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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

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Preview performance October 2 -- opening night October 3
100 Years
view photosDreamcatcher is teaming up with our friends atPlaywrights Theatre to present 100 Years by Richard Dresser. Set in the not-too-distant future, this new dark comedy confronts today's most dire global crises with incisive humor and sly wisdom.
In the play, a couple prepares for what will be a transformative experience. But what will it mean for their life as they know it? And what's going on with the strange couple living next door? 
Directed by Laura Ekstrand and featuring a mixed cast of newcomers and Dreamcatcher favorites:
  • Eli Ganias
  • Julian Gordon
  • Stacie Lents
  • John Pietrowski
  • Harriett Trangucci
100 Years runs 3 weeks only, October 2 - 19.  Info  * Tickets

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Event: 100 YEARS Info
When: October 2 - 19
Thursday 8pm --- Friday 8pm --- Saturday 8pm --- Sunday 2pm
Location: Oakes Center
120 Morris Avenue, Summit   Directions (entrance on Russell Place, parking lot at 20 Ashwood Ave.)
Price: $35 adults
$30 seniors 65+ with ID       Seniors, see special date below
$30 students 25- with ID
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Special Dates:
Thu. October 2 is preview performance -- all seats $20
Fri. October 3 is opening night -- post-show reception
Sun. October 5 is Senior Sunday -- seniors pay $20 (advance only)
Sun. October 5 free post-matinee talkback with the cast
Sun. October 12 free post-matinee talkback with the cast

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Kean University Department of Theatre Opens Season with Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’

kean dept

The Kean University Department of Theatre will open its 2014-2015 season with Oscar Wilde’s beloved comedy of manners, The Importance of Being Earnest, October 17 – 25 in Kean’s Zella Fry Theatre. In late Victorian England, Jack and Algernon, two young men-about-town, escape from tedious social obligations by pretending to be someone that they are not: “Ernest.” Double lives and double standards lead to manic confusion when the loves of their lives, Gwendolyn and Cecily, both fall in love with the man they think is Ernest. In a tangle of mistaken identity and sparkling wordplay, the lovers also face the formidable obstacle of Lady Bracknell, a woman who would beat Cupid into submission if social status and public opinion were in jeopardy. 

The production, directed by Department of Theatre faculty member E. Teresa Choate, will offer student actors an excellent opportunity to embrace a dialect, carriage, and even sensibility perhaps far removed from their own, according to Ms. Choate. “Actors must be chameleons, able to morph their bodies, voices, minds, and hearts into the reality of other places and periods,” stated Ms. Choate. “Technically, the cast will have to learn how to speak with an impeccable English accent. Also, at the turn of the last century, folks didn't just galumph and slouch their way through the day. Everything was done in a high style with a focus on being beautiful and being witty.” 

“Today it seems to be all about the clothes, hairstyle, and a ‘don't-you-want-me’ body,” Ms. Choate continued. “While that was important then as well, the Victorians - especially those in Oscar Wilde's circle - strove for the complete package: a body carried in an elegant and beautiful style, and a lovely voice employed to reveal a clever and, hopefully, brilliant mind.” 

While Ms. Choate acknowledged it was always challenging to stage a period play for a modern audience, she said and the cast relished the opportunity to “discover ways to help our contemporary audience enjoy the play as much as Wilde's audience did when it premiered on Valentine's Day in 1894.”  

“Today a lot of humor tends to be quite obvious and graphic, of the brain-not-required type,” said Ms. Choate. “Now I like wine shooting out of someone's nose as much as anyone, but I also long for humor that is more humane, humor that makes us love the characters.”

The Importance of Being Earnest runs October 17 – 25 in Kean’s Zella Fry Theatre, located in Vaughn Eames Hall. Performances are scheduled for Friday, October 17 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, October 18 at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sunday, October 19 at 2 p.m.; Wednesday, October 22 at 8 p.m.; Thursday, October 23 at 5:00 p.m. (followed by a brief Q & A with the cast); Friday, October 24 at 10 a.m. (student matinee) & 8 p.m.; and Saturday, October 25 at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.

Standard tickets are $15, with $12 tickets available for Kean faculty, staff, and alumni, and $10 tickets available for students. To purchase tickets or request a Department of Theatre season brochure, please call the Kean Stage box office at 908-737-SHOW (7469), email ticket@kean.edu, or visit http://www.keanstage.com/.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Light Opera of New Jersey celebrates 20th anniversary with Gilbert and Sullivan’s 'The Gondoliers'




Light Opera of New Jersey (LONJ) celebrates their 20th anniversary with Gilbert and Sullivan’s popular “The Gondoliers, or The King of Barataria”.

Performances are over 2 weekends in October: evenings at 8 p.m., October 10,11,16,17, 18, and matinee at 2 p.m. October 12. Tickets are available online at www.lonj.org or by calling 908-903-0702.

A special 20th Anniversary celebration of Light Opera of New Jersey, with Dinner will be held on Saturday evening the 18th. Tickets for the dinner are $25. Location: St Mark’s Church, 140 S. Finley Ave., Basking Ridge, NJ 07920.

Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID Opens the 33rd Season of The Growing Stage



The Growing Stage, The Children’s Theatre of New Jersey, located in the Historic Palace Theatre on Route 183 in Netcong, New Jersey is proud to open its 2014 - 2015 season with Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID.   This production runs October 3rd through the 26th with performances Friday evenings at 7:30 PM, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 4:00 PM.  Based on the Hans Christian Anderson story and the Disney film produced by Howard Ashman & John Musker and written & directed by John Musker and Ron Clements, Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID, has music by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater and a book by Doug Wright.  This production is under the direction of Stephen L. Fredericks, The Growing Stage’s Executive Director with musical direction by Laura Petrie and Choreography by Jillian Petrie.

Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID, takes place in a magical kingdom under the sea, where the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to live in the world above.  It’s a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages.  Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID will capture your heart with irresistible songs including “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl” and “Part of Your World.”

Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID features the talents of eight professional equity performers in the cast.  Emily Cara Portune of Jersey City, who recently played the role of Princess Fiona in Shrek the Musical, returns to our stage as Ariel; Anthony Crouchelli of New Milford and Maggie Graham of Fanwood portray Prince Eric and Ursula.  Also in the cast are PJ Schweizer of Doylestown, PA as Scuttle, Wayne Hu of East Hanover as King Triton, Jenna Morris of Hoboken, Lyndsey Brown of High Bridge and Nikole Rizzo of Highlands as Mersisters. In total, there’s a cast of 25 professional and local artists performing in this production.

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 place your reservation, please visit www.growingstage.comor call (973) 347-4946.  Group rates and Birthday Party packages are available.  The Growing Stage’s programs are made possible, in part, by funding from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and contributions from numerous corporations, foundations, and individuals.

Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).  All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI, 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019, Phone: 212-541-4684, Fax : 212-397-4684www.MTIShows.com

What's Playing on New Jersey stages


Here is a selected list of professional and community performances:

CAPE MAY Cape May Stage “Other Desert Cities,” by Jon Robin Baitz. Sept. 24 through Oct. 31. $15 to $35. Cape May Stage, the Robert Shackleton Playhouse, 405 Lafayette Street. capemaystage.com; 609-770-8311.

CAPE MAY East Lynne Theater Company, the First Presbyterian Church of Cape May “Within the Law,” crime drama by Bayard Veiller. Through Oct. 12. $15 to $30; Age 12 and under free. East Lynne Theater Company, the First Presbyterian Church of Cape May, 500 Hughes Street. 609-884-5898; eastlynnetheater.org.

CHESTER Chester Theatre Group, Black River Playhouse. "The Allergists Wife" Tickets are $18 to $20. Corner of Maple and Grove. 908-879-7304. www.chestertheatregroup.org

DOVER Dover Little Theater “Arsenic and Old Lace,” comedy by Joseph Kesserling. Through Oct. 4. $17. Dover Little Theater, Elliott Street. doverlittletheatre.org; 973-328-9202.

MADISON F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theater, Drew University “Wittenberg,” drama by David Davalos. Through Oct. 8. $32 to $62. F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theater, Drew University, 36 Madison Avenue. shakespearenj.org; 973-408-5600.

MILLBURN Paper Mill Playhouse “Can-Can,” musical by Cole Porter. Oct. 1 through 26. $36 to $91. Paper Mill Playhouse, 22 Brookside Drive. papermill.org; 973-376-4343.

MORRIS TOWNSHIP Bickford Theater “Sophie Tucker: Last of the Red Hot Mamas,” by Richard Hopkins, Jack Fournier and Kathy Halenda. Oct. 2 through 19. $20 to $45. Bickford Theater, 6 Normandy Heights Road. morrismuseum.org; 973-971-3706.

MONTVILLE The Barn Theatre "Laughter on the 23rd Floor" by Neil Simon
To October 4. Tickets are $18 (senior/student tickets are $16 on matinees only). Skyline Drive in Montville, NJ, (973) 334-9320, www.barntheatre.org

ORADELL Bergen County Players, Little Firehouse Theater “The Drowsy Chaperone,” book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar, music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison. Through Oct. 11. $24. Bergen County Players, Little Firehouse Theater, 298 Kinderkamack Road. bcplayers.org; 201-261-4200.

PRINCETON McCarter Theater Center “Antony and Cleopatra,” by William Shakespeare, starring Nicole Ari Parker as Cleopatra. Through Oct. 5. $25 to $87.50. McCarter Theater Center, 91 University Place, mccarter.org; 609-258-2787.

RAHWAY Hamilton Stage “To Kill a Mockingbird,” based on the Harper Lee novel, adapted by Christopher Sergel. Through Oct. 5. $15 and $25. Hamilton Stage, 360 Hamilton Street. 732-499-8226; ucpac.org.

SOMERSET  “A Streetcar Named Desire,” by Tennessee Williams. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Through Sept. 28. $16 and $18. Villagers Theater, 475 DeMott Lane. villagerstheatre.com; 732-873-2710.

UNION Premiere Stages at Kean University “Janice Underwater,” by Tom Matthew Wolfe; winner of the 2014 Premiere Stages Play Festival. Through Sept. 21. $15 to $30. Premiere Stages at Kean University, 1000 Morris Ave. 908-737-7469; kean.edu/premierestages.

Theater Project: Three Plays in Three Weeks


The Theater Project may be on a mission to find out whether there's a limit to the number of roles one actor can play in a single production. Each of the next three plays presented by The Theater Project will challenge a cast member's metamorphosis quotient..

The first show, RUSH LIMBAUGH IN NIGHT SCHOOL (October 2 – 5) is a fantasia about a famous conservative talk show host’s foray into liberal land and Greenwich Village. In this one man epic, local favorite Harry Patrick Christian plays “the great man from the right” and transforms into 25 of the “lefties” he encounters on his journey.

MRS. MANNERLY (October 9 -- 12) is playwright Jeffrey Hatcher’s semi – autobiographical retelling of the etiquette classes he endured as a boy in Ohio, taught by a lady with a very mysterious past. Jason Gillis plays Jeffrey and each of his little classmates, and Noreen Farley is the mysterious lady.

PS 69 – A TEACHER GROWS IN BROOKLYN (October 16 – 19) will feature its author, Susan Jeremy, portraying the teachers, administrators, parents and students she encountered on her way to becoming an educator.  Ms. Jeremy takes the audience through the bureaucratic mazes and chaotic corridors of the New York City school system, illustrating the ironies and absurdities teachers encounter daily. Ms. Jeremy has performed this acclaimed one-woman show throughout the United States and Europe. “New Jersey seemed like the next logical step, “ she commented. The New York Times said: "Ms. Jeremy slips seamlessly in and out of 24 roles."

Artistic Director Mark Spina explained, " A single actor creating multiple characters, using only their voice and body, is an enormous challenge, and a celebration of talent and theatricality --- a real joy to watch, and we are proud to be able to share this with our patrons.”

Two other characteristics common to all of the productions in the three week series is that each is set in a school of one kind or another, and each one is a humorous salute to educators. Teachers can receive discounted tickets by contacting info@TheTheaterProject.org. Actors will greet the audiences for talkbacks after each performance.

All three shows will take place at the Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts, 10 Durand Rd, Maplewood, NJ.  Tickets are available at www.thetheaterproject.org and additional information at 908-809-8865. At the door admission is $30 adults, $15 students. Special discounts are available when buying tickets prior to October 1: purchase tickets to see three plays for $45, two plays for $40, or one play for $25.

The Theater Project, an award-winning company that has just celebrated its 20th anniversary, presents its main stage season at the Burgdorff Center in Maplewood. It offers subsidiary programs, including classes for kids in theater, juggling and music, in Essex and Union Counties, all on display at their web site: TheTheaterProject.org
After September’s back-to-school frenzy subsides, come relax at The Theater Project!

WHAT:            THE THEATER PROJECT GOES BACK TO SCHOOL: Three Plays in Three Weeks
WHEN:            October 2 – 5RUSH LIMBAUGH IN NIGHT SCHOOL 
October 9 – 12:           MRS MANNERLY
October 16 -1 9:          PS 69 A TEACHER GROWS IN BROOKLYN
WHO:              Harry Patrick Christian (Montclair) RUSH LIMBAUGH
Noreen Farley (Clinton) and Jason Gillis (Springfield) MRS MANNERLY
Susan Jeremy (New York City) PS 69
WHERE:         Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts, 10 Durand Rd,Maplewood, NJ           
TICKETS:       www.thetheaterproject.org
INFO:              908 809-8865

Friday, September 26, 2014

'Sophie Tucker: Last of the Red Hot Mamas' Next at the Bickford


Sophie Tucker:  Last of the Red Hot Mamas will open the Bickford Theatre’s 2014/2015 season. Written by Richard Hopkins, Jack Fournier, and Kathy Halenda, the show will run in Morristown from October 2 through October 19, 2014.
Gwendolyn F. Jones (Mother Superior, Nunsense-photo above) will return to the Morris Museum to portray Sophie Tucker, one of the best-known American stars of the first half of the twentieth century. Renowned for her bawdy sense of humor, Tucker influenced generations of comedians and singers including Ethel Merman, Joan Rivers, and Bette Midler. Over the course of her career, which spanned seven decades, the entertainer found popularity with hits such as Real Women Have CurvesLiving Alone and I Like ItAfter You’ve GoneFifty Million Frenchmen Can’t Be WrongMy Yiddishe MommeLife Begins at 40, and her uplifting signature song, Some of These Days.
About Gwendolyn F. Jones  
Credits:  Bickford Theatre:  Nunsense and Nunsense 2; National and International tours: Hair42nd Street, and Annie. Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Regional: Chicago, Dear World (Barrymore Nominee), Full Monty, Sophie, Totie & BelleHello, Dolly!, Jekyll & Hyde42ndStreetOnce Upon A MattressMame, and Thoroughly Modern Millie.She has played the Papermill Playhouse, North Shore Music Theatre, The Benedum Center in Pittsburgh, and Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia. For several seasons, Gwendolyn Jones played Mrs. Claus with the Radio City Music Hall’s Christmas Spectacular. She also performs as a Guest Artist with an extensive list of Symphony Orchestras. In her spare time, she can be found raising llama and sheep.  Education: Shenandoah College and Conservatory of Music, American Musical and Dramatic Academy, NYC.

Performances

Thursday, 10/2 & 10/9 AT 7:30PM
Thursday 10/16 AT 2PM
Friday, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17 AT 8PM
Saturday, 10/410/18 AT 8PMSaturday 10/11 AT 2PM
Sunday, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19 AT 2PM
Tickets
Reserved seats are $45 for the General Public, $40 for Senior Citizens and Members of the Morris Museum/Theatre Guild, $33 for Groups (10 or more), and $20 for Students (18 or under or with valid college ID). Tickets may be purchased by phone at (973) 971-3706, or in person at the Bickford Theatre Box Office. The Bickford Theatre is an integral part of the Morris Museum, located at 6 Normandy Heights Road in Morristown, NJ, and offers free parking and full accessibility. Box Office hours for phone sales are Monday through Friday, 10:00am to 5:00pm. Walk-up hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11:00am to 5:00pm.

Opening this weekend: 'Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks' at The Women's Theater


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

‘If You Give a Moose a Muffin’ kicks off Young Audience Series at Centenary Stage Company this Saturday

muffin

The Centenary Stage Company presents If You Give a Moose a Muffin on Saturday September 27th at 11am in the Little Theater on the Campus of Centenary College.  In this hilarious music-filled play, a young girl entertains a gregarious moose by giving him a muffin.  If a big hungry moose wants a muffin, he’ll surely wan some jam to go with it.  So begins the comic complications of an adventure that will delight young audience members!

If You Give a Moose a Muffin kicks off this season’s Young Audience Series third Saturday Festival presented by the Centenary Stage Company and sponsored by Hackettstown Regional Medical Center.  Every third Saturday of the month will feature a different production suitable for ages Pre- K to Adult.   The Young Audience Series was developed in collaboration with The Centenary College Theater Department to produce a theater outreach program for neighboring communities and schools.  The Young Audience Series educates and entertains young audiences with performances and workshops based on NJ core curriculum standards.

Tickets are $12.50 dollars for adults and $10 for children.   Tickets may be purchased on-line at centenarystageco.org, at the CSC Box Office in the Lackland Center at 715 Grand Ave. in Hackettstown, or by calling (908) 979 – 0900.  The Box Office is open Monday through Friday 1 – 5 p.m., and two hours prior to performance times.  CSC also has a Box Office open during the main season at 217 Main Street in Hackettstown open Monday through Friday from 3 – 6 p.m.

If You Give a Moose a Muffin is also available for tour, bringing the experience of theater right to your own school.   Other productions available for tour include If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, If you Give a Pig a Pancake and Shake It Up Shakespeare: Magic, Mystery & Mayhem.  For more information on the YAS series touring productions contact the Centenary Stage Company Box office at 908-979-0900 or visit centenarystageco.org.

The 2014-15 season of performing arts events at the Centenary Stage Company is made possible through the generous support of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the NJ State Council on the Arts, the Shubert Foundation, the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation and CSC sponsors, including Premier Sponsor Heath Village Retirement Community, Silver Sponsors Hackettstown Regional Medical Center, The Holiday Inn in Budd Lake, Fulton Bank, and Centenary Stage Company members and supporters.

Premiere Stages to Celebrate 350th Anniversary of New Jersey with New Play About Alexander Hamilton


James Christy’s At Liberty Hall Runs October 16 - 19

Premiere Stages, celebrating its 10th anniversary as Kean University’s professional Equity theatre, will present a full production of its 2013-2014 Liberty Live Commission, At Liberty Hall by James Christy, October 16th through 19th in the historic 1882 Carriage House at Liberty Hall Museum. The story of an unlikely pair of American immigrants, At Liberty Hall follows two high school students who've just moved to New Jersey:  Cristian Rosario, a funny but unfocused teenager from Queens by way of the Dominican Republic; and Alexander Hamilton, 16, the subject of Cristian's 10th grade history project. This time-bending story finds common threads of humor, honor and awkwardness as told through the experiences of a someday-Founding Father and a kid looking for a way out of the projects. This year’s fully staged production and an earlier developmental reading in November 2013 were both funded in part by a HEART (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) Grant from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders. 

In addition to four public performances, Premiere Stages will offer an exclusive benefit performance of At Liberty Hall on Friday, October 17 at 8 p.m. This celebratory event will commemorate Premiere Stages’ 10th anniversary as New Jersey’s leading developer and producer of new plays by regional and emerging artists, such as New Jersey resident Mr. Christy, while embracing the rich history of Liberty Hall Museum in the context of New Jersey’s 350th anniversary. The four-star event will begin with a V.I.P. reception at 6 p.m., featuring wine, handcrafted hors d'oeuvres and music, followed by a private, candlelight tour of Liberty Hall Museum at 7 p.m. The evening will conclude with a champagne toast and dessert reception with the cast and creative team post- performance. Admission to the event is $100 ($70 of which is tax-deductible), with proceeds from the evening to benefit future programming supporting emerging artists and plays. Benefit tickets can be reserved by calling 908-737-4092 or visitingwww.keanfoundation.org/LibertyHall2014.

At Liberty Hall perfectly represents the uniquely collaborative partnership between Premiere Stages and the Liberty Hall Museum,” said John J. Wooten, Producing Artistic Director of Premiere Stages.  “And it couldn’t be more fitting that we are celebrating our ten-year anniversary as New Jersey celebrates its 350th.”

Playwright James Christy is a past winner and six-time finalist for the Actors Theatre of Louisville's prestigious Heideman Award for Best Short Play, most recently for last year’s Dissent. His play Egyptian Song is a former Premiere Stages Play Festival finalist, and received a staged reading at Premiere in 2011. Director Kel Haney has directed and developed new work at The Lark, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Ensemble Studio Theatre and New Dramatists, among others. Her recent directing credits include The Elephant in Every Room I Enter at La MaMa (opening October 3rd), The Recommendation at The Flea, and Row After Row and Little Rock at the prestigious Williamstown Theatre Festival. 

The premiere of At Liberty Hall coincides with a number of local and statewide initiatives commemorating the 350th anniversaries of New Jersey (http://officialnj350.com/) and the founding of Elizabethtown (http://www.goelizabethnj.com/350/), as well as Four Centuries in a Weekend (http://ucnj.org/cultural-and-heritage-affairs/four-centuries/), Union County’s annual historic homes tour sponsored by the Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs. In conjunction with Elizabethtown 350 celebrations, Liberty Hall Museum will also welcome the Brigade of the American Revolution (BAR) to its grounds for an extended encampment October 18 – 19 (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.). The renowned living history association, which will participate in a number of re-enactments countywide, will offer a “Civilian Class Membership” (CCM) Ladies’ Tea at Liberty Hall onSaturday, October 18 at 2:00 p.m., and a recreation of portions of the Battle of Connecticut Farms on museum grounds on Sunday, October 19 at 2:00 p.m. Guests attending the Saturday and Sunday matinees of At Liberty Hallare encouraged to arrive early to enjoy these and other free events.

“We are absolutely thrilled to partner with Premiere Stages on this latest iteration of Liberty Live, and delighted that the production coincides with so many other exciting events at Liberty Hall Museum,” stated Bill Schroh, Director of Museum Operations. “Seeing a play about Alexander Hamilton’s time in Elizabeth on the very property where he may have stayed raises the concept of ‘history come to life’ to a whole other level. We really hope patrons will arrive early to enjoy the BAR’s encampment, and stay late for their free tour of Liberty Hall.”

Liberty Live: At Liberty Hall runs Thursday, October 16 at 10:30 a.m. (Student Matinee), Friday, October 17 at 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. (Benefit Performance), Saturday, October 18 at 3:00 p.m., and Sunday, October 19 at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $15, with discounts for school and community groups available; admission includes a tour of Liberty Hall Museum. Seating is extremely limited due to the intimate nature of the Carriage House, and patrons are encouraged to purchase in advance by calling the Kean Stage Box Office at 908-737-SHOW (7469) or visiting Premiere Stages online at www.kean.edu/premierestages.

Premiere Stages offers affordable prices, air-conditioned facilities and free parking close to the theatre. Premiere Stages also provides free or discounted tickets to patrons with disabilities. All Premiere Stages facilities are fully accessible spaces, and companion seating is available for patrons with disabilities. Assistive listening devices and large print programs are available at all times; publications in alternate formats are available with advanced notice. Please call (908) 737-4092 for a list of sign-interpreted, audio-described or open-captioned performances. For more information, visit Premiere Stages online at www.kean.edu/premierestages.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Auditions:Bergen County Players holding open auditions for Clybourne Park


Bergen County Players is holding open auditions for Clybourne Park, the award-winning (Tony and Olivier
Awards for Best Play of 2012, and the 2011 Pulitzer Prize) play by Bruce Norris.

When
Closed door auditions will be held Monday, October 6 and Tuesday, ctober 7, both at 7:30 pm. Callbacks will be Monday, October 13 at 7:30 pm by invitation only.

Where
Little Firehouse Theatre, 298 Kinderkamack Road, Oradell, NJ

Production Dates: January 10 - January 31, 2015

Roles
Actor 1:
In Act I (1958): Russ (Caucasian, late 40s), a man who is unable to
get over the loss of his son and is moving out of the house in which
his son committed suicide.
In Act II (2008): Dan, a workman beginning the renovations for the
home's new owners.

Actor 2:
In Act I (1958): Bev (Caucasian woman, 40s), married to Russ. Cheerful
woman who wants to help her husband overcome his grief for the loss of
their son.
In Act II (2008): Kathy, a lawyer helping the new homeowners
negotitate a petition brought against them by the homeowners'
association concerning planned renovations for their home.

Actor 3:
In Act I (1958): Francine (African American woman, late 30s), Russ and
Bev's housekeeper who is inadvertently pulled into a debate concerning
the neighborhood and the possible change of its demographic.
In Act II (2008): Lena, determined to keep her neighborhood a
historical district and prevent the new homeowners planned renovations.

Actor 4:
In Act I (1958): Jim (Caucasian, late 20s), the local pastor. Asked by
the homeowners' association to convince Russ and Bev not to sell their
home to a black family.
In Act II (2008): Tom, a neighbor arguing for preserving the
historical look of the community.

Actor 5:
In Act I (1958): Albert (African American, late 30s). Married to
Francine. Helpful man, trying to keep himself and his wife out of the
neighborhood's argument.
In Act II (2008): Kevin, married to Lena. Defending his wife's desire
to preserve the neighborhood.

Actor 6:
In Act I (1958): Karl (Caucasian, late 30s). Determined to preserve
his neighborhood and property value by trying to stop the sale of the
home to a black family.
In Act II (2008): Steve, married to Lindsey. The new homeowner who
wants to renovate his new house to a larger scale than the historical
single-family-home model.

Actor 7:
In Act I (1958): Betsy (Caucasian, late 20s). Karl’s pregnant, deaf wife.
Becomes lost in the conversation as it turns more volatile.
In Act II (2008): Lindsey, Steve's pregnant wife. Hearing. Fighting to
understand why the community is against her renovations and to
convince them otherwise.

Please be familiar with the play and the character you want to audition for. In addition, be mindful of how your character would be dressed and make every effort to dress appropriately for that character for auditions.
Upon being cast, any non-members will need to become members of the Bergen County Players; details will be provided at auditions. 

No equity memnbers will be cast for this production. Digital copies of the script can be obtained by contacting the producer, Paul Reitnauer III, via email at pjreitnauer@gmail.com.

'Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks' at The Women's Theater in Parsippany





The Women’s Theater Company, a professional theater company presents Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks, written by Richard Alfieri. In this hilarious comedy, a widow hires an acerbic dance instructor to give her lessons in St. Petersburg, Florida. Antagonism between a gay man, Michael, and the widow of a southern Baptist minister, Lily, gives way to profound compatibility as they swing dance, tango, foxtrot and cha-cha while sharing more than dance steps.

The cast includes Joe Elefante as Michael Minetti and Annette Winter as Lily Harrison (photo above) and is produced and directed by Barbara Krajkowski.

Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks
runs September 26-October 12; Friday and Saturday at 8 pm and Sunday at 3 pm. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for seniors. Group rates available.

Towne Tavern, located at 450 North Beverwyck Road in Parsippany, offers a dinner/theater special for $47 which includes one of three full dinners and one ticket to Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks. 

The Women’s Theater Company is located at the Parsippany Playhouse at 1130 Knoll
Road, Lake Hiawatha, NJ. For GPS driving directions, please enter the town of Boonton, 07005. To purchase tickets online please visit www.womenstheater.org or call 973-316-3033.

ABOUT WOMEN’S THEATER COMPANY:

The Women’s Theater Company’s mission is to provide a fertile environment for the advancement of professional women theater artists and to provide quality theater for the community at large. Through their main stage, educational outreach, and new works development programs, the Women’s Theater Company supports the development of new women artists, promotes new works in the American theater, and provides entertaining and enriching productions for growing audiences.

The Women’s Theater Company is proud to be a member of the New Jersey Theater Alliance.

Funding for the Women’s Theater Company has been made possible in part by funds for the Morris Arts through the New Jersey State Council on the Art/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Women’s Theater is proud to be a member of the Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Auditions: Chatham Playhouse’s Fantasy Theater Seeks Actors for “The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg”


Chatham Community Players’ (CCP) Fantasy Theater, the Theater for Young Audiences branch of CCP, is pleased to announce auditions for “The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg” by Stacy Lane. This play is based on one of Aesop’s best known fables, this clever story is told from the perspective of a poor farmer’s wife named Gretchen.
Auditions will be held on Monday, October 13 and Thursday, October 16 from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm at The Chatham Playhouse, 23 North Passaic Ave., Chatham. Production dates are January 10 - 11, 2015.
Eric Holgerson will be directing.  Rehearsals will begin in late October.
We are looking for a multi-generational cast ages 10 and up to play the 16+ characters. Those auditioning will be asked to read from sides.

Character Breakdown
Gretchen: (25-45) Poor and greedy farm lady, very self-centered.  Actress should be able to be physical on stage.

Wendell: Young traveler who is very determined.

George: (25-45) Gretchen’s husband.  He is the complete opposite of Gretchen.  The voice of reason.

Golda: (any age) overwhelmed by what is going on around her/him.  Not quite sure why any of this is happening.
 
The Chickens: (Any Age) (Scrambled, Omelet, Poached, Benedict , and Sunny Side Up)  Each has his or her own personality.  Sarcastic, worried, in awe, and just not with it somewhat describes this group.  I am looking for a group of people who have great timing and can work well together.
 
All Merchants: (25+) (Millie, Jewel, Percy, Colby, Umberto and Taylor) very street wise and ready to pull one over on the least suspecting person. They could be played very “down and dirty”
 
Orella: (17-30 female, part could double with one of the merchants) Golden Fairy.  Looking to play her strait up fairy like a “Glenda” type.
 
Townspeople: These characters have no lines and will be chosen as needed
 
This version is an ensemble piece and most of the parts can be played by someone of any age or gender.  Those determinations will be made during the audition and casting process. 
 

The Chatham Players have an open call casting policy. ALL roles are open, none are precast, and everyone is encouraged to audition. Any questions, please contact Maybelle Lincoln at mlincoln214@yahoo.com.  For additional information about the play/script, please visit Pioneer Drama Service - www.pioneerdrama.com . For directions or additional information on The Chatham Playhouse, please visit www.chathamplayers.org

Auditions: 'A Man for All Seasons' at Kelsey

KELSEY THEATRE CASTING CALL FOR:

A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS
Produced by PinnWorth Productions
Directed by Lou J. Stalsworth 
Set and costumes by Kate Pinner 
Lights and Sound by Robert Terrano
The team behind the upcoming production of Kiss Me, Kate is ready announce auditions for their next adventure, A Man of All Seasons – set to open January 9, 2015 inside The Kelsey Theatre.
Rounding the first turn of the Kelsey Theatre season, conscience and corruption collide in this powerful historical portrait of Sir Thomas More—counselor to King Henry VIII, presented by PinnWorth Productions. This drama was brought to life in the classic film starring Paul Scofield, Orson Welles, Vanessa Redgrave, Susannah York and Robert Shaw. The powerful King Henry VIII desires to divorce his barren first wife and marry another. Sir Thomas More gets drawn into and trapped in a position of responsibility he never sought. He is torn between religious beliefs, his duty to the King, and friendship. Against all odds, he is a man for all seasons, but silence is not always golden and, sometimes, integrity has a price.
Audition Dates:September 22 & 23; callbacks Sept. 24.
Prepare:
Candidates should prepare a monologue.
Appointments and Questions:Message Lou Stalsworth on Facebook to schedule your slot OR email Stalsworth@usa.net OR call 609-259-2683
Character List:Thomas More, male, 40-60
The Common Man, male, 30-60
Richard Rich, male, 35-60
Duke of Norfolk, male, 40-60
Alice More, female, 38-55
Thomas Cromwell, male, 40-65
Cardinal Wolsey, male, 40-70
Chapuys, male, 35-60
William Roper, male, 20-30
Margeret Roper, female, 17-26
King Henry VIII, male, 28-40
Rehearsals:The rehearsal schedule includes plenty of off days for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, Festivus and New Year’s.
Performance Dates/Location:January 9 and 16, 2015 ~ Friday through Sunday
At Kelsey Theatre, Mercer County Community College, West Windsor.