Sunday, March 31, 2013
The New Jersey Repertory Company is presenting the World Premiere of "Noir" by Stan Werse, directed by Marc Geller, April 4 thru May 5 at New Jersey Repertory Company (179 Broadway, Long Branch, NJ). Tickets can be purchased by calling 732-229-3166 or by visitingwww.njrep.org.
Here are the facts, just the facts … New York City, 1950 … Andrews has left town, Klein is dead, so is Lydecker, Betty … well she's still alive, but someone has beat the pretty off her. Clay Holden has his first big chance as a detective … but this is one case that he may not want to solve.
Stan Werse takes us on a roller coaster ride deep into the dark and shadowy world of film noir in this homage to the Hollywood crime dramas of the 1940’s and 50’s. Detective Clay Holden (Darrell Glasgow) has just been assigned to a new post, working with the bitter and cynical Norbert Grimes (Thomas Grube), and his henchman, the not-so-dumb-as-he-looks resident enforcer, McQue (Michael McCoy). A mysterious new woman has also just come into Clay’s life, Helen Lydecker (Catherine LeFrere). Can Clay survive as a good man in a corrupt world in this hard-boiled crime drama? Right or wrong, what does it matter? Only the movies are black and white.
Saturday, March 30, 2013
On New Jersey's Professional Stages
This edition includes information about performances through April 7
Show titles and dates may change.
Please call the theatre or check their websites to confirm.
Friday, March 29, 2013
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Live theater for kids 3 to 6 years old from the Garage Theatre Group, located at the Becton Theatre on the campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, will present "Three Pigs" on Saturday, April 6 at 10:30 am. The show is geared to 3- to 6-year olds.
In the tale, Mama Pig tells her piglets that it's time to leave home and start their own lives. The audience, which is invited to participate both on and off stage, will find out if all the piglets listen to Mama’s cardinal rule about living in the forest.
"Three Pigs" is performed by Michele Miller, an actor, dancer, choreographer, and theater educator in New York and New Jersey. She has performed with many national touring and regional theatre productions and choreographed for various theatre companies in New Jersey. She has taught performing arts at theaters and dance schools throughout New Jersey and New York.
Tickets are $10. For reservations call The Garage Theatre Group at 201-569-7710 or visit www.GarageTheatre.org.
The Garage Theatre Group is a 501(c)3 professional theater company in residence at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey.
The Shakespeare Initiative will present “Titus Andronicus,” their second production in collaboration with the Roxbury Arts Alliance, for 6 performances beginning April 5 at 8 p.m. and continuing April 6, 12, 13 at 8 p.m. and April 7 and 14 at 2 p.m. at the RoxPAC/Investors Bank Theater, 72 Eyland Ave., Succasunna.
Returning, finally victorious from a decade-long war, Titus has lost many sons in battle. Clinging to his remaining family members, he has no idea that his worst nightmare is yet to be realized. Titus’ prisoner of war, Tamora, Queen of the Goths, is bent to retaliate against the loss of her son at Titus’ hands. The two become tangled in a cruel cycle of revenge in which they lose more than either could ever imagine.
Mark Smith (Landing) plays Titus Andronicus, General of Rome, and tragic hero of the play, with Caitlin Rose Jurewicz (Rockaway) as the barbarous, savage and lascivious Queen of the Goths. Erik Gaden (Dover) is featured as Tamora’s lover, Aaron, a man so evil he freely admits there is not a crime in the play in which he has not had a hand.
April O’Donnell (Succasunna) is Titus’ only daughter, torn between her duty to her father and her love for Bassianus, played by David Gross (Washington). Sam Salter (West Milford) plays Saturninus, Bassianus’ older brother and heir to the throne. Nicky Fraebel (Brookside) and Matt Dolan (Budd Lake) play Chiron and Demetrius, Tamora’s depraved sons. Devin Carwithen (Madison) is Lucius, Titus’ heroic son and George LaVigne (Hackettstown) plays Titus brother, Marcus.
Others in the large cast include Ernest Daw (Denville), Matthew Green (Short Hills), Christopher Jackson (Randolph), Lori Rose (Pompton Plains), Christopher Skewes (Flanders), Jerry Sapperstein (Montville), and Michael Tarantella (Denville).
The production has been directed by TSI founder Richard Norman (Randolph), with fight choreography by Claire Bochenek (Netcong) and Thomas J. Reissner (Parsippany).
“Titus Andronicus” is believed by many to be William Shakespeare’s first tragedy. The “Pulp Fiction” of the Elizabethan Age, “Titus” was created by a young Shakespeare as a crowd-pleasing shocker - full of murder, intrigue, betrayal and vengeance.
The Shakespeare Initiative: a NJ non-profit corporation, performs titles both familiar and rare: great works by William Shakespeare and other classics of theater and literature. “Charlotte’s Web” has been added to the 2013 season and next year there are plans to present a play by the greatest playwright in American history, a fabled musical, and more Shakespeare, of course! For further information about the company please check their website at www.theshakespeareinitiative.org.
Tickets for “Titus Andronicus” are $15 for adults and $10 for students (with a school ID) and seniors. It is not recommended for small children. Tickets are available at the Roxbury Recreation Office at Horseshoe Lake (check made out to the Roxbury Arts Alliance or cash), online at http://roxburyartsalliance.org and at the door.
|Titus, Lavinia and the Goth prisoners (Mark Smith, April O'Donnell, Christopher Skewes, Caitlin Rose Jurewicz, Nicky Fraebel, Matt Dolan)|
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Kean University’s Department of Theatre will present "Ring a Ding Ding" in Kean’s Zella Fry Theatre on Wednesday, April 3 through Saturday, April 6. Directed by faculty member Rachel Evans, who teaches Kean’s Theatre for Young Audiences course, this rare performance of Theatre for the Very Young is an immersive, interactive, and multi-sensory experience geared specifically for children three to six years old and their families. Originally produced by the U.K.-based company Oily Cart, "Ring a Ding Ding" tells the tale of Alice, who searches for her lost dog and finds helpful friends along the way: around town, over the seas, and all the way to the moon.
Founded in 1981 with the stated purpose of “challenging accepted definitions of theatre and audience,” Oily Cart was named “one of the great British theatre companies of the last twenty-five years” by Lyn Gardner of the Guardian Unlimited, who attributed the company’s somewhat perplexing under-the-radar status to its exclusive focus on “work[ing] entirely with children, many with complex disabilities, and often behind closed doors in special schools.” According to their website, Oily Cart uses “hydro-therapy pools and trampolines, aromatherapy, video projection, and puppetry together with a vast array of multi-sensory techniques… [to] create original and highly specialized theatre” for young people.
The original Oily Cart production of Ring a Ding Ding, written and directed by Tim Webb, was designed by Claire de Loon, and featured music by Max Reinhardt. It toured the United Kingdom December 2011-February 2012. Writing for The Stage, Lisa Martland called the show “a visual treat which involves its eager audience in every step of the storytelling process.” Caroline McGinn of Time Out awarded the show five stars (the magazine’s highest rating), citing "Ring a Ding Ding" as “a beguiling aesthetic experience, scaled to fit [children’s] curious world and perfectly designed to make them happy.”
Kean’s Department of Theatre has a longstanding tradition of providing quality theatre for children, producing a touring production geared specifically for young people every spring, and typically alternating between high school and elementary/middle school audiences. "Ring a Ding Ding," which will be available to tour after its performances conclude at Kean, marks the first time the Department has reached out to a pre-elementary audience. “This year's Theatre for the Very Young tour is a first for us,” explained Department of Theatre Chair Holly Logue. “Rachel [the director] has developed a particular passion for this age group, and encouraged us to expand our touring to include 3-6 year olds. We are delighted to be part of a theatre movement that seeks to engage children at this early developmental stage.”
While the most tangible representation of what the Department of Theatre students have learned may be the performance itself, Logue was quick to point out that the entire process is an education. “The touring show provides our students with a comprehensive theatre production experience, in which they not only create and rehearse the production, but design and construct scenery, costumes, props, and sound; publicize and book the tour; and head out as a team in April and May to bring theatre to the various constituencies,” said Logue. “Our outreach efforts serve many purposes, not the least of which is bringing theatre to the schools, some of which are experiencing financial cutbacks in the arts, making it all that much more important."
"Ring a Ding Ding" opens Wednesday, April 3 at 7:00 p.m. in Kean University’s Zella Fry Theatre (Vaughn Eames Building, Room 118), located at 1000 Morris Avenue, Union, N.J. Additional performances include Friday, April 5 at 10:00 a.m., and Saturday, April 6 at 10:00 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. The production will be available to tour April 7 through May 8; to schedule a touring date, please call Rachel Evans at 908-737-4429.
Tickets to the public performances are $10.00 for children and Kean students; $12.00 for seniors and Kean faculty, staff and alumni; and $15.00 for the general public. Tickets may be purchased online at www.keanstage.com or by calling the Kean Box Office at 908-737-SHOW (7469). For more information on the Kean Department of Theatre, please visit www.kean.edu/ku/theatre or “Like” us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Kean-University-Department-of-Theatre/173245572688832.