Saturday, May 31, 2014

‘Shrek The Musical’ Now at Barn Theatre in Montville

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The Barn Theatre of Montville, NJ is presenting "Shrek the Musical". Performances started on May 16, 23, 24, 30, 31, June 6 and 7 at 8pm; and on May 17, 18, 25, June 1 at 2pm. Tickets are $24 (senior/student tickets are $22 on matinees only).

In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre - not a handsome prince - shows up to rescue a feisty princess. Throw in a donkey who won't shut up, a bad guy with a SHORT temper, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you've got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there's one on hand. His name is Shrek.

Shrek the Musical, with book by David Lindsay-Abaire, music by Jeanine Tesori and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire, is based on the Oscar® winning DreamWorks Animation Motion Picture and book by William Steig of the same name. Full of all-new songs and plenty of laughs, "Shrek the Musical"  is part romance, part twisted fairy tale and part irreverent fun for audiences of all ages.

The cast of "Shrek the Musical" features Peter Ogrodnik (of Spotswood NJ), Danielle Meola Valencia (of Nutley NJ), Fred Carlton (of Vineland NJ), Brian Merrill (of Lincoln Park NJ), Caitlin Tarpey (of Wayne NJ), Salvatore Bellomo (of Lodi NJ), Marisa Budnick (of Wayne NJ), Vincent Plantamura (of Washington Township NJ), Brandon Bennett (of Butler NJ), Colleen Larranaga (of Wayne NJ), Devin Sunar (of Montville NJ), Danielle Pennisi (of Cedar Grove NJ), Krystal Aguilar (of Seccaucus NJ), Nikki Simz (of Pompton Lakes NJ), Juliana Smith (of Parsippany NJ), Cadence Bernstein (of Towaco NJ), Ayla Schwartz (of Montclair NJ), Alex Tullo (of Towaco NJ), Brendan Masker (of West Orange NJ) and Megan Johnson (of West Milford NJ).

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 (Left to Right): Peter Ogrodnik (of Spotswood NJ) and Danielle Meola Valencia (of Nutley NJ) in "Shrek the Musical"  [Photo by Tom Schopper]

What’s Playing This Week?

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Here is a selected list of professional and community productions for the next week:

CAPE MAY Cape May Stage, The Robert Shackleton Playhouse “The Mountaintop,” by Katori Hall. Through June 13. $15 to $35. Cape May Stage, The Robert Shackleton Playhouse, 405 Lafayette Street.; (609) 770-8311.

CAPE MAY East Lynne Theater Company “The First Fifty Years.” June 11 through July 19. $15 to $30. East Lynne Theater Company, 500 Hughes Street. (609) 884-5898;

MADISON F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theater, Drew University “The Tempest,” by Shakespeare. Through June 22. $15 to $75. F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theater, Drew University, 36 Madison Avenue.; (973) 408-5600.

MILLBURN Paper Mill Playhouse “Grease,” musical by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey. Through June 29. $35 to $90. Paper Mill Playhouse, 22 Brookside Drive. (973) 376-4343;

MONTCLAIR Studio Playhouse “Spring Awakening,” rock musical, music by Duncan Sheik and book and lyrics by Steven Sater. Through June 14. $25. Studio Playhouse, 14 Alvin Place. (973) 744-9752;

MONTVILLE Barn Theatre ‘Shrek The Musical’ The Barn Theatre is located on Skyline Drive in Montville, NJ, Box Office at (973) 334-9320, or visit The Barn Theatre on the web at

NEW BRUNSWICK State Theater “West Side Story,” musical with a libretto by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and conception and choreography by Jerome Robbins. Through June 1. $35 to $75. State Theater, 15 Livingston Avenue. (732) 246-7469;

ORADELL Bergen County Players, Little Firehouse Theater “Ruthless!” musical comedy by Joel Paley and Marvin Laird. Through June 1. $22. Bergen County Players, Little Firehouse Theater, 298 Kinderkamack Road. (201) 261-4200;

RED BANK Two River Theater “Third,” by Wendy Wasserstein. Through June 22. $20 to $50. Two River Theater, 21 Bridge Avenue. (732) 345-1400;

TRENTON Mill Hill Playhouse “Tamer of Horses,” by William Mastrosimone, presented by Passage Theater Company. Through June 8. $30 and $35. “Play Lab Prix Fixe,” a weekend of new plays and a sampling of local restaurant fare. June 13 through June 15. $20. Mill Hill Playhouse, 205 East Front Street. (609) 392-0766;

WEST ORANGE Luna Stage “The Widow of Tom’s Hill,” drama by Aleks Merilo. June 13 and 14. $10 and $18. Luna Stage, 555 Valley Road. (973) 395-5551;

Photo: Scene from STNJ’s The Tempest/Source: STNJ

Friday, May 30, 2014

Auditions: ‘Godspell’ for Playwrights Theatre in Madison


The Madison Recreation Department and Playwrights Theatre will hold auditions for  GODSPELL conceived and originally directed by John-Michael Tebelak, music and new lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, originally produced on the New York Stage by Edgar Lansbury, Stuart Duncan and Josepth Beruh on June 4 and June 5 at 6:30pm in the administrative offices of Playwrights Theatre, Madison Civic Center, 28 Walnut Street, Madison, NJ.

Auditions are open to all Madison residents between the ages of 14-21. Interested performers should be prepared to sing a portion of a pop/folk/rock style song of their choice. In addition, the acting portion of the audition will include improvisation.

Rehearsals will be in the evenings 6-9:30pm, beginning the week of June 16, and the young performers will be joined by some special guest performers/teaching artists so they will have more opportunities to work and learn alongside professional artists!  Musicians will also be needed for the band and anyone interested in auditioning for the musical director position should contact Playwrights Theatre.

Written by Broadway composer Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin), this long running musical (the original production ran over 2,100 performances, was revived 3 times, and a second revival in 2012) features pop, rock and folk style songs as well as lessons and skits. Schwartz has said the show was “never intended to be a “Sunday school lesson”.  “Godspell, at its heart, is about the formation of a community out of disparate people coming together over very basic and simple philosophical concepts, such as “Always treat others as you would have them treat you”.

Artistic Director John Pietrowski said: “As in previous years, we will have professional actors and musicians donating their time to work alongside the students. Not only will the young artists have a great time working on an excellent and fun musical, they will have a powerful learning experience as well.”

Performances will be at Madison High School on July 24 and July 25, 2014, at 7:30pm and July 26, 2014, at 2:00pm.

For questions and additional information, contact the director, Danielle Constance at 973-514-1787 X13 or

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 2003-2013, we have been designated a Major Arts Institution by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts (along with only four other theatres: The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, George Street Playhouse, McCarter Theatre Center 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, The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, The Shubert Foundation, Travelers, 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.

Rhino Theatre announces the performance of ‘Dracula’

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“Dracula” will make his appearance at the Rhino Theatre, with performances beginning Friday, June 6th and running until Sunday, June 22nd.  This stage adaptation is closely based on the original presenting the frightening story that made this a horror classic.

The mysterious Count Dracula has gone to England where he is living on a large estate next to an insane asylum run by the incredibly naive Dr. Seward. The others that make up the cast of this thriller include Professor Van Helsing who must convince Dr. Seward that Count Dracula is a vampire; Renfield, a fly-eating lunatic who serves the Count (once too often); beautiful Lucy Westenra, who has an uncanny resemblance to a girl Count Dracula loved over a hundred years ago; Charles, the Westenra family housekeeper whose poor eyesight saves her from being hypnotized; as well as three female vampires! The plot develops with all the excitement of the original and then, in the end, the audience is given the jolt of a startling double twist. 

Ticket price is $25.00 for Adults and $23.50 for Seniors.

For tickets, please call Rhino Theatre at 973-248-9491 or you can purchase tickets online at  Rhino Theatre is located at 247 Wanaque Avenue, Pompton Lakes NJ, 07442.

Performance Times;    8 p.m. (Fridays and Saturdays), 2 p.m. (Sundays)

Bergen County Players (BCP) closes 2013-2014 season with ‘My Favorite Wife’

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The Bergen County Players (BCP) closes its highly successful 2013-2014 season with a presentation of "My Favorite Wife" – a Players Radio Theatre Production. Under the direction of Jerry Hurley, "My Favorite Wife" will be performed at the Little Firehouse Theatre in Oradell on Saturday, June 7th at 8:00 PM and Sunday, June 8th at 2:00 PM, and both performances are close to a sellout. Remaining tickets are just $10 and can be purchased online at, by calling 201-261-4200 or by visiting the box office at 298 Kinderkamack Road in Oradell during regular box office hours.

It’s been a few years, but Players Radio Theatre is back with another live broadcast from the stage of the Little Firehouse Theatre! Based on a poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson, the story about a wife who comes home after being shipwrecked for seven years only to find her husband newly remarried was made into an unforgettable 1940 screwball comedy film starring Irene Dunne and Cary Grant. Originally performed by the Screen Director’s Playhouse in 1950, this one hour radio script will be faithfully recreated on our stage with amazing sound effects and vocal tricks while streaming over the internet for a
worldwide audience!

The talented cast of "My Favorite Wife" includes: Margie Druss Fodor (Ellen), Emma Fodor (Chinch), Casey Giblin (Timmy), Amanda Roy (Bianca), David Luke (Announcer), Harry Bates (Pentwhistle), Bill Cantor (Nick), Penny Kaspar (Judge), Lori Milchman (Mother, Commercials), Kathleen Ruland (Commercials), Terri Caust (Commercials) and Zaccary Caust (Commercials).

The crew includes: Jerry Hurley (Director), Rhea Smith (Producer), Geri Berhain (Stage Manager), Michael Smith (Set Construction), Paul Reitnauer (Social Media and Sound Design), Rosemary DeFlorio (Light Operation), Michele Roth (Sound Operation), Howard Kerner and Rob Kopil (Foley operators), Matt Rofofsky (Publicity) and Michael Smith (Photography).

•        All performances take place at The Little Firehouse Theatre at 298 Kinderkamack Road in Oradell, home to the Bergen County Players since 1949.  Performance times are Saturday at 8 pmand Sunday at 2 pm.
•        Tickets for "My Favorite Wife" are $10 for all performances, and can be purchased online at, by calling 201-261-4200 or by visiting the box office at 298 Kinderkamack Road in Oradell during regular box office hours.  Visa, Master Card, and American Express are accepted.
•        Parking is free at the Park Avenue municipal lot, across the street, one-half block north of the theater.

The Bergen County Players has grown tremendously from its roots as a small community theater when it was founded in 1932; today, nearly 300 volunteer members, working on and off stage, make possible the nine productions presented each season. Our recently announced 2014-2015 season includes: "The Drowsy Chaperone", "45 Seconds from Broadway", "Freckleface Strawberry", "Clybourne Park", "Bell Book and Candle", "August: Osage County" and "God of Carnage".

Bergen County Players, Inc. is a non-equity, non-profit community theater company dedicated to presenting quality productions for the enrichment of the community.
Further information can be found at

Top Photo: (l-r)  Casey Giblin, Margie Druss Fodor, Emma Fodor and Geri Berhain. Photo by Michael Smith

Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s 52nd Season opens with Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’

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The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s 52nd Season opens with The Tempest, Shakespeare’s final great work.

Performances continue through June 22nd at the F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, 36 Madison Ave. (at Lancaster Road) in Madison.   Individual tickets are now on sale and can be purchased by calling the Box Office at973-408-5600 or by visiting

Performances are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays at 7:30 p.m.; Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m.  Individual tickets range from $15 to $75. 

As one of Shakespeare’s late romances, The Tempest, while not technically his last play, is considered the Bard’s farewell masterpiece. The character of Prospero, the exiled Duke turned powerful magician, appears semi-autobiographical—Shakespeare’s aging alter-ego who must also bid farewell to his “art.” 

Pictured: (l to r) Sebastian (Andy Baldeschwiler) and Antonio (V Craig Heidenreich) plan to topple the king.  (background) Erin Partin as Ariel.   Photo: © Jerry Dalia, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey

Luna Stage Honors The Chase Foundation at Year-End Benefit Celebration


Luna Stage will celebrate the close of its 21st season with a year end benefit celebration on June 12th, 2014 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the theatre in West Orange.

The evening will feature hors d'oeuvres, wine, dessert, music and good cheer as the company reflects upon a successful four years in the emerging Valley Arts District of Orange and West Orange and looks to a 22nd season that will include three world premieres of new plays developed at Luna Stage.

Award-winning actress, singer, producer and artistic activist, Suzzanne Douglas will be the Master of Ceremonies for the evening and may sing a song or two.  Music will provided by pianist Can Olgun.

Luna Stage will honor Elliott D. Lee of The Chase Foundation with the company's annual Community Service Award. Mr. Lee will accept on behalf of JPMorgan Chase & Co.  The Chase Foundation was instrumental in bringing Luna Stage to the Valley four years ago, and generously supported the renovation of the company's home at 555 Valley Road.

Individual tickets to the benefit celebration are $75 and may be purchased online at or by phone or in person Tuesday-Friday from 10am-3pm.  For information on sponsorship opportunities and pricing, please contact John Lewis at or (973) 395-5551.

For over two decades, Luna Stage has produced thought-provoking theatre that gives voice to emerging American playwrights and re-examines contemporary and classic plays that speak to our times.

“As producer, educator and innovator, Luna Stage is committed to collaborating with artists of multiple disciplines and community partners to illuminate the diverse perspectives of society.”

luna (1)“Luna Stage, a proud member of Valley Arts, is located at 555 Valley Road, West Orange, NJ 07052. 973-395-5551. The theatre is handicapped accessible and offers assistive listening devices.”

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Mayo Performing Arts Center will present its second annual youth production ‘Hairspray’ this weekend


–The Mayo Performing Arts Center will present its second annual youth production, Hairspray on Friday, May 30 at 7:30 pm; Saturday, May 31 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm and Sunday, June 1 at 2 pm. Tickets are $15.
Over 80 children will be featured in the performance. The production will be directed by Cathy Roy, Education Director at MPAC.
"I’m so excited to share this fantastic show and talented cast with our MPAC audiences!” said Cathy Roy. “Hairspray is a great piece of
musical theatre with a brilliant score, hilarious book and high energy dance numbers, but more importantly it carries some very important
messages about equality, tolerance and acceptance. It has been a very special experience working on this powerful show with such a
talented group of people!"
HAIRSPRAY, winner of 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical, is a family-friendly musical piled bouffant high with laughter, romance, and
deliriously tuneful songs. It's 1962 in Baltimore, and the lovable plus-size teen Tracy Turnblad has only one desire -- to dance on the
popular Corny Collins Show. When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. She must use her
newfound power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin, and integrate a TV network, all without
denting her 'do!
Amanda Fletcher of Florham Park portrays Tracy Turnblad, William Davila of Morristown plays Link Larkin. Julian A. Baro of Edison plays
Edna. The 80+ cast members hail from Morris, Essex, Hudson, Somerset, Mercer, Bergen and Union counties. (Cast list attached)
Mayo Performing Arts Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, presents a wide range of programs that entertain, enrich, and educate the
diverse population of the region and enhance the economic vitality of Northern New Jersey. The 2013-2014 season is made possible, in
part, by a grant the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts,
as well as support received from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, F.M. Kirby Foundation and numerous corporations, foundations and
individuals. The Mayo Performing Arts Center has been designated a Major Presenting Organization by the New Jersey State Council on
the Arts.


Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Classic Black Comedy ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ Next at Playhouse 22


Playhouse 22, East Brunswick’s Community Theater troupe, presents the famous 1940s black comedy Arsenic and Old Lace.  The play is a farcical comedy revolving around the Brewster family, descended from the “Mayflower,” but now composed of insane homicidal maniacs. It has become best known through the film adaptation starring Cary Grant and directed by Frank Capra.  Playhouse 22’s production is directed by Deborah Pedretti.

The show runs June 13 – 29.  All performances are Friday evenings at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m.

Tickets are $22 for adults and $20 for seniors and students and are available online, by calling the Box Office at (732) 254-3939 or at the Box Office window.

Playhouse 22 is conveniently located at the East Brunswick Community Arts Center at 721 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick.

Playhouse 22, P.O. Box 181, East Brunswick, NJ  08816

(732) 254-3939…

George Street Playhouse Continues Anniversary Celebration With Slate of Productions for 2014-2015 Season

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Artistic Director David Saint has announced the slate of plays scheduled for the New Brunswick theatre’s 2014-2015 season. George Street, which celebrated its fortieth season in 2013-14, continues the celebration with a slate of four plays ranging from direct-from New York dramas, to an a capella musical celebrating barbershop; to an examination of the Jewish faith in the years following America’s Civil War. John Patrick Shanley’s Outside Mullingar, direct from Broadway, opens the season in a production directed by Mr. Saint. John Markus and Mark St. Germain’s a capella musical The Fabulous Lipitones follows, directed by Michael Mastro. Matthew Lopez’s searing drama The Whipping Man begins 2015, followed by the 25th Anniversary Production of John Guare’s Six Degrees of Separation, also directed by Mr. Saint. One additional production is yet to be selected, and will be announced at a later date.

“I love the depth and variety of plays this season,” said Mr. Saint. “There is something for everyone – whether you enjoy comedy, drama, or a meaty subject matter that you can discuss on the car ride home – there is something in this season for you. Honestly, there are elements of drama and comedy in all these plays that I am sure will touch your heart, tickle your funnybone, and ignite heated discussions long after you see the show.”

Five-play, three-play and flexible admission packages are currently on sale, as are tickets for groups of 10 or more. George Street Playhouse is located at 9 Livingston Avenue, in the heart of New Brunswick’s dining and entertainment district. For tickets and information, patrons may contact the Box Office directly at 732-246-7717 or may purchase online at Groups of ten or more should contact the Group Sales office at 732-846-2895, ext. 134 for group pricing and reservation information.

The Plays

Outside Mullingar

By Pulitzer, Oscar and Tony-winning writer John Patrick Shanley

Directed by David Saint

The hit Broadway romantic comedy from the author of Moonstruck and Doubt

Anthony has spent his entire life on a cattle farm in rural Ireland, a state of affairs that – due to his painful shyness – suits him well. Rosemary, living right next door, determined to have him, is watching the years slip away. With Anthony’s father threatening to disinherit him and a land feud simmering between their families, Rosemary has every reason to fear romantic catastrophe. But, in this very Irish story with a surprising depth of poetic passion, these yearning, eccentric souls fight their way toward solid ground and some kind of happiness. Their journey is heartbreaking, incredibly funny, and ultimately deeply moving.

Outside Mullingar will run October 7 through November 2, 2014. Opening night is set for Friday, October 10.

The Fabulous Lipitones

by John Markus and Mark St. Germain

A Not-So-Traditional A Capella Musical Comedy

What happens when a barbershop quartet loses a key member to a heart-stopping high “C?” The three surviving members suddenly find themselves scrambling to find a tenor before the national competition. When the golden tones of “Bob” are heard through the phone the Lipitones are all ears … but when they meet him in person, he’s not quite what they expected. An uproarious comedy of misunderstanding, stereotypes and the path to perfect harmony.

A new a capella musical by Mark St. Germain, author of the hit shows, Freud's Last Session and GSP’s The Best of Enemies, and John Markus, head writer for The Cosby Show and writer/producer of The Larry Sanders Show.

The Fabulous Lipitones runs November 18 – December 14, 2014. Opening night is Friday, November 21.

The Whipping Man

by Matthew Lopez

Richmond, April, 1865. In this powerful and evocative historical play, a wounded Jewish confederate soldier returns to his family home that now stands ruined and abandoned – except for two former slaves also raised in the Jewish faith. As the three men share an improvised Seder to mark Passover, they discover that, though they are no longer tied by ownership, they remain bound by faith, history and long-buried secrets.

Since opening off-Broadway to critical acclaim and winning the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Play, The Whipping Man has become one of the most produced plays in the country.

“Haunting immediacy; emotionally potent” – The New York Times

The Whipping Man is recommended for ages 13 and up.

The Whipping Man will run January 20 – February 15, 2015. Opening night is set for Friday, January 23.

The title of the fourth play of the season will be announced at a later date. It will run March 3 – 29, 2015. Opening night will be Friday, March 6.

Six Degrees of Separation

The 25th Anniversary Production

By John Guare

Directed by David Saint

“Cunningly executed… with clever one-liners, alternating comic situations with mildly disturbing ones…SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION is a play about everything, with something in it for everyone…" —NY Magazine

What would you do when the son of Sidney Poitier shows up at your door? In the high-stakes world of the New York art scene, appearances are everything. When a young man with a famous father turns up at their home injured and with no money, the Kittredges are immediately drawn to his charming ways, home-cooked gourmet meals and tales of Hollywood royalty. But as their involvement with him takes unexpected twists and turns, they begin to question not only his identity but their own.

Continuing the collaboration with Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts that began last season, Artistic Director David Saint helms the 25th Anniversary of Six Degrees of Separation, winner of the Drama Desk and Olivier Awards. Based on actual events, this fast-paced, funny and remarkably powerful play comments on what drives us, whether it be the allure of celebrity, the desire for money, fame and social standing, or the solace and comfort of meaningful human connection. For mature audiences.

Six Degrees of Separation closes the 2014-15 season, running April 21 – May 17, 2015. Opening night is set for Friday, April 24.

FREE play reading tonight at Dreamcatcher in Summit

Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre

Meet the Artist is a series of new play readings at Dreamcatcher Rep

Meet the playwrights“Last week we kicked off our 'Meet the Artist' series with a wonderful reading of "Parallel Lives" by New Jersey playwright Adam Siegel. This week we have another terrific new play by Nadine Bernard, also a New Jersey native.”

Wednesday, May 28

THEN LET THE FISH GO by Nadine Bernard - This play tells the story of three seekers, all of whom become embroiled in pyramid schemes as they search for a better life.

View photosThe reading is at our home at Oakes Center in Summit.

What is a reading? Can I bring kids?  Visit our Web site for answers to these and other frequently asked questions, including a Q&A with Dreamcatcher's artistic director, Laura Ekstrand. 


MEET THE ARTIST -- New Play Readings   Info

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 7pm

Oakes Center
120 Morris Avenue, Summit     Directions

(entrance on Russell Place, parking lot at 20 Ashwood Ave.)

Free No tickets or reservations - just show up!

Coming up in June...


Our friends at Interweave in Summit have invited Dreamcatcher to perform once again at their annual gala. This year's gala will be at the Morris Museum on Sunday, June 8 at 5:30pm. We're extending the invitation for you to join us in support of this worthy local cause whose mission and core values closely align with Dreamcatcher Rep's. It will be a fun-filled evening of good company, good food and great entertainment!

ABOUT: Interweave is a community-based nonprofit that fosters openness to personal and social transformation by offering innovative learning experiences on topics of wellness, spirituality, and the common good. People turn to Interweave to challenge their thinking and engage in meaningful conversations that bridge all kinds of differences, recognizing that diverse perspectives enrich our communities. Info & tickets

Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre

Oakes Center  *  120 Morris Avenue  *  Summit, NJ 07901

Tickets: 800-838-3006   *   Info:  908-514-9654

Auditions: Chatham Players' Tony Award Winning “Clybourne Park”

The Chatham Players will hold auditions for Bruce Norris’ Pulitzer Prize & Tony Award winning play, Clybourne Park on Monday, June 16th and Tuesday, June 17th at 7:30pm. All auditions will occur at The Chatham Playhouse 23 North Passaic Ave.  Production dates are October 3 thru 18, 2014 with rehearsals to begin mid-June.

Winner of both the 2011 Pulitzer Prize and the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play, in addition to the Olivier Award and the Evening Standard Award, Clybourne Park is a response to Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun". The first act, set in 1959, is from the perspective of the Caucasian family moving out of the neighborhood, and the neighbors' concerns regarding an African American family moving in. The second act takes place 50 years later, during which time the Clybourne Park neighborhood has changed significantly, and a Caucasian family has decided to move into the house. Hailed by The New York Times as a "strong, ferociously smart play", it is both funny and provocative in dealing with issues of race and real estate.

Director John A.C. Kennedy seeks seven actors to fill out his cast. Auditions will consist of cold readings from sides provided in small groups. Sides and Auditions Form are available prior to the auditions. To access sides and form, please visit our website at .  

Character Breakdown

Russ (1959, Caucasian, late 40s or 50s), an easygoing, suburban husband and office worker, attempting to maintain a lid on extraordinary emotional pain.  The same actor plays Dan (2009), an affable construction worker.
Albert (1959, African-American, 30s), a responsible father of 3, eager to lend a hand and maintain easy, friendly relations.  The same actor plays Kevin (2009), smart, sharp, well-traveled and doing well at Capital Equities.
Karl (1959, Caucasian, 30s-50s), an oddly formal and uncomfortable-seeming man; a stickler for details, quite sure his vision of any situation is the clearest.  The same actor plays Steve (2009), smart enough to discern complex social patterns and landmines… but not smart enough to avoid stepping on them.
Jim (1959, Caucasian, late 20s, early 30s), a youthful Midwestern minister, eager to help his flock smooth over their difficulties and bury complications.  The same actor plays Tom (2009), a young, urban attorney, helping out the neighborhood coalition, but with a lot on his plate.
Bev (1959, Caucasian, late 40s or 50s, married to Russ), a suburban housewife who strives to choose the positive, ignore the negative and keep busy with projects.  The same actress plays Kathy(2009), a Real Estate Lawyer good with arcane details and proud to have risen to the level she has.
Francine (1959, African-American, 30s, married to Albert), Russ and Bev’s housekeeper, has been through a lot with the family and done what she had to, but is very ready to move on.  The same actress plays Lena (2009, married to Kevin), a life-long resident of the neighborhood with an appreciation of history… and a point or two to make.
Betsy (1959, Caucasian, late 20s or 30s, married to Karl), friendly, eight months pregnant and totally deaf.  The same actress plays Lindsey (2009, married to Steve), a well-educated, well-meaning, young, upwardly-mobile professional; also pregnant.

The Chatham Players have an open call casting policy. ALL roles are open, none are precast, and everyone is encouraged to audition. Any questions, please call Leslie Reagoso at (973) 769-3886 or email her at For directions or additional information, please visit

Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s Outdoor Stage production of Molière’s comedy The Learned Ladies Begins in June


The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s Outdoor Stage production of Molière’s comedy The Learned Ladies brings theatre alive under the stars at the enormously popular summer venue on the campus of the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morris Township. This replica of an ancient Greek theatre nestled into the hillside of the bucolic campus offers a unique theatrical event.  The Learned Ladies begins on June 18th and continues through July 27th

Performances are Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8:00 p.m., Sundays at 7:30 p.m., and a special twilight performance on Saturdays at 4:30 p.m.  Tickets are $15 for students and $35 for adults. Children under age five go for free. For tickets or more information, call 973-408-5600 or visit  Groups of 10 or more are eligible for group discounts.

The large lawn surrounding the amphitheater is ideal for picnicking.  Audience members may bring their own food and beverages, or purchase snacks and soft drinks on-site.  Patrons are encouraged to bring low-backed beach chairs into the amphitheatre.   Stadium seats are available for rental for $3.00 while supplies last. Seating is general admission.

Molière’s satirical masterpiece follows the trials of the young couple Henriette and Clitandre while Henriette’s female relations voice their high-brow disapproval. These women fancy themselves culturally “learned” and are great patrons of the pseudo-scholarly Trissotin, a poet with lofty aspirations which include receiving Henriette’s hand in marriage.  The bourgeois family’s conflict provides the comic foundation for Molière’s signature farce.  As Henriette’s father Chrysale wearily exclaims, “Is there a stranger house in Christendom/Than mine, where women are as mad as hatters/And everything is known except what matters?”

Molière’s exceptional wit is on full display in this fun farce, filled with frolicking, flirting, and flaunting. Pulitzer Prize-winning American scholar and poet Richard Wilbur translated the work. The New York Times praised Wilbur’s skill when Roundabout Theatre Company revived his translation of The Learned Ladies in 1982, “Molière has had no better American friend than…Richard Wilbur, whose translations…are beautiful works of art in themselves.”

The Outdoor Stage is generously supported by Bank of America.  A partner of The Outdoor Stage since 2004, their committed and generous support has helped make The Shakespeare Theatre’s Outdoor Stage one of the most unique and anticipated summer theatrical events in the region.  “We are immensely grateful to Bank of America for their steadfast backing,” said the Theatre’s Director of Development Heidi Speckhart.  “This partnership makes it possible for tens of thousands of patrons to enjoy extraordinary world-class theatre under-the-stars.” 

“The Outdoor Stage is one of the most unique and anticipated summer theatrical events in the region,” said Bob Doherty, Bank of America New Jersey president. “Local nonprofits like the Shakespeare Theatre make arts and culture more accessible, and the Outdoor Stage never fails to deliver inspiring entertainment.”

Before each performance, audience members may visit the nearby Therese A. Maloney Art Gallery (located on the main floor of The College’s Annunciation Center to the left of the Outdoor Stage) and view the new exhibit Compiled and Composed: Sculptural Formations. This exhibition of contemporary sculptural practices reveals accumulations, assemblages, and excavations in the work of New Jersey and New York artists. Gallery director Dr. Virginia Fabbri Butera describes the exhibition, “Working with shape, color and juxtapositions of found objects or carefully formed materials, these artists create beautiful, humorous, and profound compositions reflecting the chaos of contemporary life.” The exhibit is on view June 18 - July 27, Tuesday – Sunday from 5:00 - 8:00 pm. For more information, visit or email

The Cast

Marion Adler plays Philaminte, the indomitable mother obsessed with “learning.” Adler’s Shakespeare Theatre credits include Our Town, The Winter’s Tale, Midsummer Night’s Dream as well as the musical Enter the Guardsman for which she wrote the lyrics. She regularly works with the renowned Stratford Festival in Canada where she has appeared in King Lear, Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It, and Twelfth Night. Off-Broadway, she starred as The Blonde in her own musical Gunmetal Blues.

As Trissotin, the scholar and aspiring poet, Clark Scott Carmichael returns for his twelfth season with the Theatre where he has appeared in Pericles, The Liar, A Christmas Carol, All’s Well That Ends Well, Henry VI, That Scoundrel Scapin, Carnival!, among others. He appeared on Broadway as Jumper in Tom Stoppard’s Jumpers, directed by David Leveaux and starring Simon Russell Beale. His film and television credits include the hit series House of Cards, Boardwalk Empire, Campbell Scott’s Hamlet and the forthcoming films Sweet Lorraine starring Tatum O’Neal and Hard Sell starring Kristin Chenoweth. 

Rachael Fox plays the headstrong young lover Henriette. Fox appeared last season at the Theatre as Hélène Dupont in Tovarich; her previous Shakespeare Theatre credits include Trelawny Of The Wells, Measure For Measure, and the 2012 Shakespeare LIVE! tour. Fox has worked with Emursive Theatre Company at The McKittrick Hotel, The Rita Morgenthau Theatre, and Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre. Her film credits include Never Forever, Prince Rama, and Campus Life, dir. Catherine Scorsese and Kenneth Waddell.

Shakespeare Theatre veteran John Hickok does “double duty,” portraying Henriette’s father Chrysale and the visiting scholar Vadius. Hickok has appeared at The Shakespeare Theatre as Peter Quince in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Polonius in Hamlet, and Gloucester in Henry VI: Blood and Roses. He has worked extensively regionally and on Broadway, playing opposite Frank Langella in Man and Boy at the Roundabout and originating the roles of Governor Slaton in Parade, Zoser in Aida, and Professor Bhaer in Little Women.

As Henriette’s paramour Clitandre, Maurice Jones makes his Shakespeare Theatre debut. His Broadway credits include the recent productions of Julius Caesar with Denzel Washington and Romeo and Juliet. Jones film and television credits And So It Goes directed by Rob Reiner, Winter’s Tale with Colin Farrell, 30 Rock, and Conviction.

Susan Maris plays Henriette’s “learned” and embittered sister Armande. Her recent theatre credits include work with Manhattan Theatre Source, Toy Box Theatre Company; The Book of the Dun Cow, Prospect Theatre Company. Her film credits include She Gave Me Water, Limitless, and College Humor

Lindsay Smiling portrays Henriette’s uncle Ariste. He most recently appeared at the Theatre in Measure for Measure and as the title role in Othello. His regional credits include work off-Broadway and with the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Pittsburgh Public Theater, Dorset Theatre Festival, Two River Theatre Company, Wilma Theater, Victory Gardens Theater, ACT/The Hansberry Project, Walnut Street Theater, and New Freedom Theater.

As Henriette’s vivacious aunt Belise, Alison Weller returns to the Theatre for her sixth season where her credits include last season’s hit Tovarich, as well as The Cherry Orchard, and Julius Caesar.  She is an Associate Artist with the Obie Award-winning investigative theatre company The Civilians.  She has worked regionally at the Mark Taper Forum, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Portland Center Stage, The O’Neill, Lyric Stage Company, Cape Rep and Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre. She is a recent graduate of the London Film School’s Fast Forward Program for feature film producers. 

Felix Mayes and Christine Sanders round out the cast.

About the Director

Brian B. Crowe is in his nineteenth season with The Shakespeare Theatre where he is currently a resident director and the Director of Education. At the Theatre, he has directed Pericles, Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist, Timon of Athens, The School for Wives, The Winter’s Tale, Henry VI: Blood & Roses, Julius Caesar, Love’s Labour’s Lost, The Tempest (2002) and The Comedy of Errors (2001) on the Main Stage, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2007) and The Taming of the Shrew (2006) on the Outdoor Stage and the 1999 world premiere of his original script, Wonderland (...And What Was Found There) on the Other Stage. The Star-Ledger called Mr. Crowe “one of the state’s most ingenious directors” for his work on Love’s Labour’s Lost and named him Best Director of a Drama (Julius Caesar and Wonderland) as well as one of three “theatre artists to look for in the new millennium.” He has also directed over twenty Shakespeare LIVE! touring productions including Nevermore (his original piece based on the writings and mysterious death of Edgar Allan Poe), among others. Other directing credits include Red Herring and A Perfect Ganesh at 12 Miles West;  Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest (DayTony recipient), Noises Off, the Midwest regional premiere of The Beauty Queen of Leenane, and Patient A with The Human Race Theatre Company.

The Artistic Staff

Creating the world of The Learned Ladies are scenic designer Charlie Calvert, lighting designer Hamilton E.S. Smith, and costume designer Paul Canada.  Denise Cardarelli and Christine Whalen are the production stage managers. 

Pay-What-You-Can Performance

The first preview performance of The Learned Ladies on Wednesday, June 18th at 8:00 p.m. offers opportunities for reduced-price tickets, as an incentive to first-time theatergoers.  For those who would otherwise not be able to afford a night at the theatre, the first preview performance is Pay What You Can night – pay what you are able for that evening’s 8:00 p.m. preview performance.  Offer is subject to availability.  Call the Box Office at 973-408-5600 for details

Tickets & General Information

Performances are Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8:00 p.m., Sundays at 7:30 p.m., and a special twilight performance on Saturdays at 4:30 p.m.  Tickets are $15 for students and $35 for adults.  Children under five go free. Seating is general admission. For tickets or more information, call the Box Office at 973-408-5600 or visit

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s Outdoor Stage, the amphitheatre on the campus of the College of St. Elizabeth, is conveniently located at 2 Convent Road, off Madison Avenue (Rt. 124) in Morris Township, just minutes from Routes 287, 78, and 10.   Parking is free.   The Theatre is barrier free.  Wheelchair seating is available. Large Print programs are available. 

The acclaimed Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is an independent, professional theatre company located on the Drew University campus. One of the leading Shakespeare theatres in the nation, serving 100,000 adults and children annually, it 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.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Auditions: Tri-State Actors Theater’s THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE


Tri-State Actors Theater will hold final auditions for THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm on Saturday, May 31 at the Performing Arts Center/SCCC and Saturday, June 7, at the Student Center Theater, Bldg. D, SCCC.

The Summer Intern Training Program is open to students 13 to 18. Tri-State Actors Theater has trained hundreds of students who are interested in learning the art of theater and performing, since its first season in the summer of 1988. This summer’s Family Production isthe Gilbert & Sullivan musical, THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE.

Auditioners will be asked to read selected characters from the script and sing a simple tune. Head shots and resume will be accepted, but are not required. Appointments are not necessary.

The Intern Program begins July 7, with three weeks of rehearsals, from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Production dates for THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE are July 30 through August 9. All rehearsals and performances will be at Sussex County Community College, Newton. Interns must be available for all rehearsals and performances. Past season production’s include The Wind in the Willows, Winnie the Pooh, Jungle Book, Hey, Ho Pinocchio, Charlotte’s Web, and Stuart Little.

More information about Tri-State’s Intern Program is available on the web or by calling 973 383-0510.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Tri-State Actors Theatre’s ‘An Evening with Patsy Cline and American Songbook Hits’ with Patricia Durante

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Tri-State Actors Theater is coming to The Newton Theatre, 234 Spring Street for “An Evening with Patsy Cline and American Songbook Hits” starring the velvet-voiced Patricia Durante, on Thursday, June 12, at 8:00 pm. Hum along with the most beloved music in our history - some of Patsy Cline's famous hits like, Crazy, Walkin’ After Midnight, She's Got You, and Sweet Dreams and songs from America's rich musical past - Over the Rainbow, Fly Me to the Moon, Alfie and more great pop favorites. The evening is a fundraiser for Tri-State Actors Theater, Sussex County’s only professional theater, founded in 1988.

The evening’s talented trio of performers are familiar faces to Tri-State audiences. Patricia Durante, singer/actor/director/playwright, most recently directed Tri-State’s world premiere production, HEELS OVER HEAD, at the PAC/SCCC. An acclaimed singer of cabaret and American songs, she has toured the United States, Europe and Scandinavia in musicals and has been a lead singer in many bands, as well as performing backup vocals and recording for headliners in Las Vegas and Atlantic City. Patricia’s fantastic new CD is coming out soon! John Zatorski has worked with Tri-State as Music Director and Keyboard Accompaniest for many of Tri-State’s Intern and Mainstage productions, including ALWAYS…PATSY CLINE in 2003.

“Mr. Z” is the renowned Band director for Wallkill Valley Regional High School, where he has created incomparable music and choral works since 1988. Bud Angelotti on pedal steel guitar was also among Patsy’s band, the Bodacious Bobcats, in 2003 and returned for an encore production in 2006. Bud has played in country and western bands and folk groups, and is also a lover of classical music.  He has performed all over the United States and has composed pieces for television, film, and live performance.

So sit back, relax, tap your toes, support local theater, and enjoy a wonderful evening of Patsy Cline hits and great pop favorites as velvet-voiced Patricia Durante and her duo entertain you with the unique sounds of American music.

Advance ticket purchases are always recommended. All seats are $28.00 per ticket, with a group discount of $2 when ordering 10 or more tickets in the same order. Ticket are available on-line at or, at the Newton Theatre Box Office or by phone. For tickets, information, and special services, please contact the Tri-State at 973 383-0510 or the Newton Theatre at 973 383-3700. The Newton Theater offers accessible parking and wheelchair access. The Newton Theatre’s ticket office is in the theatre lobby and is open Monday-Friday from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. The box office will also be open 2 hours before the evening’s performance.

AUDITIONS: Studio Series production of The New Mel Brooks Musical YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN

Plink and PlunkThe Growing Stage, The Children’s Theatre of New Jersey, located in the historic Palace Theatre on Route 183 in Netcong will hold auditions for its Studio Series Summer Musical production of The New Mel Brooks Musical YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN on Sunday, June 1st at 6:00PM. All auditioning should have a song prepared with printed accompaniment that is no longer than sixteen measures and expect to learn a dance piece led by the director/choreographer; some may be asked to read from the script.  The New Mel Brooks Musical YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN runs July 19th through August 3rd, Saturdays at 7:30PM and Sundays at 4:00PM.  The production is under the direction/choreography of Emily Cara Portune, a TGS Veteran Performer and Musical Direction by Melinda Bass O’Neill, a TGS Teaching Artist and Veteran Performer.  This production is open to High School students who have completed their freshmen year and College aged students only.

The New Mel Brooks Musical YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN features a book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan and Music & Lyrics by Mel Brooks.   The story follows the grandson of the infamous Victor Frankenstein, Frederick Frankenstein (pronounced “Fronk-en-steen”) who inherits his family’s estate in Transylvania. With the help of a hunchbacked side-kick, Igor (pronounced “Eye-gore”), and a lab assistant, Inga (pronounced normally), Frederick finds himself in the mad scientist shoes of his ancestors. “It’s alive!” he exclaims as he brings to life a creature to rival his grandfather’s. Eventually, of course, the monster escapes and hilarity continuously abounds.

The Growing Stage (TGS) established the Studio Presentation Series in 2009, part of a significant expansion of its educational programming. Aimed at engaging children of all ages during the school year and older teens during the summer, the Studio Series gives older students the opportunity to work in a process-oriented environment and develop their performance skills by taking part in both classic tales and new, experimental works under the guidance of both established and emerging professional directors.  The benefits of the Studio Series both to participants and to TGS have been significant: students have incurred no cost to participate in what is essentially an extended master class experience; TGS has provided its patrons with fresh, new programming.

Rehearsal schedules are generally two or three evenings during the week, and a weekend afternoon. All cast members are expected for all performances without exception since the company does not cast understudies. Performers of color and performers with disabilities are encouraged to audition. For additional information, e-mail or call 973-347-4946.

Friday, May 23, 2014

‘Falsettos’ Next at Nutley Little Theatre


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Nutley Little Theatre will open its production of the ground-breaking musical comedy, “Falsettos,” on Friday, June 13 at the NLT Barn, 47 Erie Place, Nutley.

Evening performances at Nutley Little Theatre will be on June 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 27 and 28. (For this show, the Thursday evening performance that NLT usually schedules in the last week of a show will instead be on June 19, in the second week.) Matinee performances are on June 15, 22 and 28. Evening performances have an 8 p.m. curtain and matinees are at 2 p.m. Ticket prices are $18. There is a $2 discount (matinees only) for students and senior citizens who show IDs at the box office.
                                                                                                             Nutley Little Theatre engages to handle ticket sales by phone and through the Internet. Patrons can order by phone by calling 1-877-238-5596. To order online, patrons can go to the NLT web site at and click on the “Click for Tix” icon, or can go directly to

Long before TV’s “Modern Family,” there was “Falsettos.” This intimate and unique musical both anticipated and celebrated the changing composition of what makes a family. The story starts with a gay man who is longing for a “tight-knit family” and culminates with a jubilantly unorthodox Bar Mitzvah that brings together his son, his lover, his ex-wife and her new husband (his ex-therapist), and a lesbian couple as one big, happy clan. Winner of two 1992 Tony Awards (Best Book and Best Score), the New York Times called it “exhilarating and heartbreaking.” Music and lyrics are by William Finn, and the book is by William Finn and James Lapine.

The director and set designer is Ron Mulligan of Bloomfield and Marsha Schreier of Verona is the musical director. The stage manager is Fred Halperin of Morristown . Lighting designer is Sarah Halperin of Morristown . Robin Matthews of Kinnelon is costumer designer. Carrie Fitzpatrick and Jen Cecire, both of Wayne, are props handlers. Spenser Grasso of Clifton is percussionist.
                                                                                                                The cast includes Jim DeBlasi of Yonkers, NY, Kim Mesiti of Bloomfield, Jeffrey Gallup of Montville, Paul Aiello of Jersey City, Ginny Loggins of Bloomfield, Jodi Freeman Maloy of Cedar Grove, and Craig Ernest Woodward of Little Falls.
                                                                                                             Nutley Little Theatre stages its productions at the NLT Barn, 47 Erie Place , Nutley, located off Brookfield Avenue (one block east of Franklin Avenue) in the heart of the Erie Place Historic District. For directions, please see

UCPAC’s Wine, Cheese & Chocolate Party of the Year at Hamilton Stage in Rahway

Arts fundraiser features live music, celebrity chef/author and array of international wine, cheese and chocolate vendors

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

NJ Theatre Alliance’s May-June Plays

(In chronological order)

George Street Playhouse

Our Town

April 22 - May 25

New Jersey Repertory Company

A View of the Mountains

(World Premiere)

April 24 - May 25

Bickford Theatre

Forever Plaid
May 1 - May 26

Passage Theatre Company

Tamer of Horses

May 15 - June 8

Cape May Stage

The Mountaintop
May 21 - June 13

The Garage Theatre Group
Spring Awakening
May 22 - June 1

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey

The Tempest

May 28 - June 22

Paper Mill Playhouse


May 28 - June 29

Two River Theater


May 31 - June 22

Pushcart Players

Cuentos Del Arbol
Available Until June

Pushcart Players is a touring company; a list of public performances can be found on their website. Call Pushcart Players to find out about booking this and other productions for your organization.

Click here to view full member theatre performance details

Shows and dates are subject to change; call theatres or check the NJTA website to confirm.

Summer Acting Program for Students (11-17) at Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey

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The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is currently accepting enrollment for its summer educational programs, Junior and Senior Corps which offer training in classical theatre by professional theatre artists for middle- and high-school aged students. The Junior and Senior Corps provides a forum for young people ages 11 to 17 to expand their performance skills and gain a deeper understanding of classic texts, while meeting new friends and having fun. For more information or to register call 973-845-6742, email or visit


The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s Junior Corps is a two-week summer acting program for ages 11 through 14.  The program offers a unique opportunity for aspiring young actors as well as youngsters making their first foray into theatre. 

Each two-week Junior Corps session offers daily classes including training in voice and speech for the stage, movement for the actor, Shakespeare’s text, improvisation, stage combat and scene study.  The focus of the Junior Corps program is ensemble work.  The sessions culminate in a short original production, adapted from Shakespeare or another piece of classic literature, which is performed before an audience of family members, friends, local residents and Shakespeare Theatre company members.

While developing basic acting skills, the Junior Corps curriculum also emphasizes self-confidence, collaboration, creativity and teamwork. The Junior Corps offers two sessions—June 30 through July 12 and July 21 through Aug. 2.   No audition is required for admission into the Junior Corps, but space is limited. Tuition for each two-week Junior Corps session is $750.  A discount is applied to returning students or those whose parents are subscribers to The Shakespeare Theatre.  To register, or for more information, call 973-845-6742 or email


The Senior Corps is a three-week program designed for students ages 14 to 18 who demonstrate an aptitude for performance or a strong interest in theatre.  The Senior Corps builds upon the foundation of the Junior Corps curriculum with an enhanced focus on Shakespeare, the rehearsal process, performance techniques and the nuts and bolts of the profession.

Students take daily classes in voice and speech, movement for the actor, improvisation, Shakespearean scene study, stage combat, and audition technique.   The sessions culminate with a performance piece – either a collection of Shakespeare scenes, or a condensed version of a Shakespeare play – which is presented to family, friends, local community residents and Shakespeare Theatre company members. Admission to the Senior Corps is by audition only and space is limited. 

Students will meet with The Theatre’s professional resident artists in master classes and discussions.   Each student will also come away from the program with a rehearsed and critiqued Shakespeare monologue of his or her choice – a great asset for auditioning for colleges or other theatre programs.   All members serve as ushers at the Theatre’s performances providing an opportunity for students to work with the public while experiencing the Theatre’s professional productions.

Two sessions are offered -- June 30 through July 19 and July 28 through Aug. 16.   The three-week Senior Corps sessions are $900 each.  Returning students or children of 2014 season subscribers receive a discount.  To sign up for an audition slot, or for more information, call 973-845-6742 or

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

‘Meet The Artist’ Free Play Reading at Dreamcatcher

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First reading is tomorrow, Wednesday, May 21...
Meet the Artist is a series of new play readings at Dreamcatcher Rep
Spring is here and that means new play readings at Dreamcatcher! This year we're presenting two terrific new plays by New Jersey playwrights:
Meet the playwrightsWednesday, May 21
PARALLEL LIVES by Adam Siegel - As high school senior Sam grapples with the end of childhood and his sexual identity, his two fathers discover that their relationship is at a turning point as their children leave the nest. 
Wednesday, May 28
THEN LET THE FISH GO by Nadine Bernard - This play tells the story of three seekers, all of whom become embroiled in pyramid schemes as they search for a better life.
View photosBoth readings are at our home at Oakes Center in Summit.

What is a reading? Can I bring kids?  Visit Web site for answers to these and other frequently asked questions, including a Q&A with Dreamcatcher's artistic director Laura Ekstrand. 
MEET THE ARTIST * New Play Readings   Info
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 7pm
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 7pm
Oakes Center
120 Morris Avenue, Summit     Directions
(entrance on Russell Place, parking lot at 20 Ashwood Ave.)
Free No tickets or reservations - just show up!