Sunday, January 19, 2020

Summit Playhouse to Hold Auditions for THE WOMEN



WHEN: Sat. February 15th and Sun. February 16th 4pm to 7pm   CALLBACKS Thurs. February 20th at 7pm
: Summit Playhouse | 10 New England Avenue, Summit

Filled with strong, colorful, comedic characters, an abundance of witty dialogue, Clare Boothe Luce’s THE WOMEN is juicy, wicked, and full of guilty fun. It is both a scathing commentary on the life of the superficial, selfish socialite and a knowing, heartfelt depiction of romantic rivalry, toxic friendships all set against the smoke filled, art deco cocktail of 1930s Manhattan. If you love the golden age of Hollywood, this screwball comedy of manners is just up your alley! Bring as much of that old glamour, style and wit as possible to your audition! I would encourage you to watch the original 1939 film which is available to rent on Youtube, prior to the auditions to use as a guide.

We need a wide range of women of all ages and types. In addition to the core group of Women, we are looking for women who are not only strong when it comes to creating different characters within the same show, but who welcome the challenge!  There is everything from manicurists to sales girls, from maids to secretaries and everything in between. These 23 roles, each more colorful then the last, weave in and out of the fabric of the story.


Nancy Blake: 35 – 50, an authoress, part of Mary’s coterie. An acid wit and dedicated virgin, Nancy is as close as Mary’s society gets to “fighting the power.” She and Mary are really the only ones in this group of friends to see the ridiculousness of their positions. She’s sharp but not mean.

Peggy Day: 20’s-30s, a newlywed, part of Mary’s coterie. Peggy is the youngest of Mary’s group of friends and hasn’t yet defined a façade to present to society. She broadcasts her marital and financial struggles guilelessly.

Sylvia Fowler: mid-30’s,/ early 40’s (could go a bit older) a society matron, part of Mary’s coterie. Sylvia, though she occupies the exact same societal position as Mary, is her polar opposite. She is sleek and feline but prone to vicious gossip and social maneuvering. She is expert at it. This actress should do well with not only rapid-fire banter but physical comedy.

Edith Potter: mid 30’s - early 40s, a society matron, part of Mary’s coterie. Edith is perpetually pregnant and unhappy, trapped and wallowing in her own self-pity and senseof entitlement. This actress should have great deadpan delivery.

Mary Haines: mid-30’s, a society matron. Mary is the center of the play; it is around her life and troubles that the action of the play revolves. She is strong and amiable and does not (as a rule) indulge in cattiness, self-pity, or materialistic greed. She has it all. She’s the ideal of the period.

Little Mary : Mary’s young daughter - a precocious child, 11ish (should read pre-teen) and at times going on 40.

Mrs. Morehead: 50 – 65 (possibly older), Mary’s mother. Mrs. Morehead is a model patrician, expert in the ways and means of polite society. The advice she offers Mary is always correct; she is kind and loving, but reticent to suffer fools.

Crystal Allen: 25-35, a shopgirl. Crystal is Mary’s rival for the affections of her husband. She is drop-dead gorgeous (though her lack of subtlety reveals her tastes as “cheap”), truly savvy, ruthless, tough as nails, seething with social ambition.

Countess de Lage: 40/50 – ??, a serial bride. The Countess is the eldest of Mary’s friends, and a figure of fun among them. She’s a bit dotty, ridiculously pampered and self-deluded, and relies completely on her faith in “l’amour” to get her through life’s more difficult moments.

Miriam Aarons: 30 – 35, a musical comedy actress. Though, like Crystal, Miriam is an ambitious woman who has risen into society by marriage, her no-nonsense attitude and innate sense of right and wrong set her apart from many of these characters in terms of likeability. She tells it like it is, has no illusions about herself, and pokes holes in the ridiculousness of others.

Jane : 20/30 - Jane is  Mary’s housemaid who lives vicariously and emotionally through the women she encounters in Mary’s company. A great comic character. (may possibly play one or two of the other minor roles)

In addition to these roles, there are a host of characters that will require actors to play multiple roles. Each of these characters only appear once.

  • Hairdresser   
  • Olga – manicurist   
  • Miss Shapiro - Head Saleswoman   
  • Miss Myrtle - a model   
  • 2nd Saleswoman/girl 
  • 1st Salesgirl/FItter    
  • Princess Tamara - a model
  • Corset Model   
  • Exercise Instructress   
  • Maggie - Mary's cook   
  • Miss Watts - Stephen's secretary   
  • Miss Trimmerback - a notary   
  • Nurse    
  • Lucy - caretaker in Reno
  • Helene - Crystal's maid   
  • 1st Girl/Girl in Distress - at nightclub
  • 2nd Girl - at nightclub   
  • 1st Woman - at nightclub
  • 2nd Woman at nightclub   
  • Cigarette Girl - at nightclub   
  • Sadie - bathroom attendant   
  • Dowager at nightclub  
  • Debutante at nightclub

West Orange Arts Council presents "Outlander Inspired"

Outlander Inspired: The Story, The Characters, The Light
by Heidi Sussman

WHEN: January 18, 2020 through February 1, 2020. An Outlander Premiere Party and Artist Reception will take place on Saturday, January 25, 2020 from 5 to 8pm (Snow date 2/1/20). Gallery hours are 90 minutes prior to Luna Stage performances and by appointment.
: West Orange Arts Center, 551 Valley Road, West Orange

Barney Rafferty of the Essex Shillelagh Pipes & Drums will kick off the event which includes an Outlander Trivia Contest, Scotch Tasting and light refreshments.

Outlander Inspired is an exhibit by artist/photographer and Outlander fan Heidi Sussman. The work showcases images captured via cell phone and manipulated to create digital illustrations and one-of-a-kind mixed media art. They tell a visual story of the time traveling 20th-century Claire Fraser and her 18th-century Highlander husband Jamie Fraser, main characters from the popular TV drama, Outlander, inspired by author Diana Gabaldon's novels.

Sussman, a West Orange artist and former WOAC Chairwoman, discovered Outlander a little over a year ago and while watching, was inspired to explore the many dimensions of the characters.  In a darkened room she photographed the action with her cell phone and  then altered the images employing several of her signature image transfer, photo encaustic and digital illustration techniques. 

"As a photographer I am intrigued with how the world, real or imaginary, is lit," says Sussman. "Light becomes its own character whether viewing art as a flat, two dimensional piece, or in motion as in TV or film. The lighting in Outlander is truly spectacular."

As a teaching artist Sussman offers workshops in the various processes she uses to create her art. She is on the faculty of the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey in Summit , and has most recently been invited to present three of her innovative arts workshops this summer at Art Makers Denver. Her local art studio is located in Manufacturers Village, in East Orange.

"I was impressed with Heidi's work and with her unusual way of producing it through active and engaged, rather than passive TV viewing," says WOAC chair Patricia Mitrano. "Whether you are an art lover or an Outlander fan, the intent of this exhibit is to appeal to a diverse audience, to demonstrate inventive techniques and to bring new visitors to our community art gallery."

All are encouraged to  join in the festivities of the world of Outlander and of the West Orange Arts Center.

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"Stories of St. Michaels Farm Preserve" @ D&R Greenway on Jan. 22

D&R Greenway Land Trust invites the public to

Stories of St. Michaels Farm Preserve

WHEN: Wednesday, January 22. Light reception at 6:30 pm; program 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
: D&R Greenway Land Trust’s Johnson Education Center, One Preservation Place, Princeton, 08540.
ADMISSION: free, but please Rsvp: (609) 924-4646 or

Transformation of the land into a community treasure from a former orphanage will feature Josephine  Allen, who once lived at St. Michaels Orphanage, speaking about the healing nature of the land.  (Above: St. Michael’s Barn by Joe Kazimierczyk)

D&R Greenway President Linda Mead will demonstrate stories from a newly installed audio tour of the Hopewell preserve created in honor of the children of St. Michaels, illustrating how families can use this to encourage children to play in nature.  (Right: St. Michael’s Orphanage Girls Softball Game, courtesy of Jack Koeppel)

Wyoming-based Story Clark, founder of the “mission-driven mobile app company,” TravelStorys, will share how D&R Greenway’s innovative tours are inspiring others around the country. The purpose of Story Clark’s company is to “connect people to landscapes and communities.” 

(Left: St. Michael’s Trail by Carl Geisler)

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Art and culture alert...You don't want to miss these events!

Following the screening, artists who knew Gladys Grauer intimately will share the profound impact she had on their work.  Invited panelists include Ben Jones, Danielle Scott, Onnie Strother, Nettie Forne' Thomas, and Adrienne Wheeler.

New Jersey FilmMakers Lab presents Matt Williams

WHEN: Jan. 23, 2020, 6:00pm
Express Newark, Room 312

Matt DV Williams an award winning filmmaker, owner of Risen TV, and founder of I’m So Newark, a media organization focused on positive things happening in and around Newark NJ. He also founded NYC Filmmakers, Newark Short Film Awards, and the Directing Actors Gym.

Matt has done film and video work with Ed Herrmann, Brian Williams NBC, Kathie Lee Gifford (NBC, Hoda Kotb NBC),  Michael K Williams (HBO Boardwalk Empire), Doug E Doug (Cool Running's) Phil Ramone (14 Grammy award recipient, Music Producer) Warrington Hudlin (Producer) production on several film crews including Sopranos, Corners, Ink Master. After being laid off in 2015 Matt DV went full speed with his own Company.

Matt is currently producing a brand-new cable show, and webisode that will be aired weekly on Cable and the internet. I'm So Newark, and Webisode name TBD. I’m So Newark is a Non-Profit dedicated to training young adults in the art of capturing and editing digital images, and storytelling though new media.

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 join us for this free lab.

Click here to register for this free session!

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Friday, January 17, 2020



WHEN: Wednesday, March 4th, 2020 at 7 pm; Saturday, March 7th, 2020 at 10 am; Call Backs (by invitation only) will take place on Saturday, March 14th, 2020 at 10 am
: SOPAC (South Orange Performing Arts Center), 1 SOPAC Way,
South Orange

Auditions are open to REGISTERED actors only

Please register for an audition date using this form. 

Performances will be on July 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 2020

For further information about audition requirements and roles, click on the "Learn More" button below.




WHEN: Friday, January 24, at 7:00PM, Saturday, January 25, at 2:00PM and 7:00PM, and Sunday, January 26, at 2:00PM.
Fair Lawn Community Center’s George Frey auditorium, 10-10 20th Street in Fair Lawn
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or contact Aspire PAC at 201-220-4933 or

Loosely based on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, All Shook Up uses the music of Elvis Presley to take the audience on a hip-swiveling musical fantasy. It takes place in 1955, somewhere in middle America, where one girl's dream and a surprise visit from a mysterious leather-jacketed, guitar-playing stranger help a small town to discover the magic of romance and the power of rock & roll. Among the 24 songs featured in the score are classics like "Heartbreak Hotel," "Love Me Tender," "Don't Be Cruel," "Can't Help Falling in Love.”

Aspire PAC’s production of All Shook Up is directed by Benjamin Yates and features musical direction by Rich Lovallo and choreography by Alyssa Ross. Cheryl Wilbur serves as Production Manager and Katelyn Bollinger is Stage Manager.  

Aspire PAC, established in 2011, has earned a strong reputation in the Northern New Jersey area for its high-quality theatrical productions and professional arts experiences for local youth. Since 2016, Aspire has received eight New Jersey Association of Community Theaters (NJACT) Award nominations, five Broadway World Regional nominations, and 45 National Youth Arts Award nominations and 25 National Youth Arts Awards. For more information on Aspire PAC, visit or find Aspire on social media @aspirepac.

Tony Winner Alice Ripley in Holmdel for 2 Performances Only

Holmdel Theatre Company

Little Women the Musical

WHEN: January 30, 2020, and January 31, 2020, 8 PM
: Duncan Smith Theatre, 36 Crawfords Corner Road, Holmdel
TICKETS: $50 and can be purchased at or by calling the Box Office at 732-946-0427
For more information on The Pink Unicorn, visit

Holmdel Theatre Company (HTC) has announced that Tony Award Winner Alice Ripley will reprise her groundbreaking role of Trisha Lee in their upcoming production of Elise Forier Edie’s The Pink Unicorn, set to run at The Duncan Smith Theater, with Director Amy E. Jones at the helm. Tickets are on sale now.

Trisha Lee is a Christian widow living in a conservative Texas town. Her life is suddenly upended when her 14-year-old daughter Jolene announces she is “genderqueer” and starting a chapter of the Gay and Straight Alliance at the local high school. In The Pink Unicorn, Trisha recounts her story about facing a crisis she never saw coming, at a time when transgender people and gender issues weren't even on her radar.

Praised as “profound” by The New Yorker and “[a] real treat” by The New York Times, The Pink Unicorn is a timely, glowing story of courageous activism and acceptance that needs to be told, now more than ever. “Alice Ripley is simultaneously radiant and real”, Theatre Is Easy raves of Alice Ripley’s performance in what Gay City News refers to as “an extraordinary, spellbinding solo show”. The Pink Unicorn was originally produced in Washington, D.C. by DogTown Theatre in 2013 and has been performed throughout the U.S. and Canada, including a run at United Solo Theatre Festival in New York, where Elise Forier Edie won “Best Storyteller.”

“I am so excited to revisit The Pink Unicorn with Holmdel Theatre Company”, remarked Producing Consultant and Out of the Box Theatrics’ Artistic Director Liz Flemming, adding, “I can’t wait to tell this important and timely story with the brilliant Alice Ripley and this incredible team again.”

“We’re thrilled to have Alice Ripley back in the Barn,” said HTC Executive Director Colleen Cook, who is also on board as a Producer of The Pink Unicorn. Ripley is returning to HTC for the first time since kicking off their Broadway at the Barn series at her sold-out solo cabaret performance on June 20, 2019.

Alice Ripley won critical acclaim for her standout performance as Diana Goodman in the Pulitzer Prize-winning Next to Normal, the role for which she took home the 2009 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical.

The creative team for The Pink Unicorn includes stage manager Tina Scariano.

The Pink Unicorn with Alice Ripley was produced Off-Broadway in April 2018 with Out of the Box Theatrics and was later produced and developed for an extended run in collaboration with Nancy Manocherian’s, the cell (Artistic Director - Kira Simring).

January Paint Nights for Kids, Adults in Allamuchy

Paint Nights

WHEN: January 30th—6:30 Kids, 7:00 Adult Wine and Paint (BYOB)

All Supplies and Professional Instruction Included

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Pianist James Austin, Jr. to Lead Quartet at NJ Jazz Society's January Social

Pianist James Austin, Jr.

WHEN: Sunday, January 19. Doors open at 2:30 p.m.; the music starts at 3 p.m.
: Shanghai Jazz is located at 24 Main St. in Madison
ADMISSION: free for NJJS members; $10 for non-members. There is a $10 food/beverage minimum for all attendees.

Pianist James Austin, Jr.'s debut album on his Jca Records label in 2018 was called Songs in the Key of Wonder, paying tribute to Stevie Wonder. Geannine Reid, reviewing it for All About Jazz, wrote that Austin's arrangements "focus deeply on the colorization and appealing flavor of Wonder's mainstay hits." On Wonder's big hit, "Isn't She Lovely", Reid pointed out that Austin, "infuses the melody while invoking a solid rhythm within his lines," and on "Lately", "Austin's delicate touch is emotive and heartfelt. It speaks to his ability to create a melodic, yet colorful texture to the tune."

Originally from Chicago, Austin studied under the legendary pianist Barry Harris. He currently curates and leads the New Jersey Performing Arts Center's Jazz Jam series and serves as Musical Director for vocalist Alexis Morrast. He is a former semi-finalist in the Thelonius Monk International Jazz Piano competition and served as pianist and arranger for two concerts at Carnegie Hall led by Ray Chew, current Music Director of ABC's Dancing With the Stars.

Austin will lead a quartet at the New Jersey Jazz Society's monthly Jazz Social at Shanghai Jazz. Other members of the quartet are: bassist Ben Rubens, a resident of West Orange; guitarist Charlie Sigler; and drummer Jeremy Warren.

Funding for the New Jersey Jazz Society Socials has been made possible in part by Morris Arts through the N.J. State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.


Sam Reider and the Human Hands

WHEN: Saturday, January 25th @ 8:00 pm
: Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center at 715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown
TICKETS: $27.50 for adults and $17.50 for students and children under 12 in advance. As with all concerts, jazz and special programs, ticket prices increase $5.00 on the day of the event.
For more information or to purchase tickets visit or call the Centenary Stage Company box office at (908) 979 – 0900. The box office is located in the Lackland Performing Arts Center at 715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown, NJ on the campus of Centenary University. The box office is open Monday through Friday from 1 – 5PM and two hours prior to every event.

A jazz pianist turned folk musician, Sam Reider has spent the last eight years redefining American roots music on the accordion. He is an award-winning composer, multi-instrumentalist and singer that is making waves at the intersection of the jazz and Americana worlds. Reider was awarded "Best Americana Album" by the Independent Music Awards for his work with Silver City Bound and has toured as a musical ambassador for the U.S. Department of State in eight countries overseas.

The Human Hands are a collective of virtuoso acoustic musicians based in New York City who have developed a cultish following and a reputation for mind-bending sets of high-energy, improvised music. This groups includes some of the finest artists in American roots music: Violinist Alex Hargreaves (Turtle Island Quartet, Sarah Jarosz, Béla Fleck), saxophonist Eddie Barbash (Late Night with Stephen Colbert, Jon Batiste and Stay Human), guitarist Grant Gordy (David Grisman, Darol Anger, Aoife O'Donovan), mandolinist Dominick Leslie (Michael Daves, Tony Trischka, Deadly Gentleman), guitarist Roy Williams (Stephane Wrembel), and bassist Dave Speranza (Jim Campilongo).