variety of innovative ballets, traditional folkloric suites, and fiery Flamenco dramas from medieval times in Iberia to twenty-first century Spain. 

James D'Amico Productions presents

Golden Oldies Spectacular

featuring The Brooklyn Bridge, The Duprees, and Charlie Thomas's Drifters Plus special guests Uncle Floyd and The Bucket List

WHEN: November 3, 8:00PM
Shea Center for Performing Arts, William Paterson University, 300 Pompton Road, Wayne
TICKETS: $59 Orchestra; $49 Loge
973-720-2371 |

RVCC Planetarium Sets Led Zeppelin Laser Concert, Children’s Programs, Star Shows in September

clip_image001The Raritan Valley Community College Planetarium in Branchburg is offering shows for all interests in September, including a Led Zeppelin laser concert, a star show based on the Magic Tree House book series, a laser concert for children, and a show that explains the mysteries of space.

WHERE: RVCC Planetarium, 118 Lamington Rd., Branchburg
TICKETS: $10 for one show, $16 for two shows on the same day.
For reservations and information, call 908-231-8805.
For additional information, visit

The following programs will be offered:

WHEN: Saturdays, September 22 & 29, 7 p.m.
The exploration of space is the greatest endeavor that humankind has ever undertaken. But what does it take to become an astronaut? Experience a rocket launch from inside the body of “Chad,” a test astronaut. Then explore the amazing worlds of inner and outer space, from floating around the International Space Station to maneuvering through microscopic regions of the human body. The presentation is made possible with a grant from FirstEnergy Foundation. (Recommended for ages 10 and older)

Led Zeppelin laser concert
WHEN: Saturdays, September 22 & 29, 8 p.m.
Audience members are treated to some of Led Zeppelin’s hits, including “Battle of Evermore,” “Kashmir,” and of course “Stairway to Heaven,” while lasers “dance” across the dome overhead.

Magic Tree HouseMagic Tree House: Space Mission
WHEN: Saturday, September 29, 3 p.m.
Young star gazers join Magic Tree House characters Jack and Annie as they discover the secrets of the Sun, Moon, planets, space travel and more. Who can help them answer the questions posted by the mysterious “M”? The show is based on the same-titled, best-selling series of novels. (Recommended for ages 5 and older)

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WHEN: Saturday, September 29, 4 p.m.
The show features an updated list of songs that entertains kids and kids at heart while lasers dance on the dome overhead. Songs include “Try Everything,” from the movie Zootopia, “YMCA” by the Village People, and “Everything is Awesome” from the Lego Movie. (Recommended for ages 6-12)

Hunterdon Art Museum Exhibition Explores Contemporary Lace

This photograph shows one of the many shadows thrown by Lieve Jerger's Carriage of Lost Love, from our Lace not Lace exhibition. Images simply don't capture this exquisite piece that's 40-plus years in the making—you must see this work of art to truly appreciate it!

  • Lace not Lace: Contemporary Fiber Art from Lacemaking Techniques
  • Walter Chandoha: A Lifetime of Photography
  • 2018 Members Exhibition

WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 23, for Lace not Lace at 3 p.m., and includes gallery talks by Exhibition Curator Devon Thein at 4 p.m. and artists Jin Choi and Thomas Shine, at 5 p.m. Festivities will follow with live music and a food truck, and a special first lighting of the Urchins, one of the exhibition's main attractions, at dusk. The special limited engagement for Jin Choi + Thomas Shine’s the Urchins ends Oct. 7.
Hunterdon Art Museum, 7 Lower Center Street, Clinton

Jin Choi + Thomas Shine, the Urchins

Lace, not Lace: Contemporary Fiber Art from Lacemaking Techniques, reveals how lace makers are expanding the traditional boundaries of their art form to create exciting work that investigates contemporary themes, materials and forms.

“This is the first show in the United States to focus on contemporary art made in bobbin and needle lace techniques,” said Devon Thein, an internationally known lace expert who is curating the exhibition.

This special Hunterdon Art Museum exhibition features 41 works of lace art by 28 artists from around the world. Thein said she sought to create a show that demonstrated the versatility of bobbin and needle lace techniques.

“I wanted to include artists who had been major figures in the lace revival of the 1970s, as well as younger artists who had benefited from their innovations and discoveries,” Thein added.

The exhibition features a special two-week engagement of the Urchins, two lace orbs, each 15 feet in diameter, that will hang above the Museum’s Toshiko Takaezu Terrace. This exhibition marks the first United States appearance of the Urchins.

Created by Jin Choi + Thomas Shine, Architects, the Urchins will be suspended from thin, almost invisible cables spanning trusses that are 20 feet high. More than 50 people dedicated three months to meticulously hand craft the lace shells that are held in tension over an aluminum frame.

Gently guided by the wind and the touch of the visitors, the Urchins interact with natural light to create ephemeral shadows during the day and glow when illuminated at night.

Another showstopper is Lieve Jerger’s Carriage of Lost Love, which the artist has spent more than four decades creating. The work is a life-size carriage made of copper wire using bobbin lace technique. The Carriage of Lost Love began with just one panel, the Traveler window. But that sparked Jerger’s imagination and compelled her to build a ceremonial carriage that has been a labor of love for many years.

“I never thought of giving up, not even when wires kept breaking when I pulled them too tight,” Jerger noted. “I have used clear-coated American Standard wire gauges, as heavy as gauge 10 and as fine as 38. Even heavy gauge copper wire must be handled gently and kinks are unforgiving, but the strength and brilliance of copper wire is what seduced me.”

Artist Pierre Fouché works in a self-designed methodology combining bobbin lace with another historical lace technique macramé. In his triptych called Judgment of Paris after Wtewael, Fouché took web-based news images of male protestors, some from the Occupy Movement, selected for their classical poses.

The exhibition also includes four pieces by Milča Eremiášová, a legend in the world of Czech modern lace. The pieces in the show were selected by Dagmar Beckel-Machyckova, a student of Eremiášová. Beckel-Machyckova now lives in the United States where she is pursuing her own career as a lace artist, and has a piece in the show.

Other artists in the show are: Manca Ahlin, Jane Atkinson, Daniela Banatova, J Carpenter, Laura Friesel, Alex Goldberg, Maggie Hensel-Brown, Ágnes Herczeg, Ros Hills, Veronika Irvine, Nava Lubelski, Dorie Millerson, Penny Nickels, Jill Nordsfor Clark, Wako Ono, E.J.Parkes, Lenka Suchanek, Lauran Sundin, Olivia Valentine, Nicole Valsesia-Lair, Denise Watts, Louise West, and Ashley Williams.
The exhibition runs until Jan. 6, 2019.

The exhibition Lace, not Lace: Contemporary Fiber Art from Lacemaking Techniques is generously supported by The Coby Foundation, Ltd. Support also provided by The International Organization of Lace, Inc., the Provident Bank Foundation and Holiday Inn Clinton-Bridgewater.

Lace Show Prompts Special Classes and Events
We have several Lace not Lace exhibition-related programs that you won't want to miss!

Beginner Bobbin Lace Workshop with Elena Kanagy-Loux (Sunday, Nov. 4 at 11 a.m.): Try your hand at the traditional art of bobbin lacemaking in this beginner workshop taught by Elena Kanagy-Loux of Brooklyn Lace Guild! Students will learn how to wind bobbins, create a pricking, set up a pillow, and combine the foundational stitches of bobbin lace into a pattern. All materials provided. Register today!

Guided Tour of Lace, not Lace: Contemporary Fiber Art from Lacemaking Techniques with Curator Devon Thein (Saturday, Nov. 3 and Sunday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m.): Come join us for a curator-led tour of Lace, not Lace: Contemporary Fiber Art from Lacemaking Techniques! Curator Devon Thein will walk participants through this astounding show. Register today!

Lace Artist-in-Residence (Sunday, Nov. 11 and Sunday, Dec. 9 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.): Drop into the Hunterdon Art Museum and get some valuable help with your lace art from Pat Morris (Nov. 11) and Laura Friesel (Dec.9). Free with your HAM admission.

Image  Top: Choi + Shine Architects, the  Urchins, 2017, Crochet  resembling reticella,  2.7 meters tall  and 5  meters  in. diameter. Courtesy of the artists.

Radar Schwartz to lead jam session at NJ Jazz Society September social

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WHEN: Sunday, September 23. Doors open at 3 p.m., and the music is performed from 3:30-5:30 p.m., with one short intermission.
Shanghai Jazz, 24 Main St., Madison
TICKETS: free for New Jersey Jazz Society members and $10 for non-members. There is also a $10 food/beverage minimum.
For more information, email, or call 973 372-5409.

Keyboardist Radam Schwartz, who has played with jazz legends such as tenor saxophonists Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis and David “Fathead” Newman, also helps groom future jazz artists by teaching at Rutgers-Newark and Jazz House Kids in Montclair.

Schwartz will lead a trio hosting an old-fashion jam session and open mic at the New Jersey Jazz Society’s Jazz Social held at Shanghai Jazz in Madison. The other members in the trio are bassist Takashi Otsuka and drummer Joe Brown, Jr.

All musicians are welcome to bring their instruments and play, and vocalists are invited to come and sing.

Since space is limited, potential participants are advised to register in advance by contacting Carrie Jackson, NJJS vice president, music programs at

Funding for the New Jersey Jazz Society socials has been made possible in part by Morris Arts through the N.J. State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Enchanting and hilarious memory play to open at the Bickford Theatre

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Souvenir: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins
by Stephen Temperley
directed by David Edwards in conjunction with Surflight Theatre of Beach Haven
Starring April Woodall as Florence Foster Jenkins and Nicholas Kaminiski as Cosmé McMoon.

WHEN: Thursday September 27, 7:30PM; Friday, September 28, 8:00PM
Sunday September 30, 2:00PM

Bickford Theatre, Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Hgts. Rd., Morristown
TICKETS: $45 General Public; $40 Seniors; $35 Morris Museum Members; $38 Groups (10 or more); $25 Students (with a valid student ID). There is a $3 service charge per ticket.
Tickets may be purchased online at,by phone at 973. 971.3706, or in person at the Bickford Theatre Box Office. The Bickford Theatre is an integral part of the Morris Museum, located at 6 Normandy Heights Road in Morristown, NJ, and offers free parking and full accessibility. Box Office hours for phone sales are Monday through Friday, 10:00am to 5:00pm. Walk-up hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11:00am to 5:00pm.

Souvenir is the true story of Florence Foster Jenkins, a wealthy society eccentric who suffered under the delusion that she was a great coloratura soprano. For more than half a century, her name has been guaranteed to produce explosions of derisive laughter as she was in fact incapable of producing two consecutive notes in tune. Her annual recitals in the ballroom of the Ritz Carlton Hotel, brought her extraordinary fame.

As news of her terrible singing spread, so did her celebrity. Her growing mob of fans packed her recitals, stuffing handkerchiefs in their mouths to stifle their laughter—which Mrs. Jenkins blissfully mistook for cheers. The climax of her career was a single concert at Carnegie Hall in 1944. Famously, it sold out in two hours.

Souvenir, by turn hilarious and poignant, tells her story through the eyes of her accompanist, Cosmé McMoon. A talented musician, he regards her at first as little more than an easy way to pay the rent, but, as he gets to know her, his initial contempt gives way to reluctant admiration, then friendship and affection. Faced with Florence’s boundless certainty, Cosmé comes to revise his attitude, not only toward her singing but to the very meaning of music itself.

Souvenir was originally produced Off-Broadway at the York Theatre Company and after much critical acclaim moved to Broadway for an extended run. Both versions were directed by Vivian Matalon, who initially suggested the idea to author Stephen Temperley. David Edwards has previously directed the play at New London Barn Playhouse and Surflight Theatre, and actress April Woodall has starred in several productions of the play, including most recently at Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre.

The cast and creative team:

AAprilWoodall HSpril Woodall (Florence Foster Jenkins) is an actress and vocalist with a background in opera. Regional credits: Maine State Music Theatre, ME; Fulton Theatre, PA; Arrow Rock Lyceum, MO; American Theatre Group, NJ; Mill Mountain Theater, VA; Little Theatre on the Square, IL; Gateway Playhouse, NY. Closer to her home in Pennsylvania: Bristol Riverside Theatre; Hedgerow Theatre; Flashpoint Theatre; Center City Theatre Works; The Seaport History Museum Theatre; Eagle Theatre; and The Devon. Best Actress award from The Chain Theatre (Reading under the Influence); Best Solo Performance, MITF; Carbonell nomination for The Sound of Music (Maltz Jupiter Theatre); Barrymore nomination for Souvenir (Montgomery Theatre.) April is a proud member of Actors’ Equity.

Nick-kaminski mediumNicholas Kaminski (Cosmé McMoon, Musical Director) has served as Music Director and Assistant Music Director for the 2014 season at Surflight Theatre and again this season. National Tours: Cabaret (AMD, Apex Touring). NYC: The Dead Legend (MD, NYMF), Paradise Lost: Shadows and Wings (Ensemble, Carnegie Hall). Regional: Putting It Together (MD, Havencrest Castle), A Chorus Line (Key II, Palace Theatre). Original Work: Transgender Stillborn. Nicholas holds his BA in Music and Communication from Rutgers University. For more information:

Dance Your Way Through History at Liberty Hall Museum’s Second Dance Fest!


imageLiberty Hall Dance Festival

WHEN: Saturday, September 29, from 1 – 4 p.m. The rain date for the Liberty Hall Dance Festival is Sunday, September 30.
: seven different locations spread around Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University, 1003 Morris Ave., Union (map)
TICKETS: $20.00 for adults, $15.00 for students/seniors and $12.00 for
children ages 3 – 17. Admission includes access to all dance performances, classes and the first floor tour of Liberty Hall Museum.
All ticket sale proceeds support both Buggé Ballet and Liberty Hall Museum.
Reservations are suggested; tickets can be purchased by phone at (908) 527-0400 or by online at

imageLiberty Hall Museum at Kean University has partnered again with Buggé Ballet
for a one-of-a-kind event, the Liberty Hall Dance Festival! For the second year in a row, guests  will spend an afternoon walking through the beautiful museum grounds, enjoying site-specific  professional dance performances inspired by moments in history.

“The Liberty Hall Dance Festival allows audience members to see a wide variety of dance styles  in a short period of time, all while being outside and enjoying the beautiful museum grounds,” said Nicole Buggé, artistic director of Buggé Ballet who is organizing the dance festival. Fifteen dance companies and choreographers from New Jersey and New York are participating in the Liberty Hall Dance Festival. Additionally, guests can participate in informal movement lessons themed around early modern dance styles and Baroque court dances.

image“I am excited by new ways of experiencing dance, whether I’m in the role of choreographer, dancer, or audience member. The unique format of this festival provides just that, allowing each dance work to create its own world through the site-specific location and individualized historical contexts. In the performing of my work “Canon”, which brings the act of public protesting to the foreground, I look forward to how the work changes in an outdoor setting and how the dancers’ strength, chaos, conflict, and ultimate hopeful determination is perceived by all experiencing the work” said Erin Carlisle Norton of Montclair, NJ based The Moving Architects.

The dance festival is the latest innovation from Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University, which, in 2015, was the first museum in New Jersey to use augmented reality in an exhibition and is always looking for new ways to make history come alive for a modern audience.

image“Nicole Buggé, artistic director at Buggé Ballet, reached out to us with the idea of blending history and dance together on the museum grounds, and we jumped at the opportunity to bring this unique experience to Liberty Hall. There is nothing like this in the area,” said Bill Schroh, director of museum operations. "It is our absolute pleasure to, once again, support the extraordinary vision of Nicole Buggé, who has created an inspiring day of dance at the Liberty Hall Dance Festival.

Joining Buggé Ballet and other stellar artists, our goal is to celebrate the astoundingly beautiful and historic grounds of Liberty Hall and to connect Dance to the locale, the earth and, most importantly to one another, “ said Carolyn Dorfman, artistic director of Union-based Carolyn Dorfman Dance.

In addition to Buggé Ballet, Carolyn Dorfman Dance and The Moving Architects, dance companies and choreographers performing include Angel Kaba, Armada Dance, Bryce Dance Company, Cranford High School/Emily Donahue, Dance Visions NY, General Mischief Dance Theatre, Heather Harrington/Academy for Performing Arts, The Kennedy Dancers Repertory Company, Luminarium Dance Company, MoustacheCat Dance, Schoen Movement Company and Yamini Kalluri.

This arts program is made possible in part by a HEART (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) Grant from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders. Liberty Hall Dance Festival is also supported, in part, by Dance Community Grant sponsored by Curtain Call. Thank you to local business sponsors: Spire Group CPA & Tropicana Diner.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Circle Players announces auditions for Amy Herzog’s “After the Revolution”


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After the Revolution
written by Amy Herzog
directed by Alicia Harabin

WHEN: Thursday, October 18th, 7:30 to 9:30 pm; Sunday, October 21st, 7:30 to 9:30 pm. Callbacks on Monday, October 22nd, 7:30 to 9:30 pm. (Please note callbacks are by invitation only.)
Circle Playhouse, 416 Victoria Ave, Piscataway, NJ 08854
Questions may be submitted to the theater at

The production runs February 1st through February 17th, 2019.

After the Revolution tells the story of Emma Joseph, a hard-working law school graduate, who is continuing her family’s business of fighting for progressive ideals. But a curveball comes hurtling Emma’s way, when a fact hidden from her for her whole life calls into question the entire basis of her cause.

The auditions will consist of readings from the show.

The director seeks four men (ages 20s to 80s) and four women (ages 20s to 80s).

Sides and a more detailed character breakdown will be posted to soon.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Israeli Author to Speak at Rutgers-New Brunswick on September 27

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Living in English, Writing in Hebrew: A Conversation with Ruby Namdar

WHEN: September 27, 7:30 PM
Douglass Student Center, 100 George Street, New Brunswick. Free parking is available behind the Student Center. (For GPS search, use “57 Lipman Drive.”)
ADMISSION: free and open to the public and sponsored by the Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life
Advance registration is requested. Email, call 848-932-2033, or online on the Bildner Center website (Check the Bildner Center website for an excerpt from The Ruined House. Books will be available for sale at the event.)

Winner of the 2014 Sapir Prize, Israel’s most prestigious literary award, Ruby Namdar’s novel The Ruined House was translated into English by Hillel Halkin and recognized by The New York Times as a “masterpiece of modern religious literature.” The book is Namdar’s response as an Israeli author to the experience of Jewish life in America. He will discuss his sources of inspiration, his relationship to the great Jewish-American authors of the previous generation, and the rewards and challenges of living in one language, while writing in another. Nancy Sinkoff, the new academic director of the Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life and a professor of Jewish studies and history, will moderate the program.

Born and raised in Jerusalem, Namdar is of Iranian-Jewish heritage. He currently lives with his wife and children in New York City, where he teaches Jewish literature with a specialty in biblical and Talmudic narrative.

The Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life connects the university with the community through public lectures, symposia, Jewish communal initiatives, cultural events, and teacher training.

Art House Presents First Artist in Residence



Artist in Residence I: Raven Taisce White, Founder of the BIRDHOUSE Collective

WHEN: 21st - September 23rd, Friday and Saturday at 8:00 p.m.; Sunday at 5:00 p.m.
Art House Productions, 262 17th Street, Jersey City
To purchase, visit or call 201-918-6019.

Art House Productions presents HOT WINTER, featuring our first Artist-in-Residence: Raven Taisce White Founder of the BIRDHOUSE Collective. HOT WINTER follows five humans as they struggle to understand one another, unifying in difference and falling apart in sameness. The performers occupy a world between the real and unreal, moving through confusion, violence and shifting gravities to find communication through touch and mutually decided blindness. HOT WINTER is a surrealistic look at the performers’ collective universe, each of their own worlds vibrating alone within it.

BIRDHOUSE is a collaborative New York City based artist collective founded in 2018 by director Raven Taisce White. BIRDHOUSE creates intensely physical performance and installation works that confront cultural ideas of humanity, love, violence, and community. Through a studio practice of unknowing, relearning, and unknowing again, the artists strive to find honesty in their work and power in their relationships. The BIRDHOUSE community is currently made up of Tiffany Ogburn, Clark Griffin, Raven White, Maximillion Canion, Sebastian Abarbanell, Sienna Blaw, and Bryn Hlava. Artists on hiatus: Emily Wohl and Mitchell Christie.

Raven Taisce White is a trans woman from South Carolina. She has found art as her way of taking power from her experiences while helping others see humanity in a new light. She graduated from Princeton University in 2016 with a degree in visual art and choreography, before moving to Berlin for a three month study in improvisational practices. There, she was introduced to the philosophy of “unknowing” by Sonja Pregrad — a mental practice of letting go through acceptance that is now the core of Raven’s creative process. In 2018, she founded BIRDHOUSE, a New York City based artist collective. BIRDHOUSE presented their first full-length production, HOT WINTER, at TheaterLab NYC in March 2018. Raven is mentored by choreographer and Princeton dance director Susan Marshall, who invited her to choreograph a duet for her show Prototypes, presented at La MaMa in July 2018. The duet was met with critical praise. Raven is currently directing The Open Window, a new BIRDHOUSE work for TheaterLab, and will be directing TheaterLab’s Mothers/Myths/Monsters, an all fem-identified production for 2019.

About Art House Productions

Art House Productions (AHP) was founded shortly after the devastating events of September 11, 2001 in order create a safe and healing place for artists and community members to connect through creative expression. Since then, AHP has grown significantly. In 2007, AHP became a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization and was presented with the Key to the City by Jersey City for being a pioneer of artistic and cultural programming and a model of what the arts can do for evolving urban centers. Now in its 17th year, AHP presents a professional season of two Actors' Equity Association mainstage productions, four curated visual art exhibitions, over six youth and adult arts education programs both in school and after school, and the free, quarterly arts festival, JC Fridays, which serves over 15,000 people annually.

AHP's mission is to engage, inspire, entertain and challenge audiences with highly intentional visual and performing arts programming; provide arts education to promote lifelong learning to diverse communities; and celebrate the essential power of the arts to illuminate humanity. AHP provides a home for innovative performing, visual, and literary artists to develop new work; presents emerging and under-recognized artists who are making significant contributions to their respective fields; and serves as a safe space for established artists to take creative risks.

Made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, A Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs/Tourism Development, and by the County of Hudson, Thomas A. DeGise, Hudson County Executive, and the Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders.


Art House's 5,500 square foot facility has elevator access, gender-neutral family bathrooms, and wheelchair ramp accessibility. For accessibility requests and inquiries, please contact or call 201-918-6019

State Theatre New Jersey presents “Darci Lynne and Friends Live” this Sunday

Darci Lynne Approved PhotoDarci Lynne and Friends Live

WHEN: Sunday, September 23, 2018, 3pm / Limited tickets available!
: State Theatre, 15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick
TICKETS: $25-$85
For tickets, more information, or group discounts, call State Theatre Guest Services at 732-246-SHOW (7469), or visit us online at State Theatre Guest Services, located at 15 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick NJ, is open Monday through Friday from 10am to 6pm; Saturday from 1pm to 5pm; and at least three hours prior to curtain on performance dates unless otherwise specified. Additional ticket and transaction fees may apply.

Singer/ventriloquist Darci Lynne Farmer is one of the youngest contestants to ever win NBC’s America’s Got Talent (AGT), garnering over 21M views on AGT’s YouTube and the most votes for a final performance in the history of the show. She won the hearts of America with her sweetheart disposition and undeniable talent. She kicked off her 2018 national tour with her friends Petunia, the divaesque rabbit; Oscar, the shy and soulful mouse; and Edna, the brash old woman.

Growing up in Oklahoma, Farmer has always been close to her family and relies on their support and encouragement. In her younger years, Farmer participated in talent-based pageants to overcome her shyness. She was soon introduced to the art of ventriloquism and decided to try it out for herself. Her hard work, grit, and discipline developed from her early days of gymnastics where she practiced 30 hours a week. After only having her first puppet for two weeks, Farmer began performing in talent shows in her home state and beyond. She was determined to audition for her first talent show, ultimately leading her to audition for the biggest talent show on television. 

Recently, Farmer was invited to sing the National Anthem at the OKC Energy FC Soccer game where AGT fans heard Farmer sing without a puppet. She then went on to open for Fergie at Caesar’s Palace on New Year’s Eve.

Farmer has been seen on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, Little Big Shots, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and The Today Show.

Farmer’s opening act is the extraordinary family band, Pelican 212. Pelican 212 were finalists on America’s Got Talent during the same season that Darci Lynn won in 2017. The band consists of brothers and sisters that honed their skills performing on the sidewalks of Nashville, New Orleans, and Pensacola. The group features 12-year-old trumpet playing identical twins Max and Kolbe, along with siblings Angelle, Marie, Giovanni, Mollie, and their oldest sister Katie, who taught many of her younger siblings how to play their instruments. Their mission is to bring generations together through the joy of music, playing songs from the Four Tops, The Jackson 5, The Monkees, and James Brown. The horn section has their own feisty version of “When The Saints Go Marching In” echoing their New Orleans ties. Pelican 212 performed at the 2017 Liberty Ball and have been seen on NBC’s Little Big Shots and America’s Got Talent.

About State Theatre New Jersey

The theater exists to enrich people’s lives, contribute to a vital urban environment, and build future audiences by presenting the finest performing artists and entertainers and fostering lifetime appreciation for the performing arts through arts education. State Theatre New Jersey’s programs are made possible by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Grant funding has been provided by the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders through a grant award from the Middlesex County Cultural and Arts Trust Fund. United is the official airline of the State Theatre.

Black Box Studios presents "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" in Teaneck

One Flew Over - Poster

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
By Dale Wasserman
From the Novel by Ken Kesey
Directed by Matt Okin

WHEN: September 20 - October 7, 2018. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays at 8 PM; Saturdays and Sundays at 2 PM.
Black Box Performing Arts Center, 200 Walraven Drive, Teaneck
TICKETS: $25 for adults and $20 for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door.
Please visit for more info!

The Black Box Performing Arts Center continues to emerge as the Tri-State area’s premiere destination for both cutting-edge professional theater and collaborative arts education – in the heart of Teaneck, just a quick ride over the George Washington Bridge.

Following a stellar second season of professional theater and the inaugural summer of Shakespeare in the Park, Black Box Studios kicks off its third season with Dale Wasserman's ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST, from the novel by Ken Kesey and presented in special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Matt Okin directs the play as you’ve never seen it before, with Allison Falkenstern as Assistant Director. The show features the talents of Julian Faust, Jake Geary, Matt Kiesling, Sebastian LaPointe, Stephan Marcellus, Samantha Quiles, Oscar Selby, Sarah Spring, and Laurence Wallace, along with Black Box Repertory members Allison Falkenstern, Jason Felix, Michael Gardiner, Samuel Hapner-Goldman, and Larissa Terese. Larissa Terese also serves as Production Stage Manager, with Samantha Quiles as Assistant Stage Manager, Nimon Ibrahimaj and Samuel Hapner-Goldman as Technical Directors, and STATiC as Sound Designer.

Heralded as "One of the finest, most meaningful and most moving play of recent times," (WPIX TV), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest follows criminal Randle P. McMurphy to a mental institution as he hopes to receive a lighter treatment than he would in prison. While institutionalized,  he clashes with the Head Nurse Ratched, befriends the presumed deaf and dumb Chief Bromden, and meets a whole host of other “crazy” characters.


clip_image002Conversation with an Artist: TALKBACK WITH RUPERT HOLMES

WHEN: immediately following the Sunday, September 23, 2 PM matinee performance. 
Little Firehouse Theatre, Bergen Community Players, 298 Kinderkamack Road in Oradell
TICKETS: $24 for all performances; Advance discount tickets for students age 25 and under with proper ID are available for $14 by phone or walk-up only, and student rush seats can be purchased for $5 (cash only) starting 30 minutes before curtain at every performance, pending seat availability. There is a limit of one rush ticket per student.
Tickets can be purchased online at, by calling 201-261-4200 or by visiting the box office at 298 Kinderkamack Road in Oradell during regular box office hours. The Mystery of Edwin Drood will be performed at the Little Firehouse Theatre in Oradell through October 6th, 2018.
Those interested in Group Sales or benefit theater parties can call (201) 261-4200 (mailbox # 

Bergen County Players, one of America’s longest-running little theater companies, recently opened its 86th season with the Five-time Tony Award winning musical, The Mystery of Edwin Drood.  With Book, Music and Lyrics written by Rupert Holmes, The Mystey of Edwin Drood is based on an unfinished novel by Charles Dickens.

clip_image002[5]Rupert Holmes, a former Bergen County resident and an ardent supporter of the Bergen County Players, is perhaps best known as author-composer of the Tony award-winning Broadway musical The Mystery of Edwin Drood and the Edgar award-winning Broadway comedy-thriller Accomplice.  He was the first person in theatrical history to be the sole winner of Tony Awards for Best Book, Best Music and Best Lyrics for Drood, which also won the Tony and Drama Desk Award for Best Broadway Musical. His comedy-drama about the life of comedian George Burns, Say Goodnight, Gracie, earned him a Tony nomination for Best Play.  His stage comedy-thrillers Accomplice and Solitary Confinement broke box office records, with both shows enjoying runs on Broadway, while the musical comedy Curtains won Holmes the Drama Desk award for Best Book of a Musical, as well as two further Tony nominations. In a unique collaboration, Holmes wrote the original comedy thriller Thumbs! expressly for BCP, which had its world premiere at the Little Firehouse Theatre in 2001.

Winner of five Tony Awards in 1986, including Best Musical, Best Book and Best Score, The Mystery of Edwin Drood is a musical comedy about a theatre company attempting to stage a musical comedy of the story Charles Dickens was writing when he died. Because the story was never finished, the mystery of who killed Edwin Drood is left to the audience to solve. Depending on the audience’s voice votes, shows of hands and ballots, the last half-hour of the show changes at every performance. There are literally hundreds of possible endings.

For over 20 years, BCP's "Conversations With An Artist" talkback series has provided the public with an opportunity to converse directly with the most seminal figures in theater. Past speakers have included Tony Award-winning actor Philip Bosco (Lend Me A Tenor, Moon Over Buffalo), Tony Award-nominated Rob McClure (Chaplin, Something Rotten!, Honeymoon in Vegas)  and Tony Award-nominated Beth Fowler (Beauty and the Beast, Sweeney Todd, The Boy from Oz), to name a few.

A new program is now available for qualified non-profit organizations to use one performance of each production as a fundraising event.  The group will book all 200 seats at a deeply discounted price and then resell the tickets at a price of their choosing, with the difference in price kept by the group. The available date is the Thursday of each show’s final weekend.  Interested groups can email for more information.

Parking is free for our patrons at the Park Avenue municipal lot, across the street, one-half block north of the theater, as well as street parking on Kinderkamack Road and various side streets, all within easy walking distance.

Further information can be found at



WHEN: Friday, September 21, at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, September 22, at 7:30 p.m. 
The Theater in the Bart Luedeke Center, Rider University, 2083 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville
TICKETS:  $20, $15 for students and seniors.
Call (609) 896-7775 or click here to get your tickets! 

  • Tears of the Moon | choreography Kirk Peterson
  • Ephemeral Possessions (pas de deux) | choreography Douglas Martin
  • Airs | choreography Paul Taylor

Fulfilling his long-held desire to create a work to music by Beethoven, Kirk Peterson created Tears of the Moon on ARB dancers in 2013, when he felt he “now had the maturity and experience as an artist to explore the possibilities of dance to the master’s work.” A delicately emotional piece, Tears of the Moon features a range of movements – from highly technical, quick footwork to a lush and emotional pas de deux.

Pas de Deux, from Douglas Martin's Ephemeral Possessions, is set to music by Samuel Barber.

The evening concludes with the company premiere of Paul Taylor's Airs, set to music by G.F. Handel. “Airs is a new and distinctive vintage, of mellowness and classic finish that give it a sublime autumnal glow. Incredibly diversified and complex. The whole work is a treasure.” – Alan M. Kriegsman, Washington Post.

Performers: American Repertory Ballet
Douglas Martin, choreographer
Kirk Peterson, choreographer
Paul Taylor, choreographer

A New Musical - One Night Only at NJ Rep in Long Branch

WHEN: Friday, Sept 21 at 8pm, ONE NIGHT ONLY as part of the West End Festival of the Arts
: West End Arts Center, 132 West End Avenue in Long Branch. Free on-site parking and entrance off of Sairs Avenue.
For tickets call 732-229-3166 or BUY TICKETS

Be the first to witness the birth of a new musical based on the 1946 novel by William Lindsay Gresham and the 1947 noir film that starred Tyrone Power. Nightmare Alley: An Introduction takes place during the Great Depression and is the story of a young drifter who hooks up with a traveling side show.

The music, lyrics and book are by Jonathan Brielle, whose credits include Broadway: Foxfire (music/lyrics) Off- Broadway: Himself and Nora; Composer in Residence, Circle Rep, NY. Regional: Himself and Nora NYMF, James Joyce Center, Dublin, The Old Globe, Forty Naked Women, A Monkey and Me (Eugene O’Neill). Las Vegas: Enter the Night (Stardust Hotel), MADhattan (New York Hotel).

The musical stars Cole Burden, Lauren Zakrin, and Kevyn Morrow (left, top to bottom).

Also included in your ticket price are three other short plays: Circus Real by Alexis Kozak, Gravity: The Three-Body Problem by John Biguenet, and In the Hole by Christopher Daftsios.

The 4 plays are followed by a reception with complimentary refreshments, wine, and live music.  You can also visit the art gallery and photography exhibit.

The West End Festival of the Arts is a fundraiser for New Jersey Repertory Company. We hope you can join us for this special event.

Monday, September 17, 2018



directed and choreographed by Broadway, film and television veteran Michael Blevins

WHEN: Sunday, September 23, from 1PM – 7PM. Although no appointment is necessary, interested performers should call the Centenary Stage Company box office to be placed on an audition list. Performers will be seen on a first come first serve basis throughout the days.
Lackland Performing Arts Center at 715 Grand Avenue, Hackettstown
For more information please visit  To schedule call the CSC administrative office at (908) 979 – 0900.

Based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray, Annie has become a worldwide phenomenon and was the winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The beloved book and score by Tony Award winners, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, features some of the greatest musical theatre hits ever written, including "Tomorrow." With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone's hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage that is run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. With the help of the other girls in the Orphanage, Annie escapes to the wondrous world of NYC. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan's evil machinations...and even befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. She finds a new home and family in billionaire, Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.

Rehearsals will be held weekends (Friday to Sunday) beginning in October with performances running November 23 through December 9

The audition will consist of two parts; a vocal audition and dance call. September 23 from 1 – 4PM (vocal call) / 4:30PM – 7:00PM (dance call).

  • For the vocal portion of the call, interested performers are welcome to bring a monologue or read from sides that will be provided. Performers are also asked to prepare a 32-bar cut from a song in the style of the show (but not from Annie).  Please bring your book and be prepared to sing from it.  An accompanist will be provided.
  • For the dance portion of the call performers are asked to dress comfortably; bring dance and tap shoes.

All roles are open except for Miss Hannigan. All performers should be at least 18 years of age to audition. Centenary Stage Company is NOT seeking child performers. Please note, performers under the age of 18 will not be seen.