Tuesday, June 19, 2018

NJ COMPOSER UNVEILS NEW MAJOR WORK AT FREE JUNE CONCERT

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PURPLE DUSK AT THE MARGINS—AN UNCOMMON ORDINARY
by EDWARD ALSTROM
A Cantata for Choir and Jazz Band based on the Mass

WHEN: World Premiere on Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 6:30 PM 
WHERE: CENTRAL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 46 Park St. (corner of Claremont), Montclair
ADMISSION: FREE (free-will offering)

Versatile NJ Musician/Composer/Multi-instrumentalist Ed Alstrom has written and is directing and accompanying an exciting and inspiring piece of music for Choir and Jazz Band. Diane Moser (piano), Mike Richmond (bass), Don Guinta (drums), Dave Arndt (trumpet), and others will join him in the band.

Concurrent with this event are the announcement of a joint venture with The Continuo Arts Foundation of Summit, and the release of Alstrom's first-ever published anthem for Shawnee Press and Hal Leonard Publishing.

The work is a 7-movement cantata based on the Mass form, with texts by Fanny Crosby, Laurel Chamberland, the eccentric Victorian poet Digby Dolben, and Alstrom himself. Much of the original music within is jazz-flavored and inspired by 1970's icons such as McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea, and Herbie Hancock. The core of the choir is Alstrom's unit at Central Presbyterian (where he is Music Director); many friends and colleagues are also singing.

Alstrom, a Westminster Choir College graduate, has played keyboards with Herbie Hancock, Chuck Berry, Bette Midler, Dion, Leonard Bernstein, Odetta, Stanley Jordan, Chubby Checker, John Lloyd Young, Rick Derringer, Al Kooper, Ronnie Spector, Uncle Floyd, Steely Dan, Phoebe Snow, Eddie Brigati,  Darlene Love, Paul Shaffer, Buster Poindexter, Levon Helm, Zubin Mehta, Bettye Lavette, and many others. He has played many shows on and off-Broadway, has hosted radio shows on WFDU in NJ, and was a Back Stage Bistro Award Winner for Outstanding Excellence in Cabaret in NYC. He is also in his 15th year as Weekend Organist at the organist at Yankee Stadium.

bergenPAC Schedules Gala: RSVP by June 29

bergenPAC Speakeasy

For tickets and more information, please visit bergenpac.org/gala
or contact Corinne at 201.816.8160 x41 • calvarado@bergenpac.org

Monday, June 18, 2018

CELEBRATE AND SAVE! STATE THEATRE NEW JERSEY PRESENTS A TWO-DAY NO FEES SUMMER SALE FROM JUNE 21-22

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TWO-DAY NO FEES SUMMER SALE

WHEN: 12am, Thursday, June 21 through 11:59pm, Friday, June 22 only and is not retroactive
WHERE
: State Theatre NJ, 15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick

Itzhak-Perlman-Photo-Credit-Lisa-Marie-Mazzucco-2State Theatre New Jersey kicks off the summer with a Two-Day No Fees Summer Sale from Thursday, June 21 through Friday, June 22. For information on the Two Day No Fees Summer Sale visit STNJ.org/summer

Shows in the State Theatre’s 2018-2019 line up include Dave Mason & Steven Cropper on July 18, 4U – A Symphonic Celebration of Prince on September 6, Itzhak Perlman (left) on September 16, Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood on October 4, Ballet Hispanico on October 11, Aida Cuevas on October 30, Brian Wilson with Special Guests Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin on November 1,

Whoopi HeadshotParsons Dance on November 15, Whoopi Goldberg (left) on November 16, Boston Pops on Tour on December 2, and so much more.

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.

JCTC Film: How Many Lives? Documentary June 21 at Jersey City Theater Center

How Many Lives?
Directed by Duda Penteado

WHEN: Thursday, June 21, Doors 6:30pm / Show 7pm
WHERE: White
Eagle Hall - Jersey City Theater Center, 337 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ
ADMISSION: $10

The documentary film How Many Lives?, directed by Duda Penteado, explores the views and impacts of gun violence through the eyes of 25 young student artists of Jersey City, NJ. In creating a 180-foot long mural titled "How Many Lives?" we enter into their innermost world of emotions and thoughts, about the human toll taken by the gun culture that thrives in the United States of America.

Through visits to exhibitions, seminars, discussions and lectures, these students struggle with the impact of murders and mass killings that are almost daily perpetrated not only in our cities but throughout the land. In working with fine artists, Duda Penteado, who is also the film's director, and Catherine Hart, the students depict numerous well-publicized killings and mass murders, some local and others that have occurred across the country.

The images in the mural include those of Trayvon Martin, Sierra Clayborn, Philando Castile, victims of the Aurora, Pulse, and Sandy Hook mass shootings, and Jersey City victim Officer Melvin Santiago, among others.

“Venus In Fur” production in Maplewood, NJ

In a collaborative effort, Chester Theatre Group and South Mountain TheaterWorks brings the highly regarded production of

VENUS IN FUR

by David Ives

to the Burgdorff Center For The Performing Arts with the same cast: Sky Spiegel Monroe and Joe Guadara.

Produced by Ken Magos and Dale Monroe

Last seen in March, 2018 at the Black River playhouse in Chester NJ.

WHERE: **NOTE** This production is only at the Burgdorff Center For The Performing Arts in Maplewood, NJ.

NOT in Chester, NJ

For additional information and tickets please click Venus In Fur.


www.chestertheatregroup.org

D&R Greenway Announces Two Special Events for Summer

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WHEN: on view June 21-July 25. Reception and Lecture: Thursday, June 21, 5:30 – 7 p.m. 
WHERE:
D&R Greenway’s Johnson Education Center, 1 Preservation Place, Princeton
ADMISSION: Free admission.
RSVP at rsvp@drgreenway.org.

Emergent Universe Oratorio

WHEN: Bus trip to Oratorio Saturday, July 28, 5:30-11:30 p.m
WHERE
: Villanova Chapel
COST: $125 per person.
RSVP by Thursday, July 12.
www.drgreenway.org 

For a limited time only, D&R Greenway Land Trust is presenting a special exhibition by award-winning environmental artist Cameron (Cami) Davis. Cosmophilia . Gallery hours Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Call 609-924-4646 to be sure galleries not rented at time of daytime visits. (Above: “THE UNIVERSE IS A GREEN DRAGON”)

Related to the exhibit, visitors can join D&R Greenway for a bus trip to to experience the Emergent Universe Oratorio, presented for the first time in the Mid-Atlantic region. 

The artwork, on large canvases that draw the viewer into the space, “celebrates our human relationship within a whole, living and evolving Earth and Cosmos,” says the artist. Her paintings, installations and community art projects “explore the natural world at the edges where inner and outer perceptions meet.” Her semi-abstract work explores the boundaries between observable phenomena and intuitive musings and improvisations.

Using layers of paint and other media, Davis creates engaging visual imagery as a wake-up call to environmental disaster. A series titled "Endless Spring" is based on a Buddhist term for enlightenment. Davis asks, “Will we truly continue to experience the renewal of spring if we do not address climate change, if we do not address the evolution of consciousness?”

This is the first time that all of the works in Cosmophilia are being shown in totality, and will include several new pieces still in development in early June.  When seen at D&R Greenway’s Johnson Education Center gallery, “the art will move the viewer to experience a visual landscape where clear elements of nature and the abstract combine to inspire thinking beyond our day-to-day encounters,” says Linda Mead, President & CEO.  “I am especially excited that the artist and her collaborator, composer Sam Guarnaccia, will share their inspiration and technique in a special lecture at the opening reception on June 21.”

"Endless Spring” is part of a collaboration with composer Sam Guarnaccia’s "Emergent Universe Oratorio." The Oratorio’s 100 voiced choir and chamber orchestra libretto and spoken recitatives address the relevancy of the “journey of the universe” to these times.

Guarnaccia will join Davis June 21 for a lecture at the opening reception. A month later, on Saturday, July 28, 5:30-11:30 p.m., visitors can join D&R Greenway for a bus trip to Villanova Chapel to experience the Emergent Universe Oratorio, presented for the first time in the Mid-Atlantic region. Cost: $125 per person. RSVP by Thursday, July 12.

Davis first met Guarnaccia and his wife, Paula, in 2002 while working to bring a Peace Summit to the University of Vermont. “That was the beginning of a friendship that continues to this day,” Davis says.

“In 2010 we started talking about finding a way, through music and art, to help raise consciousness about the growing environmental crisis,” Davis continues. “Our inspiration came from Bill McKibben’s words asking, ‘Where is the art and music of this time?’ He was calling for an artistic response to humanity’s devastation of the Earth. How could we create an expression that reaches the heart, awakens the mind, and evokes the radiant possibilities of a mutually enhancing human presence in our Earth home? Those conversations were the seeds of the Emergent Universe Oratorio project and the Endless Spring painting series.”

The paintings were part of a three-year collaboration with the Guarnaccias. “We came together with the idea that Sam’s music, my painting and all three of us working on the content for the recitative texts, was a way to explore the intensity of our feelings, our sense of urgency to individually and collectively respond to what is happening with Earth.”

The threesome spent a year, reading, discussing and culling selections from ecological and new science texts that could inform the project. Sam chose poems that he could musically respond to for the major choral pieces. Davis’s work resulted in a stage set comprised of 12 large scale paintings.

A Senior Lecturer with the University of Vermont’s Department of Art and Art History, Environmental Program and a 2013 University of Vermont Sustainability Fellow, Davis teaches painting, drawing and transdisciplinary courses on art, ecology and community.

Davis earned her Master of Fine Arts in Painting from Pratt Institute in 1981 and her Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from the University of Vermont in 1976. She has also undertaken post-graduate studies in ecological thinking at Schumacher College in Devon, United Kingdom, in 1998 and 2015, and has attended artist residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and Banff Centre for the Arts, Alberta, Canada. She has exhibited throughout Vermont, New York, San Diego and Cleveland. Her work is in private and public collections nationally.

The recipient of the Lee Krasner-Jackson Pollock Foundation grant for painting, the Argosy Foundation and Puffin Foundation grants for painting (in collaboration with composer Sam Guarnaccia), a University of Vermont UVM Sustainability Fellow, and the Lattie Coor award recipient for Strengthening the Environment in the Humanities at the University of Vermont, Davis’s paintings, installations and community art projects have followed the climate-change movement for the last decade. She is a member of the ecoartnetwork.org and WEAD Woman Environmental Artists Directory.

**Cosmophilia, defined by Duane Elgin in “The Living Universe”: “We can expand the feeling of connection and appreciation of life (biophilia) to the entire cosmos—a word that was first used by the Greek philosopher Pythagoras to describe our universe as a living embodiment of nature’s order, harmony and beauty. Building on the concept of biophilia, we can create the word cosmophilia. Cosmophilia describes the kinship and affiliation we feel with the totality of nature and our experience of felt connection with the harmony and beauty of our universe.”

COME TO A BLOCK PARTY @ PHOENIX PRODUCTIONS IN RED BANK

In the Heights BLOCK PARTY!

WHEN: June 23, 2018 - 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM
WHERE:
Phoenix Performing Arts Center, 59 Chestnut Street, Red Bank
TICKETS: $
25* per single ticket or 4 tickets** for $100*
*Suggested Donation
** 4 pack of tickets includes including 20 raffle tickets to win great prizes
*** Please note that photos will be taken at this event and could be chosen for use in marketing materials related to Phoenix Productions, Inc. such as, but not limited to, social media, website content, brochures and other promotional marketing material. If you choose NOT to have your photo used please let us know when registering. Thank You !

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Sponsored by World Subaru in Tinton Falls, you do not want to miss out on the food, drinks, music, games- and chances to win raffle tickets!   It is a unique opportunity to get in the spirit of the show while helping us raise funds to further our dream of a Black Box Theatre.

To secure your tickets CLICK HERE.

For a limited time, enter PXBlockITH18 for single ticket savings, or PXBlockITH418 for additional savings on the 4 ticket package!

Can't make the party, but still want to see the show?

WHERE: Count Basie Theatre, 99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank

Set over the course of three days in Washington Heights, New York City, In the Heights tells the universal story of a vibrant community where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open, and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It’s a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding the traditions you take with you and which ones you leave behind. In the Heights boasts music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda (creator of Hamilton) and is the winner of the 2008 Tony Award for Best Musical.

For information on tickets click here or to purchase tickets call or email the box office at 732-747-0014 – tickets@phoenixredbank.com 

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Sing-a-long to “Summer Lovin’” on the First Day of Summer as State Theatre New Jersey presents “Sing-a-Long Grease”

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Sing-a-Long Grease

WHEN: Thursday, June 21, 2018, 8pm 
WHERE:
State Theatre, 15 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick
TICKETS: $19
For tickets, more information, or group discounts, call State Theatre Guest Services at 732-246-SHOW (7469), or visit us online at www.STNJ.org. State Theatre Guest Services, located at 15 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick NJ, is open Monday through Thursday from 10am to 6pm; Friday from 10am-5pm; and at least three hours prior to curtain on performance dates unless otherwise specified. Additional ticket and transaction fees may apply.

State Theatre New Jersey presents Sing-a-Long Grease, a unique, interactive screening of the movie musical Grease, marking the 40th Anniversary of the film. Complete with on-screen lyrics, the program—presented on the first day of summer—also includes a chance for the audience to dress up as T-Bird or Pink Lady and enter the costume competition for prizes.

“It’s the one that you want”, says producer Ben Freedman, who previously brought us Sing-a-Long Sound of Music. “Sing-a-long Grease is the show that audiences have been asking for since we first presented a sing-a-long show back in 1999.”

Grease’s hit songs include “Summer Lovin’,” “Grease Lightning,” “Beauty School Dropout,” and “You’re The One That I Want.” “Sing-a-Long Grease is much more than ‘just a movie,’” says Freedman.

Sing-a-long Greasers will be decked out in their own versions of 50s high school garb worn at Rydell High, including poodle skirts and saddle shoes, black leather biker and powder-pink bomber jackets, chiffon scarves, and skinny ties.

Every performance starts with a Sing-a-long host who warms up the audience, trains them how to “hand-jive,” deploy the contents of their free magic moments fun packs, and heckle in all the right places as well as judge the costume competition.

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.

Morris Arts' 35th Giralda Music & Arts Festival, June 24th

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35th Annual Giralda Music & Arts Festival

WHEN: Sunday, June 24, 2018. Gates open at 4pm for activities and picnics (no pets, no BBQ’s, no smoking). Concert starts at 6pm.
WHERE:
Giralda Farms, Dodge Drive/Madison Ave. (Rt. 124) in Madison. Rainsite: Mennen Arena, 161 East Hanover Ave., Morristown (Doors open at 4pm for activities (no pets, no BBQ’s, no smoking ). The concert starts at 6pm.
TICKETS: (take advantage of lower pricing for advance tickets!)
In advance: Adults: $15 adults (over 12); Children: $4; under 4, free.
At the gate: Adults: $20 adults (over 12); Children: $5; under 4, free.
Advance Tickets can be purchased at:

  • Morris Arts online at www.morrisarts.org or (973) 285-5115, x15
  • Kings Food Markets (Morristown and Chatham)
  • Gary’s Wine and Marketplace (Madison)

Individuals needing special assistance or accommodation should contact Tom Werder at (973) 285-5115, x 11 or twerder@morrisarts.org at least 14 days prior to the event to ensure appropriate arrangements.

In the event of uncertain weather, please check the website www.morrisarts.org or call (973) 285-5115 AFTER 12 pm on the day of the concert  for the latest updates.

clip_image002[7]At Giralda, you can hear the state’s top orchestra, relax on the beautiful lawns of former Geraldine Rockefeller Dodge estate, see (and purchase) original artworks, enjoy family/children’s arts activities, indulge your ice cream cravings at the fully stocked antique ice cream truck, sample food truck fare or just picnic with friends and family. Best of all, weather is not a concern at all! By special arrangement with the Morris County Park Commission, our rainsite will host the same, full experience of the Giralda Music & Arts Festival as you would have outdoors—with the art show and sale, family arts activities, picnics (and prizes) and, of course, the concert!

Under the baton of one of Chile’s most prominent orchestral conductors, José Luis Domínguez, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s Giralda program will feature Key’s Star Spangled Banner, BERNSTEIN’s Overture to Candide; PUCCINI’s “Intermezzo” from Manon Lescaut; ROSSINI’s Overture to Guillaume Tell; MOZART’s Overture to Le nozze di Figaro; MASSANET’s “Meditation” from Thais (featuring Eric Wyrick, violin); RODGERS’ The Carousel Waltz; GERSHWIN’s Overture to Crazy for You!; STYNE’s Overture to Gypsy; VERDI’s Overture to Nabucco; LEONCAVALLO’s “Intermezzo” from I Pagliacci; GLINKA’s Overture to Russlan and Ludmilla; J. STRAUSS, Jr.’s Overture to Die Fledermaus; JOHN WILLIAMS’ Selection from Star Wars; LOWDEN’s arr. of the  Armed Forces Salute and Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever.

clip_image002[9]In keeping with Giralda tradition, there will be very generous prizes for the most inventive picnics and the fabulous 50/50 raffle, which nets some lucky person a big cash prize (often over $1,000)!  Invite that special someone, friends, family, neighbors, club members or college chums to share a picnic and help support the important work of Morris Arts, which has been building community through the arts for 45 years.

Morris Arts wishes to thank our sponsors:

Giralda Property Sponsors: Open Spaces Management Association, GRC Management Corp., Lincoln Equities LLC, American Realty Capital, Atlantic Health System, and Mack-Cali Realty Group.

Community Sponsors: Crum & Forster Insurance, MetLife Foundation, NJ.com affiliated with The Star-Ledger, Kings Food Markets, Gary’s Wine & Marketplace, County of Morris, Township of Chatham and Morris County Park Commission

JARED GOLD TO DEBUT NEW ALBURM IN NEW BRUNSWICK

Jared Gold: Reemergence
CD Release

Jared Gold – organ
Dave Stryker – guitar
Darrell Green – drums

WHEN: Wednesday, June 20th, 8:00pm-11:00pm
WHERE:
Tavern on George, 361 George St, New Brunswick
www.tavernongeorge.com

What The Press Is Saying About Jared Gold's “Reemergence”

DownBeat Magazine Editor's Pick

Bobby Reed
Most jazz fans have encountered the unfortunate scenario of being thrilled by the names on an album cover but then being disappointed by the music. That is definitely not the case with the new leader project from Jared Gold, which showcases the versatile organist and his all-star band: guitarist Dave Stryker, drummer Billy Hart and trumpeter Jeremy Pelt. Stryker, who also produced the album, has a 14-year history with Gold, and his simpatico rapport with the organist spices up the proceedings, as each musician frequently adds clever coloration when the other is unleashing a sturdy solo. Hart—whose subtle brushwork is just as mesmerizing as his powerful stick-work in this program—demonstrates the mastery that has made him a legend. Pelt, who adds potent brass to three tracks, elevates this disc: Without him, these sessions might have yielded a memorable trio disc, but with him on board, the result is one of the strongest straightahead discs of the year thus far.

This band certainly can burn, as evidenced by the title track (which was penned by the leader), but a poignant reading of The Beatles’ “She’s Leaving Home” reflects Gold’s ability to tug at the listener’s heartstrings with a melancholy mood. Gold has curated a wonderful, eclectic program that features two Gershwin tunes (“It Ain’t Necessarily So,” “How Long Has This Been Going On”), Ornette Coleman’s “Blues Connotation,” Stevie Wonder’s “Lookin’ For Another Pure Love” (from 1972’s Talking Book) and “One For John A,” a swinging, original tribute to the late guitar icon John Abercrombie, with whom the organist worked for years. Gold and Stryker can ignite fireworks at will, but on this rendition of “It Ain’t Necessarily So,” both musicians coax a vocal timbre out of their respective axes. Nicely done, gentlemen.

...one of the year’s strongest titles to date and upon repeated listening  gets so much more enjoyable. - CJ Shearn Jazz Views

Jeff Know-Audiophile Audition
...this is a CD that will be loved by Hammond fans, and highlights Gold’s talents as both a creative organist as well as arranger. His talents have matured and hopefully we’ll see more exploratory efforts from Jared well into the future.

Dick Metcalf  contemporaryfusionreviews.com
Jared Gold hoppin’ Hammond B3 jazz Jared Gold – REEMERGENCE:  Without doubt, Jared is one of THE best Hammond B3 jazz players .

Hopewell Community Campout at St. Michaels

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Hopewell Community Campout

WHEN: Saturday, June 23, into Sunday, June 24.
WHERE:
St. Michaels Farm Preserve in the field in front of the Charles Evans Overlook.
REGISTRATION FEE: Advance (non-refundable) $45 registration must accompany each application. Register online at drgreenway.org or via hard copy which may be obtained at Hopewell Borough Hall. If completing a hard copy form, please make checks payable to D&R Greenway Land Trust. Send completed forms to Hopewell Community Campout 2018, c/o D&R Greenway, One Preservation Place, Princeton, NJ 08540.

S'mores 2016 Hopewell Campout by Jay WatsonThe non-refundable registration fee covers breakfast, s’mores, supplies, sanitary facilities and other event costs. Foul weather, either the day of or during preceding days, may require cancellation—participants will be notified by e-mail if the event must be cancelled. There is no rain date, and the non-refundable registration fee will become a donation if the event is cancelled.

Parking will be in the field across Aunt Molly Road, and tractor rides to camp sites will be provided. Participants need not be Hopewell residents, but everyone must register before the event.

Now you can enjoy D&R Greenway Land Trust preserved lands under a night sky! All ages will gather around the campfire to celebrate nature in summer as fireflies perform their light show.

In partnership with D&R Greenway, Hopewell Borough invites the public to enjoy the Hopewell Community Campout.

hiking Aunt Molly trail 2016 Hopewell Campout by Jay WatsonActivities will include hikes, night-time nature activities and astronomers with telescopes to share the myths and mysteries of the night sky.

  • Sunrise yoga will begin at 6:30 a.m. on Sunday.
  • Scout demonstrations  and “fairy house” building,  popular features of past campouts, will return
  • Traditional campfire with s'mores in the Campout S‘more Fire Pit.
  • Other activities are planned for the entire family.
  • Guests may bring firefly-catch-and-release containers.
  • Guitars, banjos and tambourines are encouraged.
  • Campers supply their own tents, sleeping bags, water bottles,  snacks, picnic blankets and chairs, flashlights and/or headlamps. Campsites measure 20-by-20 feet.
  • Guests for this family event are asked to bring picnic suppers that do not require flame. Bring a full water bottle for each camper—water refills will be provided.
  • Complimentary breakfast on Sunday morning is included.
  • Alcohol is not permitted.

Guest Artists Visit Chatham Playhouse to Present “This Is Our Youth” by Kenneith Lonergan

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This Is Our Youth
by Kenneith Lonergan
Directed and Produced by Richie Carchia

WHEN: Friday, June 22, and Saturday, June 23, at 8PM.
WHERE
: Chatham Playhouse 23 North Passaic Ave. Chatham
TICKETS: $5, and can be purchased here: www.tics.eventbrite.com

Richie Carchia, who most recently starred as Danny Zuko in Chatham Community Players' Grease, presents Kenneth Lonergan's This Is Our Youth. Kenneth Lonergan is one of the most renowned American Playwrights, who recently had his play Lobby Hero produced on Broadway.

This production funny yet touching portrayal of the transition from being an adult to adulthood takes place in Manhattan in the year 1984. The story exposes three characters on brim of their youth. Mature audiences only.

In this cast is a group of fierce and talented artists. Starring as Warren is Richie Carchia, a graduate of Morristown-Beard school, who will attend Kenyon College in the Fall where he will continue acting. Starring as Dennis is Gio Guanill, who just finished his first year at the American Academy of the Dramatic Arts in Manhattan. Caitlin Ladda, a rising senior at Montclair-Kimberly Academy, is portraying the role of Jessica.

Production Team:

  • Taylor Jaskula-- Production Manager and Lighting Design
  • Jill Stecker -- Stage Manager and Props Master
  • Zoe Jacobs -- Assistant Stage Manager
  • Austin Penizotto -- Sound Engineer and Operator
  • Jason Bloomenthal -- Light Board Operator
  • Brian Collins & Nik Marmo -- Electrics Crew
  • Sophia Gnunez -- Media and Set Painting
  • Sarah Court -- Set Painting

*Recommended for a mature audience

The Story:

In 1982, on Manhattan's Upper West Side, the wealthy, articulate pot-smoking teenagers who were small children in the '60s have emerged as young adults in a country that has just resoundingly rejected everything they were brought up to believe in. The very last wave of New York City's '60s-style Liberalism has come of age—and there's nowhere left to go. In meticulous, hilarious, and agonizing detail,

THIS IS OUR YOUTH follows forty-eight hours of three very lost young souls in the big city at the dawn of the Reagan Era: Warren Straub, a dejected nineteen-year-old who steals fifteen thousand dollars from his abusive lingerie-tycoon father; Dennis Ziegler, the charismatic domineering drug-dealing friend who helps him put the money to good use; and Jessica Goldman, the anxiously insightful young woman Warren yearns for.

Funny, painful, and compassionate, THIS IS OUR YOUTH is a living snapshot of the moment between adolescence and adulthood when many young people first go out into the world on their own, armed only with the ideas and techniques they developed as teenagers—ideas and techniques far more sophisticated than their parents ever realize, and far less effectual than they themselves can possibly imagine.

It's not too late to get creative at MAM this summer!

It's not too late to get creative at MAM this summer!

MAM's classes for artists 16+ start on June 25 but it isn't too late to register! Take a look at our special summer offerings including Yard School favorites like ceramics and painting, as well as some new mixed media and collage courses. Take a look today and make sure to register before the first class!
CHECK OUT the art classes for artists 16+


There are still a few spaces in SummerART Session I

Inside Out: From Head to Heart–This interdisciplinary session explores the amazing complex systems and unique characteristics that make us human! Using a variety of media, campers will create artwork inspired by our sensory system, skeletal structure, neural networks, fingerprints, facial features, memories, and more!

June 25–July 6

LEARN MORE


Call to NJ Artists! 

MAM will be exhibiting New Directions in Fiber Art, the New Jersey Arts Annual exhibition highlighting New Jersey’s visual artists sponsored by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.  This juried show, on view at MAM in February 2019, will consist of works created in the array of traditional and contemporary fibrous materials and methods all completed since 2015.

These exhibitions are open to any artist currently living or working in New Jersey–and submissions have begun! Submit your application and supporting materials by August 1.

DOWNLOAD the Crafts Annual Prospectus


Looking for the perfect graduation gift?

The Store at MAM has an amazing selection of cards and gifts for your recent grad. Give the gift of art all year long with a gift membership–MAM even offers a special college membership–perfect for recent grads. Be sure to stop by during gallery hours to grab a unique gift!

The Store at MAM is open during gallery hours: Wednesday–Sunday, 12-5 p.m.

GIVE the gift of art


Keep your eyes on MAM's calendar for a full list of programs, workshops, and special events!

VIEW MAM's calendar


We would love to help you celebrate!

MAM is available to rent for a variety of events including weddings, bar and bat mitzvahs, anniversary parties, and more.

LEARN MORE about renting MAM


Plan your visit: The Museum’s permanent collection galleries will be open through July 22, 2018 with Inspired by Matisse: Selected Works from the Collection and Undaunted Spirit: Art of Native North America.


Paid Internships for High School Students

Calling all creative high school Juniors and Seniors! Do you enjoy sharing art with others? Are you interested in exploring a career in the arts? If so, be sure to apply for the 2018-2019 high school internship at MAM.

Applications due June 25.  APPLY today!


LEARN + CREATE: 

  • Home School Day: Thursday, June 21, 12–2 p.m. MORE
  • Drop-in Studio: Sunday, June 24, 1–4 p.m.  MORE
  • Art in the Afternoon: Wednesday, June 27, 2–3:30 p.m. MORE
  • A Closer Look Tour: Friday, July 6, 2–2:30 p.m. MORE

An anonymous group of donors has generously offered a MATCH FOR EVERY DONATION to MAM made on or before June 30!

That means that your donation will have double the impact and help us achieve incredible things. To make a donation today, click here, or call us at 973-259-5147.

ADAM PASCAL leads Masterclass at interACT! Sign up now!

Tony Award nominee and original RENT and AIDA star ADAM PASCAL leads two Musical Theatre Mastrerclasses at interACT. Participant and observer slots available to the public.

WHEN: Friday, August 3, 2018, 2pm-5pm Ages 13-17 only; Saturday August 4, 2018 2pm-5pm Ages 18 and up only
WHERE: Maplewood NJ
FEE: $125 Participants - Limited participation slots available; $25 Observer - Limited observer slots available

What to Prepare

Participants should prepare a 32 bar selection of an audition or performance piece. Our Music Director will be contacting participants regarding their selections.

There are very limited participant and observer slots, and they are already filling up fast, so sign up NOW by clicking here

TITUS ANDRONICUS Tickets Are On Sale NOW!

Buy Tickets Now!

WHERE: 36 Madison Ave., Marison (on the campus of Drew University)

Not seen at our theatre in over 30 years, Shakespeare's infamous play was wildly popular with the Elizabethan audience. Now might be just the right time to present this rarely produced play given our similar modern appetite for revenge epics. This unsettling portrait of a society drowning in violence and seemingly bereft of civil thought or action holds a disturbing mirror up to aspects of our current world.

Please note: This production is not appropriate for younger audiences.

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

*Offer expires July 23. Not valid Saturdays, Sunday matinee performances, or prior purchases. Other restrictions may apply. Please call the Box Office for more information.

Illustration by Scott McKowen

Friday, June 15, 2018

Submissions Now Open for the Premiere Stages 2019/2020 Liberty Live Commission

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Premiere Stages, the professional theatre in residence at Kean University, is now accepting submissions for the 2019/2020 Liberty Live Commission, a biennial commissioning program for New Jersey playwrights in partnership with Kean’s Liberty Hall Museum. Now in its fourth incarnation, Liberty Live culminates with a professional Equity production of a new play that celebrates New Jersey history.

Past winners include Talking to Westfield by E.M. Lewis (2012), At Liberty Hall by James Christy (2013/2014), My Lord, What a Night by Deborah Brevoort (2015/2016; above) and Black Tom Island by Martin Casella (2017/2018), which will be fully produced this October. (Top: Erika LaVonn and Joel Leffert in Deborah Brevoort's My Lord, What a Night, recipient of the 2015/2016 Liberty Live Commission. Photo by Mike Peters.)

Playwrights are invited to submit proposals for new plays about New Jersey history to Premiere Stages.

  • Playwrights must be current residents of the state of New Jersey.
  • The selection panel will consider any relevant topics and has also indicated the following as being of particular interest: the history of women’s voting rights in New Jersey; Thomas Mundy Peterson of Perth Amboy, the first African American to cast a vote under the protection of the 15th Amendment; the demonstration by Thomas Alva Edison that an entire town could be lit with electricity in Roselle; the Underground Railroad in New Jersey, particularly the role played by Quaker and African American figures; and the questionable “treatments” inside the Trenton Psychiatric Hospital, particularly under the auspices of Dr. Henry Cotton.
  • Proposals are due by September 1, 2018.
  • A shortlist of the submitted proposals will be selected as finalists and playwrights will be interviewed.
  • The winning proposal will be selected by November 30, 2018, and that playwright will be commissioned to write a play based on the submitted proposal.
  • Upon completion of the first draft, the playwright will receive a $2,000 award.
  • The winning play will be developed from November 2018 through October 2020 and will include three staged readings in October 2019 at Premiere Stages.
  • From November 2019 through October 2020, Premiere Stages will work with the playwright to continue to develop the play.
  • Premiere Stages will also forge collaborations and partnerships with organizations and groups statewide. A full Equity production will be performed at Liberty Hall Museum in October 2020.

Premiere Stages is dedicated to supporting a diverse group of writers; playwrights of all backgrounds, ages, and experience levels are encouraged to apply. There are no restrictions on casting; characters may be of any age, gender, or race. Premiere Stages serves a wide audience and is dedicated to celebrating the wide diversity that enriches New Jersey.

Submission guidelines are now available, and there is no fee to enter.  Please visit www.premierestagesatkean.com/commissions or email pfsubmit@kean.edu for full guidelines. All entries are evaluated by a panel of theatre professionals and historians in consultation with Premiere’s Producing Artistic Director, John J. Wooten, and Liberty Hall Museum’s Director of Museum Operations, William Schroh, Jr.

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

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

THE BARN THEATRE SEEKS 6 ACTORS FOR “THE DINING ROOM”

AUDITION NOTICE:

The Dining Room
written by A.R. Gurney
directed by Omar Kozarsky

WHEN: Sunday July 8th and Monday July 9th from 7pm to 10pm. CALLBACKS: Tuesday, July 10th at 7:00pm (by invitation only)
WHERE:
The Barn Theatre, 32 Skyline Dr., Montville

PERFORMANCES: Friday, September 7th 2018 thru Saturday, September 29, 2018 (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays with some possible Thursdays)

Set in a single dining room, six actors perform 18 overlapping scenes from different households. Each scene focuses around a different family during different time periods. At its heart, it tells the story of the dying culture of upper-middle class Americans who over time have focused less on tradition and more on family progress.

CAST REQUIREMENTS: (3 Males, 3 Females, All ethnicities encouraged to audition)

  • The actors must be able to portray a wide variety of characters, from little boys to stern grandfathers, and from giggling teenage girls to Irish housemaids. Scenes run the gamut from a father lecturing his son on grammar and politics; a boy returning from boarding school to discover his mother's infidelity; a senile grandmother doesn't recognize her own sons at Thanksgiving dinner; a daughter, her marriage a shambles, pleads futilely to return home, and other subjects.
  • Sides from the script will be made available at the audition.

All roles available.

Casting is open to all adults of any age.

Ethnicities, races and newcomers are especially welcomed.

Crew and other volunteers are also needed for the event.

For more information or directions, call 973-334-9320 ext 5 or visit www.barntheatre.org or https://www.barntheatre.org/auditioninfo.asp?showID=629

PRINCETON SUMMER THEATER OFFERS 4 PRODUCTIONS JUNE 21-AUGUST 19

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Princeton Summer Theater (PST) is happy to invite Central Jersey residents to join us for our 2018 Season. We are proud to present performances of four riveting and extraordinary pieces of theatre, running from June 21st through August 19th. (above: 2017 production of Spider's Web)

Since its founding in 1968, PST has been a fixture of the New Jersey theatre community providing patrons with high quality summer entertainment and artistry from some of the bright stars of tomorrow. We are proud to announce that our last season won the 2018 JerseyArts.com People's Choice Award for “Best Small Theater” and we look forward to continuing in PST’s proud tradition of bringing excellent theater to our community.

PST2017(2)This summer's season explores self-discovery, as seen through critical turning points in our characters' lives. Whether facing graduation, middle age, an unexpected diagnosis, or a scandal, the challenges these characters face test them and help each one find out what truly matters. With four brilliant takes on responding to adversity and change, these plays push us to closely examine our lives, to dream big, and to fight for those we care about.  We are looking forward to you joining us this summer! (left: from 2017 production of Pippin)

WHERE: Hamilton Murray Theater on Princeton University’s campus


Tick, Tick...Boom
by Jonathan Larson
Directed by Victoria Davidjohn

WHEN: June 21st-24th, June 27th-July 1st, and July 5th-8th; Thursday-Saturday at 8pm; Saturdays & Sundays at 2pm; (New!) Select Wednesdays at 8pm

From the genius mind behind Rent, Tick, Tick…Boom! tells the autobiographical story of a composer searching for his big break. Fueled by Jonathan Larson’s brilliant rock and pop score, this intimate show pulls back the curtain on the man whose breakthrough would change American musical theater forever in an inspiring appeal to follow your dreams.

Uncommon Women and Others
by Wendy Wasserstein
Directed by Daniel Krane

WHEN: July 12th-15th and July 18th-22nd; Thursday-Saturday at 8pm; Saturdays & Sundays at 2pm; (New!) Select Wednesdays at 8pm

Wendy Wasserstein’s watershed debut play follows a group of graduates from Mount Holyoke College at the dawn of second-wave feminism as they make new friendships, fall in and out of love, and imagine a brighter future for themselves. This comedy tackles what it means to dare to be an Uncommon Woman in a world that constantly tells women to accept less.

The Children's Hour
by Lillian Hellman
Directed by Maeli Goren

WHEN: July 26th-29th and August 1st-5th; Thursday-Saturday at 8pm; Saturdays & Sundays at 2pm; (New!) Select Wednesdays at 8pm

In The Children’s Hour, one child's lie throws a girls’ boarding school into chaos. This fiery American classic by Lillian Hellman (The Little Foxes) depicts a world where rules are rigid, rumors fly faster than truth, and the hint of scandal is enough to bring two schoolteachers’ lives crashing down.

The Baltimore Waltz
by Paula Vogel
Directed by Nico Krell

WHEN: August 9th-12th and August 15th-19th; Thursday-Saturday at 8pm; Saturdays & Sundays at 2pm; (New!) Select Wednesdays at 8pm


The Baltimore Waltz follows Anna and Carl through Europe on a film-noir inspired trip, filled with mysterious detectives, devious doctors, and alluring men as they search for a cure for Anna’s disease. This comedic fantasy, written by Paula Vogel in response to the AIDS crisis, is a fierce portrait of two siblings’ love and a call to live life to the fullest.

Coming Soon:

Our Annual Family Show!
By Annika Bennett

WHEN: Fridays and Saturdays at 11am, from July 6th-July 29th

Subscribe & Save:

Subscribe to the full season at $79 and save 30% off of single ticket prices, or subscribe to 3 shows at only $65! Visit www.princetonsummertheater.org, or call 732-997-0205 for details about purchasing subscriber and single tickets, as well as for further information on our special children’s show, showtimes, directions, and parking. All performances take place in the air-conditioned, newly refurbished Murray-Dodge Hall on the Princeton University Campus.

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Founded in 1968 by a group of Princeton University undergraduates, Princeton Summer Theater provides an opportunity for young actors, directors, designers, and theater administrators to become part of a unique artistic community. PST offers its company an unparalleled experience: a nurturing environment that inspires artistic ingenuity and prepares creative minds to enter the professional theater world. Through our Children’s Show, partnerships with area businesses and residents, and plays that span a wide range of genre and subject matter, we bring together artists and community members in a 9-week long celebration of the power of theater. (Above: Pippin)

For more information, visit us at www.princetonsummertheater.org or call 732-997-0205.

Photos by Jake Schade

PLAYS IN THE PARK OPENS SUMMER SEASON WITH “FIDDLER ON THE ROOF”

WHEN: June 20th through June 30th. There will be no performance on Sunday, June 24th. Shows start at 8:00pm every night.
WHERE:
Stephen J. Capestro Theater  in the beautiful Roosevelt Park, 1 Pine Drive, Edison, New Jersey
TICKETS: $7 for adults, $5 for senior citizens (60+), and children 12 and under are admitted for free.
Audience members must provide their own seating, or can rent lawn chairs from the Friends of Plays-in-the-Park. All chairs must not exceed 40 inches in height.

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF is the perfect mix of audience-pleasing humor and heart that takes place in the small village of Anatevka and follows poor milkman Tevye as he tries to protect his five daughters in the face of changing social mores and the growing Antisemitism of Czarist Russia. Rich in historical and ethnic detail, Fiddler's universal theme of tradition cuts across barriers of race,class, nationality, and religion, leaving audiences crying tears of laughter, joy and sadness.

PAUL WHELIHAN (Tevye) is delighted to return to Plays-in-the-Park, where he played Tevye for the first time in 1996. Since then, not much has happened, except that he has performed, stage managed and directed off-Broadway: The Flamekeeper (47th Street Theatre), LOVE...or whatever (Creative Place Theatre), at 59 East 59 Theaters and for The NY Fringe Festival. Regional productions include: A Funny Thing...Forum (Psudolous - Forum Theatre), Pageant (Miss Texas - Quillo Center for the Perf. Arts), Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh (Harvey, Goldfarb, et al - NY, NJ, FL, MA regional venues), Two by Two (Noah - Forum), Sheldon Harnick's Dragons (The Mayor - Luna Stage Company), various roles in Ode to My First Love (Premiere
Stages), Deathtrap (Centenary Stage), Not Now, Darling (Crouch - Bickford Theatre at Morristown Museum) and more. He is a featured player in the web series, Madness of Art. Whelihan is also a playwright and producer, originating roles in world premieres and working as an administrator with Ironbound Theatre and Running Rabbit Theatre (companies he co-founded). Paul is the producing artistic director of Pushcart Players, NJ's leading touring theater for young audiences.

PIP is dedicated to providing theatre for everyone. Patrons requiring assistance due to a disability are encouraged to contact Jackie Neill, Recreation Supervisor, at 732-745-3936 prior to attending a performance.

PIP offers an Audio Description performance (Friday, June 22, Rain date: June 23), an Open Captioned performance (Monday, June 25, Rain date: June 26), and a performance with Sign Language Interpretation (Wednesday, June 27, Rain date: June 28).

Thursday, June 14, 2018

REVIEW: DRAWN FROM REAL LIFE, “HALF TIME” PROVIDES UPBEAT ENTERTAINMENT @ THE PAPER MILL PLAYHOUSE

By Ruth Ross

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The musical now receiving its East Coast première at the Paper Mill Playhouse is called Half Time, but it might as well be titled A Chorus Line for Seniors.

Based on a real incident from 2006, when the New York Nets held auditions for the first-ever NBA senior hip-hop squad and on a 2008 documentary—directed, interestingly, by the current iteration’s producer Dori Berinstein—Half Time follows the Chorus Line formula: Each dancer in the nine-member senior squad gets a “star turn” to give a bit of back story. And, there are physical reminiscences of the source musical too in the mirrors that revolve so we can see multiple dancers reflected behind the real ones and the music Joanne (portrayed by Donna McKechnie) dances that mimics the melody and rhythms she danced to as Cassie in the original.

Yet, Half Time—subtitled The New Musical About Not Acting Your Age—is a diverting, entertaining, well-produced piece of musical theater. True, Matthew Sklar’ melodies and Nell Benjamin’s lyrics are largely forgettable and predictable; the dancing is appropriately clumsy as befits a group of graying amateurs.

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But on a serious note, the book by Bob Martin and Chad Beguelin links the marginalized ghetto youth who “invented” hip-hop to the senior citizens equally disdained by the young, as characterized by officious Nets’ Director of Marketing Alison Prager (Tracy Jai Edwards) and squad dancer Kendra (Nkeki Obi-Melekwe) who bristles at having to drive her grandmother Bea (Lillias White) to and from rehearsals while fielding probing questions about her romantic relationship with the married team center (Garrett Turner). Tara (Haven Burton, above center), the squad’s coach, who has “aged out” of performing at the advanced age of 28 feels equally dismissed. Her own sad experience leads her to accept these eight women and one man as individuals and fight for them against a management that wants to turn them into a comedy act.

The plot’s most pressing conflict centers on whether this “geriatric flash mob” will learn the routine in three weeks so they can perform at a game’s half time, a feat made even more difficult by their infirmities (one is legally blind, another rhythmically challenged), their individual personal problems and their inability to embrace hip-hop, “a very demanding form of dance.” Director/Choreographer Jerry Mitchell keeps the action moving steadily along, so by the end of the evening, these characters feel like old friends. That he’s assembled a terrific troupe of talented veteran actors, most of them recognizable to an older audience, adds to the feeling of intimacy.

Half Time Photo 5Mitchell has cast some heavy hitters in the key roles. Ron, the sole male, is portrayed as the “King of Swing” by a smooth André de Shields (left, with Georgia Engel). His dream sequence dance with his late wife Judith (a lithe Sydni Beadoin) is poignant, his budding romance with kindergarten teacher Dorothy delightful. Played by Georgia Engle, Dorothy is the character around which the plot revolves. Prim and proper, unafraid to take on a difficult child, she’s the teacher we’d all like to have had in kindergarten. Yet her alter-ego Dottie is wilder, willing to let down her guard and tackle an equally as difficult dance with gusto. Her acceptance of and proficiency at performing hip-hop inspires her fellow dancers and ads a bit of humor too.

Half Time Photo 14And the aforementioned Donna McKechnie (right) can still strike a dancer’s pose even if she’s not as limber as she was in A Chorus Line. As stuck-up Joanne, she’s not very likeable (she claims she’s “Too Good for This”), yet she redeems herself after making a major booboo. And, she’s very energetic exhorting the squad to “Follow [Her] to the Party” at Club Hell; heck, I even wanted to get up and dance!

Half Time Photo 10Other standouts include Lillias White as busy-body grandmother Bea, who raves about her “Princess” in three (!) numbers; her gospel-like warble is memorable. A slim, slithery Nancy Ticotin (left) as hot Latina Camilla sings and dances a sexy salsa with Alexander Aquilar (“¿Cómo No?”) and brings down the house.


Half Time Photo 13But it’s dark horse Lori Tan Chinn who, as Mae, is a laugh riot running around to find her place in line and a face that endearingly breaks into a thousand wrinkles when she smiles broadly and giggles. In “The Waters Rise,” she really lays bare a common problem seniors face: caring for an ill spouse—in her case, a husband with dementia. You could hear a pin drop in the auditorium as she sang her poignant refrain. It touched a nerve; perhaps many have experienced or known someone in the same situation.

In minor roles, Madeleine Doherty is spunky as tap dancing Estelle; Lenora Nemetz’s Fran is a committed Mary Kay saleswoman; and Kay Walbye has some funny bits as legally blind Muriel. Mary Claire King is adorable as 21-year-old dancer Jenny, and Nkeki Obi-Melekwe’s Kendra hilariously rolls her eyes at her grandmother’s nosiness. Through it all, Haven Burton’s Tara marshals her charges through the routine, her attitude morphing from exasperation and outright hostility to warm acceptance and strong support. She even risks her own job to help them maintain their dignity.

David Rockwell’s set makes use of mirrors and Jason Lee Courson’s projection design. Gregg Barnes’ costumes and Josh Marquette’s hair and wig design are appropriate to the characters (although Muriel sports a strange bob). Kenney Posner’s mostly bright lighting grows atmospheric for the dream ballet sequence, and Music Director Charlie Alterman’s orchestra provides able support without overpowering the singers.

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Had it not been drawn from real life, the plot of Half Time could be described as predictable and sappy. Whether the seniors will learn the routine and not embarrass themselves provides the plot’s tension. But this being musical theater, rest assured: They distinguish themselves—in spades—for a happy ending. And best of all, we all feel a lot better and prouder for it, regardless of our age!

Half Time will be performed at the Paper Mill Playhouse, 22 Brookside Drive, Millburn, through July 1. For information, performance dates/times call the box office at 973.376.4343 or visit www.PaperMill.org online.

Princeton Summer Theater's 49th Season Showcases 4 Riveting Pieces of Theatre

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WHEN: June 21st through August 19th
WHERE
: Hamilton Murray Theater on Princeton University’s campus.
TICKETS: Subscribe to the full season at $79 and save 30% off of single ticket prices, or subscribe to 3 shows at only $65!
Visit www.princetonsummertheater.org, or call 732-997-0205 for details about purchasing subscriber and single tickets, as well as for further information on our special children’s show, showtimes, directions, and parking.
For more information, visit us at www.princetonsummertheater.org or call 732-997-0205. (Above: 2017 Pippin)

Princeton Summer Theater (PST) is happy to invite Central Jersey residents to join us for our 2018 Season. We are proud to present performances of four riveting and extraordinary pieces of theatre.

Since its founding in 1968, PST has been a fixture of the New Jersey theatre community providing patrons with high quality summer entertainment and artistry from some of the bright stars of tomorrow. We are proud to announce that our last season won the 2018 JerseyArts.com People's Choice Award for “Best Small Theater” and we look forward to continuing in PST’s proud tradition of bringing excellent theater to our community.

This summer's season explores self-discovery, as seen through critical turning points in our characters' lives. Whether facing graduation, middle age, an unexpected diagnosis, or a scandal, the challenges these characters face test them and help each one find out what truly matters. With four brilliant takes on responding to adversity and change, these plays push us to closely examine our lives, to dream big, and to fight for those we care about.  We are looking forward to your joining us this summer!

Tick, Tick...Boom
by Jonathan Larson
Directed by Victoria Davidjohn

WHEN: June 21st-24th, June 27th-July 1st, and July 5th-8th; Thursday-Saturday at 8pm; Saturdays & Sundays at 2pm; (New!) Select Wednesdays at 8pm

From the genius mind behind Rent, Tick, Tick…Boom! tells the autobiographical story of a composer searching for his big break. Fueled by Jonathan Larson’s brilliant rock and pop score, this intimate show pulls back the curtain on the man whose breakthrough would change American musical theater forever in an inspiring appeal to follow your dreams.

Uncommon Women and Others
by Wendy Wasserstein
Directed by Daniel Krane

WHEN: July 12th-15th and July 18th-22nd; Thursday-Saturday at 8pm; Saturdays & Sundays at 2pm; (New!) Select Wednesdays at 8pm

Wendy Wasserstein’s watershed debut play follows a group of graduates from Mount Holyoke College at the dawn of second-wave feminism as they make new friendships, fall in and out of love, and imagine a brighter future for themselves. This comedy tackles what it means to dare to be an Uncommon Woman in a world that constantly tells women to accept less.

The Children's Hour
by Lillian Hellman
Directed by Maeli Goren

WHEN: July 26th-29th and August 1st-5th; Thursday-Saturday at 8pm; Saturdays & Sundays at 2pm; (New!) Select Wednesdays at 8pm

In The Children’s Hour, one child's lie throws a girls’ boarding school into chaos. This fiery American classic by Lillian Hellman (The Little Foxes) depicts a world where rules are rigid, rumors fly faster than truth, and the hint of scandal is enough to bring two schoolteachers’ lives crashing down.

The Baltimore Waltz
by Paula Vogel
Directed by Nico Krell

WHEN: August 9th-12th and August 15th-19th; Thursday-Saturday at 8pm; Saturdays & Sundays at 2pm; (New!) Select Wednesdays at 8pm

The Baltimore Waltz follows Anna and Carl through Europe on a film-noir inspired trip, filled with mysterious detectives, devious doctors, and alluring men as they search for a cure for Anna’s disease. This comedic fantasy, written by Paula Vogel in response to the AIDS crisis, is a fierce portrait of two siblings’ love and a call to live life to the fullest.

Coming Soon:

Our Annual Family Show!
By Annika Bennett

WHEN: Fridays and Saturdays at 11am, from July 6th-July 29th

Founded in 1968 by a group of Princeton University undergraduates, Princeton Summer Theater provides an opportunity for young actors, directors, designers, and theater administrators to become part of a unique artistic community. PST offers its company an unparalleled experience: a nurturing environment that inspires artistic ingenuity and prepares creative minds to enter the professional theater world. Through our Children’s Show, partnerships with area businesses and residents, and plays that span a wide range of genre and subject matter, we bring together artists and community members in a 9-week long celebration of the power of theater.

Photo by Jake Schade

New at the Princeton University Art Museum

Special Exhibitions Tour

Frank Stella Unbound: Literature and Printmaking

WHEN: Sunday, June 17, 3 p.m.
WHERE:
Art Museum

Dive deeper into one of the Museum’s special exhibitions with a docent-led tour, offered free of charge. This week, Museum docent Allegra D'Adamo will discuss Frank Stella Unbound: Literature and Printmaking.





Late Thursdays
Yoga on the Lawn
WHEN: Thursday, June 21, 6:30 p.m.

Explore the healing benefits of yoga while enjoying a beautiful summer evening. Be sure to bring your own mat. Instructor: Debbi Gitterman, YogaStream. Refreshments inside the Museum will follow.


Art on Screen
Summer Film Series

This year’s summer series presents films inspired by the transformation of literary sources in unexpected ways, as seen in the exhibition Frank Stella Unbound: Literature and Printmaking. All films begin at sundown. In the event of rain, films will be shown at 8 p.m. in 101 McCormick Hall.

West Side Story (1961)
Thursday, June 28

153 minutes, not rated, directed by Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise
In this award-winning adaptation of the romantic tragedy Romeo and Juliet, two teenagers from rival New York City gangs fall in love, but tensions between their respective friends build toward tragedy. Starring Natalie Wood and Rita Moreno.

Clueless (1995)
Thursday, July 19

97 minutes, rated PG-13, directed by Amy Heckerling

The Lion King (1994)
Thursday, August 2

88 minutes, rated G, directed by Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff


In the Galleries

Frank Stella Unbound: Literature and Printmaking

Can an abstract painting tell a story with the same persuasive power and expressive drama as a narrative scene? What is the future for abstract painting—following the artistic brilliance of Pablo Picasso, El Lissitzky, and Jackson Pollock, can it continue to lead to breakthroughs and advances in artistic expression? In 1984, Frank Stella, Princeton Class of 1958, began an exploration of these questions. Click here to read more about this exhibition.


Art for Families
Artful Adventures

Join us on a trip around the world and through the ages. Pick up your Passport to Adventure at the Museum Information Desk and choose from our many Artful Adventures, a series of self-guided tours and activities for families to enjoy at their own pace.

CREDITS: Frank Stella, Juam, State 1, 1997, from the series Imaginary Places II. Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts. Tyler Graphics Ltd. 1974–2001 Collection, given in honor of Frank Stella. © 2018 Frank Stella / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York | West Side Story, 1961. United Artists / Photofest © United Artists | Frank Stella, Had Gadya: Front Cover, 1984. Collection of Preston H. Haskell, Class of 1960. © 2018 Frank Stella / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York