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Monday, April 20, 2015

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey May-December 2015 Schedule

 

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On the Main Stage:

01. Royal Family

Loosely based on the famous Barrymore dynasty, this Tony Award-winning American classic invites you into the Cavendish home to witness both the high drama and hilarious comedy that infuses their daily life. Three generations take center stage in this lavish, outrageously funny, and touching portrayal of their struggle to balance the demands of family life with the compelling bonds of their artistic calling.

Venue: F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, 36 Madison Avenue at Lancaster Rd. in Madison (on the campus of Drew University)

Performance times:  Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Sundays at 7:30 pm; Thursdays thru Saturdays at 8 pm; Saturday and Sundays at 2 pm.     

Tickets: $25-75 Call the Box Office at 973-408-5600 or visit www.ShakespeareNJ.org.

Performances: May 27–June 21, Tuesdays through Sundays.

Opening Night:  Saturday, May 30 (7:30 pm)

Symposium Performances:  Tuesday, June 2 (7:30 pm); Saturday, June 6 and 13 (2pm)

Know the Show:  Thursday, June 4 (7pm)

On the OUTDOOR STAGE:

07. OS Loves Labours

The Shakespeare Theatre’s Outdoor Stage will bring one of Shakespeare’s most delightful comedies to life under the stars. When four idealistic young courtiers forswear the company of women in favor of study and a stoic life, it is not long before four young French beauties put their oath to the test. Pack a picnic, pack up the family, and head to the Outdoor Stage to enjoy young love, witty language, and outlandish follies with this summery crowd-pleaser by the Bard!

Venue: The Outdoor Stage –2 Convent Road at Convent Station in Morris Township.  The amphitheatre on the campus of the College of St. Elizabeth.

Performance times:  Tuesdays through Sundays at 8:00 pm.; Sundays at 4:30 p.m.

Tickets: $15-35. Call the Box Office at 973-408-5600 or visit www.ShakespeareNJ.org.

Performances: June 17–July 26, Tuesdays through Sundays.

Opening Night:  Wednesday, June 24 (8:00 pm)

On the Main Stage:

02. Guardsman

A behind-the-scenes portrait of what happens after the curtain falls, The Guardsman takes us into the home of Budapest’s beleaguered leading man and his strong-willed leading lady. This witty, romantic confection, with a deep and provocative center, examines the extreme lengths taken to test a relationships between artists addicted to a larger-than-life existence.

Venue: F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, 36 Madison Avenue at Lancaster Rd. in Madison (on the campus of Drew University)

Performance times:  Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Sundays at 7:30 pm; Thursdays thru Saturdays at 8 pm; Saturday and Sundays at 2 pm.     

Tickets: $25-75. Call the Box Office at 973-408-5600 or visit www.ShakespeareNJ.org.

Performances: July 8 – July 26, Tuesdays through Sundays.

Opening Night:  Saturday, July 11 (7:30 pm)

Symposium Performances:  Tuesday, July 14 (7:30 pm); Saturday, July 18 and 25 (2pm)

Know the Show:  Thursday, July 16 (7pm)

Play Reading Series

Lend Us Your Ears Play Reading Series: The Lover

By Harold Pinter

July 20 at 7:00 pm

An interesting companion piece to juxtapose with the Theatre’s Main Stage production of The Guardsman, Pinter’s tightly-wound play takes “the game” between husband and wife a step further. Locked in a cycle of reciprocal provocation, the couple dances between cruelty and devotion. Adult Content.

Venue: F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, 36 Madison Avenue at Lancaster Rd. in Madison (on the campus of Drew University)

Tickets: $18 for adults; $10 for students. Call the Box Office at 973-408-5600 or visit www.ShakespeareNJ.org.

On the Main Stage:

03. Misalliance

Patriarch John Tarleton, king of the undergarment industry, struggles to maintain control over his rebellious daughter, headstrong son, and a host of friends and unexpected visitors– some of whom happen to “drop in” from out of the sky– at the family’s sprawling country estate. In this biting comedy, Shaw creates a chaotic clash of class, gender, and generations as he gleefully exposes and dismantles the idiosyncrasies of the British classes and their various “family values.”


Venue: F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, 36 Madison Avenue at Lancaster Rd. in Madison (on the campus of Drew University)

Performance times:  Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Sundays at 7:30 pm; Thursdays thru Saturdays at 8 pm; Saturday and Sundays at 2 pm.     

Tickets: $25-75 Call the Box Office at 973-408-5600 or visit www.ShakespeareNJ.org.

Performances: August 5 – August 30, Tuesdays through Sundays.

Opening Night:  Saturday, August 8 (7:30 pm)

Symposium Performances:  Tuesday, August 11 (7:30 pm); Saturday, August 15 and 22 (2pm)

Know the Show:  Thursday, August 13 (7pm)

On the Main Stage:

04. Equivocation

Described in Variety as “one of the most bracingly intelligent, sizzlingly theatrical American plays in a decade,” this fictional imagining of the “birth” of one of Shakespeare’s most famous tragedies will not only intrigue Shakespeare fans, but also history buffs, conspiracy theorists, political junkies, and anyone who loves a great, wild tale. When the Bard and his troupe of players receive a royal commission to dramatize the events surrounding the infamous Gunpowder Plot, the artist must confront the demons of his past, his present, and his obligations to truth, artistic integrity, and his two families– his actual one and his theatrical one.

Venue: F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, 36 Madison Avenue at Lancaster Rd. in Madison (on the campus of Drew University)

Performance times:  Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Sundays at 7:30 pm; Thursdays thru Saturdays at 8 pm; Saturday and Sundays at 2 pm.     

Tickets: $25-75 Call the Box Office at 973-408-5600 or visit www.ShakespeareNJ.org.

Performances: September 16 – October 4, Tuesdays through Sundays.

Opening Night:  Saturday, September 19 (7:30 pm)

Symposium Performances:  Tuesday, September 22 (7:30 pm); Saturday, September 26 and October 3 (2pm)

Know the Show:  Thursday, September 24 (7:00 pm)

Play Reading Series

Lend Us Your Ears Play Reading Series: The White Devil

By John Webster

September 21 at 7:00 pm

Loosely based on the 1585 murder of an Italian noblewoman and set in the court of Francisco de Medici, Webster’s tale of ruthless ambition and boundless corruption remains one of the greatest masterpieces of Jacobean revenge tragedy. A cautionary tale for leaders of any age, The White Devil exposes the true colors of those who claim to be pure. Adult Content.

Venue: F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, 36 Madison Avenue at Lancaster Rd. in Madison (on the campus of Drew University)

Tickets: $18 for adults; $10 for students.  Call the Box Office at 973-408-5600 or visit www.ShakespeareNJ.org.

On the Main Stage:

05. Anne Frank

Nearly 75 years ago in the Netherlands, a young girl received a diary for her 13th birthday. Today, Anne Frank’s humor, strength, and innate goodness continue to shine forth from her words to inspire readers and audiences of all ages. The powerful story of her family’s will to survive comes to unforgettable life for a new generation in this adaptation of the Pulitzer, Tony, and NY Drama Critic’s Circle Award-winning play.

Venue: F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, 36 Madison Avenue at Lancaster Rd. in Madison (on the campus of Drew University)

Performance times:  Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Sundays at 7:30 pm; Thursdays thru Saturdays at 8 pm; Saturday and Sundays at 2 pm.     

Tickets: $25-75 Call the Box Office at 973-408-5600 or visit www.ShakespeareNJ.org.

Performances: October 14—November 21, Tuesdays through Sundays.

Opening Night:  Saturday, October 17 (7:30 pm)

Symposium Performances:  Tuesday, October 20 (7:30 pm); Saturday, October 24 and 31 (2pm)

Know the Show:  Thursday, October 22 (7pm)

Special Event

Something Wicked This Way Comes: Dracula

October 26 at 7:30pm

The wildly popular Something Wicked This Way Comes features something new this season! The quintessence of the classic horror canon, Bram Stoker’s Dracula has terrified and thrilled generations of readers and audiences. The story’s chilling suspense, decadence, and Gothic humor will come to life as a staged reading when the Theatre’s esteemed company of artists reimagine Count Dracula’s quest for blood.

Venue: F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, 36 Madison Avenue at Lancaster Rd. in Madison

(on the campus of Drew University)

Tickets: $40.  Call the Box Office at 973-408-5600 or visit www.ShakespeareNJ.org.

On the Main Stage:

06. Merry Wives

Gather your kith and kin for an exuberant holiday outing at this production of Shakespeare’s rowdy, bawdy domestic comedy. With the roguish Falstaff as the centerpiece of this hilarious tale of marital hijinks (and low-jinks!), the clever wives of Windsor put everyone to the test in a festive cornucopia of colorful characters, holiday spirit, and glittering merriment.

Venue: F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, 36 Madison Avenue at Lancaster Rd. in Madison

(on the campus of Drew University)

Performance times:  Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Sundays at 7:30 pm; Thursdays thru Saturdays at 8 pm; Saturday and Sundays at 2 pm.     

Tickets: $25-75 Call the Box Office at 973-408-5600 or visit www.ShakespeareNJ.org.

Performances: December 2–December 27, Tuesdays through Sundays.

Opening Night:  Saturday, December 5 (7:30 pm)

Symposium Performances:  Tuesday, December 8 (7:30 pm); Saturday, December 12 and 19 (2pm)

Know the Show:  Thursday, December 10 (7pm)

Special Event

Something Merry This Way Comes

December 14 at 7:30 pm

In just a few years, Something Merry This Way Comes has become one of our most popular one-night events. This annual holiday gift to our patrons features nostalgic, funny, and inspiring holiday tales, songs, and poems, read by members of The Shakespeare Theatre’s renowned company of actors and guest artists. Something Merry is appropriate for all ages, and provides a refreshing antidote to the commercial glitz and blitz that invades our lives each year at holiday time.

Venue: F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, 36 Madison Avenue at Lancaster Rd. in Madison
(on the campus of Drew University)

Tickets: $40. Call the Box Office at 973-408-5600 or visit www.ShakespeareNJ.org.

GENERAL INFORMATION

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR:  Bonnie J. Monte

MAIN STAGE:                         OUTDOOR STAGE:

F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre                         Outdoor Amphitheatre

36 Madison Ave. (at Lancaster Rd.)                   2 Convent Road (at Convent Station)

Madison, NJ                             Morris Township, NJ

(on the campus of Drew University)                   (on the campus of the College of Saint Elizabeth)

TICKETS & INFO:  Call 973-408-5600 or visit www.ShakespeareNJ.org

The acclaimed Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is an independent, professional theatre company located on the Drew University campus. The Outdoor Stage is located on the campus of the College of St. Elizabeth and the Theatre’s support and education facility is in Florham Park.

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s programs are made possible, in part, by funding from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.  Additional major support is received from The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, F.M. Kirby Foundation, The Edward T. Cone Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, and CTW Foundation, as well as contributions from numerous corporations, foundations, government agencies and individuals.  

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