Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Chester Theatre Group auditions for 'That Championship Season'


The Chester Theatre Group will hold auditions for the first production of their 2012-2013 Season on Sunday, August 19th from 2-4pm and on Tuesday, August 21th from 7-9 at the Black River Playhouse on the corners of Grove Street and Maple Avenue in Chester, NJ. The production of THAT CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON written by Jason Miller will Open on October 19th and run Fridays/ Saturdays/Sundays through November 3rd. Readings will be from the script. Read-through will be scheduled as soon as casting is complete – rehearsals will begin in earnest after Labor Day – 2-3 nights per week and Sunday afternoon.

The setting for this 1973 Pulitzer Prize winning show is the town of Scranton, Pennsylvania where four members of the starting line-up of a State Champion high school basketball team have come together at the home of their former coach to celebrate the anniversary of their win. The coach is terminally ill, and this reunion may be their last chance to reminisce with him.

None of the men’s lives have turned out as any of them had hoped, and, on some level, all still look to their coach for guidance. The play explores various shades of disappointment, resentment and betrayal. Coach was the one person in their lives who was sure of everything, and his absolute certainty and confidence gave them a sense of security. While the Coach thought he was teaching his players how to be men, it appears that these middle-aged men are still emotional adolescents who need the Coach to tell them how to live their lives. But the Coach’s pep talks, which had always inspired them, are beginning to sound hollow.

Roles:

George Sitkowski – 40s-The town’s mayor, has proven inept and unpopular, thought of as a joke.
Phil Romano – 40s-A successful businessman, has done whatever is necessary and used whoever to become that way
James Daley – 40s -is a local junior high school principal
Tom Daley – 40s- is an unsuccessful, embittered, cynical alcoholic and ne’er-do-well writer.
The Coach – late 60s-70s is a hard-nosed conservative, the embodiment of old-school Catholicism.

For further information, contact the director, Roseann Ruggiero at roseann1023@aol.com

Review: 'Jersey Voices' impressive at the Chatham Playhouse



The joy of live theatre can be experienced this coming weekend at the Chatham Playhouse, home of the award-winning The Chatham Community Players. The CCP is impressively hosting, for the 18th year, a remarkable theatrical event.... "Jersey Voices." It is an all-New Jersey, all original One-Act Festival featuring plays written by New Jersey playwrights and produced, directed and acted by New Jersey artists.  

The  CCP's Artistic Director, Bob Lukasik explained in his introductory remarks this past Saturday night that they annually receive as many as 100 original works that "run the gamut from comedy to heart gripping drama and the themes cover many aspects of life such as loss, fear and unconditional love." A committee, that includes CCP producer Bob Denmark, makes the final selections from the many submissions. This year they 'green lighted' six short, original one-act plays. Guiding the plays were 2 veteran directors  and 4 directors new to the Playhouse. Each director did his or her own casting.

To say that the selection, the staging and performances were impressive may be a gross understatement. More so when you remember this is a community theatre of all volunteers. Each play was excellent, nicely directed and performed. Several actors gave absolutely stand-out performances that deserve special applause. The actors we placed in this category were Jean Kuras, Jeffry Foote and Terri Sturtevant (who's solo performance in "Ping" won a standing ovation). The entire event is another example of the marvelous acting, directing, and oh yes...writing talent we have in the Garden State.  

The six plays were divided equally with three pre-intermission and three post-intermission. The total time is about two hours. The fact that the evening consists of six separate, different themed plays that are obviously short and each ends with a nice plot twist presents a bit of a reviewing conundrum. In other words, we will only include here the author's description with no further plot discussion.  

The plays in order of presentation were:

Scott Tyler & Miriam Salerno
The Portrait Gallery by Gary Shaffer of Toms River An older gentleman sits quietly on a bench viewing paintings at a museum gallery, while a younger woman sits quietly on the floor sketching one the hanging portraits.  Another man enters the gallery, disrupting their world and learns there is indeed more there than meets the eye. The actors: Miriam Salerno is the younger woman, Scott Tyler is the intruder and Jim Clancy the older gentleman. Directed by Stephen Catron. 

Cooper Sachs & Jean Kuras
 6 in the Kid by Ralph Greco, Jr. of Clifton - A young aspiring writer interviews with a famous playwright to be a research assistant. But the playwright may not be exactly who they seem to be; or maybe they don't really want a research assistant after all. This features Cooper Sacks as the writer, Jean Kuras as the famous playwright and Terri Sturtevant as her assistant.  Directed by Joann Scanlon of Chatham.

 The Buffer by Mike Allegra of Scotch Plains - Sarah has convinced Bill to go out with her best friend and her friend’s annoying, unemployed husband. Bill, who dislikes the husband, realizes that he is going as a “buffer” and doesn’t want to go. Couples negotiations ensue, with an unexpected outcome. This production features Jeff Foote (Fine comedy talent) and Jessica Phelan.  Directed by Paul Bettys.

Jessica Phelan & Jeff Foote
The Incident Report by E.M. Lewis of Princeton- When a passenger ends up dead on a plane, an aviation safety investigator attempts to discover the truth of what happened. This features Brian Carroll, Jeff Maschi, Chip Prestera, Jim Clancy and Jessica Phelan. Directed by Chris Messineo.

Children of September by Eric Alter of West Orange - Sometimes wanting to believe is all we have ... and all we need. This features Liz Royce, Maude Weiss, and Brett Levin. Directed by Frank Briamonte.

 Ping by Mary Jane Walsh of Basking Ridge - A one-woman play that depicts, in a riveting fashion, a mother's unwavering love for her grown child. This production stars the wonderful Terri Sturtevant. Directed by Arnold Buchiane. 

Terri Sturtevant
One production comment: All of the plays except "Children" are presented in the flat forward stage area closest to the audience. The "Children of September" featuring a fine young actress Maude Weiss and the excellent Liz Royce, however is presented from the back of the rear raised stage.... the greatest distance possible from the audience. We overheard several members of the audience seated in our vicinity comment on the difficulty in hearing some of the dialogue. Both the cast and the audience would be better served with a set-up, regardless of the added time, in the foreground space. If that's not possible, just setting the furniture closer to the apron could be an improvement.

Bottom line...we enjoyed the entire evening. It's certainly normal to expect different levels of performance and play interest in a multi-play event such as this, but that was not the case. The play selection committee made fine choices. Artistic Director, Bob Lukasik, producer Bob Denmark and the team at the Chatham Community Players deserve their own round of applause. We look forward to the 91st season of the CCP. It starts on October 5 with the comedy-thriller "39 Steps."



 Reviewed by Rick Busciglio   July 28, 2012

The remaining performance dates are Friday and Saturday evenings,  August 3 and 4.  All performances begin at 8 p.m. at the Chatham Playhouse 23 North Passaic Ave Chatham, NJ.  Tickets are $15 for adults (19 and older) and $10 for youth (18 and under).  They can be ordered by visiting CCP’s Web site at www.chathamplayers.org/tickets.htm and clicking on TicketLeap.  For more information, call the box office at (973) 635-7363 or go to www.chathamplayers.org.

It is highly recommended that tickets be purchased in advance.  Patrons with special needs requiring seating accommodations should contact the Playhouse at least 24 hours prior to the performance. Without prior notice, accommodations cannot be guaranteed.

Note; Plenty of free parking, both curbside and in the community pool area across from the Playhouse. Excellent restaurants line Main Street Chatham just around the corner. Seats are not reserved.


Cast photos by Howard Fisher/Terri Sturtevant photo from The Bickford

Friday, July 27, 2012

Two One-Act Plays at Chester Theatre Group



Tonight July 27, and tomorrow July 28, 2012, the Chester Theatre Group at the Black River Playhouse in Chester is presenting a pair of 'one acts' by directors who are new to the CTG.
First up is "Exchange" by Bennett Fisher and directed by Christine Gaden.
It's a freezing cold day in New York but in the subway it's sweltering. Waiting for the last train, perspiring passengers come to realize they will share the same fate..... and the same destination.
The cast: Clerk: Stephen Davis of Hackettstown, Vera: Jess Rzucidlo of Parsippany, Sammy: Nick Leone of Long Valley, Max: Erik Gaden of Dover and Lola: Alex Huber of Newton.
Second on the bill is : "Scooter Thomas Makes it to the Top of the World" by Peter Parnell which will be directed by Noah Stanzione.
Dennis receives a call from his mother telling him that his best friend from boyhood, Scooter Thomas, has died. Shaken, Dennis packs for the funeral and recalls their relationship in brief, poignant scenes, during which he plays both himself and other friends from his past, some of whom went to college or got married. Scooter dropped out of life, however, and took a job in the Post Office. He talked of going off to California, but gradual disenchantment overcame him as his hopes remained unfulfilled. Ultimately, the play looks at the choices we make when youthful expectations meet the realities of adulthood.

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Cast is Dennis: Eric Holgerson of Budd Lake and Scooter: Christopher North of Dunellen.
Show times are 8 pm. All tickets are only $10. The Black River Playhouse is located at 54 Grove St. in Chester, NJ. Call 908-879-7304 for tickets and information.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

News from Dreamcatcher



Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre
 
Greetings from Dreamcatcher!

A Vaudeville CalamityAll month long the students in our Summer Theatre Conservatory have been acting, singing and dancing at the Baird Center. Tomorrow is their big final Dreamcatcher Junior show titled "A Vaudeville Calamity." It's a warm and funny madcap show-within-a-show in the vaudeville style. Break a leg, kids!

Next month Dreamcatcher will be packing up for our big move to Summit. More details about our new season will be coming soon. 

In the meantime here's a terrific offer from our friends at Premiere Stages.

Premiere Stages 
FYI, Premiere Stages is another small local professional theater company that's very similar to Dreamcatcher. Part of their mission is to develop and produce new plays.

If you're free this weekend, go check them out at their intimate black-box theater on the campus of Kean University in Union. It's just a few minutes off the GSP and there's plenty of easy free parking. 


SPECIAL OFFER! Dreamcatcher patrons pay just $20 for all remaining shows of the world premiere of "Handicapped People in Their Formal Attire."
For $20 tickets call 908-737-7469 and mention this e-mail. 



Enjoy the show!
 
Premiere Stages

"The most entertaining new play seen in
New Jersey this season."
Bob Rendell, Talkin' Broadway 
Premiere Stages
Rachel Pickup as Agnes, David Harrell as Eddie, Ed Setrakian as the Monsignor, and Lori Hammel as Theresa in Premiere Stages' Handicapped People in Their Formal Attire
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Critics Praise Handicapped People in Their Formal Attire:
 
"The Premiere Stages production is the best work that I yet have seen from this ambitious, socially conscious theatre."
- Bob Rendell, Talkin' Broadway
 
"Civility Breaking Down? Let the Cocktails Flow... Good acting... effectively staged... intriguing."
- Michael Sommers, The New York Times
 
"Spectacular... The team of Grant and Wooten is a winning one, presenting a play that tells us to listen for music that others do not hear and dance when the world says you can't."
- Susan Dougherty, The Westfield Leader
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"Having admired Grant's previous play, The Good Counselor... I am again impressed with her gift for weaving deeply interpersonal problems through unsettling and contentious social issues."
- Simon Saltzman, CurtainUp
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Make reservations and guarantee your tickets:
Thursday, July 26 at 8 pm
Friday, July 27 at 8 pm

Saturday, July 28 at 3 pm & 8 pm
Sunday, July 29 at 3 pm 
DREAMCATCHER SPECIAL: all tickets $20
   
To purchase tickets, call: 908-737-7469   
All performances held in Zella Fry Theatre
Vaughn Eames Building, Kean University's main campus
1000 Morris Avenue, Union, NJ 07083
View directions & campus map 

Women'e Theater 2012-13 Season



Wednesday, July 25, 2012

'Smokey Joe's Cafe' on the Centenary Stage this weekend





The musical theatre review which was nominated for 7 Tony awards, and ran on Broadway for over 2000 performances, will come to the Centenary Stage this week, when the acclaimed New Jersey Youth Theatre brings their high-energy production of “Smokey Joe's Café” to the Sitnik Theater (Photo) of the Lackland Center, July 26 – 29 in Hackettstown.

Fusing jazz and blues with good old fashioned rock and roll, “Smokey Joe's Café” is filled with wall-to-wall music by Hall of Fame songwriting duo Leiber and Stoller, one of the finest teams ever to have hits with Elvis Presley, Ben E. King, the Drifters, the Coasters, and everyone else who mattered in the early days of rock. From "Hound Dog" and "Jailhouse Rock" to "Spanish Harlem" and "Kansas City," the greatest tunes of the '50s and '60s come alive in a high-energy performance. The production is directed by NJTY’s Cynthia Meryl, and is a co-production of the NJ Youth Theatre and NJPAC Summer Musical program.

Set in an idealized 1950’s era, the show spotlights a golden age of American music and pop culture with renditions of hits such as “On Broadway,” “Stand by Me,” “Spanish Harlem,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “Hound Dog,” “Yakety Yak,” “Poison Ivy,” “Charlie Brown,” “Love Potion #9,” and many more. The Original Broadway cast soundtrack, Smokey Joe's Cafe: The Songs Of Leiber And Stoller won a Grammy Award in 1995.

Founded in 1991 by Broadway veteran Cynthia Meryl, and based in Westfield, NJ, the New Jersey Youth Theatre has won several prestigious awards, including the Music Theatre International Award for Excellence and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts Citation of Excellence. Their production of “Sweeney Todd” won the Star Ledger “Obie Award” for Best Revival, with critic Peter Filichia stating that the company “must lead the nation in glorious young voices.”

Performances for “Smokey Joe’s Café” will be Thursday at 7:30 PM, Friday and Saturday at 8 PM and Sunday at 2 PM. Tickets are $22.50-$27.50 with discounts for seniors, students, and children under 12, and they are available through the CSC Box office at 715 Grand Ave., open 1-5 PM Monday through Friday, and 2 hours prior to each performance. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.centenarystageco.org, or by calling the box office at 908-979-0900.

The cast of Smokey Joe’s Café includes Carolyn Ferraro (Lebanon), studying at Mason Gross; Alex Thompson (Maplewood), studying at Syracuse; Chaance Barnes (East Orange), studying at New Jersey City U; Ben Chavez (Rutherford), studying at NYU- Tisch; Matt Stoke (Cranford), studying at NYU – Tisch; Maeve Lynskey (Cranford), studying at Rider University; Erica Morreale (Cranford), studying at Boston Conservatory ; Dion Grier (Roselle Park); Kelly Plescia ( Metuchen ); Branden Mangan (West Orange), and Adam Biner (Fanwood) studying at Rutgers.

The CSC Summer Concert Series will conclude on Aug 4 with “Beatlemania Now”, a live musical tribute to the Beatles.

The 2012-13 season of performing arts events at Centenary Stage Company is made possible (and affordable) through the generous support of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the NJ State Council on the Arts, The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, and CSC members and sponsors, including Premiere Sponsors Fulton Bank of New Jersey and Heath Village Retirement Community, as well as Silver Sponsor Hackettstown Regional Medical Center, and Mama’s and Café Baci.

One-Act Festival at Chatham Playhouse


The Chatham Community Players (CCP) will host its 18th annual Jersey Voices One-Act Festival with four performances between July 27 and August 4.  This year’s production will include six original short plays written by New Jersey playwrights. 
From the moment the festival concludes in August, playwrights from all around New Jersey begin to send Chatham Community Players their works. “I can't believe that this is our eighteenth season of producing original works by New Jersey authors.  We are very pleased to have 2 veteran directors returning and 4 new directors. As it has been over the past few years, the talent pool continues to increase. 

We welcome you to join us as we explore the joys of live, original theatre in The Chatham Playhouse, said Artistic Director, Bob Lukasik.  The plays this year run the gamut from comedy to heart gripping drama and the themes cover many aspects of life such as loss, fear and unconditional love.  Jersey Voices has provided a venue for New Jersey playwrights to showcase their work since 1995.  "I’m constantly amazed and excited by the creativity, the resilience, the persistence of the Playwrights of New Jersey whose plays we get to present every summer”, said Producer Bob Denmark.
Miriam Salerno and Scott Tyler
Performance dates are Friday and Saturday evenings, July 27, 28 and August 3 and 4.  All performances begin at 8 p.m. at the Chatham Playhouse 23 North Passaic Ave Chatham, NJ.  Tickets are $15 for adults (19 and older) and $10 for youth (18 and under).  They can be ordered by visiting CCP’s Web site at www.chathamplayers.org/tickets.htm and clicking on TicketLeap.  For more information, call the box office at(973) 635-7363 or go to www.chathamplayers.org.  It is highly recommended that tickets be purchased in advance.  Patrons with special needs requiring seating accommodations should contact the Playhouse at least 24 hours prior to the performance. Without prior notice, accommodations cannot be guaranteed.
Each of the following pieces will be performed each night of the festival:

·         6 in the Kid by Ralph Greco, Jr. of Clifton - A young aspiring writer interviews with a famous playwright to be a research assistant. But the playwright may not be exactly who they seem to be; or maybe they don't really want a research assistant after all. This production features Cooper Sacks of Summit, Jean Kuras of Glen Ridge and Terri Sturtevant of Hillsborough.  Directed by Joann Scanlon of Chatham
·         The Buffer by Mike Allegra of Scotch Plains - Sarah has convinced Bill to go out with her best friend and her friend’s annoying, unemployed husband. Bill, who dislikes the husband, realizes that he is going as a “buffer” and doesn’t want to go. Couples negotiations ensue, with an unexpected outcome. This production features Jeff Foote of Denville and Jessica Phelan of Montclair.  Directed by Paul Bettys of Parsippany
·         Ping by Mary Jane Walsh of Basking Ridge - A one-woman play that depicts, in a riveting fashion, a mother's unwavering love for her grown child. This production features Terri Sturtevant of Hillsborough. Directed by Arnold Buchiane of Summit
·         The Portrait Gallery by Gary Shaffer of Toms River An older gentleman sits quietly on a bench viewing paintings at a museum gallery, while a younger woman sits quietly on the floor sketching one the hanging portraits.  Another man enters the gallery, disrupting their world and learns there is indeed more there than meets the eye. This production features Miriam Salerno of Millburn, Scott Tyler of Cedar Knolls and Jim Clancy of Basking Ridge. Directed by Stephen Catron of Mendham
·         Children of September by Eric Alter of West Orange - Sometimes wanting to believe is all we have ... and all we need. This production features Liz Royce of Cedar Grove, Maude Weiss of Short Hills and Brett Levin of Summit. Directed by Frank Briamonte of Scotch Plains
·         The Incident Report by E.M. Lewis of Princeton- When a passenger ends up dead on a plane, an aviation safety investigator attempts to discover the truth of what happened. This production features Brian Carroll of Union, Jeff Maschi of Milltown, Chip Prestera of Stirling, Jim Clancy of Basking Ridge and Jessica Phelan of Montclair. Directed By Chris Messineo of New Providence
About the Chatham Community Players
The Chatham Playhouse is home to the Chatham Community Players (CCP).  CCP has been entertaining residents of Morris County and the surrounding area since 1922.  The organization’s mission is to produce high-quality theater for a diverse audience, while elevating its standard of excellence and providing a creative outlet with educational opportunities and outreach programs.  For more information, including details of CCP’s upcoming 91st Season (2012-2013), visit www.chathamplayers.org.




Photo taken by Howard Fisher

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Passage Theatre Company's 2012-2013 schedule



It’s a season of change for Passage Theatre Company, Trenton’s only professional theater company.  The company will start its 2012-2013 season with a unique, outdoor celebration of Mercer County’s landscapes, called  Dancescapes NJ.  Passage and D&R Greenway Land Trust together have commissioned Trenton’s professional dance company, DanceSpora, to create a contemporary dance piece in harmony with the natural world. Assisting in this venture is National Junior Tennis and Learning of Trenton.  

The world premiere dance piece will take place in Hopewell at the new St. Michael’s Farm Preserve on September 22, 2012 at 2:30pm and at Trenton’s historic Cadwalader Park on October 6, 2012 at 2:30pm.  Plant a tree and learn from naturalists, artists and historians in and around the event!  Tickets $20 adults, $5 children.

Dancescapes NJ will quickly be followed by the world premiere of Blessed Are by Philadelphia actress and playwright Jessica Bedford, directed by Passage’s resident director Adam Immerwahr. When a man with a shameful past returns to his boyhood home, two very different women eagerly welcome him back…but with competing plans for his future.  Blessed Are runs October 18 through November 4 ; Thursdays-Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 3pm.  Tickets are $28 ($33 Saturday nights).

A change of fare from the former month-long annual Solo Flights Festival is the “Passage Presents” series.  Patrons will now be able to enjoy solo performers throughout the season.  First in that line up is writer, performer and comedian Lauren Weedman returning with her new one-woman show SRO – a true story of single room occupancy hotels, electric guitars, gurus, horror movies and sex.  Weedman is an acclaimed monologist, whose previous shows on the Passage stage include Bust and No…You Shut Up. She has appeared in the movies Imagine ThatDate Night, and Five Year Engagement. She played “Horny Patty” on the Showtime series Hung.   SRO runs December 14-16; Friday & Saturday at 8pm; Sunday at 3pm. Tickets $22.

March 21 through April 7 will see the world premiere of R.N. Sandberg’s Roundelay, directed by Adam Immerwahr.  This wild, multi-character, globe-hopping tale of love in all of its complexity spans the Bronx to India to the Kenyan coast. It is a rich, funny, and deeply moving tapestry that explores what it means to pursue, run away, and finally surrender to the siren song of love and desire.  A member of Princeton University’s faculty, Sandberg’s plays have been seen in Australia, Canada, England, Japan, Panama, and South Korea as well as throughout the U.S.  Theaters that have presented his work include Fulton Opera House, The Barter Theatre, Dallas Children’s Theater, Indiana Rep, Intiman Theatre, La Mama, Providence Black Rep, Seattle Rep, and Yale Cabaret.  Thursdays-Saturdays at 8pm; Sundays at 3pm. Tickets $28 ($33 Saturdays).

Trenton-born Sarah Dash is a stellar vocalist best known as part of the trio Labelle (with Patti Labelle and Nona Hendryx) who recorded the iconic song "Lady Marmalade." Her new cabaret, Sarah Dash: One Woman includes songs from throughout her career, as well as numbers new to her repertoire, accompanied by reminiscences and anecdotes about some of the notable celebrities she has worked alongside. She will be accompanied by 6-time Emmy Winner Lanny Meyers, May 17-19, 2013. Friday-Saturday at 8pm; Sunday at 3pm.  Tickets $22. 

May 24-26 brings the hugely popular singer-songwriter Christine Lavin back to the Mill Hill Playhouse.  In addition to her beautiful melodies and witty, incisive lyrics, Lavin adds hilarious stories, baton twirling and a pre-show knitting circle. Lavin has released countless albums, written several books and recently received the 2012 NYC Nightlife Award. Advance tickets are highly recommended. Friday-Saturday at 8pm; Sunday at 3pm. Tickets $22.

Executive Artistic Director June Ballinger is excited about this season’s format. “Associate Artistic Director David White, Producer Kacy O’Brien, and I agreed it was time to change things up a bit…break out of the 11 year routine of the March Solo Fest and have something in the Playhouse at least once a month.  We want patrons to ask not IF something is on stage this month but WHAT is on stage this month.” 

Passage Theatre performs in the historic Mill Hill Playhouse, an intimate 100-seat theater in the heart of downtown Trenton adjacent to the beautiful Mill Hill district. Security-guarded on-street parking is available on S. Montgomery St., Ernie Kovacs St., E. Front Street and in the Artworks parking lot.

For over 25 years, Passage Theatre has developed and showcased new work by emerging and established playwrights. As a key participant in the revitalization of urban Trenton, Passage presents outstanding plays that celebrate our common ground transcending culture and race.

Passage Theatre programs and services are accessible to people with disabilities. For more information, please call (609) 392-0766.

Dancescapes NJ
.- St. Michael’s Farm Preserve September 22, 2012 @ 2:30pm; Trenton’s historic Cadwalader Park October 6, 2012 @ 2:30pm. Tickets $20 adults, $5 children.


Blessed Are - October 18-November 4 ; Thursdays-Saturdays @ 8pm, Sundays at 3pm.  Tickets are $28 ($33 Saturday nights). 

Lauren Weedman SRO - December 14-16; Friday & Saturday @ 8pm; Sunday @ 3pm. Tickets $22.

Roundelay- March 21-April 7 Thursdays-Saturdays @ 8pm; Sundays @ 3pm. Tickets $28 ($33 Saturdays). 

Sarah Dash: One Woman- May 17-19, 2013. Friday-Saturday @ 8pm; Sunday @ 3pm.  Tickets $22. 

Christine LavinMay 24-26 Friday-Saturday @ 8pm; Sunday @ 3pm. Tickets $22.

Passage Season Memberships, priced at $95 each and Tickets, priced at $28 and $30 (Saturdays) for mainstage performances and $22 for Passage Presents events, are available by calling (609) 392-0766 or on-line at www.passagetheatre.org. Tickets are $15 for groups of 10 or more, seniors receive 10% off and students tickets are $12 with valid ID.

Tickets can also be purchased at the Passage Theatre Office: 219 East Hanover Street in Trenton, Tuesday through Friday from 10:30 am -5:30 pm or at the box office, one hour before each performance at the Mill Hill Playhouse, located at 205 East Front Street. 


Passage Theatre’s mainstage season is made possible in part by the N.J. State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the NEA; the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation; The Times of Trenton; Trenton Marriott at Lafayette Yard; The City of Trenton; WIMG 1300; The Curtis McGraw Foundation; The James Kerney Foundation; PNC Bank; The Garfield Foundation; Princeton Area Community Foundation; NJ Council for the Humanities; The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey; and Mary G. Roebling Foundation.

New Jersey professional theatres current activity


Bickford Theatre, Morristown
Nunsense
By Dan Goggin
July 19 - August 12

Nunsense begins when the Little Sisters of Hoboken discover that their cook: Sister Julia, Child of God, has accidentally poisoned fifty-two of the sisters and they are in dire need of funds for the burials. They decide that the best way to raise the money is to put on a variety show with music, dance, laughter and an audience quiz.
For more information, or to purchase tickets: (973) 971-3706

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Visit the Bickford Theatre's website
Cape May Stage, Cape May
Jason Guy, Michelle Eugene, Fiona Hutchinson and John Viscardi in God of Carnage. Photo by Aleski Photography.
Jason Guy, Michelle Eugene, Fiona Hutchinson and John Viscardi in God of Carnage. Photo by Aleski Photography.


God of Carnage
 By Yasmina Reza; translated by Christopher Hampton 
Now through August 3
This Tony-winning play is a 90-minute thrill ride to the most dangerous place on Earth: parenthood. After their children get into a playground brawl, two sets of parents meet to politely discuss the matter, but it soon turns into a hilariously uncivilized free-for-all. A comedy of manners…without the manners.

For more information, or to purchase tickets: (609) 884-1341
Visit the Cape May Stage website
East Lynne Theater Company, Cape May
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The Poe Mysteries Adapted by James Rana; based on Edgar Allan Poe 
July 25 - September 1 (World Premiere)

C. Auguste Dupin is a recluse living in Paris when a journalist interviews him. As Dupin recalls his cases, four actors portraying fifty roles bring to life the first detective stories ever written: Poe's Murders in the Rue MorgueThe Murder of Marie Roget, and The Purloined Letter.

For more information, or to purchase tickets: (609) 884-5898 
Visit East Lynne Theater Company's website


Premiere Stages, Union
John McGinty, Rachel Pickup and David Harrell in Handicapped People in Their Formal Attire. Photo by Roy Groething.
John McGinty, Rachel Pickup and David Harrell inHandicapped People in Their Formal Attire. Photo by Roy Groething. 
Handicapped People in Their Formal Attire 
By Kathryn Grant
 Now through July 29

Set in 1968, the Premiere Stages 2012 Play Festival winner takes place at a black tie fundraiser for people with disabilities. The evening's honoree is Agnes Sheehan, a woman with cerebral palsy, who is escorted by her non-disabled sister, Theresa. The siblings make the most of the celebration until unforeseen events force them to examine how fragile the bond is between them. Infused with humor, this moving story explores the true meaning of sacrifice. The inclusive cast includes actors with and without disabilities and features Lori Hammel, David Harrell, John McGinty, Rachel Pickup, Roland Sands, and Ed Setrakian.


At the Zella Fry Theatre in the Vaughn Eames Building at Kean University.

For more information, or to purchase tickets: (908) 737-7469
Visit the Premiere Stages website
Pushcart Players - performing in Union
Robert Rivera, Robyn Corujo and Terrence P. Burnett in Red Riding Hood and Other Stories. Photo by Jeff Bergman Photography.
Robert Rivera, Robyn Corujo and Terrence P. Burnett in Red Riding Hood and Other Stories. Photo by Jeff Bergman Photography. 


Red Riding Hood and Other Stories
 Book and Lyrics by Ruth Fost; music by Ruth Fost & Sandi Zimmermann Wednesday, July 25th only!


Beat the heat, grab the kids and join Premiere Stages at Kean University as they present Pushcart Players in Red Riding Hood and Other Stories on Wednesday, July 25th at 11:00am in the Wilkins Theatre. Standard tickets are
$15, with discounted rates available for groups of 20 or more.

Red Riding Hood & Other Stories is an enchanting musical collection of the classic tales: “The Princess and the Pea,” “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” “Little Red Riding Hood” and “All’s Well That Ends Well,” told with a contemporary spin, innovative settings and sing-along songs!
For further information about this event, visit the Premiere Stages website or call Kean Stage box office at 908-737-7469. For group information, call 908-737-4077.

Wilkins Theatre is located on the Kean University campus at 1000 Morris Avenue, Union.


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The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Madison
Matthew Simpson in Comedy of Errors. Photo by Gerry Goodstein.
Matthew Simpson in Comedy of Errors. Photo by Gerry Goodstein.
On the Outdoor Stage ...
The Comedy of Errors
By William Shakespeare
Now through July 29

This hilarious slapstick comedy will make the hillside at the Outdoor Stage echo with laughter. Two sets of identical twins, mistaken identities, colorful characters and a madcap chase sequence (to rival all chase sequences) conspire to make this caper a thrill for children and adults of all ages.


The Liar By David Ives; adapted from the comedy by Pierre Corneille
Now through July 29

Contemporary American playwright David Ives has created a delightfully irreverent and playfully wicked new adaptation of Pierre Corneille's 17th century romp. The outrageous hijinks of six young lovers from Parisian high-society in the 1600's will make you laugh till you cry.
For more information and to purchase tickets: (973) 408-5600 
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Surflight Theatre, Beach Haven
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The Sound of Music Book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse; music by Richard Rodgers; lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
July 24 - August 25

Based on the true-life story of Maria, a spirited young woman who leaves the convent to bring love and music to the home of Captain von Trapp and his seven children. Audiences the world over know the songs, including "My Favorite Things," "Climb Every Mountain," and the title tune.
For more information, or to purchase tickets: (609) 492-9477

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Associate Theatre
Shadow Lawn Stage, West Long Branch
Teddy and Alice
Now through July 29

A battle of wills between the great President Teddy Roosevelt and his free-spirited daughter are at the center of this heart-warming family drama.
For more information: (732) 263-7530 or visit their website.

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