Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s (STNJ) 60th season begins with
By Matthew Barber
Based on the novel by Elizabeth von Arnim
Directed by Bonnie J. Monte
WHEN: June 8 – June 26th, 2022; a full performance calendar can be found on the STNJ website.
WHERE: F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, 36 Madison Avenue (at Lancaster Road), Madison, NJ
TICKETS: Single tickets begin at $39 for preview performances and begin at $59 for regular performances. Prices range from $39 to $69. The Theatre offers various cost-saving opportunities, including $15 student rush tickets, which are available 30 minutes prior to each performance, with a valid student ID, and a limited number of Pay What You Can tickets for every performance on a first-come, first-serve basis. STNJ also has a $30 Under 30 ticket option, which offers $30 tickets for patrons aged 30 and under, with valid ID. Other discounts are available including a 10% discount for Bank of America customers and employees, members of Thirteen, and AAA members. For tickets, patrons can call the Box Office at 973-408-5600 or visit ShakespeareNJ.org.
A 2003 Tony Award nominee for Best Play and based on Elizabeth Von
Arnim’s novel of the same name, it is the perfect show to launch
STNJ’s re-opening as the company emerges from the pandemic shutdown.
Written in the wake of the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic, it is an
uplifting, funny, and moving tale about emerging from despair, and
daring to hope and dream again. Patrons can purchase tickets by calling the Box Office
at 973-408-5600 or by visiting ShakespeareNJ.org.
Enchanted April was a huge hit with STNJ audience
members during the company’s Lend Us Your Ears Play Reading Series in
2018. The play was slated to open the 2020 season but was canceled
due to the pandemic. Artistic Director Bonnie J. Monte, who is also
directing and designing the set for this production is thrilled to
finally bring this play to life on the company’s Main Stage.
“Never in our
company’s history has a play had a more arduous journey moving from
page to stage than Enchanted April. We’ve been trying to
mount a full production since 2019, and it has been delayed for various
reasons (mostly the pandemic) three times now. I almost feel as
though the play has waited for the exact right time to come to life
for our audience. I can think of no better piece of writing to open
our 2022 season, which not only marks our 60th anniversary, but also
our long-awaited full re-opening after two years of darkness. Enchanted
April is truly enchanting and enchanted, and it never
fails to leave people feeling infused with hope, happiness and an
inspiring sense of joy. Best of all, we are thrilled to welcome
back a stellar cast of extraordinary theatre artists who will bring
Mr. Barber’s play to exuberant life.”
of Enchanted April has been generously sponsored in part by
Dr. W. John Bauer and Nancy B. Boucher, exemplary patrons of the arts
in New Jersey.
Meet the Cast and Creative Team
of Enchanted April
Bonnie J. Monte
is in her 32nd season as the company’s Artistic Director. Under
her leadership for over three decades, the Theatre has evolved into
one of the most respected classical theatres in the nation. Since
1990, she has directed over 90 productions for The Shakespeare
The design team
for Enchanted April includes the creative talents of Costume
Designer Paul Canada, Lighting Designer Michael Giannitti, and Sound
Designer Steven Beckel. The Production Stage Manager is Kelly
For the same
price as a regular ticket, the Symposium Series performances offer
a post-show discussion with the cast and artistic staff. For
Enchanted April, Symposium performances will be held on
Tuesday, June 14 at 7:30 PM, Saturday, June 18 at 2:00 PM, and
Saturday, June 25 at 2:00 PM.
pre-show talks are offered free of cost with the purchase of a
performance ticket. Prior to the Thursday, June 16th, performance,
at 7:00 PM, an STNJ artist will conduct a pre-show talk and Q&A
for interested patrons. The performance that night follows at 8:00
Theatre also offers Closed-Caption performances and Audio-Described
performances throughout the season. The captioned performance for
Enchanted April will be on Thursday, June 16th at 8:00 PM. The
Audio-Described performance will be on Thursday, June 23 at 8:00 PM.
For more information, please contact the Box Office.
The acclaimed Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is an
independent, professional theatre company whose Main Stage is located
on the Drew University campus. One of the leading Shakespeare
theatres in the nation, it is New Jersey’s largest professional
theatre company dedicated solely to Shakespeare’s canon and other
world classics. Through its distinguished productions and education
programs, the company strives to illuminate the universal and lasting
relevance of the classics for a diverse and contemporary audience.
The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s programs are made
possible, in part, by funding from the New Jersey State Council on
the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, as
well as funds from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional
major support is received from the F.M. Kirby Foundation, The Shubert
Foundation, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, The Hearst
Foundations, The Edward T. Cone Foundation, CTW Foundation, The
Samuel H. Scripps Foundation, The Blanche and Irving Laurie
Foundation, The Rita Allen Foundation, Bank of America, E.J.
Grassmann Trust, Hyde and Watson Foundation, Union Foundation, The
Merrill G. and Emita E. Hastings Foundation, Turrell Fund, and the
Jack K. Ayre & Frank Ayre Lee Foundation, as well as
contributions from numerous other foundations, corporations, government
agencies, and individuals.