Sunday, September 30, 2018


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“I had dinner with some friends last night and we couldn't stop talking about all the craziness going on re: Kavanaugh and the circus surrounding it.

“And since posts on social media tell me we are not alone, I thought a free expressive writing session might just be in order.

“So join me on Monday at 4:30pm ET for a hour of getting some of this stuff in your head out on the page. No charge.

“You won't be asked to share your work, and we won't be processing the specifics of what we've written with each other. You'll simply have dedicated space, thoughtful prompts, encouragement from me, and the magic energy of a group of other people joined together to process the shit out of their stuff.

THE SESSION IS FREE, but registration is required. There won't be a sales pitch, and there won't be any sign-up-for-my-email-list pressure.

“Go here to register and get the scoops on how to join in.

And please, share with anyone you think would appreciate or benefit. xo


Gerry Gibbs is an in-demand drummer, having performed, recorded and toured with a who's who in jazz, funk, electronic & world music, among them: McCoy Tyner, Alice Coltrane, Stanley Clarke, Joe Henderson, Hubert Laws, James Moody, Sam Rivers, Patrice Rushen, Dewey Redman, Eddie Harris, Larry Coryell, Randy Brecker, Tom Harrell, Brad Mehldau, Parliament Funkadelic to name but a few.  Gibbs is the son of jazz vibraphone legend & bandleader Terry Gibbs. 




New York-based Jazz trumpeter & singer Benny Benack III has been hailed by the New York Times as "a charismatic young trumpeter who maintains an earnest sideline as a singer", Benack has a knack for delighting audiences with panache, in the spirit of classic crooners like Sinatra & Mel Tormé, with a nod to legendary trumpet showmen Louis Armstrong & Dizzy Gillespie. The Hammond Groovers - Antonio, Daniele & Elio are the go to jazz cats when American musicians in Italy are looking to swing! They were performed for us last year with the Landham brothers. The Groovers are only in the States for a short time and we're thrilled to have them back in New Brunswick.

A lifelong musician and formally trained vocalist, Jen has been wowing audiences with her smooth, versatile mezzo-soprano for years up and down the East Coast, both as a solo performer and as a supporting musician. A gifted interpreter, she can imbue her delivery with the power of Sarah Vaughn, the swing of Ella, or the sensitivity of Billie Holiday, drawing from her intimate knowledge of the masters to chart her own unique course through the universe of jazz.

Jen will be accompanied by versatile guitarist James Popik, student of Pat Martino, Dave Stryker, Peter Bernstein



WHEN: OCTOBER 6, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., General audience, ages 12+
The Watershed Center, 31 Titus Mill Road, Pennington VIEW MAP

Explore the Lawrence-Hopewell Trail (LHT) by bike as part of the River Days celebration sponsored by the William Penn Foundation and LHT. Learn all about where your drinking water comes from, discover the local circuit trail network, and enjoy a picnic lunch with Watershed Institute naturalists on this beginner ~15 mile trek.
Start the morning with refreshments at the Watershed Center before biking into Lawrenceville (and back). Take advantage of the new water permeable connector trail from the Watershed Center to the LHT junction on Wargo Road!

The trip will highlight the dividing line between the Delaware River and the Millstone River watersheds. A picnic lunch will also be provided.

Participants must provide their own bikes and obey NJ helmet laws. The LHT route for this tour includes several road crossings and short hill climbs. All fitness levels are welcomed to participate.

Children must be supervised. Ages 12 and up are encouraged to pre-register. Please register HERE by 10/4/2018 12:00 PM


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NJ Regional Premiere

By J.Stephen Brantley
Directed by Ari Laura Kreith

WHEN: October 4 – 28; Thursdays, 7:30PM; Fridays & Saturdays, 8PM; Sundays, 3PM. Due to the immersive nature of this performance, there will be no late seating or re-entry.
WHERE: Luna Stage, 555 Valley Road, West Orange

As the tiny African nation of Malawi erupts in riots around them, American aid workers Jack and Ericka take shelter in the storage room of a struggling NGO. Half a world away, Malawian student Gilbert and his gay co-worker Chad begin another day in the back room of a Manhattan florist. This powerful new play explores the challenges of international aid across interpersonal borders and how we bridge seemingly impossible cultural divides.


David Gow

"My character grows a lot in his awareness of suffering--that he is not isolated in his, everyone has suffering. And when you aren’t shut off to the world you see everyone else’s, and often theirs is much more significant.”

Kevis Hillocks

"I may not agree with Gilbert's stance on homosexuality, but it is what he's been taught and believes to be absolute, that homosexuality is a sin. Pirira shows that instead of quickly judging a person we should try to unpack the root of their belief... while it may be hard to change a person's belief, we get one step closer to understanding why once we share."

John P. Keller

"One of the things I love most about theatre is its ability to ask questions. Good theatre doesn't present easy answers but asks us to wrestle with difficult questions. Each character in Pirira is on a journey--we see what motivates them, what terrifies them, what inspires them, what angers them, and what keeps them moving forward."

Naja Selby-Morton

"What’s particularly relevant about Pirira, and why I’m so excited to play the role of Ericka, is the national dialogue developing around sexual assault, the meaning of consent, and the ways in which women and girls around the globe (as well as men and boys) have endured violation under the 'acceptable' standards of male culture."


Music of the Night: Celebrating Andrew Lloyd Webber @ Axelrod PAC in Deal

WHEN: October 13
WHERE: Axelrod PAC, 100 Grant Ave., Deal Park

The Axelrod presents Broadway diva Christine Ebersole, Broadway Phantom Gary Mauer, Jim Schubin and Claire Leyden with full orchestra conducted by Jason Tramm in a program of music by Andrew Lloyd-Webber & Tim Rice, Claude-Michel Schönberg & Alain Boublil and Elton John.

The program also features members of the Axelrod Contemporary Ballet Theater and the Rising Stars Youth Performing Arts Program.

Opening November 2, ANNIE takes the main stage in a new professional production starring Andrea McArdle as Miss Hannigan and introducing Echo Picone as Annie, directed and choreographed by Emmy nominee Al Blackstone. The cast also includes Patrick Jones as Warbucks, Kate Marshall as Grace, Andrew Hubacher as Rooster, Lara Hayhurst as Lily and Marty as Sandy.


Andrea McArdle (top banner), Al Blackstone (top left) , Echo Picone , Patrick Jones, Kate Marshall, Andrew Hubacher, and Lara Hayhurst

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Last Chance to Catch West End Festival of the Arts

West End Festival of the Arts: When the Circus Comes to Town!

Final Session Sept 30 at 2pm!

Extraordinary, written by Bara Swain, directed by SuzAnne Barabas, and starring Michele Tauber and Lori Vega as a mother and daughter who have a very unusual way of communicating. Mama Joanna (Tauber) is a former circus fat lady and Sugar (Vega) was born under the big top. What happens when Sugar decides it's time to leave the nest and follow her heart?

Your ticket price includes 3 plays (Extraordinary, By the Light, Maximilian the Magnificent), plus an encore musical (Stepping Into Fire) followed by complimentary refreshments, wine and live music. You can also visit the art show and photography exhibit.

WHERE: All performances take place at West End Arts (132 West End Avenue, Long Branch). Free parking and entrance are accessible off of Sairs Avenue (between Brighton Ave and West End Ave).

For tickets to this fundraiser for NJ Rep call 732-229-3166 or click the BUY TICKETS button below.


An Encore Musical

The highlight of last season's All About Eve Festival returns for one performance only!

Stepping Into Fire (musical) by Jonathan Brielle and Tom Coash. Set on a high wire practice platform, a tightrope walker (Jane Bruce) confronts her fears and tries to regain her balance on the wire two days after the tragic death of her partner/husband. If she is to emulate her heroes and continue to work the high wire, she must take that first step back onto the wire.

Michael Irvin Pollard stars in Kate McLeod's By The Light, The heartfelt story of  Topsy, the Asian elephant, who was a victim of the dark underbelly of circus life. Based on a true story. Directed by Peter Zazzali.

Maximilian the Magnificent

A daring trapeze artist, a drunken clown, two ICE agents, and a man surrounded by five hungry lions. Welcome to the greatest show in the tri-state area! Written by L.H. Grant, directed by Zoya Kachadurian, and starring David Friedlander, Thomas Grube, Juliet Kapanjie, and Cathryn Wake.




WHERE: Two River Theater, 21 Bridge Ave., Red Bank

Two River Theater, under the leadership of Artistic Director John Dias and Managing Director Michael Hurst, announces this year’s initial lineup for its popular First Monday Masters series of  master classes led by artists affiliated with Two River Theater’s recent productions and current season.

Some master classes are for high-school students, some for adults, and some are for mixed ages. Teachers can use the classes for professional development, and will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the evening. All of the classes are taught by actors, directors, playwrights and designers affiliated with the theater’s season. Classes take place in locations throughout the Two River Theater arts complex, on Monday evenings from 6pm-8pm.

To reserve a spot, visit or call 732.345.1400.

The schedule of First Monday Masters for 2018/19 is as follows: 

October 1Kids in Show Business: Q&A with agent Nancy Carson and the star of Pamela’s First Musical, Sarah McKinley Austin, and her mom!

For young people and adults, limited to 30 participants
6-8:00pm, $20 per person

Do you have dreams of acting on stage? As a parent, have you wondered how your child can juggle preparing material, going to auditions, rehearsing and school work? You’ve got questions? They’ve got answers! Nancy Carson—owner of the Carson-Adler Agency, whose former clients include Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Britney Spears, Ariana Grande, Donald Faison, Lea Michele, and Cynthia Nixon—is internationally respected for high-quality representation of young performers. An expert in her field, Nancy has been interviewed often on international television and is sought after as a speaker at industry seminars throughout the U.S. She is on the Children’s Committees of the Actors Fund and Actors’ Equity, and is the author of Raising a Star, published by St. Martin’s Press. Nancy’s client Sarah McKinley Austin has toured the country playing the title role in Matilda the Musical and Ivanka in Once, and plays the title role in Two River Theater’s production of Pamela’s First Musical.

November 5 Costume Design with Karen Perry

For adults and high school students, limited to 16 participants
6-8:00pm, $40 per person

Karen Perry is one of Two River’s favorite costume designers, and an incredibly engaging teacher. Karen previously designed August Wilson’s Jitney, Two Trains Running and Seven Guitars here, as well as Lives of Reason, Your Blues Ain’t Sweet Like Mine, Guadalupe in the Guest Room, Third and Trouble in Mind. This season, she will design King Hedley II and Oo-Bla-Dee. She has also designed costumes for Encores!, Dallas Theater Center, Second Stage, Signature Theatre, Goodman, and The Public Theater, to name just a few. Karen will walk the class through the costume design process from the page to the stage by discussing her work on new musicals and classic plays. This workshop will take place in Two River Theater’s Costume Shop!

December 3Adapting Shakespeare with Sara Holdren

For adults and high school students, limited to 16 participants
6-8:00pm, $40 per person

Back by popular demand! Sara Holdren, a director and teacher, is the Artistic Director/co-founder of Tiltyard theater company and lead theater critic for New York Magazine and This season, Sara is adapting and directing Two River’s A Little Shakespeare: Macbeth, after making her TRT debut with The Comedy of Errors last season. This master class is for anyone interested in how directors and designers approach producing Shakespeare for modern audiences. As a student from Sara’s last First Monday Masters class said, “You were right. Sara is a rock star—insightful, validating, artistically and creatively empowering.”

January 7, 2019The Physical Comedy and Clowning of Noises Off

For adults and high school students, limited to 16 participants
6-8:00pm, $40 per person

Michael Frayn’s Noises Off belongs on any list of the funniest plays ever written. Screwball antics, sight gags, pratfalls, misplaced props, slamming doors and flying sardines all combine in this celebrated, flawless farce-within-a-farce. A member of this production’s cast or creative team will teach a clowning workshop that will showcase how artists can combine their skills with language with their gifts for physical comedy.

February 4Everybody Sing! with Elliot Roth

For everyone ages 10 and up
6-8:00pm, $10 per person

We all know that February is a cold, dark month. There’s no better way to kick it off than by singing a joyful song on the Rechnitz Theater stage! In this participatory master class, multi-talented Elliot Roth will teach new arrangement of an unlikely mashup with lots of harmonies. Hailed by the New York Times for his “silky smooth voice”, Elliott is the Musical Director for Two River’s Summer Intensives program. A Masters graduate of the prestigious Manhattan School of Music jazz arts program, he has Broadway (Our Sinatra and A Christmas Carol) and Off-Broadway credits, and currently teaches voice, rock/pop audition technique and jazz/soul recording arts in Manhattan and Brooklyn, NY. Come join the fun!

March 4 – Stage Combat with UnkleDave’s Fight-House

For adults and high school students, limited to 16 participants,
6-8:00pm, $40 per person

Violence on stage has to look realistic while remaining completely safe for all involved. Founded by David Anzuelo, Unkle-Dave’s Fight-House is the stage combat team behind TRT’s productions of El Coquí Espectacular and the Bottle of Doom, Be More Chill, Seven Guitars, A Raisin in the Sun and this season’s upcoming production of King Hedley II. Combining his training as an actor, director, and martial artist, Anzuelo brings a unique approach to both fight-choreography and sexual content stage violence. His core team consists of Jesse Geguzis, Sean Griffin and Gerry Rodriguez. These amazing fight-directors/stage-combat teachers will discuss—and demonstrate—how violence fits into storytelling on stage.


Two River Theater is supported in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Monmouth University, The Shubert Foundation, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Riverview Medical Center, The Stone Foundation of New Jersey, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation,  The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, Springpoint Senior Living Foundation at The Atrium at Navesink Harbor, Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Jorgensen Foundation, US Trust, Wells Fargo, William T. Morris Foundation, Kessler Foundation,  Investors Foundation, The John Ben Snow Foundation, VNA Health Group, Brookdale Community College, and many other generous foundations, corporations and individuals.

Hudson Theatre Works Announces Casting for “Uncle Vanya—A Jersey Life in Four Acts”


Uncle Vanya—A Jersey Life in Four Acts
adapted by Michael Puzzo
directed by Frank Licato, Artistic Director of Hudson Theatre Works and winner of a 2018 Tanne Foundation Award

WHEN: October 11-28; Thursdays-Saturdays 8 PM; Sundays 7 PM
: 80 Hauxhurst Avenue, Weehawken
TICKETS:  $25.00 in keeping with Hudson Theatre Works’ policy of low price tickets.
For more information or questions, go to and for tickets go to

In a new, innovative, adaptation by Michael Puzzo, commissioned by Hudson Theatre Works, Chekov's masterpiece is transported to a small New Jersey town a few years after Hurricane Sandy. 

In an over-crowded Bed and Breakfast, a documentary film maker and his second wife, and the daughter and brother-in- law from his first marriage, navigate mid-life crises and unrequited love. Delusion and despair compete with humor and hope in Chekov's story about what is and what might have been.

The cast includes Kevin Cristaldi as Vanya; Vincent Sagona as Dr. Mike,  Meredyth Kenny as Helena, Mike Folie as Alexander, Gregory Erbach as Pocky, Bess Miller as Sonia, Joanne Hoersch as Mrs. Voynitski, Beatriz Esteban-Messina, Nanita,

The show is sponsored by Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner and the city council, UBS, The Campbell Foundation, Actors Equity and Walmart.

Jazz on a Sunday Afternoon @ Ocean County College in Toms River

Cynthia Sayer

Cynthia Sayer & Her Joyride Quartet: The Hot Banjo Show

WHEN: September 30 @ 3:00 pm
Grunin Center, Main Stage, College Drive, Toms River, NJ 08754
TICKETS:  Adult $24 Senior $20

Award-winning instrumentalist/vocalist/bandleader Cynthia Sayer is acclaimed by musicians, critics, and fans alike as one of the top 4-string jazz banjoists in the world today. Her eclectic, swing-based shows embody the rarely heard range and versatility of the 4-string banjo in the hands of a master, celebrating historic jazz banjo stars, Vaudeville, American Songbook favorites, virtuoso classics, fun anecdotes and more.

Featuring Cynthia Sayer’s Joyride Quartet:  Jim Fryer (trombone), Mike Weatherly (string bass & vocals), & Arthur Vint (drums).

Upcoming Programs @ The Zimmerli Art Museum

Art After Hours: First Tuesdays

WHEN: Tuesday, October 2 / 5 - 9pm
Zimmerli Art Museum, 71 Hamilton St., New Brunswick

Celebrate our new exhibition The Art of Turning Pages: Illustrations by Lulu Delacre for Sonia Sotomayor’s Life Story with a visit from illustrator Lulu Delacre, live music from Los Maestros de la Cultura, exhibition tours, refreshments, and more!!

For evening schedule and details, visit the webpage.

Lawn Sign Event

For Freedoms

WHEN: Through Monday, October 1 

Visit Voorhees Mall by October 1 to view hundreds of lawn signs with declarations
of what freedom means to individuals on campus and throughout the community.
This event is part of the 50 State Initiative organized by For Freedoms. Visit the webpage for details.

Organized by the Zimmerli, Rutgers University Programming Association (RUPA), Rutgers Student Affairs, and the Eagleton Institute of Politics, New Brunswick, New Jersey 


Salon Concert "Impressions"

WHEN: Sunday, October 7 / 2pm

The New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra (NBCO) kicks off the latest Salon Series with a program for string quartet inspired by 19th-century Impressionist art. The Salon Series includes complimentary wine and cheese, conversation, and insightful comments by the NBCO’s Artistic Director Mark Hyczko.

Visit the webpage for details.

Drop-in Art-Making

Art Together 

WHEN: Sunday, October 7 / 1 - 3pm 

Children and parents, grandparents, or guardians work side-by-side on arts and crafts projects during Art Together. Each session includes a brief, instructor-led tour through one of our galleries. The interactive workshops, led by Mason Gross MFA students and teaching artists, allow families quality time to be creative together. (Children must be accompanied by an adult.)

For more information, contact

For Zimmerli Members
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Reception and Performance


WHEN: Saturday, October 13 / 5 to 7pm 

This members-only evening includes a private viewing of the exhibition, Self-Confessed! The Inappropriately Intimate Comics of Alison Bechdel and features a special performance of selections from the award-winning Broadway musical Fun Home, based on Bechdel’s graphic memoir.

A cocktail reception follows. RSVP to


Whitney Museum of American Art

WHEN: Tuesday, November 20 / 9am - 7pm

Zimmerli Director Thomas Sokolowski provides insight as former director of the Andy Warhol Museum for Andy Warhol–From A To B And Back Again!
Details to follow




WHEN: Thu Oct 04, 2018 8:00 PM
: UCPAC'S Hamilton Stage, 360 Hamilton St., Rahway

Back for a fifth season ICON 2018 is a singing competition much like "American Idol" meshed with "The Voice" but in the genre of musical theater. 90 contestants will sing at one of the six ELIMINATION ROUNDS. Each round will be judged by three industry professionals whose scoring will advance one out of each group of 15 artists. The audience will also get a chance to vote on their favorite, advancing a SECOND artist directly to the SEMIFINALS on November 25th.

The Semifinals will narrow the pool down to the FINAL FIVE, where an industry panel stocked with agents, press, recording artists and instructors will deem one lucky artist the distinction of ICON 2018. The grand prize is $5000 CASH and well as a myriad of other prizes including UCPAC producing and casting the winner in their DREAM ROLE in the show of their choosing.


18 portraits Art Reception


AnitaDelalHere and There

WHEN: through October 20. Show hours are Thursday through Saturday noon to 5PM.
: ACL Gallery, 2130 Town Center Way (enter on Carillon Circle)
Appointments may be made by calling Joan Speare 508-982-1083.

One of the artists featured in the  Art Council of Livingston’s  current show is Anita Delal

After a career in teaching in West Orange, NJ, she began oil painting. Early subjects were skies. “I loved their constantly changing colors and patterns,” said Delal. Since they were not realistic, they led her to experiment with abstract painting.

Her paintings in this show are done with cold wax and oils. Cold wax is laid down and then  scratched and grooved into layers which adds texture and interest to her paintings. Inspiration for these pieces are the shapes, crevices, colors and markings throughout the canyons  in the National Parks of Utah. 

“In my studio I tried to recreate the feelings I had when hiking through those canyons last May.” added Delal.

The exhibit comprises fine art disciplines including mixed media, jewelry, blown glass, painting, sculpture, pottery, printmaking and photography. 

DLT Presents “The Addams Family” Musical

WHEN: October 5th, 12th, 19th at 8:00pm; October 6th, 13th, 20th at 7:00pm; Matinee performances: October 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th at 2:00pm
: Dover Little Theatre, 69 Elliott Street, Dover
Click here to reserve your tickets today!

The crossbow-wielding Wednesday Addams has fallen in love with Lucas Beineke and has invited him and his conservative parents to the Addams Family manor. Come see the famously macabre Addams clan sing, dance and attempt to host their way through one "normal" night of laughter, romance and torture racks.

Become a DLT Foundation Donor

We would like to extend a general thank you to all who have donated to our Foundation Fundraiser over the past month. The goal of raising $4,000 to begin repairs on the back wall of the theatre will continue to November 1st. With a donation of $150 or more, we will place a placard with you, you and your spouse, or your Family's name on the back of one of our newly installed house seats. These generous donations allow us continue improving our theatre and the performances that we put on each season.

Click here for details on how you can make a donation to our Foundation Fundraiser.

Thank you again for supporting our theatre and we hope to see you soon!

*Disclaimer: Donations to the Foundation Fundraiser are separate from our membership tier program

If you any further questions on how you could help DLT shine, please email us at:

Montclair Orchestra Season Opening Concert Sunday in Montclair

An Evening Of Music And Drama

WHERE: St Luke's Episcopal Church, 73 S Fullerton Ave, Montclair

This Sunday evening, the Montclair Orchestra opens its second season with A Shakespeare Evening, presenting music inspired by Shakespeare's plays, interwoven with lines from his works. Local actors will read select scenes while the orchestra, led by David Chan, presents the musical soundtrack for the concert.

Music Director David Chan will be hosting a pre-concert discussion, 6:15 p.m. at St Luke's Church, directly before performance. Free to all ticket holders.

  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Overture & Nocturne Felix Mendelssohn
  • Much Ado About Nothing” Suite Erich Wolfgang Korngold
  • Macbeth Prelude & Ballet Music Giuseppe Verdi
  • Romeo and Juliet Piotr I. Tchaikovsky

Local Actors Geoffrey Owens, Pamela Kahl, Colin Ryan, Sophia Seidenberg, Aaron Drill, Vivian Belosky

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Friday, September 28, 2018

Trilogy Repertory to Hold Fundraiser for New Theater @ Fellowship Village Cultural Arts Center


The Party With a Purpose

WHEN: Friday, October 19
Primavera Regency on Valley Road in Stirling
TICKETS: $200-a-plate
Those interested in attending The Party With a Purpose can find RSVP information by clicking here.
Those who can’t attend the party can still help with a donation to Trilogy, click here to learn more about how to help.

Living as we do in the glow of Broadway, it’s easy to take great theater for granted. But it takes hard work and commitment. In our corner of New Jersey, a dedicated group has been bringing stories to life on stage for nearly 40 years. And now, as it is preparing to move into a wonderful new home, Trilogy Repertory is asking the community to be its guest.

Trilogy has agreed to be theater company in residence at the new Cultural Arts Center at Fellowship Senior Living in Basking Ridge beginning in 2019. The center, now in the final stages of construction, will include a state-of-the-art theater with seating for 200. Local audiences, including Fellowship residents, will be the prime beneficiaries.

“We’ve been keeping the momentum going with summertime Plays In The Park at Pleasant Valley Park in Basking Ridge for years, and we plan to continue,” said Henri Barre, Trilogy’s development director. “But now, adding this theater through the partnership with Fellowship will allow us to mount top-notch productions at other times of year as well. We’re excited to do more for quality theater in the Somerset Hills.”

Fundraising for the new center is in full swing. That effort is crucial for Trilogy and its audience, because Trilogy’s amount of access to the Cultural Arts Center will depend on how much it can contribute to the construction costs over the next three years.

Trilogy is grabbing the opportunity with both hands. And who better than a theater company to make a bold, dramatic stroke?

At The Party With a Purpose, a gala evening of dining and entertainment, the $200-a-plate dinner will help Trilogy take significant steps forward in its funding commitment to Fellowship Senior Living. A silent auction full of enticing prizes will help as well. Items to be offered include Broadway show tickets and experiences (including meet-and-greets with cast members), travel packages to Key West and other destinations, New York Yankees tickets with private stadium tours, and guitars autographed by music stars such as Katy Perry and Maroon 5.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Jewish Heritage, Israel and the Middle East—Free Four-Part Series @ NJPAC

Jewish Heritage, Israel and the Middle East: Join us for four unique programs on Jewish culture, politics and history. Admission is free. RSVP HERE

fighting fear through film: Newark's Dore Schary 

WHEN: Sun, Oct 14, 2018, Panel at 3pm
NJPAC, One Center St., Newark

Dore Schary, the Newark-born film director, writer, producer, playwright and head of MGM Studios in its 1950’s heyday, was the Hollywood mogul responsible for films such as “An American in Paris” and “Crossfire,” and the playwright of classics like “Sunrise at Campobello.”

Not just a leader in his industry, Schary was also outspoken about his Jewish heritage, and a strong believer in using film as a weapon to fight prejudice. Film scholar and adjunct professor of cinema at Yeshiva University, Dr. Eric Goldman, will chronicle Schary’s contributions to Hollywood and Broadway, and his battles for social justice and against anti-Semitism, through a lecture illustrated with film clips.

israel at a crossroads: shaping the future of a nation 

WHEN: Wed, Oct 31, 2018, Panel at 7:30pm
WHERE: NJPAC, One Center St., Newark

What will Israel become? Much of the discourse around Israel abroad continues to focus on outdated paradigms. Within Israel, there is a growing realization that the country’s core challenges have shifted. Israel today is at a crossroads: It is home to some of the world’s most innovative companies and leading universities and medical centers, while a large – and increasing – share of the population is being left behind economically and socially.

Dr. Dan Ben-David, founder of the Shoresh Institution for Socioeconomic Research and professor at Tel Aviv University, will discuss these domestic changes and their impact on Israel’s still-evolving future.

With special thanks to Josh Weston
In partnership with Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ

jewish history: a very short introduction 

WHEN: Mon, Nov 5, 2018, Panel at 7pm
WHERE: NJPAC, One Center St., Newark

The history of the Jews is one of the longest and most unlikely tales of survival in the annals of humanity. How did a small and dispersed group manage to overcome adversity and persecution to flourish in so many diverse settings over the centuries?

David N. Myers, Professor and Chair in Jewish History at University of California – Los Angeles, unpacks the mysteries of Jewish history in less than one hour based on his 2017 book of the same name.

middle east flashpoints: from iran and syria to isis and saudi arabia 

WHEN: Wed, Nov 28, 2018, Panel at 7pm
WHERE: NJPAC, One Center St., Newark

Why is the Middle East seemingly impervious to change? Political, economic, social, and religious crises abound, producing what journalist and author Robin Wright has termed “sacred rage.” Ms. Wright, a veteran New Yorker reporter and Distinguished Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center, who has covered almost all of the region’s myriad conflicts, will share insights on the multiple challenges facing the region.

Daniel Kurtzer, US ambassador (ret.) to both Israel and Egypt, will moderate the discussion.

This programming is generously supported by:

Alice Gerson Goldfarb
Atlantic Tomorrow’s Office
David and Renee Golush
Eli Kleinman Fund for Jewish Education
Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ
Lee and Murray Kushner and family
The Marion and Norman Tanzman Charitable Foundation
Martin Gross
Paula Gottesman
Thelma and Richard Florin
Warren and Andrea Grover
Wilf Family Foundation

BURIED CHILD'S Nuclear Family Explodes Onto the Stage!

"Sam Shepard's Searing Family Drama Burns Brightly on STNJ Stage" raves!

Click HERE for your first look at Buried Child

WHERE: F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, 36 Madison Ave., Madison
Click here for directions to the F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre and for information about FREE parking.
Buy your tickets now!

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 Audio Described performance on Sunday, September 30, at 7:30 p.m. with a Sensory Seminar beginning an hour and a half prior.

Click here for more information.

Pictured: Sherman Howard* as Dodge and Andrea Morales* as Shelly.

Photo credit: Jerry Dalia, 2018.

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