Monday, October 5, 2015

Hudson Theatre Ensemble Silly on Sixth Children’s Series to present Cinderella! Cinderella! a funny and zany musical adaptation


cinderella-poster-2015-hudson-theatre-ensemble-800pxYour group is such a treasure for Hoboken.  You always put on such fantastic productions!”
—Geri Fallo, Director of Cultural Affairs for City of Hoboken

For those lucky families making reservations on Halloween, feel free to come in costume and help us celebrate with Cinderella! 

Trick or Treat!

Performances at Hudson School Performance Space 601 Park Ave., Hoboken on:

Sunday, October 25, 2015 at 11am and 1pm

Saturday, October 31, 2015 at 11am and 1pm

Sunday, November 1, 2015 at 11am and 1pm

Show runs about 40 minutes

  All tickets $10.00.

Reservations: 201-377-7014 or

And if your child has an October or November birthday, what an easy way to celebrate by incorporating Silly on Sixth and Cinderella! Cinderella! into your birthday plans!  The entire audience will sing Happy Birthday to your darling child; your group has a wonderful time seeing Cinderella! Cinderella!;  the kids meet the actors after the show; then off you go to one of Hoboken's many family-friendly eateries to continue the festivities.  Just call Florence for details at 201-377-7014

Here’s what our audience say:  “We can’t wait for the next children’s show. Our family has seen every one of them!” “This was my almost 4 year old’s first exposure to theater and he loved it so much, I was nearly brought to tears. Thank you for putting on such a wonderful interactive show with such a talented kid-friendly cast!   “Thank you for making such a great difference for our Hoboken community.”

Cinderella! Cinderella! and its all-adult cast will delight children ages 3 to 10 while entertaining their families in the 16th season of the Hudson Theatre Ensemble Children’s Series Silly on Sixth.  Our new musical version of this old favorite loved by generations of children is wonderful for kids and adults alike both for its engaging and zany fun and its gentle story of the value of kindness, encouragement, good deeds, and courage.

Our Platinum Sponsor for Cinderella! Cinderella! is the practice of Drs. Brescia, Migliaccio, Chinn, Moon, Picard, Lowe, & Tully, Obstetrics & Gynecology.  Our Gold Sponsor for Cinderella! Cinderella! is W. Kodak Jewelers.

Cast:  Vincent Bivona, Laura DiCerto, Nicole D’Onofrio,  Richard Dwyer, Nannette Matos, Florence Pape, Howard Richman, Leah Sayad

Production Staff:

Producer/Artistic Director:  Diana London;   Director of Development/Publicity:  Florence Pape

Director & Lighting Designer:  Howard Richman;   Production Stage Manager: Donna Gearhardt Healey

Stage Manager: Christina O’Handley;   Sound/ Lighting Technician:  David Vanderheyden

Set Construction:  Daniel Hodges;   Additional Lyrics: Howard Richman;  Choreography:  Howard Richman;

Graphics/Webmaster:  Susan Newman Design, Inc.;   Photographer: John Crittenden/Show Me Your Faces

Playbill:  Donna Gearhardt Healey;  Videographer: Michael DiCerto;  House Manager: Alan Welner

Box Office: Harriet Tainsky;  Stagehand:  Keith Healey

Produced by special arrangement with Pioneer Drama Service, Inc., Englewood, CO.

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 by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Thomas A. DeGise, County Executive, and the Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Carole King & Maurice Sendak Musical Opens the 34th Season of The Growing Stage


The Growing Stage, The Children’s Theatre of New Jersey, located in the Historic Palace Theatre on Route 183 in Netcong, New Jersey has opened its 2015 - 2016 season with REALLY ROSIE.  

The production runs October 2nd through the 18th with performances Friday evenings at 7:30 PM, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 4:00 PM.  REALLY ROSIE, has music by four-time GRAMMY winner and 2015 recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors, Carole King and lyrics and book by children’s book author and illustrator, Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are).  This production is under the direction of Lori B. Lawrence, The Growing Stage’s Director of Educational Programming with musical direction by Melinda Bass O’Neill (The original ROSIE in The Growing Stage’s 1991 production) and Choreography by Jillian Petrie.

REALLY ROSIE, introduces us to Rosie, the sassiest kid on her block of Brooklyn’s Avenue P, who entertains herself and her friends by acting out show biz fantasies, notably directing and starring in an Oscar winning movie. REALLY ROSIE is a jewel for children and adults. Author, Maurice Sendak, is a winner of a Caldecott Medal, National Book Award, and a National Medal of the Arts. Composer, Carole King, is a winner of a National Academy of Songwriters Lifetime Achievement Award, a Grammy Trustees Award, the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Library of Congress’s Gershwin Award for Popular Song.  Whether you’re 2 or 100 years old, REALLY ROSIE will lift your spirits and make your heart sing!

REALLY ROSIE features the talents of six young performers in the cast.  Kayla O’Brien of Flemington, makes her Growing Stage debut as Rosie.  Also making their debuts at the Palace are Sasha Nelson of Sparta as Alligator, Lauren Hertzig of Flanders as Kathy, Jon Wade of Budd Lake as Pierre and Grady Morgan of Great Meadows as Chicken Soup.  Nick Profito (Flounder from Disney’s The Little Mermaid) rounds out the cast as Johnny.

The Growing Stage continues FUN-tastic Fridays with all tickets $15! Saturday and Sunday tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $15 for children.  To place your reservation, please visit or call (973) 347-4946.  Group rates and Birthday Party packages are available.  The Growing Stage’s programs are made possible, in part, by funding from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and contributions from numerous corporations, foundations, and individuals.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

‘Around the World in 80 Days’ next by MPOnStage at the Kelsey Theatre


The Award-winning production team of MPOnStage brings Jules Verne’s "Around the World in 80 Days" to the Kelsey stage-written by Mark Brown and directed by John M. Maurer.

This is a Comedy/Adventure for the whole family. Stampeding elephants! Raging typhoons! Runaway trains! Unabashedly slapstick! Hold onto your seats for the original amazing race! Join fearless adventurer Phileas Fogg and his faithful manservant as they race to beat the clock! Phileas Fogg has agreed to an outrageous wager that puts his fortune and his life at risk. With his resourceful servant Passepartout, Fogg sets out to circle the globe in an unheard of 80 days. But his every step is dogged by a detective who thinks he's a robber on the run. Danger, romance, and comic surprises abound in this whirlwind of a show as five actors portraying 40 characters traverse seven continents in Mark Brown's new adaptation of one of the great adventures of all time.

The show will run at Mercer County Community College’s Kelsey Theatre in West Windsor, NJ October 9 - 18, 2015. A public reception, with an opportunity to meet the cast and crew, will be held on opening night.

MPO’s Artistic director, John Maurer, is helming this production. A versatile theatre producer and director whose credits include large scale musicals like Singin’ in the Rain, Man of La Mancha, Avenue Q and Monty Python's Spamalot, Maurer's first love is comedy.

“Mark Brown has given us the world of Jules Verne’s Phileas Fogg to play in. We have 5 actors playing 40 characters’ and a world of possibilities to explore and we intend to make the most of it. Why don’t you come to the Kelsey theatre and take the journey with us?” says Maurer.

The show’s cast features Dan Keyser of Morristown as Phileas Fogg; Maria Aromando of Bridgewater as Aouda & James Forester; Kurt Penney of Pennington as Jean Passepartout; John Pinto of Yardley PA as Detective Fix, Elephant owner, Oysterpuff and more; and Dan Slothower of Plainsboro as Sir Francis, Bunsby, Colonel Proctor… and a host of others!

Maurer Productions OnStage will present Around the World in 80 Days, Fridays, October 9th and 16th at 8pm; Saturdays, October 10th and 17th at 8pm; and Sundays, October 11th and 18th at 2pm in the Kelsey Theatre on the West Windsor Campus of Mercer County Community College. The college is located at 1200 Old Trenton Road. Free parking is available next to the theatre.

To order tickets, go online at, call 609-570-3333, or stop by the Kelsey Theatre Box Office. Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors and $14 for students and children plus a $1 service fee. The Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible.

More information about this production of Around the World in 80 Days can be found online at

Only 1 Week From Opening Night of September Song at LONJ


Buy Tickets Online to Save Time at the Door!

Light Opera of New Jersey is proud to present the 21st Annual September Song, a double billing of Warren Martin's The True Story of Cinderella and Gilbert and Sullivan's Trial by Jury. September Song celebrates the whimsical form of the operetta and is LONJ's joyous start to our 2015-2016 season. Come enjoy this comic pairing of shows, which sing of confused lovers and uncertain happily-ever-afters!

$10 Student Rush Tickets are available at the door!

Just bring your valid picture student ID from your school or college, and present it at the box office in order to buy your discounted ticket. Student Rush Tickets can only be purchased on the night of the performance. We recommend arriving a half hour early.

Group Rates

Save $5 per ticket when buying tickets for a group of ten or more! Group tickets can be purchased by calling our box office at 908-655-6023

October 9th, 10th, 16th, and 17th
at 8:00 PM
October 11th at 2:00 PM

St. Mark's Episcopal Church

140 South Finley Avenue
Basking Ridge, NJ 07920


Playwrights Theatre Accepting Submissions to the 33rd Annual New Jersey Young Playwrights Contest and Festival


header_1 Playwrights Theatre is currently accepting submissions for the 33rd Annual New Jersey Young Playwrights Contest and Festival. Plays are accepted in the following divisions: Elementary (grades 4-6), Junior High (grades 7-9), High School (grades 10-12), and Living with Disabilities (grades 6-12). Interested young playwrights must submit their plays online at The entry deadline for all divisions is 11:59 pm on December 18, 2015. For complete details and submission guidelines, visit, or contact Jim DeVivo, Direction of Education at 973-514-1787 X21 or, or visit the New Jersey Young Playwrights Blog or on Facebook at

“Writing is a means of exploring, creating, and communicating ideas about ourselves, our surroundings, and our place within the world. Writing a play affords a young person the opportunity to become master these domains through the exercising of the imagination.

The plays that tend to make the greatest impact on us in the New Jersey Young Playwrights Festival are those that reflect on something within the world of the playwright and recreate it as it could be, or should be,” said Jim DeVivo, Director of Education. “I encourage young playwrights to tackle the topics about which they are most curious, or most eager to resolve. We will again offer writing prompts, tips, and other sources of inspiration and instruction on the NJYPF blog and other social media outlets at Playwrights Theatre of NJ. Young playwrights should feel free to contact the Education office with any questions at any time.”

There may be up to three winners in the Elementary, Junior High, and High School division and High School winners receive a New Jersey Governor’s Award in Arts Education, cosponsored by the New Jersey Arts Education Partnership and the New Jersey Department of Education.

For 33 years, the New Jersey Young Playwrights Contest and Festival has been deepening the writing experience for young playwrights by providing entrants with detailed feedback from professional theatre artists about their plays. The NJYPF selects plays from hundreds of submission and presents them as staged readings with professional actors and directors.

Selected playwrights meet with their director/dramaturg to discuss the play and work on possible revisions. Winning plays will be presented during the annual New Jersey Young Playwrights Festival in the Spring.

John Pietrowski “Over the years, we have widened the scope and deepened the playwriting experience for writers selected by the committee,” said John Pietrowski, Artistic Director of Playwrights Theatre (photo). “In preparation for the Festival, writers work with professional playwrights in mentoring sessions that are designed to stretch both the plays and the playwrights. For the past two years, we have been honored to have Pia Wilson and Martyna Majok, award-winning writers from New Jersey head up the effort and it has proved invaluable to the young playwrights.”


About Playwrights Theatre:

Playlogo Founded in 1986, Playwrights Theatre is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit professional theatre and arts education institution dedicated to developing and nurturing the dramatic imagination of artists, students, and audiences. Our New Play Program creates development opportunities for professional writers through readings, workshops and productions, and invites audiences to participate in authentic feedback experiences. Our New Jersey Writers Project, Poetry Out Loud, New Jersey Young Playwrights Contest and Festival, and Creative Arts Academy programs provide a comprehensive and hands-on arts education experience to over 31,000 students, Pre-K through adult.

Writers in the New Play Program are drawn from across the country, including our affiliation with the National New Play Network, a nation-wide group of theatres dedicated to the development and production of new work. Teaching Artists in our Education Programs are professional artists working in their field in the New Jersey, New York, and Philadelphia metropolitan areas. From 2003-2016, we have been designated a Major Arts Institution by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts (along with only five other theatres: The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, George Street Playhouse, McCarter Theatre Center, Two River Theatre and Paper Mill Playhouse) as “an anchor institution that contributes vitally to the quality of life in New Jersey.”

Funding for our activities comes from: the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the F.M. Kirby Foundation, Inc., Dramatist Guild Fund, Horizon Foundation of New Jersey, The Shubert Foundation, The Victoria Foundation, and many corporations, foundations and individuals.

Playwrights Theatre is a member of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance, the National New Play Network, and Madison Arts & Culture Alliance.

Friday, October 2, 2015

What’s playing on NJ stages?


CAPE MAY Cape May Stage, the Robert Shackleton Playhouse “Dead Man’s Cell Phone,” by Sarah Ruhl. Through Oct. 9. $18 to $38. Cape May Stage, the Robert Shackleton Playhouse, 405 Lafayette Street.; 609-884-1341.

CAPE MAY East Lynne Theater Company, the First Presbyterian Church of Cape May “Strictly Dishonorable,” comedy by Preston Sturges. Through Oct. 17. $16.38 to $31.75. East Lynne Theater Company, the First Presbyterian Church of Cape May, 500 Hughes Street.; 609-884-5898.

CHATHAM Chatham Playhouse “August: Osage County,” by Tracy Letts. Oct. 9 through 24. $23 and $25. Chatham Playhouse, 23 North Passaic Avenue. 973-635-7363;

GLEN ROCK, Porch Light Productions “Avenue Q,” musical. Through 10. $22 to $25. Porch Light Productions, 555 Broad Street.; 201-857-3520.

HAMPTON Hunterdon Hills Playhouse “Social Security,” comedy by Andrew Bergman. Through Oct. 24. $58.50 to $68.50. Hunterdon Hills Playhouse, 88 Route 173 West. 800-447-7313;

MADISON F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theater, Drew University “Equivocation,” a play by Bill Cain. Through Oct. 4. $15 to $67. F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theater, Drew University, 36 Madison Avenue.; 973-408-5600. TOP PHOTO

ORADELL Bergen County Players, Little Firehouse Theater “Guys and Dolls,” by Frank Loesser, Abe Burrows and Jo Swerling. Through Oct. 10. $24. Bergen County Players, Little Firehouse Theater, 298 Kinderkamack Road. 201-261-4200;

PRINCETON McCarter Theater Center Adaptation of “Baby Doll,” by Tennessee Williams. Through Oct. 11. $25 to $95.50. McCarter Theater Center, 91 University Place. 609-258-2787;

RED BANK Two River Theater “Seven Guitars,” by August Wilson. Through Oct. 4. $37 to $65. Two River Theater, 21 Bridge Avenue. 732-345-1400;

WEST ORANGE Luna Stage “The Tall Girls,” a play by Meg Miroshnik. Oct. 8 through Nov. 1. $27 to $37. Luna Stage, 555 Valley Road. 973-395-5551;

WEST WINDSOR Kelsey Theater, West Windsor Campus, Mercer County Community College “The Fantasticks,” musical by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt. Through Oct. 4. $16 to $20. “Around the World in 80 Days,” Mark Brown’s adaptation of the Jules Verne novel. Oct. 9 through 18. $14 to $18. Kelsey Theater, West Windsor Campus, Mercer County Community College, 1200 Old Trenton Road. 609-570-3333;

Most Popular Shows across the Hudson



Top-grossing Broadway shows for the week ending Sept. 27.

  1. The Lion King
  2. Hamilton
  3. The Book of Mormon
  4. Wicked
  5. Aladdin
  6. An American in Paris
  7. Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
  8. Kinky Boots
  9. Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I
  10. The Phantom of the Opera

Source: The Broadway League

The Theater Project teams up with animal rescue group to raise funds for Cause 4 Paws


Theater Cats Are Seeing a Show!


Although Cause 4 Paws is an all-volunteer organization, it still costs money to rescue a stray cat – vet bills, food and medication all require cash. So at the Thursday, October 15 performance of BUYER AND CELLAR, Cause 4 Paws is teaming up with the Theater Project—50% of the ticket price will go to Cause 4 Paws when patrons use the code C4P.

Cause 4 Paws, Inc. is a small, all-volunteer feline rescue group, in existence for almost 14 years, and has already found homes for over 2,500 orphaned cats. Two of those cats are now living with Theater Project artistic director Mark Spina. “Cause4Paws is always looking for temporary foster homes for stray kittens and cats until permanent homes can be found, so I volunteered to take them in for a short time, but I couldn’t let them go. The technical term for me is ‘foster failure’.” It was his connection to the group’s mainstays, Christine Wagner and Diane Carl, that led to the collaboration of the BUYER AND CELLAR benefit performance.

“We’re holding a reception before the show,” says Diane. “We hope people will come early, socialize, learn a little more about C4P, and then enjoy the performance. If we fill the house, we can make over $1000.” That’s a lot of cat food. Learn more about the group’s work at .

BUYER AND CELLAR, a hit in New York and New Brunswick, is now being produced by The Theater Project in Maplewood, NJ. Jonathan Tolins’ play imagines a young out-of-work actor fortunate enough to get the dream job of keeping Barbra Streisand’s private underground shopping mall organized and ready for its only customer –- but can he resist the temptation to say “Hello, Gorgeous?”

Jason Gillis Jason Gillis plays the young actor and all the people he encounters “down below” including the great one herself. New to New Jersey, Jason has been acting steadily with area companies since graduating from Kean University. When he is not acting or dancing, Jason is the Education Program Manager at Paper Mill Playhouse. He is pictured here holding Mr.C, the companion of the show’s director David Christopher, who has been acting and directing in New Jersey theaters for over 40 years (Christopher, not the cat).

tpphoto BUYER AND CELLAR is the final production of THREE PLAYS IN THREE WEEKS, an entire season of entertainment delivered in less than one month by The Theater Project, the professional theater company at the Burgdorff Center in Maplewood. The Theater Project also offers programs such as workshops and presentations with professional playwrights, and classes for kids in theater, juggling and music, in Cranford, Maplewood and Union. For information, visit:



WHO: Cause 4 Paws and The Theater Project

WHEN: Thursday, October 15, at 8 PM, preshow reception at 7:30

BUYER AND CELLAR runs October 8-18, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 PM; Sunday at 2 PM

WHERE: THE THEATER PROJECT at the Burgdorff Center, 10 Durand Rd, Maplewood, NJ

TIX: $30 for adults; use code C4P to donate half the ticket price ($15) to Cause 4 Paws rescue group.

Liz Zazzi and Jennifer Robbins in ‘Collected Stories’ at The Company

collected stories

​Discount tickets only on sale for another two weeks:

Opens tonight: ‘Taming of the Shrew’ at Dover Little Theatre


The Taming of the Shrew

by William Shakespeare

Directed by Alex Oleksij


  • October 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11,15, 16, 17
  • Evening shows at 8pm; matinees at 2pm
  • Tickets are $17.00 each

The main plot depicts the courtship of Petruchio and Katherina, the headstrong, obdurate shrew. Initially, Katherina is an unwilling participant in the relationship, but Petruchio tempers her with various psychological torments—the "taming"—until she becomes a compliant and obedient bride. The subplot features a competition between the suitors of Katherina's more desirable sister, Bianca.


Dover Little Theater     W. Elliott Street Dover, NJ (973) 328-9202

‘Ken Ludwig’s A Comedy of Tenors’ at McCarter Theatre Center

AComedyOfTenors-bg Long-awaited follow-up to Ludwig’s Lend Me Tenor runs on the Matthews Stage with an all-star ensemble cast including Ron Orbach, Rob McClure, Antoinette Lavecchia, Bradley Dean, Kristen Martin, Bobby Conte Thornton, and Lisa Brescia.

Ken Ludwig’s A Comedy of Tenors runs Oct. 13 – Nov. 1 on the Matthews Stage. 
Tickets are available now at the McCarter Box Office, online at or by phone at 609-258-2787

After an opening run praised by both critics and audiences in the Cleveland area, McCarter Theatre Center will continue the 2015/2016 Theatre Season with the world-premiere co-production of Ken Ludwig’s A Comedy of Tenors. Mr. Ludwig, one of theatres most accomplished comedic playwrights, returns to McCarter with this door-slamming comedic tour-de-force featuring some of the most beloved characters from his critically acclaimed and Tony Award-winning smash hit, Lend Me a Tenor. This production marks Mr. Ludwig’s second McCarter production of 2015, after the record-breaking world premiere co-production of Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery in March.  A Comedy of Tenors is a co-production with Cleveland Play House, and directed by Stephen Wadsworth, one of America’s most influential directors of both opera and comedy.

About the Play

Amidst the glitz and glamour of 1930s Paris, producer - and former mayor of Cleveland - Henry Saunders (Ron Orbach) is attempting to stage the concert of the century with three of the world’s greatest opera sensations. Straightaway, Saunders hits a snag when Italian superstar and notorious male diva, Tito Merelli (Bradley Dean), threatens to quit the show after finding his wife, the hot-blooded Maria (Antoinette Lavecchia), in the arms of another man (or so it would seem).

Acomedy robmcclure Reluctantly thrust into the action, Saunders’ ex-assistant Max (Tony Award nominee Rob McClure-photo) tries to navigate the situation as Tito and Maria’s passionate and fiery relationship begins to cause chaos on an operatic level. Whirlwind appearances by Tito and Maria’s daughter Mimi (Kristen Martin), heartthrob tenor Carlo (Bobby Conte Thornton) and Tito’s old flame Tatiana (Lisa Brescia) turn the pressure up as opening night draws near.

A Comedy of Tenors is the follow-up to Ludwig’s smash Lend Me a Tenor, which introduced audiences to some of the most hilarious and over the top characters on the stage. Frank Rich of the New York Times called the show "One of the two great farces by a living writer," and The Washington Post dubbed it "One of the classic comedies of the 20th century.” Like its predecessor, A Comedy of Tenors promises remarkable physical humor, fast-paced dialogue, and laughs from beginning to end.


Acomedy  Ron Orbach, Bradley Dean and Lisa Brescia     Ron Orbach, Bradley Dean and Lisa Brescia (photo credit: Roger Mastroianni)

Ken Ludwig (Playwright) has had six shows on Broadway and seven in London’s West End, and his plays and musicals have been performed in more than 30 countries in over 20 languages. His first play on Broadway, Lend Me A Tenor, which the Washington Post called "one of the classic comedies of the 20th century,” won two Tony Awards and was nominated for seven. He has also won two Laurence Olivier Awards (England’s highest theater honor), the Charles MacArthur Award, two Helen Hayes Awards, the Edgar Award for Best Mystery from The Mystery Writers of America, the SETC Distinguished Career Award, and the Edwin Forrest Award for Services to the American Theatre. His plays have been commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Bristol Old Vic. He has written 22 plays and musicals, including Crazy For You (five years on Broadway and the West End, Tony and Olivier Award Winner for Best Musical), Moon Over Buffalo (Broadway and West End), The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Broadway), Treasure Island (West End), Twentieth Century (Broadway), Leading Ladies, Shakespeare in Hollywood, The Game’s Afoot, The Fox on the Fairway, The Three Musketeers and The Beaux’ Stratagem.

For more information, please visit

More information on Ken Ludwig’s A Comedy of Tenors may be found online at McCarter Theatre Center’s dedicated website for the production.

The actors and stage managers for this production are members of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States.


Live at the Library –Sneak Peek with Ken Ludwig

Friday, October 9 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm – Princeton Public Library

Comedy mastermind and author of A Comedy of Tenors, Ken Ludwig, will visit the Princeton community’s “living room” to discuss the creation of the sidesplitting sequel to his international hit Lend Me a Tenor, as well as his life-long love of opera. He will also provide insider’s information on the A Comedy of Tenors world-premiere production, directed by Stephen Wadsworth.

The event will take place from 7:00pm to 8:30pm in the Princeton Public Library’s Community Room (on the first floor adjacent to the Library CafĂ©). The Princeton Public Library is located at 65 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, NJ. No RSVP or ticket is required to attend the discussion; it is free and open to the public.

Dialogue on Drama

Join us for a special post show discussion with director Stephen Wadsworth after the Sunday, October 18th 2:00 p.m. matinee performance. This is a free event, no RSVP req.
Post-Show Discussions

Post-show discussions at McCarter are highly interactive audience-based conversations facilitated by a member of McCarter’s artistic staff, often featuring cast members. These discussions focus on a range of topics including how artistic choices were made for the production, the actors’ process, and reflections and questions from audience members. Post-show discussions occur directly following the 2:00 p.m. performance on Sunday,
Oct. 25 and following the 7:30 p.m. performance on Thursday, Oct. 29.

Inside Story

Join us 45 minutes before any performance of Ken Ludwig’s A Comedy of Tenors for a talk led by a member of McCarter’s artistic staff. Hear about what inspired the play, its unique creation and style, and much more. All Inside Story talks for A Comedy of Tenors will take place in the West Lobby unless otherwise noted in the lobby upon arrival.
Ticket Information and Performance Schedule
Single tickets for Ken Ludwig’s A Comedy of Tenors start as low as $25 and are on sale now online at, by phone at (609) 258-2787, or in person at the McCarter Theatre Ticket Office, located at 91 University Place in Princeton. A Comedy of Tenors will be performed on the Matthews Stage. The production runs 1 hour and 40 minutes, with one 15 minute intermission.

Tuesday               Oct. 13                                  7:30 p.m.
Wednesday        Oct. 14                                  7:30 p.m.
Thursday             Oct. 15                                  7:30 p.m.
Friday                    Oct. 16                                  8:00 p.m. (Opening Night/Press Opening)
Saturday              Oct. 17                                  3:00 p.m.
Saturday              Oct. 17                                  8:00p.m.
Sunday                 Oct. 18                                  2:00 p.m. (Dialogue on Drama)
Thursday             Oct. 22                                 7:30 p.m. (Pride Night)

Friday                    Oct. 23                                  8:00 p.m.

Saturday              Oct. 24                                  3:00 p.m.
Saturday              Oct. 24                                  8:00 p.m. (Open Captioning Performance)
Sunday                 Oct. 25                                  2:00 p.m. (Post-Show Discussion)
Thursday             Oct. 29                                  7:30 p.m. (Post-Show Discussion, Audio Description)
Friday                    Oct. 30                                  8:00 p.m.
Saturday              Oct. 31                                  3:00 p.m.

Saturday              Oct. 31                                  8:00 p.m.
Sunday                 Nov. 1                                   2:00 p.m. (Closing)

Ken Ludwig’s A Comedy of Tenors
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 by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.

‘Violet’ a musical next at Pennington Players


The Pennington Players are bringing Violet, a musical story about the growth and enlightenment of a young woman scarred by a childhood accident, to the stage of Kelsey Theatre. Performances are November 6, 7, 13, 14 at 8:00 pm and November 8 & 15 at 2:00 pm. Kelsey Theatre is located on the college’s West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. A reception with the cast and crew follows the opening night performance on November 6th.

Based on the short story “The Ugliest Pilgrim,” by Doris Betts, Violet borrows its musical style from the American traditions of blues, gospel, and folk. Featuring the music of Jeanine Tesori and book and lyrics by Brian Crawley, the original production opened in 1997 to critical acclaim. The play won the New York Drama Critics Circle and Lucille Lortel Awards for Best Musical as well as the Richard Rodgers Production Award. Violet is an early work by the composer Jeanine Tesori, whose best-known later works range from big-name movie adaptations of Shrek and Thoroughly Modern Millie to more adventurous terrain Caroline, or Change, her collaboration with Tony Kushner, which is also set in the civil rights era South.

The title character is a young woman from the hills of North Carolina.  An accident involving an ax-head has left her badly disfigured.  She sets out on a bus trip to Tulsa, the city that is home to a televangelist faith healer who, Violet is convinced, will restore her to a normal appearance.  During the ride, she meets a pair of soldiers heading to Fort Smith, Arkansas.  One, Monty, is white, one, Flick, is black.  In the South of 1964, she finds a kinship with Flick, who, like her, is immediately judged by strangers because of his appearance.  The real question the show ponders is “What is beauty?”

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Leading the cast as Violet Karl is Shannen Doyle of Kendall Park; Kyrus Keenan Westcott of Hamilton as Flick; and Ben Menahem of Plainsboro as Monty. Completing the cast are Julia Toto of Pennington as Young Violet; William Kamps of Burlington as Father; Jaimie McMillin of Bordentown as the Old Lady; Tia Brown of Lawrenceville as the Music Hall singer; Jaleesa Moore of North Brunswick as Lula Buffington; Faye Macey of Philadelphia, PA as the Landlady; Michael Zweig of Philadelphia, PA as the Preacher; Michael Gearty of Langhorne, PA as Virgil; and Tom Bessellieu of Lawrenceville as the Bus Driver.

Jenn Gregg of Ewing is the producer, with stage direction by Frank Ferrara of West Windsor. The production staff is completed by Musical Director Shannon Ferrara of West Windsor; Associate Music Director Mike Gilch of Princeton; Stage Manager, Vianna Fagel of Lambertville; choreography by Nicole Farina-Machin of Columbus; set design by Bryan Schendlinger of Langhorne, PA; lighting design by Judi Parrish of West Trenton; sound design by Wayne Irons of Princeton; costume design by Jay Stevens of Pennington; and properties by Dottie Farina of Hamilton.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, and $16 for students and children.  Tickets are available online,, or by calling the Kelsey Theatre Box Office at 609-570-3333.  Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible, with free parking available next to the theater.

+Photo credit:  Rob Gougher

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Premiere Stages at Kean University Seeks Submissions for 12th Annual Play Festival


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UNION, N.J. – Premiere Stages, the professional theatre company in residence at Kean University, is now accepting submissions for the 12th annual Premiere Stages Play Festival.  This yearly competition for unproduced scripts offers developmental and production opportunities to four playwrights born or currently residing in the greater metropolitan area (New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut).

Premiere will accept submissions through January 3, 2016, and select four finalists by March 1, 2016. All four finalists will receive developmental readings, scheduled for March 10-13, 2016, with a winner and runner-up to be announced in April 2016. The festival winner will be awarded a $2,000 advance and receive a full Equity production during Premiere Stages’ 2016 Season; the runner-up will receive $750 and an Equity workshop in June 2016. The two remaining finalists will receive an honorarium of $500.

“At Premiere Stages, regional dramatists are afforded the opportunity to have their topical plays fast-tracked from sit-down readings to fully staged productions within a few short months, ensuring that important new works are seen when they are still vital and relevant,” stated John J. Wooten, Producing Artistic Director and founder of Premiere Stages.

Through the uniquely accelerated Play Festival process, Premiere Stages provides an encouraging and focused environment in which playwrights can see their work move quickly from page to stage. Premiere Stages also actively advocates for Festival writers, helps playwrights reach out to other theatres to secure subsequent productions, and partners with other organizations and theatres to extend the profile and life of the works developed.

In the eleven seasons since its founding, the Premiere Stages Play Festival has received 3,000 submissions and developed more than forty plays. A number of Play Festival finalists have gone on to publication and successful productions in New York and at professional theatres across the globe. The 2015 Play Festival winner, The People Before the Park by Keith Josef Adkins, set box office records after being featured in American Theatre Magazine and NPR’s All Things Considered. Multiple plays developed through the Festival have been recognized by the American Theatre Critics Association, including Tammy Ryan’s Lost Boy Found in Whole Foods (winner of the 2012 Francesca Primus Prize), Dominique Morriseau’s Follow Me to Nellie’s (runner-up for the 2012 Francesca Primus Prize), Kathryn Grant’s The Good Counselor (2011 Steinberg/ATCA Citation), and Erik Gernand’s The Beautiful Dark (nominated for the 2013 ATCA Steinberg Award).

All 2016 Play Festival entries will be evaluated by a panel of theatre professionals in consultation with the Producing Artistic Director and Resident Dramaturg. Agents and theatre professionals with an affiliation to Premiere Stages may submit full scripts; playwrights may submit a synopsis and script sample directly. The submission deadline is January 3, 2016, and there is no fee to enter the competition. Complete submission guidelines are available at Interested playwrights are encouraged to review Premiere Stages’ production history, which is also posted on the website.

Premiere Stages offers affordable prices, air-conditioned facilities and free parking close to the theatre. Premiere Stages also provides free or discounted tickets to patrons with disabilities. All Premiere Stages facilities are fully accessible spaces, and companion seating is available for patrons with disabilities. Assistive listening devices and large print programs are available at all times; publications in alternate formats are available with advanced notice. Please call (908) 737-4092 for a list of sign-interpreted, audio-described or open-captioned performances. For more information, visit Premiere Stages online at

Premiere Stages is made possible in part through funding from The New Jersey State Council on the Arts, The Shubert Foundation, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, The Northfield Bank Foundation, The Provident Bank Foundation, Union County HEART Grants, The Hyde and Watson Foundation, The Union Foundation, E.J. Grassmann Trust, The New Jersey Theatre Alliance’s Stages Festival and through the generous support of individual patrons. Discover Jersey Arts is our marketing partner. Visit for more information about other arts programming happening around the Garden State.


1. Andy Truschinski and Billy Eugene Jones in Keith Josef Adkins's The People Before the Park, Winner of the 2015 Premiere Stages Play Festival. Photo by Mike Peters.

First ever CSC Fringe Festival opens with ‘Chip and Gus: A Ping Pong Play’


Centenary Stage Company brings the unconventional and inventive to the Skylands Region with  John Ahlin and Christopher Patrick Mullen’s, Chip and Gus: A Ping Pong Play on October 31 through November 1 in the Edith Kutz Theater located in the David and Carol Lackland Center as part of the first ever CSC Fringe Festival.

Fringe theatre has gained national and international momentum with festivals popping up all over the country and world, most notably in the United States with the New York International Fringe Festival. This movement, called Fringe Theatre (or Fringe Festivals), provides a forum for experimental theatre artists and celebrates "risky" theater that pushes boundaries in both style and content. Fringe Theatre can incorporate traditional theatre, dance, music, puppetry, spoken word, film and visual arts to create a unique performance art that doesn’t adhere strictly to one specific genre.

Written and performed by veteran New York City-based actors John Ahlin (An Enemy of the People, Arsenic and Old Lace) and Christopher Patrick Mullen, Chip and Gus: A Ping Pong Play is performed over a 90-minute ping pong game and tells the story of two colleagues who meet for their monthly ping pong game in the back of a nondescript bar in a nondescript college town. But this meeting is different. Tonight, to the real-time patter of paddles, buried secrets get uncovered, and the two realize that their lives are more entwined than they ever imagined.

Tickets for Chip and Gus:  A Ping Pong Play are $22.50 to $25.00 for adults with discounts available for students and children under 12.  Thursday evening enjoy a buy one/get one free special when purchasing tickets, in person, at the CSC box office 2 hours prior to that performance.  Performances for Chip and Gus:  A Ping Pong Play are Thursday, October 29 at 7:30pm, Friday, October 30 at 8 pm and Saturday, October 31 at 8 pm and Sunday, November 1 at 2 pm.

For more information or to purchase tickets visit or call the CSC box office at (908) 979 – 0900.  The box office is open Monday through Friday 1 – 5 pm and two hours prior to every performance.  Tickets may also be purchased at the LacklandCenter CSC box office during operational hours.  The box office is located in the David and Carol Lackland Center on the campus of Centenary College at 715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown, NJ.  All ticket sales are final.  Centenary Stage Company is a Not-For-Profit Professional Equity Theater in residence at Centenary College.  Centenary Stage Company is a member of Actors Equity Association, The Theatre Communications Group, The National New Play Network, The New Jersey Theatre Alliance and Discover Jersey Arts.

The 2015-16 season of performing arts events at the Centenary Stage Company is made possible through the generous support of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the NJ State Council on the Arts, the Shubert Foundation, the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, the Sandra Kupperman Foundation, and CSC corporate sponsors, including Premier Season Sponsor Heath Village Retirement Community, Silver Sponsors Hackettstown Regional Medical Center, Home Instead Senior Care (Washington), The Holiday Inn in Budd Lake, and Fulton Bank of New Jersey, and Centenary Stage Company members and supporters.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

‘Born Yesterday’ to open Cranford Dramatic Club season

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The opening show of the CDC theatre's 97th season is "Born Yesterday" by Garson Kanin. A Broadway triumph turned Academy Award nominated film, "Born Yesterday" is a deliciously witty screwball comedy about a corrupt businessman, Harry Brock, trying to get ahead in Washington. He hires a newspaperman, Paul Verall, to tutor his brassy girlfriend, Billie Dawn, but gets more than he bargained for when he discovers a little bit of learning can be a dangerous thing.

Directed by Eric Walby, the cast is led by Joe Leo as Paul Verall, Julie Ann Nolan as Billie Dawn and Matt Lafargue as Harry Brock. This will be Lafargue's first show at CDC Theatre but he is no stranger to the New Jersey theatre scene.

The cast also features Barry Leonard and Maureen Muldoon as Senator and Mrs. Hedges, Susan Roberts as Helen, James Beckman as the Bellhop, Brittany Patterson as the Assistant Manager and frequent CDC actor Joel Redmount as Devry.

562757_409015225795177_1583032338_n "Born Yesterday" opens Oct. 16 and runs through Oct. 24. For tickets and more information visit

CDC Theatre, 78 Winans Ave. Cranford, New Jersey

Funding has been made possible in part by the NJ State Council on the Arts, Dept. of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, through a grant administered by the Union County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs.