Saturday, October 31, 2015

Auditions: ‘25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’ at Playhouse 22



Playhouse 22, East Brunswick’s Community Theater, will be having open auditions for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, music and lyrics by William Finn, book by Rachel Sheinkin, at 7:30 PM on Monday, December 14th and Tuesday, December 15th with callbacks on December 17th at 7:30 PM.

The show will run February 5-21, 2016, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 3pm.

Auditions will be held at the East Brunswick Community Arts Center, 721 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick, NJ 08816. The show will be directed by Mark Kalet, with musical direction by Chris Curcio and choreography by Jaime Moritz.

Winner of the TONY and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has charmed audiences across the country with its effortless wit and humor. Featuring a fast-paced wildly funny and touching book by Rachel Sheinkin and a truly fresh and vibrant score by William Finn, this bee is one unforgettable experience.

Looking for a multi-ethnic cast of 10 people. Auditioners will be expected to sing, dance and read from the script.

Please prepare no more than 32 bars of a Broadway-style song (songs from the show are acceptable). You must bring sheet music for piano. No acapella.

Please dress comfortably as all auditioners will be expected to participate in the dance audition.

Character Breakdown (Age range is mid-20’s to mid-50’s)
Chip Tolentino – An athletic, social, boy scout and champion of the Twenty-Fourth Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, he returns to defend his title, but he finds puberty hitting at an inopportune moment. Also plays Jesus.
C4 – B5

Logainne Schwartzandgrunenierre – (Schwartzy) Logainne is the youngest and most politically aware speller, often making comments about current political figures. She is driven by internal and external pressure, but above all by a desire to win to make her two fathers proud. She is somewhat of a neat freak, speaks with a lisp, and will be back next year.
A3 – F5

Leaf Coneybear – The second runner-up in his district, Leaf gets into the competition on a lark and finds everything about the bee incredibly amusing. He is home-schooled and comes from a large family of former hippies. He has severe Attention Deficit Disorder and spells words correctly while in a trance. Also plays Carl Dad.
A3 – A5

William Barfee – A Putnam County Spelling Bee finalist last year, he was eliminated because of an allergic reaction to peanuts and is back for vindication. His famous “Magic Foot” method of spelling has boosted him to spelling glory, even though he only has one working nostril and a touchy, bullying personality. He develops a crush on Olive.
E4 – B5

Marcy Park – A recent transfer from Virginia, Marcy placed ninth in last year’s nationals. She speaks six languages, is a member of all-American hockey, a championship rugby player, plays Chopin and Mozart on multiple instruments, sleeps only three hours a night, hides in the bathroom cabinet, and is getting very tired of always winning. She is the poster child for the Over-Achieving Asian, and attends a Catholic school called “Our Lady of Intermittent Sorrows.” She is also not allowed to cry. Gymnastics ability preferred.
C4 – E5

Olive Ostrovsky – A young newcomer to competitive spelling. Her mother is in an ashram in India, and her father is working late, as usual, but he is trying to come sometime during the bee. Having found comfort in its words and vastness, Olive made friends with her dictionary at a very young age, helping her to make it to the competition. She starts enormously shy, and shyly blossoms.
B3 – F5

Rona Lisa Peretti – The number-one realtor in Putnam County, a former Putnam County Spelling Bee Champion herself, and the returning moderator. She is a sweet woman who loves children, but she can be very stern when it comes to dealing with Vice Principal Panch and his feelings for her. Her interest in the competition is unflagging and drives it forward. Also plays Olive’s mom.
B3 – F5

Douglas Panch – The Vice Principle. Frustrated with his life, he finds the drive of the young spellers alien to him. After five years’ absence from the Bee, Panch returns as judge. There was an “incident” at the Twentieth Annual Bee, but he claims to be in “a better place” now, thanks to a high-fiber diet and Jungian analysis. He is infatuated with Rona Lisa Peretti, but she does not return his affections. Looking for good improve ability. Does not sing.

Mitch Mahoney – The Official Comfort Counselor. An ex-convict, Mitch is performing his community service with the Bee, and hands out juice boxes to losing students. He has no idea how to offer comfort, but does find himself wishing he could find a way to make the kids feel better. Also plays Olive’s Dad, Dan Dad.
E4 – A5

Those auditioning should sign up here: If you chose not to sign up, upon arrival at auditions, your name will be placed on a waiting list and you will be seen when time permits on a first come/first serve basis.

Questions can be emailed to or by calling (732) 254-3939. For more information about Playhouse 22, please visit

Friday, October 30, 2015

Last weekend to see ‘Legend of Sleepy Hollow’ at Holmdel Theatre Company

Directed by Melanie Taylor
Only TWO chances left to catch

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow!

Friday, Oct. 30 8pm & Saturday, Oct. 31 8pm
Seating is extremely limited! BUY NOW!
Get into the Halloween spirit with Washington Irving's classic tale of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman! Adapted by Christopher Cook, this stage version of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow brings to life the eccentric characters, pastoral landscapes, and scary ghouls of Irving's timeless masterpiece.

Suitable for all ages!
Photos by Lisa Amendola


Adeolu Adefarasin, Pamela Banz, Jeanette Burgoyne,

Elena Marie Chalcraft , Tom Cox, Jim Cusick,

Charles Deitz, Ed Estevez, Matthew Giove,

Matt Hagberg, Dave Harris, Kaylin Iannone,

Kelly Iannone, Sean Mako, Mason McCarthy, CJ Nolan,

Tess Reeves, Wesley Swan, Alberta Thompson

Students $12, Seniors $17, Adult $22
Please note all online order are subject to a $3 Processing fee.
At door orders are subject to a $1 Facility Fee.

Holmdel Theatre Company
at The Duncan Smith Theater
36 Crawfords Corner Road, Holmdel NJ 07733
(on the grounds of the Holmdel High School)

Please Join for next Monday Reading

Monday, November 2, 7:00pm

by Eric Simonson
based on the book When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi by Pulitzer prize-winning author David Maraniss

Directed by Dave Murray
Carmen Balentine, Elena Marie Chalcraft, Dave Duncan, Russ Ortiz, Russ Pohling, Casey Woods
(suggested donation $5)

Acting Scene Work Classes for Adults & Teens at The Company Theatre Group


The Company Theatre Group, Inc. will teach an Acting Scene Work Class for Adults beginning 11/9 at 7:30 pm.  8 weeks.  Monday evenings 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm.  This is a great class for honing your acting skills.

We will also teach a Youth Acting Fundamentals Class beginning 11/9 at 6:30pm.  8 weeks.  Monday evenings 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm.  This is an outstanding class for your child to learn both basic acting skills and to dvelop self-esteem and confidence in front of a group.

All classes will be taught at the studio in the Temple Avodat Shalom 385 Howland Ave, River Edge, NJ

If you're interested, please let us know here.  You can get full details and reserve your seat here:

Hope to see you or your child around the school!!!

lou Lou Scarpati

Managing Artistic Director, The Company Theatre Group, Inc., a non-profit 501c3 arts organization

‘Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story’ opens in December at Luna Stage


Luna Stage is proud to present the New Jersey Professional Premiere of the International hit musical Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story by Stephen Dolginoff. Thrill Me opens to previews on Thursday, December 3rd and runs Thursdays through Sundays through December 20th. Opening night is Saturday, December 5th. Performances on December 6th and 17th are followed by Talkbacks with the Creative Team.

Tickets range from $27-$37 dollars.  Group sales available. $10 Student Rush tickets available one half-hour before curtain. Individual tickets can be purchased at, or at the box office Tues.-Fri. 10am-3pm (973-395-5551).

Relationships can be murder. Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story is an intimate two-character musical drama that recounts the chilling true story of the legendary duo who committed one of the most infamous crimes of the twentieth century.
A Drama Desk nominee for Best Musical, Thrill Me has been translated into 10 languages and has had over 100 productions in 15 countries. Notable stagings include Los Angeles, Chicago, London’s West End and current long-running versions all across Asia.

The Luna Stage production will be the New Jersey Professional Premiere and the first time the acclaimed musical has been produced professionally in the New York region since its Off-Broadway premiere in 2005.
The Luna Stage production features a two actors making their Luna Stage debuts, Joseph Bigelow and 0a15fabc355e8a90a9281d658d54ae07
Dean Linnard.

The production is directed by Luna Stage Artistic Director Cheryl Katz (photo) with Musical Direction by Andy Peterson.

Stephen Dolginoff (Book, Music & Lyrics) is an award-winning, New York City based, playwright/composer. He received Drama Desk Award nominations for Best Musical & Best Music; an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for Best Off-Broadway musical; and won an ASCAP Music Award for Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story. His musicals are published by Dramatists Play Service and Samuel French. Stephen received a BFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU/Tisch School of the Arts.

Director Cheryl Katz has been with Luna Stage since 2003. She served as Director of Play Development for eight years before becoming Associate Artistic Director in 2011. She was appointed Artistic Director in 2013. During her time at Luna, she has contributed to the development of over fifty new works for the stage. Cheryl is also a graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.

Andy Peterson, musical direction, is currently a New York based composer, musical director, arranger and orchestrator. He holds a Bachelor of Music (Composition) from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where he studied under great Australian composers and musicians. Andy has worked internationally in four countries.

Making his Luna Stage debut, Joseph Bigelow has performed at The Guthrie Theater, New York City Center, Hope Summer Repertory Theatre, and Black Dirt Theater. Dean Linnard, also making his Luna Stage debut, has performed at Portland Playhouse, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey - Shakespeare Live!, New Orleans Fringe Festival, and has toured with Theatreworks USA.

Luna Stage, a proud member of Valley Arts, is located at 555 Valley Road, West Orange, NJ 07052. The theatre is handicapped accessible and offers assistive listening devices.

‘A Few Good Men’ opens next week at East Brunswick's Playhouse 22

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A Few Good Men, a drama by playwright Aaron Sorkin and directed by Gregory Newton, will open at Playhouse 22 on Friday, November 6.

A Few Good Men was first produced on Broadway in 1989.  It tells the story of military lawyers at a court-martial who uncover a high-level conspiracy
in the course of defending their clients, two United States Marines accused of murder.

A 1992 film version starred Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, and Demi Moore. The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture, and the Golden Globe for Best Screenplay.
Performances are Friday evenings at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m., closing November 22.


Tickets are $22/adults and $20/seniors and students and can be purchased online at, 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.

‘A Christmas Story: The Musical’ next at Paper Mill Playhouse


Paper Mill Playhouse has announced casting for its holiday show, A Christmas Story: The Musical.  Based on the popular 1983 film, A Christmas Story: The Musical has a book by Joseph Robinette with music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.  A Christmas Story: The Musical will be directed by Brandon Ivie and choreographed by Mara Newbery Greer. A Christmas Story: The Musical will run eight times a week at the Millburn, New Jersey, theater from November 25, 2015, through January 3, 2016. The official press opening night is Sunday, November 29, at 7:00pm. Paper Mill Playhouse's 2015-2016 Season is proudly sponsored by Investors Bank.

Ralphie wants only one thing for Christmas: an Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-shot Range Model Air Rifle. A Christmas Story: The Musical is the hilarious account of Ralphie’s desperate quest to ensure that this most perfect of gifts ends up under his tree this Christmas. Straight from Broadway‚ this musical captures holiday wonder with such deliciously wicked wit that it is sure to delight children and grown-ups alike. Bring the whole family‚ again and again. The holiday movie that the whole world loves comes to musical life.

A Christmas Story: The Musical will be performed at Paper Mill Playhouse eight times a week, Wednesday through Sunday. Performance schedule: Wednesday at 7:00pm, Thursday at 1:30pm and 7:00pm, Friday at 7:00pm, Saturday at 1:30pm and 7:00pm and Sunday at 1:30pm and 7:00pm. Check Paper Mill Playhouse’s website for special holiday week schedules. Tickets are on sale now starting at $29. Tickets may be purchased by calling 973.376.4343, at the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office at 22 Brookside Drive in Millburn, or online at Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express accepted. Groups of 10 or more can receive up to a 40% discount on tickets and should call 973.315.1680.  College students can order $20 rush tickets over the phone or in person at the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office on the day of the performance.

“There is no better way to celebrate the holidays than a trip to Paper Mill Playhouse to experience this heartwarming and hilarious musical based on the film that you know and love,” commented Paper Mill Playhouse Producing Artistic Director Mark S. Hoebee. “Bring the entire family and share an experience they will never forget.”

A Christmas Story: The Musical features a cast of Broadway veterans and amazing young talent. Judah Immanuel and Colton Maurer will share the role of Ralphie, a role they have each performed in previous productions. Judah Immanuel was featured in productions of The Secret Garden and Into the Woods. Colton Maurer (Mahwah, New Jersey), returns to Paper Mill Playhouse, where he appeared as a workhouse boy in Oliver! and performed in the Summer Musical Theatre Conservatory for two years. Hudson Loverro (Randy) has performed in productions of Oliver! and Fiddler on the Roof.

Elena Shaddow (Mother), a resident of Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey, returns to Paper Mill Playhouse, where she was last seen as Maria in The Sound of Music. Ms. Shaddow’s Broadway credits include The Visit, The Bridges of Madison County, La Cage aux Folles, The Woman in White and The Light in the Piazza, among others.

Ted Koch (Jean Shepherd) performed on Broadway in Elling, The Pillowman, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Death of a Salesman. Mr. Koch’s television credits include The Americans, The Good Wife, The Sopranos, The West Wing and more.

Danette Holden (Miss Shields) returns to Paper Mill Playhouse, where she last appeared in Romance, Romance. Ms. Holden’s Broadway credits include Annie, Shrek and Laughing Room Only.

Chris Hoch (The Old Man) was recently seen on Broadway in Amazing Grace. Some of Mr. Hoch’s other Broadway credits include Matilda, La Cage aux Folles, Shrek and Spamalot, among others.

Rounding out the ensemble are: Kyle Nicholas Anderson, Jacob ben Widmar, Jillian Butler, Andrew Cristi, Madge Dietrich, Carlos Encinias, Marjorie Failoni, Ellie Fishman, Thay Floyd, Benjamin Howes, Karen Hyland, Charlie Johnson and Kirsten Wyatt.

The children’s ensemble includes: Laurel Caruso, Vincenzo Faruolo (Toms River, NJ), Parker James Fullmore, Ruby Griffin, Mackenzie Lewis, Anna McCarthy (Madison, NJ), Ryan McInnes, Gabriel Reis (Tenafly, NJ), Anthony Rosenthal, Dana Beth Steiner and Gavin Swartz.

A Christmas Story will feature two purebred bloodhounds in the production. Pete and Lily (The Bumpus Hounds) were adopted and rescued by trainer and guardian William Berloni. Mr. Berloni recruited Pete and Lily for the original Broadway Production of A Christmas Story: The Musical. Pete and Lily recently appeared in the world premiere of Moonshine: That Hee Haw Musical in Dallas, Texas.

The A Christmas Story: The Musical creative team includes:

Brandon Ivie (Director) served as the assistant director for First Date and A Christmas Story: The Musical on Broadway. At Paper Mill Playhouse Mr. Ivie served as the associate director for Damn Yankees. Mr. Ivie recently directed Jasper in Deadland at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre and at the West End Theatre off off-Broadway. 

Mara Newbery Greer (Choreographer) returns to Paper Mill Playhouse after performing in Honeymoon in Vegas. Ms. Greer performed in A Christmas Story: The Musical on Broadway and on tour. Ms. Greer has choreographed productions of Shrek, A Christmas Story: The Musical, Oliver! and Fiddler on the Roof.

Ben Whiteley (Music Director) returns to Paper Mill Playhouse, where he served as music director for Damn Yankees. Mr. Whiteley has worked both regionally and on Broadway, where he conducted Cats for six years. Mr. Whiteley has worked on many national tours including Falsettos, Grand Hotel, Big, The Full Monty and Spamalot.

William Berloni (Animal Director and Trainer) received a 2011 Tony Honor for Excellence in Theatre. Mr. Berloni is Broadway’s go-to trainer for stage canines. Mr. Berloni transforms shelter dogs into stars for Broadway, off-Broadway, national tours, ballet, television, film and more. On Broadway, Mr. Berloni served as animal trainer for Bullets Over Broadway, Annie, Legally Blonde, Gypsy and many others. At Paper Mill Playhouse, Mr. Berloni provided animals for The Wizard of Oz and Annie, among others.

The A Christmas Story: The Musical design team includes:

Walt Spangler (Scenic Design) has designed sets for many Broadway shows including Scandalous, Desire Under the Elms, Hollywood Arms and more. At Paper Mill Playhouse, Mr. Spangler designed Of Thee I Sing and On the Town, among others.

Stephen Carmody (Scenic Coordination) designed sets for many productions including the world-premiere and off-Broadway productions of A Twist of Water, Carrie: The Musical, Broadsword and Sweeney Todd. Mr. Carmody served as an associate for the 2014–2015 tour of Big Apple Circus, Beaches: The Musical, Disney on Ice: Rockin’ Ever After and more.

Elizabeth Hope Clancy (Costume Design) has designed costumes for many Broadway shows including Passing Strange, A Few Good Men, The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?, Bobbi Boland and The Ride Down Mt. Morgan.

Leon Dobkowski (Costume Coordination and additional design) returns to Paper Mill Playhouse, where he recently served as the costume designer for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. On Broadway, Mr. Dobkowski served as the associate/assistant costume designer on The Trip to Bountiful, Nice Work If You Can Get It, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever and more.

F. Mitchell Dana (Lighting Design) returns to Paper Mill Playhouse, where he has served as lighting designer for many shows including Boeing-Boeing, Guys and Dolls, The King and I and more. Mr. Dana served as lighting designer for Broadway productions of Oh Coward!, Mass Appeal, Once in a Lifetime and more.

Randy Hansen (Sound Design) is Paper Mill Playhouse’s resident sound designer and has designed sound for more than 130 musicals and 40 plays. Many memorable moments include working with opera star Jessye Norman, the Indianapolis and Baltimore Symphony Orchestras, and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. In New York City he was the president of Audible Difference Inc., a sound design company that over the past 30 years has served the fashion industry in New York and Paris.

Leah Loukas (Hair & Wig Design) worked on the Broadway productions of On the Town, A Night with Janis Joplin, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, American Idiot and Irena’s Vow. At Paper Mill Playhouse Ms. Loukas designed The Sound of Music, Grease, Elf, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Ever After and more.

Telsey + Company (Casting) is an award-winning organization of casting professionals in New York City with local, regional, national and international clientele including Broadway and touring companies of If/Then, The King and I, Motown, Kinky Boots, Finding Neverland, Honeymoon in Vegas, Rock of Ages and Wicked. The lead casting director on this project is Rachel Hoffman, CSA.

The Production Stage Manager is Gary Mickelson.

Paper Mill Playhouse, a leader in accessibility, will offer audio-described performances for A Christmas Story: The Musical on Saturday, December 19, and Sunday, December 20, at 1:30 pm. Prior to these performances at noon, the theater will offer free sensory seminars. Sensory seminars offer an opportunity for patrons with vision loss to hear a live, in-depth description of the production elements of the show along with hands-on interaction with key sets, props, and costumes.  There will be a sign-interpreted and open-captioned performance on Sunday, December 20, at 7 pm. 

Paper Mill Playhouse will offer a special autism-friendly performance of A Christmas Story: The Musical on Tuesday, December 29, at 1:30pm.  This performance is designed specifically for children on the autism spectrum or with other developmental disabilities, and is planned in cooperation with Paper Mill Playhouse’s Autism Advisory Team. This is the third time Paper Mill Playhouse has expanded its autism-friendly performances to a mainstage production after successful performances of Elf and Disney’s The Little Mermaid. The theater environment will be altered for this performance, providing a sensory-friendly, comfortable and judgment-free space that is welcoming to all families. The performance itself will be adjusted with special attention paid to lighting and sound. 

Additionally, Paper Mill Playhouse will host a free open house titled Meet Your Seat on Monday, December 28, 2015, from 4:00 to 6:00pm.  This is an opportunity for children who are new to the theatrical experience to visit the theater space before the show. Often children with autism or other developmental disabilities become anxious in new surroundings, new experiences, and they need time to transition. The Meet Your Seat open house provides an opportunity for children to come to the theater in advance of the performance and take time to feel comfortable in this new space.

The autism-friendly performance of A Christmas Story: The Musical is proudly sponsored by the Merck Foundation. Additional generous support for autism-friendly programs is provided by C.R. Bard Foundation, The Karma Foundation and MetLife Foundation.

Paper Mill Playhouse embraces a long history of providing access services to patrons of the theater.  In addition to autism-friendly performances, Paper Mill Playhouse offers a wide variety of access programs and services including: sign-interpreted performances, open-captioned performances, audio-described performances, pre-show sensory seminars and barrier-free access theater-wide.  Paper Mill Playhouse’s accessibility programs have been recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts, VSA arts/MetLife, and the New Jersey Department of Recreation as a role model for other performing arts organizations throughout the country.

Free Audience Enrichment Activities for A Christmas Story: The Musical

Wed. November 25     6:00pm             Art Gallery     The Director’s Viewpoint

Enjoy coffee on us as Director Brandon Ivie discusses A Christmas Story: The Musical.

Thurs. December 3     6:00pm             Mezzanine       Conversation Club

Thurs. December 10 Learn more about the show you are about

Thurs. December 17 to see, led by members of Paper Mill’s

Tues. December 22 Artistic and Education Departments.

Sat. December 19       Following Matinee                  Orchestra       Q&A with the Cast

Meet the cast and ask actors questions about the show or the role they are portraying.

Paper Mill Playhouse will once again, be a collection point for this year’s Jersey Cares Coat Drive.  Over the years, Jersey Cares has collected, sorted and distributed more than 500,000 winter coats to New Jersey residents. The donated winter coats benefit at-risk men, women, children, and infants in our area. Each year, Paper Mill Playhouse gladly participates in this worthy cause and will be collecting gently used winter coats from November 25, 2015 through January 3, 2016. Collection of coats will take place in the lobby at Paper Mill Playhouse, 22 Brookside Drive, Millburn, NJ.

PAPER MILL PLAYHOUSE, a not-for-profit arts organization, is one of the country's leading regional theaters.  Paper Mill Playhouse programs are made possible, in part, by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.  Paper Mill Playhouse is a member of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, the Council of Stock Theatres, and the New Jersey Theatre Alliance.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

‘Chip and Gus’ Fringe Festival event at CSC



By John Ahlin & Christopher Patrick Mullen

WHEN: October 29 – November 1
WHERE: Kutz Black Box Theater, Lackland Center, 715 Grand Ave., Hackettstown, NJ
See the ChipandGus trailer Here

Chip and Gus meet once a month to play ping pong for escape. But this night is different…This night there is something else in the room.


  • "Hilarious!  Brilliant! Heartwarming!
  • Amazing!  Chip and Gus is a dynamic theatrical event!
  • Fast!  Witty!  Poignant! Fantastic! 
  • The actors flawlessly play perfectly flawed characters
  • Stunning! Fascinating! Infectious!"*

*Real comments by real people who have seen ChipandGus

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‘Little Shop of Horrors’ in Clifton


‘ Diary of Anne Frank’ a ‘must-see’ at STNJ

The Diary of Anne Frank
by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett
Adapted by Wendy Kesselman
Directed by Joseph Discher

For tickets, call our Box Office at (973)-408-5600
or visit website at

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WHERE: F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, 36 Madison Avenue in Madison, NJ 07940

Pictured: Emmanuelle Nadeau as Anne Frank
Photo: Jerry Dalia

‘Superior Donuts’ by Tracy Letts at Summit Playhouse

The New Jersey Premiere of SUPERIOR DONUTS
by Tracy Letts
Directed by Mary Lynn Dobson
Produced by Arnold J. Bucchaine

1073300_10151752803554371_236892412_o WHEN: November 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21 at 8:00 pm; November 8 & 15 at 2:00 pm
WHERE: Summit Playhouse, 10 New England Ave., Summit
TICKETS: $20; students/seniors $15

Arthur Przybyszewski is a hold over from the 60's who runs a decrepit donut shop in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago. Defeated and unambitious, he walks through life barely existing. Franco Wicks, a charismatic African-American college student with a past, finds his way into the shop asking to be hired. Arthur gives Franco a job and in turn Franco gives Arthur hope, leaving both men changed forever.

This sometimes heartwarming, sometimes heartbreaking comedy-drama by Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize–winning author Tracy Letts (August: Osage County), explores the challenges of embracing the past and the redemptive power of friendship.

Featuring:Terri Sturtevant
Jeff Maschi
Derek Simmons Jr.
Vince Bandille
Stacey Petricha
Ron Richardson
Jonathan Wierzbicki
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Peter Curley
Andrew James Gordon

The Centenary Stage Company Fringe Festival to present ‘Tammy Faye’s Final Audition’


Centenary Stage Company wraps up its first ever Fringe Festival with Southeast Ohio – based Brick Monkey Theater Ensemble’s production of Tammy Faye’s Final Audition running November 19 through the 22 in the Lackland Center in Hackettstown, NJ.  Written by Merri Biechler, directed by Dennis Delaney and performed by Shelley Delaney (photo-CSC) and David Haugen, Tammy Faye’s Final Audition has become a festival favorite having had critically acclaimed runs at several premiere Fringe Festivals throughout the country.

Tammy Faye Bakker was the sweetheart of Christian TV in the 70’s and 80’s, until it all came crashing down.  As she nears the end of her life, she attempts a comeback.  Tammy Faye’s Final Audition is a dreamy exercise wherein she auditions to create one final TV talk show called “Tammy Faye Wins at Life.”  Throughout, she interacts with all of the important men in her life, including her ex-husband, Jim, her son, Jay, her current husband, Roe Messner, and her one-time co-host, J.J. Bullock.  Whether the audition exists as a figment of her imagination or as reality is a determination left to the audience.  The piece was inspired by her final interview with CNN’s Larry King seven hours prior to her passing.

Tammy Faye’s Final Audition is a production from The Brick Monkey Theater Ensemble, Southeast Ohio's professional theater company.  Members of the Brick Monkey Theater Ensemble have written plays for, performed on, and designed productions at Tony Award winning stages, Broadway, Off-Broadway and major regional theaters, as well as, Emmy Award winning television networks/series and major feature films.

Tickets for Tammy Faye’s Final Audition are $22.50 for adults on Sunday’s Matinee and Friday’s evening performance.  Tickets for Saturday evening’s performance are $25.00 for adults.  Thursday evening is $22.50 for all seats with a buy one get one free rush ticket special when purchased in person at the door prior to performance time.  Performances are Thursday, November 19 at 7:30pm; Friday, November 20 and Saturday, November 21 at 8pm and Sunday, November 22 at 2pm.

               For more information or to purchase tickets 1007LacklandBldg visit or call the box office at (908) 979 – 0900.  Tickets may also be purchased in person at the box office located in the Lackland Center; 715 Grand Ave. Hacketttstown, NJ.  The box office is open Monday through Friday from 1 – 5pm and two hours prior to every performance.

               The 2015-16 season of performing arts events at the Centenary Stage Company is made possible through the generous support of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the NJ State Council on the Arts, the Shubert Foundation, the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, the Sandra Kupperman Foundation, and CSC corporate sponsors, including Premier Season Sponsor Heath Village Retirement Community, Silver Sponsors Hackettstown Regional Medical Center, Home Instead Senior Care (Washington), The Holiday Inn in Budd Lake, and Fulton Bank of New Jersey, and Centenary Stage Company members and supporters.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Auditions: Comedy ‘Stage Kiss’ at Studio Players of Upper Montclair


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a comedy by Sarah Ruhl
directed by Mark Liebert. 

WHEN: Sunday, November 1, at 6:30 pm and Tuesday, November 3, at 7:30 pm. Performance dates are January 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, and 23.

WHERE: Studio Players, 14 Alvin Place, Montclair
For more information visit the Studio Playhouse website or call 973-744-9752

"Art imitates life. Life imitates art. When two actors with a history are thrown together as romantic leads in a forgotten 1930’s melodrama, THE LAST KISS, they quickly lose touch with reality as the story onstage follows them offstage. They follow that with a second play, a gritty contemporary story of love and violence called I LOVED HER BEFORE I KILLED HER or BLURRY. The effect is a web spinning tale about what happens when lovers share a stage kiss—or when actors share a real one.”


  • SHE/ ADA – 40’s, a leading lady who plays the roles of Ada Wilcox in THE LAST KISS & Whore in I LOVED HER BEFORE I KILLED HER. 
  • HE/ JOHNNY – 40’s, a leading man who plays the role of Johnny Lowell in THE LAST KISS & Johnny an IRA soldier in I LOVED HER BEFORE I KILLED HER.
  • ADRIAN SCHWALBACH – male 40 +, a director of both THE LAST KISS and I LOVED HER BEFORE I KILLED HER.
  • KEVIN – 21 – 35, an actor who plays Johnny’s understudy, Doctor and Butler in THE LAST KISS & Pimp in I LOVED HER BEFORE I KILLED HER. 
  • HUSBAND/HARRISON – 45+, an actor who plays Mr. Wilcox in THE LAST KISS and She’s real life husband.
  • ANGELA/MILLIE/MAID – 18+, She’s real life daughter; plays Millie Wilcox in THE LAST KISS and a servant in THE LAST KISS.
  • MILLICENT/LAURIE – 25-35, plays Ada Wilcox’s friend, Millicent in THE LAST KISS; He’s real life Midwestern girlfriend, Laurie.
  • SHE, HE, HUSBAND and LAURIE sing – they must be able to carry a tune. Please be prepared to sing 16 bars acapella. (“Happy Birthday” is all right)

No monologues required.  Sides from the script will be provided and are available prior to auditions online at

Review: ‘Diary of Anne Frank’ poignantly powerful at STNJ


By Ruth Ross

STNJ_Anne 2Of the 1.5 million children who perished in the Holocaust, none is as well known as teenaged diarist Anne Frank who, by chronicling her two years hiding from the Nazis, has become a symbol of life cut short before it could reach its artistic potential.

Now, the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey's poignantly powerful production brings Anne Frank's unforgettable life to the stage, just as the world is experiencing a new wave of refugees fleeing war and seeking sanctuary—something the folks in the Secret Annexe were unable to do. Written by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett as a play in 1956 (and adapted in 1997 by Wendy Kesselman after original text deleted by Otto Frank was restored to the diary), The Diary of Anne Frank certainly is, as Variety claimed, "one of the 20th century's most remarkable and enduring pieces of literature."

STNJ_Anne 1Shortly after their elder daughter Margot received a notice to report to Amsterdam Nazi headquarters in July 1942, Edith and Otto Frank (right, Bryan Scott Johnson with Emmanuelle Nadeau) set in motion a plan to sequester the family in the attic of the building in which Otto's business was housed. He invited the Van Daan family to hide with them, and they were later joined by a middle-aged dentist. Two of Otto Frank's former employees supplied the attic's inhabitants with food, clothing, books and news of the outside world for what was supposed to be a short stay that lasted over two years. One August afternoon, however, they were discovered by the Nazis and carted off to the camps, where all but Otto Frank perished.

STNJ_Anne 6Brittany Vasta has designed a set (left) that brilliantly conveys the claustrophobic atmosphere of the four small rooms inhabited by eight grown people; Matthew Adelson has used light judiciously to convey various times of day, and the use of ambient lighting reinforces the setting's verisimilitude. Director Joe Discher has literally choreographed his actors' movements around this cramped space as they go about their day to day living, loving and arguing. [Left: Top, Sean Hudock, Emmanuelle Nadeau, Lauriel Friedman. Bottom, Anthony Cochrane, Jacqueline Antaramian, Carol Halstead, Patrick Toon, Bryan Scott Johnson)

Gangly Emmanuelle Nadeau (top, writing in the diary) is a veritable whirlwind as Anne, newly arrived and anticipating an adventure. Chatting incessantly, she conveys the charming brattiness of a 13-year-old girl who becomes more introspective and philosophical, and much more sympathetic as time passes. However, she often engages in more declamation than conversation; much of her dialogue consists of reciting what she has been writing in her red-checkered diary, but when she speaks with the other characters, she often doesn't sound natural and convincing. Lauriel Friedman is fine as the rather mousy, goody-two-shoes Margot—a thankless role—who she really shines in an intimate conversation with her vivacious sister about any jealousy she may feel about Anne and Peter Van Daan's budding relationship. Sean Hudock is superb as the young man, all awkward and stammering in the beginning but warming to the attentions of Mr. Frank and Anne. The moment (and kiss) shared by Peter and Anne in the garret is very touching and tender.

STNJ_Anne 3Bryan Scott Johnson's fully realized portrayal of Otto Frank is warm and loving as he acts as mayor/arbiter/superintendent of the mini-society enclosed within the Annexe walls, In the thankless role of Edith Frank, Jacqueline Antaramian (right, with Nadeau) convincingly conveys her prim and proper character, dismayed and disappointed with her troubled relationship with her younger daughter. Our hearts ache when Anne is disrespectful toward her mother.

STNJ_Anne 8Carol Halstead and Anthony Cochrane (left) avoid the annoying portrayal of Petronella and "Putzi" Van Daan so prevalent in other productions; she is still a flirt, but she doesn't seem as silly as she's often portrayed (think Shelly Winters in the film). Cochrane's Putzi whines, complains and ultimately breaks down when discovered stealing bread. Just watching him sit dejectedly on the edge of the bed is heartbreaking. Rounding out the hidden group, Patrick Toon’s Mr. Dussel lacks the fuss-budget-y mannerisms that make the man so difficult to live with. Michael Leigh Cook's Kraler and Shana Wiersum's Miep are efficient, if not particularly warm.

STNJ_Anne 9If you have seen the original play and film, you may be surprised at the passages about Jewish identity and Anne's budding sexuality that have been reincorporated into the script by Wendy Kesselman. We thus have a greater sense of who these people are and why they have had to seek sanctuary high above Amsterdam canals and streets. (above: Bryan Scott Johnson, Lauriel Friedman, Emmanuelle Nadeau, Jacqueline Antaramian, Carol Halstead, Sean Hudock, Patrick Toon celebrate Hanukkah).

Considering the many references to Nazis and Hitler so prevalent in our political discourse and the seeming lack of knowledge in other parts of the country about the Holocaust, it is important that we be reminded of one of the true tragedies of this terrible period in history: the cutting short of a creative life before it has had a chance to reach its true potential. Anne Frank may have been but one child in 1.5 million murdered, but she is a fine representative of what the world has lost in their passing. The Diary of Anne Frank reminds us and calls us to never let it happen again.

The Diary of Anne Frank will be performed at the F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, 36 Madison Ave., Madison (on the campus of Drew University) through November 21. For information about performance times and special events and to purchase tickets, call the box office at 973.408.5600 or visit online.    Reviewed by Ruth Ross

Photos © Jerry Dalia, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, 2015.

Auditions: ‘Adventure of Treasure Island’ at Interact Productions

The Adventure of Treasure Island
Based on the book by Robert Louis Stevenson
Dramatized by Max Bush
Occasional music and lyrics by Dale Dieleman
Directed by Tasha R. Williams

WHEN: Wednesday October 28 & Thursday October 29, 6:00 - 8:30 PM; Callbacks: Saturday October 31 11AM-1 PM IF NECESSARY

WHERE: Baird Theatre on Three, 5 Mead Street., South Orange




  • Children will be provided with sides at the audition - no advance preparation of monologues please.
  • Comfortable clothing should be worn for a dance/movement section of the audition.

PERFORMANCE DATES: January 15-17 & January 22-24 2016

Please click HERE to schedule your audition

EMAIL for more information

Jim Hawkins, sweeping the floor of the Admiral Benbow Inn, longs for adventure and dreams of sailing. When the old sea dog Captain appears with his tales and treasure map, Jim is thrust into the intrigue and begins to live his dreams. Old Kate, a salty, rough woman of the sea, appears stalking Flint's map and the Captain. Jim takes the map, eludes the pirates and sets sail with Doctor Livesay for the mysterious Treasure Island. Aboard ship, he meets Long John Silver, and they develop a strong friendship that is threatened when Jim discovers who he really is and confronts him. Silver and his crew capture Jim and row to Skeleton Island (Flint's Treasure Island). Once ashore, Jim escapes and, with the help of Ben, defeats the pirates and secures the treasure.

Liz Zazzi and Jennifer Robbins in ‘Collected Stories’ in Hackensack


TICKETS: $19 at the door.
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Collected Stories was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in April 1997. It also received a Drama Desk Award nomination for Best Play, and was a finalist for the Dramatists Guild/Hull-Warriner Award for Best Play.

This highly entertaining and thought-provoking play focuses on how two friends and colleagues deal with betrayal.

IMG_1240Ruth Steiner is a university professor and acclaimed short story writer. As the story begins, she has taken on a new key student, Lisa Morrison—who will eventually become her protégée and then friend. Over the course of 6 years, under Ruth’s tutelage, Lisa grows from an insecure, clumsy, young graduate student into a confident, successful writer herself. (Right: Jennifer Robbins and Liz Zazzi)

Unfortunately, to realize her full potential Lisa must write a novel—one that will turn Ruth's world upside-down. And, then each has to deal with the moral dilemma of whether a real person's life events are suitable for another to use in their own creative process.

"The conflict between the established artist and the adulatory fan who becomes a protégé, disciple, colleague and friend—and finally threatening rival—is one of those great topics…It resurfaces in Donald Margulies's provocative new play, COLLECTED STORIES…. As always, Margulies is literate, intellectually stimulating, and able to create characters of both dramatic and human interest. And he sustains this interest through six scenes covering six years that only briefly leave Ruth's cozily messy, book-infested Greenwich Village apartment. Here two worlds clash in age-old, ecumenical dueling, led up to by great mutual emotional investment and all the more bitter for it." —NY Magazine.

Collected Stories has been produced in many places in America and Europe since 1997. It premiered on Broadway in a limited engagement production by the Manhattan Theatre Club from April 2010 through June 2010.

Please note: Adult language. No one under 16 will be permitted without an adult.


  • Liz Zazzi*: Ruth    (* Member of Actor’s Equity )
  • Jennifer Robbins: Sarah                                     
  • Lou Scarpati: Director

The Company Theatre Group, Inc., was founded in the summer of 2007 by a number of like-minded actors, directors, and writers. In the beginning there was not a lot of formal organization, and they were known simply as The Company.

In May of 2008, The Company produced its first show, Chapter Two, at the Hackensack Cultural Arts Center. Then, in January of 2009, The Company became The Company Theatre Group, Inc. The organization received its non-profit status in July 2009.

By May 2012, they were producing under equity contracts.

To date, The Company Theatre Group, Inc., has produced more than 40 shows and readings in Hackensack.

Then, as now, The Company draws inspiration from the acclaimed Group Theatre.  And, like the Group Theatre, The Company Theatre Group believes in creating authentic human behavior on stage—“Life in Fiction” they call it.  Their goal always is to create a thought-provoking experience in an environment where each audience member can feel like a fly on the wall watching the lives of real people unfold and sometimes unravel right before their eyes.

The Hackensack Cultural Arts Center, owned and managed by the Hackensack Recreation and Cultural Department, hosts a variety of artistic events, including theatrical productions, poetry readings, art galas and historical reenactments. The Cultural Arts Center also produces its own programming, including comedy nights and an annual children’s show in December.

The Secret Garden next at Chester Theatre Group

CTG  The Secret Gardenack Pacett  i Bobby Becht  Marisa Piccininni

                 Jack Pacetti, Bobby Becht, Marisa Piccininni photo by CTG

The Secret Garden Opens Friday, November 20th

The Chester Theatre Group presents the Broadway musical "The Secret Garden" starting on Friday, November 20th and extending for ten shows through Sunday, December 6th. Performances are Friday and Saturdays at 8:00 and Sundays at 2:00pm. Tickets are $25.00 with a discounted price of $20.00 for seniors over 65 and students under 18. Tickets may be purchased online at

The Secret Garden is based on the classic children's novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Set in Colonial India and England at the turn of the 20th century, "The Secret Garden" tells the story of Mary Lennox an 11 year old girl whose parents die during a cholera epidemic. Sent to live with her uncle Archibald, who is still mourning the loss of his wife Mary finds she is alone and lost in a grown up world. Eventually she meets her cousin Colin, a sick boy who can't get out of bed, but everything changes when they find each other, and the magic of the garden.

Written by Tony Award winning playwright Marsha Norman, with music by Lucy Simon "The Secret Garden" is filled with gothic imagery, unresolved grief, and a touch of the supernatural, “The Secret Garden” is more Harry Potter than Hans Christian Andersen. The rich Lucy Simon score includes several celebrated songs from the contemporary musical theater canon, including “Come to My Garden,” “A Bit of Earth”, and the show‐stopping duet “Lily's Eyes.” Dubbed by TIME Magazine "the best American musical of the Broadway season" in its 1991 premiere, the original cast featured Mandy Patinkin as Archibald Craven, Rebecca Luker as Lily, and a Tony Award‐winning portrayal of Mary Lennox by Daisy Eagan.

The talented cast for "The Secret Garden" includes; Marisa Piccininni as Mary Lennox, Jeff Dopson as Archibald Craven, Gira DeRise-Weaver as Lily Craven, Bobby Becht as Colin Craven, Shannon Ludlum as Martha Sowerby, Jack Pacetti as Dickon Sowerby, Pat Wry as Mrs. Medlock, Jason Cilento as Dr. Neville Craven and Rich Maloy as Ben WePerryAwardsCParrishatherstaff. Rounding out the cast are Megan Walling, Vanessa Jimenez, Gayle Hendrix, Sandra LaVigne, George LaVigne, Shane  Long, Donald Pauselius and Dan Metz. The entire production is directed by Cliff Parrish (photo right) with choreography by Megan Ferentinos.

The Chester Theatre Group performs in The Black River Playhbouse, an intimate, 100-seat theater in the heart of Chester Borough’s historic district. The venue’s in-the-round Black-River-Playhouse-chester format ensures that every seat offers an engaging, memorable experience for each audience member. The theater is located on the corner of Grove Street and Maple Avenue. For more information, visit the CTG website at


Auditions: ‘One Slight Hitch’ written by Lewis Black at Barn Theatre in Montville



The Barn Theatre in Montville, New Jersey continues its 88th Season by holding open auditions on Sunday November 15 and Monday November 16 for its upcoming production of "One Slight Hitch", written by Lewis Black. "One Slight Hitch" will be directed by Omar Kozarsky.

Sunday November 15th 7pm - 10pm
Monday November 16th 7pm - 10pm
CALLBACKS (by invitation only)
Wednesday November 18th 7pm - 10pm
January 15 - February 6 2016 (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and possible Thursdays)

The year is 1981. It’s Courtney’s wedding day and her mom is making sure that everything is perfect. The groom is perfect, the dress is perfect and the decorations (if they arrive) will be perfect. Then, like in any good farce, the doorbell rings  and all hell breaks loose. So much for perfect. A surprising comedy from Comedy Central comedian, Lewis Black.

"Doc" Coleman: (Male, 50s to 60s) - The father. General practitioner, charming, eccentric conservative. Hides his anger issues with a smile.
Delia Coleman: (Female 50s to 60s) - The mother. A chronic worrier, a "Mozilla" in terms of planning for her daughter's wedding. Keeps her neurosis just below the surface.
P.B.: (Female, mid teens) - Doc and Delia's youngest daughter. She is alternately appalled and excited by the craziness of the family, which we see through her eyes. Comments on the action of the play as her older modern day self.
Courtney (Female, late 20s - early 30s) - The bride. Doc and Delia's eldest daughter. Freelance writer/artist. Torn between a life of artistic freedom and the security of marriage.
Melanie (Female, early to mid 20s) - Doc and Delia's middle daughter. A nurse. An attractive party girl that protects a wilder side than her older sister.
Ryan (Male, late 20s - early 30s) - The ex-boyfriend of Courtney. A bohemian free spirit. Hoping to write this generation's "One The Road"
Harper (Male, early to mid 30s) - The groom. Logical and wealthy. Can’t help being the “good guy” even when he knows it puts his relationship at risk.

Actors are asked to arrive to sign in within the first hour of the audition start time. All roles are available. Casting is open to all ethnicities, and newcomers are especially welcomed. Crew and other volunteers are also needed for the event. If interested, please contact

barn The Barn Theatre is located at 32 Skyline Drive in Montville, NJ, just minutes off Route 287 (Exit 47). For more information or directions, call 973-334-9320 ext. 5, or visit

Area Playwrights showcased in Theater Project’s Kaleidoscope Kabaret Festival of One-Act Plays



The Theater Project’s Playwrights Workshop displays its wares in KALEIDOSCOPE KABARET, an annual presentation of short plays written by member writers. The event also includes scripts by teen authors, past winners of The Theater Project’s annual Young Playwrights Competition.

The Playwrights Workshop meets privately so members can share work in progress and get feedback from their colleagues. Once a month, a full length play is read aloud for the public followed by a lively discussion with the author; once a year, short plays are rehearsed and produced for the KALEIDOSCOPE KABARET.

“We want to share work with our audiences at various stages of development,” says Theater Project artistic director Mark Spina. “By seeing work in progress as well as plays that the author considers ‘finished’, the audience gets a stronger understanding of the writer’s journey – they become more critical consumers, and they give us increasingly insightful feedback which has been invaluable to the playwrights.”

Photo Luigi Jannuzzi (2) Member playwrights participating in this year’s Kabaret are Luigi Jannuzzi of Hillsborough (photo right), Tylie Shider of Plainfield (photo below), Joe Vitale of Denville (photo below), and Mary Jane Walsh of Basking Ridge.

Work by past Young Playwright’s Competition winners Jordan Goldberg of Bergen County Academies and Stella Ferra, Union County Academy for the Performing Arts is also included, giving the two young authors the right to say that their work has been produced by a small professional theater – an impressive accomplishment for a high school student.

Tickets for the KALEIDOSCOPE KABARET are $20 for adults and $10 for students; they can be purchased at the door or online at; reservations are recommended.

The Theater Project, an award-winning New Jersey theater company based in Maplewood and Cranford, is known for presenting outrageous comedy as well as drama with social commentary.

WHAT: Kaleidoscope Kabaret, an annual festival of one-act plays
WHEN: November 20 -- 22. Friday, Saturday at 8 PM, Sunday at 2 PM

WHERE: Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts, 10 Durand Rd, Maplewood, NJ

WHO: NJ Playwrights from The Theater Project’s Playwrights Workshop

TIX: $20 / $10 for students,, 908 809-8865


Tylie Shider Joeseph Vitale headshot 

PHOTOS: Playwrights Tylie Shider, Joseph Vitale

Saturday, October 24, 2015

New Season at Women’s Theater Company in Parsippany


WHERE: Parsippany Playhouse, 1130 Knoll Road, Lake Hiawatha


Not familiar with The Women’s Theater Company?

The Women’s Theater Company was founded in 1993 in Montclair by three actresses who wanted to offer more opportunities to women artists.  It is a non-profit organization operating under a Special Appearance Contract with the Actors Equity Association and is a  member of the New Jersey Theater Alliance.

During the last 19 years the WTC has provided a distinct voice and imprint on the state’s professional theatre community.  Unique among nearly thirty professional theater companies in NJ, it is solely dedicated to development, promotion and inclusion of women in all aspects of theater production.  It has evolved through the years from a company that performed only original works by women to a broader mission to produce original and established works by women, productions of interest to women, and productions by local playwrights.

barbara k No history of the Women’s Theater Company would be complete without including the history of its Executive Director and Founding Member, BARBARA KRAJKOWSKI. Ms. Krajkowski was one of the three original founder the Women’s Theater Company in 1993, and it has been under her tutelage that the company has thrived.  As the Producing Artist Director, she has used 25 years of skill and experience in theater to guide this unique Company to its position of solid success while many other companies have had to close their doors. Under her skilled leadership, ticket sales have more than doubled in the past 4 years demonstrating a history of solid growth.

Ms. Krajkowski earned a BA from Fairleigh Dickinson University and an MA from William Paterson University where she has served for many years as an adjunct professor. She has directed over 50 plays. She has coached and managed the career of her daughter, Jane Krakowski, a Tony and Emmy award winning actor.

Ms. Krajkowski’s honors include: “2008 Outstanding Arts Advocate” from the Arts Council of the Morris Area; the “2009 Woman of the Year in Arts and Entertainment” Award by the Garden State Woman Magazine; and “2010 Female Legend of Morris County” by the Morris County Chamber of Commerce

The Women’s Theater Company has performed in many venues through the years (The  Playwright Theater in Madison, The Bickford Theater in Morristown) and currently has a home in the Community Center.  The intimate theater has a 99 seat capacity

‘The Shadow Box’ next at The Strollers of Maplewood


Tickets to THE SHADOW BOX are on sale now at

Winner! 1977 Pulitzer Prize for Drama

Winner! 1977 Tony Award for Best Play

The Shadow Box by Michael Cristofer

Directed by Cynthia S. Ross


c1301d73fcffb60e5d51cbd019dfaa3c The Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts

10 Durand Road  Maplewood, New Jersey

Tickets: $20 - General Admission, $15 - Seniors/Students

Friday, October 23, 2015

Auditions: ‘Enchanted April’ at Bergen County Players


Bergen County Players is holding auditions
for the romantic comedy "Enchanted April", written by Matthew Barber, to be directed by Iris Weinhouse.

Auditions will be held Monday, November 9th and Tuesday, November 10th, both at 7:30 pm. Callbacks will be Thursday, November 12th at 7:30 pm by invitation only.

firehouse_75a_small Where:
Little Firehouse Theatre, 298 Kinderkamack Road, Oradell, NJ
Production Dates: March 19 - April 16, 2016

5 women and 3 men of various ages

"Enchanted April" tells the story of a group of 4 English women in the 1920's, who rent a castle on a remote Italian island for a month to try to come to grips with their lives and relationships.

For more information about the auditions, or a copy of the script, please contact either the director, Iris Weinhouse ( or the producer, Meri Apfel (

Four-Time Emmy Winner Edie Falco (The Sopranos, Nurse Jackie) and Grant Shaud (Murphy Brown) to Star in Reading of Thrillsville, a New Play by Emmy Winner Matt Hoverman


          One Night Only: Thursday, November 19, at 7 pm

George Street Playhouse announced today that Edie Falco, an Emmy Award winner for her leading roles in The Sopranos and Nurse Jackie, and Grant Shaud, well known to TV audiences from his role of Miles Silverman on Murphy Brown, will perform a special reading of Matt Hoverman’s new play, Thrillsville, directed by Michael Mastro, at the New Brunswick theatre on Thursday, November 19, 2015, at 7 pm. Proceeds of the one-night-only performance will benefit George Street Playhouse.

Thrillsville, a 2015 Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference semifinalist, is a comic tale for anyone who loves an impossible sibling.  Outrageous, adorable and developmentally disabled Patricia (Falco) is 40 years old and living the good life.  When funds run out for her ongoing care, her brother Chip (Shaud) steps in to help her establish a new life in a new home with new neighbors.

Benefit tickets for this special reading are priced at $65 with very limited $120 seats available that include a post-performance meet-and-greet reception with the artists.  For tickets and information, contact the George Street Playhouse Box Office, 732-246-7717, or visit

edie jamws Edie Falco has broken many awards records. With her Emmy wins for her role of Carmela Soprano in The Sopranos (photo with the late James Ganfolfini) and for her role as Jackie Peyton in Nurse Jackie, she is the only actress to have won an Emmy in both the comedy and drama categories.  In 2000, she became the only actress to ever receive the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Dramatic Series, the Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Dramatic Television Series, and the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama, all in the same year for her performance in the debut season of The Sopranos.  In 2003, she became the first woman to win the Television Critics Association Award for Individual Achievement in Drama.  Recent stage work includes an off-Broadway appearance in The Madrid in 2013, and her Tony Award-nominated role opposite Ben Stiller in 2011’s House of Blue Leaves on Broadway.

Grant Shaud played Miles Silverberg, the executive producer of the fictional FYI newsmagazine program on television’s long-running Murphy Brown, and also appeared on the 2000 series Madigan Men, starring Gabriel Byrne.  More recently, he has made TV appearances on Louie, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Bravo TV’s Odd Mom Out.  His stage work is highlighted by a Broadway appearance in 2011’s Relatively Speaking, a collection of three one-act plays that includes Elaine May’s George is Dead with Marlo Thomas -- a work that premiered at George Street Playhouse in 2008 as Roger is Dead.

Matt Hoverman has written a number of plays, including Who You See Here and The Glint: a mean little comedy, both of which have been optioned for Broadway.  He was awarded a 2014 Daytime Creative Emmy for Outstanding Writing in an Animated Series for PBS Kids’ Arthur.  His other TV work includes writing for Curious George, Wonder Rangers and Disney’s Sofia the First.

Michael Mastro has joined GSP for the 2015-16 season as Resident Artistic Director.  At George Street, he helmed The Fabulous Lipitones in 2014 and The Subject Was Roses with Stephanie Zimbalist in 2011, and he appeared in recent years on stage in such productions as The Sunshine Boys, The Pillowman, The Fox on the Fairway and Inspecting Carol.  Last season, he directed Ingmar Bergman’s Nora at Delaware Theatre Company, where he was Associate Artistic Director, and he appeared in Ayckbourn’s The Things We Do For Love at the Westport Country Playhouse.  Other directorial assignments include associate director of the recent first national tour of West Side Story, helmed by GSP Artistic Director David Saint.  As an actor, he works regularly on and off Broadway, regionally, and in film and TV, where he is currently recurring on Law and Order: SVU. Member: Actors Equity, SAG-AFTRA, SDC, Naked Angels, The Actors Center.

nj-george-street-playhousejpg-008da788a45f3492 George Street Playhouse is located at 9 Livingston Avenue in the heart of New Brunswick's vibrant downtown Arts and Entertainment District, steps away from plentiful parking and dining options for every palate and pocketbook. Visit when planning your trip for helpful parking and dining recommendations.

In the 42 years since its founding, George Street Playhouse has become a nationally recognized theatre, presenting an acclaimed mainstage season while providing an artistic home for established and emerging theatre artists.  Its leadership consists of Artistic Director David Saint, Resident Artistic Director Michael Mastro and Managing Director Kelly Ryman.

Clever Little Lies  GSP  11-17-13 139<br />CLEVER LITTLE LIES<br />by Joe DiPietro <br />directed by David Saint at George Street Playhouse  11/17/13<br />with Greg Mullavey, Jim Stanek, Marlo Thomas, Kate Wetherhead<br />Set Design: Yoshi Tanakura<br />Lighting Design: Christopher J. Bailey<br />Costume Design: Esther Arroyo<br />Original Music/Sound Design: Scott Killian<br /><br /> © T Charles Erickson<br /><br /> Founded in 1974, the Playhouse has been well represented by numerous productions both on and off-Broadway – recent productions include the Outer Critics’ Circle Best Musical Award-winner The Toxic Avenger; the Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk and Drama League nominated production of The Spitfire Grill; and the recent Broadway hit and Tony and Pulitzer Prize winning play Proof by David Auburn, which was developed at GSP during the 1999 Next Stage Series of new plays.  In 2015, George Street Playhouse has been represented by two productions in New York: the recent Broadway production of It Shoulda Been You, and Joe DiPietro’s Clever Little Lies (photo-Marlo Thomas), which opened off-Broadway in October.  Both shows received their premieres at the Playhouse.

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