Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Auditions: Trilogy Repertory Company's Shakespeare’s 'King Lear'

                                     Auditions for Shakespeare’s “King Lear”

Trilogy Repertory Company and Troupe of Friends will be holding auditions for Shakespeare’s King Lear Sunday, May 19th at the gazebo in Mindowaskin Park, E. Broad St., Westfield, NJ. From 1-3 P.M. 

 Auditions will also be held Monday and Wednesday, May 20th and May 22nd at The Bernards Township Community Center, 289 South Maple Avenue, Basking Ridge from 7-9 P.M. and all roles are open. 

Sides from the script will be provided. Production dates will be the first and last weekends of August with seven performances in all. Shows will be August 1-4 at Pleasant Valley Park in Basking Ridge and August 30-September 1 at Mindowaskin Park in Westfield. 

Rehearsals will be in June, July and late August. Those interested who can only commit to one of the two performance weekends are encouraged to audition, as double casting and vacations will be considered.

For more information contact Joe Penczak, Director, at 917-299-5102 or

For directions for the Bernards Township Community Center CLICK HERE.

Dover Little Theatre closes season with John Patrick Stanley's 'Doubt'

Dover Little Theatre closes its 80th Season with "Doubt, A Parable" by John Patrick Shanley. It will be directed by Alison Devereaux-Smith of Hackettstown.

Performance Dates: May 11 - 25, 2013, Friday and Saturday Evenings 8 P.M.
Sunday Matinees - May 12 and 19 at 2 P.M. (Matinees will be followed by a Q&A with the director and cast).

In this brilliant and powerful drama, Sister Aloysius Beauvier, the rigid principal of the Saint Nicholas Church School, suffers an extreme dislike for the progressive parish priest, Father Flynn. When Sister Aloysius hears Father Flynn has taken a special interest in a troubled boy, she believes she's uncovered the ultimate sin. But without proof, the only thing certain is doubt. Winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play.

The production features the talents of Carmen Artis of Morristown, Elizabeth Engelberth of Denville, Brian Merrill of Lincoln Park and Victoria Steele of West Caldwell.

Tickets are $17 cash or check only. Reservations are recommended: 973-328-9202

Dover Little Theatre, 69 Elliott Street, Dover, NJ 07801

McCarter's 'Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike' receives six Tony Award nominations, including Best Play

Sigourney Weaver and David Hyde Pierce

McCarter Theatre Center's production of "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" has received six Tony Award nominations, including Best Play. The Tony Awards ceremony will be broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall, on CBS-TV on June 9.

Director Nicholas Martin was recognized for his work on the production as well as cast members David Hyde Pierce and Kristine Nielsen in leading role categories, and Billy Magnussen and Shalita Grant for their featured roles. The production also stars three-time Oscar nominee Sigourney Weaver and Genevieve Angelson.

A McCarter Theatre commission and a recipient of the Edgerton Foundation New American Plays award, "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" had its world premiere at McCarter from September 7 through October 14, 2012. 

Through the McCarter Lab, McCarter’s new play development program, Artistic Director Emily Mann and McCarter’s artistic staff provided Mr. Durang with several readings and ongoing support that allowed him to refine his play. 

McCarter’s efforts in developing the world premiere led to a co-production with Lincoln Center Theater. The production, with the same cast and creative team that launched the play at McCarter, is now playing on Broadway at the John Golden Theatre.

Christopher Durang’s plays include A History of the American Film, Sister Mary Explains It All For You, Beyond Therapy, Baby With The Bathwater, The Marriage of Bette and Boo, Sex and Longing, Laughing Wild, Miss Witherspoon (a McCarter commission and world premiere), Betty's Summer Vacation and Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them.

Auditions: 'Seussical' for Theater Project Junior

Theater Project Junior’s Summer Musical for Kids 8 - 18

New Jersey kids can audition for the show "SEUSSICAL," this year’s presentation by
THEATER PROJECT JUNIOR in Cranford, New Jersey. Each summer, the program takes students (ages 8-18) through an eight week course that culminates in three performances for friends, family and the community. Along the way, students learn acting, build confidence in themselves, make friends and have a wonderful time. 

Auditions are being held on Saturday, May 11th and parents interested may schedule an appointment by emailing Mary Iannelli at 

"SEUSSICAL" will run August 16-18 at the Jardine Academy, 61 Myrtle Street in Cranford. Rehearsals begin June 25th, and are held from 6:30 – 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. Tuition is $350 with discounts for siblings.

Fifteen-year-old Cranford resident Ashleigh Poszyler, a veteran of Theater Project Junior (TPJ), says “The director (Mary Iannelli) is more fun to work with than any other I have had.” Mark Lynch, also of Cranford states, “TPJ was the best acting experience I had -- the difference from Theater Project Junior than any other place I performed is the people there are kind and just want to help you.” “I can't wait until I get to do another TPJ show. It's fun every single time and I can't wait to start going back to rehearsals!” says alum Tyler McMahon, 15 (Cranford).

The Theater Project, a professional theater company in Cranford and Maplewood, began in 1994 with the goal of bringing productions of the best contemporary plays to New Jersey. Their mission is to enhance the cultural richness of the community by producing new or lesser-known plays on challenging themes, by introducing children to the joys of live theater, and by providing avenues for creative expression for New Jersey playwrights.

For more information on THEATER PROJECT JR, call 973.763.4029 or visit

Auditions for SEUSSICAL.
Theater Project Junior’s summer musical theater class for kids 10 to 18.

Saturday, May 11
Schedule an appointment by emailing Mary Iannelli at

WHERE: Jardine Academy, 61 Myrtle Street, Cranford

Ridge Light Opera now the Light Opera of New Jersey-OPERAgious! performances May 3rd & 5th

Soprano Chelsea Friedlander and Tenor Alex Corson ham it up

Professional opera singer Luigi Boccia is Light Opera of New Jersey’s special guest artist of the year. His performance in their OPERAgious!! will be this coming May 3rd at 8 p.m. at St. Mark’s Church in Basking Ridge. It is sure to please anyone who has a love for good singing. Mr. Boccia’s special gift caused the highly read OPERA NEWS magazine to call him “a name to watch: he has vocal star quality to burn. He is an uncommonly cerebral tenor who speaks with high-speed, high-energy eloquence”.

Having performed all over the world at a very young age Mr. Boccia has his roots right here in Wayne, New Jersey. However he was raised in Italy where opera is the passion for a huge portion of the country. He received a master's degree in musicology from the University of Pavia in 2004. Although he never originally considered a career as a performing artist until he became impassioned by singing when opera legend Gianni Raimondi was so impressed with him that he offered to give him private singing lessons for free!

Recently Mr. Boccia has performed Nemorino in The Elixir of Love for the Academy for Vocal Arts in Philadelphia and Almaviva in The Barber of Seville with the New Jersey State Opera. He has won many NYC musical foundation awards as well as first prize from Opera at Florham’s 2011 Violetta DuPont Vocal Competition.

OPERAgious!! will also feature some of the best young talent in the state and surrounding area. Soprano Chelsea Friedlander will perform the well-known duet “Una Parola” for the Elixir of Love with Mr. Boccia. Ms. Friedlander will also be joined by local artists Greg Voinier, Jamie Baer Peterson, Denise Mihalik, Alex Corson and John Lamb. Accompaniment will be provided by professional pianist Mary Pinto, also of Wayne, New Jersey.

Tickets for OPERAgious!! Can be found at or by calling 908-903-0701. Prices are $25 Adults $20, Seniors, and $10 Students, college age and under.

An additional performance of OPERAgious!! is also to be performed at Grace Episcopal Church in Madison, New Jersey on Sunday May 5th at 2 p.m. as part of the Grace Music series led by Dr. Anne Matlack. Dr. Matlack’s notoriety includes 25 years as director of New Jersey’s premier choral society, Harmonium.

Light Opera of New Jersey (formerly RLO) has been a “theater in residence” at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 140 South Finley Avenue. Basking Ridge, NJ  for the last 18 years. Their mission is to preserve and maintain awareness of the musical treasures of Light Opera and Musical Theatre of the 20th Century through high-quality performance, education and community outreach.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Review: Hit Erotic Comedy 'Venus in Fur' at George Street Playhouse

Jenni Putney and Mark Alhadeff   (T.Charles Erickson)

What do Dee Hoty (Rich Girl)Ellen McLaughlin (Good People) and Aisha Hinds  (Best of Enemies) have in common? Each gave  an outstanding star-turn this season at the George Street Playhouse. These  three marvelous actresses  are now joined by the female star of the final play of the 2012-2013 season, Jenni Putney

Putney is superb as Vanda in David Ives' powerful, provocative, sexual sparring-match "Venus in Fur." Ives' remarkable two character comedy, sharply directed by Kip Fagan, is set in a dingy Manhattan rental rehearsal hall where a young playwright/director Thomas, played effectively by Mark Alhadeff,  has been holding unsuccessful auditions for the female lead in his play "Venus in Fur" an adaptation of the notorious erotic 1870 novel written by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch (from whose name we get the term "masochism").

Just as Thomas is about to leave, a young woman virtually erupts into the room apologising for her tardy arrival. He reluctantly agrees to let her read for the part. Over the next 90 minutes (no intermission) the audition moves at a very erotic level as the lines blur between the audition reading and reality, so much so, that  a warning notice that "Venus in Fur"​ is suitable for audiences age 17 and over is required. The steamy high point is the "Kinky Boot" scene when Severin (Thomas) slips the thigh-high black leather boots onto Vanda's shapely legs (photo).

Jenni Putney, making her George Street Playhouse debut in "Venus in Fur," is delightfully quirky, funny, and yet sexy, as she moves seamlessly from her ditsy actress desperate for the role to the aristocratic temptress of the play. Putney, new to the East, has extensive West Coast credits. Mark Alhadeff is not new to the play having been the understudy for the original Broadway production that premiered Off-Broadway at the Classic Stage Company in 2010, and on Broadway in 2011. The Broadway production received two Tony Award nominations, including for Best Play and Best Actress in a Play.  

Late last year the play attracted the attention of film maker Roman Polanski. His French film version is about to be released in May. Polanski, naturally, changed the location from New York to Paris. The film stars Polanski's wife Emmanuelle Seigner and Mathieu Amalric.

Director Fagan's production team includes: scenic design Jason Simms, costumes Richard St. Clair, lighting Thom Weaver, sound Bart Fasbender (great thunder!), fight director Thomas Schall, dialect coach Susan Cameron and production stage manager Thomas Clewell.

"Venus in Fur" is a fascinating, intelligent play about the struggle for sexual power, actually, domination. However, what makes this a remarkable theater experience is the excellence of the performances, particularly Jenni Putney's Vanda. Please note: It is an erotic, sexy, black leather and lace comedy/drama but it should not embarrass anyone. No nudity.

 Reviewed by Rick Busciglio  April 28, 2013

​"Venus in Fur" will run through May 18, 2013. ​
 Tickets, starting at $28, are available for purchase through the George Street Playhouse Box Office, 732-246-7717, or by visiting the Playhouse website:  George Street Playhouse is located at 9 Livingston Avenue, in the heart of New Brunswick’s Dining and Entertainment District.

​More about David Ives ​: He is the author of All in the Timing (winner of the Outer Critics Circle Playwriting Award); New Jerusalem: The Interrogation of Baruch de Spinoza (Hull-Warriner Award); The Lair (adapted from Coneille’s comedy, and winner of the Charles MacArthur Outstanding New Play Award); The School for Lies (adapted from Moliere’s The Misanthrope); Is He Dead? (adapted from Mark Twain); The Heir Apparent (adapted from Regnard); Irving Berling’s White Christmas and Polish Joke.  He is a former Guggenheim Fellow in playwriting.

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Dreamcatcher Offers “Meet the Artist” Free New Play Readings on May 15 and 22


Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, professional Theatre in Residence at the Oakes Center in Summit, will present its annual Meet the Artist free new play reading series on Wednesday May 15 and Wednesday May 22 at 7 p.m on the second floor of the Oakes Center.
The new play reading series is a chance for the audience to participate in the development of new works, both to hear the play read by professional actors and also to discuss the project with the playwright, director and actors afterward. Feedback from these evenings helps the playwrights to further refine their scripts and also gives them a first-hand experience of how the audience will respond to the finished work. These evenings provide a fun and lively way to interact with the creative process, and to receive a preview of plays that may be performed on Dreamcatcher’s mainstage in the future.
The first reading, The Promised Land by David Meyers, will take place on Wednesday, May 15 at 7 p.m. In play, Senator Michael Stewart is a moderate Republican from New Jersey who is trying to work across the aisle. He subsequently finds that the path to real change is littered with conflict and personal agendas. When ideals conflict with reality, which emerges the winner? Meyers is a New Jersey native whose plays have been seen off-Broadway at the Abingdon Theatre Company and the Platform Group, at the Lark Play Development Center, and regionally in New York, New Jersey, Washington, DC, and Minneapolis. The reading will be directed by Laura Ekstrand, Dreamcatcher’s Artistic Director, and will feature Rick Delaney, Joe Discher, Jean Goto, Gary Martins, David Meyers, Jason Szamreta, and Heather Wahl.
Real True Crime by David Lee White will be read on Wednesday, May 22 at 7 p.m. In this play, we meet Maddie, a woman disappointed by her life and feeling helpless to change it. Could the attractive burglar who breaks into the Wawa convenience store where she works be the answer to her prayers? Together they embark on an adventure that could lead them to the life they fantasize about… or right back to where they started. White’s play, Blood: A Comedy, played to sold out houses and critical acclaim at Dreamcatcher in March of 2012. David is the associate artistic director of Passage Theatre Company in Trenton. His play Slippery as Sin premiered there in May of 2012. His play White Baby was produced by Emerging Artists Theatre in NY in 2010. The reading will be directed by Dave Maulbeck and will feature Clark Carmichael, Harry Patrick Christian, Laura Ekstrand, Noreen Farley, Jessica O’Hara-Baker, and David Miceli.
The readings are on the second floor of the Oakes Center, located at 120 Morris Avenue in Summit. Admission is free and no reservations are necessary. The parking lot is accessible from Ashwood Avenue, behind the theatre. For information on any of Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre's programs, please contact Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre at the Oakes Center, 120 Morris Avenue, Summit, NJ 07901, 908-514-9654,

Auditions: Bergen County Players' open call for 'Man of La Mancha'

Bergen County Players (BCP) of Oradell will hold open auditions for its 81st season opening musical "Man of La Mancha" on May 18th, 20th and 22nd.

With a book by Dale Wasserman, music by Mitch Leigh, lyrics by Joe Darion and inspired by Miguel de Cervantes's 17th century masterpiece Don Quixote, this Tony Award-winning musical tells the story of the "mad" knight, Don Quixote, as a play within a play performed by the poet Cervantes and his fellow prisoners as they await a hearing with the Spanish Inquisition. The beautiful score, featuring the anthem "The Impossible Dream," led the way to five Tony Awards in 1965 and a Broadway run of six years.

"Man of La Mancha" will be directed by Jacqueline McElroy-Poquette, with musical direction by Steve Bell. Open auditions will take place at the Little Firehouse Theatre, 298 Kinderkamack Road in Oradell, NJ.

"Man of La Mancha" Auditions
Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 10:30 a.m.
Monday, May 20, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.

Callbacks (by invitation only)
Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 10:30 a.m.
Little Firehouse Theatre, 298 Kinderkamack Road Oradell, NJ 07649
Performance Dates
September 14 through October 12

General Requirements: Auditioners should prepare an excerpt of a song (16-32 bars) not from MOLM that best represents their voice and bring sheet music for the accompanist in the proper key. Those auditioning for a specific role may sing a song of their choosing but should be familiar with the songs from the show. There will be no dance auditions. ALL ROLES ARE OPEN.

Character Breakdown
Don Quixote/Cervantes - (Baritone) Tall, slim. Double role
- Quixote - childlike, openness, much gusto & verve
- Cervantes - courtly, loves to play act
Sancho Panza - (High Baritone or Tenor) Comic role - companion to Cervantes, squire to Quixote
Aldonza/Dulcinea - (Soprano) Buxom, earthy, highly sexual type
Padre - (Tenor) Looks and age variable
Governor/Innkeeper - (Baritone) Looks and age variable
Antonia - (Soprano) Ingénue, small, pretty, delicate
Housekeeper - (Mezzo) Mature, looks variable
Duke/Dr. Carracas - (Baritone) Mature, looks variable
Barber - (Tenor) Looks and age variable
Fermina - Moorish Belly Dancer
Muleteers (6) - Singers; Roughnecks - inmates; various ages & sizes
The balance of the singing ensemble includes Maria, Innkeeper's wife, Captain and Guards of the Inquisition.

For more information contact Jacqueline McElroy-Poquette at or call 201-497-5717.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

'Into the Woods' next at McCarter in Princeton

McCarter Theatre Center will present Fiasco Theater’s reimaging of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s masterful musical, "Into the Woods," from May 3 to June 9. Opening Night: Friday, May 10.

Fresh from their six-actor off-Broadway runaway hit Cymbeline, the acclaimed Fiasco Theater teams up with McCarter Theatre to conjure this enchanting tale into being with whimsy, theatrical invention, an ensemble of ten actors, and a single piano. With dazzling lyrics, sumptuous melodies, and a deliciously wicked plot, this astonishingly clever Into the Woods will leave your whole family smiling. The imaginative ensemble includes Jessie Austrian, Noah Brody, Paul L. Coffey, Andy Grotelueschen, Liz Hayes, Claire Karpen, Jennifer Mudge, Patrick Mulryan, Ben Steinfeld, and Emily Young.

McCarter Theatre Artistic Director Emily Mann said, “When we were searching for the perfect project to cap the season, my associate producer Adam Immerwahr, shared with me that Fiasco Theater was putting together a new take on Into the Woods – and I was immediately intrigued.” Ms. Mann added, “With a tiny cast and some wild doubling, a set of brilliant actor-musicians and great creativity, this will be an Into the Woods that you can’t see anywhere else.”

Hailed by Ben Brantley at The New York Times as “the most truly enchanting Cymbeline,” Fiasco’s inventive production sold out of-Broadway and made New York magazine’s 2011 Top Ten productions. Scott Brown in New York Magazine raved, “The Fiasco Company brings joyful music, playful inventiveness and just an air-kiss of irony to Shakespeare’s mock-epic. They remind us what theater, at its simplest and most powerful, is really for: the alchemical thrill of watching an entire work conjured into being out of sheer wit and will. A small masterpiece.” And simply put by The New Yorker: “A playful and inspired work of art.”

Fiasco Theater is an ensemble theater company created by graduates of the Brown University/Trinity Rep MFA acting program. Cymbeline was presented off-Broadway twice, for nearly 200 performances, and was honored with the Off-Broadway Alliance Award for best revival of 2011/2012. In 2008, Fiasco began offering the Free Training Initiative—a three-week, conservatory-level classical acting intensive for professional actors, completely free of charge to students. Fiasco has been in residence with Duke University, Marquette University, and NYU-Gallatin. Fiasco co-founders are Jesse Austrian, Noah Brody, Megan Ketch, and Ben Steinfeld.

The distinctive production, co-directed by Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld, will feature choreography by Lisa Shriver and musical director/pianist Matt Castle. The design team includes Tony Award-winning set designer Derek McLane, costume designer Whitney Locher (costume), lighting designer Tim Cryan, sound designer Darron L West, vocal coach and Alexander Technique by Kathryn Armour. The production stage manager is Cheryl Mintz with assistant stage manager Marcy Victoria Reed.

Noah Brody is the Co-Artistic Director and Head of Producing for Fiasco Theater. His acting credits include Portland Stage Company, the Shakespeare Theater of NJ, Madison Rep, and Trinity Repertory Company, as well as European tours with the Reduced Shakespeare Company. He has appeared on television’s Law & Order and as recurring characters on both All My Children and As the World Turns. As an adjunct faculty member at NYU and the Stella Adler School of Acting he taught Voice & Speech, Scene Study, and directed plays. Brody is also a fight choreographer for stage and film, and trained with J. Allen Suddeth and Richard Ryan, Master at Arms at RADA. Brody is the author of the plays The Vexed Question and Cold. He received an MFA from the Brown University/Trinity Rep MFA Acting Program.

Ben Steinfeld is the Co-Artistic Director and Head of Artistic Development for Fiasco Theater. He has co-directed and acted in Fiasco’s productions of Cymbeline, Twelfth Night, and The Two Gentlemen of Verona, and co-taught Voice and Rehearsal Technique for the Free Training Initiative in 2009. He has also performed for the Center Theatre Group, Portland Center Stage, Bread Loaf, Williamstown Theatre Festival, SpeakEasy Stage Co., Seven Angels, and Trinity Repertory Company. Steinfeld has been seen on television on Law & Order: Criminal Intent. He is an adjunct professor at NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, where he teaches acting, musical theater, and theater history. He has narrated three Young People’s concerts with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at NJPAC. Steinfeld earned a BA in Theater Arts from Brown University, and an MFA from the Brown University/Trinity Rep MFA Acting Program.


McCarter Theatre Center is easily accessible by car via US Route 1, Interstate 95/295, and NJ Route 206. Or take the train to McCarter: New Jersey Transit serves Princeton Junction via the Northeast Corridor Line. Then it’s a ride of four minutes on New Jersey Transit’s “Dinky” train to Princeton Station. McCarter is directly across the street at 91 University Place.


Tickets for Into the Woods start as low as $20, and can be purchased online at, by phone at (609) 258-2787, and in person at the McCarter Theatre ticket office (91 University Place, Princeton). Student and group rates are also available.

Friday May 3 8:00 pm

Saturday May 4 8:00 pm

Sunday May 5 2:00 pm

Tuesday May 7 7:30 pm

Wednesday May 8 7:30 pm

Thursday May 9 7:30 pm

Friday May 10 8:00 pm

Saturday May 11 3:00 pm

Saturday May 11 8:00 pm

Sunday May 12 2:00 pm

Tuesday May 14 7:30 pm

Wednesday May 15 7:30 pm

Thursday May 16 7:30 pm

Friday May 17 8:00 pm

Saturday May 18 3:00 pm

Saturday May 18 8:00 pm

Sunday May 19 2:00 pm

Sunday May 19 7:30 pm

Wednesday May 22 7:30 pm

Thursday May 23 7:30 pm

Friday May 24 8:00 pm

Saturday May 25 3:00 pm

Saturday May 25 8:00 pm

Sunday May 26 2:00 pm

Sunday May 26 7:30 pm

Tuesday May 28 7:30 pm

Wednesday May 29 7:30 pm

Thursday May 30 7:30 pm

Friday May 31 8:00 pm

Saturday June 1 3:00 pm

Saturday June 1 8:00 pm

Sunday June 2 2:00 pm


Jessie Austrian (Baker’s Wife) is a founder and co-artistic director of Fiasco Theater and couldn't be more thrilled to be working on this show with this team at McCarter. Broadway: The Importance of Being Earnest, Lend Me a Tenor. Off-Broadway: Fiasco’s Cymbeline, The Marriage of Bette and Boo. Regional favorites include: Jane Eyre (Guthrie), Is He Dead? (Pioneer Theatre), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Trinity Rep), My Fair Lady (Actors Theatre of Louisville and Virginia Stage Company), and Cabaret & Main (Williamstown). Adjunct faculty at NYU’s Gallatin School. Proud graduate of Brown University and the Brown University/ Trinity Rep MFA Acting Program.

Noah Brody (Lucinda, Wolf, Cinderella’s Prince/Co-Director) is a founder, co-artistic director, and head of producing for Fiasco Theater. He has co-directed and acted in all of Fiasco's productions including Cymbeline, Twelfth Night, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, and Into the Woods. He has acted at theaters around the country and in Europe, appeared shirtless on soaps, headless on a crime drama, and as a dismembered torso on some underwear boxes. He teaches acting, voice, and text through Fiasco and the Gallatin School summer Shakespeare intensive, and choreographs fights for money. He spends that money on singing and horn lessons. Noah writes plays, including The Vexed Question, currently under development with Fiasco, and enjoys long, complicated novels and histories. He is a proud graduate of the Brown University/Trinity Rep MFA Acting Program.

Matt Castle (Pianist/Music Director) is proud to be collaborating with Fiasco for the first time. He made his Broadway debut in John Doyle’s 2007 Tony Award–winning revival of Company. Other actor-musician credits include Enter Laughing and LingoLand (York Theatre), The Musical of Musicals (original off-Broadway cast), and Merrily We Roll Along (Cincinnati Playhouse). As a musical director specializing in new works, he has developed more than 70 musicals at Sundance, NYU, Playwrights Horizons, Barrington Stage, Weston Playhouse, O’Neill Center, Signature Theatre (NYC), NYMF, and CAP21. In collaboration with Frank Galgano he has orchestrated music for Kennedy Center, George Street Playhouse, BC/EFA, TheatreworksUSA, and Sacramento Theatre Company.

Paul L. Coffey (Mysterious Man) Off-Broadway: Fiasco’s Cymbeline (TFANA/Barrow Street Theatre), The Taming of the Shrew (TFANA). Regional: Trinity Rep, Pig Iron Theatre, The Vineyard Playhouse, Company of Fools, BoarsHead Theater, The Theater at Monmouth, The Peterborough Players, The Berkshire Theatre Festival. Training: MFA from Brown University/Trinity Rep where he was a Stephen Sondheim Fellow. Paul is a member of Fiasco Theater and Ensemble Studio Theatre.

Andy Grotelueschen (Milky White, Florinda, Rapunzel’s Prince) is thrilled to be making his McCarter debut with Fiasco, where he is a company member. Fiasco Theater: Cymbeline, Twelfth Night. Broadway: Cyrano de Bergerac. Off-Broadway: Petruchio in Taming of the Shrew (TFANA), Henry V (The Acting Company). Additional NYC: Balm in Gilead (with Michael Shannon), Monstrosity(13P), The Scariest (The Exchange Theatre), The Amazing Ted Show! (Ars Nova/South African tour). Regional: Servant Of Two Masters (Yale Rep/Shakespeare Theatre); Mrs. Smith Presents...(A.R.T.); The Moliere Impromptu, Moon for the Misbegotten (Trinity Rep); Ivanov (Lake Lucille Chekhov). Film: Still on the Road (PBS), American Gladiators. TV: Elementary. Training: Brown University/Trinity Rep MFA Acting Program, Ecole Philippe Gaulier. Apprentice to Christopher Bayes, and he's from Iowa.

Liz Hayes (Cinderella’s Stepmother, Jack’s Mother) is thrilled to be making her debut at McCarter with Fiasco. Regional credits include: Lungs, Collected Stories (New Repertory Theatre); Adding Machine: A Musical (SpeakEasy Stage – Elliot Norton Award nom.); Deported/a dream play (Boston Playwrights', World Premiere); Three Tall Women, Dead Man's Cell Phone, A Little Night Music, The Spitfire Grill (Lyric Stage); Crimes of the Heart (Gloucester Stage); Look Back in Anger, Marisol, Love Song (Orfeo Group – Elliot Norton Award nom.). Training: MFA, The Shakespeare Theatre's Academy for Classical Acting. Liz teaches voice and speech at The Boston Conservatory.

Claire Karpen (Cinderella) is thrilled to make her debut at McCarter with Fiasco. Credits include: The 60's Project (Goodspeed Musicals), Unrequited (Public Shakespeare Lab), Don't Talk to the Actors (Penguin Rep), and The Last Five Years (Stamford Center for the Arts). Select Juilliard credits: All My Sons (dir. Harris Yulin), Circle Mirror Transformation (dir. Lila Neugebauer), Top Girls,and You Are Here (dir. Evan Cabnet). Writing: Hardcore West Virginia (2012 ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop with Stephen Schwartz, written with Mike Pettry). Directing: Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune and A Little Night Music (Juilliard), Voices in My Head (Ars Nova). Training: Juilliard (Michael St. Denis Award), Brown University (Susan Ross Steinfeld Award).

Jennifer Mudge (Witch) Broadway: The Philanthropist (Roundabout), Reckless (MTC/Second Stage). Off-Broadway: Don't Go Gentle (MCC); The Big Meal (Playwrights Horizons); OOH-RAH! (Atlantic); Dutchman (Cherry Lane – Drama Desk nom.); Fault Lines (Naked Angels); Geometry of Fire, The Pavilion (Rattlestick); The Stendhal Syndrome (Primary Stages); Only the End of the World. Regional: Geffen Playhouse (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof with John Goodman), Sundance, Williamstown, Arena Stage, Bay Street, CATF, Trinity Rep, Westport Playhouse, Perry-Mansfield, NYSAF. TV/Film: Dead Man Down, BOSS (recurring), Lefty Loosey, Price Check, The Stand-Up, You Don’t Know Jack (HBO), Drifting Elegant, Sonnet for a Town Car, The Big C, The Good Wife, Mercy,Law & Order, Law & Order: CI, Life is Wild. 2007 Seldes–Kanin Fellowship. Member, Actors Center Workshop Co. and Theater of War.

Patrick Mulryan (Jack, Steward) Off-Broadway: Fiasco’s Cymbeline (Barrow Street Theatre). Regional: Cabaret, Importance of Being Earnest (Trinity Rep); Chain of Fools (Guthrie). National Tours:Christmas Carol (TWUSA). Various readings/workshops with Fiasco Theater, TFANA, New World Stages, LARK Play Development Center, Bay St. Theatre, A Collection of Shiny Objects. Patrick is a proud graduate of the Brown University/Trinity Rep MFA Acting Program. Other Training: Guthrie Experience, Moscow Art Theatre, Oberlin College (BA).

Ben Steinfeld (Baker/Co-Director) has co-directed and acted in all of Fiasco’s productions. Broadway: Cyrano de Bergerac, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Off-Broadway: Fiasco’s Cymbeline(TFANA/Barrow Street Theatre), Bloody Bloody… (The Public). Regional acting credits: Center Theatre Group, Portland Center Stage, Williamstown, and 10 plays with Trinity Rep. TV/Film: The Good Wife, Law & Order: CI, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and the upcoming HBO film Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight. Ben is an adjunct professor at NYU’s Gallatin School and has narrated several Young People’s concerts as an artist-in-residence with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Ben is a proud graduate of Brown University (BA), and the Brown University/Trinity Rep MFA Acting Program.

Emily Young (Little Red Ridinghood, Rapunzel) is thrilled to be making her McCarter Theatre debut! Broadway: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Off-Broadway: Fiasco’s Cymbeline (Barrow Street Theater, New Victory Theater), Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Public Theater), Romeo and Juliet (Theater Breaking Through Barriers), Colorado (SPF). Regional: North Carolina Shakespeare Festival, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Trinity Rep, Kennedy Center’s Millennium Festival. Workshops/readings: NYSAF, Sundance Theater Lab. Film credits: God of Love (Academy Award for Best Live-Action Short 2011), Natives (Official Selection: SXSW), Manhattan Melody (Official selection: Telluride, Woodstock, Atlanta). Training: Brown University/Trinity Rep MFA Acting Program, BA Brown University.

Here Is What's Playing on NJ Professional Stages

On New Jersey's Professional Stages

This includes information about performances through May 5

Bickford Theatre, Morristown
Plaza Suite
By Neil Simon

Now through May 5

In a beautiful room in New York's famous Plaza Hotel, three vastly different couples come to stay; a marriage dissolves, a seduction occurs, and a jittery ride is persuaded to marry. Three plays on one, Plaza Suite takes a funny, touching and perceptive peek into the foibles of romance, love and marriage.
To purchase tickets: (973) 971-3706
Visit the Bickford Theatre website                 READ OUR REVIEW
George Street Playhouse, New Brunswick
Venus in Fur 
By David Ives

Now through May 18 (New Jersey Premiere)

This electrifying and darkly seductive comedy will shock and surprise as it blurs the lines between fantasy and reality. An emotionally-charged game of cat and mouse unfolds as an arresting young actress seeks to land the lead in the writer's new play, based on the classic erotic novel, Venus in Fur. Recommended for ages 17 and up.
To purchase tickets, call: (732) 246-7717
Visit the George Street Playhouse website         TO BE REVIEWED APRIL 28
The Growing Stage, Netcong
Pinkalicious - The Musical

Book by Elizabeth Kann & Victoria Kann

Now through May 12 (New Jersey Premiere)

Based on the popular book, Pinkalicious can't stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her indulgence lands her at the doctor's office with an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe, but when her hue goes too far, she learns the power of self-control and the importance of moderation.
Music by John Gregor; Lyrics by John Gregor, Elizabeth Kann and Victoria Kann.
To reserve tickets, call: (973) 347-4946
Visit The Growing Stage's website           READ OUR REVIEW
Luna Stage Company, West Orange
A Moon for the Misbegotten By Eugene O'Neill
Now through May 5

A strong woman, with a sharp tongue and a reputation; she is also the rock that holds her family farm together. With the future of that farm at risk, Josie and her father hatch a scheme. Love, desire and betrayal vie for dominance in this classic story by one of our greatest American playwrights.
To reserve tickets, call: (973) 395-5551
Visit the Luna Stage Company website    READ OUR REVIEW
McCarter Theatre Center, Princeton
Into the Woods Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim; book by James Lapine
May 3 - June 2

The forests are not always what they seem in this spellbinding, and witty musical that asks: What happens after happily ever after? With dazzling lyrics, sumptuous melodies, and only ten actors and a piano, this astonishingly inventive new production of Sondheim's beloved show will leave your whole family smiling. 
To reserve tickets, call: (609) 258-6500
Visit the McCarter Theatre Center website   TO BE REVIEWED
New Jersey Repertory Company, Long Branch
Noir By Stan Werse
Now through May 5 (World Premiere)

Here are the facts, just the facts: New York City, 1950. Andrews has left town; Klein is dead. Betty, well she's still alive, but someone has beat the pretty off her. Detective Clay Holden has his first big chance, but this is one case he may not want to solve.
To reserve tickets, call: (732) 229-3166
Visit the New Jersey Repertory Company website
Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn
Thoroughly Modern Millie Book by Richard Morris and Dick Scanlan
Now through May 5

Winner of the Tony and Drama Desk Awards for best musical, this effervescent romp follows young Millie Dillmount as she arrives in Roaring Twenties New York. Filled with frisky flappers, dashing leading men, and a dragon lady of a villainess, Millie is loaded with fabulous music, dancing and delicious madcap merriment.
Music by Jeanine Tesori; Lyrics by Dick Scanlan.
To reserve tickets, call: (973) 379-3636

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Surflight Theatre, Beach Haven
Thank You for the Music - A Modern Tribute to Abba 
Now through May 4

This is a modern tribute to ABBA, the Swedish pop super-group sensation! Powerful harmonies, high-energy dance and the unforgettable hits of ABBA make this contemporary musical tribute one not to be missed. “Dancing Queen,” ”Waterloo,” “Take a Chance on Me” and “Mamma Mia” only begin the journey as our season opener.
To purchase tickets, call: (609) 492-9477
Visit the Surflight Theatre website
Two River Theater Company, Red Bank
2.5 Minute Ride 
By Lisa Kron
Now thru May 12

An award-winning solo performance by one of the most remarkable starytellers in American theater. Interweaving her father's history as a child of the Holocaust with an annual family trip to an amusement park, 2.5 Minute Ride is a poignant, funny, complex, and uplifting medidation on tragedy, grief and family.

In the Rechnitz theatre.

The Electric Baby By Stefanie Zadravec
Now through May 5

Folk tales and folklore infuse this moving, powerful, and hopeful story about damaged people, unexpected relationships, and what it means to live in the center of your own life. A group of lost souls are brought together by an accident, and form unlikely connections that will change all of their lives. Contains adult language.
In the Huber Theatre.
To reserve tickets, call: (732) 345-1400

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Theater Project free staged reading in Cranford today at 2 p.m.

The Friends of the Cranford Public Library will present today at 2 p.m. a script-in-hand, staged performance of “A Night in the Wilde Wild West,” a musical based on “Wilde Night in the Rockies,” on Saturday, April 27, at 2 p.m. in the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Avenue.The play will be performed by members of TheTheater Project, one of New Jersey’s most acclaimed professional theater groups, and the recent winner of two New Jersey Tony Awards.

 “Wilde Wild West” is a mad, dark comedy in which Oscar Wilde arrives in the mining town of Leadville, Colorado in 1882 on his lecture tour of America. Madam Augusta and her henchman, Willie, have a stranglehold on Leadville.

Together they lie, cheat, and even hang in order to maintain their control. Augusta’s daughter, Frenchie, is pursued by Willie, but she loves her mother’s enemy, the miner Charlie. Oscar outwits the bad guys, frees Leadville, rescues young love, and enjoys a three-course dinner of whiskey, whiskey, and whiskey with the miners, the Prince of Wales, and Lillie Langtry.
The book of the play and the lyrics are by Jewel Seehaus-Fisher. Ms. Seehaus-Fisher is a two-time recipient of New Jersey State Council on the Arts fellowships in playwriting. She has had many of her full length plays produced, including “Person of Interest,” “Mark Twain and the General: The Opera,” “Trio Sonata,” “My Sister Underground,” “Fanny and Walt,” “Amandla,” and “Cakes and Ale.” 

Productions of her short plays include: “Love on Route 27,” “Blame It On Love,” “The Fan,” “Taxi!,” “My Sister Underground,” “Enter A Stranger,” “Tomato Season,” “Next,” “Safe Sex,” “Mr. Singh,” and “Novistad.”
The music for “Wild Wilde West” was composed by Dr. Robert W. Butts. Dr. Butts is an active New Jersey conductor, educator, and composer. He is currently Artistic Director and Conductor of the Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey, Eastern Opera Company, and In Mid-Air Productions. He is on the faculty of Montclair State University and the College of Saint Elizabeth.
Dr. Butts has been awarded the American Prize for orchestral conducting (2011) and opera conducting (2012), as well as being granted the first American Prize for Educational Outreach (2011). His opera “Mark Twain and the General,” with libretto by Ms. Seehaus-Fisher, has been given several acclaimed performances, and was first heard in a Theater Project reading in April 2012.

 His other theater works include adaptations of works by Edgar Allen Poe (“The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Cask of Amontillado”) and the musical drama “Gesualdo,” also written in collaboration with Ms. Seehaus-Fisher. In January 2012, Dr. Butts participated in the Atlanta Opera’s 24 Hour Opera Project.
The performance of “A Night in the Wilde Wild West” will be followed by a discussion among the play’s creators, the actors, the director, and members of the audience. Admission to the program is free