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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Dinner, Comedy Show with K-Von to Benefit Animal Shelter Set at RVCC

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The public is invited to support a local charity by attending a dinner and comedy show featuring comedian K-Von, Friday, February 23, from 7-9 p.m., at Raritan Valley Community College, Branchburg. Proceeds from the event, which will be held in the RVCC Conference Center, will be donated to St. Hubert’s, a local animal shelter.

The event, which is appropriate for mature audiences ages 18 and older, is being sponsored by RVCC’s Student Life Activities and Planning (SLAP) Board, a student-led events planning organization. The evening will begin with dinner and non-alcoholic “mocktails” starting at 6:30 p.m. sponsored by RVCC’s HOPE (Health Oriented Peer Educators) Club.
unnamedThose attending the dinner and comedy show are requested to donate any of the following items: canned cat/kitten food (ground, no fish); canned dog/puppy food; clean blankets and towels; hard dog/cat toys; Nylabones dog chews; Kong dog toys; peanut butter; string cheese; collars; leashes; any other food, bedding and toys for small animals.

RVCC’s SLAP Board is responsible for planning events and other activities for the College’s students, staff and the community. The group’s mission is to provide diverse, co-curricular, meaningful, educational, social, cultural-based and fun programs and activities that enrich the student experience. Annual events include Spirit Day and Spring Picnics, the Halloween Bash and Benefit, and a MLK Read-In.

Tickets, at $10 each, include admission to both the dinner and comedy show and can be purchased at the door. For further information about the event and other SLAP programs, contact Alaysha M. Walker, Assistant Director of Student Life, 908-526-1200, ext. 8274, or visit https://www.facebook.com/SLAPBoard/.

Raritan Valley Community College’s main campus is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ. Serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for close to 50 years, RVCC is an educational and cultural center that is nationally recognized for its innovative programming, service to the community and environmental leadership. The College offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates, as well as career training, professional development, and adult and youth personal enrichment courses. The College also has a performing arts center and planetarium. RVCC is committed to offering a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community’s businesses, and state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu.


One of America’s premier fiddling talents at Centenary Stage Company

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Centenary Stage Company’s 2017 – 18 season of concert events continues on Saturday, March 10 at 8:00 PM with Molsky’s Mountain Drifters in the Lackland Performing Arts Center. Considered, “one of America’s premier fiddling talents” (Mother Jones) Grammy-nominated Bruce Molsky on fiddle, banjo, guitar and song presents his new group, Molsky’s Mountain Drifters. The trio led by Bruce Molsky features the talents of banjo player Allison de Groot and next generation virtuoso guitarist Stash Wyslouch.  Molsky’s Mountain Drifters creates authentic and original Appalachian mountain music. The trio has been called “a force to be reckoned with” and as “creating some of the most soul stirring music out there” by fellow folk artist, Sarah Jarosz.

Tickets for Molsky’s Mountain Drifters on Saturday, March 10 at 8pm in the Sitnik Theater of the Lackland Performing Arts Center, are $25.00 for all seats. As with all jazz, concerts and special events ticket prices increase $5.00 on the day of the performance. Molsky’s Mountain Drifters is sponsored in part by Fulton Bank of New Jersey and Heath Village Retirement Community.

For more information or to purchase tickets visit centenarystageco.org or call the Centenary Stage Company box office at (908) 979 – 0900. The box office is located in the Lackland Performing Arts Center at 715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown, NJ. The box office is open Monday through Friday from 1 – 5 pm and two hours prior to each performance. Centenary Stage Company can also be found across social media platforms; Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Like and follow to receive the latest in Centenary Stage Company news and special offers.

The 2017-2018 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 Medical Center, Home Instead Senior Care (Washington), The House of the Good Shepherd, and Fulton Bank of New Jersey, and Centenary Stage Company members and supporters.

21st annual Stages Festival-March Events


5 STAGES Theatre Camp - photo by Jenna RoccaNJTA_Program_Graphics_Stages_RGB - reduced for web_2The state’s largest festival of theatre presents over 90 FREE and low-price theatre performances, workshops, and events throughout New Jersey in March.

(Morristown) New Jersey Theatre Alliance (“the Alliance”) and its partners and funders are pleased to present the 21st annual Stages Festival (“Stages”), a statewide, month-long festival of theatre offering over 90 theatre performances and programs for children and adults free of charge or at significantly discounted rates. Events will take place at theatres, arts centers, libraries, schools, and other community venues throughout the state during the month of March.

“Stages is all about theatre access,” said John McEwen, Executive Director of the Alliance. “For 21 years we have enjoyed bringing theatre to all pockets of the state, offering it free or at a deep discount. We’re encouraged to hear that after experiencing a Stages event, the vast majority of attendees want to make theatre an ongoing part of their lives.”

Since 1997, New Jersey State Council on the Arts (“NJSCA”) has been partnering with the Alliance to make Stages possible. Nicholas Paleologos, Executive Director of NJSCA, remarked: “Everybody’s got a cell phone. They can watch whatever they want. Yet last year Broadway had the highest attendance ever. Why? Because in 2,500 years there’s never been a decent substitute for the soul-satisfying human experience of live theater. And nobody does it better than New Jersey. Which is why we are proud, enthusiastic supporters of the Stages Festival.”

The following are a few 2018 Stages highlights. Most events require registration. For a full listing of events, program details, and registration information visit stagesfestival.org:

Theatre Galore for Kids: Dozens of performances specifically for kids and families, such as A Cinderella Tale, Schoolhouse Rock Live!, Ellis Island, Stone Soup, Miss Nelson is Missing!, Peter and the Wolf, and “Victorian Magic,” will take place at various locations throughout the state. Centenary Stage Company in Hackettstown is offering high-schoolers an Introduction to Stage Combat workshop on March 3rd, and a Musical Theatre Workshop on March 10th (free; reservations required). Family-friendly versions of Macbeth and A Comedy of Errors will be held at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey in Madison on March 10th. The Growing Stage: The Children’s Theatre of New Jersey in Netcong is offering $15 tickets to select performances of Boy Sees Flying Saucer. Cape May Stage in Cape May is offering several theatre summer camp samplers for different age ranges.

Performances: On March 2nd, at the Fair Lawn Community Center, Skyline Theatre Company will present a reading of 1,000 Faces: The Lon Chaney Musical, a new musical based on the life of silent film star Lon Chaney (Hunchback of Notre Dame in 1923 and The Phantom of the Opera in 1925). The Theater Project will stage free performances of Love Letters by A.R. Gurney in the community room of BCB Bank in Union on March 3rd and 4th. On March 12th, at McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, be part of the action at a community reading of Greensboro: A Requiem by Emily Mann, in which the audience members read selections from interviews, court transcripts, and reminiscences surrounding the killing of anti-KKK demonstrators in 1979 in Greensboro, NC. On March 19th at the Tuckerton Library, Dreamcatcher Rep will offer a free performance of At Ninety-Three, an adaptation of the work of Jan Slepian who wrote poetry until her passing at age 95.

Special Events: On March 20th at the Lewis Center for the Arts in Princeton, Bonnie Monte, Artistic Director of The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey; Todd Schmidt, Managing Director of Paper Mill Playhouse; John Dias, Artistic Director of Two River Theater; and Ryanne Domingues, Artistic Director of Passage Theatre Company, will have a public discussion on theatre and pop culture. On March 23rd at Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum in Morristown, Premiere Stages and Writers Theatre of New Jersey present a stage adaptation of original creative works by professional and family caregivers.

Ticket Deals: On select days in March, Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn is offering student rush tickets to the new musical The Sting, based on the famous film with Robert Redford and Paul Newman. Centenary Stage Company of Hackettstown is offering buy-one-get-one-free tickets to select performances of Art by Yasmina Reza.

Be Part of the Making of a New Play: There will be many opportunities for theatre lovers to hear new dramatic works read on stage by professional actors, and give their feedback to the playwrights. On March 2nd at NJPAC in Newark, there will be a reading of Darrah Cloud’s play-in-progress, Turning: the story of the first U.S. women’s gymnastics team that trained in Newark for the 1936 Berlin Olympics. High school playwrights will hear their work read on stage at Cranford Community Center on March 10th. On March 18th, Luna Stage Company will present a night of short plays about the Valley District in West Orange.

Writers Theatre of New Jersey will present the NJ Women Playwrights Showcase at Jersey City Theater Center March 1st through the 21st, the New Plays New Jersey series at the Bickford Theatre in Morristown March 6th through the 11th, and Mile Square PlayGround series at Mile Square Theatre in Hoboken March 13th to the 27th. Hudson Theatre Works will hold its “Readings from the Edge” series on March 12th and 13th at Good Shepherd Church in Weehawken. The Spring Reading Series takes place at Premiere Stages at Kean University in Union March 15th through 18th.

The highlights listed here are only a selection of this year’s events.  For details and a complete schedule, and to register for events, please visit stagesfestival.org. In keeping with its commitment to making theatre accessible, the Alliance strives to make Stages events accessible to people with disabilities.

Founded in 1981, New Jersey Theatre Alliance was the first statewide service organization for professional, not-for-profit theatre companies in the United States, and is now a leader in developing model programs that foster collaboration, cooperation, and audience development. The Stages Festival is a project of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and New Jersey Theatre Alliance. Major funding is also provided by Bank of America, The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, and PSEG Foundation. Additional support is provided by individuals, corporations, and foundations such as The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, F.M. Kirby Foundation, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Fund for the New Jersey Blind, and George A. Ohl, Jr. Trust.

10% Discount for ‘What Stays’ at Dreamcatcher

"Family warmth rife with tension..."

-Patrick Maley, NJ Advance Media

What Stays

February 8 - 25, 2018

by Laura Ekstrand and Jason Szamreta

World Premiere

Dorothy has two days to finish packing up the family home and move to a new condo, so she's called in her adult children to help with the task. When several unexpected visitors show up as well, the job becomes even more complicated. What they don't know is that in the course of their visit, she plans to reveal to them something that she's kept hidden for decades. What she doesn't know is that nearly everyone in the house has secrets of their own. Ultimately, the family will discover the cost of hiding the truth and the cost of telling it. Together they'll decide what stays with them and what will be left behind.

This heartwarming comedy, written by two members of Dreamcatcher's ensemble, was inspired by stories from the company's own lives and created with the members in mind. Over the last several years, the Dreamcatcher ensemble has workshopped the play and prepared it for this world premiere production.

When purchasing, use the code EKSSZA for a 10% discount.

Buy your tickets now!

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SHOW TIMES:

Sunday, February 18: 2pm

Friday, February 23: 8pm

Saturday, February 24: 8pm

Sunday, February 25: 2pm

SPECIAL DATES

February 18

Free post-show talkback

Twin Peaks & the One-Man-Jam Band Highlight Month of Rock at White Eagle Hall


Kick-ass indie rock and one of the leading contemporary singer songwriters top the Feb/March shows  the newest old concert venue in the New Jersey/New York area, the restored White Eagle Hall in Jersey City. With a lineup guaranteed to take the chill out of winter, White Eagle is featuring an eclectic mix of concerts – and many are exclusive New Jersey/New York metro-area gigs for acts currently touring. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit:  www.WhiteEagleHallJC.com

Feb 23/Friday
Twin Peaks (openers The Districts, Trü)
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Doors:7:00/Show:8:00
Twin Peaks (the band, not the revived David Lynch TV series) came out of Chicago’s famed DIY alt-rock scene. Known for its mix of garage rock and power pop, the band met in high school, formed in 2010 and have been winning fans worldwide, including high profile gigs at Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, SXSW and the Reading & Leeds Festivals. Rolling Stone: “the spunk quartet pull off-Exile-era Stones strut and Velvet Underground guitar poesy with sophistication that's beyond their years.” Sharing the bill with Twin Peaks are The Districts, who hail from Pennsylvania – its Popular Manipulations, released last year, NPR said: “is a powerful and punchy set of songs by a group of men whose talent has finally caught up to its ambition” – and Montclair, N.J. own Trü. (This show is sold out)

March 1/Thursday
Keller Williams
Doors:7:00/Show:8:00
Keller Williams (Emily Butler)
The one-man jam band known for his uniquely riveting live performances, multi-instrumentalist Keller Williams songs combine  elements of bluegrass, jazz, alternative rock, electronica, funk and reggae. He  uses his  Gibson Echoplex Digital Pro looping unit and customized guitars to create multiple, musical layers. Every Keller Williams concert is one of a kind! Allmusic declares: “Endlessly creative, innovative, and fun, Williams is a fascinating artist, and his somewhat wacky take on the world and his amazing and eccentric guitar talents make him a refreshing performer.” Opener – The Bitter Chills is a New Jersey band who just released their first album, Birth of the Cold.


Registration now for Dreamcatcher’s 3-week summer theatre camp

Summer for your child will be unforgettable.

DRT JR is a 3-week summer theatre camp

at Oakes Center in Summit, NJ.

Classes run July 9 to 27, Monday - Friday, 9am to 3pm

Dreamcatcher Junior is a three-week theatre experience in Summit, NJ. It combines building skills through study with theatre professionals in a variety of subjects with the opportunity for students to create and perform their own play.

Read more

http://www.dreamcatcherrep.org/#!summer-theatre-conservatory/ctfi

All early bird registrations save $25 per student.

Early Bird Registration good only through April 15, 2018

"The Dreamcatcher program continues to be one of the most positive experiences she engages in. She feels fully herself when she is there and the life skills she has learned in the program continually enhance her interactions out in the world."

-Barbara Powers

     Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre

Oakes Center  *  120 Morris Avenue  *  Summit, NJ 07901

Tickets: 800-838-3006 | Info: 908-514-9654

www.dreamcatcherrep.org

Two-play repertory festival to benefit The Hudson School theater




Florence Pape, Jack Coggins, Adam Sentoni appear in Body of Work as  fundraiser for Hudson School Performance Space renovations on March 2-3 at 7pm and March 3-4 at 2pm

As part of a benefit to help with the renovations of the theatre space at The Hudson School, Jack Coggins, Florence Pape, and Adam Sentoni will be performing Adam’s new play "Body of Work" for four performances. Tickets are $10.00! A bargain! We have two matinee and two evening performances.
Reserve early at adam@sentoni.com

The play runs about 90 minutes, and will be performed:

Friday & Saturday, March 2-3 at 7:00 PM
Saturday & Sunday, March 3-4 at 2:00 PM

Here's some info from the press release:

"Inspired by Prometheus Bound by Aeschylus, three unlikely strangers meet in an unusual and watery place to make connections, to draw conclusions, and to discover the value of what it means to be an actor. Jack Coggins, Florence Pape, and Adam Sentoni are the three actors who meet in this enigmatic and mysterious afterlife. The characters, simply named One, Two and Three, reflect on the past, look toward the future, and try to make sense of their present. BODY OF WORK is a moving and stirring tribute to the life and spirit of acting. The production is directed by Adam Sentoni. 

"Compelling, emotional, provocative, and comedic, this 90-minute play will be presented at The Hudson School Performance Space, 601 Park Avenue, Hoboken, NJ."
BODY OF WORK will be presented as part of a two-play repertory festival to benefit the renovations of The Hudson School theater space. ART by Yasmina Reza, directed by Vivian Hasbrouk, will have performances the following week, March 9-11; and features Jack Coggins, Paul Perkinson, and Adam Sentoni. For more information about ART, contact Vivian Hasbrouk: vhasbrouk@thehudsonschool.org


Fundraiser for The Company-‘We Love LOVE’

Feb 2018 Fundraiser

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Feb 26th at 8pm.  A fun nite of songs and comedy. 

Get your tickets before they are gone:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-after-valentines-day-we-love-love-but-not-always-fundraiser-tickets-42477354912

Nominations are open: 2018 ICWP 50/50 Applause Awards for Theatre Gender Parity

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The International Centre for Women Playwrights (ICWP) is proud to sponsor the seventh annual 50/50 Applause Award, celebrating theatres who achieve gender equity for playwrights in their 2017-2018 Season.  The nomination window for the 2017-2018 theatrical season is open!

The balance of opportunity, employment and career prospects for female dramatists has lagged well behind their male counterparts. The sheer amount of academic research and published reports is staggering. Landmark events include, in 1978, the Feminist Theatre Study Group picketed five shows on London’s West End, through 2009 with an article by Marsha Norman and a 2010 speech by Theresa Rebeck and the 2016 outcry in Dublin, Ireland that gave birth to the movement #Wakingthefeminists.  There is an ever-brightening spotlight on theatre companies around the world who consistently produce the work of male playwrights at roughly double the rate of female playwrights. Activist groups and, in France, government committees, have urged theatre managements and artistic directors to implement gender equity policies when selecting works for their seasons.  The exponential growth of independent female-only  theatre companies is a symptom of the gender bias that has existed and still exists in the majority of large publicly funded theatres.

Awards Co-chair Patricia L. Morin said “ We hope theatres everywhere will examine their own production output and see how they stack up in terms of playwrights’ gender and that their local subscribers and patrons will do the same. They can find the criteria we are using for the 2017 -2018 Applause Awards on our website and, if their local theatre qualifies, make a nomination.”

This year's nomination form will remain open until 15 March 2018 on the ICWP website, http://www.womenplaywrights.org where you will also find links to videos, press releases, and news. Anyone may nominate eligible theatres.

The eligibility criteria have changed from previous years. Here are highlights of the new qualifying criteria:
- Have at least three productions in their season
- Have plays by both female and male dramatists in their season
- At least 50% of the plays produced between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018 are the work of female playwrights
- At least 50% of the total number of performances during that window are the work of female playwrights
- Only Main Stage productions will qualify where a company has several venues.
- Theatres may not have the development of works by women as their main mission statement

The guidelines are available at http://www.womenplaywrights.org/award. Please contact us if you need translation assistance. We have French and Spanish versions available.
Nominations may come from artistic directors, theatre employees and members of the public. Please share this information with your theatre friends and colleagues around the world! Recipients of the 2017/18 award will be announced in May 2018.
For more about the awards history and previous recipients, go to http://womenplaywrights.org/50-50-Awards-History

ABOUT ICWP
Established in 1989, The International Centre for Women Playwrights promotes and supports women playwrights. We aim to help achieve a fair representation of the female imagination on the world’s stages. ICWP provides a place for peer support, knowledge-sharing, and play publication

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Black Maria Film Festival Postponed Tonight

The Black Maria Film Festival
Postponed Due to Impending Storm
Due to the snow and ice threat of the impending storm, we have decided to postpone the
Saturday, February 17   8:00 pm
Performance of the Black Maria Film Festival
In a few days, we will announce a new date, please go to the 
All online ticket purchases will be reimbursed
We apologize for the inconvenience. The National Weather Service is predicting 4-7" of snow beginning between 4 and 5 pm with possible ice accumulations, and snowfall rates of 1" per hour after 9 pm. Please take care and drive carefully.

Review:‘Art’ exceptional Broadway level theatre at Centenary Stage Company

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The Yasmina Reza`s Tony-winning comedy “Art” opened Friday night at the Centenary Stage Companys’ comfortable Sitnik Theatre. Let me cut right to the chase. This production directed by the multi-talented Anne Occhiogrosso, starring a trio of outstanding Broadway, film and television vets, Randall Duk Kim, Kevin Carolan and CSC’s own Carl Wallnau (bios below) provides an exceptional theater experience worthy of any stage.

The three men, Marc (Duk Kim), Serge (Wallnau) and Yvan (Carolan) are longtime best friends that have their relationship severely tested when Serge buys an expensive painting for 200,000 francs (the setting is Paris). The painting is by a respected modern artist. It is a large, completely white painting. Marc and Yvan have different reactions to the canvas. Marc, Serge’s social mentor, is horrified, and calls the painting ‘s**t, Yvan, forewarned of the uniqueness of the painting, attempts a more restrained reaction. (photo: L-R Kim, Carolan & Wallnau)
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Both however, ignite from Serge a barrage of verbal abuse for their lack of appreciation and/or understanding of modern art. Their debate of these three questions: What is art? What does it mean to be a friend? What does it mean to be a friend when your friends have terrible taste in art? results in a brutal examination of their roles in this friendship. All delivered with the witty, smart, provocative dialogue of Ms. Reza.

The favorite star turn was Kevin Carolan’s monologue about the stress of dealing with his approaching wedding. The audience responded with a round of enthusiastic applause. He is a marvelous comedy actor. All three were perfectly cast. Randall Duk Kim was exceptional as Marc. He demonstrated that he could easily conduct a masterclass in acting. Carl Wallnau, the CSC’s artistic director, impresses as always with his excellence in comedy, drama, and music (fine voice).
The play is presented as a series of scenes (no intermission) that vary from three and two characters, to several single character monologues directly to the audience.

The set, a stark but handsome apartment living room, designed by Tim Golebiewski, serves as the residence of all three via clever prop changes. Particularly effective is the often overlooked music between scenes by sound designer Carlos Dias Jr. The stage manager is Danielle Constance. Ed Matthews is the lighting designer. Ashleigh Poteat designed the costumes. Jeff Chase serves as technical director.

Reviewed by Rick Busciglio  Feb. 16, 2018

1007SitnikTheaterCentenary Stage Company’s production of Art runs February 16 through March 4 in the Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center.  Remaining performance dates are Fridays, February 23 and March 2 at 8pm; Saturdays, February 17, 24 and March 3 at 8pm; Sundays, February 18, 25 and March 4 at 2pm; Wednesdays, February 21 and 28 at 2pm and Thursdays, February 22 and March 1 at 7:30pm. 
Ticket prices $27.50 for adults and $17.50 for children under 12 on matinee and Friday evening performances.  Saturday evening performances are $29.50 for adults and $17.50 for children under 12.  Thursday evening performances are $27.50 for ALL SEATS with a special ‘buy one/get one’ rush ticket special when purchased in person at the Centenary Stage Company box office starting two hours prior to performance time.  The ‘buy one/get one’ rush ticket special is not valid for advance ticket sales, on – line or by phone.  Offer is only valid in person at the box office during the designated time and may not be combined with any other special offer or discount.

Centenary Stage Company is also offering a buffet matinee for groups of 25 or more (up to 50) on Wednesdays February 21 and 28. Buffet matinees are $45.00 per person and include pre-show dining in one of CSC’s private dining rooms, as well as admittance to the 2pm matinee.  Buffet matinees must be scheduled in advance.  CSC also offers discounted tickets for group sales of 25 or more.  To find out more or schedule your group or buffet matinee call the Centenary Stage Company box office directly at (908) 979 – 0900.

For more information or to purchase tickets visit centenarystageco.org or call the Centenary Stage Company box office at (908) 979 – 0900.  The box office is located in the Lackland Performing Arts Center at 715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown and is open Monday through Friday from 1 – 5pm and two hours prior to every performance.

The Bios

Anne OcchiogrossoCentenary Stage Company’s Art is directed by nationally acclaimed Artistic Director, theatre director, dramaturge and acting coach, Anne Occhiogrosso.  Occhiogrosso has worked with a broad spectrum of plays and scripts throughout her celebrated career but her primary focus has been the classical theater with a special emphasis on the works of William Shakespeare.  She co-founded the American Players Theatre with Randall Duk Kim and Charles Bright in 1979, where she directed 16 Shakespearean productions. Occhiogrosso has taught acting at the Stella Adler Conservatory of Acting and the New York Shakespeare Festival and has been a guest instructor for schools throughout the country, including Centenary University.
randyCommercially known for his film work as the ‘Keymaker’ in Matrix Reloaded and as the voice of Master Oogway in Dreamwork’s Kung Fu Panda franchise, Obie Award winning Randall Duk Kim made his acting debut in 1960 and has spent most of his working life on stage.  His love of the classical repertoire and an early encounter with the Shakespearian acting of Morris Carnovsky has both fired and shaped his fifty-year career.  His performances in the regional theatres include seasons at the American Conservatory Theatre, the Guthrie Theater, the Arizona Theater Company, the NY Shakespeare Festival, and the American Place Theater.  A full list of credits can be found at randalldukkim.com.  In 1979 with Anne Occhiogrosso and Charles Bright, Mr. Kim founded the American Players Theatre in Spring Green, Wisconsin and, for over a dozen years under their leadership, offered audiences classical plays (especially Shakespeare) in a summer repertory performance schedule.  During this time, Mr. Kim played the title roles in TITUS ANDRONICUS, KING JOHN, KING LEAR and HAMLET Christopher Marlowe’s TAMBURLAINE THE GREAT, Anton Chekhov’s IVANOV, and Sophocles’ OEDIPUS REX as as well as a host of other roles which can also be found on his website.  His film credits include PRISONERS IN TIME, THE REPLACEMENT KILLERS, LOST EMPIRE (aka THE MONKEY KING), ANNA AND THE KING, MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA, DRAGONBALL EVOLUTION, THE LAST AIRBENDER, and NINJA ASSASSIN.  TV audiences have seen Kim in, FRINGE, PERSON OF INTEREST and ELEMENTARY.  His Broadway credits include the THE KING AND I, David Henry Hwang’s GOLDEN CHILD, and FLOWER DRUM SONG.   Mr. Kim received an Off Broadway Obie Award for “Sustained Excellence of Performance” in the legitimate theater.  Last October, after a twenty – five year absence, Kim along with Anne Occhiogrosso returned to Wisconsin in The Pleasure of his Company, an original piece devised, written and performed by the pair to celebrate the Folger Library’s national tour of Shakespeare’s First Folio.
image025 (1)Award-winning actor and singer, Kevin Carolan has built a successful career over the last 25 years and has been directed by some of the most talented artists in show business, including Martin Scorese, Larry David, Tim Van Patten, Joe Mantello, Walter Bobbie, James Lapine, and Mel Brooks.  He has numerous appearances on television shows such as Orange Is the New Black, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Middle, The Good Wife, Royal Pains, Spin City, Fringe, White Collar, and the recurring role of the Barker in HBO’s Boardwalk Empire.  Kevin has also toured the U.S., Canada, Tokyo, and Dubai, U.A.E. as Amos Hart in the musical Chicago, and performed in historic regional theatres such as The Goodman Theatre, The Huntington Theatre, Goodspeed Opera House, and the Paper Mill Playhouse.  He has appeared on Broadway in Dirty Blonde, The Ritz, Chicago (10th Anniversary Celebration), originated the role of Teddy Roosevelt in Disney’s Newsies! The Musical, which he returns to in the national tour, and recently created the role of Baloo in a new adaptation of Disney’s The Jungle Book, directed by Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman, for which the Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) awarded him Best Supporting Actor in a Musical.  He is also among the artists that have been drawn by world-renowned caricaturist Al Hirschfeld. 
CarlN_WallnauCentenary Stage Company’s own award winning Artistic Director Carl Wallnau’s recent acting credits include Lionel Percy in Bakersfield Mist (Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum) alongside 4 time daytime Emmy Award winner Kim Zimmer, Dr. Watson in The Hound of the Baskervilles and Pandarus in Troilus and Cressida (Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival), and Mr. Mayhew in Witness for the Prosecution (Bristol Riverside).  He has directed numerous productions including the world premieres of Inventing Montana, The Tillie Project and The Poetry of Pizza, as well as, the American premiere of A Laughing Matter and the New Jersey premieres of Below the Belt, Square One, Rounding Third, Marvin’s Room and The English Bride, which later transferred to NYC for a run at 59E59.  Wallnau has been cited for outstanding direction in productions of Springtime for Henry, Ladies Man and Quartermaine’s Terms among others.  He has worked at numerous regional theaters including Paper Mill Playhouse, The Arden Theatre, Second Stage in NYC, York Musical Theatre in NYC, People’s Light, The Lark Theatre, The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Hartford Stage, Bristol Riverside, Forum Theatre, Premiere Stages, Orlando Shakespeare Company, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, Foothills Playhouse, Theatre 1812 in Philadelphia, Barnstormers and 14 months on the road with the First National Tour of Titanic.  He received his MFA from Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts.


Friday, February 16, 2018

World premiere of UNMASKED by Andrew Lloyd Webber at PMP next season

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Paper Mill Playhouse (Mark S. Hoebee-Producing Artistic Director, Todd Schmidt-Managing Director), recipient of the 2016 Regional Theatre Tony Award, announced today the world premiere of UNMASKED, which will feature some of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most iconic work and the stories behind its creation, along with new music and memories from his extraordinary life and career, will open its 2018-2019 season.

UNMASKED will be a funny and warm musical portrait drawing from Andrew’s extensive body of work, with intimate and sometimes unexpected interpretations of his best-loved songs, rediscovered gems and some new material specially written for this production.

In the year Andrew Lloyd Webber releases his memoir*, also titled Unmasked, and the personally curated Platinum Collection album**, this new stage production will be an exploration of a man and his music, his creative process and the often surprising manner in which his songs, and the musicals in which they feature, came to be.  It will include some of Lloyd Webber’s most recognizable characters interacting with one another for the first time, and new takes on his music, including a cappella versions of his songs and an often wry look at the genre he has, for many, come to define.

UNMASKED is co-created with Richard Curtis, the award-winning screenwriter, producer and film director behind Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill and Love Actually, and John Doyle, who won the 2006 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical for his Broadway version of Sweeney Todd. His revival of The Color Purple won two Tony Awards in 2016 and he is the Artistic Director of the Classic Stage Company in New York.

“I’m so excited to be involved in Unmasked,” said Richard Curtis. “We start from the position of having in the show a huge collection of some of the greatest songs ever written for musical theatre - and then learn more about Andrew and his way of working and how the music relates to him and his life. With luck there’ll be some very fun new stuff too.  I love Andrew and his work -  in real life, he has always made me laugh - and in the theatre, a lot of his music has made me cry. I’m thrilled to be part of something that I hope will make the audience do both, laugh and cry.”

John Doyle said, “I'm thrilled to help create this exciting new theatre piece celebrating Andrew's remarkable body of work. An event that explores the art behind his melodies, whilst reflecting his somewhat irreverent, self-deprecating sensibility. It's going to be a lot of fun!”

Mark S. Hoebee, Producing Artistic Director of Paper Mill Playhouse, commented, “Unmasked is another amazing opportunity for our theater to introduce a new title to the musical theater canon. Andrew Lloyd Webber is a legend and we are fortunate to be working with him, along with Richard and John, on this incredible project.”

A limited run of this brand-new production will start September 27, 2018, and run through October 28, 2018. Subscriptions for Paper Mill Playhouse’s new season will be available in March and may be purchased by calling 973-379-3717. Individual show tickets will go on sale Monday, August 20, 2018. 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. Students may order discounted rush tickets over the phone or in person at the Paper Mill Playhouse box office on the day of the performance. Paper Mill Playhouse's 2018/2019 season is proudly sponsored by Investors Bank.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra welcomes seven new members and three returning members to its Board of Trustees

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The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra welcomes seven new members and three returning members to its Board of Trustees. Charged with establishing policies that assist in the successful implementation of the NJSO’s mission and vision, the board comprises members who are among the most in-demand institutional leaders across the state. Individual members are among the Garden State’s most significant philanthropists, and corporate members hold key leadership positions in industries such as banking, medical, communications, technology and utilities.

The NJSO has a unique legacy of having musicians sit on the board and its committees as full voting members. This season, NJSO cellist Sarah Seiver and Principal Bassoon Robert Wagner return to the board, joining Principal Second Violin Francine Storck, clarinetist Andrew Lamy, Assistant Concertmaster Adriana Rosin and bassoonist Mark Timmerman as NJSO trustees.

New trustees include:

· Thomas Comiskey, New Jersey Regional President of M&T Bank

· Philippa Girling, Senior Vice President, Chief Risk Officer of Investors Bank

· Teri Lawver, Global Commercial Strategy Leader for the Cardiovascular & Metabolism (CVM) Therapeutic Area, Global Commercial Strategy Organization at Janssen Research & Development, LLC

· Martin Melilli, Regional Vice President at TD Bank

· Kei Sasaki, Regional Chief Investment Officer for the Northeast region of Wells Fargo Private Bank

· Susan Shiff, Senior Vice President and Head of the Center for Observational and Real-World Evidence at Merck

· Peter Webster, Resident Managing Director of Aon NJ

Carmen Corrales, a retired partner at Cleary Gottlieb, returns to the NJSO board.

NJSO Board of Trustees Co-Chairs Linda Bowden and David Huber say: “These new trustees bring diverse business, philanthropic and community experience to the NJSO Board of Trustees. We are thrilled to welcome them to a thriving board that is dedicated to the NJSO’s mission to connect with the people and diverse communities of New Jersey through the power of live music to inspire, entertain and educate.”

Read bios for the new NJSO trustees at www.njsymphony.org/2018board.

NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Named “a vital, artistically significant musical organization” by The Wall Street Journal, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra embodies that vitality through its statewide presence and critically acclaimed performances, education partnerships and unparalleled access to music and the Orchestra’s superb musicians.

Music Director Xian Zhang—a “dynamic podium presence” The New York Times has praised for her “technical abilities, musicianship and maturity”—continues her acclaimed leadership of the NJSO. The Orchestra presents classical, pops and family programs, as well as outdoor summer concerts and special events. Embracing its legacy as a statewide orchestra, the NJSO is the resident orchestra of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark and regularly performs at State Theatre New Jersey in New Brunswick, Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, Richardson Auditorium in Princeton, Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown and bergenPAC in Englewood. Partnerships with New Jersey arts organizations, universities and civic organizations remain a key element of the Orchestra’s statewide identity.

In addition to its lauded artistic programming, the NJSO presents a suite of education and community engagement programs that promote meaningful, lifelong engagement with live music. Programs include school-time Concerts for Young People; NJSO Youth Orchestras family of student ensembles, currently led by José Luis Domínguez; and El Sistema-inspired NJSO CHAMPS (Character, Achievement and Music Project). NJSO musicians annually perform original chamber music programs at community events in a variety of settings statewide through the NJSO Community Partners Program.

For more information about the NJSO, visit www.njsymphony.org or email information@njsymphony.org. Tickets are available for purchase by phone 1.800.ALLEGRO (255.3476) or on the Orchestra’s website.

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s programs are made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, along with many other foundations, corporations and individual donors.

21st annual Stages Festival in March

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THE STAGES FESTIVAL RETURNS TO NEW JERSEY IN MARCH

The state’s largest festival of theatre presents over 90 FREE and low-price

theatre performances, workshops, and events throughout New Jersey in March.

(Morristown) New Jersey Theatre Alliance (“the Alliance”) and its partners and funders are pleased to present the 21st annual Stages Festival (“Stages”), a statewide, month-long festival of theatre offering over 90 theatre performances and programs for children and adults free of charge or at significantly discounted rates. Events will take place at theatres, arts centers, libraries, schools, and other community venues throughout the state during the month of March.

“Stages is all about theatre access,” said John McEwen, Executive Director of the Alliance. “For 21 years we have enjoyed bringing theatre to all pockets of the state, offering it free or at a deep discount. We’re encouraged to hear that after experiencing a Stages event, the vast majority of attendees want to make theatre an ongoing part of their lives.”

Since 1997, New Jersey State Council on the Arts (“NJSCA”) has been partnering with the Alliance to make Stages possible. Nicholas Paleologos, Executive Director of NJSCA, remarked: “Everybody’s got a cell phone. They can watch whatever they want. Yet last year Broadway had the highest attendance ever. Why? Because in 2,500 years there’s never been a decent substitute for the soul-satisfying human experience of live theater. And nobody does it better than New Jersey. Which is why we are proud, enthusiastic supporters of the Stages Festival.”

The following are a few 2018 Stages highlights. Most events require registration. For a full listing of events, program details, and registration information visit stagesfestival.org:

Theatre Galore for Kids: Dozens of performances specifically for kids and families, such as A Cinderella Tale, Schoolhouse Rock Live!, Ellis Island, Stone Soup, Miss Nelson is Missing!, Peter and the Wolf, and “Victorian Magic,” will take place at various locations throughout the state. Centenary Stage Company in Hackettstown is offering high-schoolers an Introduction to Stage Combat workshop on March 3rd, and a Musical Theatre Workshop on March 10th (free; reservations required). Family-friendly versions of Macbeth and A Comedy of Errors will be held at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey in Madison on March 10th. The Growing Stage: The Children’s Theatre of New Jersey in Netcong is offering $15 tickets to select performances of Boy Sees Flying Saucer. Cape May Stage in Cape May is offering several theatre summer camp samplers for different age ranges.

Performances: On March 2nd, at the Fair Lawn Community Center, Skyline Theatre Company will present a reading of 1,000 Faces: The Lon Chaney Musical, a new musical based on the life of silent film star Lon Chaney (Hunchback of Notre Dame in 1923 and The Phantom of the Opera in 1925). The Theater Project will stage free performances of Love Letters by A.R. Gurney in the community room of BCB Bank in Union on March 3rd and 4th. On March 12th, at McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, be part of the action at a community reading of Greensboro: A Requiem by Emily Mann, in which the audience members read selections from interviews, court transcripts, and reminiscences surrounding the killing of anti-KKK demonstrators in 1979 in Greensboro, NC. On March 19th at the Tuckerton Library, Dreamcatcher Rep will offer a free performance of At Ninety-Three, an adaptation of the work of Jan Slepian who wrote poetry until her passing at age 95.

Special Events: On March 20th at the Lewis Center for the Arts in Princeton, Bonnie Monte, Artistic Director of The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey; Todd Schmidt, Managing Director of Paper Mill Playhouse; John Dias, Artistic Director of Two River Theater; and Ryanne Domingues, Artistic Director of Passage Theatre Company, will have a public discussion on theatre and pop culture. On March 23rd at Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum in Morristown, Premiere Stages and Writers Theatre of New Jersey present a stage adaptation of original creative works by professional and family caregivers.

Ticket Deals: On select days in March, Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn is offering student rush tickets to the new musical The Sting, based on the famous film with Robert Redford and Paul Newman. Centenary Stage Company of Hackettstown is offering buy-one-get-one-free tickets to select performances of Art by Yasmina Reza.

Be Part of the Making of a New Play: There will be many opportunities for theatre lovers to hear new dramatic works read on stage by professional actors, and give their feedback to the playwrights. On March 2nd at NJPAC in Newark, there will be a reading of Darrah Cloud’s play-in-progress, Turning: the story of the first U.S. women’s gymnastics team that trained in Newark for the 1936 Berlin Olympics. High school playwrights will hear their work read on stage at Cranford Community Center on March 10th. On March 18th, Luna Stage Company will present a night of short plays about the Valley District in West Orange.

Writers Theatre of New Jersey will present the NJ Women Playwrights Showcase at Jersey City Theater Center March 1st through the 21st, the New Plays New Jersey series at the Bickford Theatre in Morristown March 6th through the 11th, and Mile Square PlayGround series at Mile Square Theatre in Hoboken March 13th to the 27th. Hudson Theatre Works will hold its “Readings from the Edge” series on March 12th and 13th at Good Shepherd Church in Weehawken. The Spring Reading Series takes place at Premiere Stages at Kean University in Union March 15th through 18th.

The highlights listed here are only a selection of this year’s events.  For details and a complete schedule, and to register for events, please visit stagesfestival.org. In keeping with its commitment to making theatre accessible, the Alliance strives to make Stages events accessible to people with disabilities.

Award-Winning Animator Joins Black Maria Film Festival at the Madison Public Library Saturday February 17 @ 8 PM

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The Black Maria Film Festival

in Madison-- Announcing Special Guest Artist

Award-Winning Animator Candy Kugel

Saturday, February 17   8:00 pm

Sponsored by the Madison Arts and Culture Alliance

Tickets $10 ($5 with valid student ID)

Chase Room of the Madison Public Library, 39 Keep St., Madison NJ  07940

Ample Parking on Site, ADA Accessible

The Evening's Program is Listed Below

Candy Kugel is co-owner of Buzzco Associates, Inc., a boutique animation studio in New York City.  She started her career at Perpetual Motion Pictures where she worked on political cartoons for NBC, commercials, five Berenstain Bears' 1/2-hour holiday specials and Strawberry Shortcake in Big Apple City.  In 1983 Candy directed Deck the Halls with Wacky Walls for NBC. Since 1984, Buzzco Associates has produced TV programming, educational films and ads - most notably MTV’s Top of the Hour and the I Want My MTV campaigns, Talking About Sex, a 30-minute video for Planned Parenthood, and Between the Lions (PBS) for which she won an Emmy for the 2008/9 episodes.
Buzzco has made over a dozen award-winning independent animated shorts, including A Warm Reception in LA, Fast Food Matador, KnitWits, and Nothing at All. The MoMA Film Archive has acquired all of Buzzco’s oeuvre.
Through Buzzco Associates, Candy has made prize-winning educational films for TED-Ed, health education films for the iHeed Institute and continues to produce other episodic web animation, commercials and commissioned work.  Candy created a tribute to her late creative partner, Vincent Cafarelli, The Last Time, which had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in April, 2013, traveled with the Black Maria Film Festival in 2014, and continues to be shown in film festivals around the world.

Black Maria special guest Animator Candy Kugel

The Black Maria Film + Video Festival

The Black Maria Film Festival, now in its 37th year, features some of the best short films and videos being made today. Programs are custom curated for each site, featuring a rich international selection of narrative, documentary, animation and experimental works. Festival representatives are on hand to provide perspective and a post-viewing discussion.

Selected trailers and clips from the films can be viewed on the Black Maria Website.

The Madison lineup is listed below.

Tickets are $10 and are available at the door.

Student Discount $5 with valid ID

Tickets can also be purchased in advance through Writers Theatre of New Jersey's online service.

(a $2.00 processing charge per ticket applies)

Tickets can be purchased online until 7 pm Saturday, February 17

Doors open at 7:30 pm for the 8:00 pm screening. 

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The Madison Program

Person of the ForestDocumentary
17 min. by Melissa Lesh and Tim Laman, Richmond, VA
In the vanishing lowland rainforests of Borneo, research is underway to uncover and understand the unique cultural behaviors in wild orangutans. There, photographer Tim Laman, researcher Cheryl Knott, and young explorer Robert Suro shed new light on the similarities between ourselves and our ancient ancestors, before it's too late.
FearAnimation
7 min. by Dawn Dreyer, Durham, NC
Dr. Zenglo Chen remembers his childhood in Beijing at the height of the Chinese Cultural Revolution: “I started my depression when I was close to 4 years old. My parents were prosecuted and they'd been taken away by the Chinese authority. I felt tremendous fear: hopeless, helpless, and paralyzed.” Decades later, Dr. Zenglo has lived half his life as a Chinese and half as an American. He speaks with grace and humor about his journey, sharing his wisdom, small victories and ordinary joys.
Not a One-Way StreetDocumentary
15 min. by Eva Colmers and Dr. Heidi Janz, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
“The world isn’t black and white.” young Tyler says so fittingly in this insightful documentary. “Not a One-Way Street” offers viewers a look at the bonds that evolve within three stories about reciprocal caring. The film challenges the dominant assumption that caregiving is strictly a one-sided transaction, where an able-bodied person provides for a disabled care-recipient.
GinevraAnimation
4 min. by Tess Martin, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Based on Percy Shelley's poem "The Dirge," “Ginevra” depicts the aftermath of the murder of a young woman. As her distraught mother looks on, she learns that life after death involves a transition she never could have imagined.
Red LopezNarrative
15 min. by Stephen Frandsen and Hadleigh Arnst, Brooklyn, NY
“Red Lopez” is a narrative short about a Mexican-American outlaw who sparked one of the greatest manhunts the West has ever seen.  Based on the real-life story of Rafael 'Red' Lopez, the film takes us back to 1913, and another immigrant, Julius Sorenson, who emigrated from Denmark. Sorenson, one of the deputies involved in the manhunt, is given the chance to prove himself in his adopted country as he pursues his nemesis.
PhototaxisAnimation
7 min. by Melissa Ferrari, Val Verde, CA
“Phototaxis” draws parallels between Mothman, a prophetic and demonized creature in West Virginia lore, and Narcotics Anonymous, the main treatment program in West Virginia’s addiction epidemic. Rooted in nonfiction, this animated film contemplates synchronicity and the role of belief systems in perception; the tendency to assign supernatural meaning to tragedy and the unknowable; anonymous and apocryphal oral histories; and the moth to the flame. To visualize these narratives, natural materials and pastel-on-paper palimpsest animation are woven together using a multiplane and analog overhead projection.
The IconsExperimental
4 min. by Mitchell Rose, Worthington, OH
Alternative interpretations of signage from America's favorite generic couple, The Icons.
Sans ChlorophyllAnimation
3 min. by Phil Davis, Baltimore, MD
A short experimental film created using hundreds of scanned and photographed leaves animated and choreographed in time to an original banjo score by the filmmaker.