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Monday, December 11, 2017

Glenn Miller Orchestra at SOPAC and Strand in Lakewood

It's time to get 'In the Christmas Mood' as the world-famous Glenn Miller Orchestra breaks open the vault of holiday music. You'll hear the Miller Christmas classics "Jingle Bells" and "Sleigh Ride," as well as popular Glenn Miller favorites such as "In the Mood," "Moonlight Serenade," "American Patrol," "Little Brown Jug" and "Tuxedo Junction."

12/12/17 7:30 PM The Strand Theatre Lakewood, NJ

12/15/17 8:00 PM SOPAC South Orange, NJ

David Sedaris’ Holiday One-Act Play This Sunday Only in Fair Lawn

The Santaland Diaries on stage this Sunday

On Stage This Sunday Only in Fair Lawn

Skyline Theatre Company, Bergen County’s most established professional theatre company and in residence at the Fair Lawn Community Center in Bergen County’s Fair Lawn, presents “The Santaland Diaries” this Sunday only at 3:00pm.

Based on an essay by David Sedaris first read on National Public Radio in 1992, The Santaland Diaries was adapted for the stage as a one-man, one-act play by Joe Mantello and debuted in 1996. It is the humorous account of Sedaris’ stint working as a Christmas elf in Macy’s Santaland in 1989.

Morgan Billings Smith in Skyline's The Santaland DiariesSkyline’s production features Morgan Billings Smith portraying the David Sedaris character, which is very rarely performed by an actress. The production is directed by David C. Neal.

Skyline Theatre Company’s professional theatrical production will be presented Sunday, December 17 at 3:00pm at the George Frey Center for Arts and Recreation in the Fair Lawn Community Center, 10-10 20th Street, in Bergen County’s Fair Lawn. The play contains mature content and is not recommended for pre-teenaged children.

Individual tickets prices range from $20 to $29 and are on sale through Skyline’s online box office at and its in-person box office at 800-474-1299. For ticket reservations or for more information about Skyline go to All performances take place at the George Frey Center for Arts and Recreation in the Fair Lawn Community Center in Fair Lawn, NJ. More information is also available via our social media platforms on Facebook at SkylineTheatreCo and on Twitter @SkylineBergen.

About Skyline Theatre Company

Founded in 1995, Skyline Theatre Company’s mission is to bring together professional artists to create quality theatre that entertains and inspires an audience. We make commitments to the education of young people in all aspects of the arts and to cultivating and nurturing new artists and their works.

Skyline Theatre Company is a proud Associate Member of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance. As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, Skyline Theatre Company depends on private donations, corporate sponsorships, grants, and supportive audiences to fund its programming. Funding is made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on Arts/Department of State, through grant funds administered by the Bergen County Department of Parks, Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs.

Skyline Theatre Company enjoys warm support for bringing inspirational, professional theatre to Bergen County and Northern New Jersey.

More information can be found at or on Facebook at SkylineTheatreCo and Twitter @SkylineBergen.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Guest Review: ‘Christmas Cards: Letters to Santa’ at Chatham Playhouse

by Ruth Ross (

Image may contain: 1 person, standingIt’s an off year for their biennial holiday production of A Christmas Carol, so the Chatham Community Players have reprised their 2013 offering, Christmas Cards, by G. David Post. While I didn’t see the original, I am decidedly underwhelmed by the production currently onstage at the black box playhouse on North Passaic Avenue in Chatham.

Subtitled Letters to Santa and featuring a sketch by guest playwright Steven Ruskin, the 2017 version of Christmas Cards suffers from Amy Sellars’ sluggish direction, meandering scripts that often go nowhere and actors who do not project their voices enough to be heard over the rustling of candy wrappers and popcorn consumed by the youngsters in the audience.

The 10 playlets and four letters mostly fall flat, although a few approach charm and humor. Connie Masterson’s droll letter asking Santa (above) for items decorated by a rainbow unicorn (who knew there could be so many?) opens the show with promise. Unfortunately, I can barely recall the other letters except to say that the writers (Andrew Palmieri, Molly Farrell and Aidan English, and Howard Fisher) narrate them with composure and ease.

Image may contain: one or more people and indoorThe opening skit, “A Different Kind of Claus” features a Jewish boy, Marc (Andrew Palmieri, wearing a yarmulke) who approaches a department store Santa (Howard Fischer) with a request that he visit their home (in an old Mercedes instead of the de rigueur sleigh) so his little brother Josh won’t be disappointed. What could have been a charming scene is marred by Post’s invocation of two distasteful stereotypes: Sounding like a slick businessman, Marc tells Santa he should “expand his horizons,” and the old Mercedes reference plays into the idea of the penny-pinching Jew. I found both offensive and inappropriate for a community playhouse filled with families and children at holiday time.

Image may contain: 2 people, people standing and indoorThe second sketch, “A String of Pearls,” involves newly married Bill (David Kapferer) who brings a variety of gifts—all deemed inappropriate, according to the mall wrapper Pearl (Maria Brodeur), because of their practicality, color and impersonality. Over four visits, she schools the young man about what to buy a wife to make her feel valued and feminine. The surprise ending is a nice touch; too bad playwright Post used a similar version less effectively in “Todd Bless Ye Merry Gentleman,” starring Prestera and Julie Anne Nolan. In each instance, Nolan plays a daughter/sister who makes a startling discovery; her angry delivery overshadows the poignancy of the situation and derails the endings.

Image may contain: 2 people, outdoor and nature“Stupid Bobby Harris” feels interminable, as three kids (Aidan English, Molly Farrell and Julia Hearne) camp in their yard in hopes of taking a photo of Santa as he visits, repeating the title mantra over and over as they cavort around the stage. “Dear Santa” by Steven Ruskin addresses a similar situation, only this time the kids (with Masterson replacing Farrell) are in their bedroom, ostensibly asleep but jumping up to write letters to St. Nick in between their mother’s opening the door to check on them. The similarity of both playlets dulls their effect.

Image may contain: 2 people, people standing and people on stage“Thief of the North Pole” addresses the reason Santa’s sleigh/reindeer can fly by framing it as a crime story involving the Arab Ali (played by a scenery-chewing Prestera) who has come seeking someone called Dolly Ma-kar (a dolly-making elf played by Farrell), who has ostensibly stolen his magic carpet. The resolution of the problem could serve as a good lesson to the current Congress as it tries to craft laws!

Image may contain: 2 people, people standing and nightThe ghostly “The Haunting of Tannenbaum” features George Bailey (Prestera) and Clarence “the Angel” Odbody(Post) watching “It’s a Wonderful Life” as Natalie (Joëlle Bochner (left) and Kelly (Nolan) are visited, respectively, by specters of Mom (Ginny Crooks) and Stan (Kapferer)—one, baking cookies and the other, decorating a small tree. The premise could have been charming, but the action feels endless, and at first, it’s difficult the spooky situations aren’t obvious.

“Really? One of Those?” addresses the introduction of a new pet into a household at Christmastime. The reactions of the animals already residing there (Hearne as the kitty Tinkerbell, Post as Fernando the Chihuahua and Masterson as the new unnamed puppy) are quite comical, but Brodeur’s elegant, snooty cat Sparkle steals the show. Crooks gamely attempts to keep peace among her furry friends.

Image may contain: 1 person, standing and nightThe best written (and performed) sketch is “8 Little Angels,” beautifully performed by Bochner (left) with superb timing and an ability to voice various characters. Post provides the onstage sound effects in this standout performance.

However, the final playlet, “The Three Christmas Witshes,” drags on and on as three crones, reminiscent of those in Macbeth, attempt to steal a letter sent to the post office for delivery to the North Pole. The point of the plot is completely lost on me; all I can recall is 12 actors talking over each other and witches sinuously moving around the stage.

Because their productions are uneven and often involve folks with very little to no previous acting experience, I hesitate to review community theaters, but for the past 21 years, the Chatham Community Players has been at the top of my list. I have been consistently impressed by their professionalism and, since the 2009-2010 season, the expansion of their dramatic vision by producing more modern, edgy dramas, like Pillowman and Angels in America. And during the same period, I have seen myriad productions of A Christmas Carol, which never gets old.

However, on a dramatic level, this production of Christmas Cards: A Letter to Santa disappoints. Oh, the child actors are cute and work very hard (as do several adult actors), but the material is thin and not really worthy of this usually fine troupe. Post (and Ruskin) strive mightily to capture the flavor of the season, but some editing for repetition and tightening of the scripts would serve the production well.

Christmas Cards: A Letter to Santa will be performed through December 16 at the Chatham Playhouse, 23 N. Passaic Ave., Chatham. For information and tickets, call the box office at 973.635.7363 or visit online.

Two dates remain for You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown at Edison Valley Playhouse

Director - Eric C. Schwarz
Musical Director - Jim Sabo
Choreographer - Anthony David Ward

WHEN: Remaining dates- Friday & Saturday December 15, 16, 2017 at 8 PM
Edison Valley Playhouse, 2196 Oak Tree Rd., Edison
TICKETS: Adults $20; Students, Seniors, Military personnel $15
To reserve and pay for your tickets online go to: ORDER TICKETS
To reserve tickets for pickup and payment on the night of the show, call the box office at 908-755-4654 and leave a message with your name, date of the show you wish to attend, the number of tickets needed, and your phone number. Pay for your tickets when you arrive to pick them up on the night of the show. You will only receive a call back if there is a problem with your reservation.

Come and see this charming musical that shows an average day in the life of Charlie Brown and your favorite Peanuts characters. It is a day made up of little moments picked from all the days of Charlie Brown. From Valentine's Day to the baseball season, from wild optimism to utter despair, all mixed in with the lives of his friends (both human and non-human) and strung together on the string of a single day, from bright uncertain morning to hopeful starlit evening.  Run time about 2 hours with intermission.

Starring: April Coleen, Alexis Grace, Elle Michaeli, Andrew Mullis, Anthony David Ward, Ryan Winn

Studio Players to present hit comedy ‘Almost Maine’ in March

Almost Maine

By John Cariani

Directed by Amy Fox

Come enjoy what The New York Times called “A comedy comprising almost a dozen two-character vignettes exploring the sudden thunderclap of love and the scorched earth that sometimes follows”. Using a series of eleven short scenes following nine different stories, this charming, delightful, and funny play explores love and loss with a touch of realism in a remote, mythical almost-town called Almost, Maine.

March 9*, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24

Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8:00pm
Sundays at 3:00pm
*Opening Night, Buy 1, get 1 Free

Tickets are $20 for adults and $17 for students/seniors, and can be ordered at Brown Paper Tickets or by calling our box office at 973-744-9752.


VISIT:  for current production


Friday, December 8, 2017

Evening of One-Act Plays at Chester Theatre Group


3 Dates · Dec 8 - Dec 10

One Weekend Only!

Chester Theatre Group

Directors, Rachel Lichter and George Seylaz present 5 comedy one act plays for a night of relationships, dating, marriage, babies and a cowboy in a coffin! One weekend only so make your reservations now!


Black-River-Playhouse-chesterGetting to CTG


Take Route 206 south into Chester Borough and turn left at the light onto West Main Street (Rt. 24). Go approx. 1/4 mile and turn right onto Grove Street. The theater is located 1 block ahead on the right, at the corner of Maple Avenue. Our building is a restored, historic farmhouse painted yellow.


Take Route 206 north into Chester Borough and turn right at the light onto West Main Street (Rt. 24). Go approx. 1/4 mile and turn right onto Grove Street. The theater is located 1 block ahead on the right, at the corner of Maple Avenue. Our building is a restored, historic farmhouse painted yellow.


There is limited parking behind our theater (entrances on both Maple Avenue and Grove Street), and alongside our building on Maple Avenue. Our guests are permitted to park in the lot at Grove Street Park, one block south of our building along Grove Street. Ample street parking is also available and we advise all of our guests to strictly observe local parking regulations.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

JCTC-KIDS’ Heart-Warming, International Holiday Tale with Shadows


The children’s programming division of Jersey City Theater Center (JCTC) is presenting an international tale bound to make any holiday season complete.

JCTC-KIDS Presents Shadow Theatre is a live, story-telling experience where fairytales, folklore and children’s literature from around the world are performed using shadow puppets – a form of puppetry that dates back to ancient times.  The visually evocative, hand-crafted silhouettes and other forms of shadow puppetry are manipulated by trained shadow puppeteers and accompanied by professional actors and musicians. The result is engaging and dreamlike, a unique form of storytelling and children’s theater rarely seen in today’s world.

“Families, not just in Jersey City and Hudson County, but from throughout the Tristate area have been very supportive of JCTC-KIDS programing,” said Olga Levina, Artistic Director, JCTC. “Parents have asked us for more programming and with Shadow Theatre we have found quality work that emphasizes diversity and positive messages. With JCTC-KIDS Presents Shadow Theatre, the stories we will be telling will be taken from folklore from all around the lore and told through one of the oldest forms of storytelling, Shadow Theatre.”

The first production of JCTC-KIDS Presents Shadow Theatre is a wintery, holiday tale from Scandinavia –Mishka, a beloved story about a little teddy bear who runs away from the house of a spoiled little girl. Walking alone in the forest, he discovers the joy of living in the world and meets an actual reindeer! But tonight is Christmas, when everyone is generous and kind, and Mishka realizes he must give up what he holds most dear - his newly found freedom – to stay with a sick little boy.

The stories themselves come from around the globe, each carefully chosen for originality, poetic narrative and themes of humanity, tolerance, and mutual understanding.  JCTC-KIDS Presents Shadow Theatre stories are selected for the relevance to today’s kids and the life-lessons taught by the subject matter. the aim is for kids to become global citizens by traveling to different nations and experiencing different cultures through stories and theatre.

JCTCKIDS_Mishika_pressrelease-pressphoto_MARION jpg (1)Marion Schoevaert – Educational Program Coordinator at JCTC and creator of Shadow Theatre (photo) – is an international theater professional with more than 25-years experience as a director, producer and choreographer, and has worked in  New York, Seoul and throughout France. For the past 13 years, Marion has created shadow puppet plays in collaboration with the New York Philharmonic (33 sold out performances!). The music and narration for Mishka  is provided by Tiphanie Doucet, an internationally known singer/songwriter ( who is  a regular performer on Spirit Cruises and appeared in the French TV series Chante!, a Gallic version of Glee.

“In making theater for the young audience, I always strive to base stories on today's life, to create performances using many different artistic forms in order to encourage our children to dream,” said Schoevaert. “Shadow Theatre and its music and storytelling is a rich theatrical experience which will captivate kids and parents alike." 

Mishka performances are held in the black box theater at Merseles Studios, which Studios features an inviting, welcoming and comfortable theater space. A truly interactive theater experience for children, Mishka includes performances, workshops and post-show shadow puppet demonstration with a Question & Answer Session.

Family shows of Mishka are held Saturdays, 2:00pm. JCTC-KIDS also schedules special school shows of Mishka during the week: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10-11am.  Mishka runs from December 16 to January 13.

The final show of JCTC-KIDS presents The Prince & The Magic Flute by Puppetworks takes place Sunday, December 10,  at 1:00pm at Merseles Studios. Puppetworks resumes programming on Sunday, February 18 with Pinocchio (school and group shows with discounted pricing  of Pinocchio are also be available). 

In 2018, JCTC will be presenting complete weekends of programming for children (3-12) on Saturdays at 2:00pm (Shadow Theatre) and Sundays at 1:00pm (Puppetworks), not to mention soon to be announced, family friendly productions at White Eagle Hall. “JCTC is committed to affordable programming for families and children,” added Levina. “Theater and the arts should be for all people, no how matter how old they or if they can afford to go into Manhattan or not.”

December 16 to January 15
Family Shows: Saturdays 2:00pm
School Shows: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday Friday 10:00am

Advance Tickets/online sales: $9 for children; $10 for adults. At the door: $12 and $15 

Tickets: School & group Sales: $8 per child (groups of 20 or more)

To purchase tickets visit:
To book school groups for Mishka: contact Marion Schoevaert/, (917) 935-1595

Jersey City Theater Center
Merseles Studios
339 Newark Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07302
(201) 795-5386 

Photos: Marion Schoevaert and Mishka

NJSO Winter Festival Week II, America, Inspiring: Ravel & Rachmaninoff

Montclair resident Terrence Wilson performs Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G

Program features Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances, NJSO premiere of Martinů’s Thunderbolt P-47

NJSO Accents include Performance & Painting, wine tasting, panel discussion

Fri, Jan 19, at Richardson Auditorium in Princeton

Sat, Jan 20, at State Theatre New Jersey in New Brunswick

Sun, Jan 21, at NJPAC in Newark

NEWARK, NJ—The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra presents the second program of the 2018 Winter Festival, “America, Inspiring,” January 19–21 in Princeton, New Brunswick and Newark. The influence of American jazz runs through Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major and Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances; Czech composer Martinů pays homage his adopted home inThunderbolt P-47, heard in its NJSO premiere.

Montclair resident Terrence Wilson performs Ravel’s concerto; Andrew Constantine conducts.

Performances take place on Friday, January 19, at 8 pm at Richardson Auditorium in Princeton; Saturday, January 20, at 8 pm at State Theatre New Jersey in New Brunswick; and Sunday, January 21, at 3 pm at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark.

The 2018 Winter Festival highlights the myriad ways America has inspired not only those who call it home but also those who have visited its welcoming shores. Leveraging the power of art to transcend differences, a series of NJSO Accents and special events further explore the immigrant experience and how foreign artists have illustrated American inspiration in their work.

NJSO Accent events include two pre-concert panels (January 19 and 21) hosted by Naomi Lewin, who discusses with a panel of experts the political climate in Europe that drove many of the Winter Festival’s composers to come to America. After the January 21 performance, patrons can watch creative inspiration in action as artist Ken Ahlering paints in response to a performance by the NJSO Chamber Players.

A pre-concert wine tasting on January 20 features wine and music expert Ron Merlino. Tickets for this Accent event are $15; reservations are required. More information is available

For more information on the Winter Festival and related events, visit


Tickets start at $20 and are available for purchase online at or by phone at 1.800.ALLEGRO (255.3476).


Get the most from the Winter Festival with a Festival Pass! For just $150 you get a prime seat for any—or all—of the nine Festival concerts, a ticket to one of the chamber music concerts, complimentary entry to either wine tasting and a reserved front-row seat for all Festival Accent events.


Winter Festival Week II – Ravel & Rachmaninoff

Fri, Jan 19, at 8 pm | Richardson Auditorium in Princeton

Sat, Jan 20, at 8 pm | State Theatre New Jersey in New Brunswick

Sun, Jan 21, at 3 pm | NJPAC in Newark

Andrew Constantine, conductor

Terrence Wilson, piano

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

MARTINŮ Thunderbolt P-47 (NJSO Premiere)

RAVEL Piano Concerto in G Major

RACHMANINOFF Symphonic Dances


Panel Discussion—Fri, Jan 19, at 6:45 pm and Sun, Jan 21, at 1:45 pm

Host Naomi Lewin and a panel of experts discuss the political climate in Europe that drove so many of the Winter Festival’s composers to come to America.

Wine Tasting—Sat, Jan 20, before the concert

Join wine and music expert Ron Merlino in an exclusive tasting of wines made of old-world grapes in new-world soil. $15 for the tasting, reservations required.

Performance & Painting—Sun, Jan 21, after the concert

Watch creative inspiration in action as artist Ken Ahlering ( paints in response to a performance by the NJSO Chamber Players.

Full concert information is available at

Sleigh Ride with the Paper Mill Broadway Show Choir

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

‘The Calling’ A Psychological Thriller at NJ Rep

                       Ames Adamson and Jared Michael Delaney

 New Jersey Repertory Company opens its 2018 season of new plays with the world premiere of The Calling (January 4 – February 4, 2018), directed by Evan Bergman (Jericho) and starring Ames Adamson (Butler) and Jared Michael Delaney (Mad Love). Joel Stone’s thought-provoking and delightfully quick-witted thriller was commissioned by Stage Exchange (Stage X), a partnership formed between NJPAC and the New Jersey Theatre Alliance to develop cutting-edge works by notable New Jersey playwrights. NJ Rep is located at 179 Broadway in Long Branch.

Father Dan is preparing to lock up after Mrs. Callahan’s funeral. Having dispatched his parishioner’s soul to its eternal reward and her mourners to their next stops, his work is done for the day. Or so he assumes, unaware that an epic and life-changing test of his faith and convictions lies ahead and, in fact, lies asleep at that moment in one of the pews.

Carl is an ICU nurse who cared for the deceased during her final days. He’s burned out and desperately searching for something: answers, relief, absolution? Maybe even revenge on a God that would choose to be so cruel. The front-row seat on suffering that comes with Carl’s job has put him at odds with Father Dan’s more transcendent views on the subject. Each deeply devoted to his calling, a comfortable man of the cloth and a troubled man of medicine take on life’s biggest questions in a heart-pounding, mind-bending battle of wits that arrives at a shocking conclusion.

Under the direction of Evan Bergman (Jericho, The Substance of Bliss), Ames Adamson returns to NJ Rep to play Father Dan. (Adamson originated the role of Civil War General Benjamin Butler in Butler that had its world premiere at NJ Rep and its subsequent Off-Broadway debut at 59E59 Theaters). Father Dan meets his match in Carl, played by another audience favorite, Jared Michael Delaney (seen last season in Mad Love and Multiple Family Dwelling). Joel Stone is an award-winning playwright (Horrors of Doctor Moreau, The Speck of Dust in Bugsy’s Eye), former Artist Director of NYC’s Theatre Asylum and current literary manager at NJ Rep.

Tickets, Subscriptions, Reservations

The Calling runs January 4 through February 4, 2018. Previews are Thursday and Friday, January 4th and 5th at 8pm, and Saturday, January 6 at 3pm. Opening night with reception is Saturday, January 6 at 8pm. Performances are Thursdays and Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays at 3pm and 8pm; and Sundays at 2pm, through February 4, 2018. Tickets are $46 (opening night, $60; premium seating +$5). Annual subscriptions are $225 per person, and include unlimited attendance of all shows and staged readings. Reservations by phone: 732-229-3166 or online at


Writers Theatre of N J’s annual reading series starts January 2 with ‘The Patriot ‘ (UPDATED)

A New Year Brings New Plays to NJ

Madison, NJ —  Writers Theatre of New Jersey’s annual Soundings reading series will kick off on January 2 with Pulitzer Prize nominee, Joe Sutton, sharing his latest play, “The Patriot,” at the Dreyfuss Theatre on the Madison campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University. The series will run through January 15, showcasing one new play each night, and will feature plays from Kilroy Award winner, Donna Hoke; Emmy winner, Hal Corley; and eleven other talented writers. There will be a discussion after each performance where the audience is invited to talk with the playwright and the director about the play.

This year’s plays are:

Tuesday, January 2 – “The Patriot” by Joe Sutton

Wednesday, January 3 – “Like Saltwater” by Pia Wilson

Thursday, January 4 – “Nichiiwad” by Hal Corley

Friday, January 5 – “Hurricane Colleen” by Tammy Ryan

Saturday, January 6 – “And Their Sons, Too...” by Seth Rozin

Sunday, January 7 – “Encounters” by Yasmine Rana

Monday, January 8 – “Memoirs of a Forgotten Man” by D.W. Gregory

Tuesday, January 9 – “Teach” by Donna Hoke

Wednesday, January 10 –  “Wolf at the Door” by Richard Dresser

Thursday, January 11 – “Redux” by Rob Zellers

Friday, January 12 – “Ghost Story” by Lia Romeo

Saturday, January 13 – “The Excavation of Mary Anning” by Ian August

Sunday, January 14 – “The Real Story” by Robert Clyman

Monday, January 15 – “Branwell (and the other Brontës): an autobiography edited by Charlotte Brontë” by Stephen Kaplan

“We are working on an extraordinary group of plays this year, many of whom are by writers familiar to WTNJ audiences, including Seth Rozin, who wrote “Two Jews Walk into a War,” D.W. Gregory, the author of “Radium Girls,” Richard Dresser who wrote “Augusta,” Tammy Ryan, author of “Lost Boy Found in Whole Foods,” and Robert Clyman who wrote “Where the Sun Never Sets,”” said Artistic Director John Pietrowski. “As always, we will follow up the readings with the quality discussions our audiences have come to expect.”

Staged readings, like those in the Soundings series, allow playwrights to hear their work read aloud by professional actors and to see the reaction of audiences to their play; the performances and reaction help the playwright determine what changes, if any, are needed to further develop the script. For audiences, this is a way to become part of the creative process and to help shape brand new plays. It’s also an inexpensive way to see a lot of great, professional theatre close to home.

Soundings will be held at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Dreyfuss Theatre, on the university’s Madison, New Jersey campus, and each performance will begin promptly at 7 PM. The readings are free with a suggested donation of $10 or you can purchase a Soundings pass for $25, which gets you into all fourteen readings.

For more information on the individual plays and playwrights and for tickets, please visit the theatre’s Soundings page by clicking here.

For more information on any of Writers Theatre’s programs, please visit or contact Writers Theatre at P.O. Box 1295, Madison, NJ, 07940, 973-514-1787 x20 or

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Auditions: Strollers of Maplewood Dec. 4 & 5


Director Carol Cornicelli is seeking a multi-ethnic cast of adults, teens and child actors who can sing for:

The ELECTRONIC DRAGON is a musical fantasy for the whole family.  George Jones, a young actor in 1984, finds himself magically transported to the year 2020, where life in America is very much like one continuous Sci-Fi TV program. 

Book by Lee Frank Turner with additional material by Carol Cornicelli

Music by Joshua Stone, Lyrics by James Beloff

Musical Direction by Ebony Wiggins

Auditions are Mon, Dec 4 and Tues, Dec 5 from 7:30-9:30P (callbacks are Fri, Dec 8 at 7:30P)
at theBurgdorff Center, 10 Durand Rd, Maplewood, NJ  07040

Come prepared to sing a song (bring sheet music) and to do some movement.  Script sides will be provided.

Rehearsals are generally Mon, Tues and Thurs evenings from 7:30 – 9:30P (young children can leave earlier).   There is a break for the holidays.

Performances are Fri, Feb 2 & 9 at 7:00P, Sat & Sun, Feb 3 & 4 and 10 & 11 at 2:00P.

Character Break-Down [Note: All characters can be any ethnicity.]:

George Jones (early 20’s-early 30’s) – idealistic actor from 1984. (1 solo, lead in a group song, 1 duet)

Our Leader (any age from 25 up) – charismatic female talk-show-host turned “President.”  (Lead in 2 songs.)

Jane – OL’s comedic side-kick. (Duet and ensemble)

Henrietta 045-72-0869-F (40+) – married to Harvey, mother to Miranda and Henry; the dutiful housewife and mother who once was a librarian. (2 duets plus ensemble)

Harvey 069-73-4512-M (40+) – married to Henrietta, father to Miranda and Henry.  A recently unemployed doctor. (2 songs plus ensemble)

Miranda 425-62-7311-F (late teens-early 20’s) – Henrietta and Harvey’s daughter.  A dreamer and doodler who is not as absorbed by technology.  (2 duets with solo sections plus ensemble)

Henry (late teens-early 20’s) – Henrietta and Harvey’s son who is sullen and silent until…  (Ensemble)

TV Actors: Ensemble of adults, teens and children who act in commercials and play other featured roles.  (Ensemble with harmony, some featured solos, commercial jingles - lots to do!)

For more information about The Strollers, go to or email us at

We hope to see you next week!


The Strollers

PO Box 83

Maplewood, NJ 07040

Find us online!


Friday, December 1, 2017

Auditions: ‘Father’ in Manhattan Sunday!

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Call for ACTORS -
this SUNDAY DEC 3-
5:30- 9:30pm
Dramatists Guild Foundation

FATHER by Coni Koepfinger (photo)

Directed by Amos Dreisbach

FATHER is a memory play, told by Fr. Frank. Set in the present, only he can see the ghosts of the other characters whose lives he help to ruin by his then narrow perception.

Non-equity actors for various roles in FATHER as part of a short play festival being performed at the Manhattan Repertory Theatre.

Fr. Frank (LEAD): Male, 20 - 35, ​A Catholic Priest now forlorn, seeking to make meaning of his life and purpose; Ethnicity: White
Dale (LEAD): Male, 20 - 35, ​A long-distance truck driver, a loner wearing the scars of his horrible past on his face​, uneducated, Rural Southern accent; Ethnicity: White
Woman (SUPPORTING): Female, 30 - 50, Ethnicity: All Ethnicities
Girl (SUPPORTING): Female, Ethnicity: All Ethnicities
Little Girl (SUPPORTING): Female, Ethnicity: All Ethnicities
Judge (SUPPORTING): Any Gender, 30 - 60, Ethnicity: All Ethnicities

What To Prepare
Prepare a contemporary dramatic monologue.

Where & When
Sunday, December 3, 2017
Dramatist Guild Foundation
Music Hall
356 West 40th Street

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