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Sunday, March 31, 2013

'Noir' opens this week at New Jersey Repertory Company






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

What's playing on NJ's professional stages?

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On New Jersey's Professional Stages

This edition includes information about performances through April 7
New Jersey Theatre Alliance's Stages Festival
Actors Shakespeare Company, Jersey City
Centenary Stage Company, Hackettstown
Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, Summit
George Street Playhouse, New Brunswick
Luna Stage Company, West Orange
McCarter Theatre Center, Princeton
New Jersey Repertory Company, Long Branch
Passage Theatre Company, Trenton
Playwrights Theatre, Madison
Two River Theater Company, Red Bank
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New Jersey Theatre Alliance's Stages Festival
The 2013 Stages Festival concludes this weekend!
This month's Stages Festival brought workshops, playreading events, and performances to all corners of the state for all ages. If you didn't make it to one of the events, we hope you'll join us next year. The events take place in theatres, local libraries, schools, performing arts centers, and in other venues throughout the state.

Visit The Stages Festival website to learn more.
The Stages Festival is a co-sponsored project of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional program sponsors are Bank of America and The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation and Springpoint Senior Living Foundation.

Events in Burlington and Ocean County are made possible by the generous support of The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey.

Additional program support has been provided by The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, The Hidden Ponds Foundation, The HMS Foundation, Johnson & Johnson, The F. M. Kirby Foundation, Prudential Foundation and The Victoria Foundation.

Visit The Stages Festival website for more information
Actors Shakespeare Company, Jersey City
The Winter's TaleBy William Shakespeare
April 5 - 21


A jealous tyrant, a queen on trial, two simple shepherds, along with a young romance, a diving oracle, a singing conman and one hungry, hungry bear makeThe Winter's Tale a magical journey of loss, renewal, and the promise of Spring.


To purchase tickets: (201) 200-2390

Visit the Actors Shakespeare Company website
Centenary Stage Company, Hackettstown
The English Bride By Lucile Lichtblau
April 5 - 21 (World Premiere)

Following a failed bombing attempt on an El Al flight out of London, the search for the truth becomes an elusive chase in the interrogation of the young Englishwoman and the Arab man she loves in this 2011 Susan Glaspell Award winner.
To purchase tickets: (908) 979-0900

TO BE REVIEWED
Visit the Centenary Stage Company website
Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, Summit
Shakespeare in Vegas
By Suzanne Bradbeer
April 4 - 21
A disheartened actress and a wise guy with a dream go to Sin City to create a Shakespearian theatre. Will generations-old family secrets and a cast of I.Q.-challenged showgirls derail their plans? This comedy was written by the award-winning playwright of Dreamcatcher's past production of Full Bloom.

A co-production with Playwrights Theatre.          TO BE REVIEWED

To reserve tickets, call: (908) 514-9654
Visit the Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre website
George Street Playhouse, New Brunswick
Rich Girl
By Victoria Stewart
Now through April 7

Claudine is head-over-heels in love for the first time. But her celebrity/financial-guru mother has misgivings about the charming - but broke - artist she loves. This comedy is a modern-day adaptation of Henry James' Washington Square - about women and their relationship to men, mothers and money.
To purchase tickets: (732) 246-7717

READ OUR REVIEW
Visit the George Street Playhouse website
Luna Stage Company, West Orange
A Moon for the MisbegottenBy Eugene O'Neill
April 6 - May 5

A strong woman, with a sharp tongue and a reputation; she is also the rock that holds her family farm together. With the future of that farm at risk, Josie and her father hatch a scheme. Love, desire and betrayal vie for dominance in this classic story by one of our greatest American playwrights.
To reserve tickets, call: (973) 395-5551
Visit the Luna Stage Company website                         TO BE REVIEWED
McCarter Theatre Center, Princeton
The Winter's TaleBy William Shakespeare
April 2 - 21

Tragic, romantic, hilarious and uplifting, this is a magical, music-filled classic that celebrates redemption, reconciliation, and the mending of broken hearts. With princes, princesses, jealous kings, oracles, pickpockets and one ravenous bear - if you've never seen it beofre, don't miss this opportunity.
To reserve tickets, call: (609) 258-6500
Visit the McCarter Theatre Center website             TO BE REVIEWED
New Jersey Repertory Company, Long Branch
NoirBy Stan Werse
April 4 - May 5 (World Premiere)

Here are the facts, just the facts: New York City, 1950. Andrews has left town; Klein is dead. Betty, well she's still alive, but someone has beat the pretty off her. Detective Clay Holden has his first big chance, but this is one case he may not want to solve.
To reserve tickets, call: (732) 229-3166
Visit the New Jersey Repertory Company website
Passage Theatre Company, Trenton
Roundelay
By R.N. Sandberg
Now through April 7


A wild multi-character globe-hopping tale of love in all of its complexity. From the Bronx to India to the Kenyan coast,Roundelay spins a rich, funny, and deeply moving tapestry that explores what it means to pursue, run away from, and finally surrender to the siren song of love and desire.

To purchase tickets: (609) 392-0766
Visit the Passage Theatre Company website
Playwrights Theatre, Madison
Shakespeare in VegasBy William Shakespeare
April 4 - 21

This play is a co-production with Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, and will be performed at Dreamcatcher's location in Summit. For more information, see Dreamcatcher's listing above.
To reserve tickets, call: (973) 514-1787
Visit the Playwrights Theatre website
Two River Theater Company, Red Bank
The Electric BabyBy Stefanie Zadravec
April 6 - May 5

Folk tales and folklore infuse this moving, powerful, and hopeful story about damaged people, unexpected relationships, and what it means to live in the center of your own life. A group of lost souls are brought together by an accident, and form unlikely connections that will change all of their lives. Contains adult language.
To reserve tickets, call: (732) 345-1400 
Visit the Two River Theater Company website
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Friday, March 29, 2013

Meet the cast of Luna Stage's 'A Moon for the Misbegotten'

Coming to Luna Stage April 6th
A Moon for the Misbegotten

By Eugene O'Neill
Directed by Nancy Robillard

Josie Hogan is a strong woman, with a sharp tongue and a reputation. She is the rock that holds together her family farm. When the fate of the farm is rumored to be at risk, Josie and her conniving father scheme to trap their landlord, Jim Tyrone, into assuring their future on the property. But Josie has eyes for Tyrone, and perhaps he returns her feelings. Love, desire and betrayal vie for dominance in this classic story by one of our greatest American playwrights.
April 6 - May 5
(No show April 7th) 

Thursdays, 7:30pm
Fridays, 8pm
Saturdays, 8pm
Sundays, 3pm


Tickets: $25/$35 • Student Ticket w/ID: $10 (Subject to availability), Group Sales Available
Tickets can be purchased online: lunastage.org, by phone: 973-395-5551 
or in person at Luna Stage Tuesday - Friday, 10am - 3pm 
Meet the Cast
Kenneth Boys (T. Stedman Harder)
Kenneth is beyond thrilled to return to Luna Stage after a 9 year absence. Previous Luna credits: Ghosts (Pastor Manders); The Other Side of Newark(Dr. Lenn); Dragons (Charlemagne);Friends and Relations (Herbert / Mr. Manning); Rapture (Father Ruggeri). Most recently he played both Mrs. Dilber and Jacob Marley in “A Christmas Carol” at the John W. Engeman Theater. Broadway, Off-Broadway, and National Tours include: Raggedy Ann (Pat Birch, Dir.); Camelot (Mordred opposite Robert Goulet); Great Expectations (with Kathleen Chalfant); Apple Pie (with Robert Guillaume); The Fantasticks (with John Davidson); The Grand Tour (Jewish Rep); Sarah, Plain and Tall (Lortel Theatre); Anne of Green Gables (Lortel Theatre); Walk Two Moons (Lortel Theatre); T.N.T. (Players Theatre); Young Rube (Theatre At St. Peters). Regional: Mary Stuart (Pittsburgh Public); Around the World In 80 Days (Virginia Stage Co.); Sarah, Plain and Tall (Dallas Theatre Center); Blithe Spirit (Bristol Riverside Theatre);Communicating Doors (Bristol Riverside Theatre); The Cherry Orchard (with Keir Dullea); Hamlet(directed by Douglas Campbell); Out Of Order (with Paxton Whitehead, Paper Mill Playhouse). Also: The O’Neil, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Adirondack Theatre Festival, West Virginia Public, Circle Rep, and 5 Seasons at Shakespeare On The Sound. Film debut: All That Jazz. TV debut:Alvin Brown on The Young Riders (CBS). Thanks to everyone at Luna. 
Phil Carlin
Paul Carlin (Phil Hogan)NY: Long Day’s Journey into Night at Irish Repertory Theatre, director Charlotte Moore; Temporal Powers, The Mint Theatre Co., dir. Jonathan Banks; After the Ball, Irish Rep, dir. Tony Walton; Apple Cove, Julia Miles Theatre, dir. Gio Sardelli; Woyzeck, Ensemble Studio Theatre (Woyzeck); Bella, Lincoln Center; The Milk of Paradise, The Women’s Project, dir. Joan Vail Thorne; Twelfth Night, Phoenix Theatre Co., dir. John Barton, RSC; Paint Your Wagon, Musicals Tonight; Salvation, God of Carnage, Hudson Stage. Regional Stage: The Great American Mousical and The Boyfriend, both directed by Julie Andrews: Mame; Where’s Charley?;On the 20th Century; Brigadoon; 1776; Cole Porter’s Red, Hot and Blue! - all at Goodspeed Opera House. Shenandoah, W.V. Public Theatre; Hamlet, N.J. Shakespeare Fest.;Song of Singapore, Piper’s Alley, Chicago; A Christmas Carol, Indiana Repertory Theatre (Scrooge x 2); The Herbal Bed, Indiana Rep; Three Musketeers, Apple Tree Theatre, Chicago. Film: Reasons, Falling in Love, A Chorus Line TV: 30 Rock; Law & Order; Ryan’s Hope 1980-81, One Life to Live, All My Children.
Steven Conroy
Steven Conroy(Mike Hogan)Luna Stage debut! In November he shot a commercial for MasterCard. Recent credits include: Quest for the West: Adventures on the Oregon Trail!(Theater 80), All’s Well That Ends Well(Commonwealth Shakespeare Company), A Christmas Carol(Kentucky Repertory Theatre), The Orpheus Variations (Magic Futurebox),Coosje (Under St. Mark’s), and the NYC premiere of A Couple of Poor Polish-Speaking Romanians (Henry Street Settlement). Boston College alum. [Read More].
David Sedgwick
David Sedgwick (James Tyrone)
Luna Stage debut. Off-Broadway: Hamlet (Pearl Theatre). Off-off: Twelfth Night, Scotch Kiss, Three Sisters (Seeing Place);Telephone Call for Francine Stein (Workshop); Standards of Decency 3 (Blue Coyote); Dear Ruth (Retro Productions); What the Butler Saw (Gallery Players); The Fourth Estate, Mr. Sensitivity (NY Fringe); The Mushroom Pickers (Alloy);Misalliance (New York Classical); The Bishop and the Boys(Beckmann, ATA); As You Like It (Reduxion); King Lear (Boomerang). Regional: Shining City (Shadow Lawn Stage);Darkness to Light (12 Miles West); A Wedding Story(Stageworks/Hudson). International: Arcadia; A Doll’s House; True West; Amadeus; Dial M for Murder; Macbeth; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Red Roses & Petrol. Film/TV:Gertrude Stein’s ‘Brewsie and Willie’; The Way of Justice; Moments of Clarity; Mirror, Mirror; All My Children; As the World Turns; One Life to Live.

Training: BFA (Theatre Nepean, Sydney); Primary Stages ESPA; LAByrinth; T. Schreiber Studios. [Read More].
Claire Warden
Claire Warden (Josie Hogan)
Claire began her acting career in the UK. Among her favorite UK productions are The Trojan Women – MAC Theatre Co. (Hecuba),Women of the Sidhe - Associated Gate Theatre (Narrator) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Helena) along with some fun television appearances. Since her arrival in the U.S. she has appeared in two Off-Broadway shows, Engaging Shaw with the Abingdon Theatre (Charlotte Payne-Townsend) and The Libertine with Playhouse Creatures (Molly Luscombe/Mrs Will). Other New York and Regional Credits include Mary Stuart – Theatreworks (Mary), Hamlet – The Shakespeare Forum (Player King), Lost In Yonkers - New Harmony Theatre (Bella), Romeo and Juliet with Stoneham Theatre (Lady Capulet), Humble Boy - Boston Publick (Rosie Pye) and The Homecoming - Harold Pinter Celebration - Shakespeare and Company.She starred in the films Freedom Fighter, The Factory and Departure and the T.V documentaryJack the Ripper – An Ongoing Mystery for the Discovery Channel. You can also hear her as the voice
of the Open Technology Fund Website.


Claire obtained a BA Honours degree in Drama and Theatre Arts from the University of Birmingham in the UK and is an aluma of the Intensive Actor Training Program at Shakespeare and Company.

She is the Associate Director of Education for the Shakespeare Forum. [Read More].

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Garage Theatre Group's live theatre for kids 3 to 6 years old



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.

'Shakespeare in Vegas' opens next week at Dreamcatcher


Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre 
Opening next week!

Shakespeare in Vegas plays at Dreamcatcher Rep  

Dreamcatcher Rep and our friends at Playwrights Theatre have collaborated to bring you Suzanne Bradbeer's SHAKESPEARE IN VEGAS. This new comedy tells the story of a wise guy with a dream and a discouraged New York actress who attempt to bring legit theatre to Sin City.

The play follows Tony, the producer, and a displaced classical actress to Las Vegas. Pickings are slim as they recruit the cast for a season of Shakespeare among showgirls and other questionable locals. Will a generations-old family curse threaten to bring their dream to an untimely end?

Dreamcatcher audiences may recall award-winning playwright Suzanne Bradbeer's works Full Bloom and You Miss Them When They're Not Around that previously appeared on the Dreamcatcher stage. And a very lucky audience got an insider's look at the development of Shakespeare in Vegas at our May 2011 "Meet The Artist" series of new play readings.

Shakespeare in Vegas runs 3 weeks only, April 4 - 21.  Info  *  Tickets


SAVE 10% (advance only)     Enter code VEGASBABY at checkout


Event: SHAKESPEARE IN VEGAS   Info 
 
When:  April 4 - 21
Thursday at 8pm - NEW! Thursday nights have been added!
Friday at 8pm
Saturday at 8pm
Sunday at 2pm
 
Location: Oakes Center
120 Morris Avenue, Summit   Directions
(entrance on Russell Place, parking lot on Ashwood Ave.)
 
Price: $30 adults
$25 seniors 65+ with ID       Seniors, see special date below
$25 students 25- with ID
See discount below.    Buy tickets now    No fees!  
 
Discount: Our e-mail friends SAVE 10% (advance only). Enter code VEGASBABY at checkout.
 
Special
Dates:
 Thu. April 4 is preview performance -- all seats $20
Fri. April 5 is opening night -- free post-show reception
Sun. April 7 is Senior Sunday -- seniors pay $15 (advance only)
Sun. April 7 free post-matinee talkback with the cast and creative team
Sun. April 14 free post-matinee talkback with the cast and creative team

Note to season passholders: don't forget to reserve your seats! E-mail us for help

MORE INFO ONLINE:   Our current season   |   SHAKESPEARE IN VEGAS   |   Playwrights Theatre  
Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre 
Oakes Center   *   120 Morris Avenue   *   Summit, NJ 07901 
Tickets: 800-838-3006   *   Info: 908-514-9654

Montclair Operetta Club to present Tony winning musical 'In The Heights'


Find out what it takes to make a living, what it costs to have a dream and what it means to be home…IN THE HEIGHTS.
  
Montclair Operetta Club will present “IN THE HEIGHTS,” at the Bloomfield College Westminster Arts Center, 449 Franklin Street in Bloomfield. Performances will be held on April 19, 20, 9, & 26 at 27 at 8 p.m. and matinees on April 21 and 28 at 2 p.m.
  
"IN THE HEIGHTS" (Music & Lyrics by Lin-Manuel MirandaBook by Quiara Alegía Hudes, and conceived by Lin-Manuel Miranda) is the 2008 Tony Award-winning musical about life in Washington Heights, a tight-knit community where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open, and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music.

During its acclaimed Off-Broadway run, "IN THE HEIGHTS" quickly became an audience phenomenon and a critical success. It’s easy to see why: with an amazing cast, a gripping story and incredible dancing, "IN THE HEIGHTS" is an authentic and exhilarating journey into one of Manhattan’s most vibrant communities. And with its universal themes of family, community and self-discovery, "IN THE HEIGHTS" can be enjoyed by people of all ages and backgrounds.

Under the direction of Bob Cline, veteran Director of 14 MOC productions, the show features a large cast of 29 actors, singers and dancers portraying the residents of Washington Heights. “I love working in New Jersey theatre,” Cline said, “because it feels like the audience is an audience of experience. They know theatre. This gives me the added challenge of trying to make sure my ideas are new and fresh, as much as my need to respect the work that they are coming to see.”
  
Experienced theater goers and novices alike will thrill to hear Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit score performed live on-stage. “The Montclair Operetta Club prides itself on being one of the few Community Theatres to perform with a full orchestra” says Musical Director Gonzalo Valencia. “Our production of "IN THE HEIGHTS" features the original Broadway score performed by professional musicians.”

 The Montclair Operetta Club has been producing high-caliber musical theatre since 1925 with its first production of “The Pirates of Penzance” making it one of the country’s oldest continuously producing theaters.

Shakespeare Initiative to present 'Titus Andronicus'



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

'Ring a Ding Ding' in Kean’s Zella Fry Theatre April 3-6



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.

'Etty' at the Luna Stage

Etty - April 7th at 3pm & 7pm
Luna Stage presents the internationally acclaimed solo-performance play
Etty
Adapted & performed by Susan Stein
Directed by Austin Pendleton
Sunday, April 7th at 3 pm & 7 pm
Both performances will be followed by a talkback.
Tickets are $25 and can be purchasedonline, by calling 973-395-5551 or in person Tues.-Fri. from 10 am to 3 pm.
A Triumph of The Human Spirit... Etty is one woman’s struggle to sustain humanity in the face of genocide. Etty Hillesum writes the life she is living – her loves, her work, her wry sense of humor, her deep sensuality and the moment in history. She offers a new form of resistance, as she faces the truth of her circumstances and refuses to lose what she loves in life. Few people know about Etty Hillesun, but her story asks us to consider our own responsibility today, in a world where the promise of “never again” has not yet been realized.
Nominated for Amnesty International’s 2009 Freedom of Expression Award 
Susan Stein 
Susan Stein first picked up Etty Hillesum's diaries in 1994 for fifty cents at a yard sale after her friend recommended it. After reading the diaries, Susan wanted to give something back to Etty and keep her alive.

Susan Stein has been performing Etty in theaters, prisons and universities throughout the United States and in Europe for the past two years. Previously, Susan appeared in Arthur Miller's American Clock, directed by Austin Pendleton at HB Playwrights Foundation and the wife in Bathsheeba Doran's A Parent's Evening at Luna Stage. Other roles include Faye in Rodney's Wife, Louise in Lanford Wilson's The Great Nebulae of Orion, W1 in Beckett's Play, and Wanda in Christopher Durang's Wanda's Visit. Susan studied acting at NYU Graduate School and SUNY Purchase. From 2000-2012 Susan was on the faculty of Princeton Day School where she taught Shakespeare, Dramatic Literature, playwriting and acting.

www.ettyplay.org 
Austin Pendleton
Austin Pendleton has had an extensive career spanning over 40 years. He is an American film, television and stage actor, a playwright, and a theater director and teacher. His roles range from Gurgle in Finding Nemo to the public defender in My Cousin Vinny. He was seen as Friar Lawrence at the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park production of Romeo and Juliet in 2007; he played the Army Chaplain in their 2006 production of Mother Courage with Meryl Streep. Most recently he directed Chekov’sIvanov on Broadway starring Ethan Hawke. He is an ensemble member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company.

Music in the Moonlight Jazz Concert - April 21st at 7:30pm
R&B Goes Jazz
Featuring The Don Braden Quartet
Jazz arrangements of songs by Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind & Fire, Roberta Flack and others, as well as original compositions.
Don Braden: saxophone, flute, alto flute
Brandon McCune: piano
Joris Teepe: bass
Cecil Brooks III: drums 

Sunday, April 21st at 7:30pm
Tickets: In Advance - $18, At the Door - $20
Tickets can be purchased online, by calling 973-395-5551 or in person Tues.-Fri. from 10am to 3pm.

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