Thursday, February 11, 2016

Chatham Players present 'The Lion in Winter' with Kevern Cameron and Maria Brodeur


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The Chatham Community Players continues its 94th Season of producing quality, powerful & challenging theater with James Goldman’s modern day classic, “The Lion in Winter”. This play will run from March 4 through March 19. Jim Peskin from West Orange direc

Sibling rivalry, adultery and dungeons, all can be found in James Goldman’s modern day classic, “The Lion in Winter”. Comedic in tone, dramatic in action; this play tells the story of the Plantagenet family who are locked in a free for all of competing ambitions to inherit a kingdom. The queen, and wealthiest woman in the world, Eleanor of Aquitaine, has been kept in prison since raising an army against her husband, King Henry II. Let out only for holidays, the play centers around the inner conflicts of the royal family as they fight over both a kingdom, as well as King Henry’s paramour during the Christmas of 1183. As Eleanor says, “every family has its ups and downs,” and this royal family is no exception. Director, Jim Peskin explained that “Lion in Winter took place a long time ago. Europe was just emerging from the reign of the tribes who destroyed the Roman Empire into the medieval feudal world. 

At first glance it is very foreign. William Goldman, the playwright, took a brilliant leap of imagination and found an amazing story of a love and family. The play he wrote contains a couple profoundly and passionately in love and the battles they have with three sons who test every fiber of their being. Along the way get to see brilliant characters who live or die by their wits, situations that are tender, moments that have true humor and several scenes that are really sexy.“



The talented and diverse group of actors comprising The Lion in Winter ensemble are ruled by Kevern Cameron of Hamburg as Henry II, King of England, Maria Brodeur of Rockaway as Queen Eleanor (photo), Matt Coakley of Gillette as John, Scott Tyler of Morristown as Geoffrey, Dominic Denucci of Teaneck as Richard the Lionheart, Adriana Spizuoco of Millburn as Alais Capet and Shane Long of Madison as Philip II, King of France.

“There is nothing like the succession of power to get everyone's blood boiling. This play is like 12th century version of `House of Cards', with everyone vying for power, plotting behind each other’s backs and doing everything they can to impress those around them with their political skills,” said Producer, Joelle Bochner.

Rounding out Peskin’s talented production team, the Producer is Joelle Bochner, Production Coordinator is Steve Ruskin, Stage Manager is Kate Pierce, Assistant Stage Manager is Mara Lundstrom, Scenic Designers are Roy Pancirov and Robert Lukasik, Scenic Painting by Andrea & Dean Sickler, Costume Designer is Beverly Wand, Lighting Designer is Richard Hennessy and Sound Designer is Joe DeVico.

At the center of the play is a struggle we all face, who am I in this world. There’s a lot going on and it’s fun to create and hopefully fun to watch,” said Peskin. Producer, Joelle Bochner added, “What a rich tapestry our director, Jim Peskin has woven, with not a single thread out of place.”
Box Office Information – Online Ticketing

Performance dates are March 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 and 19 at 8pm and March 13 at 3pm. All performances are at the Chatham Playhouse, 23 North Passaic Avenue, in Chatham. Tickets are $25 for adults and $23 for youth/senior.

Tickets can be purchased at our Box Office or Online. To access the theater’s online ticketing service, simply go to ccp.ticketleap.com. The service is available 24 hours a day, and tickets can be purchased online up until three hours prior to curtain on the day of a performance. Chatham Playhouse’s box office will begin accepting phone reservations on February 23 at (973) 635-7363. For information regarding box office hours, please call the box office number listed above. 

About the Chatham Playhouse

The Chatham Community Players has been entertaining residents of Morris County and the surrounding area since 1922. The organization’s mission is to produce high-quality theater for a diverse audience, while elevating its standard of excellence and providing a creative outlet with educational opportunities and outreach programs. For more information, including details of CCP’s 2015-2016 season, visit www.chathamplayers.org. Funding has been made possible in part by Morris Arts through the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.ts.


The Lion in Winter is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

photo by Howard Fisher

4th Wall Theatre presents SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD



4th Wall Theatre presents
SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD
Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown

Friday, March 11, 2016, at 8:00pm
Saturday, March 12, 2016, at 8:00pm
Sunday, March 13, 2016, at 3:00pm

at Westminster Arts Center
449 Franklin Street, Bloomfield, NJ
Adults/Seniors/Students: $25/22/18
http://www.4thwalltheatre.org/songs-for-a-new-world
or call (973) 566-WALL (9255)

In SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD, "It's about one moment." It's about hitting the wall and having to make a choice, or take a stand, or turn around and go back. In this song cycle, TONY Award winner Jason Robert Brown transports the audience from the deck of a 1492 Spanish sailing ship to a ledge 57 stories above Fifth Avenue to meet a startling array of characters - from centuries ago and from today - who have come to that one moment and have to decide what they are going to do. 

These are stories of relationships and loneliness, children and parents, death and birth, struggle and hope, and how we get through it all
together.

CAST
Marisa Cucuzza
Ilyssa DePonte
Julie Galorenzo
Cory Herbert
Angela Rose Masi
Joshua Powell
Jenna Rose Ravenda
Dan Vissers*
Andre Jamal Williams

*member, Actors Equity Association

STAFF
Director: Kate Swan
Music Director: Markus Grae-Hauck
Lighting Designer: Nik Marmo
Sound Designer: Nicholas Von Hagel
Stage Manager: Martha Thalheimer
Production Manager: Gwen Ricks-Spencer

Cast set for 2016 North Jersey Production of 'Listen To Your Mother' by Midtown Direct Rep and SOPAC


Midtown Direct Rep (MDR), SOPAC, and co-directors/producers Deborah Goldstein (Publisher, Village Q), Brooke Lefferts (Writer, Associated Press, NBC Today), Sandy Rustin(Playwright, Rated P ... for Parenthood, The Cottage, Struck) are pleased to announce the local cast of the 2016 Listen to Your Mother: North Jersey show, a national series of original live readings about motherhood . 


This 3rd Annual North Jersey production, presented by Midtown Direct Rep and SOPAC, will take place on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 5pm (Mainstage) and 7:30pm (Loft Theater) at The South Orange Performing Arts Center (One SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ, 07079).

Open auditions were held in late January, and 13 writers have been selected to join the movement of "giving motherhood a microphone." Tickets are $35-$45 and are available at www.sopacnow.org or by calling 973-313-ARTS (2787). For direct link to purchase tickets, please Click Here

This year, Listen to Your Mother will be presented in 41 cities across the United States and Canada with the mission of taking the audience on a well-crafted journey that celebrates and validates motherhood (in all of its complexity, diversity, and humor) in the form of original readings performed live on-stage by their authors.

Listen To Your Mother was conceived from the creative work of mothers who publish online, and each production is directed, produced, and performed by local communities, for local communities. 

The 2016 cast will feature some of North Jersey's most talented writers and bloggers including: Lois Gallt Accardi, Ralph Buchalter, Moira Deziel, Laura Epstein, Brie Latini, Pam Lobley, Allyson Murphy, Doreen Oliver, Pat Ostrander, Joy Peskin, Otise Schuk, Carrie Schwartz, and Elizabeth Trundle.

Listen To Your Mother is sponsored nationally by BlogHer, along with several local North Jersey sponsors (complete list TBA). Listen to Your Mother aims to support motherhood creatively through artistic expression, and also financially, through contributions to non-profit organizations supporting families in need. The North Jersey show will donate 10% of ticket proceeds to a local charity to be announced in the coming weeks.


To get a great sense of the show, please visit: https://www.youtube.com/user/LTYMShow


About Midtown Direct Rep
Midtown Direct Rep (MDR) is a professional, ensemble-based theater company in residence at the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) in South Orange, NJ. The company includes over 100 working Broadway actors and theater professionals who call South Orange and Maplewood home. Midtown Direct Rep is dedicated to developing and presenting new plays and musicals through its Theater in the Loft series, focusing on work that reflects our uniquely diverse community. For more information, visit http://www.middirrep.org.

AUDITION: Monty Python’s 'Spamalot' for Chatham Players

 

The Chatham Players is seeking performers for their upcoming production of Monty Python’s “Spamalot”, book and lyrics by Eric Idle, music by John Du Prez & Eric Idle. The production runs May 6 – 21, 2016at the Chatham Playhouse.  James Mosser directs, Patrick Phillips is Musical Director and Jennifer Williams, the Choreographer.  Rehearsals to begin in early March.
Auditions will be held on Monday, February 22 and Friday, February 26 from 7pm until 10pm at The Bickford Theatre located at the Morris Museum 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown, NJ.  Please prepare a joke and 32 bars of a song (in the style of the show). Be sure to bring sheet music in the appropriate key.  An accompanist will be provided.  Come prepared to dance.  Performers will also be asked to learn and perform a short dance combination. Headshots and resumes are not required but gladly received. 

The Chatham Players have an open call casting policy. ALL roles are open, none are precast, and everyone is encouraged to audition. Any questions, please call Leslie Williams at (973) 769-3886 or email ccpcasting@gmail.com.  For directions or additional information, please visit www.chathamplayers.org

Synopsis:
Telling the legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and the quest for the Holy Grail in song, Monty Python's Spamalot features "a chorus line of legless knights, men in tights (with legs), killer rabbits and sexy dancing divas! Monty Python's Spamalot is a adapted from the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Like the film, it is a highly irreverent parody of the tale, but it differs from the film in many ways.

Character Breakdowns: (13 Males, 7 Females)

KING ARTHUR (Late 30s-60s.): The King of England who sets out on a quest to form the Knights of the Roundtable and find the Holy Grail. Great Humor. Good singer.

SIR ROBIN (30s-40s): A Knight of the Roundtable. Ironically called ‘Sir Robin the Brave,’ though he couldn’t be more cowardly. Joins the Knights for the singing and dancing. Also plays GUARD 1 and BROTHER MAYNARD, a long-winded monk.

SIR LANCELOT (30s-40): A Knight of the Roundtable. He is fearless to a bloody fault but through a twist of fate, does discover his ‘softer side.’ This actor MUST be great with character voices and accents, as he also plays THE FRENCH TAUNTER, an arrogant, condescending, over-the-top Frenchman, the KNIGHT OF NI, an absurd, cartoonish leader of a peculiar group of Knights, and TIM THE ENCHANTER, a ghostly being with a Scottish accent.

PATSY (30s-40s): King Arthur’s horse and servant. Underappreciated but always longing for King Arthur’s approval. Good, funny, physical mover with some tap dancing. Also plays MAYOR, a jolly red-faced man who advertises the merits of his home town and the drunken, useless GUARD 2.

SIR GALAHAD (30s): A Knight of the Roundtable. Begins as Dennis, a lower class ‘mud gatherer’ who becomes Knighted and transforms into the dashing Sir Galahad. Also plays PRINCE HERBERT’S FATHER, a wealthy, brutish Yorkshireman man at odds with his sensitive son, THE BLACK KNIGHT who is always ready to duel despite multiple injuries. Strong bari tenor singing required.

SIR BEDEVERE (20s-40s): A Knight of the Roundtable. An inept scholar. Also plays DENNIS GALAHAD’S MOTHER, a shrill peasant woman, and CONCORDE, Sir Lancelot’s horse. No solo singing.

THE LADY OF THE LAKE (20s-30s ): A diva. Strong, beautiful, possesses mystical powers. The leading lady of the show. Great singing voice is essential, as she must be able to sing effortlessly in many styles and vocal registers, especially seeking actresses of all races for this role.

HISTORIAN/NOT DEAD FRED/ PRINCE HERBERT/ MINSTREL/ FRENCH GUARD (Tenor). A tweedy academic. Also plays NOT DEAD FRED, a sickly little fellow who -- despite others' beliefs -- claims he is "not yet dead"; a FRENCH GUARD, the condemnatory sidekick to the French Taunter; a MINSTREL in Sir Robin's band; and PRINCE HERBERT, the hopeful and frilly prince who loves to sing and pines for his love atop a tower. Tenor singing required. Very good mover.

ENSEMBLE: (6 Men, 6 Women) EVERY "Ensemble" member plays at least SIX roles. The busiest principal player plays only FIVE roles.
MALE ENSEMBLE (6 men). Seeking strong dancers and singers to play many roles including the other Knights of the Round Table, Sir Not Appearing, Sir Bohrs, Bodies in "Not Yet Dead," the Dancing Monk, the Dancing Nun, French Citizens, Finland Citizens, a French Guard, Robin's Minstrel, and more! Strong dance skills preferred; tap skills a bonus.

FEMALE ENSEMBLE (6 women). Seeking strong dancers and singers to play many roles including the Camelot Girls, the Laker Girls, a French Guard, Knights of Ni, two of Robin's Minstrels, French Citizens, Finland Citizens, and more! Strong dance skills preferred, tap skills a bonus.

Heavy Hitters Vie for $500 Prize in Theater Project Short Play Fest


Which play will be voted Audience Favorite – the drama about Syrian refugees, the millennial romance, or the satire about censorship?  And which author will take the $500 Judge’s Pick Award – the psychologist or the software developer, the teacher or the film director? (In this business, everybody needs a day job!)

Join The Theater Project, a professional theater in Maplewood, NJ, when they showcase eight short plays in their third annual one-act competition, THINK FAST, February 19-21, 2016 at the Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts. The contest, open to playwrights in the New Jersey-New York area, invites the audience to vote for their favorite short play. Votes are tallied and winners announced at an open reception following the Sunday afternoon performance.
 
“It’s not going to be an easy decision,” says artistic director Mark Spina. “We have an especially strong line-up, with a great variety of themes and characters. We are thrilled that so many terrific writers wanted to participate.”
 
The company invited submissions last fall, and chose eight finalists to present their work. This year’s plays include: “White Roux” by Stephen Bracco, “Father Knows Best” by Joshua Kaplan, “Bimbo Feminist” by Alisa Snider, “Posturing” by Jason Kurtz, “Two Women in Budapest” by Mary Teitelbaum, “The Literary Merit of People's Exhibit One” by Zames Curran, “The Wink” by Jonathan Citron and “90 Days” by Rolando Sanchez.
 
“Seeing the work of new artists brings out the artist in each one of us,” said Spina. “At a time when budgets for the arts and arts education are ever-shrinking, The Theater Project continues to provide outlets for actors, writers and directors as well as a venue for original short works. We think our audience will be impressed with the range of subjects and styles that THINK FAST offers.”
 
Performances will be Friday, February 19 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, February 20 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, February 21 at 2 p.m. The audience will be asked to vote for its two favorite plays after each show and a special award for “Audience Favorite” will also be announced after the February 21 performance along with the $500 Judges’ Prize. In addition to Best Play, a panel of judges will also bestow awards for Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Director.
 
Tickets may be purchased online www.thetheaterproject.org or at the box office before each performance at the Burgdorff Center, 10 Durand Rd, Maplewood, NJ.
 
 
WHAT:        THINK FAST: authors of eight short plays compete for a $500 prize
 
WHO:          The Theater Project, professional company in residence at the Burgdorff Center for the Arts
 
WHEN:        February 19 – 21
Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday 2 p.m
 
WHERE:  Burgdorff Center,10 Durand Rd, Maplewood, NJ
 
TIX:  0 ($10 students) at TheTheaterProject.org
 
INFO:     908 809-8865
 
PHOTO:       Winner of the 2015 THINK FAST Competition: Tylie Shider
 
                                   
 
 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

A Bronx Tale: The Musical at Paper Mill Playhouse


Paper Mill Playhouse is proud to announce complete casting for the world premiere musical A Bronx Tale: The Musical. The musical is co-directed by two-time Oscar winner Robert De Niro and four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks, with choreography by four-time Drama Desk Award nominee Sergio Trujillo. A Bronx Tale: The Musical features a book by Chazz Palminteri, music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Glenn Slater.

Leading the company are Jason Gotay as Calogero, Joshua Colley as Young Calogero, Nick Cordero as Sonny, Richard H. Blake as Lorenzo, Coco Jones as Jane and Lucia Giannetta as Rosina. A Bronx Tale: The Musical will run at the Millburn, New Jersey theater from February 4, 2016, through March 6, 2016.

Based on the real life story by Chazz Palminteri‚ A Bronx Tale: The Musical is set against the backdrop of racial strife and organized crime in the 1960s. It is the story of an Italian-American teenager finding his path in life as he must choose between the father who raised him and a mob-boss father figure who fascinates him.

A Bronx Tale: The Musical will be performed at Paper Mill Playhouse eight times a week, Wednesday through Sunday. Performance schedule: Wednesday at 7:30pm, Thursday at 1:30pm and 7:30pm, Friday at 8:00pm, Saturday at 1:30pm and 8:00pm and Sunday at 1:30pm and 7:00pm. Tickets are on sale now starting at $32. Tickets may be purchased by calling 973.376.4343, at the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office at 22 Brookside Drive in Millburn, or online at www.PaperMill.org. Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express accepted. Groups of 10 or more can receive up to a 40% discount on tickets and should call 973.315.1680. College students may order $20 rush tickets over the phone or in person at the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office on the day of the performance.

FOR TICKETS VISIT www.PaperMill.org.

Kean University Department of Theatre to Commemorate 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s Death with Julius Caesar


Kean University’s Department of Theatre will commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death with an innovative production of Julius Caesar. Directed by associate professor of theatre Ernest W. Wiggins, Julius Caesar will run February 19 - 27 in Kean’s Wilkins Theatre, located on the University’s main campus at 1000 Morris Avenue in Union. Inspired by historical events, Julius Caesar charts the conspiracy to murder Caesar, the iconic Roman general and statesman, and the power struggle that inevitably followed his death.

“This show is about political ambition, corruption and betrayal,” stated Mr. Wiggins. “At its heart, Julius Caesar is also about power, how it’s won and how it’s lost. Think of a situation where suspicion rules, regime change is always a possibility, and ambition is the motive for action. Ultimately Julius Caesar asks us to consider envy, jealousy and murder.”

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Comedy 'Becky Shaw' next at Centenary Stage Company



With a professional theater season full of premieres and award winning women playwrights, Centenary Stage Company keeps the ball rolling with the bitingly hilarious Becky Shaw running February 19 through March 6 in the Lackland Center. A Pulitzer Prize finalist, Off-Broadway smash hit and now NJ Premiere, Becky Shaw is a comedy from Obie Award-winning playwright Gina Gionfriddo.

Centenary Stage Company’s Becky Shaw is directed by the Tony nominated Lynne Taylor-Corbett. Ms. Taylor - Corbett (photo) directed last season’s critically acclaimed CSC world premiere of “In the Car with Blossom and Len” and has received Tony Nominations for best director, as well as, best choreographer for Broadway’s “Swing!”. Recipient of Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel nominations for Off Broadway productions of “Wanda’s World” and “My Vaudeville Man” her work spans the gamut of theatre, dance, television and film. Ms. Taylor-Corbett has choreographed works for American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, among others. Her works have been featured on “Live from Lincoln Center” and National Public Television. Feature films include “Footloose”, “My Blue Heaven” and “Bewitched”. In 2011, she created a production of Kurt Weill’s “Seven Deadly Sins” for New York City Ballet, with Patti LuPone in the Lotte Lenya role. Her adaptation of “The Lion King” is in its seventh year at Disney’s park in Hong Kong and her production of “Cougar the Musical” is currently playing Off Broadway. Ms. Taylor-Corbett, a proud member of the Society of Directors and Choreographers, co-wrote and directed Good Housekeeping’s benefit for the National Women’s History Museum, featuring Meryl Streep, is on the board of Rosie’s Broadway Kids and has served as a consultant for the Hunger Project. 

Becky Shaw features a talented cast of professional actors from New York City and New Jersey. Returning home to the CSC stage is Alycia M. Kunkle as the financially dependent Suzanna. A former CSC intern, Kunkle was featured in CSC productions, Ladies Man, A Christmas Carol and various WPS readings including The Text of Sex. An MFA graduate from Ohio University’s Professional Actor Training Program, Kunkle received a New Hampshire Theatre Award nomination for her role in Charley’s Aunt (Amy Spettigue) directed by Charles Morey at the Peterborough Players.

A fresh face to the CSC stage, Terence MacSweeny joins the cast as the cynical pull-no-punches Max, Suzanna’s adopted brother. An MFA graduate from Columbia University’s School of the Arts, MacSweeny has worked at Classic Stage Company, The Pearl Theatre, The Arden Theatre, Colorado Shakespeare Festival and the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey to name a few. 
Another new comer to the CSC stage is Aaron Matteson. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College's Theatre Program, as well as, an alum of the Actors Theatre of Louisville Acting Apprenticeship, Matteson makes a turn as the ever helpful and loving Andrew, Suzanna’s husband.

Making her CSC debut is Suzzane Kimble in the title role of the emotionally charged Becky Shaw. Kimble is an MFA graduate of The Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University. Recent credits include; A Street Car Named Desire (Majestic Theater), Table Manners (Winnipesaukee Playhouse) and Round & Round the Garden (Attic Ensemble). 


No stranger to the CSC stage or audiences, Centenary Stage Company’s very own, Catherine Rust (photo) returns to the stage. After her delightful turn in Martin McDonagh’s The Cripple of Inishmaan Rust graces the Sitnik stage as Susan, Suzanna’s “tell it like it is” mother.

"Gina Gionfriddo's comedy of bad manners, a tangled tale of love, sex and ethics among a quartet of men and women in their thirties, is as engrossing as it is ferociously funny, like a big box of fireworks fizzing and crackling across the stage from its first moments to its last…deftly plotted, scabrous and sharp-witted…One of the great pleasures of BECKY SHAW is the way the moral ground keeps shifting underneath your feet." (NY Times). 
When Suzanna decides to set her best friend Max up on a blind date with her husband's mysterious co-worker, Becky Shaw, she sets into motion a series of cataclysmic events forever changing all of their lives. Mixing sharp wit and humor with the taut suspense of a psychological thriller, Becky Shaw is a comedy of romantic errors that keeps audiences at the edge of their seats guessing what will happen next.

 Entertainment Weekly has said, "The characters in Gionfriddo’s blind-date-gone-bad black comedy share the potential to revolt…They’re also subversively funny—and improbably charming. Grade: A." Performances for Centenary Stage Company’s NJ premiere of Gina Gionfriddo’s Becky Shaw are Thursdays, February 25 and March 3 at 7:30pm; Fridays, February 19, 26 and March 4 at 8pm; Saturdays, February 20, 27 and March 5 at 8pm; Sundays, February 21, 28 and March 6 at 2pm and Wednesdays, February 24 and March 2 at 2pm.
 Centenary Stage Company is also offering a buffet matinee for the Wednesday, February 24 2pm performance. All performances are located in the Sitnik Theater of the Lackland Center (photo); 715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown, NJ.

Tickets are $25.00 for adults on Friday and all matinee performances. Saturday evening performances are $27.50 for adults. Thursday evening performances are $25.00 for all seats with a 2 for 1 rush ticket special when purchased in person at the CSC box office two hours prior to the performance. Buffet/matinee is $42.50 per person with a minimum of 25 people. To reserve for the buffet/matinee contact the CSC box office directly.

For more information or to purchase tickets visit centenarystageco.org or call the CSC box office at (908) 979 – 0900. The box office is open Monday through Friday from 1 – 5pm and 2 hours prior to every performance. The CSC box office is located in the Lackland Center; 715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown, NJ. Centenary Stage Company can also be found on social media platforms Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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
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photos courtesy of CSC

CAST PICTURE:
Pictured: (left to right; front to back)
Front -
(left front) Terence MacSweeny as Max(center front) Alycia M. Kunkle as Suzanna(right front) Aaron Matteson as Andrew
Back –
(back center) Suzanne Kimball as Becky

Not Pictured:
Catherine Rust as Susan

'When We Are Married' Opens Friday, March 4th at Chester Theatre Group

Jim Clancy & Lynn Hart  (photo: Stephen Catron)

The Chester Theatre Group presents When We Are Married starting on Friday, March 4th and extending for eight shows through Saturday, March 19th. Performances are Friday and Saturdays at 8:00 and Sundays at 2:00pm. Tickets are $20.00 with a discounted price of $18.00 for seniors over 65 and students under 18. Tickets may be purchased online at www.chestertheatregroup.org.



A farcical comedy by J.B. Priestley, the talented cast includes Jason Cilento, Dunellen; Jim Clancy, Basking Ridge; Matt Cotton, Sparta; Rachael Dimichino, Succusunna; Lynn Hart, Wharton; Carol Holland, Long Valley; Judi Laganga, Roselle Park; Gloria Lamoureux (photo), Succasunna; Robert Longstreet, Bridgewater; Robert Mackasek, Mendham; Lauri MacMillan, Rockaway; and Roxanna Wagner, Mendham.

Married life is about to get very interesting. Set on a September evening around 1908, this timeless British comedy centers on three couples who gather to celebrate their joint silver wedding anniversaries. As the evening progresses, one outrageous secret is revealed: the parson who married them wasn’t authorized to perform marriages, thus, they were never actually married and these uptight, distinguished couples have been “living in sin” for twenty-five years. When each couple samples a taste of single life once again, their relationships are vigorously and hilariously put to the test, and the elephant in the room can’t be ignored. Do they really want to be married after all?



The Chester Theatre Group performs in The Black River Playhbouse, an intimate, 100-seat theater in the heart of Chester Borough’s historic district. The venue’s in-the-round format ensures that every seat offers an engaging, memorable experience for each audience member. 
The theater is located on the corner of Grove Street and Maple Avenue. For more information, visit the CTG website at http://www.chestertheatregroup.org.




Nureyev's Eyes now at George Street Playhouse





Nureyev`s Eyes 

February 2 - 21, 2016

by David Rush
directed by Michael Mastro
with Will Connell and Bill Dawes

Fighting personal demons and demanding perfection, American painter Jamie Wyeth and Russian ballet and film star Rudolf Nureyev develop a friendship that transcends their differences and lasts until the end of Nureyev’s storied career and too-short life. 


Struggling to capture the icon on paper and canvas, Wyeth is not satisfied until an unexpected breakthrough provides new inspiration -- opening his eyes to what is right in front of him.






9 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick, NJ 08901



'Sister Play' opens February 18 at Dreamcatcher in Summit


It's hard growing up, no matter how old you are.
Anna will do anything to make her sister Lily happy, including destroying all her relationships. When Lily, Anna and her husband Malcolm retreat to their late father's cabin in Cape Cod, they expect to relax, unwind and take stock. But when a charming but shadowy drifter enters the picture angling for Lily's heart, their pilgrimage takes a surprising turn.  


"SISTER PLAY is why live theater can be so remarkable. You don't soon forget a play like this." 
-
Stark Insider


"She asks me what it's like outside and I tell her that it's cold, even if it's not. I want her to wear a coat, she doesn't take care of herself, and I know that she's gonna wear one less layer than I tell her to because she wants to provoke me. So it's a beautiful Fall day and I say it's actually kind of chilly because I don't want her exposed to the cold.
Which isn't even there."
- Anna, speaking to her husband, Malcolm, about her sister Lily

$35 adults, $30 seniors 65+, $30 students 25. Buy in advance; no fees!

You can purchase your tickets right now by clicking here:

  

 Make sure to use your 10% discount code when purchasing tickets: SISTER3 

'Mud, River, Stone' by Lynn Nottage at Centenary College Theatre Department


Sandy Taylor with an Afternoon of Love



Meet Sandy Taylor: Sandy is a New York/New Jersey-based singer/actor, a member of Actors' Equity She has appeared in numerous professional productions and cabaret venues in New York, New Jersey, and regionally. 

This past summer she appeared in the Light Opera of New Jersey's production of 'A Little Night Music' in Morristown. She also sings with Kinnara Ensemble, the Northeast's premiere vocal ensemble (www.kinnaraensemble.org) and serves as the New York regional director for The Yuletide Carolers (www.theyuletidecarolers.com).

Sandy is also the leader of her own jazz trio, the Sandy Taylor Band, which plays in a variety of clubs in New York and New Jersey. Her first studio-recorded album, 'Standard Deviations' was released in June 2013, featuring two-time Grammy-nominated pianist/arranger, Benito Gonzalez. Album available on iTunes and CDBaby.com.

In addition to performing, Sandy is also a passionate teaching artist. She serves as a Private Voice Instructor and Adjunct Professor of Acting at Montclair State University, as well as a voice teacher for the applied lesson program at Roxbury High School.

Please visit Sandy online at www.sandytaylor.net for news and upcoming performances!

Green Day’s American Idiot at Cranford Dramatic Club theatre

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Green Day’s American Idiot

music and lyrics by Billie Joe Armstrong

book by Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer


WHEN: February 12 through February 27
WHERE:
CDC Theatre, 78 Winans Ave in Cranford, NJ


Visit www.cdctheatre.org for tickets or call 908-276-7611.


This vibrant and raw musical follows the exhilarating journey of a new generation of young Americans, led by friends Johnny, Tunny and Will, as they struggle to find meaning in a post-9/11 world, borne along by Green Day's electrifying score.

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.