Friday, February 24, 2017

Five NJ Playwrights Showcased in Morristown Play Festival


Morristown, NJ – The first week of March will see five professional New Jersey theatres bring five brand new plays to The Bickford Theatre in Morristown, New Jersey as the third annual New Plays New Jersey reading series kicks off. Writers Theatre of New Jersey is coordinating the staged readings with The Bickford Theatre, Mile Square Theatre, Luna Stage, and Passage Theatre as part of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance’s Stages Festival.
The readings are produced by the individual theatres and feature plays from some of New Jersey’s best playwrights, directed by professional directors and performed by professional New Jersey and New York actors. Further, every reading is followed by a community discussion with the writer, director, and Writers Theatre's Artistic Director, giving the audience an opportunity to share their insights and opinions and helping to further shape the work.

John PietrowskiThe plays to be presented are Olomouc by Yasmine Rana from Teaneck, A Progressive Man by Montclair resident Phoebe Farber, Rocket Sex Magic by David Lee White from Bordentown, Tragedy by Oded Gross (also from Montclair), and Ghost Story by Lia Romeo, a Hoboken resident.
“The month-long New Jersey Theatre Alliance Stages Festival is the perfect event to showcase the amazing work that New Jersey Theatres are doing with New Jersey Playwrights,” said John Pietrowski, Writers Theatre of New Jersey Artistic Director (photo). “These theatres have forged long-term relationships with the writers, and we intend to celebrate and share those connections during the week. We are grateful to The Bickford Theatre for hosting the event, and we look forward to spirited talkbacks after the plays. This is a strong crop of work, and we encourage everyone to see all five.”

The reading schedule is as follows:

  • On Wednesday March 1 at 7 PM is "Olomouc" by Yasmine Rana (Writers Theatre of New Jersey, Madison)
  • On Thursday, March 2 at 7 PM is "A Progressive Man" by Phoebe Farber (Luna Stage, West Orange)
  • On Friday, March 3 at 7 PM is "Rocket Sex Magic" by David Lee White (Passage Theatre, Trenton)
  • On Saturday, March 4 at 7 PM is "Tragedy" by Oded Gross (Mile Square Theatre, Hoboken)
  • On Sunday, March 5 at 5 PM is "Ghost Story" by Lia Romeo (The Bickford Theatre, Morristown)

289369-morris_museumReadings are free of charge, with a $10.00 recommended donation (or donate what you can). The performances will occur at The Bickford Theatre, located in the Morris Museum at 6 Normandy Heights Road in Morristown, NJ.

For more information on any of Writers Theatre’s programs, please visit, or contact Writers Theatre at P.O. Box 1295, Madison, NJ, 07940, 973-514-1787 x20 or For more information about the New Jersey Theatre Alliance or the NJTA's Stages Festival, please visit or, respectively.

Shakespeare Theatre’s Annual Gala Kicks Off Its 55th Season

MADISON, N.J — The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey launches the start of its 55th season with their 2017 Annual Gala on Saturday, April 1, 2017. In honor of April Fool’s Day, this year’s Gala takes inspiration from Shakespeare’s fools, the art of comedy and the gift of laughter. The Board of Trustees, staff and artists of The Shakespeare Theatre invite patrons, fellow artists, and community leaders to celebrate at the Theatre’s largest annual fundraiser.

The centerpiece of the evening will be a glittering Cabaret featuring music dedicated to fools in love, comedy sketches performed by some of the company’s best Shakespearean “clowns,” and much more. Past performers have included luminaries such as Cyndi Lauper, Dick Cavett, Blythe Danner, Allison Janney, Tamara Tunie, Laila Robins, Robert Cuccioli, Christopher Durang, Baby Jane Dexter, Vivian Reed, Christiane Noll, Ciarán Sheehan and many more.

The Gala is the Theatre’s largest fundraising event of the year, and welcomes guests to the “Theatre Factory.” Located in Florham Park, the 50,000 square foot building is home to the Theatre’s administrative, educational, artistic, and technical operations. Guests can view the company’s sets, costumes, props, and stage weapons which are displayed throughout the building, as well as the Boulevard of Dreams, a stunning hallway featuring murals and artwork designed by the Theatre’s scenic artists.

The Theatre will transform its space for this fools-inspired, black-tie event beginning at 6:30 p.m. Guests will dine, mingle and explore the “factory” as well as bid on spectacular and unique silent auction offerings, including handcrafted artwork, jewelry, and furniture, and one-of-a-kind theatrical opportunities, ranging from tickets to the Broadway hit Hamilton to the chance to bid on a one-night appearance in the Theatre’s fall production of Shakespeare in Love. At 8:45 p.m., the Silent Auction will close and guests are invited into the “Grand Ballroom” for dessert, coffee and the star-studded Cabaret.

Gala tickets range from $295 to $1,000 per person. A portion of each ticket is tax-deductible to the fullest extent provided by law.  For more information or reservations, call 973-845-6732 or visit


Fun Kids Play at Main Street Theatre Company Saturday

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Looking for something fun to do with the kids this weekend? Come out to Main Street Theatre Company. Our Kidworks shows are a wonderful way to introduce your children to live theater. They are shorter shows with an engaging plot that really capture the younger audience's attention. Snacks are available for purchase as well.

See the Royal Family Bowling Team as they try to find a suitable princess for the prince. This hilarious take on the classic Princess and the Pea story is great fun for kids of all ages! Get your tickets now at Only $7 when you purchase online!

‘Beyond the Oak Trees’ final performances at Crossroads

Beyond the Oak Trees now

through Sunday ONLY!

Ademide Akintilo,* Abigail Ramsay

Steal away to CROSSROADS,

before it is too late!

Elijah J. Coleman,*Abigail Ramsay, Ademide Akintilo*

Tickets still available for

the following performances:

Thursday Feb 23rd at 8pm
Friday Feb 24th at 8pm

Saturday Feb 25th at 3pm SOLD OUT

Saturday Feb 25th at 8pm

Sunday Feb 26th at 3pm SOLD OUT

Read reviews for Dreamcatcher’s fun ‘Shipwrecked! An Entertainment’

3 Actors in 30 Different Roles- including these two proper ladies.

Nicole Callender and Scott McGowan as 2 of the 30 characters sip tea and comment on the wonder of it all in Shipwrecked!

Shipwrecked! An Entertainment

The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont

(as Told by Himself)
By Donald Margulies

The adventurous Louis de Rougemont invites you to hear his amazing story of bravery, survival and celebrity that left nineteenth-century England spellbound. Dare to be whisked away in a story of the high seas, populated by exotic islanders, flying wombats, giant sea turtles and a monstrous man-eating octopus. SHIPWRECKED examines how far we're willing to blur the line between fact and fiction in order to leave our mark on the world.

Make your reservations here:
Brown Paper Tickets

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

Use code MARG or BOOK to receive $3 off full price $35/$30 tickets. 

Read Liz Keill's review at

Read Ruth Ross' review at NJ Arts Maven  

Read Natalie Pompilio's piece  at

Audition: ‘Bell, Book and Candle’ at Chatham Players

The Chatham Players will hold auditions for John Van Druten’s play, Bell, Book and Candle

WHEN: Tuesday, February 28th and Wednesday, March 1st at 7:30 pm.
The Chatham Playhouse, 23 North Passaic Ave.

Production dates are May 5 thru May 20, 2017, with rehearsals to begin early-March. Elizabeth Rogers directs.

Set in the late 1950’s NYC, Bell Book and Candle centers around Gillian Holroyd, a modern-day witch. She casts a spell over an unattached publisher, Shepherd Henderson, partly to keep him away from a rival, partly because she is bored, and partly because she is attracted to him. He immediately falls head over heels in love with her and soon wants to marry her. But, witches, unfortunately, cannot fall in love. If they do, they lose their powers. This tiny complication leads to a number of difficulties. As truths are told and tempers flare, Gillian is surprised to discover that she has fallen in love, but is it too late?

For more information, including Casting breakdown, audition form and sides, please visit our Auditions Page.

Tribute to legendary vocalist Sarah Vaughan final play at Crossroads Theatre

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The legendary vocalist Sarah Vaughan (top photo), played by Tamar Davis (“The Voice” photo lower right), is both the music and muse in the lives of a devoted couple, accompanying their three-decade romance through courtship and marriage in Stephanie Berry’s new play, Sarah Sings a Love Story, premiering at Crossroads Theatre Company, New Brunswick, March 9-26.

tamara davisPerformances are March 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24 and 25 at 8 p.m.; March 12, 18, 19, 25 and 26 at 3 p.m.; and March 15 and 22 at 10 a.m.

The show also features Marva Hicks (“Motown the Musical,” “The Lion King”) and Curtiss Cook (“House of Cards”). Nat Adderley Jr. is musical director and Jeffery V. Thompson directs.

Sarah Sings a Love Story will be the final production in the theater at 7 Livingston Ave. as the city prepares to raze the building to make way for a new arts complex. For its 2017-18 season, Crossroads will launch “Crossroads on the Road,” an ambitious transitional program in venues around the state, while the arts complex rises in New Brunswick over the next two and a half years. It is expected to be completed by Fall 2019.

Tickets range from $25 to $45. Opening night tickets are $55 on March 11 and include a reception. For tickets, call 732-545-8100 or go online to

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Chatham Community Players seeking short plays for Jersey Voices' 23rd Annual Production

Jersey Voices One Act Scripts Needed

The Chatham Community Players is seeking original, one-act plays, short musicals and/or original dance pieces, written by New Jersey authors, for Jersey Voices' 23rd Annual Production.

It is once again time to be thinking about submitting one-acts for Jersey Voices. For those of you who have already sent along submissions for Jersey Voices 2017—thank you! For those of you who have not, we want to remind you that the deadline is coming up soon—this year’s DEADLINE is MARCH 15th, just under one month away!

So please put the finishing touches on those plays sitting on your desk/desktop and send them along. This year, like last year, we are only accepting submissions by e-mail to the address listed below.

Play submissions of any genre (including short musical and dance pieces), style and length up to 15 minutes running time (we're serious about this) will be accepted through March 15, 2017. Selected pieces will each be performed in our Black Box Theater in Chatham on the last weekend in July and first weekend in August.

VIDEO SNEAK PEEK: ‘Moon Over Buffalo’ at Chatham Playhouse

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Watch this trailer for Moon Over Buffalo at the Chatham Playhouse!  (Length 1:43)

The Chatham Community Players continues its successful 95th Season with Ken Ludwig’s Moon Over Buffalo. This hilarious farce will run from February 24 through March 11.  Tom Frascatore from Weehawken directs.

Moon Over Buffalo Opens February 24


For more information, including about the cast and production team, please visit our website at

Moon Over Buffalo

FRI, February 24 @ 8:00 pm
SAT, February 25 @ 8:00 pm
FRI, March 3 @ 8:00 pm
SAT, March 4 @ 8:00 pm
SUN, March 5 @ 3:00 pm
FRI, March 10 @ 8:00 pm
SAT, March 11 @ 8:00 pm

Tickets are $25 for adults and $23 for youth (18 & under) & seniors (65+).
All seating is reserved.
Please PRINT YOUR TICKETS with BARCODE prior to your arrival at the theater.  We are unable to scan cell phones, but we can print duplicate tickets at no cost.
For Box Office information, visit
Hearing impaired listening devices are available. Please inquire at the box office.
HANDICAPPED SEATING can only be guaranteed by contacting the box office at least 24 hours prior to performances at 973-635-7363 or emailing


‘In The Company Of Friends’ Fundraiser for The Company

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There's less than a week left to get tickets to our fundraiser.  This wonderful production of music and comedy, featuring some of our talented members is One Night Only: 2/25/17.  8pm.  "In The Company Of Friends". 

Every dollar raised with go toward this year's productions. Tickets are only $30:

Freespace Dance Company Bridges Generation Gap in Jersey City


Not all the barriers separating communities are on a map. Borderless – the thematic series by Jersey City Theater Center (JCTC) – continues with an innovative performance that breaks down boundaries separating generations through dance and movement.

I know You by Freespace Dance, a Montclair-based contemporary dance company, explores how shared experiences, thoughts and emotions enable individuals of all ages to form connections. The piece is performed by a multigenerational cast of 16 dancers – ranging in ages from 15 to 65 – and portrays through movement, the many ways different generations interact and create together.

I know You by Freespace Dance is presented by Jersey City Theater Center (JCTC) on Saturday March 4/7:30pm at Merseles Studios, 339 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07302.

Borderless – the new series by JCTC that runs through March – brings a diverse array of new and emerging voices to audiences with a comprehensive range of art, theater, readings and performances.

I know You features and is choreographed by Donna Scro-Samori, Artistic Director of Freespace Dance, who toured professionally as a dance artist for more than 20 years. Scro-Samori conceived of I know You as a way to encourage audiences to overcome preconceptions about age, dance and artistic expression. “The current direction of my work is about expanding the boundaries of what we consider a dancer to be,” she said. “I am interested in the varied artistic expression of movement at any age.”

New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera's Bring the Family to the Opera Begins in March


The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera, the house opera company of the Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), resumes in March the Bring the Family to the Opera initiative. This well-received program introduces children and the extended family to live, fully staged performances of grand opera as the composer intended. On March 9, 10, and 11, the program's first special ticket rate goes on sale to see Giuseppe Verdi's timeless work AIDA on April 23, 2017. The opera performs at 3:00 p.m. at the Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), located at 30 North Van Brunt Street, in Englewood, New Jersey.

“Verismo Opera provides once again the highly successful Bring the Family to the Opera. This program gives parents an opportunity to introduce their children to live opera and classical music presented on the stage with the complete cast in period costumes. We want children and their families to enjoy and experience high quality, affordable operatic performances,” said opera legend Lucine Amara, Artistic Director of the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera.

The Bring the Family to the Opera program seeks to instill children and their extended families, friends, and neighbors with an appreciation of opera and classical music. The company's new production, AIDA, replete with full sets, will entertain the audience with live singing performed by professional principal vocalists accompanied by the Verismo Opera Orchestra under the baton of Principal Conductor and Music Director Lucy Arner. Michael Wittenburg returns to the company this year to direct the Verismo Opera Chorus. General Manager/Stage Director Evelyn La Quaif directs the fully staged opera. The principals and the Verismo Opera Chorus perform in Italian with English supertitles provided.

Centenary Stage Company honors the art of contemporary dance

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Centenary Stage Company honors the art of contemporary dance with the XY Dance Project on Saturday, March 18 at 8pm in the Sitnik Theater of the Lackland Performing Arts Center.

Under the artistic director of Nijawwon Matthews (photo), the mission of the XY Dance Project is to change lives by generating clear and deliberate connections between artists and audiences.  XY Dance Project crafts thought provoking work that allows the audience to question and think about their own view on the human experience through the lens of others. They are committed to presenting works that reflect on current social issues through a unique movement style that blends contemporary dance, the spiritual rhythms of African dance, the grace and peace of Tai Chi and the heart of street dance.  Their vision is creating an inviting environment that will show versatility in each dancer by breaking gender stereotypes through performances and by fusing male and female qualities artistically, physically, emotionally and spiritually.

East Lynne’s full 2017 Season




New Jersey Theatre Alliance to present the 20th anniversary Stages Festival

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New Jersey Theatre Alliance and its partners and funders are pleased to present the 20th anniversary Stages Festival (“Stages”), a statewide, month-long festival of theatre offering over 75 theatre performances and programs for children and adults free of charge or at significantly discounted rates ($2 to $20). Events will take place at theatres, arts centers, libraries, schools, and other community venues throughout the state. Most events require registration. For a full listing of events, program details, and registration information visit

“New Jersey is a wellspring of great theatre experiences, and The Stages Festival makes them accessible to all,” said Nick Paleologos, Executive Director of New Jersey State Council on the Arts. “We have been an enthusiastic sponsor of Stages for twenty years—it is a jewel in the crown of the New Jersey arts experience.” 

“We are so proud that Stages turns 20 this year,” said John McEwen, Executive Director of New Jersey Theatre Alliance. “For twenty years arts patrons and artists have worked together to ensure that everybody, regardless of age, income, location, and level of ability has access to professional theatre. We look forward to this year’s exciting lineup of events.”

The following are a few of the 2017 highlights:

Pop-Up Diner Theatre: If you happen to visit one of New Jersey’s diners on March 21st, be on alert for a pop-up theatre experience. A surprise performance of four short plays is coming to a booth near you!

kids festivalTheatre Galore for Kids: Dozens of performances for kids, such as Shipwrecked!, Jane and the Humongous Pear, “Gerald Fierst Storytelling,” Ellis Island, Stone Soup, Miss Nelson has a Field Day!, Peter and the Wolf, and “Victorian Magic” will take place at various locations throughout the state

classicsNever Too Young for Shakespeare: The internationally acclaimed Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey presents family-friendly versions of Julius Caesar on March 15th and 18th at their theatre on the campus of Drew University in Madison, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream March 18th in Madison, March 20th in Manchester, and March 26th in Elmer. “Shake It up Shakespeare,” a mad-cap, fun-filled interactive performance, will be presented on March 31st in Westampton by Centenary Stage Company.