Thursday, July 21, 2016

August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom opens in September at Two River Theater

RED BANK, NJ— Two River Theater announces the cast and creative team for its production of August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson. The production will run September 10-October 9, 2016, with the opening night on Friday, September 16 at 8pm. The lead production sponsor for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is Riverview Medical Center and the media partner is WBGO Jazz 88.3.

Two River Theater opens its season with an extended four-week run of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Two River’s fourth production from August Wilson’s American Century Cycle following its acclaimed productions of Jitney, Two Trains Running, and Seven Guitars. Wilson’s incendiary drama, set in the 1920s, takes audiences into the world of legendary singer Ma Rainey (the real-life “Mother of the Blues”) as she lays down tracks with her band in a Chicago recording studio.

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom will be directed by actor, playwright, and director Ruben Santiago-Hudson, who won a Tony Award for his performance in the Broadway production of Seven Guitars. His recent directing credits include Skeleton Crew at the Atlantic Theater and his own world-premiere play Your Blues Ain’t Sweet Like Mine at Two River.

Chanté Adams (Dussie May) is a recent graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, where her credits include Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra. She appeared in Gertrude Stein SAINTS! with FringeNYC and at the Henry Street Settlement - Abrons Arts Center.

Harvy Blanks (Slow Drag) has appeared in all 10 of the plays in August Wilson’s American Century Cycle, including nine Wilson productions at the Denver Center Theater, where he was a company member for 28 years. He appeared in Two River’s productions ofJitney and Two Trains Running. His regional credits include the world premiere of Danai Gurira’s Familiar at Yale Repertory Theatre.

Brian D. Coats (Toledo) made his Two River debut last season in Seven Guitars. His regional credits include Invisible Man (Huntington Theatre Company/Studio Theater), for which he received a shared Helen Hayes Award. His television credits include Boardwalk Empire and The Sopranos.

Michael Cumpsty (Irvin) received a Tony Award nomination for End of the Rainbow and an Obie Award for his performance as Hamlet at Classic Stage Company. His recent credits include Body of an American for Primary Stages and Hartford Stage. At Two River Theater, he has appeared in Absurd Person Singular, Present Laughter, and Much Ado About Nothing and directed Third.

Brandon J. Dirden (Levee) directed August Wilson’s Seven Guitars last season at Two River Theater, where his credits as an actor include Your Blues Ain’t Sweet Like Mine, Topdog/Underdog, and Jitney. He received an Obie Award for his performance in The Piano Lesson at Signature Theater; his Broadway credits include All the Way. He plays a recurring role on the FX series The Americans.

Bob Mackasek (Policeman) has been seen in August: Osage County with the Chatham Players, Three Sisters with Gowanus Arts Productions, and God of Carnage with Summit Playhouse, among other productions.

Marcel Spears (Sylvester) most recently co-starred in Trouble in Mind at The Guthrie Theater. His New York credits include the title role of the Classic Stage Company’s Young Company production of Othello; the CSC production of Mother Courage; and Page 73’s production of Judy.

Peter Van Wagner (Sturdyvant) has appeared in productions in New York, around the country, and internationally. His credits include A Thousand Clowns at Roundabout, Merry Wives of Windsor at Chicago Shakespeare, and West Side Story at La Scala-Milan. He was part of the SAG Award-winning Ensemble of Boardwalk Empire and has appeared in films including Annie and Arthur.

Arnetia Walker (Ma Rainey-photo right) began her acting career on Broadway at the age of 16 in Lorraine Hansberry’s The Sign in Sydney Brustein’s Window. She went on to appear in Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Wiz, Raisin, and Dreamgirls, where she holds the distinction of being the only actress to have played all three of the lead female roles. Her most recent stage performance was in Head of Passes at The Public Theater. Her film and television credits include Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills and Nurses.

James A. Williams (Cutler) was seen in Jitney and Two Trains Running at Two River. A mainstay of the Twin Cities theater scene since 1976, he is a founding member of Penumbra Theatre Company, where he began his lifelong relationship with August Wilson. His credits in New York include Radio Golf, The Piano Lesson, and My Children! My Africa!.

The creative team for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom includes scenic designer Charlie Corcoran, costume designer Karen Perry, lighting designer Burke Brown, and sound designer Rob Kaplowitz. The original music is by Bill Sims Jr. & Kenny Rampton, the fight direction is by Thomas Schall, the casting is by Heidi Griffith & Kate Murray, and the stage manager is Laura Wilson. 

Ticket Information

Ticket prices range from $40 to $70, with discounts available for groups, seniors, and U.S. military personnel, their families, and veterans. A limited number of $20 tickets are available for every performance; $20 tickets may be partial view. Tickets for patrons under 30 are $20 and include the best available seats at every performance. Tickets are available from or 732.345.1400.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Fearless Icon is the Battle of the Best Musical Theater Voices in the State!

Returning for its 3rd smash year, Fearless Icon is the Battle of the Best Musical Theater Voices in the State! Each week the judges AND THE AUDIENCE will each send TWO lucky contestants to the Semi-Finals being held in November. Elimination Rounds will be held at the UCPAC’s Hamilton Stage, 360 Hamilton St. Rahway NJ at 8:00 pm on September 15th, 22nd, October 6th, 13th and 20th.

Each night two singers will advance one step closer to the Grand Prize, the Semi Final Round on the UCPAC’s Main Stage at 1601 Irving St. Rahway NJ on November 27th at 7:00 pm.
The Final Five Contestants will compete on December 11th on the UCPAC’s Main Stage at 7:00 pm and at the end of the evening will have a NEW Fearless Icon!

Returning to the Judges Panel this year are Patrick Starega (Director/Chroeographer) and Khy Garner (Director/Music Director) This year we are incredibly excited to announce Mr. Richard Kline (Broadway: City Of Angels, National Tour: Wicked, Regional: Chemin de Fer, Death of a Salesman and Love’s Labour’s Lost) will be joining the Icon Team as the third judge!

This year, RSI Bank has generously contributed a $2500.00 Cash Prize to the winner and, as always, the Icon will have their dream show produced (pending availability) by the Union County Performing Arts Center and Fearless Productions.

Thing you have what it takes? Email to sign up for an Elimination Round and start your road to becoming the next Fearless Icon!

Joseph Gallo's 'Long Gone Daddy' opens tonight at Mile Square

Mile Square Theatre, Hudson County’s leading professional theatre, is proud to present the second production of its 2016 season – the world premiere of LONG GONE DADDY, written and performed by MST’s playwright-in-residence Joseph Gallo (photo). Directed by MST artistic director Chris O’Connor, performances begin July 20 and run through August 7 in the company’s new venue, located at 1400 Clinton Street in Hoboken.

LONG GONE DADDY is the follow-up to Gallo’s critically acclaimed Off-Broadway solo play My Italy Story (“…a compelling page turner.”— New York Times). Checking-in with his alter-ego, Thomas DaGato – LONG GONE DADDY chronicles the comic misadventures of becoming a stay-at-home father. From Bruce Springsteen concerts to OBGYN appointments to the Hoboken playgrounds and back again, Gallo’s semi-autobiographical play also wrestles with the memory of his own Dad, a former fireman, and the existential question, “When does a father earn the right to be called Dad?”

LONG GONE DADDY runs July 20-August 7, Thursday through Saturdays @ 8pm, Sundays @ 3pm, with a preview performance on Wednesday, July 20 @ 8pm.

Tickets: $20

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It's 4 A.M. Again! Summer Youth Theatre in Madison, NJ

Madison, NJ – What keeps you up at night? This August, Writers Theatre of New Jersey and the Madison Recreation Department, as part of the Rose City Initiative, will explore that question as the Summer Youth Theatre Senior Show students perform Jonathan Dorf and Alison Wood’s teen musical, 4 A.M. Alison Wood, who wrote the music and lyrics for the musical, was born and raised in New Jersey. The show will be performed by Madison residents and others ages 14 and up on August 11, 12, and 13 at Drew University, at the Director’s Lab in the Dorothy Young Center for the Arts.

The show introduces various teens who find themselves wide awake at the lonely hour of 4 A.M., as they struggle with loneliness, love, and the frustrations of life as a teen. They each think they’re the only ones that can’t sleep, but the show lets us know that we all struggle sometimes. As Danielle Constance (photo), director of the show, explains, “Everyone, no matter how cool, put together, happy, or confident they appear, feels alone sometimes. Everyone, no matter how old or young, feels unimportant or insignificant at some point. This musical, while highlighting these trials and tribulations, also points towards the joys of togetherness and community”

In addition to working with theatre professional Danielle Constance, the Summer Youth Theatre students will also be working with Guggenheim award-winning choreographer and performance artist, Claire Porter. Ms. Porter has traveled all over the world performing her Portables, hilarious monologues mixed with dance that tell incredible stories and have won her international acclaim. Writers Theatre believes that pairing young artists with more experienced ones allows the students to learn from the established artists and come to understand that their own work is no less important or valuable than that of the professionals they’re working with.

Performances will be held in The Director’s Lab in the Dorothy Young Center for the Arts at Drew University. Drew University is located at 36 Madison Ave. Madison, NJ 07940. The performances will be held on Thursday August 11 at 7:30pmFriday August 12 at 7:30pm, and Sunday August 13 at 2:00pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens who do not live in Madison. For senior citizens that live in Madison, tickets are free. Madison seniors should call the Madison Senior Center at 973-593-3095 for more information on their free tickets. Tickets to this event are limited and reservations are required; walk-up seating will likely be limited. To reserve seats, please call 973-514-1787 x31 or visit

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

About Writers Theatre: 
Writers Theatre is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit, professional (Actors’ Equity) theatre and a community of professional playwrights, theatre artists, and arts educators that provides opportunities for writers to develop their works in a nurturing environment and connect with new audiences. Our New Play Development Program is a multi-step process through which playwrights, theatre artists, and audiences collaborate to bring selected texts from rough draft to finished production.

Our Education Programs introduce students of all ages and backgrounds to the possibilities inherent in thinking and communicating creatively. Writers Theatre’s New Jersey Writers Project provides hands-on workshops led by professional writers-in-residence to students in schools and community centers throughout the state. We place an equal emphasis on Development and Educational activities, and encourage our community and audiences to participate fully in both.

We are honored that, every year since 2003, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts (NJSCA) has designated Writers Theatre as a Major Arts Institution. This means that the Council considers Writers Theatre to be “an anchor institution that contributes vitally to the quality of life in New Jersey.”

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

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

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Centenary Stage Company’s Young Performers Workshop to present annual Summer Festival of Shows

Celebrating over 20 years of acclaimed musical theatre training for young thespians, the Centenary Stage Company’s Young Performers Workshop returns to the Little Theater August 5 through August 14 with the annual Summer Festival of Shows. These talented young thespians between the ages of 8 and 18 will present a variety of musical theater favorites including; Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?, Merrily We Roll Along, Miss Nelson has a Field Day, The Dark at the Top of the Stairs and the One-Act Festival.

With music & lyrics by James Quinn and Alaric Jans, a book by John R. Powers and based on the novel by John R. Powers, Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?, captures the funniest aspects of youthful growing pains and the trying moments of adolescence. Focusing on eight children during their Catholic elementary and high school education in the 1950s, this delightful musical tickles the funny bone of anyone who ever went to school, public or private. Performances are Friday, August 5 at 8pm;Sunday, August 7 at 7pm; Saturday, August 13 at 8pm & Sunday, August 14 at 4pm.

Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s Merrily We Roll Along expertly blends the excitement and energy of a backstage musical with a poignant and emotional contemporary story about the importance of staying true to one's ideals. Merrily We Roll Along begins in the present and moves backwards, tracing the lives of wealthy, jaded composer Franklin Shepard and his two estranged friends through each milestone of their personal and professional lives (good and bad). The show ends with a touch of rueful irony, as the three best friends at the start of their careers face a bright future: young, talented and enthusiastic about the worlds waiting to be conquered. Performances are Saturday, August 6 at 8pm; Sunday, August 7 at 1pm; Friday, August 12 at 8pm;Saturday, August 13 at 2pm and Sunday, August 14 at 7pm.

Adapted by Joan Cushing from the famous children’s novel by Harry Allard and James Marshall Miss Nelson has a Field Day is the snappy sequel to Joan Cushing’s beloved musical “Miss Nelson is Missing!”. The Smedley Tornadoes have not only never won a football game, they have never scored a single point! Coach Armstrong goes bonkers and Miss Nelson decides to help out. She enlists Coach Viola Swamp to whip the team into shape and save the day. Performances are Saturday, August 6 at 2pm; Sunday, August 7 at 4pm; Saturday, August 13 at 5pm and Sunday, August 14 at 1pm. YPW will be presenting a special “camp” performance of Miss Nelson has a Field Day on Thursday, August 11 at 10:30am. Please call the box office directly for details on ‘camp’ performance.

Written by William Inge, The Dark at the Top of the Stairs is a drama set in a small Oklahoma town in the early 1920s. The story follows the Flood family and is told through a series of short stories — the fight between a husband and wife, the fear of an overly shy young girl on going to a dance, the problems of an introverted little boy who feels that the whole world is against him, the corroding marriage of Cora's rowdy sister, and the tragedy of a military school cadet who suffers from the stigma of being a Jew in an alien community. There is dark at the top of everyone's stairs, but it can be dissipated by understanding, tolerance, and compassion. Performances are Tuesday, August 9 at 7pm; Wednesday, August 10 at 7pm and Thursday, August 11 at 7pm.

Finally, the Young Performers Workshop will be presenting their annual One- Act Festival on Saturday, August 13 at 11am andSunday, August 14 at 11am. The One – Act Festival features a selection of short plays selected to be performed in rep. One – acts are directed by YPW staff and/or students and feature an entire YPW student cast.

The YPW program has been led by Broadway, film and television veteran, Michael Blevins, for over 20 years. YPW is dedicated to the enrichment of young lives through experience in the theatre arts, and serves as a venue for cultivating young theatre performers. The program is one of only a handful in the nation that offers both formal training and production experience for young people.

Tickets for the Young Performers Workshop Summer Festival of Shows are $12.50 for adults and $10.00 for children under 12. Tickets are available on – line at or by phone at (908) 979 – 0900. The Centenary Stage Company box office is open Monday through Friday from 1 – 5pm and two hours prior to every performance.

The Young Performers Workshop is part of the educational arm of the professional Centenary Stage Company, a professional Equity theatre in residence on the campus of Centenary College. The 2016-17 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.

Paper Mill Playhouse 2016-2017 season to include US premiere of musical The Bodyguard

Tickets for Paper Mill Playhouse’s New Season On Sale August 8
New Jersey Theater to Launch National Tour of US Premiere Musical The Bodyguard


Paper Mill Playhouse will open its 2016-2017 season with the Mel Brooks' laugh-out-loud musical spectacle The Producers(September 28-October 23). 

In November, Paper Mill Playhouse will launch the national tour of the US premiere musical The Bodyguard (November 25-January 1) starring Grammy Award nominee and R&B superstar Deborah Cox. Based on Lawrence Kasdan’s Oscar-nominated Warner Bros. film and adapted by Academy Award-winner Alexander Dinelaris (Birdman), The Bodyguard had its world premiere in London’s West End where it was nominated for four Laurence Olivier Awards including best new musical and won best new musical at the Whatsonstage Awards.

In February, Paper Mill Playhouse presents A Comedy of Tenors (February 1-February 26), the critically acclaimed sequel to Ken Ludwig’s Lend Me a Tenor. Paper Mill Playhouse presented Lend Me a Tenor in 2013 and it remains one of the theater’s most popular plays. 

Next spring, Paper Mill Playhouse will bring some classic rock to New Jersey with Million Dollar Quartet (March 29-April 23), the smash-hit musical inspired by the famed recording session that brought together rock 'n' roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins.

Paper Mill Playhouse will close its 78th season with the practically perfect musical, Mary Poppins (May 24-June 25). Based on the book by P.L. Travers and one of the most popular films of all time, Mary Poppins is an enchanting mixture of irresistible story, unforgettable songs and breathtaking dance numbers.

“Paper Mill Playhouse continues its legacy of bringing the finest musical theater to the audiences of New Jersey and beyond,” commented Mark S. Hoebee, Producing Artistic Director for the Millburn theater. “We are excited to launch the US premiere musical and national tour of The Bodyguard right here in Millburn. Each time Paper Mill Playhouse has produced a show that has a life beyond our theater, it brings great pride to the people of our state. Paper Mill Playhouse is a leading exporter of art in New Jersey, and we are ecstatic to continue that tradition.”

“Paper Mill Playhouse has increased its subscriber base to 22,000 this year,” remarked Managing Director Todd Schmidt. “Our subscribers want to be a part of the Paper Mill Playhouse resurgence as we have once again established ourselves as a leader in American musical theater. Subscribers are able to get the best seats at the best price with special insider benefits. Of course, none of what we do would be possible without the generous support of our subscribers, donors, patrons, foundations and corporate partners, including the many years of season sponsorship from our friends at Investors Bank.”

Paper Mill Playhouse will produce eight performances a week, Wednesday through Sunday. Three, four and five-show subscription packages are available now starting at just $107. Each subscription package includes a different level of special benefits (see for details). Titles, casting and dates subject to change. 

Paper Mill Playhouse (Mark S. Hoebee-Producing Artistic Director, Todd Schmidt-Managing Director) will begin selling tickets to the general public for its 2016-2017 season on Monday, August 8. 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 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 $20 rush tickets over the phone or in person at the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office on the day of the performance. 

Season subscriptions are on sale now and are available by calling 973-315-3717 or by visiting the theater’s website. Paper Mill Playhouse’s 2016-2017 season is sponsored by Investors Bank.

Paper Mill Playhouse’s 2016-2017 Season

The Producers

September 28 through October 23, 2016

Music and Lyrics by Mel Brooks

Book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan

Original Direction and Choreography by Susan Stroman

Major support for The Producers is provided by The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation.

Paper Mill Playhouse produces Mel Brooks’ award-winning comic musical masterpiece. The Producers is the hilarious smash hit about two theatrical producers who scheme to get rich by overselling interests in a Broadway flop. Complications arise when the show unexpectedly turns out to be successful. The show took Broadway by storm in 2001, winning a record-breaking 12 Tony Awards and three Olivier Awards.

The Bodyguard (US Premiere)

November 25, 2016 through January 1, 2017

Based on Lawrence Kasdan's 1992 Warner Bros. film

Book by Alexander Dinelaris

Directed by Thea Sharrock

Choreographed by Karen Bruce

The award-winning musical based on the iconic film, starring Grammy Award nominee and R&B superstar Deborah Cox! Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard Frank Farmer is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge; what they don’t expect is to fall in love. A breathtakingly romantic thriller, The Bodyguard features a host of irresistible classics including “Queen of the Night,” “So Emotional,” “One Moment in Time,” “Saving All My Love,” “Run to You,” “I Have Nothing,” “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” and one of the biggest selling songs of all time, “I Will Always Love You.”

Ken Ludwig’s

A Comedy of Tenors

February 1 through February 26, 2017

The sequel to the grand-slam comedy Lend Me a Tenor! One hotel suite, four tenors, two wives, three girlfriends, and a soccer stadium filled with screaming fans. What could possibly go wrong? It's 1930s Paris and the stage is set for the concert of the century—as long as producer Henry Saunders can keep the amorous Italian superstar and his hot-blooded wife from causing runaway chaos. An uproarious ride, full of mistaken identities, bedroom hijinks, and madcap delight.

Million Dollar Quartet

March 29 through April 23, 2017

Book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux

Original Concept and Direction by Floyd Mutrux

Inspired by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins

The smash-hit musical inspired by the famed recording session that brought together rock 'n' roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. On December 4, 1956, these four musicians gathered at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions ever. Featuring a score of hits including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Walk the Line,” “Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On,” “Folsom Prison Blues” and more. This thrilling musical brings you inside the recording studio for one unforgettable night.

Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s

Mary Poppins

May 24 through June 25, 2017

Based on the Stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney Film

Original Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman

Book by Julian Fellowes

New Songs and Additional Music and Lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe

Co-created by Cameron Mackintosh

Based on the stories of P.L. Travers, Mary Poppins is one of the most popular films of all time reconceived for the stage by Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey). Mary Poppins takes us on a magical and memorable adventure. It’s an enchanting mixture of irresistible story, unforgettable songs, breathtaking dance numbers, and a little bit of magic. Among its accolades, Mary Poppins received nominations for nine Olivier Awards and seven Tony Awards, including best musical. Treat the entire family to this treasured story.

Paper Mill Playhouse offers its audience an opportunity to enhance their theater experience with behind-the-scenes views of mainstage productions. Have you ever wanted to sneak a peek behind the curtain? Or wondered what the director was thinking, or how the cast prepares for a show? Join us for one of many revealing insider’s experiences. Visit the Paper Mill Playhouse website at for dates for our Director's Viewpoint Series, Conversation Club Series, Q&A’s With the Cast and more.

Paper Mill Playhouse offers people with disabilities the opportunity to see live theater with dignity and independence through a myriad of award-winning access programs and services, including audio description and sensory seminars for the blind, Braille and large-print programs, American Sign Language interpretation for the deaf, open-captioning for those with hearing loss, and assistive listening devices.

PAPER MILL PLAYHOUSE, a not-for-profit arts organization, is one of the country's leading regional theaters. Paper Mill Playhouse programs are made possible, in part, by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Paper Mill Playhouse is a member of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, the Council of Stock Theatres, and the New Jersey Theatre Alliance.

Laura Ekstrand reads 'I'll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers' at Monologues@Mondo

Every Thursday Evening in July is special!
      Every Thursday through July 28th at 8:00pm
DRT presents a series of solo works as readings at MONDO, the cultural gathering place in downtown Summit ( MONDO is located at 426 Springfield Avenue, Summit, NJ 07901. 

Tickets are $20 in advance/ $25 at the door.
To take advantage of the $5 discount, reserve your tickets in advance.
To reserve you can email or call: 917-969-4534

Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 8:00 pm
I'll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers by John Logan
For more than 20 years, Sue Mengers' clients were the biggest names in show business: Barbra Streisand, Faye Dunaway, Burt Reynolds, Ali McGraw, Gene Hackman, Cher, Candice Bergen, Ryan O'Neal, Nick Nolte, Mike Nichols, Gore Vidal, Bob Fosse...If her clients were the talk of the town, she was the town, and her dinner parties were the envy of Hollywood. Now, you're invited into her glamorous Beverly Hills home for an evening of dish, dirty secrets and all the inside showbiz details only Sue can tell you.

"A delectable soufflé of a solo show...The tightly closed doors of the Beverly Hills aerie in which Mengers held court are being thrown open, and for the price of a ticket we all get to feel a little twinkly for a night. It's a heady sensation, thanks to the buoyant, witty writing of Mr. Logan..." -NY Times.

Featuring: Laura Ekstrand
Laura Ekstrand

Thursday, July 28, 2016 at 8:00 pm
Jenny Keeps Talking by Richard Greenberg
In three monologues, one actress plays three women. First we meet Jenny, an established left-wing columnist whose newspaper is in the throes of a takeover. In the second monologue, we meet Jenny's ne'er-do-well sister, Claudia, an Upper West Side bohemian and failed opera singer whose life has been a string of get-rich-quick schemes and disastrous sublets. In the play's last scene, the women's grandmother speaks to us about her secret plans for her granddaughters. The doorbell rings, and all three are about to get together for a bumpy evening of settling their scores.

A touching but wickedly funny one-woman show about the feud between two widely different sisters and the grandmother who has to reconcile them in the end....a minimalist Sisters Rosensweig...vintage Greenberg." -NY Newsday

Featuring: Harriett Trangucci 

Season Passes available now for the upcoming 2016-2017 Dreamcatcher Repertory Season.
Visit our website for more.

     Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre

Oakes Center  *  120 Morris Avenue  *  Summit, NJ 07901

'interACT Sings!' annual musical revue benefit

"interACT Sings!" is our annual musical revue benefit. Each year offers a new theme. This year, "Stay Tuned" offers a look at music on television. With several Theme Songs, Background Music and Television Performances, there is something nostalgic for everyone in "interACT Sings! Stay Tuned." Join us as our cast of over 30 local talented performers present this fully staged and choreographed musical revue.

"interACT Sings: Stay Tuned!"

A Musical Gala Celebrating Music in Television


interACT Theatre Productions

Hosted by Broadway's

Brandi Chavonne Massey

Directed by Nicholas J. Clarey

Music Direction by Holland J. Jancaitis and Diane L. Mc Clintock

Choreographed by Dana P. Hawkins

August 5 & 6, 2016
6:30 PM - hors d'ouvres hour
7:30 PM - Performance

The Burgdorff Center for the Arts
10 Durand Rd.
Maplewood, NJ 07040

ONLINE: Floor - $25 Balcony $20
ONLINE DOUBLEPASS (Both Perfromances): Floor - $45 Balcony - $35
BOX OFFICE: All tickets purchased at the door - $35
*Ticket price includes admission to "interACT Sings! Stay Tuned," complimentary food and beverages during our cocktail and hors d'ouvres hour and five raffle tickets for our tricky tray raffle.
Purchase tickets at

Claushelle Achille - Aaliyah Arroyo - Vlada Borisova-Duran
Nadiya Braham - Amber Brown - Leila Tai Brown
Sherese Bulluck - Christa Carlucci - Tionna Clifton
Levil Shawn DaCosta - J. Marshall Evans - Steven Equihua
Alicia Fink - Meara Franowicz - Aidan Harn-Flood
Dana P. Hawkins - Sally Jayne
Demetrius Kee - Holly Lehren - Margaret Leone
Ian MacDonald - Diane L. McClintock - Dean Nielsen
Elyssa Nielsen - Jennifer Nielsen - Laura A. Quinn
Regine Riviere - Jason Stack
Tiffany Terrell - Pat Tiné - Rosemary Wall
Tasha R. Williams - David Wren-Hardin

hors d'ouvres and desserts provided by local businesses
Floral arrangements generously donated by Lotus Petals

Monday, July 18, 2016

'Lend Us Your Ears' Reading Series at Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey

Madison, NJ—The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is proud to announce this year’s exciting lineup of play titles for their Lend Us Your Ears Reading Series which offers audiences the opportunity to join Shakespeare Theatre directors, actors, and artistic staff as they explore diverse and compelling plays. The script-in-hand readings by members of The Shakespeare Theatre’s esteemed company of actors are followed by a talk-back discussion with the director and cast, a chance for the audience to provide feedback and discuss the play’s potential for future production. Readings will take place on July 18th and September 19th at 7:30 PM.

The 2016 Series kicks off with The Lady’s Not For Burning by Christopher Fry. Penned in 1948, this verse play, set in the 15th century, is a language lover’s dream. Fry’s creation of a piece that harkens back to the dramatic form and verse style of early Elizabethan drama, poses existential questions that are all resoundingly modern, but are presented by characters from almost five centuries ago. The Lady’s Not For Burning will be presented on July 18th at 7:30 PM.

THE AFRICAN COMPANY PRESENTS RICHARD III by Carlyle Brown is an interesting companion piece to both Red Velvet and Richard III, two shows that are a part of our Main StageseasonIn 1821, forty years before slavery was abolished, the first black theatre in America, the African Company of New York, was staging plays in downtown Manhattan. Much to the chagrin of the white theatre owners, the productions were well-attended by both black and white audience members. This play gives us the imagined account of one of the most pivotal events in the company’s history when an act of repression gives birth to as seminal moment of creativity, and the artists’ defiant spirits prevail. THE AFRICAN COMPANY PRESENTS RICHARD III will be read on September 19th at 7:30 p.m.
Single tickets to each reading are $18. For more information about Lend Us Your Ears, visit or call the Box Office at 973-408-5600.

Tickets are now on sale for The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s 2016 Main StageSeason, which began in late May and will continue through December. The Theatre’s 54th Season features a number of extraordinary classical masterworks and contemporary plays, including Noël Coward’s A Song At Twilight, Shakespeare’s intense political drama Coriolanus,Eugene Ionesco’s masterpiece Exit the King, the New Jersey premiere of award-winning British playwright, Lolita Chakrabarti’s Red Velvet, followed by Richard III in conjunction with the First Folio exhibit, and concludes with the return of A Child’s Christmas in Wales. Purchase a 3, 4 or 5-pack Main Stage subscription and obtain significant discounts off single ticket prices and great subscriber benefits including guarantee of the seats of your choice every time you attend! Individual tickets range from $25 to $75. For information, visit or call the Box Office at 973-408-5600.

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The acclaimed Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is an independent, professional theatre company located on the Drew University campus. The Outdoor Stage is located on the campus of the College of St. Elizabeth and the Theatre’s support and education facility is in Florham Park.

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s programs are made possible, in part, by funding from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as funds from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional major support is received from The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, F.M. Kirby Foundation, The Edward T. Cone Foundation, Bank of America, The Samuel H. Scripps Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, and CTW Foundation, as well as contributions from numerous corporations, foundations, government agencies and individuals.

Lend Us Your Ears Reading Series SnapshotThe Lady’s Not for Burning
by Christopher Fry
July 18, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
The African Company Presents Richard III
by Carlyle Brown
September 19, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

Venue: F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, 36 Madison Avenue at Lancaster Rd. in Madison
Tickets: Call the Box Office at 973-408-5600 or visit

Mile Square Theatre to present world premiere 'Long Gone Daddy'


Mile Square Theatre, Hudson County’s leading professional theatre, is proud to present the second production of its 2016 season – the world premiere of LONG GONE DADDY, written and performed by MST’s playwright-in-residence Joseph Gallo. Directed by MST artistic director Chris O’Connor, performances begin July 20 and run through August 7 in the company’s new venue, located at 1400 Clinton Street in Hoboken.

LONG GONE DADDY is the follow-up to Gallo’s critically acclaimed Off-Broadway solo play My Italy Story (“…a compelling page turner.”— New York Times). Checking-in with his alter-ego, Thomas DaGato – LONG GONE DADDY chronicles the comic misadventures of becoming a stay-at-home father. From Bruce Springsteen concerts to OBGYN appointments to the Hoboken playgrounds and back again, Gallo’s semi-autobiographical play also wrestles with the memory of his own Dad, a former fireman, and the existential question, “When does a father earn the right to be called Dad?” 

LONG GONE DADDY runs July 20-August 7, Thursday through Saturdays @ 8pm, Sundays @ 3pm, with a preview performance on Wednesday, July 20 @ 8pm.

Tickets: $20

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LONG GONE DADDY is recommended for adult audiences.

Mile Square Theatre is located at 1400 Clinton Street in Hoboken.

Discount Parking available at Little Man Parking on 1300 Jefferson Street!

JOSEPH GALLO (Playwright/Performer) is the playwright-in-residence at Mile Square Theatre where he developed Long Gone Daddy, which was originally produced in a Salon Tour of homes around Hoboken, NJ. Prior work at MST includes the workshop of his play Two-Man Kidnapping Rule, which was later produced in New York City at the New Ohio Theatre, and published in Smith & Kraus’s anthology 2012 Best Men’s Stage Monologues and Scenes. Other MST productions include: Ya Gotta Believe! in the 5th Annual 7th Inning Stretch; and the extended run of My Italy Story, starring two-time Emmy Award-winner Tom Pelphrey, which transferred to Rutgers University, and later played at the Barrow Street Theatre in New York City. His producing credits at MST include: the 11th Annual 7th Inning Stretch; It’s A Wonderful Life; A Year with Frog and Toad;and the dance/theatre installation Much Ado About Cucumbers & Cigars, where he additionally served as dramaturg, and director of the filmed version of the performance. He also directed Edith Freni’s Flare for the 11th Annual Stretch, which was named one of The Best American Short Plays of 2013, and is published by Applause Books.

As a solo writer/performer he appeared in the original production of My Italy Story at Penguin Rep, which later had its debut Off-Broadway at the 47th Street Theatre in New York, starring Danny Mastrogiorgio (“…a compelling page turner.”—TheNew York Times). Other solo shows include Whizzy and The Jealousy Piece, both of which premiered in the American Living Room festival at HERE. He is also a frequent participant at The Moth in New York City where he is a StorySLAM champion.

He currently serves as Coordinator of Theatre and Film at Hudson County Community College, where he founded and developed the college’s Liberal Arts: Theatre Arts – Associate in the Arts program. Most recently he was named the 2016 recipient of the Lincoln Center Prize for Innovative Teaching in Theatre. Training: MFA in Playwriting, Ohio University.

CHRIS O’CONNOR (Director/MST Artistic Director) Chris is the Founder and Artistic Director of Mile Square Theatre in Hoboken, NJ. He conceived of and produces the annual 10-minute play festival 7th Inning Stretch, which over 10 years time has commissioned and premiered nearly 70 new short plays on the subject of baseball by some of America’s best playwrights. His MST directing credits include Neil Labute’s Squeeze Play, Charlie Peter’s Striking Out the Babe, Warren Leight’s The Love of the Game, and Cyrano; he co-directed The Scams of Scapin, for which he played the title role; Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Core Values, Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse, The Garden of Rikki Tikki Tavi, God of Carnage, The Pavilion, andCircle Mirror Transformation. As an actor, Chris has been associated with Maltz Jupiter Theatre, A Contemporary Theatre, The Culture Project, Soho Rep, Hudson Stage Company, 12 Miles West, Franklin Stage Company, the 78th Street Theatre Lab, Target Margin, Gloucester Stage, Book-It Repertory, City Theatre, Provisional Theatre, The Bathhouse, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Zoetic Stage, among others. He originated the role of Peter in Craig Wright’s Pulitzer-nominated play The Pavilion in its world premiere at City Theatre in Pittsburgh. He recently appeared as George in Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s acclaimed production of Billy Elliot the Musical. Recent television appearances include Magic City and Burn Notice. His original plays for young people have been produced at The Seattle Children’s Theatre and in schools in the Puget Sound area. His play The Mascots is published in Smith & Kraus’s 2011 Best 10-Minute Plays and his play Miss Ring Has Lost Her Phone was a finalist in the 2016 City Theatre’s National Award for Short Playwriting. A voiceover artist, Chris can be heard on museum audio tours in museums across the country. He has taught theatre at Rutgers University, Colgate University, Fairleigh Dickinson University, SUNY Purchase, and University of Miami. Chris holds a BFA in acting from Carnegie-Mellon University and an MFA in Directing from Rutgers University. He joins the theatre faculty of Molloy College this fall.

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MST Season Sponsorship: CSBK, Bijou Properties, The Brummette Family, The Burgiss Group, Hufnagel Landscaping, Ironstate,, The Kocis Family, and The Rockefeller Group

Mile Square Theatre is supported by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey Council on the Arts/Department of state, a partner agency of the National endowment for the arts and by funds from the national endowment for the arts, administered by the Hudson county office of cultural & heritage affairs, Thomas A. Degise, County Executive, and the Board of Chosen Freeholders. Member of The New Jersey Theatre Alliance.