Monday, March 31, 2014

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical ‘South Pacific’ at Paper Mill Playhouse

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The Paper Mill Playhouse continue its 75th Anniversary Season with the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific. With music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, and book by Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan, South Pacific will be directed by Rob Ruggiero and choreographed by Ralph Perkins. Mike McGowan joins this enchanting cast as Emile de Becque replacing the previously announced Jason Howard.

Paper Mill alumnus Mike McGowan is thrilled to be back at the playhouse where he previously appeared in Kiss Me, Kate (Fred/Petruchio) and Master Class (Tony). On Broadway McGowan appeared in Ragtime, Grease , The Apple Tree, Priscilla and The Producers. Other stage credits include: Bernstein’s Mass (Carnegie Hall, Naxos—Grammy nomination), Thou Swell (Lincoln Center/City Ballet), The Body Beautiful (York, recording), Grey Gardens (Playwrights Horizons), Ringling Bros. (Ringmaster, Madison Square Garden) and Macbeth (Macbeth). McGowan as appeared in the films The Producers and Big Words On television McGowan was featured on Electric Company, Delocated and Curb Your Enthusiasm

Also leading the cast are Erin Mackey as Ensign Nellie Forbush, Tony Award nominee Loretta Ables Sayre as Bloody Mary, Tally Sessions as Luther Billis, Doug Carpenter as Lt. Joe Cable and Jessica Wu as Liat. South Pacific will play the Millburn, New Jersey, theater from April 9 through May 4, 2014.  South Pacific is sponsored by American Airlines. Paper Mill Playhouse's 75th Anniversary Season is proudly sponsored by Investors Bank.

Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Tales of the South Pacific by James A. Michener, South Pacific features iconic melodies like "Some Enchanted Evening," "Younger Than Springtime," and "There Is Nothing Like a Dame.” One of the most acclaimed musicals of all time, South Pacific is an exquisite story of romance and love set against the backdrop of a lush tropical island during World War II. South Pacific’s original Broadway and revival runs won a combined total of 17 Tony Awards, 5 Drama Desk Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

South Pacific will be performed at Paper Mill Playhouse eight times a week, Wednesday through Sunday.  Performance Schedule: Wednesday at 7:30pm, Thursday at 1:30pm and 7:30pm, Friday at 8:00pm, Saturday at 1:30pm and 8:00pm and Sunday at 1:30pm and 7:00pm.  Tickets are on sale now and range from $27 to $98. 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 www.papermill.org. Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express accepted. Groups of ten or more can receive up to a 40% discount on tickets and should call 973.315.1680

Erin Mackey (Nellie Forbush) was seen on Broadway in Chaplin: The Musical, Anything Goes, Sondheim on Sondheim and Wicked. Ms. Mackey’s film and television credits include Blue Bloods, Gossip Girl, Family Affair, Do Over and The Parent Trap. Paper Mill Playhouse alumnus Mike McGowan (Emile de Becque) appeared on Broadway in Ragtime, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, The Apple Tree and The Producers. At Paper Mill Playhouse, McGowan received critical acclaim for his portrayal of Fred/Petruchio in Kiss Me, Kate. Loretta Ables Sayre (Bloody Mary) is back on the East Coast reprising the role that landed her a 2008 Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Musical.

Paper Mill Playhouse alumnus Tally Sessions (Luther Billis) was seen on Broadway in the ensemble of Big Fish. Lt. Joe Cable will be played by Doug Carpenter. Mr. Carpenter appeared in regional productions of The Most Happy Fella, Camelot, West Side Story and Cinderella. Jessica Wu will play Lt. Cable’s love interest, Liat. Ms. Wu was seen on Broadway in A Chorus Line and was featured in the national tours of The King and I, Miss Saigon and The Wizard of Oz.

Jordan Lage (Capt. George Brackett) appeared on Broadway in Race, Speed-the-Plow, Inherit the Wind, Glengarry Glen Ross, Our Town and The Best Man. Paper Mill Playhouse alumnus Rob Richardson (Cmdr. William Harbison) was seen on Broadway in Jekyll and Hyde and A Tale of Two Cities.

Ryan Andes (Stewpot) was recently seen in the New York Philharmonic’s Sweeney Todd and in Big Fish on Broadway. The Professor will be played by Scott Anthony Joy, who was featured in regional productions of South Pacific, The Jungle Book and Hairspray.

The young actors playing Jerome and Ngana were cast at an open-call audition at Paper Mill Playhouse. Bonale Fambrini (Millburn, NJ) will play Jerome and Gabby Gutierrez (Springfield, NJ) will play Ngana. Avery Espiritu (East Hanover, NJ) and Sydney Veloso (Summit, NJ) are the alternates for Jerome and Ngana, respectively.

Rounding out the ensemble are: Andrés Acosta, Faye Bautista, Grady McLeod Bowman, Will Burton, Meggie Cansler, Matt Faucher, Joanne Javien, Caitlin Maloney, Christian Marriner, George Merrick, Brian Ogilvie, Samantha Joy Pearlman, Michael Scirrotto, Paige Sommerer, Ryan Steer, Jeff Sullivan, Teddy Tinson, Grace Wales and Gregory Williams.

Rob Ruggiero (Director) has earned national recognition for his work as a director. On Broadway, Mr. Ruggiero directed High (starring Kathleen Turner) and Looped (with Valerie Harper in a Tony-nominated performance). He recently directed a critically acclaimed revival of The Most Happy Fella at Goodspeed, where he also directed Carousel and a reduced-version Show Boat.

Free Audience Enrichment Activities for South Pacific

Wed. April 9      6:30pm     Gallery   The Director’s Viewpoint

Enjoy coffee on us as Director Rob Ruggiero discusses South Pacific.

Thurs. April 10      6:30pm   Mezzanine    Conversation Club

Thurs. April 17 Learn more about the show you are about

Thurs. April 24 to see, led by members of Paper Mill’s

Thurs. May 1 Artistic and Education Departments.

Sat. May 3      Following Matinee      Orchestra    Q&A with the Cast

Meet the cast and ask actors questions about the show or the role they are portraying.

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/Department of State, A Partner Agency of the National Endowment for 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.

Last Two Weekends to see NJ Rep’s comedy ‘Date of a Lifetime’

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“Only two weekends left and the tickets are going FAST!! Call the box office now or order online to make sure you don't miss out on Date of a Lifetime at NJ Rep!”

Date of a Lifetime at New Jersey Repertory Company in Long Branch is showing through April 6th on Thursdays and Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays at 3pm & 8pm; Sundays at 2pm and selected Sundays at 7pm from March 6 thru April 6. For tickets call 732-229-3166 or visit www.njrep.org.

179 Broadway (parking and entrance in rear)
Long Branch, New Jersey 07740

Photos: Courtesy of New Jersey Repertory Company/SuZanne Barabas

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Cast:Jamie LaVerdiere and Trish Rapier

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

‘A View of the Mountains’ by Lee Blessing: A World Premiere at New Jersey Rep in Long Branch

The long awaited sequel to Blessing's Cold War play, "A Walk in the Woods'

New Jersey Repertory Company’s season of premieres continues with Pulitzer Prize and Tony-nominated playwright Lee Blessing’s sequel to his Cold War play, “A Walk in the Woods”.

The world premiere of Blessing’s “A View of the Mountains”, directed by Evan Bergman, begins April 24 and will run through May 25 at the New Jersey Repertory Company, 179 Broadway in Long Branch. The play explores how the current extreme political polarization in our society has come home to roost and threatens not only our nation, but the intimate ties that bind families.

John Honeyman is a former arms negotiator who represented the U.S. in the early 1980’s and held secret meetings with his Russian counterpart to defuse the explosive tensions that divided the two nuclear super-powers. The fate of the entire world hung in the balance as the men sought to build a bridge based on mutual trust over the turbulent waters of suspicion and paranoia that separated the two nations.

It is now thirty years later and John is retired, remarried, and living an idyllic life in his country home along the Hudson when his estranged son Will Branch, the junior Senator from Tennessee, arrives for a visit. Will detests his father and his legacy, and feels that he was soft with the pragmatic and ruthless Russians and that his efforts on behalf of his country irreparably hurt the U.S. in the long-run. In turn, John loathes Will's radical right-wing politics and fears his ascendancy that makes him a promising candidate for the Vice-Presidency. Their coerced meeting is not a joyful reunion, rather one filled with threats, animosity, ultimatums and long–buried family secrets.

Katrina Ferguson GIFThe play stars John Little as John Honeyman, Katrina Ferguson as his wife Isla (photo), Michael Zlabinger as Will Branch, Eva Kaminsky as his wife Gywnn. Local actors Jared Rush and Jon Erik Nielson alternate playing young Andrey, the Honeyman's 14-year-old son.

Opening night is Saturday, April 26 at 8:00 pm, followed by a reception. Previews are Thursday, April 24 at 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm, Friday, April 25 at 8:00 pm and Saturday, April 26 at 3:00 pm. Performances are Thursdays, Fridays at 8:00 pm; Saturdays at 3:00 pm and 8:00 pm; and Sundays at 2:00 pm with selected Sundays at 7:00 pm.

Tickets are $42; Previews are $35; Opening night with reception $60. Discounts are available for seniors (65+), students (full-time 13-25), and groups of 10 or more.

facadeNJ Rep is a year-round, professional, non-profit theater located at 179 Broadway in Long Branch only minutes from the Jersey Shore. Free on-site parking is available and there is easy access from NJ Transit (North Jersey Coast Line) and Academy Buses.
Contact the NJ Rep Box Office at 732-229-3166 or visit www.njrep.org to reserve your seats online.

New Jersey Repertory Company
Award-Winning Theater
179 Broadway
Long Branch, NJ 07740
www.njrep.org
njrep@njrep.org
732-229-3166

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Theater Project's comedy 'Nickel & Dimed' in Maplewood


Original Musical Comedy 'Elephant Stew' next at Insane Actors Comedy Theatre in Wayne


The Insane Actors Comedy Theatre is presenting an original musical 'Elephant Stew'
Sylvain Chonigan's original musical comedy "Elephant Stew" will be presented at the Rosen Theatre at the Wayne YMCA, 1 Pike Dive in Wayne, NJ.


" As a child I used to watch: Abbott & Costello, The Three Stooges, Laurel & Hardy, Charlie Chaplin, and the Marx Brothers, over and over again. As an adult I can still appreciate those great comedians that I watched so fervently all those years ago. Even so, one can only watch a film or TV show so many times. I craved more of this comedy, but all these fine comedians were no longer. So, what’s a boy to do? Well, I’ll tell you what I did. I wrote a new Marx Brothers play. It took me 11 ½ months to write the script, and another 2 months to write the music. Last January I gathered up 7 actors and I had a reading of “Elephant Stew.” The actors all thought it was really funny and that I had really caught the essence of the Marx Brothers. Mind you, I didn’t tell them it was the Marx Brothers. Music to my ears!" Sylvain Chonigan

This production will be performed like a mad-cap Marx Brothers comedy.

The show opens Friday April 25th, 2014 and runs thru Sunday April 27th.
Show dates and times:
Fri Apr 25 8:00pm
Sat Apr 26 8:00pm
Sun Apr 27 2:00pm

Tickets are $28 for adults, $24 for Seniors (60 or older) and children (age 12 to 17).

Tickets can be purchased online at http://insaneactors.com/order-tickets.html

             Rosen Theatre at the Wayne YMCA, 1 Pike Dive in Wayne, NJ.


If you don't know the Marx Brothers...Here is a clip from one of their movies:


Last chance tonight to see 'The Pillowman' at Dover Little Theatre

Last chance tonight to see at the Dover Little Theatre:  Martin McDonagh's The Pillowman. Directed by Tom Blewitt of Budd Lake, this show echoes the  works of Stoppard, Kafka, and the Brothers Grimm and centers on a writer in an unnamed totalitarian state who is being interrogated about the gruesome content of his short stories and their similarities to a series of child murders.

The result is an urgent work of theatrical bravura and an unflinching examination of the very nature and purpose of art.

The cast features Tom Hodge, Rick Holloway, John Trumbull, Christian Chase, Mackenzie Miller, and Jen Dorr

Final performance tonight March 29 at 8 pm.

John Trumbull, of Parsippany, Rick Holloway of Summit, and Tom Hodge, of Denville

All tickets $17
Call Theater at : (973) 328-9202 for reservations
Dover Little Theatre, 69 Elliott Street, Dover, New Jersey

Friday, March 28, 2014

Opening Tonight at Holmdel Theatre Company: 'The Imaginary Invalid'




OPENING NIGHT!

Holmdel Theater Company's Spring Production of Moliere's,

The Imaginary Invalid

Produced by Geoff Shields & Grace Modla

Directed by Tom Frascatore
Assistant Directed by Dave Murray


FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS, MARCH 2829 APRIL 4, 5, 11 & 12 @ 8PM
SUNDAYS, MARCH 30 & APRIL 6 @ 2PM


Featuring:

Carole Darché
Topher J. Friedel
Michael Hegarty
Dan Johnson
Michael Kroll
Jon Erik Nielsen
Rose Pedone*
Ava Serene Portman
Ruby Riggio
Bill Rogers
Wesley Swan

*Member of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States, appearing under a Special Appearance Contract




Holmdel Theatre Company 
at The Duncan Smith Theater 
36 Crawfords Corner Road, Holmdel NJ 07733
(on the grounds of the Holmdel High School)

www.holmdeltheatrecompany.org

Tri-State Actors Theater accepting registrations for its Spring 2014 Acting Classes




​​Tri-State Actors Theater is now accepting registrations for its Spring 2014 Acting Classes  for Children and Teens, and Advanced Acting Workshops for Adults. Children’s Classeswill meet, Saturdays, at the Springboard Shoppes, 145 Spring St., Newton and Classes for Teens and Adults will be held, on Mondays at High Point Regional High School, Sussex.


Acting lessons are a wonderful way to build self-confidence, to create and to be creative. Through acting, the student learns to take direction, lead, support, and trust others.  Drama also provides training allowing the student to feel more confident about public speaking.


The Advanced Acting Workshop is for adults, 18 and over, with or without acting experience. Under the direction of Tara Bowles, a professional actor and teacher, scene study and acting classes will be developed through the Stella Adler Technique. Workshops will be held from 7 pm to 9 pm on Mondays, April 7 and end on Monday, June 9.

The class registration fee is $260.00.


Teen Classes are for students ages 13-17 and will be taught by Artistic Director, actor and teacher Paul Meacham. Students will learn basic skills of acting, work on monologues and 2-character scenes,  with individual instruction for every student. Spring classes meet on Mondays, from 5 pm until 7 pm, April 7 and end on Monday, June 9.

The class registration fee is $230.00.


Children's Classes, for ages 6-12, will be under the instruction of Patricia Meacham, theater professional  and teacher. The classes will focus on creative dramatics and games.

Spring classes will be held on  Saturdays, from 10:00 am until noon, May 3 through Saturday, June 7.

The class registration fee is $200.00.


For more information, please contact Tri-State at 973 383-0510. 

Last Chance This Weekend to See 'Good People' at Chester Theatre Group

Review: ‘Good People’ superior theater at Chester Theatre Group

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The Chester Theatre Group's current production is Good People written by David Lindsay-Abaire (Fuddy Meers, Rabbit Hole and Shrek the musical) and directed by Cindy Alexander (CTG's Shirley Valentine). This is the first community theater  production of the play in New Jersey since the George Street Playhouse's acclaimed production in early 2013 (to our knowledge).  

Lindsay-Abaire has written a remarkable play about the struggles of life in the blue collar, working class area of South Boston where he grew up and a local is called "Southie." The heroine-victim of Good People is Margaret, played by Perry award winner (New Jersey Community Theater Association's "Tony" —for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play-Shirley Valentine) Gloria Lamoureux (photo right). 

GloriaLamoureux' touching, sensitive performance in Good People is truly outstanding. She may be on her way to another Perry. It is exciting to see how such a fine actress, with a superior, well directed, cast can light the stage and remind us of the magic that is unique to live theater.  

A bit-of-the plot: Margaret is a 50-ish single mom, with a young adult handicapped daughter, who can barely pay her bills at the $9.25 per hour she earns as a cashier at a 'Dollar Value' store. As the play opens she is fired from the job for chronic tardiness, due to the lackadaisical attitude of her babysitter who also happens to be her landlady.  

With the job options almost non-existent due to the recession, Margaret desperately seeks out, after 30 years, her high school sweetheart Mike now a successful and married Boston doctor in hopes of obtaining a position in his office....even cleaning if necessary. Each has a vastly different story of how they either climbed out of their original lower class world, as in the case of Mike, or remained trapped by circumstances, in Margaret's case, mostly beyond her control.
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In addition to Gloria Lamoureux as Margaret, the cast includes an impressive Matt Meier as Mike. He clearly does not want any reminders of the "southie" life he successfully escaped. Equally, impressive is the attractive, Kellei Cosby as Kate, Mike's troubled African-American wife who attempts to offer Margaret the help Mike withholds.  The very talented CTG favorite Ellen Fraker-Glasscock is having a fun turn as Dottie, Margaret's landlady, babysitter and bingo buddy. Claudia Metz is a comedy treat as Margaret's foul-mouthed best friend Jean; and young George Bierly is nicely making his debut at CTG as Stevie a young friend from the neighborhood and the "Dollar Value" store manager.
Director Alexander's creative team includes: Steve Catron who contributed the fine set design; Phil Lamoureux lighting design; Jeff Knapp sound design; Diane Butler producer; Barbara Haag, Beth Gleason and Karen Catron props; Colleen Lannigan stage manager; and Bob Longstreet and Jerry Lane lighting/sound operation. 

Good People is a thoroughly satisfying, well-written, thought-provoking play that at its core is sad, but yet has many funny moments. It is hard not to look at Margaret without coming away wondering about our own life choices. This is a must-see-event.

Reviewed by Rick Busciglio March 15, 2014
 
The Chester Theatre Group's Good People will have five remaining public performances: March 21, 22, 28, 29 at 8 pm, and 30 at 2 pm
Tickets are $20 with a $2 discount available for seniors aged 65 and over and students under 18. Tickets can be reserved by calling the theater box office at 908-879-7304 or by visiting www.chestertheatregroup.com.

Also of note: Good People is also the very first CTG sBlack-River-Playhouse-chesterhow to offer online ticket purchasing via the group’s recently redesigned website.
The Chester Theatre Group's Black River Playhouse is located at 54 Grove Street in downtown Chester, NJ at the corner of Grove Street and Maple Avenue.

Group Photo: George Bierly, Gloria Lamoureux, Claudia Metz, Ellen Fraker-Glasscock (CTG supplied)

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

‘KNUFFLE BUNNY: A Cautionary Musical’ opens at The Growing Stage

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The Growing Stage - The Children’s Theatre of New Jersey, located in the Historic Palace Theatre on Route 183 in Netcong, New Jersey is set to present the final main stage show of their 32nd season, KNUFFLE BUNNY: A CAUTIONARY MUSICAL from April 19th through May 18th with performances Friday evenings at 7:30 PM, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 4:00 PM. We will have a special opening day performance on Saturday, April 19th at 1:00PM.  Based on the beloved Caldecott Honor-winning picture book by Mo Willems, this musical features script and lyrics by six time Emmy Winner Mo Willems and music by Grammy Award-winning composer Michael Silversher.  KNUFFLE BUNNY: A CAUTIONARY MUSICAL is under the direction of Stephen L. Fredericks, The Growing Stage’s Executive Director with Musical Direction by Laura Petrie, Choreography by Jillian Petrie and Black Light Bunraku-style Puppetry created by the Growing Stage’s Artist-in-Residence, Perry Arthur Kroeger.

KNUFFLE BUNNY: A CAUTIONARY MUSICAL follows Trixie, her father, and her favorite stuffed bunny on a trip to the laundromat. The trip brings wonder, excitement and joy to the lively toddler, until she realizes she has left her Knuffle Bunny back at the laundromat. Trixie does everything in her power to make her father understand the emergency, but her father fails to see the issue at hand.  Throw in adventure, song and dancing laundry into the mix and you have the perfect show for a family friendly outing.

KNUFFLE BUNNY: A CAUTIONARY MUSICAL features the talents of six professional equity performers in the cast.  Emily Cara Portune of Jersey City, who played the title role in our production of Pinkalicious, returns to our stage as Trixie; J.D. Kellman of Queens, NY, last seen in Diary of Worm, Spider and Fly, plays Father; Jerielle Morwitz of Randolph, NJ, who recently played Lana Slomonsky in The Secret Life of Hubie Hartzel, plays Mother.   Rounding out the cast are Jane Keitel of Dumont, Brandon Hightower of Jersey City and Dorothy James of Manhattan, NY as Puppeteers.

MarqueeEnhance your theatergoing experience with pre and post show-activities.  Dates and Activities listed on our website.   The Growing Stage continues FUN-tastic Fridays with all tickets $15! Saturday and Sunday tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for children and seniors.  To purchase tickets, please visit our website at www.growingstage.com.  You can always contact the Growing Stage Box Office at (973) 347-4946 or e-mail at boxoffice@growingstage.com.  Group rates and Birthday Party packages are available.

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation has awarded Two River Theater a grant to host a residency for Tanya Saracho and Jerry Ruiz

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Two River Theater, under the leadership of Artistic Director John Dias and Managing Director Michael Hurst, has announced that the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation has awarded the theater a generous $40,000 grant through the foundation’s Building Demand for the Arts program, which launched last year and funds inventive partnerships that create new methods for reaching the public and developing their interest in and access to the performing arts.

Two River Theater will host a residency for Tanya Saracho (an award-winning playwright and writer on TV’s Girls, Looking, and Devious Maids) and director Jerry Ruiz (curator of Two River’s annual Crossing Borders festival of new Latino plays and free community programs) to build demand for theater among Latino audiences. Through the Duke residency, Saracho and Ruiz will create and lead storytelling workshops (utilizing both writing and multimedia) for Red Bank’s Latino community, bringing them into direct contact with the process of creating theater and allowing them to experience the art form as something that is vital and relevant to them. As a result of this project, Two River will commission Saracho to write a play that speaks directly to experiences and challenges that are specific to this community, which will be developed at the theater and directed by Ruiz.

Two River Theater invites Red Bank’s Latino community to participate in the first community workshop on Saturday, April 26, 2014. No experience is necessary to join. The workshops are open to all people who identify as Latino or Latina, regardless of national or ethnic background, and young people, women, and transgender people are especially encouraged to participate. Workshops will include opportunities for the participants to talk, share stories, and play games, using storytelling models devised by Saracho. In addition to the workshops, participants will be invited to events, shows, and programs at Two River throughout the year, all free and at no cost. For information, interested community members should call 732.936.8843.

“We are curious and eager to learn more about the Latino community in Red Bank,” say Saracho and Ruiz. “What are their experiences like in the US and in this particular community? Did they immigrate to Red Bank directly, or did they live somewhere else before coming to this place? How long have they been here, what brought them here, and what did they leave behind? We want to learn about their specific struggles and challenges, particularly as pertaining to the experiences of women and young people within a culture that often promotes more traditional gender and familial roles. Additionally, we see ourselves as ambassadors for both Two River Theater and the Latino community, and we want to partner with Two River to better serve this new audience that we hope it will develop through the grant, and continue to engage them in seeing work at Two River that isn’t strictly about the Latino experience.  The final result would be building a new audience for the theater, an audience that can and will engage deeply whether they are seeing a play by Tanya Saracho or August Wilson or William Shakespeare.”

“Two River Theater is deeply grateful to the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation for their generous support of this important initiative,” say Two River Artistic Director John Dias and Managing Director Michael Hurst. “Tanya and Jerry are great artists who have dedicated much of their careers to working on a grassroots level with too-often voiceless populations and then creating work inspired by their experiences. Here at Two River, we share that same commitment to engaging directly with people in our community. We want everyone in Red Bank to know that the doors of our theater are always open. One of the phrases we use a lot here is we want everyone to feel ‘invited to the party.’ But we also know that making the theater accessible means going out into the community before we can ask people to come here. “

The mission of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation is to improve the quality of people’s lives through grants supporting the performing arts, environmental conservation, medical research and child well-being, and through preservation of the cultural and environmental legacy of Doris Duke’s properties. The Arts Program focuses its support on contemporary dance, jazz and theatre artists, and the organizations that nurture, present and produce them. For more information, visit www.ddcf.org.

Sponsors and Supporters

Two River Theater’s 20th Anniversary Season is supported in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a division within the Department of State and a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, he Columbus Foundation, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, The Stone Foundation of New Jersey, Monmouth University, The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, Durso Wealth Management Group at Morgan Stanley, Wells Fargo, Investors Bank, Brookdale Community College, The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, William T. Morris Foundation, Springpoint Senior Living Foundation at the Atrium at Navesink Harbor, the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, and many other generous foundations, corporations and individuals.

Two River Theater, under the leadership of Artistic Director John Dias and Managing Director Michael Hurst, is celebrating its 20th Anniversary of creating great American theater performed by award-winning artists. We produce an eight-play season on two stages, including American and world masterpieces, and new plays and musicals. Two River Theater offers new-play commissions and artistic development activities that support the most adventurous artists in the American theater; invites its audience to be part of the creative process through readings and open rehearsals; and cultivates students and young people to participate in innovative arts-education programs and become a new generation of theatergoers. Founded in 1994 by Joan and Dr. Robert M. Rechnitz, Two River Theater is easily accessible from New York by car, train, or bus, with great restaurants and shopping within walking distance of the theater. For more information, visit tworivertheater.org or call 732.345.1400.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Four-Time Tony Winner BOYD GAINES Leads Cast of George Street Playhouse’s Our Town April 22 – May 25

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Most Lauded Broadway Leading Man Returns to New Brunswick;
Reunites With Driving Miss Daisy Director David Esbjornson

He’s got more Tony Awards than any man on Broadway – and has been nominated in every possible category.  He’s Boyd Gaines, and George Street Playhouse just announced that he will play the starring role of the Stage Manager in their 40th Season-ending production of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town.  He is reunited with director David Esbjornson, who helmed the recent Broadway revival of Driving Miss Daisy, in which Mr. Gaines played both in New York and London.  Besides marking the New Brunswick theatre’s 40th season, and the75th anniversary of the premiere of Our Town, this production also marks the inaugural production of a landmark collaboration between George Street Playhouse and Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts.  Mr. Esbjornson serves as head of the theatre program there, and graduating MFA candidates will be cast alongside seasoned professionals as part of this partnership.

“I am so pleased to welcome Boyd back to George Street,” said GSP Artistic Director David Saint.  “He’s an extraordinary talent, and I couldn’t be more pleased that he is a part of this very special production in our 40th season. “

The villagers of the mythical Grover’s Corners alight on the New Brunswick stage beginning April 22 and continue through May 25.  Opening night is set for Friday, April 25. Tickets, beginning at $20, are available through the George Steet Playhouse Box Office 732-246-7717 or online at www.GSPonline.org.  George Street Playhouse is located at 9 Livingston Avenue, in the heart of New Brunswick’s vibrant downtown, with dining for every taste and budget.

Boyd Gaines  Returns to George Street Playhouse after playing the harried dog owner in A.R. Gurney’s Sylvia in 2010.  His Broadway credits include: An Enemy of the People, The Columnist, Driving Miss Daisy (Broadway and London), Gypsy (Tony, Drama Desk Awards), PygmalionJourney's End (Tony nominee; Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Awards), Twelve Angry MenContact (Tony, Lucille Lortel Awards), CabaretThe Show OffShe Loves Me (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Awards), Company,The Heidi Chronicles (Tony Award). Off-Broadway: Bach at LeipzigMajor BarbaraThe ShawlComedy of ErrorsThe Extra ManThe MaderatiThe Winter's Tale,BarbariansA Month in the Country (Theatre World Award). Regional: Williamstown, Westport Playhouse, Yale Rep, Center Stage, Long Wharf, Guthrie, Kennedy Center. Film: Robber Barons of Wall Street, Funny GamesLovely by SurpriseSecond BestI'm Not RappaportHeartbreak RidgeThe Sure ThingPorky'sFame. TV: Angela's Eyes,The ConfessionPiece of CakeOne Day at a TimeFrasierLaw & Order. Training: Juilliard.

David Esbjornson’s work as a director includes the Broadway debut and London West End production of Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhry with Vanessa Redgrave, James Earl Jones, and Boyd Gaines, and a five-city tour in Australia with Angela Lansbury, James Earl Jones, and Boyd Gaines.  He recently directed Edward Albee’s Lady From Dubuque--the inaugural production of the new Signature Theater Space, Measure for Measure for Shakespeare in the Park at the Delacorte Theatre, the world premiere of Appomatox by Christopher Hampton at the Guthrie Theater, Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller with Harris Yulin for the Gate Theatre in Dublin, the premiere of Molly Ivins: Red Hot Patriot by Allison and Margaret Engels, starring Kathleen Turner at Philadelphia Theatre Company, the Geffen Playhouse and Arena Stage, Abigail 1702 by Roberto Aguirre-Sacaso at NY Stage and Film, the American premieres of Moira Buffini’s Dinner at Bay Street Theatre and Gabriel with Lisa Emery and Zach Grenier for the Atlantic Theater Company, where he also directed the world premiere of Peter Parnell’s Trumpery with Michael Christopher.

Women Playwrights Series at the Centenary Stage Company to launch with 'Fata Morgana'

The 22nd annual Women Playwrights Series at the Centenary Stage Company will launch on April 16 at with “Fata Morgana”, by Mary Humphrey Baldridge,  presented at 7:30 PM in the Lackland Center.

When  feisty 60-something New Yorker Gwen foils an armed robbery at a neighborhood deli, her chance encounter with celebrity unearths an old  mystery in her life and that of her grown daughter.   “Fata Morgana” is a play about mothers and daughters, lost husbands and fathers, and the line where reality and unreality meet, with surprising revelations.   The presentation will be directed by Harold Baldridge, Executive Director Emeritus of the famed Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City.

Playwright Mary Humphrey Baldridge  is a  Founding Member of the  Playwrights Guild of Canada, and a Lifetime member Dramatists Guild NYC.  She is  playwright, poet and short story writer, published and produced in the USA, Canada and Australia.  Her full-length plays include The Photographic Moment, GENESIS: The Mary Shelley Play, The Revenge of the Dinosaur Lady–all published by the Playwrights Union of Canada (PUC) Play Service, as are Land Warrior and Ruth & Robert & Robert & Ruth.  Other productions include LA BONNE DAME: Remembering George Sand and The Sanitation Chronicles with Paul Brno.  Fata Morgana previously received readings at the Neighborhood Playhouse and by The Barrow Group and Fab Women, NYC. This spring another new play The COLD HOUSE will be represented at FemFest, Winnipeg, where Ruth & Robert… premiered in 2005. Baldridge has just finished another new play, about an iconic cowboy from the turn of the last century, The Legend of John Ware.
About the Women Playwrights Series
Now in its 22nd year, the Centenary Stage Company Women Playwrights Series ( WPS) presents 3-4  new plays each year  in rehearsed staged readings throughout the month of April.  Led by Program Director Catherine Rust,  the WPS is dedicated to providing a working forum for the unique and underserved voice of women writing for the theater today.  The Series offers emerging playwrights a chance to work with professional directors and actors in a short rehearsal period, followed by a staged reading of the work in front of a live audience, with audience feedback and discussion.   Each presentation features refreshments for all, and lively “talk-backs” with the playwright and cast following the performance. The Series features the finalists in the Susan Glaspell contest, which offers the winner further development support worth $35,000 in a full production on the CSC professional Equity main-stage season, as well as a cash payment to the author. 
Centenary Stage Company is an affiliate member of the National New Play Network (based in Washington, D.C.), and participates in the “Extended Life” and “Rolling World Premiere” programs, designed to give playwrights larger exposure and sustained life throughout  the country in their first year of production.
Admission to the “Fata  Morgana” is by donation and reservations are requested.    For   reservations and information contact the Centenary Stage Company Box Office at 908-979-0900, or visit online at www.centenarystageco.org
COMING UP
     Also featured in this year’s WPS will be “In the Car with Blossom and Len” by Joni Fritz, on Wed, Apr 23 at 7:30 pm,  “How Water Behaves” by Sherry Kramer on Sunday, April 27 at 2 PM, and  “Cygnus” by Susan Soon Ye Stanton, on Wednesday, Apr 30 at 7:30 PM
     A free writing workshop will be offered on Saturday, Apr 26 from 10 – 2 PM, led by John Pietrowski, of the Playwrights Theatre of NJ.   Advance reservations are required, and can be made through the CSC Box office.

The  CSC Women Playwrights Series  is made possible in part through the  generous support of   the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation ,  the NJ State Council on the Arts,  The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, Heath Village Retirement Community, and the many CSC members and sponsors. 

Monday, March 24, 2014

Review: ‘Glorious’ MY FAIR LADY with Glory Crampton at Algonquin Arts Theatre, Manasquan NJ

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Review by Michael T. Mooney (papermoon4@aol.com)

“Glory days have returned to the Jersey Shore! Not Springsteen, but Crampton. Nationally known stage and recording star Glory Crampton (photo below) is currently lighting up Manasquan's Algonquin Arts Theatre as Eliza Doolittle in MY FAIR LADY. New Jerseyans can be forgiven for having a moment of deja vu. Crampton starred in the classic Lerner and Loewe musical for the venerable Paper Mill Playhouse in 2002. A dozen years later, her 'squashed cabbage leaf' of a Cockney flower girl seems even more 'delightfully downtrodden', more 'deliciously dirty' (as her tutor Henry Higgins calls her).

In the musical's memorable opening scene, she whines noisily as a passerby jostles her flowers to the pavement. “Two bunches o' violets trod in the mud!” Crampton's Eliza is a lot like those violets: sooty and bedraggled from her encounter with the streets, but a delicate beauty none-the-less. Singing the wistful “Wouldn't It Be Loverly?” it becomes apparent that Eliza has had to toughen up in order to fit in with the rough and tumble costermongers and chimney sweeps that dominate her world. Her remarkable transformation to a cultured, well-spoken lady of society never lets us forget the 'downtrodden violet' within – subtly reminding us of her humble roots while simultaneously looking downright smashing in her tiara and glittering ball gown. Crampton cleverly avoids the trap of playing Eliza as two separate characters, concentrating instead on her conflicted transition.

MyFairLady2014To bring Crampton's creation to the edge of glory [okay, I'll stop], the Manasquan theatre has wisely re-united her with director Robert Johanson. Johanson staged the 2002 Paper Mill production as the finale to his remarkable 20-year run as the Playhouse's artistic director. During his tenure, Johanson created opulent re-stagings of musicals that are still fondly recalled by New Jersey theater-goers. Ten of those starred the talented Crampton. His staging skills work amazing magic in Manasquan, inspiring his community-based cast to heights of glory [last one, I promise]. He has also attracted top-notch production designers, including the sumptuous costumes of Greg Poplyk and Jacquie Revier.

It would seem impossible to improve upon the original iconic designs of Cecil Beaton for the lavish “Ascot Gavotte” but Poplyk's subtle infusion of a touch of fuchsia does just that. While inspiring cast and crew to professional caliber artistry, Johanson also tackles the leading role of Eliza's muse, Henry Higgins. His intimate knowledge of the show extends to his portrayal of the smug yet oddly endearing Professor.

Overall, this production incorporates many of the clever visual images and wise edits used in previous stagings, several successfully borrowed from the 1964 film version. Without giving it away, the musical's final fade-out strikes a clever compromise between the embattled Eliza and Higgins that will satisfy modern audiences without betraying the original. Perhaps most refreshing are the brisk scenic transitions, something that can easily weigh down a less-inspired FAIR LADY.

Considering the resources at hand, Johanson works a kind of theatrical miracle on the Algonquin stage. But in the end it is the heaven-sent Crampton who makes Eliza's three-hour journey seemingly fly by. Her soaring voice and unflinchingly honest performance is simply 'loverly'. [You thought I was going to say 'glorious', didn't you?] “

Reviewed by Michael T. Mooney  March 22nd at 8pm (papermoon4@aol.com)

MY FAIR LADY plays through March 30th at Algonquin Arts Theatre, 173 Main Street, Manasquan, NJ.

Remaining DatesThursday, March 27 – 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 28 – 8 p.m.
Saturday, March 29 – 2 & 8 p.m.
Sunday, March 30 – 3 p.m.

Tickets:
Premium: $36 (Adults), $33 (Seniors), $25 (Students)
Regular: $29 (Adults), $26 (Seniors), $18 (Students)
Group discounts for 10 or more tickets to the same performance.
Algonquin Arts Box Office: 732-528-9211 or algonquinarts.org
All tickets subject to $2 per ticket fee.

Note: Glory Crampton photo from Paper Mill Playhouse production












Sunday, March 23, 2014

Request for help from Ritz Theatre Company

 

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Dear Friends,

“We need to raise $50,000.00 fast by March 31, or there won’t be a Ritz

I have debated whether or not I should appeal to all of you this way, but times are desperate. Those of you who really know me know that I can be a little over-dramatic at times. This is not one of those times. Some of you are so much more than Facebook friends. Some are family, some are life-long friends, and some are so dear to me that not talking with you face-to-face seems wrong. However, there just isn’t time.

I write to you today for help. We are about to drown. The preverbal wolf is at the door. So many great plans are in the works. A very energized Board is hard at work on shows and funder-raisers. Our very small staff is doing an impossible job – and doing it well. There isn't a day goes by that we aren't writing for grants, selling groups and promoting every program we have planned. I wish that would fix it. It won’t. It will help, but it won’t fix it. We need to raise $50,000.00 fast by March 31, or there won’t be a Ritz to have a fund-raiser for. I am appealing today for your gifts, anything large or small, it will all help to make a difference.

For the past 29 years I have been blessed and entrusted with running an arts organization that has changed lives—if no one else’s, certainly mine. I’ve watched as young people, for the first time, witness the magic that these four walls have created. I’ve watched audiences full of high school students, silent, listening to every syllable that is being uttered on stage. I’ve stood at the front doors at the end of a show and heard thousands of people thank me for bringing them a moment of escape or inspiration or fun. I’ve watched actors, singers, dancers, and musicians grow as artists. I truly believe, as Maria Callas said, we have “made a difference.”

 
Mail all tax deductible donations to:
Save the Ritz
The Ritz Theatre Company
915 White Horse Pike
Haddon Township, NJ, 08107

”Or if you like, follow the link below to make your donation
I am confident that by coming together, we can save the Ritz.
Call if you want - 856-858-5230 ext. 209 If you know my cell, you can use that also.”
Sincerely,
Bruce
http://www.ritztheatreco.org/?go=donate

Bruce Allen Curless-Ritz Artistic Director

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Tv dance stars in ‘Ballroom with a Twist 2’ at Paper Mill Playhouse

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Get your fill of Dancing with the Stars, American Idol, and So You Think You Can Dance live onstage at Paper Mill Playhouse. Ballroom with a Twist 2--will offer two performances at the Millburn theater Saturday, May 10, at 8:00pm and Sunday, May 11, at 2:00pm. 

Celebrity dancers include: Chelsie Hightower, Dmitry Chaplin, Anna Trebunskaya, Gleb Savchenko, Legacy, Oksana Dymetrenko, Jonathan Platero and Randi Lynn Strong. The show will feature performances from American Idol stars Von Smith (Season 8) and Karen Rodriguez (Season 10).  “Ballroom with a Twist 2 is an evening of entertainment for the entire family, highlighted by stunning costumes, magnificent music and breathtaking performances.”

Watching the cha-cha rattle on the television screen is one thing, but getting up close and live beneath the fringe, sequins, and booming sounds of rumba bass is a whole other experience. Ballroom with a Twist 2 brings a frenzy of sizzling dance moves by professional international dancers spanning the hot moves of samba, waltz, foxtrot, quickstep, and jive. As if the jaw-dropping dancers aren’t enough to keep you ogling at smooth moves and high kicks, favorite American Idol finalists will also be joining the bill with their powerhouse hit songs. Ballroom with a Twist 2 gives audiences thrills with its varieties of music providing a concert soundtrack to the evening.

Featured in the Cast

Chelsie Hightower is a professional dancer best known for her performances on the reality TV shows So You Think You Can Dance (Season 4) and Dancing With The Stars (Seasons 8, 9, and 10). Chelsie specializes in Latin and standard styles of ballroom dance. At age 18, she made her television debut on season 4 of So You Think You Can Dance. She is highly remembered for her Emmy-nominated performances with Mark Kanemura to a revision of "Bleeding Love" by Leona Lewis choreographed by Nappytabs and with Joshua Allen to "A Los Amigas" choreographed by Dmitry Chaplin. After season 4, Chelsie has since returned in season 8 as an All-Star and in season 10 as a choreographer and All-Star.  Hightower’s dance partners included: Ty Murray, a nine-time World Champion rodeo cowboy, professional snowboarder Louie Vito, The Bachelor star Jake Pavelka, singer Michael Bolton, rapper and actor Romeo Miller and Disney Channel star Roshon Fegan.

Dmitry Chaplin is a Russian dancer and Emmy-nominated choreographer, best known for being a Top 10 finalist on So You Think You Can Dance (Season 2). He was famous for performing shirtless, with one solo routine having him rip off his shirt. Chaplin was selected to be a professional on season 8 of Dancing with the Stars with partner Holly Madison. Chaplin finished in second place in season 9 of Dancing with the Stars with singer Mya. He recently competed on season 12 of Dancing with the Stars with supermodel Petra Němcová.

Anna Trebunskaya is a Russian-born American professional ballroom and Latin dancer, known for her appearances on Dancing with the Stars. Over 15 seasons, Trebunskaya partnered with football star Jerry Rice, model Albert Reed, actor Steve Guttenberg, UFC fighter Chuck Liddell, US Olympic figure skating gold medalist Evan Lysacek, football quarterback Kurt Warner, boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard, fashion guru Carson Kressley, soap opera star Jack Wagner and season 2 winner Drew Lachey.

Gleb Savchenko was recently on Dancing with the Stars alongside Beverly Hills Housewives star Lisa Vanderpump.  Gleb won his first major title in October 2007 at the International Rising Star Professional Latin Championship in London. He then continued to win six Professional Latin Dance Championships and was ranked #10 in the World in the Pro-Latin American division by the World Dance Council ranking awards. He has toured internationally and has appeared on the Australian version of Dancing with the Stars.

Legacy, whose full name is Jonathan Lee Perez is from Miami, Florida. He appeared in the 2010 season of So You Think You Can Dance and instantly became one of the show’s treasured talents. He began dancing at the age of 15 after being influenced by dancers at a local skate park. He was also seen in the movies B-Girl and Step Up 3D.

Oksana Dymetrenko is currently on Dancing with the Stars as a pro troupe member.  Oksana won the International Dance Union World Cup in Moscow and became Ukrainian national champions.  In the Blackpool Dance Festival, one of the most prestigious dance competitions in the world, Oksana and her partner were in the top 30 out of 500 of the world’s best couples. She is dancing in the U.S.A. and became third in the entire country after the National Championships in April 2008.  She won the Rising Star Championship in International Latin and has showcased her talents on ABC’s Morning show.

Jonathan Platero gained national notoriety with his athletic dance ability as a So You Think You Can Dance Season 5 finalist. Before SYTYCD, Jonathan had already won titles including World Undisputed Salsa Champion and was the head choreographer for Salsa Heats Pro-Team, making them one of the top team finalist in the world. Shortly after the show, Jonathan moved to Los Angeles and landed his first major spot on the hit television show, Glee alongside Olivia Newton-John. Immediately following, he appeared on Disney channel’s Shake It Up, Fran Drescher’s hit show, Happily Divorced, and The Wendy Williams Show. Most recently Jonathan was featured on Jennifer Lopez & Marc Anthony’s talent show, Q’Viva The Chosen. In addition to all his accomplishments, Jonathan has showcased his talents in music videos for artist such as Jennifer Lopez, John Mayer and Cody Simpson.

Randi Lynn Strong is most recognized for her placement in the top five girls on FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance, from which she continued on a 40-city national tour. Randi has over 15 years of dance training and specializes in tap, jazz, contemporary and hip-hop. Additionally, Randi was featured in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and has performed with Earth, Wind and Fire.

Featured Vocalists

Karen Rodriguez auditioned in Los Angeles after being accepted to American Idol through a MySpace audition. Karen was sent to Hollywood and then was put through to the Top 12. During the Top 13, she sang "I Could Fall in Love" by Selena and was put in the bottom three along with Ashthon Jones, who was eliminated that round, and Haley Reinhart, who would finish third in season 10. She was safe and was put through to the Top 12. During the Top 12, she sang "Love Will Lead You Back.”

Von Smith is best known for his appearances on Season 8 of American Idol. Smith is an American singer and internet personality who initially gained success via his YouTube videos. These garnered national attention, which led to an appearance on The View in February 2007. He soon signed a recording contract with Kon Live Distribution. In 2009 he auditioned for the eighth season of American Idol and made it into the Top 36. In 2012 he was featured as the ultimate "opening act" for the season finale of the reality show of the same name, performing as the opener at Lady Gaga's Brisbane, Australia, show in June 2012.

This extremely limited engagement will be performed Saturday, May 10, at 8:00pm and Sunday, May 11, at 2:00pm.. Tickets are on sale now and selling quickly starting at just $28. 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 www.papermill.org. Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express accepted.

‘Trouble in Mind’ next at Two River Theater Company

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Two River Theater Company, under the leadership of Artistic Director John Dias and Managing Director Michael Hurst, continues its 2013/2014 Season with Trouble in Mind, a rediscovered American classic written in the 1950s by Alice Childress, and directed by Jade King Carroll. Performances will begin in Two River’s Rechnitz Theater, 21 Bridge Avenue, on Saturday, April 5 and continue through Sunday, April 27. The opening night performance is Friday, April 11 at 8pm. Tickets are available from 732.345.1400 or tworivertheater.org. The lead production sponsor for Trouble in Mind is Wells Fargo.

Alice Childress (the first African-American woman to have a play professionally produced in New York) uses a play-within-a-play structure to create a bitingly funny look at the complex, difficult, and often emotional  way people talk about race—and a hilarious backstage drama about artists at work.

On the stage of a Broadway theater in New York City in the mid-1950s, a modern, recently integrated theater company has gathered for their first day of rehearsal of a new play called Chaos in Belleville, an anti-lynching Southern drama. But as the company rehearses, Wiletta, the African-American actress in the starring role, must find the courage to confront her white director about his interpretation of the play—setting off an explosive conversation about fear, power, race relations, and the struggle for public and private equality.

Alice Childress began her theatrical career as an actor with the American Negro Theatre and turned to playwriting in an effort to create more significant roles for black women. Trouble in Mind premiered in 1955 under her direction at an Off-Broadway theater, and was optioned for Broadway—pending rewrites demanded by white producers, who wanted a more conventional ending. Childress refused to compromise her vision for Broadway, and the production was eventually dropped. The play was published with her intended ending. Her other works include the plays Wedding Band and Wine in the Wilderness, and the young adult novel A Hero Ain’t Nothin’ but a Sandwich.

“Alice Childress is a great American playwright whose body of work is not looked at as much as it should be,” says Artistic Director John Dias. “She wrote Trouble in Mind in the mid-1950s; it’s a play very much about that time, which was right before the civil rights movement, but it feels very contemporary. It’s a very charged play, but also one that’s very beautiful and moving, and understanding and sympathetic to everybody involved.”

The company, directed by Jade King Carroll, includes Two River favorites Robert Hogan (On Borrowed Time), Brenda Pressley (In This House), Steven Skybell (The Electric Baby), and Hayley Treider (Present Laughter), and McKinley Belcher III (Invisible Man), Jonathan David Martin (War Horse), Tony Award-winner Roger Robinson (August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone),Brian Russell (The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial), and Amirah Vann (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike).

The creative team includes scenic designer Alexis Distler; costume designer Karen Perry; lighting designer Nicole Pearce; sound designer Karin Graybash; and wig designer Valerie Gladstone. The casting is by Cindy Tolan & Adam Caldwell and the production stage manager is Denise Cardarelli.

Ticket Information

redb7Ticket prices range from $37 to $65, 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 $24 and include the best available seats at every performance. Tickets are available from tworivertheater.org or 732.345.1400.

 

Two River’s Rechnitz Theater, 21 Bridge Avenue, Red Bank, New Jersey