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 Much of the discourse around Israel abroad continues to focus on outdated paradigms.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 NJArtsMaven.com!

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

DANCE AUDITIONS for “Amahl and the Night Visitors”



WHEN: Saturday, September 29, 2018 from 1 - 2 pm
St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 140 S Finley Ave., Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

  • We are seeking Dancers who sing for "Shepherds Dance" in Amahl and the Night Visitors.
  • BOTH male and female dancers ages 14-25 are preferred.
  • Wear clothes you are able to move/dance in.
  • Please prepare short song [in English] that shows your range. (This audition has been rescheduled from September 7th).

Favorable consideration will be made to New Jersey residents and those with adequate transportation.

Auditions are open to REGISTERED dancers only

Please contact info@LONJ.org to register for the above date, and include your head-shot, resume and home town.

Accompanist will be provided.

Performances and Rehearsals will be in Basking Ridge, NJ.

Performance Dates: AMAHL November 30 and December 1, 2018

For further information about audition requirements and roles, click here: LEARN MORE

The Art House Gallery presents ChromoZones for JCAST




Annual Fall ARTsee Open Studio Tour 2018 is September 29 and 30


ARTsee's 8th Annual Open Studio Tour

WHEN: Sat Sep 29 & Sun Sep 30, 12-5pm, Rain or Shine!
10 locations MAP

This fall weekend tour allows visitors into the studios of 20 local visual artists in 10 locations in and around Bridgewater, NJ! See finished pieces, works in progress and ask about process and inspirations. Most all work on display will also be for sale.

You can begin at any studio and visit as few or as many as you'd like over both days!

Some artists show solo in their studios and some are co-presenting for the Tour. A variety of 2D and 3D media, including paintings, sculpture, photography, jewelry and mixed media will be found! 1000 visitors are expected from NJ and the NYC metro area!

For a map and all details about the Tour and ARTsee, please go to:

Call For Entries, Recognizing World Peace Day, and more!

The Call for Entries for "Voices in Black and White," our 10th annual Women's History Month Film Festival is now open.  Please encourage filmmakers in your network to visit www.wim-n.com to submit their films.

Recognizing World Peace Day

In recognition of the 37th annual International Day of Peace, which occurred on Sept. 21st, we like to share a link to a film that illustrates the importance of education in providing a peaceful life for a young mother...from Women's Voices Now

NJ FilmMakers Lab

WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 27th @ 6pm
Express Newark - Room 312

Don't miss the Sept. 27th session of the NJ FilmMaker's Lab where we will open the new season, and continue the focus  on collaboratively making a documentary about artist, educator and political activist Gladys Grauer.

The New Jersey FilmMakers Lab is a developing group that meets monthly with a twofold goal: to provide a safe space where film makers receive feed back and support as they develop their work; and to assist film makers in their quest to develop as entrepreneurs, thus turning their passion for filmmaking into a viable business. Eventually, the lab hopes to cultivate a script to screen program, supporting a collaborative relationship with industry professionals who can work with filmmakers in bringing their work to audiences.

Please send us an email at info@wim-n.com to let us know if you'll attend!





"Queen of the Organ" ~ Lou Donaldson

"Akiko's playing is like watching a flower blooming, a bird spreading her wings in the music world. Akiko is here to stay. ~Dr. Lonnie Smith

"Akiko plays her personality... intense, positive, energetic and joyous. She plays to make others sound as good as they possibly can. It is always a joy to share the stage with her and play off of each other's energy." I look forward to many more great musical experiences from her AND with her!" ~Jeff Hamilton

Venezuelan born, jazz pianist BENITO GONZALEZ is a rising jazz star. After almost seven years of touring with Kenny Garrett, Benito has added numerous festivals and international jazz club dates to his credit. He has also shared the stage with Curtis Fuller, Pharaoh Sanders, Bobby Hutcherson, Christian McBride, Roy Hargrove, Rene McLean, Steve Turre, Antonio Sanchez, T.K. Blue, Nicholas Payton and Jackie McLean.

New York Vocalist Marianne Solivan is one of today's most buzzed about jazz singers. Solivan brings her smoky, sultry jazz vocal styling to the standards you love...and them some. "The exquisiteness, expression and sentiment of her singing are supreme and matched only by her skill in enunciation" ~ Jordan Richardson, Blinded by Sound

"The modern day paradigm to which all jazz singers should

Film screening & Discussion with Filmmakers October 2 in Newark

Newest Americans · 54 Halsey Street · Hahne Building, Room 422 · Newark

Ann Hampton Callaway Sings Ella Fitzgerald, Sun., Oct 7th, at 7:30 pm in Allamuchy

ANN HAMPTON CALLAWAY Sings Ella Fitzgerald

WHEN: SUNDAY, October 7, 7:30 – 9:30 PM
Rutherfurd Hall, 1686 Rte 517, Allamuchy

ANN HAMPTON CALLAWAY is one of the leading champions of the great American Songbook, having made her mark as a singer, pianist, composer, lyricist, arranger, actress, educator, TV host and producer. Voted recently by Broadwayworld.com as "Performer of the Year," Ann is a born entertainer. Her unique singing style that blends jazz and traditional pop, making her a mainstay in concert halls, theaters and jazz clubs as well as in the recording studio, on television, and in film. She is best known for Tony-nominated performance in the hit Broadway musical Swing! and for writing and singing the theme song to the hit TV series The Nanny.

Callaway is a Platinum Award-winning writer whose songs are featured on seven of Barbra Streisand's recent CD's. The only composer to have collaborated with Cole Porter, she has also written songs with Carole King, Rolf Lovland and Barbara Carroll, to name a few.

Callaway's live performances showcase her warmth, spontaneous wit and passionate delivery of standards, jazz classics and originals. She is one of America's most gifted improvisers, taking words and phrases from her audiences and creating songs on the spot, whether alone at a piano or with a symphony orchestra.

Ann devotes much of her time to philanthropic causes, both as a singer performing in numerous benefits, and as a songwriter composing songs in times of need. In September 2005, Ann performed her original composition "Let the Saints Come Marching," written to honor Hurricane Katrina victims, on a national TV broadcast on the Fox News Channel. Her song, "Who Can See the Blue the Same Again?", was released earlier in 2005 as a single, paying tribute to the tsunami survivors and raising much needed money for The Tsunami Fund of The PRASAD Project.
In the aftermath of September 11th, Ann composed the stirring anthem, "I Believe in America," which she performed on Larry King Live and released as a CD single. Just days after the tragedy, Ann heard an 8,000 year old prayer from the Rig Veda and composed the world renowned "Let Us Be United." Ann recorded the song with Kenny Werner, The Siddha Yoga International Choir and five-year-old Sonali Beaven, who sang in honor of her father who lost his life on Flight 93. It was released on CD and DVD and its proceeds continue to benefit Save the Children and The PRASAD Project.

Upcoming  Jazz Series Events  -  Sundays , 3:00 pm -5:00 pm

10/28/18- Warren Vache Quintet:-One of Americas Great Jazz Trumpeters
11/18/18- Water Gap Jazz Orchestra- Music of Phil Woods-
                                                            directed by Matt Vashlishan
12/09/18- Houston Person with Dave Leonhardt Trio
01/06/19- Jay Leonhart Quartet featuring Tomoko Ohno on piano
02/17/19- David Ostwald’s Louis Armstrong Band, Dixieland Jazz
03/17/19- Jerry Weldon Quartet
04/07/19- Ronny Whyte Trio, Sings Sinatra



By Ruth Ross

Although German theoretical physicist and pioneer in Quantum mechanics Werner Heisenberg is never mentioned in Simon Stephens’ play, Heisenberg, now onstage at Alliance Rep in Summit, his theoretical principle of uncertainty—the concept that the act of talking about a phenomenon changes the phenomenon—sure hangs over the proceedings, covering a period of six weeks, like the Sword of Damocles. For 90 minutes, we—and one of the characters in this two-hander—can never be sure what’s true and what’s not.

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The first scene of Stephens’ play sets up a May-December relationship between two unlikely people: 40-something American ex-pat Georgie Burns and 75-year-old London butcher Alex Priest. The two meet in a train station when Georgie approaches Alex from behind and kisses him on the neck; she explains that her husband died 18 months before and she imagined that she saw him again in the person of Alex. It’s not long before she recants that story, offers another; tells him she’s a waitress at a fancy restaurant, only to confess to being a receptionist at a primary school; that she lives in upscale Islington when she does not. Principle of Uncertainty? You get the idea.

For 90-minutes, Georgie talks nonstop, changing details, cursing, revealing truths bit by bit until we (and Alex) don’t know what to believe. She’s a World Class fabricator/fantasist. In contrast, Alex is a staid gentleman whose last love affair was 40 years ago (she dumped him); “quite habitual,” Alex takes long walks, loves to tango and listen to classical music, and is prone to burst into tears for no apparent reason. A mismatched pair? Ya think?

For six scenes, stories shift, an unlikely romance blooms and a bombshell drops when the truth of Georgie’s pursuit of Alex is revealed (no spoilers). The success of the play’s equally uncertain dénouement depends on your capacity for hope.

Image may contain: 1 person, sitting and stripesDavid Christopher has brilliantly staged and directed Heisenberg, proving that, once again, Alliance Rep can take two characters, a bookcase full of props, two benches, a table and two chairs, and put on a play; the emphasis here is on the words. Kelly Maisenasky (left) is superbly exhausting as Georgie, awkwardly making unkind comments about Alex’s age, spinning a web of lies. After the story about missing her husband “on a cellular level,” we sympathize with her; Maisenasky works hard to make what could be an unlikeable character likeable.Talking almost nonstop, she adroitly manages to deliver the dialogue in a “convincing” manner.

Image may contain: 1 person, standingAs Alex, Christopher Gibbs (right) is adorably reticent; when he does speak, we know he has something important to say, and he does it credibly in an accent with a faint Irish lilt (his character spent his childhood in Ireland). Spare of gesture, wise yet naive, Gibbs’ Alex reveals himself little by little, never changing his story. That’s why it’s a hoot when he recites a very long list of the types of music he likes! And, his line about “paying attention to the spaces between the notes” just about sums up the play’s theme. Despite her changing stories and staccato delivery, Alex does just that, maybe seeing the real Georgie beneath the brittle veneer.

Image may contain: 1 person, smiling, dancing, standing and shoesOnce again, production values are excellent. Ed Pearson’s lighting suits the place and mood of each of the six scenes. Gordon Wiener’s lighting enhances each location, and David Munro has designed a multi-cubby bookcase to hold the great variety of props taken out and used by the two characters at various times in the play.

Despite the high-sounding scientific principle that guides Heisenberg, the play is ultimately about human relationships real, imagined and remembered. It’s a gem you won’t want to miss.

Heisenberg will be performed at Alliance Rep in the black box theater on the lower level of MONDO, 426 Springfield Ave., Summit, through October 7. For information and tickets, visit www.alliancerep.org.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Dreamcatcher Rep’s First Mainstage Production, “Dead & Buried,” opens September 27

WHEN: September 27 – October 14; Thursday, Sept. 27, 8 PM; Fridays & Saturdays 8 PM; Sundays 2 PM
: Oakes Center, 120 Morris Ave., Summit
TICKETS: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3463180
Order by phone: 800-838-3006
Use the code MCLINDON to receive $3 off any full-price ticket


  • September 27: Preview performance, all seats $20
  • September 28: Opening night, post-show reception
  • September 30: Senior Sunday, all senior tickets $20; Free post-show talkback
  • October 7: Free post-show talkback

In this dark comedy set in a small New England town at Halloween, 18-year-old Perdue finds a job in a place most people wouldn't even consider: the local graveyard. Bid, the taciturn former Marine who runs the cemetery, hires Perdue because she unexpectedly touches Bid's heart. Bid's young assistant Robbie has gleaned most of his knowledge of manhood from the pages of Maxim. By play's end, each of their searches for what they've lost ends when they find one another instead.



Wine and discussion following the production.

A $10 donation to the Women's Theater Company  is greatly appreciated.

Women's Theater Company
Parsippany Playhouse
1130 Knoll Rd., Lake Hiawatha

Sunday, September 23, 2018


By Ruth Ross

In Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy famously wrote, “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way," but the Vronskys’ trials pale in comparison to those faced by the family at the center of Sam Shepard’s searing Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, Buried Child.

Produced for the first time by the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Shepard’s play voyeuristically peers into the drab, derelict Illinois farmhouse inhabited by a dysfunctional family, down on its luck for decades. Over the course of a rainy afternoon and subsequent morning, terrible secrets are explosively revealed, layer by layer, just as corn is husked and carrots are pared onstage. (Left, Anthony Marble and Sherman Howard)

In Buried Child, Shepard addresses the failure of the American Dream, the idea that, with hard work and determination, anyone can succeed in life. And, in the typically Midwestern notion that offspring that the family business (in this case, a farm) should be passed down through the generations. The emptiness of this myth was as true in 1979 when Shepard wrote the play as it was in 2008 when the economy crashed and as it is today, when American farmers are bailed out by the federal government to make up for the hardships imposed on them by retaliatory tariffs. Likewise, the belief in American Morality takes a similar beating, for this family’s secrets involve not only murder and adultery but that most heinous of immoral acts: incest.

Alcoholic, dying patriarch Dodge presides over a farm that hasn’t produced a crop in 35 years, yet he can reel off a long list of his farm equipment with great precision. His nagging wife Halie, a disembodied voice for most of the first act, is having an affair with the minister, Father Dewis. While their two surviving sons, emotionally disturbed Tilden and amputee Bradley, are expected to care for their aging parents, Halie idolizes Ansel, the All-American basketball player/war hero who was killed on his wedding night by his wife’s Catholic relatives. Appearing unexpectedly on the scene is Vincent, Tilden’s son (above right,Anthony Marble and Paul Cooper), whom no one seems to recognize, and his 19-year-old girlfriend Shelly. Their appearance, as agents from the outside world of reality, upends this family’s carefully preserved world and brings it crashing down on their heads.

The cast Director Paul Mullins has assembled is more than up to the task of portraying these distasteful people. Sherman Howard is superb as cantankerous, irritable Dodge; his sotto voce responses to his wife’s nagging are droll yet sad. He manages to make a thoroughly unlikeable character sympathetic, despite the despicable act he’s reputed to have done. As Tilden, Anthony Marble turns in a heartbreaking performance; despite his having little to say, his body English telegraphs the anguished loneliness of his carrying around and concealing a terrible secret. Roger Clark’s Bradley is an obnoxious boor to the max; his frantically scooting around the floor when his artificial leg is taken from him is very satisfying comeuppance for this awful man. And Carol Halstead’s Halie (above, right, with Michael Dale) has to be the most irritating woman every onstage. When she finally appears, her physical attributes are equally as annoying as her voice. Watching her deflate in the penultimate scene, as the secret is revealed, is worth the price of admission. My only quibble is that her final speech—indeed, the last of the play—is delivered too quickly, as though she’s reading a script, and in a sing-song voice. It’s the only false note in the play.

More sympathetic are Paul Cooper as Vincent and Andrea Morales as Shelly (right, with Roger Clark), the two unwitting observers from the outside world who set in motion this debacle. Trying to jog his grandfather’s memory, Cooper’s Vincent earnestly recalls things they did together when he was younger. Yet his glee at the final turn of events makes one wonder whether his initial intentions were really all that innocent—and whether he’s more like his family than he thought. Morales’s Shelly provokes the proceedings; her insistence on finding the truth leads her to ask, “What happened to this farm anyway,” after viewing family photos on the walls of Halie’s room. Morales’ fear of Bradley, not unfounded, is palpable; her eyes dart around the room as he places his hand in her mouth, scaring the audience as to what he might do. As the single character with any sense of decency, she’s the only one who manages to escape. And as Halie’s lover, Father Dewis, Michael Dale is appropriately smarmy and totally out of his element to minister to this strange, tortured family. He represents a total failure of morality and religion.

STNJ_Buried Child_10The set on which Buried Child unfolds is depressing. Michael Schweikardt’s set features hideous, stained floral wallpaper and a ratty sofa that mirror the drabness of the family’s life. Erik T. Lawson’s sound design includes driving rain and premonitory thunder; he has also composed original music played during the two intermissions. Tony Galaska’s atmospheric lighting reinforces the darkness at the heart of the family. And Andrea Hood’s costumes suit the characters; Shelly’s red top is the only bright color in a cheerless palette.

The myths of American Dream and American Morality are tales we tell ourselves to feel better, even as the world is coming down around us. Just reading the paper reveals the hollowness of both: Despite holding two or more jobs, many people cannot climb out of poverty, and college-educated young people move home because they cannot support themselves. Politicians professing Family Values found in compromising situations have been outed. That Dodge’s farm has produced nothing for decades is reflective of his inability to deal with a grave moral dilemma. Only when the terrible secret is on the verge of being revealed does corn grow, followed by a huge crop of vegetables that suddenly appears at the end of the play. With Dodge, Tilden and Bradley out of the way, a new generation, Vincent, can make its way in the world.

STNJ_Buried Child_11About playwrighting, Sam Shepard wrote that “[b]eginnings are definitely the most exciting, middles are perplexing and endings are a disaster …. The most authentic endings are the ones which are already revolving towards another beginning. That’s genius.” It is true for this play.

So just who is the Buried Child? Well, I’ll leave that to you to discover. Just know that there’s more than one—and not all are in the grave.

Buried Child will be performed through October 7 at the F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre on the campus of Drew University, 36 Madison Avenue, Madison. For tickets and performance information, call the box office at 973.408.5600 or visit www.ShakespeareNJ.org online.

Photo credit: Jerry Dalia.

Friday, September 21, 2018




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, September 20, 2018


Hitchcock’s Villains

WHEN: October 2 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
WHERE: Columbia High School Black Box Theatre, 17 Parker Ave.
Maplewood + Google Map

The Master of Suspense was known for his lovely blonde heroines, but his films’ real thrills were provided by his surprising villains — amusing, elegantly dressed gentleman who could charm you to death. Literally. Sometimes it seemed the director even preferred him to his heroes — a favoritism which fueled some of his darkest themes. We’ll explore those, and some of Hitch’s best bad guys, including Joseph Cotten in Shadow of a Doubt, Robert Walker in Strangers on a Train and, the ultimate mama’s boy, Anthony Perkins in Psycho.

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


Buy your tickets now!

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

ShakespeareNJ.org | 973-408-5600

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

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

Click here for more information.

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

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

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

FUNdraiser Fiesta! LINE DANCING Saturday night!


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

! ! YOU DO ! !

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


Professional instructor leads the way!

No partner necessary—hurray!

“The Revisionist” @NJ Rep One Night Only

The Revisionist

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PierFest: Eclectic Music Series

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

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

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

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

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

September 21:

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

September 28:

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

October 5:

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

October 12:

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


If you can read this, thank a teacher for getting you a discount!

Three SPELLING BEE discounts:

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

For TEACHERs only:

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

  • NJEA Members with ID:
    $7.50 off full-price tix for any performance,
    purchase at any time.
    Present ID at box office before the show.

TICKETS: TheTheaterProject.org

Book by Rachel Sheinkin
Music by William Finn
Directed by Greg Scalera

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

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

Summer Might Be Over, But WPU Is Just Getting Started

James D'Amico Productions presents

Celebrating the Music of Crosby Stills Nash and Young

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

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

James D'Amico Productions presents

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

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

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

Ensemble Español
World-Renowned Spanish Dance Theater

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

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

James D'Amico Productions presents

Golden Oldies Spectacular

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

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

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

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

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

The following programs will be offered:

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

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

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

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