Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Stagehands earn more than star performers!

imagesAre you ready for this? “Backstage workers can earn more than the onstage talent. Five stagehands at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center were each paid more in total compensation in 2011 than the highest-paid dancer at New York City Ballet, filings showed.

And, in 2010, “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” paid its stagehands a total of $138,000 a week, while the principals and members of the ensemble earned slightly less than $100,000 put together, according to documents submitted to the state attorney general’s office.” excerpt from the New York Times.

Auditions: Holmdel Theatre Company’s Spring Show ‘The Imaginary Invalid’


The Holmdel Theatre Company will hold auditions for Moliere's comedic masterpiece, “The Imaginary Invalid", on Monday, January 13 and Tuesday, January 14, 2014 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., at the Duncan Smith Theater, 36 Crawfords Corner Road, Holmdel, NJ.

All roles are open. A Special Appearance Equity Contract is available.  Character descriptions and sides will be posted on the website on January 2, 2014.

Auditioners skilled in juggling, acrobatics, tumbling, hooping, or playing stringed instruments are asked to come prepared to demonstrate.

Produced by Geoff Shields and Grace Modla and directed by Tom Frascatore, the play will run from March 28 - April 12, 2014. 

Love, mistaken identity, foppery, slapstick, and a dash of cross-dressing are the cure for what ails you in “The Imaginary Invalid."

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Auditions: Dover Little Theatre’s Martin McDonagh’s ‘Pillowman’


Dover Little Theatre will be holding auditions for 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.

Auditions will be held Monday January 6, 2014 & Tuesday January 7, 2014 at 7 p.m. with call backs on Wednesday, January 8th, 2014 from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Sides from the script will be provided. A 1-2 minute contemporary monologue is welcomed but not necessary. All those auditioning should be prepared to do a cold reading from the script.

Blewitt is seeking to cast non-union actors for the following:
Katurian – male, age 20-40, Brother of Michal, a writer of short stories, intelligent, has rebellious quality 
Michal – male, age 20-40, Older brother of Katurian, mentally challenged, innocent, good sense of humor, inner toughness
Tupolski – male, age 30-50, Superior to Ariel, high ranking officer, sarcastic, has dark sense of humor, cruel
Ariel – male, age 20-40, Works with Tupolski, prone to violence, volatile, has inner vulnerability.

There are also four ensemble characters who are an integral part in storytelling: Two males, one adult and one child ages 9-15 and two females, one adult and one child ages 9-15.  These characters will be asked to improv a scene without words. Please be advised that the content of the material may be inappropriate for some children.  Parents are free to attend all rehearsals. Actors should move well.

The production runs March 15-29, 2014. Friday and Saturday performances start at 8 p.m. and Sunday matiness begin at 2 p.m. Please note that everyone cast in this show MUST be available for every performance. There is no compensation for this performance.

"Technical & Backstage Volunteers are also sought. Please email director, Tom Blewitt, at with any audition questions, concerns or if interested in volunteering. If you need to speak to a live person, call Dover Little Theatre (973) 328 9202 and someone will return the call."

Auditions and performances will be held at the Dover Little Theatre, 69 Elliott Street, Dover.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Here’s What’s Playing



CAPE MAY “Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol” by Tom Mula. Through Dec. 29. $15 to $35. Cape May Stage, the Robert Shackleton Playhouse, 405 Lafayette Street. (609) 770-8311;

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MADISON “Pericles,” by Shakespeare. Through Dec. 29. $30 to $70. F. M. Kirby Shakespeare Theater, Drew University, 36 Madison Avenue.; (973) 408-5600.


MILLBURN “Oliver!” musical adapted from the Dickens novel “Oliver Twist.” Through Dec. 29. $35 to $110. Paper Mill Playhouse, 22 Brookside Drive. (973) 376-4343;


POMPTON LAKES “Les Misérables,” based on the novel by Victor Hugo, with book by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg, music by Claude-Michel Schönberg and lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer. Through Jan. 5. $20 to $25. Smiling Rhino Theater, 247 Wanaque Avenue. (973) 248-9491;


PRINCETON PRINCETON “A Christmas Carol,” musical based on the Dickens novella; adapted by David Thompson. Through Dec. 29. $20 to $85.50. McCarter Theater Center, 91 University Place. (609) 258-2787;

“Fences,” drama by August Wilson. Jan. 10 through Feb. 9. $20 to $82.50. McCarter Theater Center, 91 University Place. (609) 258-2787;


RED BANK “A Wind in the Willows Christmas,” music by Mike Reid, lyrics by Sarah Schlesinger and book by Mindi Dickstein; based on the novel by Kenneth Grahame. Through Dec. 29. $20 to $55. Two River Theater, 21 Bridge Avenue. (732) 345-1400;


SOUTH ORANGE Midtown Direct Rep Reading: “Absence,” new work by Peter M. Floyd. Jan. 5 at 7 p.m. $15. South Orange Performing Arts Center, 1 Sopac Way. (973) 313-2787;

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WEST ORANGE “Enchanted Arms: An Evening of New Plays,” the StrangeDog Theater Company. Jan. 3 through 25. $10 and $25. New Moon Reading Series: “A Crime in the Neighborhood,” adapted from the novel by Suzanne Berne. Jan. 6 at 7:30 p.m. $5. Luna Stage, 555 Valley Road. (973) 395-5551;

Year End Gift Request from New Jersey Repertory Company

The following is a message to subscribers from NJ Rep:


It's Not Too Late To Give, But There Are Only 5 Days To Go!

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Because of friends like you, NJ Rep is able to continue to develop and produce cutting edge theater, bringing new plays and musicals to the American stage.
Through our Developmental Reading Series NJ Rep also brings 20 - 30 new plays to you, our audience, and through your observations and thoughtful comments you become part of the journey of these plays many of which go on to full productions at our theater and theaters across the country.
Please help us continue to bring the most dynamic and exciting works to life by making your tax-deductible contribution.
Thank you, and best wishes for a wonderful year to you and your family.

Please read on for what is to come in 2014 with your help.”

Admit One

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A World Premiere Comedy by Wendy Yondorf, directed by Karen Carpenter and starring Ames Adamson and Catherine LeFrere.
Many a parent succumbs to hysteria when it comes time to getting their children into the best school. Just how far will wealthy Howard Everett go to get his child into Giddings University, one of the finest schools in the country? What he does not anticipate is that Giddings is guarded by a lion at the gate, Mary Sue, an admission officer who goes by the book, speaks perfect grammar, and whose ultimate dream is to have a whisky sour at the Giddings Club.
January 16 - February 16, 2014.

Date of a Lifetime

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A New Musical by Carl Kissin and Robert Baumgartner, Jr., produced in association with Hat on a Hat LLC, and directed by Jeremy Dobrish.
Marvin and Katie have been around the block in the dating scene without much luck. During a brief encounter speed dating, they each fantasize about what their lives might be like if they allowed this momentary meeting to evolve to the next level. Are they meant to be soul-mates or just ships that pass in the night? The decisions they make today may determine their entire future, and whether this will turn out to be a date from hell, or the date of a lifetime.

March 6 - April 6, 2014

A View of the Mountains

A World Premiere Comedy by Lee Blessing, directed by Evan Bergman.

A former Cold War super-power arms negotiator, now retired, remarried and living an idyllic life, is anxiously awaiting the arrival of his estranged son. However, this meeting is not expected to be a joyful reunion, but rather one filled with animosity, threats, ultimatums, and long-buried family secrets that are bound to rise to the surface.
April 24 - May 25, 2014.

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A World Premiere by Richard Strand, directed by Joseph Discher. Recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award.

It's the start of the Civil War and lawyer Benjamin Butler has just been promoted to the rank of Major General at Fort Monroe, a Union hold-out in the state of Virginia. Shepard Mallory, an escaped slave, seeks sanctuary at the fort, however, the law of the land has not yet changed and slaves are still considered property and must be turned over to their "rightful owners".

June 12 - July 13, 2014.

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Lucky Me

A World Premiere Comedy by Robert Caisley, directed by SuzAnne Barabas.

From the playwright who brought you "Happy" comes a whimsical comedy about love, aging, airport security, and 22 years of bad luck.

July 31 - August 31, 2014.

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Angels and Ministers of Grace Defend Us

A World Premiere by Elaine Smith, directed by Marc Geller.

How does one wrestle with the present when one cannot let go of the past? With a sister who can't stop making craft angels, a brother who can't seem to make good, and an ex-husband who can't give up on her, it is way past time for Miriam to unravel her eccentric family's tangled problems once and for all.

October 9 - November 9, 2014.

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Monday Night Salon Readings

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Monday, January 20th at 7pm, Grass Roots by Ellis Baker
Monday, January 27th at 7pm, The Seven Ages of DD by Ruth Wolff (DD Gets Married, DD Goes Wild, and DD Moves On)

Monday, February 3rd at 7pm, Concessions by Brian Mori

Doors open at 6:30pm; first come, first served. No reservations accepted. Each reading is followed by a discussion with playwright, director, cast and audience. Tickets $10.

New Jersey Repertory Company
Award-Winning Theater
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Long Branch, NJ 07740

Audition Notice: Light Opera of New Jersey


Trebles only (boy Sopranos/Altos) for the roles of the three “Spirits” in Mozart’s The Magic Flute

Audition is Saturday January 18th  10am to noon at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church 140 South Finley Ave, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

Performances March 1st in Basking Ridge, NJ and March 8th in Somerville, NJ

Rehearsals in February in Basking Ridge,  dates to be determined. All other roles for The Magic Flute have been cast and there will not be auditions for any future shows at this time.

Email audition requests

William Corson


Friday, December 27, 2013

Wide Variety of Events in February at Centenary


The Centenary Stage Company boasts a variety of live entertainment throughout the season. This February is the perfect example, providing a taste of music, theatre and family fun in all three theatre venues, from the Sitnik Theatre (photo above) in the grand Lackland Center to the classic coziness of The Little Theatre.

    unnamed (3)   The Gizmo Guys are a comedy juggling act and much more. These performers will bring their talents to the Lackland Center on Sunday, February 2nd at 2 p.m. Their act includes original routines, quick-witted verbal repartee and world class juggling skills in a very light-hearted approach to the art. Tickets for The Gizmo Guys are $20 for adults and seniors and $17.50 for children under 12 when purchased in advance. There is also an optional post-show workshop for $18.50 per participant.

 unnamed (4)      Back by popular demand, Bishop Townsley's Jubilee was the most talked about event of the 2011 season. Audiences can catch this entertaining, high octane group, with over 20 voices and a live orchestra,  when they return to the Lackland Center on Saturday, February 8th at 8 p.m. for a night of song and dance.   With an entertaining story chronicling  the history of black music from its early roots to today’s blues, soul and R & B, the Jubilee's repertoire includes African Chants, Jubilee Songs as well as Jazz favorites and popular music mixed together in a dynamic show that had audiences cheering in their last visit to Hackettstown.   Bishops Townsley’s Jubilee is sponsored by Wells Fargo and Home Instead Senior Care and tickets are $25 for adults, $22.50 for students/seniors and $15 for children under 12when purchased in advance.

unnamed (5)Renowned actors and directors Randall Duk Kim and Anne Occhiogrosso will continue the popular Great Authors Out Loud Series this season with Three French Farces on Sunday, February 9th at 3 PM in The Kutz Black Box Theatre. Winner of the New York Obie Award for “Sustained Excellence in Performance”, Kim has performed leading roles at regional theatres throughout the country, including his own American Players Theatre, which he founded with Occhiogrosso in 1981.  The Great Authors Out Loud Series is sponsored by Fulton Bank and is free to the public, with reservations recommended.

unnamed (1)The popular childrens’ books by Laura Numeroff are brought to life in Centenary Stage’s Young Audience Series. On  Saturday, February 15th at 11 am, audiences can find out what happens If You Give a Moose a Muffin. If a big hungry moose wants a muffin, he'll surely want some jam to go with it. So begins the comic complications of an adventure that will delight young audience members just as much as the first two. If You Give a Moose a Muffin tickets are $12.50 for adults and $10 for children under 12. Seating is by general admission in The Little Theatre.

    unnamed Celebrate Valentine’s Day with music for lovers, performed by the noted pianist, Rio Clemente.   From Manhattan's famed Birdland to the Lincoln Center, anyone who has listened to Rio Clemente play piano, comes away in awe. This master pianist will perform in The Little Theatre on Sunday, February 16th at 2 p.m., mixing a strong classical background with a rich knowledge of jazz history, and adding an amazing sense of creativity and interpretation. The result is music that is different from others, and nearly always produces a standing ovation and cries for "more." Rio Clemente: The Bishop of Jazz is sponsored by Wells Fargo and Home Instead Senior Care and all tickets are $20 when purchased in advance.

unnamed (2)The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, as refracted in a theatrical fun-house mirror with CSC’s Spring comedy,  David Ive’s hilarious adaptation of The Liar  will run February 21-March 9 at The Lackland Center.

Dorante is charming, handsome, and a pathological liar. When he arrives in Paris, his outlandish tales amaze and convince all who hear them, but for each problem his clever lying solves, it creates two new ones.    The Liar is sponsored by Bea McNally’s and tickets are $25 for adults on Matinees and Fridays and $27.50 on Saturdays with discounts for seniors, students and children under 12.Thursday evening tickets are $25 with a two-for-one Date Night discount.

1007LacklandBldgThe Lackland Center is located just off Grand Avenue in Hackettstown, New Jersey, on the campus of Centenary College.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Theatre Health Concerns from the WSJ



“How Theaters Can Combat the Stay-at-Home Mindset”

“Is there any reason why live theater can't be given the same "artisanal" marketing spin as the fashionable "farm-to-table" restaurants?”

“Unlike film and TV, theater is a luxury object, but one that ordinary middle-class people can still afford. Above all, it isn’t a mass medium: Live theater is a small-scale, handmade art form. Intimacy is what makes it special. So let’s revel in that specialness—and sell it.”

Click to read the complete Wall Street Journal article. Theatre subscribers please note.

Special Holiday Play Reading at Holmdel Theatre Company

A special holiday installment of our

Written by Daniel Sullivan and The Seattle Repertory
Directed by Ken Wiesinger
Saturday, December 28 @7:00 p.m.

Duncan Smith Theater, 36 Crawfords Corner Road, Holmdel, NJ
As the Soapbox Playhouse is busy preparing for their annual production of A Christmas Carol, they are visited by three rebarbative apparitions. An out-of-work actor on a 30 city audition tour, an NEA judge evaluating their grant money, and the ghost of theatre-yet-to-come.

Lea Eckert*, Bob Senkewicz*, Brian O'Halloran
Rebecca Harris Flynn*, Kendal Ridgeway, Dave Murray
Tom Frascatore, Ronnie Graham, Deb Barr, Gina Delio, Cody Dalton
*member, Actors' Equity Association

‘Rahway Artists Meetup’ Set for Jan. 4 at Hamilton Stage-Free Event


Area artists and performers are invited to the Rahway Artists Meetup at Hamilton Stage for the Performing Arts, 360 Hamilton Street in Rahway, New Jersey, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The admission-free event is sponsored by Union County Performing Arts Center and Rahway Arts District and will feature representatives of local arts organizations with information on grant, showcase and educational opportunities. Attendees must RSVP through

Rahway Artists Meetup is an open house for individuals and arts groups seeking teaching and performing opportunities in the District’s newest performance venue at Hamilton Stage. It’s also a chance for area artists to get together and contemplate collaborations for the coming year.

Rahway Artists Meetup is the latest in a series of community gatherings linked to the city’s Our Town project funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.

“Our goal is to circulate ideas on ways to integrate the arts into every aspect of community life,” says Union County Performing Arts Center executive director Lawrence McCullough. “And the best way to have a good idea is to meet people who have lots of ideas.”


➤ For more information about Rahway Arts District, visit; for upcoming events at Union County Performing Arts Center and Hamilton Stage, visit UCPAC is at 1601 Irving Street, Rahway NJ 07065 ➤ (732) 499-0441)

Monday, December 23, 2013

Holiday Greetings from Dreamcatcher with a Special Request

Happy Holidays

Dear Friend of Dreamcatcher,

The holiday season has arrived, a time of gift giving and reflecting on the year gone by. We ushered in the holidays with our Very Special Holiday Special, an up-close and personal variety show with glorious singing, stories, and laughter, poking fun at the holidays while awakening our childlike magic. We believe in the power that theater has to enrich our lives and remind us of the intrinsic good. These are the gifts we share with you!
Dreamcatcher needs your support (Dave Maulbeck)Thanks to your support, this past year at Dreamcatcher has been one of joy and hope that the creative spirit of renewal brings. Whether we are bringing you riveting theater on our main stage or comedy through the quick wit of our improv troupe, ultimately it is all about you, people who care about our work and appreciate the importance of bringing art to the stage. Your continuing support enables us to...

  • Present three quality mainstage performances each year
  • Develop our second group writing project as an ensemble (our first project, The Neighborhood, was a smash success!)
  • Educate, entertain, and instill a love for the arts through our Open Theatre outreach and enrichment program
  • Help young artists flourish in the performing arts in our internship and education programs
  • Support local artists and NJ arts, making a difference in the lives of artists who live and work in our community
  • Expand the potential and nurture the growth of this wonderful theatre company

Please help Dreamcatcher Repertory Theater continue to bring the gift of theater into our community with your tax-deductible gift. There are many worthwhile causes that come your way, especially at this time of year. But we ask you to once again add Dreamcatcher to your giving list this year.
There is something truly magical about Dreamcatcher. These talented actors are people we have come to know and love, portraying stories that move, illuminate and challenge. These powerful, intimate experiences of theater feed the soul. But they are only possible because of people like you who understand the importance of keeping the arts alive in the midst of our lives and communities.
Thank you for being a part of our circle of supporters and an essential part of our creative community. We wish you all the blessings of the season and a very Happy New Year!”

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”From all of us at Dreamcatcher, THANK YOU!   Donate now

Strollers of Maplewood seeking jury room table for ‘12 Angry Jurors’


The Strollers are seeking a commercial grade conference room table. 

Size:   36" to 48" wide by 10ft to 12ft long

Style and Finish -  anything that either is of wood tone, or commercial style plastic laminate. The type of table you might find at public conference room or library.

Contact Keith Hoovler at

Here is a picture of the table that the George Street Playhouse used last year for their “12 Angry Men” as an example. Note the Stroller’s play is a retitle of Rose’s classic tv drama and later award winning play “Twelve Angry Men.”

12 Angry Men GSP 046<br />Twelve Angry Men, By Reginald Rose, directed by David Saint<br />Scenic Design:R. Michael Miller<br />Costume Design: Esther Arroyo<br />Lighting Design: Christopher J. Bailey<br /><br />© T Charles Erickson<br /><br />

“A jury holds a young man's life in its hands. Stuck in a sweltering jury room until they reach a decision, 11 of the 12 are ready to convict, but one holdout is far less certain. Tempers flare, arguments grow heated and the 12 angry jurors must reach deeper within to find a common ground that ensures justice. Adapted from Reginald Rose's teleplay Twelve Angry Men, which later became a hit play and and an Oscar-nominated film starring Henry Fonda, 12 Angry Jurors promises to have you and your companions arguing about the nature of justice -- and the role of personal prejudices -- well past the final curtain.”

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Paid Position for Costumer at Light Opera of New Jersey


Light Opera of New Jersey (LONJ) is looking for a costumer for upcoming season. Paid position. Novice or Experienced.

Send resume to

Here are several photos from recent productions:

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Midtown Direct Rep Staged Reading with Olympia Dukakis at SOPAC


MIDTOWN DIRECT REP (MDR), the resident theater company at South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC), has announced that Academy Award®-winner Olympia Dukakis will be joined by Midtown Direct Rep company members SEBASTIAN ARCELUS, JENNY BACON, EMILY BAUER and STEPHANIE KURTZUBA plus special guests KENDRA JAIN and DAN ZISKIE in a one-night-only staged reading of ABSENCE, a new play about memory loss.

Former-actress turned director Margaret Whitton stages this new work by emerging playwright Peter M. Floyd that was honored by the Kennedy Center’s 2012 Jean Kennedy Smith Award and the 2012 Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Competition. The performance, part of MDR’s Theatre in the Loft series focusing on new and innovative American theatre, is Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 7 pm at SOPAC (One SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ, 07079). Tickets, which are $15, are available at or by calling 973-313-ARTS (2787).

The performance will be followed by a discussion with the playwright, the cast and creative team.

OlyHeadshot Christian Oth 2011In ABSENCE, an excitingly theatrical play about aging, power, grace and imagination, Olympia Dukakis (photo right) plays Helen, an iron-willed woman who suffers from memory loss. As her sense of self dissolves with her memories, she struggles to find meaning in her new existence.

The reading of ABSENCE stars Sebastian Arcelus (House of Cards), Jenny Bacon (My Name is Asher Lev), Olympia Dukakis (Academy Award®/Golden Globe for Moonstruck), Kendra Jain (New Year’s Eve), Stephanie Kurtzuba (The Wolf of Wall Street) and Dan Ziskie (Treme. Emily Bauer reads stage directions and James Latus is the stage manager.

Olympia Dukakis, who appeared in the acclaimed 2006 film Away from Her as the spouse of an Alzheimer’s victim, has been an outspoken advocate for health and has been open about her experience as caregiver for her own mother who suffered from Alzheimer’s. “When my mother realized she was losing it, she did not want to be taken anywhere” she remarked in an interview. "I had tried with nurses around the clock, but she screamed and yelled at them and accused them of stealing from her. She was a terror. But then there's the moment when the light comes through for a brief period of time... after several years of not knowing me, my mother knew me when I walked in."

Playwright Peter M. Floyd says the character Helen Bastion is not based upon his mother, who died from Alzheimer’s in recent years, but that the play is informed by what his family went through.

According a recent report by The Alzheimer’s Association, one in three seniors die with Alzheimer's or another form of dementia, and Alzheimer's disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. In 2013, an estimated 5.2 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer's disease.

Director Margaret Whitton - a longtime actress in theater, film and television - made her feature film directing debut in 2011 with A Bird of the Air and served as co-executive producer on the HBO documentary Casting By about the process of film casting and her dear friend, the legendary casting director Marion Dougherty who suffered from dementia during the last years of her life, which ended in 2011. “When I read Peter’s play,” she said, “I immediately recognized that this was written by someone with personal experience as a caregiver. It does an amazing job capturing the point of view of this woman who knows that she is losing herself — but along with that horror it captures moments of pure, almost childlike joy. I was immediately drawn to it."

“Midtown Direct Rep is thrilled and honored that Olympia Dukakis, an actress of unmatched stature, will join MDR company members, guest actors, and director Margaret Whitton in helping to launch this important new American play,” said MDR Artistic Producer Steven Tabakin. “We're indebted to Peter M. Floyd for such a beautiful piece of writing, and we are excited that our audience at SOPAC will be among the first to be exposed to this extraordinary new work."

Following its successful development of Rated P (for parenthood), MDR's Theatre in the Loft aims to do the same for other previously unseen material. Midtown Direct Rep is currently running a Rockethub crowd-funding campaign for this important development series in which MDR presents monthly readings or workshops of new plays and musicals. With a cash bar and post-show discussions with the casts and creative teams, MDR’s Theatre in the Loft fosters a fun and collaborative environment to nurture the development of top-notch theatre. Please consider donating here: and find the campaign on social media at #GiveMDR.

About Midtown Direct Rep
With perhaps more professional theater artists than any suburb of NYC, Maplewood/South Orange (NJ) is “where Broadway comes home to sleep.” MDR, a theatre company created by and for these NJ-based artists, develops and presents relevant, world-class theatre for its community.

Midtown Direct Rep company members include two-time Tony®-winner Norbert Leo Butz, Tony®-nominee Christiane Noll, and Law & Order: SVU regular Joel de la Fuente, among many others. The Company is managed by Co-Artistic Directors Sandy Rustin and Jeremy Dobrish; Managing Director Jeffrey Shubart; Producing Director Evan Fleischer; and Artistic Producer Steven Tabakin.

Friday, December 20, 2013

The Long Branch Arts Council and ArtsHelps is partnering with Playwrights Theatre to Produce an Anthology of Poems About Hurricane Sandy

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The Long Branch Arts Council and Arts Helps is partnering with Playwrights Theatre to accept submissions for an Anthology of Poems relating to the events and experiences of those affected by Hurricane Sandy. The Long Branch Arts Council is accepting these submissions for an anthology of poetry to be published in 2014-2015.

The anthology "Poetic Voices In Response To Hurricane Sandy" will feature poems relating to the events and experiences of those affected by Hurricane Sandy. The finished anthology will be published and distributed to libraries. Writers of work selected will also perform their poems in various locations in Long Branch in the Spring of 2014.

Poems must be submitted electronically at the following website The webpage can also be found by going to and clicking on the “Submissions and Applications” menu on the home page. Entrants will be asked to fill out a brief on-line application prior to uploading their poems.

Classroom teachers, schools, and community-based organizations can submit multiple poems written in the classroom or workshop (limit, three poems per individual author) via regular mail directly to: Poetic Voices 2014, Long Branch Arts Council, 179 Broadway, Long Branch, NJ 07740. Attn: Group Poetry Submission. Group poetry submissions should not upload poems to the website, but should go to the website to fill out a special section on the entry form.
The contest is open to writers of all ages. Poems accepted will be divided into non-student and student (grades K-12) categories. The contest encourages classroom teachers, schools, and community-based organizations to submit poems written in the classroom or in workshop. 

“The people who experienced Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath have been through a lot,” said Gabor Barabas, President of the Long Branch Arts Council and Executive Producer of The New Jersey Repertory Company. “Poetry, with its ability to be at once intensely personal and universal, seems to be the perfect literary form to capture the myriad of conflicting emotions that emanate from these unimaginable tragedies. We want to create a forum for poetic impulses, as a means of healing, as well as a means of keeping an emotional and spiritual record of what happened here a little over a year ago. So, we want to hear from anyone who may have a poem in them.”

Writers may submit up to three poems, which will be read by a panel of professional writers. The poems should focus in some way on the events of Hurricane Sandy. Submission deadline is February 1, 2014. Winners will be notified on our aroundMarch 1, 2014. Each accepted poet will receive a free copy of the anthology, and accepted poems will be performed for the public by their authors in various locations in Long Branch during the Spring of 2014.
ArtsHelps is funded by the New Jersey Recovery Fund, hosted by the Community Foundation of New Jersey and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, is a joint effort between local and national foundations, New Jersey corporations, and individuals to support local nonprofit organizations working in communities affected by Hurricane Sandy. The fund provides flexible financial support to organizations focused on ensuring that recovery and rebuilding decisions address the long-term needs of the state and the local communities.

About Long Branch Arts Council:

The Long Branch Arts Council is a partnership dedicated to working with the city government civic and business organizations and the arts community to re-establish the City of Long Branch as a thriving regional center for the arts. Our aim is to accomplish this goal by attracting artists and arts organizations, by coordinating fundraising and development efforts, by establishing arts education programs, and by presenting arts-oriented events that draw upon the natural resources, accessibility, historic assets and “people power” that are unique to Long Branch.

About Arts Helps:

Monmouth Arts created ArtHelps to assist local artists and nonprofit arts organizations affected by Superstorm Sandy to access information, resources and emergency funding. In partnership with the Ocean County Cultural & Heritage Commission and Meridian Health’s Art Therapy Program, Monmouth Arts expanded ArtHelps to work with local artists and arts groups rebuilding spirits as communities rebuild homes and businesses.

About Playwrights Theatre:

Founded in 1986, Playwrights Theatre is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit professional theatre and arts education institution dedicated to developing and nurturing the dramatic imagination of artists, students, and audiences. Our New Play Program creates development opportunities for professional writers through readings, workshops and productions, and invites audiences to participate in authentic feedback experiences. Our New Jersey Writers Project, Poetry Out Loud, New Jersey Young Playwrights Contest and Festival, and Creative Arts Academy programs provide a comprehensive and hands-on arts education experience to over 31,000 students, Pre-K through adult.

Writers in the New Play Program are drawn from across the country, including our affiliation with the National New Play Network, a nation-wide group of theatres dedicated to the development and production of new work. Teaching Artists in our Education Programs are professional artists working in their field in the New Jersey, New York, and Philadelphia metropolitan areas. From 2003-2016, we have been designated a Major Arts Institution by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts (along with only five other theatres: The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, George Street Playhouse, McCarter Theatre Center, Two River Theatre and Paper Mill Playhouse) as “an anchor institution that contributes vitally to the quality of life in New Jersey.”

Funding for our activities comes from: the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the F.M. Kirby Foundation, Inc., Dramatist Guild Fund, Horizon Foundation of New Jersey, The Shubert Foundation, The Victoria Foundation, and many corporations, foundations and individuals.

Playwrights Theatre is a member of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance, the National New Play Network, and Madison Arts & Culture Alliance.

"Master Class" Opens at Barn Theatre in Montville January 10


The Barn Theatre of Montville, New Jersey will be presenting "Master Class" directed by Roseann Ruggiero. Performances will be on January 10, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31 and February 1 2014 at 8 pm; and on January 11,12,19,26 at 2 pm. Tickets are $18 (senior/student tickets are $16 on matinees only). "

"Master Class" is the Tony Award winning play is based on a series of master classes in opera given at the Julliard School of Music by the renowned opera singer Maria Callas. Maria Callas herself is glamorous, commanding, larger-than-life, caustic, and surprisingly drop-dead funny all at the same time. Both dismayed and impressed by her students, Callas recalls glories of her own career. She tells her students about her younger years, her fierce hatred of her rivals, her battles with the press, her triumphs as well as her affair with Aristotle Onassis.

The cast of "Master Class" features Carla Kendall (of Wayne, NJ) as opera singer Maria Callas, Danielle Pennisi (of Cedar Grove, NJ) as Sharon, Jeff Dopson (of Lake Hiawatha, NJ) as Tony, Kelly Miller (of Dover, NJ) as Sophie, Ken Magos (of Maplewood, NJ) as Manny and Claudia Metz (of Boonton, NJ) in the role of Stagehand.

The Barn Theatre is located on Skyline Drive in Montville, NJ, just minutes off Exit 47 from Route 287. For more reservations, information or directions, call The Barn Theatre Box Office at (973) 334-9320, or visit the Barn Theatre on the web at

Photo: Carla Kendall as Maria Callas with Danielle Pennisi (right) and Ken Magos (left) in "Master Class" at The Barn Theatre. [Photograph by Tom Schopper]

See a play this weekend…Theater is Alive and Well in New Jersey!

Here is a selected list of current plays:

White Christmas

BEACH HAVEN Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas,” musical based on the 1954 movie. Through Dec. 22. Surflight Theater, 201 Engleside Avenue.; (609) 492-9477.


CAPE MAY “The Santaland Diaries,” comedy by David Sedaris. Through Dec. 29. $25 to $59. Congress Hall, Harrison Room, 200 Congress Place. (609) 770-8311;


CAPE MAY “Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol,” by Tom Mula. Through Dec. 29. $15 to $35. Cape May Stage, the Robert Shackleton Playhouse, 405 Lafayette Street. (609) 770-8311;

A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens, adapted by David Thompson, directed by Michael Unger at the McCarter Theater 12/5/10<br />Costume Design: Jess Goldstein<br />Set Design: Ming Cho Lee<br />Lighting Design: Stephen Strawbridge<br /> <br />© T Charles Erickson<br /><br />

PRINCETON “A Christmas Carol,” musical based on the Dickens novella; adapted by David Thompson. Through Dec. 29. $20 to $85.50. McCarter Theater Center, 91 University Place.; (609) 258-2787.

Wind Willows Xmas trtc 035.A Wind in the Willows Christmas  at Two River Theatre Company.December 8, 2012 - December 30, 2012.Based on the Novel by Kenneth Grahame.Music by Mike Reid      Lyrics by Sarah Schlesinger      Book by Mindi Dickstein .Music Direction by James Sampliner.Directed by Amanda Dehnert.Scenic and Costume Design: Philip Witcomb.Lighting Design: Tyler Micoleau. .© T Charles Erickson.

RED BANK “A Wind in the Willows Christmas,” music by Mike Reid, lyrics by Sarah Schlesinger and book by Mindi Dickstein; based on the novel by Kenneth Grahame. Through Dec. 29. $20 to $55. Two River Theater, 21 Bridge Avenue. (732) 345-1400;


MADISON “Pericles,” by Shakespeare. Through Dec. 29. $30 to $70. F. M. Kirby Shakespeare Theater, Drew University, 36 Madison; (973) 408-5600.

oliver boys

MILLBURN “Oliver!” musical adapted from the Dickens novella. Through Dec. 29. $35 to $110. Paper Mill Playhouse, 22 Brookside Drive. (973) 376-4343;

Clever Little Lies  GSP  11-17-13 036<br />CLEVER LITTLE LIES<br />by Joe DiPietro <br />directed by David Saint at George Street Playhouse  11/17/13<br />with Greg Mullavey, Jim Stanek, Marlo Thomas, Kate Wetherhead<br />Set Design: Yoshi Tanakura<br />Lighting Design: Christopher J. Bailey<br />Costume Design: Esther Arroyo<br />Original Music/Sound Design: Scott Killian<br /><br /> © T Charles Erickson<br /><br />

NEW BRUNSWICK “Clever Little Lies,” by Joe DiPietro. Through Dec. 22. $28 to $67. George Street Playhouse, 9 Livingston Avenue. (732) 246-7717;