Monday, October 20, 2014

Strollers to present ‘Clybourne Park’ in November


The Strollers, the Community Theater in Residence at the Burgdorff Center for The Performing Arts in Maplewood, is presenting in November the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Clybourne Park, by Bruce Norris, directed by Cynthia S. Ross.

Taking characters from Lorraine Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun", this razor-sharp new dramedy takes a jab at race and real estate in a fictional Chicago neighborhood.

The play begins in 1959 as a black family moves into a white enclave. Act Two takes us back to the same house in 2009 as gentrification sets in and the roles are reversed. One agile ensemble of actors play two sets of characters in the play The Washington Post deemed "one of its feistiest, funniest evenings in years."

Performance Dates
Friday, November 7th at 8pm
Saturday, November 8th at 8pm
Sunday, November 9th at 2pm*
Friday, November 14th at 8pm
Saturday, November 15th at 8pm
*The Sunday matinee will be signed for the hearing impaired.

c1301d73fcffb60e5d51cbd019dfaa3cPerformance Venue ; The Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts, 10 Durand Road, Maplewood, NJ 07040

Tickets ; Adults - $20, Seniors/Students - $15
To purchase tickets .org or or call the Box Office at 973-761-8453

Skyline Theatre Company’s production of ‘tick, tick…BOOM!’ to play six dates in November

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Nick Orfanella, Lauren Palmeri, and Danny Arnold will star in Skyline Theatre Company’s production of tick, tick…BOOM! running for six performances this November at the George Frey Center for Arts and Recreation in the Fair Lawn Community Center. Tick, tick… BOOM!  is the autobiographical musical by Jonathan Larson, the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning composer of RENT. It is the story of an aspiring composer who questions his life choices on the eve of his thirtieth birthday. First performed as a solo rock monologue by Larson in 1990, it was later revamped by playwright David Auburn as a three-actor piece and premiered off-Broadway in 2001.

Directed by New York City’s Trey Compton, Mr. Orfanella, Ms. Palmeri, and Mr. Arnold were cast from hundreds who auditioned for these three prized roles.

New York’s Nick Orfanella, who is making his Skyline debut, stars as Jon, a role based on the composer of the show. Mr. Orfanella recently toured the USA in the National Tour of Henry and Mudge and has performed with Stages St. Louis, freeFall Theatre, the Reduxion Theatre, the Show Palace Dinner Theatre, Oklahoma Children's Theatre, Manhattan Repertory Theatre, The June Havoc Theatre, MARS Theatricals, Theatreworks/USA, and the Midtown International Theatre Festival. He is a proud graduate of Oklahoma City University and holds a Bachelor’s degree of Music in Music Theatre.

Co-starring as Susan is New York actress Lauren Palmeri, who is originally from Bergen County. Ms. Palmeri returns to Skyline having starred as Fanny Brice in last season’s Funny Girl. She has also toured the USA in the national tours of Elf the musical and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. She holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from University of the Arts. Danny Arnold, also originally from NJ, is playing Jon’s best friend Michael. Mr.Arnold, making his Skyline debut, has starred regionally as Leo Frank in Parade and Bobby in Sondheim’s Company.

Tick, tick…BOOM! will run November 7th-9th and 14th-16th at the George Frey Center for Arts and Recreation in the Fair Lawn Community Center in Fair Lawn. Tickets are $29 for adults, $24 for seniors, and $20 for students.  For ticket reservations or for more information about Skyline, visit or call 800-474-1299.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Midtown Direct’s Theatre in the Loft reading of Jack Canfora’s ‘The Road Down the Mountain’


MIDTOWN DIRECT REP (MDR), the company that brought New Jersey the award-winning Rated P for Parenthood and Listen to Your Mother: North Jersey, returns to the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) with a Theatre in the Loft reading of Jack Canfora’s The Road Down the Mountain. Directed by MDR company member Michelle Tattenbaum, The Road Down the Mountain premieres on Sunday, November 2 at 7 pm at SOPAC (One Sopac Way, South Orange, NJ, 07079).

The reading is $15 and open to the public. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 973-313-ARTS (2787). Same day student tickets are available for $10 at the Box Office only (subject to availability, one ticket per ID, two-hours prior to curtain).

About The Road Down the Mountain:
A rock journalist with one last shot at redemption travels to interview a legendary musician living in seclusion with his caregiver wife and a live-in assistant. Public legend collides with private realities in this new play from Jack Canfora (Jericho, Poetic License) that explores love, art, and intimate secrets.
The cast is led by MDR member Stephanie Kurtzuba (The Wolf of Wall Street), with special guests Ella Dershowitz (Intimacy) and Andrew Rein (Jericho), with more casting to be announced.

About the Creative Team

Jack Canfora’s (playwright) plays have been read and performed throughout the United States and England since 2001. His first full length play, Place Setting, was read in Los Angeles in September, 2005 and starred Steven Weber and Jon Cryer. In June, 2007, the New Jersey Repertory Theatre staged Place Setting where it received excellent notices. The New York Times wrote that the play has “unusually punchy writing” while the New Jersey Star-Ledger raved that the play is “funny and fascinating,” had “wonderfully incisive wit” and “tells the truth about how 21st century men and women view relationships.” The paper named it, along with plays by Teresa Rebeck, Elaine May and Edward Albee as one of the best plays of 2007.

Jericho was named a winner of the 2010 National New Play Network and premiered at The New Jersey Repertory Company as one of three theaters producing it as part of the NNPN’s Rolling World Premiere series. The New York Times wrote the play is “a lovely, humorous work with laughs that resolve into a meditation on the pains and satisfactions of living after a tragedy,” adding “Mr. Canfora has delivered a smart, hard-hitting drama filled with biting wit.” The Newark Star –Ledger raved “Canfora’s dialogue shows a true writer at work.”

His play Poetic License, after debuting at New Jersey Rep in 2008, opens this fall Off-Broadway at 59E59. The Abingdon Theatre awarded him their 2011 Playwriting Award forPoetic License.

Michelle Tattenbaum (director) directs extensively in New York City and regionally. She directed the New York premiere of the musical Nobody Loves You by Itamar Moses and Gaby Alter at Second Stage Theatre after directing the show's world premiere at the Old Globe Theatre (Craig Noel Award nomination for Best Director of a Musical). Other projects with Itamar Moses include directing his play Fucked at the Flea Theater, following up on her twice-extended production of Moses's Love/Stories (Or, But You Will Get Used To It) also at the Flea. She directed and co-produced The Sublet Experiment, a site-specific, touring production that played to sold-out crowds in New York City for over six months.

Other projects in New York include: Mother Jones and the Children's Crusade for the New York Musical Theatre Festival (Best Director, Honorable Mention); The Chromium Hookfor Manhattan Theatre Club, and Lincoln Center Directors' Lab; Untitled Short Play and Szinhaz for Naked Angels; Gallathea (which she also adapted) at Here Arts Center; An Archipelago Of Clouds and Laughing All the Way From the Sperm Bank at FringeNYC; 'Til Sunday for Loeber Entertainment at the Abingdon Theater Arts Complex; Sunday on the Rocks for Yolo! Productions; Hands in Me for the Women of Color Festival; Stand Up Girl at Center Stage; Too Much Information at Ars Nova; Idea and Authorial Intent at Manhattan Theatre Source; Dia de los Muertos for New Directors/New Works; and Guyler Beguiled at the Maverick Theater.

Regionally, she directed the Los Angeles premiere of Itamar Moses's The Four of Us. She has directed staged readings of the musicals Reality! (now titled Nobody Loves You) at the Cape Cod Theatre Project and Goodspeed Musicals, and Tales From the Bad Years also at Goodspeed Musicals. She has directed Dov and Aliby Anna Ziegler at the Chester Theatre,Pinocchio, Anatol, and Gallathea at the Hangar Theatre; Educating Rita, The Tale of the Allergist's Wife, Cats, Little Shop of Horrors, The Secret Garden, and Baby at the New London Barn Playhouse; The Miss Firecracker Contest at the Clinton Showboat; and The Sign In Sidney Brustein's Window and Souvenir at the Women's Theater Company.

She spent two summers directing at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. From 2000 to 2007, she was a member of the First Look Theatre Company, in residence at NYU's Dramatic Writing Program, and she continues to direct and develop musicals at NYU's Musical Theatre Writing Program. She was a two-time Drama League Directing Fellow and is an SDC member. Michelle graduated from Yale with a degree in Theatre Studies.

sopac2-2About Theatre in the Loft
Midtown Direct Rep presents Theatre in the Loft at the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) in South Orange, New Jersey. This series of public readings of new plays and musicals showcases new work in development in an elegant and safe setting in front of a sophisticated and engaged audience. The series focuses on works that reflect the complexities of a uniquely diverse community; writers or subjects with a local connection; and roles that can be cast significantly from the MDR ensemble. Recent projects include work by Jeremy Desmon, James Hindman, Chisa Hutchinson, David Johnston, Kara Lee Korthron, David Myers, Sandy Rustin, John Walch, and others. In January, Academy Award®-winner Olympia Dukakis joined company members Sebastian Arcelus, Jenny Bacon, Stephanie Kurtzuba and others in Absence, a new play by Peter Flaherty.

About Midtown Direct Rep
With perhaps more professional theater artists than any suburb of NYC, Maplewood/South Orange (NJ) is “where Broadway comes home to sleep.” MDR, a theatre company created by and for these NJ-based artists, develops and presents relevant, world-class theatre for its community.
Midtown Direct Rep company members include two-time Tony Award®-winner Norbert Leo Butz, Tony Award® nominee Stephanie J. Block, Tony Award® nominee Christiane Noll, Sebastian Arcelus, Joel de la Fuente, Bradley Dean, Michele Pawk, and many others. The Company is led by Managing Director Jeffrey Shubart, Artistic Advisor Sandy Rustin, Producing Director Evan Fleischer, Artistic Producer Steven Tabakin, and Literary Manager Marni Raab.
For more information, visit

This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/ Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and administered by the Essex County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs.

Review: Outstanding Gilbert and Sullivan comic opera at Light Opera Company of New Jersey


We are constantly amazed by the exceptional quality of the theater talent that resides here in the Garden State. Our proximity to Manhattan the world center for much of the performing arts is, of course, a major factor. This Thursday evening, we had the opportunity to hear and see some of the outstanding classical vocal talent performing in our area. The venue was a church, St. Mark's, in the community of Basking Ridge. St. Mark's is the home of the Light Opera Company of New Jersey. Until several seasons ago it was known as the Ridge Light Opera Company. The company was founded 20 years ago by the husband and wife team of William and Lauran Corson. Bill is the lead producer/director with Lauran serving as the Artistic Director.  Lauran is a soprano with impressive credits having sung professionally throughout the country in both opera and musical theater.

SONY DSC                       The production is Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Gondoliers,or the King of Barataria" noted for not only being the most tuneful but also  having the most dancing of all their works. Unlike many of the plots in opera or operetta, "The Gondoliers" has a surprisingly complex plot that at times seems to be a case for Miss Marple to sort out. Fortunately, a detailed synopsis is provided in the program right down to revealing the 'surprise' resolution. Don't let that concern you, the joy is in the performances of the very impressive leads: John-Andrew Fernandez as Guiseppe Palmieri; Alex Corson as Marco Palmieri (Ben Krumreig alternates with Corson- each doing three performances); William Remmers as The Duke; David Perper as Luiz; Ryan Allen as The Grand Inquisitor; Hanne Dollase as The Duchess; Lyssandra Stephenson as Casilda (photo right); Kathleen Shelton as Tessa; Elena Bird as Gianetta (Samantha Dango alternates); and Katerina Nowik as Constanza and The Duchess.

Others in the large supporting cast are Mike Baruffi; Josh Berg; Jack Broderick; Daveda Browne; Luke Chiafullo; Laura DeFelice; Donna Lee Donelan; Tom Donelan;Sophia Donelan; Beth Gleason; Chang-Kuo Hsieh; Emma Peterson; C. Paige Porter; Frank Skokan; Susanna Su and John Lamb as the understudy for The Grand Inquisitor

William Remmers and Ryan Allen (photo right) are delights in their character roles, with the ladies: Hanne Dollase; Lyssandra Stephenson ; Kathleen Shelton; Elena Bird and Katerina Nowik all possessing marvelous voices. Kathleen Shelton and Elena Bird were particularly effective as the wives of the gondoliers in the amusingly choreographed  "In A Contemplative Fashion." John-Andrew Fernandez and Alex Corson are well paired as the brothers. Both fine actors, first class voices, and not bad on their feet (dancing). Other standout moments were provided by  David Perper as Luiz (the drummer); Frank Skokan's humorous gondolier; and Susanna Su as a leader of the peasant girls.

A very fine six piece orchestra is lead by music director  Lois Buesser (piano). The others are: Serena Huang, flute; Ginny Johnston and Jenny Branch, clarinet; Andrew Pecota, bassoon; and William Remmers, percussion.

The creative staff members are: Lauran Corson, artistic director; William Corson, co-director and producer; William Remmers, co-director; Joanna Hoty Russell, assistant director. 

You have only two chances to see this outstanding production of one of Gilbert and Sullivan's musical masterpieces...tonight and Saturday night.

Reviewed by Rick Busciglio  October 16, 2014

Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Gondoliers, or the King of Barataria” is presented in two acts with a total of 22 musical numbers. It is presented over 2 weekends in October: evenings at 8 p.m. The remaining dates are October 17 and 18. Tickets are available online at or by calling 908-903-0702.

A special 20th Anniversary celebration of Light Opera of New Jersey, with Dinner will be held on Saturday evening the 18th. Tickets for the dinner are $25. Location: St Mark’s Church, 140 S. Finley Ave., Basking Ridge, NJ 07920.

Some background: LONJ performs works from composers such as Gilbert & Sullivan, Mozart, Offenbach and Romberg. Musical Theater favorites such as My Fair Lady and Carousel and a wide variety of musical concerts and cabarets round out the repertoire. The company includes professional singers as well as highly skilled amateur performers and an outstanding ensemble known for its “wall of sound”! LONJ is a registered, non-profit performing arts ensemble based in Basking Ridge, New Jersey.

Top Photo: L-R  Elena Bird, Alex Corson, John-Andrew Fernandez and Kathleen Shelton (LONJ)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

‘3 Men’ at Hudson Theatre Works in Hoboken


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3 Men is a monologue play comprising three interwoven monologues. Although autobiographical in nature and based on three real men who had a strong influence on Mr. Folie's life and development as a writer, the stories have been fictionalized.  Mr. Folie likes to say that 3 MEN is about 90% truthful, but only about 65% factual.

All three of the men are driven, Type-A personalities determined to be successful in their careers. Each man achieves prominence as, respectively: a Broadway theater and feature film producer; a lawyer; and a senior executive and major force in the magazine industry. But each encounters set-backs and challenges that prompt them to re-examine their
idea of what constitutes real success in life.

The Producer, the Lawyer and the Magazine Editor all interact with the narrator to present a complicated, bitter sweet tale of art, life, death and resurrection.

The production produced by Hudson Theatre Works, New Jersey's newest Equity theater company, is the second production of their 2014 season which began with One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.  It is the second time that the company has used the historic Water Tower for theatrical purposes.

3 Men grew out of HTW's annual fall festival of new play readings, PlayWorks.  This is the first play to be given a full production as a result of the PlayWorks process and the first new play produced by Hudson Theatre Works. 

Mike Folie (Playwright/Actor)

Mike Folie's plays have been produced Off - and Off-Off-Broadway, regionally around the U.S. and internationally, winning several awards. Dramatists Guild

Magazine named him one of Fifty Playwrights to Watch.  His play The Adjustment was produced Off-Broadway by Ted Snowdon, starring Tony nominee Liz Larsen.The Adjustment's original six-week L.A. run extended to six months, with The L.A. Times calling it, "The kind of play the American Theatre desperately needs."  The Adjustment also toured Great Britain starring Stefanie Powers.  Naked by the River has been produced in London and at several theaters in the U.S.; staged readings in L.A. have featured actors Tim Allen and Dana Delany, Scott Bakula and Nancy Travis. A German language version Nackt am FlussC continues to be produced in that country.  Panama was produced at the Dublin Fringe, NJ Rep, The Edison Theatre (Long Beach), Oregon Stageworks (Ashland) and elsewhere. Love In the Insecurity Zone, published by Original Works Publishing, Los Angeles, has been produced in New York, London, Los Angeles and other cities in the U.S.  An actor for ten years prior to becoming a playwright, Mike is also a freelance speechwriter for senior executives at Fortune 500 and other companies.

Directed by Frank Licato, Scenic and Lighting design by John Shimrock. Sound and music design by Donald Stark, costumes by Ann Lowe, Stage Managed by Gina Chedid and produced by Karen Brady and Gregory Erbach.

Hudson Theatre Works is a not for profit, equity theatre committed to ensemble collaboration as well as artistic risk through its work with its permanent company, guest artists, partner institutions and the surrounding community.  It is dedicated to a rugged aesthetic and will seek to tell stories, both new and old, classic and contemporary, which reflect our lives, relationships and world today.

Hudson Theatre Works primary focus is in bringing a living theatre community to the area of Hudson and North Jersey through performance, outreach and theatre arts instruction.

This program is made possible by the City of Weehawken and Mayor Richard Turner and in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

World Premiere of Angels and Ministers of Grace by Elaine Smith at NJ Rep in Long Branch


New Jersey Repertory Company in Long Branch will present the World Premiere of Angels and Ministers of Grace by Elaine Smith on October 23 through November 23, 2014. A poignant and compelling story of a close-knit, yet eccentric family’s struggle to overcome life’s ups and downs, Angels and Ministers of Grace captures the struggles that confront families today throughout the heartland and urban centers of America, and reveals the forces that threaten to destroy the American dream. 

The cast includes Dana Benningfield, James Earley, Maureen Silliman, and David Van Pelt and is directed by Marc Geller. Angels and Ministers of Grace begins preview performances on Thursday, October 23 and celebrates its opening night on Saturday, October 25 at New Jersey Repertory Company (179 Broadway, Long Branch, NJ). The play runs through Sunday, November 23. Tickets may be purchased by calling 732-229-3166 or online at

The production team includes: Jessica Parks (Set Design & Props), Jill Nagle (Lighting Design), Merek Royce Press (Sound Design), Patricia E. Doherty (Costume Design), Michael Carroll (Technical Director), and Jennifer Tardibuono (Stage Manager).

Angels and Ministers of Grace by Elaine Smith

at New Jersey Repertory Company (179 Broadway, Long Branch, NJ)
Sneak Previews: Thursday, October 23 and Friday, October 24 at 2pm;

Audience Appreciation Nights with Reception: Thursday, October 23 at 8pm And Friday, October 24 at 8pm

Opening Night with Gala Reception: Saturday, October 25 at 8pm

Regular Performance Schedule through November 23

Thursdays & Fridays 8pm; Saturdays 3pm & 8pm;

Sundays at 2pm & select Sundays at 7pm

Ticket Prices: Sneak Previews $35

Audience Appreciation Nights: $42
Opening Night: $60

Regular Ticket Price: $42

Tickets are available at or by calling 732-229-3166

Discounts and coupons not valid on Saturday nights

For more information about New Jersey Repertory Company please visit

Photo: Maureen Silliman and David Van Pelt (by SuzAnne Barabas)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

‘A Christmas Story - The Musical’ hot ticket at Barn Theatre


The Barn Theatre is no longer taking reservations for the following performances of "A Christmas Story - The Musical": Sunday, November 30th at 2pm and Sunday, December 7th at 2pm.

There will be a limited amount of tickets available for purchase at the door the days of the performance starting at 1pm. You cannot make a reservation for these tickets. Waiting list starts at 1pm and you must physically be at the theatre to be put on the list. Tickets are first come first served and we cannot guarantee your party will be seated together.

Tickets are available for all other performances (although the matinees are getting crowded! We suggest if you want to see a matinee to reserve SUNDAY, 11/23 @ 2pm.

Call 973-334-9320 ext. 1 or email (but not both!) to make your reservation now! Tickets are selling fast!!!


A Christmas Story

Book by Joseph Robinette, Music by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

A New Musical based on the holiday cult-classic movie (of the same name), tells the story of Ralphie and his family, and his comic quest for the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts-an Official Red Ryder,carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle.

Produced by special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing.

Opening Night: Friday, November 21, 2014 - Closing Night: Saturday, December 13, 2014


Salvatore Bellomo

Megan Bodmer

Frank Parker (The Old Man)
Matt Burns

Scut Farkus
Liam Driscoll

Michal Efron

Dana Efron

Anita Freedson-Jackson

Ralphie Parker
Jeffrey Gallup

Susan Hagan

Mrs. Schwartz / Ensemble
Pearl Hart

Miss Shields
Lynn Hart

Grover Dill
James Ignacio

Jacob Lesser

James Lopez

Jean Shepard
Robert Mackasek

Cheryl Marocco Bookstaver

Luke Mitchell

Zachary Petzinger

Vincent Plantamura

Randy Parker
Matthew Quirk

James Russo

Ayla Schwartz

Nikki Simz

Santa / Ensemble
Craig Stevens

Evie Turner-Salerno

Alan Van Antwerp

Amanda Vogel

Roxanna Wagner

Head Elf / Ensemble
Katie Weigl

Production Staff

Scott Hart

Assistant Director
Lauren Moran Mills

Musical Director
Charles Santoro

Nancy Zeidenberg

Megan Ferentinos

Stage Manager
Erin Gilgur

Assistant Stage Manager
Regina Novicky

Set Design
Greg Cilmi

Set Construction
Todd Mills

Stage Crew
Jeff Kinkead
Rita La Manno
Ron Mulligan
Daniel Schopper
Thomas Wertheimer

Lighting Design
Nicholas Marmo

Sound Design
Larry Wilbur

William Ward

Sarah Wertheimer-Lopez

Janice Schopper

Tri-State Actors Theater concert reading of ‘PINE’ part of 2014-2015 New Plays Reading Series

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Tri-State Actors Theater presents a concert reading of PINE, the first selection for the 2014-2015 New Plays Reading Series. PINE is a new two-act comedy by Eugenie Carabatsos. The reading will be presented on Saturday, October 25 and begins at 7:30 pm in the Gallery at The SpringBoard Shoppes, 145 Spring St., Newton. Admission to the reading is by donation.

PINE is a charming and funny new play about a family on the brink of chaos and the holiday guest who might push them over the edge. The setting is the White’s home on the Christmas Tree Farm in upstate New York. Each Christmas, the White family gathers to mourn the anniversary of Colin White's death. The trouble is, Colin won't go away.

The readers include actors Jenelle Sosa as Julie, Jason Szamreta as Mike, Christian Rohde as Teddy, Tom Walker as Colin, Mary Ann Hay as Rita, Patricia Durante as Rachel and Nicholas Wilder as Miles. Following the reading there will be a talk back and reception with the playwright, Eugenie Carabatsos, the play’s director and cast.

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Ms. Carabatsos, a graduate of Wesleyan University, is an emerging playwright based in NYC. PINE is the winner of the Trustus Theatre Playwrights' Festival and the Mountain Playhouse Comedy Award. It was produced by the Trustus Theatre in August 2013, a production which won BroadwayWorld's Award for Best Play in South Carolina.

PINE is the second piece by Ms. Carabatsos that has been read by Tri-State. Last spring, Tri-State presented the premiere production of HEELS OVER HEAD by Susan Goodell, which was part of Tri-State’s NPRS the year before. This fall Tri-State Actors Theater was one of 67 recipients from nine countries recognized recently with The 2014 International Centre for Women Playwrights 50/50 Applause Award. The International Centre for Women Playwrights (ICWP) commented on “the extraordinary level of international support that is represented by the recipients for this year’s 50/50 Applause Awards, which sets out to recognize theatres that produced 50% or more women playwrights in their season of shows.”  In the spring, for the first time in the history of the awards, ICWP invited the public to nominate theatres that had produced the work of women playwrights throughout the world. The recipient’s list includes theatres in Afghanistan, Australia, Canada, England, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, and the United States.

For more information about Tri-State and its 2014-2015 Season, call 973 383-0510 or visit Tri-State Actors Theater on the web at

Manasquan’s Algonquin Arts Theatre has new seats.


For the first time since 1938, Manasquan’s Algonquin Arts Theatre has new seats.

AlgonquinNewSeats_1On Sunday, October 12, contractors from Irwin Seating Company – the same company that manufactured the theatre’s original seats 76 years ago – tightened the final bolts on the 517 state-of-the-art seats that arrived from the factory two days earlier.

In the coming days, finishing touches to the theatre including new aisle lighting, carpeting and paint will be completed. The theatre’s Grand Re-Opening comes Friday, October 24, when the Irving Berlin musical “Annie Get Your Gun” takes the stage for the first of seven performances starring Broadway actress Carter Calvert.

“We’re extremely excited about the new seats as we kick off a great season,” said Algonquin Arts Theatre executive director William Whitefield. “In addition to seeing a great show, we want to continue to make the theatre experience more enjoyable. Our seating needed an upgrade, and the increased comfort is a big step forward.”

AlgonquinNewSeats_2The original seats were removed in early September, and the aisle ends and arms were shipped to Irwin’s factory in Grand Rapids, Mich., for refurbishing. The aisle ends, which were formerly all black, have been carefully painted maroon with gold detail highlighting the original art deco design. The wooden arm rests were also refinished before they were installed.

New seats bottoms, seat backs, floor anchors and standards – the part of the chairs that hold the pieces together – were all installed. Some of the new seats are specially designed to be removed to provide positions for wheelchairs, and four aisle seats include arms that fold up to allow easier access to the seat.

The project was funded by the generous contributions of individuals and organizations around the community to the theatre’s Take A Seat Campaign. A recognition plate will be attached to each sponsored seat with a custom inscription created by each donor. Donors to the project have been invited to an exclusive special ribbon cutting ceremony on October 22.

Approximately two-thirds of the seats will receive recognition plates before the opening, and naming opportunities remain. All funds raised moving forward will support additional facility improvements that support high quality performing arts and education programming that brings more than 35,000 patrons through the doors each year. To name a seat and join the Take a Seat Campaign, please contact Teresa Staub, Senior Director of Development, at 732-528-4336.

About Algonquin Arts Theatre:

Algonquin Arts Theatre (AAT) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1992 with the mission to provide cultural enhancement and arts education to all audiences at the Jersey Shore through high-quality performances and programs in theatre, music, film and dance. The end goal is to foster appreciation of the arts and promote lifelong learning, particularly among underserved audiences including the economically disadvantaged, senior citizens and individuals with disabilities.

Algonquin Arts Theatre's programs are made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts / Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; by funds from the Paul F. Zito, M.D. Educational Foundation, by Simon Kaufman, Esq. & Maria Zito-Kaufman, and by Manasquan Savings Bank.

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