Saturday, March 8, 2014
A 'script in hand' performance of Strindberg's now classic play “The Father” is set for March 18th at 7:30pm. (Doors open: 7:00pm.) at the Hackensack Cultural Arts Center, 39 Broadway, Hackensack, NJ.
It's part of the Company’s “Ongoing Play Reading Series”
The suggested donation: $10
Reserve your seats: firstname.lastname@example.org
“I hope to see you there. Your continuing support ensures that we can continue to bring these wonderful classic plays to the community. So, please do come if you can.
Thank you so much.” Lou Scarpati (Managing Artistic Director)
The Company Theatre Group, Inc.,a non-profit 501c3 company
Hudson Theatre Works, New Jersey’s newest Equity theatre company will follow up last season’s successful production of Of Mice and Men and begin its second season with Dale Wasserman’s adaptation of Ken Kesey’s classic tale of freedom and compassion, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. It is scheduled to run Thursdays through Sundays, May 10th - 24th, at the Theatre at Weehawken High School, 53 Liberty Place, Weehawken, New Jersey, evenings at 8:00 PM and matinees at 2 PM. Tickets are $25 each, with senior and student discounts available.
Boisterous, ribald, and ultimately shattering, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is the unforgettable story of a mental hospital and its inhabitants. When a brash new inmate arrives, the rigid program of the ward is thrown up for grabs. In a world where sanity means conformity and following the rules is the only way to survive, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is a powerful exploration of both the beauty and the danger of being an original.
The production is directed by the company’s Artistic Director, Frank Licato (photo right). Mr. Licato (director of the Off-Broadway productions of Requiem for a Heavyweight, Lamppost Reunion, and Michael Puzzo’s Spirits of Exit Eleven) is the winner of a Perry Award for Best Director for his production of Grapes of Wrath, as well as an Applause Award from the New Jersey Theatre Alliance.
Other members of the creative team include: scenic/lighting designer John C. Shimrock, costume designer Ann Lowe, and sound designer Donald Stark. Hudson Theatre Works was founded by New Jersey residents Frank Licato, Gregory Erbach, and Karen Brady.
Hudson Theatre Works is 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 greater North Jersey through affordable performance, outreach, and theatre arts education. Off-Broadway theatre at affordable prices.
For information please visit: www.hudsontheatreworks.org
Friday, March 7, 2014
Auditions for Spelling Bee at Chester Theatre Group on March 16th & 18th
Sunday Afternoon, March 16 at 1:30 PM and
Tuesday Evening, March 18 at 7:30 PM
Six young people in the throes of puberty vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves. Along the way, they learn that winning isn’t everything and that losing doesn’t necessarily make you a loser. A hilarious tale of overachievers angst set to music.
DIRECTED BY ROSEANN RUGGIERO
MUSICAL DIRECTOR: TRACY LEE WITKO
CHOREOGRAPHER: MEGAN FERENTINOS
PERFORMANCES: MAY 2 - MAY 18, 2014
CAST: 4-5 men, 4-5 women, most of whom will double in various roles. Despite the fact that the student characters are all around 12 years old, the roles are open to people of all ages, shapes and sizes. Just make sure you can convincingly portray a 12-year-old.
REQUIREMENTS: All cast members must sing. They also should be able to perform relatively simple dance movements.
BE PREPARED : To sing a song in the show's style or from the show itself and bring sheet music. Accompanist will be provided.
If there are any questions, you may contact the director at Roseann1023@aol.com
54 GROVE STREET (AT THE CORNER OF MAPLE AVENUE), CHESTER, NJ
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Bergen County Players continues its "From Page to Stage" season with Christopher Sergel's adaptation of Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning landmark American classic "To Kill a Mockingbird" beginning Saturday, March 22nd and concluding Saturday, April 12th.
This timeless tale of innocence and tolerance follows the journey of a young white girl whose father has been appointed to defend a black man framed for a crime he claims he did not commit. Performed at the Little Firehouse Theatre in Oradell, the drama provides a poignant look at justice and the human spirit, as told through the eyes of a young girl learning the mysteries and realities of adulthood.
Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm ($20)and Sundays at 2:00 pm ($16). Tickets may be purchased online at www.bcplayers.org, by calling 201-261-4200 or by visiting the box office at 298 Kinderkamack Road during regular box office hours.
"To Kill a Mockingbird" contains strong racial language. It is as resonant today as it was when the play was set in the 1930s. As told with brilliant clarity through the memories of Jean Louise Finch, a grown-up Scout, the play is set in a small Alabama town during the Depression. Ten year old Scout and her brother, Jem, are being raised by their widower father, Atticus Finch, a lawyer, and by a strong-minded black housekeeper, Calpurnia. Scout and Jem's summer neighbor and friend, Dill, an imaginative, confident outsider, can see the community from a different perspective. From the start, there's a rumble of thunder just under the calm surface of life here. Atticus explains that he's defending a young Negro wrongfully accused of a grave crime and when Scout asks why, he replies, "Because if I didn't, I couldn't hold my head up."
Harper Lee first approached a publisher in 1957 with a series of short stories, and he recommended that she re-work the manuscript into a novel. The novel was published in 1960. It quickly garnered acclaim, winning the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1961, making Lee the first woman to win the award since 1942. The story was turned into a movie in 1962, starring Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch, winning numerous awards of its own. Dramatized for the stage by Christopher Sergel in 1970, the play is continuously produced throughout the country, including an annual production in Lee's hometown of Monroeville,
Alabama. The dramatization retained more of the original novel's prose than the movie.
"Ultimately it's all a matter of courage," states director Bunny Mateosian, "the notion of finding the balance between following what you think is right and seeing the world from someone else's perspective. Scout realizes that Atticus seeks the balance between these two notions and that he expects her, and indeed the entire community, to respect both. This is a powerful message for any time.
The key to adulthood is moving from the egotism of childhood to finding the common ground that allows us to live in a society."
To tell the timeless iconic tale, Director Bunny Mateosian has assembled an extraordinary cast of local talent. Dave Arts takes on the iconic role of Atticus Finch, imparting gentle wisdom to his children Scout (Gabby Marinich) and Jem (Christopher Heffernan). Mara Karg narrates her experiences as Jean Louise, warmly remembering Dill(Matthew Marinich) and Calpurnia (Shernetta Harris) while keeping a watchful eye toward the Radley (James Parent) house. Miss Maudie (Joanne Misha), Miss Stephanie (Karin Wander), Mrs. Dubose (Iris
Weinhouse), Heck Tate (Andrew Whitney), Reverend Sykes (Ennis Williams), and Walter Cunnigham (David Luke) populate the town of Maycomb. Bob Ewell (Howard Kerner) has accused Tom Robinson (Phil Hanna) of attacking his daughter Mayella (Rosemary DeFlorio). Judge Taylor (Kevern Cameron) presides over the trial as Mr. Gilmer (James Lesko) prosecutes Tom while Helen Robinson (Doria E. Hillsman) watches helplessly from the loft in the courtroom along with the Townspeople (Janica Carpenter, Caitlin Carpenter, Mariana Marinich, Lisa Dahlborg, Marisa Dolkart, Kelly Heffernan, and Teri Noel).
Director Bunny Mateosian of Closter is a BCP Life Member who has directed many shows in her thirty plus years with BCP, including "The Mousetrap," "Postmortem," "Whodunnit," "The Man Who Came to Dinner," and the world premiere of the original comedy, "The Most Ridiculous Thing You Ever Hoid." She has also delighted audiences with her performances in "The Full Monty," "Into the Woods," "The Women," "Lost In Yonkers," "The Beauty Queen of Leenane," for which she won the 2004 Perry Award for Outstanding Featured Actress, and BCP's world premiere of Rupert Holmes' thriller "Thumbs!" As chairperson of the costume committee for many seasons she has dressed countless shows, including "Into the Woods," "The Emperor's New Clothes," "A Few Good Men" and "The Women."
In addition to director Bunny Mateosian, the production team for "To Kill a Mockingbird" includes Michele Roth (Producer), Margaret McDonough (Assistant to the Director), Paul Reitnauer III (Stage Manager), Robert G. Oullette (Assistant Stage Manager/Crew Chief), Michael Smith (Set Design/Construction), Ellyn Essig (Set Décor), Allan Seward (Lighting Design), Joe Halajian (Sound Design), Katie Lupfer and Lynne Lupfer (Costumes), Laura Bateman (Properties Master), Pat Bain and Rob Kopil (Props and Crew), Julie Steckler-Kopil Lighting Operation), Elisabeth Erdmann (Sound Operation), Shiva Kiani and Paige Erdmann (Makeup), Barbara Mintz, Steve Mintz and Alan Zenreich (Photography), Marci Weinstein (Bios) and Peter Colletto (Technical Advisor).
TICKET AND SCHEDULE INFORMATION
* All performances for "To Kill a Mockingbird" take place at The Little Firehouse Theatre at 298 Kinderkamack Road in Oradell, home to the Bergen County Players since 1949. Performance times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm.
* Tickets for "To Kill a Mockingbird" are $20 for all evening performances, $16 for Sunday matinees, and can be purchased online at www.bcplayers.org, by calling 201-261-4200 or by visiting the box office at 298 Kinderkamack Road in Oradell during regular box office hours. Visa, Master Card, and American Express are accepted.
* Those interested in Group Sales of 20 or more tickets can call (201)261-4200, x6.
* As it has for the past few seasons, BCP will continue to offer a Questions & Artists (Q&A) discussion following select performances. The "To Kill a Mockingbird" Q&A will commence immediately following the March 28th, 2014 performance. Admission to the Q&A is included in the price of the ticket.
* Discount tickets for students age 25 and under with proper ID are available for $14 by phone or walk-up only. Student Rush tickets are also available for $5, beginning 30 minutes before curtain. The Student Rush is dependent upon availability, one ticket per student, payable in cash only.
* Parking is free at the Park Avenue municipal lot, across the street, one-half block north of the theater.
The Bergen County Players has grown tremendously from its roots as a small community theater when it was founded in 1932; today, nearly 300 volunteer members, working on and off stage, make possible the nine productions presented each season. The remaining season includes: "Ruthless! The Musical" (May 3rd to June 1st, 2014), with the remaining Second Stage production being "My Favorite Wife" (June 7th and June 8th, 2014).
Bergen County Players, Inc. is a non-equity, non-profit community theater company dedicated to presenting quality productions for the enrichment of the community.
Further information can be found at www.bcplayers.org.
Top Photo: (l-r) Dave Arts, Kevern Cameron, Rosemary DeFlorio, Andrew Whitney and Jim Lesko
2; (l-r) Dave Arts as Atticus and Gabby Marinich as Scout
3: (l-r) Christopher Heffernan as Jem, Gabby Marinich as Scout, and Matthew Marinich as Dill
Photos by Steve Mintz
Monday, March 3, 2014
The Theater Project inaugurates first annual Young FilmMakers Competition Open to all NJ secondary school students, ages 13 to 18.
Having encouraged young writers for a dozen years through its annual contest for high school playwrights, The Theater Project is reaching out to young movie enthusiasts as well in a Young Filmmakers Competition.
“Film and theater are both concerned with telling stories and exchanging ideas,” says competition coordinator Will Budnikov of Woodbridge. “Both mediums give kids the chance to develop critical thinking skills as they pick and choose the words and images that will tell their story.”
The Theater Project is an award-winning professional company in residence at The Burgdorff Cultural Center in Maplewood, NJ. Past winners of the Playwrights Competition have gone on to pursue degrees in theater and playwriting, and they often return to The Theater Project to present prizes and share their journeys with the newest honorees. The Theater Project hopes the same will hold true for the participants in the new filmmaking competition.
“The goal of all our programs – mainstage productions, playwrights workshops, classes and competitions for kids, artist panels and discussions – is to build a creative community that can support the artist in each one of us,” according to the company’s director, Mark Spina.
The competition will begin accepting submissions on March 1, 2014. New Jersey’s high school filmmakers may submit their DVDs via US mail no later than April 21. Films entered in the contest must be between 5 and 12 minutes long. There is a $20 entry fee. Finalists will be notified by May 15, and invited to the June screening of their work where the winners will be judged and prizes awarded. The screening will be open to the public.
DVD entries can be mailed to THE THEATER PROJECT, Box 101, Union, NJ 07083. Entrants should include a cover letter with a short biography of the entrant, including contact information and school attended, and a statement saying the film is being submitted by its owner or licensee, giving The Theater Project the right to publicly screen the film as part of the festival. DVD entries will not be returned.
“We want to make sure that kids know how appreciated their creative efforts are by showcasing them in front of the community,” says Budnikov. “In tough economic times, the arts sometimes get short changed as people struggle to make ends meet and schools see their budgets shrink. But when kids lose out on arts experiences, they miss opportunities to develop critical thinking and reading skills that are needed now more than ever.”
Among the judges of the competition will be Linden resident Bill Mesce, Jr., an award-winning playwright and screenwriter, whose recent short story collection, PRECIS, was published by Stephen F. Austin University Press. He is also the author of OVERKILL: THE RISE AND FALL OF THRILLER CINEMA, and writes regularly about film and television for the award-winning website, Sound on Sight.
Complete competition guidelines are available at TheTheaterProject.org.
WHAT: Young Filmmakers Competition
WHEN: April 21, 2014 Submission Deadline
WHO: NJ High School Students