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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Halloween treat at Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey ‘Something Wicked This Way Comes’

something-wicked-this-way-comes-2 The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey will present the sixth annual Something Wicked This Way Comes – a popular one-night-only event – on Monday, October 26 at 7:30 p.m. The performance kicks off Halloween week and will be held at the F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, 36 Madison Ave. in Madison. Tickets are $38 and can be purchased online at www.ShakespeareNJ.org or by phone by calling the Box Office at 973-408-5600.

Titled from a line in Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Something Wicked This Way Comes is a delightfully bone-chilling evening, featuring esteemed actors from The Shakespeare Theatre company as well as guest artists. 

This season’s evening, directed by Bonnie J. Monte, offers a new format – a staged reading of Dracula by Hamilton Deane and John L. Balderson, based on the classic horror novel by Bram Stoker.

monteout “Going into our sixth year of Something Wicked This Way Comes, we decided to change things up a bit,” said Monte. “Rather than our typical medley of classic short stories, poems, and snippets of longer tales from the gothic and horror genres, we’re going to read the stage version of Dracula.  The evening will still feature the haunting music of the theremin, played by our annual musical guest, John Hoge, but it will be tailored to function as the score for this semi-staged reading.  We’re very excited to shake things up a little this year, and I can promise a very exciting group of actors who will bring this stage adaptation of Bram Stoker’s famous (infamous!) novel to life.  It’s a perfect treat not only for all the vampiraphiles out there, but for anyone and everyone who loves a great classic horror tale at Halloween time!”

In December, The Shakespeare Theatre will also host Something Merry This Way Comes. 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.

One of the leading Shakespeare theatres in the nation, serving 100,000 adults and children annually, The Shakespeare Theatre is New Jersey’s largest professional theatre company dedicated solely to Shakespeare’s canon and other world classics. Through its distinguished productions and education programs, the company strives to illuminate the universal and lasting relevance of the classics for contemporary audiences.

3218103771_0b07b5e61b (1) 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, CTW Foundation, The Samuel H. Scripps Foundation, and Drew University, as well as contributions from numerous corporations, foundations, government agencies and individuals. The 2015 Outdoor Stage production of Love’s Labour’s Lost is sponsored by Bank of America.

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