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takes a village to raise a child" is a proverb that means an entire
community of people must provide for and interact positively with
children for those children to experience and grow in a safe and healthy
Pushcart is pushing FIFTY!
And what an amazing journey
it's been. Pushcart Players was founded in 1974 by Ruth Fost, Carole
Wechter, and Gretchen Johnson. All three were theater artists, educators,
and parents who identified the need for quality theater where the young
people are -- in their schools.
Pushcart's earliest visits
would be the first exposure to live theater for most of the children.
Knowing this, the cofounders approached their audiences with respect,
created material that would inform, inspire and challenge, and engaged
leading artists and teachers to share the craft.
That approach continues as we
enter our second half century. As we look back at our history, we want to
share some images from our past. Please enjoy them, and please consider
making a contribution to make our village stronger!
Producing Artistic Director
(L to R) Gretchen Johnson, Chris Mattaliano, Bob Bilecki,
Wechter, Ruth Fost.
first show, "Three Apples Fell from Heaven" opened at Avon
School in Newark, NJ and performed at The World Trade Center, NY.
"The Lightest Baggage of All"
Tour of former Soviet Union
Players at St. Basil’s Cathedral - Moscow, Russia
Jason Alexander performed in the Emmy-nominated TV special, "This
R) Chris Johnson, Harry Patrick Christian, Susie Paplow, Ray Mogenis,
Ruth Fost, Terrence P. Burnett
1987: "Three Cheers for
(L to R) Ruth Fost, Paul
Whelihan, Susie Paplow, Mark Pinhiero
As a social-profit
organization, Pushcart Players’ programs are made possible in part by NJ
State Council on the Arts/Department of State, NJ State Bar Foundation,
Actors’ Equity Foundation, ADP Foundation, The Community Foundation
of NJ, EJ Grassmann Trust, The Grunin Foundation, Hyde & Watson
Foundation, The Montclair Foundation, Newark Arts, New Jersey Arts and
Culture Renewal Fund, PNC Bank/Lillian Schenck Foundation, The Sosland
Foundation, The Turrell Fund, The Whitehill Foundation, and numerous individual
contributors (like YOU!)
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