Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Dreamcatcher Presents “Monologues on ZOOM” on Thursday Nights This Summer

Monologues on ZOOM 

WHEN: Thursdays from July 9 through 30 at 8 pm
on ZOOM.

The series is usually performed at MONDO, a downtown Summit arts venue, but this year will be performed online. In its seventh year, the series provides audiences with an opportunity for entertainment at an affordable price, while also introducing them to highly personal works performed by professional actors.

On Thursday, July 9, 2020 at 8:00 pm, Harry Patrick Christian will perform Packing by Scott Bradley. In this play, a queer vagabond embarks on a five-decade odyssey of self-discovery and reinvention. From small-town Iowa to England, New York, and Chicago, a man must navigate assaults, addictions, relationships, the plague years of the AIDS crisis, and the fight for marriage equality, in a quest to find where he belongs.

The following Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 8:00 pm, Scott McGowan will perform Dear Alien by Liz Duffy Adams. A shambolic, reclusive advice columnist known professionally as Dear Alien is under the gun. They have a deadline of yesterday for a collection of their columns; if they don’t turn it in they don’t get the advance, and they will be evicted from their apartment for non-payment of rent. In an attempt to create a passable manuscript, Dear Alien chooses seven unread letters at random and answers them, in a countdown to transcendent meaning or absolute despair.

On Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 8:00 pm, Harriett Trangucci will perform Natural Shocks: A One-Woman Play in a Tornado by Lauren Gunderson. Based on Hamlet's "To be or not to be," this play bursts to life when we meet a woman waiting out an imminent tornado in her basement. She overflows with quirks, stories, and a final secret that puts the reality of guns in America in your very lap. The play is part confessional, part stand up, and part reckoning.

On Thursday, July 30, 2020 at 8:00 pm, Laura Ekstrand will perform Me Vs. My Subconscious by Rebecca Goldberg. In this solo show, a woman wakes up from a very strange dream and, realizing that her subconscious is telling her that she needs to make a big change, vows to quit her dead-end job that very same day. Soon, listening to her subconscious leads her on a series of misadventures, across the ocean, and into a whole new messy set of problems that may be more than she bargained for. Does her subconscious really have her best interests at heart?

Tickets for all Monologues on ZOOM are $15 and can be purchased online only. Please visit https://www.dreamcatcherrep.org/2020-monologues-zoom to purchase tickets. Participants must download the free Zoom.us app prior to attending. All shows begin at 8:00. For information on any of Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre's programs, please visit www.dreamcatcherrep.org or contact Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre at Oakes Center, 120 Morris Avenue, Summit, NJ 07901, 908-514-9654.

About Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre:

Dreamcatcher was founded in 1994, and is a non-profit professional ensemble of actors who build community with the audience by sharing contemporary, life-affirming stories that challenge, energize and entertain. Our work has at its heart a belief in the essential goodness of people and the power of live performance to connect people through our shared humanity. We expose theatregoers to ideas and lives like and unlike their own with the intention of awakening their imaginations and creating empathy for others. We deepen the experience of all our patrons with personal contact through receptions, talkbacks, and interactive programs.

The company’s activities include mainstage productions, improvisational comedy and cabarets, new play readings and a variety of educational and senior outreach programs.

Dreamcatcher’s programs are funded by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and many other corporations, foundations and individuals.  Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre is an Equity Producing member of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance.

Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) corporation, incorporated under the laws of the State of New Jersey.

Online Summer Performing Arts Workshops for Kids, Teens, and Adults Scheduled to Begin on Monday, July 6th!


WHEN: 2-week Monday-Friday sessions, starting Monday, July 6. Session I: Monday, July 6 - Friday, July 17; Sesssion II: Monday, July 20 - Friday, July 31; Session III: Monday, August 3 - Friday, August 14
TUITION: (at Black Box, no one has ever been turned away for financial reasons):  one daily morning workshop per two week period: $225; two daily morning workshops per two week period: $400.
For further information, contact Black Box Studios/PAC directly at blackboxpac@gmail.com, call (201) 567-6664, visit www.blackboxpac.com/classes, or check us out on FaceBook @bbsnynj and @blackboxpac.

Black Box Studios—Northern New Jersey's premiere collaborative performing arts school since 2007—is the "in house" educational theater company for the new Black Box Performing Arts Center of Englewood, NJ.  While our new space remains closed due to the unprecedented health emergency, Black Box has pivoted online this summer and will continue programming virtually until it's safe to meet in person once again: www.blackboxpac.com/classes!

See more by clicking here.

"Based on the incredible success of our Spring semester, which was mainly held on Zoom and culminated in a remarkable End-of-Semester showcase with over 40 students performing for an audience of 100+ on June 17th, we are confident about starting these workshops online and we'll see where it all takes us!", explains Black Box Managing Director Danielle MacMath, who'll serve as the floater for all workshops while co-producing and starring in BB's professional 'Shakespeare In The Park Bergen County 2020' programming this summer.

Other Teaching Artists include professional performers Mike Gardiner, Ilana Schimmel, Cassandra Guglielmo, Broadway veteran Jeff Keller, and BB's Artistic Director Matt Okin. 

The following Zoom-based daily morning workshops are now open for registration in the form of 2-week Monday-Friday sessions, each culminating in a Friday, late-morning 'showcase' open to family, friends, and the general public:

Exploring Musical Theater, 9:30-10:30AM

Experiment with songs, monologues, short scenes, and choreography from favorite shows! 

Ages 13-19

Introducing Musical Theater, 9:30-10:30AM

Work on songs, short scenes, and dance moves from famous, Disney-type musicals!

Ages 9-14

Drama Workshop, 9:15-10:45AM

Experiment with acting with scenes from cutting-edge works for the stage.

Ages 16 -Adult

Acting Shakespeare, 11:00AM-12:30PM

Work on remarkable monologues, scenes, and more from great works of The Bard.

Ages 14-19

Dramatic Writing Workshop, 11:00AM-12:30PM

Explore outlets and technique for expressing yourself through the writing of plays, screenplays, or teleplays.

Ages 19+ (with some exceptions upon request)

Vocal Workshop, 11:15AM-12:30PM

Improve singing style, technique, and discipline with Broadway Veteran Voice Instructor Jeff Keller 

Ages 10-Adult

All classes require a min. of 6 participants to run, and some may be combined with others if enrollment dictates. Private sessions at various times of the day are also available by special arrangement with each Teaching Artist.

Photo Credit: Amy Lebovics Photography Promo Video Credit: Ilana Schimmel


McCARTER@HOME presents DJ dance parties, Mary Chapin Carpenter, live documentary monologues, and more

TUESDAY, JUNE 30, at 4:30PM
Documentary Theater Workshop: Final Sharing!
10 writers from Emily Mann's Documentary Theater Workshop will share the monologues that they created by interviewing people about the present moment. Diverse in age, profession, gender, race, and ethnicity, these writers have crafted beautiful monologues that capture our country’s state of mind in all its complexity. The program promises to be revelatory. REGISTER

Virtual DJ Dance Party
Looking to kick-back and let someone else take care of the music this weekend? Check out our staff’s recommended DJs to guide your quarantine party! Featuring upcoming live events, notable past sets, and new music releases, the list includes D-Nice’s Club Quarantine, DJ Leydis & Kristy la rAt at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival this Friday, TOKiMONSTA, Shammy Dee, and more. EXPLORE

Mary Chapin Carpenter: "Songs From Home"
Princeton native singer/songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter has called McCarter her hometown stage for over 20 years. During quarantine, she has been hosting virtual performances directly from her kitchen, with her sweet Golden Retriever by her side. Enjoy watching, listening, and reading along with this series, which she also publishes live on her Facebook page.  WATCH

Catapult on "America’s Got Talent"

With the arc of an arm, the point of a toe or a twist of a torso, Catapult is a magical dance troupe that features incredible artists who work behind a screen to create shadow silhouettes of shapes from the world around us. While we wait to present them at McCarter, watch them wow the judges on “America’s Got Talent.”  WATCH




WHEN: Thursday July 2, 7-10PM
George Street front of Tavern on George

  • Tables Will Be Socially Distant
  • Face Coverings Are Required

Online Culture Fix: Feel-Good Medley, The Swan, Broadway Games, and More!

Online Culture Fix

Summertime is here and so is your next edition of State Theatre’s Online Culture Fix. We have some new things for you and your family to enjoy before or after you soak up the summer sun. We will also continue to add videos, activities, and more each week to our Culture Fix page.

Feel-Good Medley

Moulin Rouge's Justin Levine and Holly James perform a Feel-Good Medley for Broadway World's Living Room Concert series. WATCH NOW »

The Swan

Simply breathtaking. Watch 32 premier ballerinas from 22 dance companies in 14 countries perform The Swan (Le Cygne). WATCH NOW »

PLay at Home

Play at Home Playwrights

State Theatre New Jersey is proud to be part of a new theater project called Play at Home. The project is a collaboration between theaters from across the country as a response to the rapidly changing landscape of the performing arts during this global crisis. The mission of the initiative is simple: to continue to inspire joy and creativity through live theater.

As a part of this collaboration, State Theatre commissioned three playwrights/creators to write a short play (10 minutes or less) which are now available for free download.

All plays are intended for families or small groups of people to perform together at home. We hope that you and your family will pick a play to produce from your living rooms and if you feel so inclined, share it with us at #PlayatHomePlays.



Waitress Pie Book

Sugar, Butter, Flour: The Waitress Pie Cookbook from the files of Jenna Hunterson

This book is the official tie-in to Broadway’s hit musical Waitress, featuring the recipes for three dozen of the show’s most evocative and delicious pies! BUY NOW »

Misty Copeland

Misty Copeland's Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina

Now one of the world's most groundbreaking artists, Copeland tells the story of her life on stage and her journey as an African-American ballerina. BUY NOW »


Broadway Anagrams

Broadway Quiz! Can you unscramble these 21 Broadway anagrams? TAKE THE QUIZ »

Sixties Music

Can you identify these 60's hits by their opening line? TAKE THE QUIZ »


Crayon Art

Want to keep the kids busy for a couple of hours? DIY crayon art is the way to go! LEARN HOW »

String Art

Parents and kids can have fun with string art in this guide for beginners! Includes fun pattern ideas! LEARN HOW »

Today! Take a Field Trip to the Asteroid Belt and more from AMNH

While the Museum has closed its buildings during the COVID-19 outbreak, our work continues. We're here to help you explore our exhibits and other resources from home—and we look forward to welcoming you back as soon as we can. Visit amnh.org/health-safety for updates.

Rendering of an asteroid belt.


Field Trip: Asteroids

Today, June 30, at 2 pm EDT, join a virtual live flight to the asteroid belt with Museum Curator Denton Ebel and Vicky Hamilton and Harold Connolly, Jr., scientists from NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission, the first U.S. mission to collect material from an asteroid and bring it back to Earth for study

Join the Field Trip

An orb weaver spider crawls along its web.ONLINE PROGRAM

SciCafe: Spider Silk with Cheryl Hayashi

Did you know that spider silk is among the strongest, most resilient, and most versatile materials in the world? Join Museum Curator Cheryl Hayashi on Wednesday, July 1, at 8 pm for an online SciCafe about her work on silk gene DNA sequences to learn more about how spiders developed such a large variety of silk types.

Watch on YouTube

Closeup of a rock specimen shows a zig-zag formation pattern.ONLINE PROGRAM

Scientists at Home: Rocks vs. Minerals

What’s a rock and what’s a mineral? Join Museum geologists Saebyul Choe and Keiji Hammond on Thursday, July 2, to find out about these fascinating natural elements and see specimens from the Museum’s Earth and Planetary Sciences collection. You can submit photos of your favorite specimens to scientistsathome@amnh.org, and our scientists will try to identify them!  

Join the Watch Party

COVID-19 virus model is spherical in shape, and has small, spiky protrusions scattered across the surface.ONLINE PROGRAM

COVID-19: Vaccines, Testing, and the Science Behind the Cure

On Wednesday, July 8, the Museum will present the second part of a two-part series about COVID-19, with the latest on testing, treatments, and vaccine development to address the COVID-19 pandemic. Featuring computational genomicist Pardis Sabeti of Harvard University, viral immunologist Kizzmekia Corbett of the National Institutes of Health, and physician Lynn Richardson, co-director of Mt. Sinai’s Institute for Health Equity Research, this panel will be moderated by science reporter Arielle Duhaime-Ross.

Learn More

Your Support is Critical

With our doors closed, the Museum is operating under unprecedented financial strain—and we urgently need your help as the Museum continues to fulfill its mission of science and education. At this crucial moment, every gift, of any size, matters. We are gratefully accepting donations here.

Monday, June 29, 2020

This Week’s Virtual and Live Events @ Paper Mill Playhouse

Paper Mill Playhouse

The theater comes to you! Every week Paper Mill offers streaming events you can access from your living room or any room! All our weekly events are available on  Facebook and YouTube. We cannot wait to be back together again soon, but until that day comes, enjoy these free events, only accessible to the public for a limited time.


Monday, June 29, at 7PMNew Voices 2010: Pure Imagination

The annual New Voices concert is the culmination of Paper Mill Playhouse’s Summer Musical Theater Conservatory, featuring 120 talented student performers ages 10–18, directed and choreographed by Paper Mill Playhouse’s professional artistic staff.

Wednesday, July 1, at 7PMBabbling by the Brook

Join Paper Mill’s own Producing Artistic Director Mark S. Hoebee for lighthearted, entertaining conversations with a star-studded roster of performers, writers, directors, and more theatrical denizens. Gain insight into our upcoming productions, delve into the creative process, and catch up with veteran actors! This week Mark chats with history-making, Tony-winning actress actress Ali Stroker (Oklahoma! on Broadway, Paper Mill's Spelling Bee).

Thursday, July 2, at 7PMHumanities Symposium Series: Critics and Criticism

Join us on the set of Out of Order, for a critics panel with Clive Barnes (New York Times), Peter Filichia (Star-Ledger), Howard Kissel (Daily News), and Gretchen Van Benthuysen (Asbury Park Press), moderated by publicists Richard Kornberg and Rick Miramontez. 

And it’s not all virtual…

Brookside Caberet

LIVE this Saturday, July 4, Susie Speidel and Joe Regan’s BROOKSIDE CABARET

Every Saturday at 7PM enjoy outdoor dining and live entertainment at the Carriage House Restaurant at the F.M. Kirby Carriage House. The restaurant is open for dinner Wednesday through Saturday as well as Sunday brunch.

Reservations required for outdoor dining and pre-orders required for curbside pickup. Visit PaperMill.org/Restaurant


Curtain Up

With only ONE day remaining in our fiscal year-end campaign CURTAIN UP!, we still need $15,000 to take us to the goal of $400,000 by TOMORROW!

Please help us spread the word! Click here or text PAPERMILL to 91999 to make a donation and learn more. Support the theater you love today. No gift is too small, any amount can make a big difference.


The Coolest Thing You Can Do This Summer is Stay Home!

D&R Greenway's 21,000 Preserved Acres Await your Summer Staycation

Kate's Trail: This terrestrial box turtle, a New Jersey Species of Special Concern,is right at home on Kate's Trail, off Elm Ridge Road in Mercer County. If you are lucky enough to see this turtle, please don't touch and do leave it in its chosen habitat.

This wooded trail, named in memory of Katharine Wright Gorrie, is a perfect place for inspiring future naturalists. Access the trail at the D&R Greenway sign on Elm Ridge near Carter Road.  Follow the trail to a bench at Reflection Point. Continue through shaded beech groves to the Stony Brook and find your reflection in the water. 

More info: www.drgreenway.org

IMAGE: Box Turtle at Home on D&R Greenway’s Kate’s Trail, off Elm Ridge Road in Mercer County, by Cindy Taylor, D&R Greenway Assistant Director of Stewardship


Center Players Dessert Theater will launch its online programming with a performance of The Music of Classic Broadway Composers

WHEN: streaming Friday, July 3rd at 8pm.
Registration via email is required to experience this free event; go to www.centerplayers.org to access the link.
ADMISSION: The event is free, but donations are greatly appreciated.

Featuring local duo Bethe Burns and Vic Schioppo, the performance will feature popular songs from beloved Broadway composers, including Rodgers and Hammerstein, Rodgers and Hart and Jule Styne. Bethe Burns is a renowned vocalist who performs a sultry blend of jazz, blues, pop, swing and standards across the east coast with Vic Schioppo, a nationally-recognized piano and keyboard player.

Celebrating its 19th season at Center Playhouse, Center Players is a respected, award-winning organization, presenting high quality, engaging productions featuring local talent in downtown Freehold. In addition to their signature plays, the group also sponsors free play readings and other special events and offers dinner and theater packages with several local restaurants.