Friday, September 30, 2016

The Growing Stage Kicks Off 35th Season with NJ Professional Premiere of 'Peter and the Starcatcher'

The Growing Stage, The Children’s Theatre of New Jersey, located in the Historic Palace Theatre on Route 183 in Netcong opens its 35th Anniversary Main Stage season with PETER AND THE STARCATCHER. The show runs October 7th through the 23rd with performancesFriday evenings at 7:30 PM, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 4 PM.

Tony Award Winning PETER AND THE STARCATCHER upends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan comes to be The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up (Peter Pan). A wildly theatrical adaptation of Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson’s best-selling novels, the play was conceived for the stage by directors Roger Rees and Alex Timbers and written by Rick Elice with music by Wayne Barker. From marauding pirates and jungle tyrants to unwilling comrades and unlikely heroes, PETER AND THE STARCATCHER playfully explores the depths of greed and despair and the bonds of friendship, duty, and love. Featuring a dozen actors portraying more than 100 unforgettable characters, PETER AND THE STARCATCHER uses ingenious stagecraft and the limitless possibilities of imagination to bring the story to life. This production is under the direction of Stephen L. Fredericks, The Growing Stage’s Executive Director, with musical direction by Stephen Fox and Choreography by Jillian Petrie.

PETER AND THE STARCATCHER features the talents of five professional equity performers in the cast.

Returning to the Palace are Growing Stage favorites: Josh Carpenter of Brooklyn, NY, last seen in The Secret Life of Hubie Hartzel, as BlackStache; Jeremy Hilgert of Delaware Water Gap, PA, last seen in Peter Pan, as Bill Slank; Lucas Pinner of Glen Gardner, NJ, last seen in The Story of the Nutcracker, as Mack; Izzy Figueroa of Old Bridge, NJ, last seen in How I Became A Pirate, as Sanchez. Making his Growing Stage debut is Richard Stillman of Montclair, NJ as Smee. 

Rounding out the cast are Davis Lemley of Cedar Grove, NJ, as Boy (Peter); Nikki Miller of Hampton, NJ, as Molly; Julie Galorenzo of Verona, NJ, as Mrs. Bumbrake; Marcelo Leal of Jersey City, NJ, as Alf; Robert Allan of Flanders, NJ, as Lord Aster, Dalton Allison of Byram, NJ, as Prentiss and Justin Watt of Hackettstown, NJ, as Ted.

The Growing Stage continues FUN-tastic Fridays with all tickets $15! Saturday and Sunday tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $15 for children. To purchase tickets, please visit or call (973) 347-4946. Group rates and Birthday Party packages are available. The Growing Stage’s programs are made possible, in part, by funding from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and contributions from numerous corporations, foundations, and individuals.

PETER AND THE STARCATCHER is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI, 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019, Phone: 212-541-4684, Fax : 212-397-4684,

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Ayad Akhtar’s Pulitzer Prize winning Disgraced at McCarter

Princeton, NJ: Ayad Akhtar’s Pulitzer Prize winning Disgraced has become a flashpoint of conversation.
Critically-acclaimed and Tony-nominated on Broadway, produced around the world, Disgraced is about to spark debate on McCarter’s Matthews Stage this October. Of particular note will be an appearance by playwright Ayad Akhtar at McCarter’s Dialogue on Drama on Sunday, October 16th (see below for more information on Dialogue on Drama).

About the Show

Amir Kapoor is a successful lawyer at a prestigious Manhattan law firm. He is married to a beautiful woman and is trying to live a good life. When familial bonds tighten and conversations at a dinner party turn confrontational, racial and religious tension forces him to face his own ambition and stifled cultural identity. Called “terrific and turbulent” by The New York Times, Disgraced pulls no punches in its bold look at one man’s experience as an American Muslim.

McCarter Theatre Center’s production of Disgraced marks the culmination of a special programming partnership, being produced in conjunction with two highly respected companies in the world of professional regional theater: the Guthrie Theater (Minneapolis) and Milwaukee Repertory Theater.
The cast includes recent Barrymore Award nominee Maboud Ebrahimzadeh (Amir), who joins Adit Dileep (Abe), Kevin Isola (Isaac), Caroline Kaplan (Emily), and Austene Van Jory) in the second leg of the production which began at the Guthrie Theater earlier in 2016.

About the work, playwright Ayad Aktar says: “One of the central axis points of the American experience is rupture from the old world, and renewal of the self in the new one. For seven or eight generations, this notion is central to being American. We celebrate the renewal, we do not mourn the rupture.
Disgraced is about the gap which is created by not mourning the rupture. Here is a character (Amir) who cannot celebrate renewal, and is caught in the process. It presents a series of contradictions. Those contradictions are the experience I want the audience to be confronted with.”

Director Marcela Lorca adds: “This imaginative work of art is in direct conversation with current global dynamics…the play presents human beings who are themselves living in a confusing world, wrestling with their identities as Americans (and) with their ancestral roots. These characters are not heroes; they are complex people who often harbor conflicting points of view. In the same way, our world is not simple, nor easy, and true understanding will only derive from our willingness to ask hard questions, embrace contradictions and empathize with those who differ from us.”

Disgraced is a show with strong themes and strong language with scenes of an intense nature. As part of McCarter Theatre Center’s ongoing commitment to open dialogue and audience engagement, each performance after opening night will be followed by a special post-show discussion, where audience members can stay and comment, reflect, and get more information about the story just witnessed. Each discussion will be facilitated by a McCarter staff member.

More information on specific engagement events regarding Disgraced may be found here.

For more about Disgraced, including insight from McCarter’s Artistic Director Emily Mann, CLICK HERE.
To download photos, including headshots, CLICK HERE.

About the Cast

Adit Dileep (Abe) McCarter debut. Theater: Mystic India. Regional: Animals Out of Paper (Hudson Stage Co).
Film: Scumbag Sonata. Midnight Delight. TV: Shades of Blue, Deadbeat. Education: New York University.

Maboud Ebrahimzadeh (Amir) McCarter debut. Regional: The Liar (Gulfshore Playhouse); The Container
(Centerstage); Mockingbird (The Kennedy Center); Julius Caesar (Folger Theatre); Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (Round House Theatre); Water by the Spoonful, Edgar and Annabel (Studio Theatre); The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, Boged (Theater J); The Invisible Hand (Theatre Exile); The BFG (Imagination Stage and The National Theatre); I Call My Brothers, The Pillowman, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Bobrauschenbergamerica, and Scorched (Forum Theatre); A Man, His Wife, and His Hat (Hub Theatre); Side Man (1st Stage). Recent film: Imperium with Daniel Radcliffe and Toni Collette; Sally Pacholok with Annet Mahendru.

Kevin Isola (Isaac) Broadway: Brooklyn Boy. Off-Broadway: Ethel Sings (The Beckett); Almost, Maine
and The Boys in the Band (Transport Group); Jericho (59E59); By the Way, Meet Vera Stark (Second Stage); Trust (The Play Company); The World Over, The Water Children (Playwrights Horizons); Twelfth Night, Venus, WASP and Other Plays (NYSF/The Public Theater); Everett Beekin (Lincoln Center); The New Bozena (The Cherry Lane). Regional: Guthrie, Two River Theater, The Old Globe, McCarter, South Coast Rep, Baltimore Center Stage, Yale Rep. Film: Miles, Blumenthal, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Uninvited, The New Yorker. TV: Billions, The Blacklist, Elementary, Deadbeat, Smash, Fringe, Damages,
Law & Order. MFA: NYU Graduate Acting Program.

Caroline Kaplan (Emily) Off-Broadway: The Silver Cord, Threepenny Opera, Camino Real. Regional: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Berkeley Rep), ….Poe (Baltimore CenterStage), The Merchant of Venice (Trinity Rep), Three Sisters (Williamstown Theater Festival), Candide (College Light Opera Company). Readings/Workshops: New Dramatists, The Lark, Williamstown, McCarter Theatre. Film/TV: Proof on TNT (Series Regular). MFA: Brown/Trinity, BA: Vassar College.

Austene Van (Jory) is an actor, director, and choreographer. Penumbra Company member credits: The Owl Answers, Detroit '67, Spunk, Amen Corner, Blue, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Dinah Was, Blues for an Alabama Sky, Seven Guitars. Austene has recently performed the title role in Aida (Theater Latté Da); A Streetcar Named Desire, Henry IV, The Unsinkable Molly Brown (Ten Thousand Things); In The Next
Room… (Jungle Theater); Disgraced, Trouble in Mind, Gem of the Ocean, Crowns, A Christmas Carol (Guthrie); Radio Golf (IRT/Cleveland Playhouse). Recently directed: Six Degrees of Separation (Theatre in the Round Players); Joan: Voices in the Fire (Rarig Center); Lonely Soldier Monologues, A Civil War Christmas (History Theatre); Blues in the Night (Ordway); Black Nativity (Penumbra).

About the Design Team
The creative/design team for Disgraced includes scenic designer James Youmans, an Outer Critics Circle award winner and designer of Broadway’s West Side Story and Gypsy. Costume designer Ana Kuzamanic’s Broadway credits include August: Osage County and Desire Under the Elms, in addition to her work on McCarter’s production of Argonautika. Lighting designer Rui Rita has created work for numerous Broadway productions, including Enchanted April, The Price, and Trip to Bountiful among many others. Minneapolis-based sound designer Scott W. Edwards and composer Sanford Moore join Barrymore Award winning Philadelphia-based fight director Samantha Reading to round out the design team. Casting is by Pat McCorkle (C.S.A.), McCorkle Casting LTD.

About the Playwright
Ayad Akhtar (Playwright) is a novelist and author of American Dervish, published in over 20 languages worldwide. His play Disgraced won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and was nominated for the 2015 Tony Award for best play. His plays The Who & The What and The Invisible Hand received Off-Broadway runs and are currently being produced around the world. Akhtar was listed as the most produced playwright for the 2015/16 season by American Theatre. As a screenwriter, he was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay for The War Within. He has received fellowships from MacDowell, Djerassi, the Sundance Institute, Ucross, and Yaddo, where he currently serves as a Board Director. He is also a Board Trustee at PEN/America and NYTW.

About the Director
Marcela Lorca (Director) Crimes of the Heart, The Burial at Thebes, The Secret Fall of Constance Wilde (Guthrie); The Count of Monte Cristo (Oregon Shakespeare); Scorched (Syracuse Stage); Caroline, Or Change (Guthrie & Syracuse Stage); The Clean House (Juilliard Drama); House of the Spirits, Found (Mixed Blood); Blood Wedding (Guthrie Lab and Missouri Repertory Theater); Iphigenia at Aulis, Wild Honey, The Gods: Helen and Orestes, and numerous originally conceived plays that include Macondo, Going Live, and Time Sensitive. She is Director of Company evelopment at the Guthrie Theater where she has worked as Movement Director/Choreographer since 1991. She has taught Lorca Movement at the Guthrie, UMN, NYU, and the London International School of Performing Arts.

About The Guthrie Theater
The Guthrie Theater (Joseph Haj, Artistic Director) was founded by Sir Tyrone Guthrie in 1963 and is an American center for theater performance, production, education, and professional training, dedicated to producing the great works of dramatic literature and to cultivating the next generation of theater artists.
Under the leadership of Haj, the Guthrie produces a mix of classic and contemporary plays on three stages, and continues to set a national standard for excellence in theatrical production and performance. In 2006, the Guthrie opened its new home on the banks of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel, the Guthrie Theater houses three state-of-the-art stages, production facilities, classrooms, full-service restaurants and dramatic public lobbies.

About Milwaukee Repertory Theater Milwaukee Repertory Theater (Mark Clements, Artistic Director; Chad Bauman, Managing Director) is a  nationally-recognized company that presents compelling dramas, powerful classics, award-winning contemporary works, and full-scale musicals housed in its three unique performance venues—the Quadracci Powerhouse, Stiemke Studio, and Stackner Cabaret. The Rep also produces an annual production of A Christmas Carol, featuring a world premiere of a new adaptation in 2016, at the historic Pabst Theater. Milwaukee Repertory Theater ignites positive change in the cultural, social, and economic vitality of its community by creating world-class theater experiences that entertain, provoke, and inspire meaningful dialogue among an audience representative of Milwaukee’s rich diversity.

About McCarter Theatre Center
Led by Artistic Director/Resident Playwright Emily Mann and Managing Director Timothy J. Shields, McCarter Theatre Center is a leading destination for playwrights, actors, and directors to collaborate on ambitious world premieres, re-imagined classics, adaptations, and developmental workshops. Awarded the 1994 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre, McCarter has evolved into a nationally and internationally acclaimed theatre recognized for its first rate productions, daring world premieres, and lasting contributions to the American theatrical canon. The theatre is celebrated for its emphasis on the creation and development of new work, marked especially by an on-going program of commissions, an annual artists retreat, and the fostering of long term relationships with emerging and established playwrights.

McCarter’s 2016-2017 Theater Season includes Nilo Cruz’s Bathing in Moonlight (world premiere), Ayad Akhtar’s Disgraced (produced in conjunction with the Guthrie Theater and Milwaukee Repertory Theater), Bedlam’s productions of Saint Joan and Hamlet, Ken Ludwig’s adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express (world premiere), and Lynn Nottage’s Intimate Apparel.

McCarter is supported by Princeton University, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and over 3,000 individuals, corporations, and foundations. McCarter Theatre is located at 91 University Place in Princeton, NJ.
For more information,

Disgraced – Production Facts
Creative, Production, and Design Team

Playwright: Ayad Akhtar
Direction: Marcela Lorca
Set Design: James Youmans
Costume Design: Ana Kuzmanic
Lighting Design: Rui Rita
Sound Design: Scott W. Edwards
Composer: Sanford Moore
Casting Director: McCorkle Casting, Ltd.
Fight Director: Samantha Reading

Production Stage Manager: Alison Cote
Stage Manager: Samantha Flint

Director of Production: David York
Resident Producer: Debbie Bisno
Artistic Director/Resident Playwright: Emily Mann

Managing Director: Timothy J. Shields


The Actors and Stage Manager in this production are members of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of
professional actors and stage managers in the United States.

Produced in association with the Guthrie Theater and Milwaukee Repertory Theater.

Ticket Information

Tickets for Disgraced start as low as $25.00 and are on sale now at, by phone at (609) 258-2787,
or in person at the McCarter Theatre Box Office, located at 91 University Place in Princeton.

Disgraced will be performed on the Matthews Stage. The production will be one hour and thirty minutes with no intermission.

Final Weekend for 'What We're Up Against' at The Company Theatre Group


Directed by Louis Scarpati

A Biting Comedy Written by Theresa Rebeck
Sept 17 - Oct 2, 2016
Winner! 2011 Rella Lossy Playwright’s Award
A ferocious and juicy comedy by one of today's most acclaimed playwrights about sexism in the workplace and one woman’s struggle to break through the glass ceiling.
What We're Up Against is set in a dysfunctional but competitive architectural firm and takes an explosive yet insightful look at what it means to be a talented woman in a male-domininated career and what happens when she tires of banging her head against the glass ceiling.

Ms. Rebeck’s always fresh, crisp, taut, terse, bitingly funny, and brilliantly intense and here in What We’re Up Against,she comes out with a gun in each hand magnificently firing away her rat-a-tat explosively charged bullets of delicious dialogue in every direction imaginable.  [Theresa Rebeck} has lived through and survived the corporate world and totally and completely nails it in [this] play.      - Houston Chronicle

Adult Language

The Company is proud beyond measure to be the newest member of the NJ Theatre Alliance - an association of NJ's professional theatres!

Founding Members Joe Curran, Lou Scarpati,
Andrea Prendamano & David Russo (along with members
and Advisory Board members) welcomed NJTA's
Bob Carr & Jenna Rocca for an introductory soiree at
Fink's BBQ in Dumont NJ.

Midtown Direct Rep announces new partnership and move to The Woodland in Maplewood

Midtown Direct Rep (MDR) has announced a new partnership with the Township of Maplewood. Beginning with the 2016-17 season, MDR will present its staged readings and other productions as the resident theater company of The Woodland (60 Woodland Rd. in Maplewood, NJ). MDR’s newly named staged reading series, “Theater at The Woodland”, will take place in the Parlor, and larger productions, such as the well-known annual event Listen To Your Mother, will be held in the Great Hall.

“We are thrilled to partner with the Township of Maplewood, stated MDR Managing Director Aliza Wassner. “MDR has really grown over the past few seasons, and we are looking forward to expanding our programming and education outreach with the support of the Township Administration and Office of Cultural Affairs. Our goal is to continue to provide professional and engaging theater experiences, while also being an anchor for this cultural center and contributing to our shared mission of creating a place to encourage artistic exchange and collaboration in our unique community.”

Located in the heart of Maplewood Village, The Woodland was built in 1930 and has been owned and operated by the Township of Maplewood since 2013. The building is now dedicated for cultural, educational and recreational activities. As explained by Vic DeLuca, Mayor of Maplewood, “We purchased the former Woman’s Club to promote local arts and cultural groups and are excited that Midtown Direct Rep has chosen to make The Woodland their new home.”

“Theater at The Woodland” will continue upon the success of MDR’s past 5 years of public staged readings of new plays and musicals. The readings, which include post-show discussions with the cast and creative team, allow the audience to witness and participate in the development of vital new works. Many of the shows presented as MDR readings have gone on to major productions off-Broadway, in regional theaters and beyond. The reading series focuses on scripts reflecting diverse issues in the community, writers or subjects with a local connection, and roles that can be cast significantly from the MDR ensemble of professional actors.

The 2016-17 reading series will be held on Sunday evenings at 7pm on the following dates: October 23, November 20, December 11, and February 12. Additional details about this season’s chosen plays, playwrights, cast, and ticket information will be announced shortly. The season will also include Listen To Your Mother: North Jersey on May 13, 2017 in The Woodland Great Hall, as well as MDR education outreach programs for children and adults throughout the year.

Midtown Direct Rep (MDR) is a professional, ensemble-based theater company of over 100 working Broadway actors and theater professionals who call South Orange and Maplewood home. Midtown Direct Rep is dedicated to developing and presenting new plays and musicals focusing on work that reflects our diverse community. Midtown Direct Rep is also the local presenter of the hugely successful event Listen to Your Mother, which showcases local writers and performers each year around Mother’s Day. Company members include two-time Tony Award-winner Norbert Leo Butz, Tony Award-winner Michele Pawk, Tony Award-nominees Stephanie J. Block, Megan Lawrence, and Christiane Noll, plus Sebastian Arcelus, Joel de la Fuente, Bradley Dean, and many others.  The Company is led by Managing Director Aliza Wassner, Artistic Producer Steven Tabakin, Literary Manager Marni Raab, and Artistic Advisor Sandy Rustin. For more information, visit

The Maplewood Office of Cultural Affairs, which is part of the Department of Recreation and Cultural Affairs, oversees the Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts as well as The Woodland. The Office is also organizes and facilitates performances and cultural activities throughout the Township.

This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/ Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and administered by the Essex County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Now at Dreamcatcher: 'The How and the Why'

The 2016-2017 season starts tonight!

The How and the Why- September 22 - October 9, 2016
Evolution and emotion collide in Sarah Treem's thought-provoking and sharp play about science, family, and survival of the fittest. On the eve of a prestigious conference, an up-and-coming evolutionary biologist wrestles for the truth with an established leader in the field. This intimate and keenly perceptive play explores the difficult choices faced by women of every generation.
"Sarah Treem's play brims with ideas and emotional colors that eddy and refract like rivulets in a lively, plunging stream." -Washington Post.
" exhilarating, intellectual evening out." -Star-Ledger. 
"A moving portrait of a woman meeting with equanimity an unexpected, often painful series of questions about the choices she made in the past." -NY Times. 
"Two absorbing hours with two finely formed, interesting, smart, and captivating women...a very rare achievement indeed for women in and at the theatre." -Feminist Spectator.
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Harriett Trangucci plays Professor Zelda Kahn, an eminent scholar, opposite Jessica O'Hara-Baker's Rachel, a graduate student.

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Premiere Stages to Host Exclusive Benefit Performance of My Lord, What a Night at Liberty Hall Museum

UNION, N.J. – Premiere Stages at Kean University will host an exclusive benefit performance of the 2015/2016 Liberty Live Commission, My Lord, What a Night by Deborah Brevoort, at Liberty Hall Museum on Friday, October 14. This celebratory event will begin with a V.I.P. reception at 6 p.m., featuring wine, handcrafted hors d'oeuvres, and live jazz from the 1920s-1930s by The Buck and a Quarter Quartet, to be followed by a guided candlelight tour of Liberty Hall Museum at 7 p.m. 

Following the performance at 8 p.m., the evening will conclude with a champagne toast and dessert reception with the cast and creative team. All proceeds from the evening will benefit future programming supporting emerging artists and plays. The production is directed by Kel Haney, and features Broadway veterans Mitch Greenberg (Fiddler on the Roof), Erika LaVonn (The Lion King), Joel Leffert (No Man’s Land/Waiting for Godot), and Lizan Mitchell (Electra).

“My Lord, What a Night perfectly represents the uniquely collaborative partnership between Premiere Stages and Liberty Hall Museum,” stated John J. Wooten, Producing Artistic Director of Premiere Stages. “The historic 1882 Carriage House is the ideal venue to see New Jersey history come to life.”

Based on actual events, My Lord, What a Night provides a thought-provoking account of the night legendary singer Marian Anderson spent at the home of Albert Einstein. What begins as an event that threatens to divide the Princeton community ends with a lifetime bond between two of the most beloved figures of the twentieth century. Premiere Stages will present a total of six performances of Ms. Brevoort’s highly anticipated production through October 16, with five performances (excluding the benefit) currently sold out.

Ms. Brevoort is perhaps best known for The Women of Lockerbie, which is produced all over the United States and internationally. Her plays are published by DPS, Samuel French, Applause Books, and No Passport, and include Blue Moon Over Memphis, a Noh Drama about Elvis, The Blue-Sky Boys, The Poetry of Pizza, The Comfort Team, and The Velvet Weapon. Her musicals include Crossing Over, King Island Christmas, and Coyote Goes Salmon Fishing. Ms. Brevoort teaches at NYU, Columbia University and Goddard College.

Ms. Haney’s previous directing credits for Premiere Stages include Kate Cortesi’s Great Kills, James Christy’s At Liberty Hall (Winner of the 2013/2014 Liberty Live Commission), and the New Jersey Premiere of Quiara Alegría Hudes’ Water by the Spoonful earlier this season. She has directed extensively throughout the greater metropolitan area, including Neil LaBute’s The Way We Get By (American Theater Group - Regional Premiere), Comfort/Haney’s The Elephant in Every Room I Enter (La MaMa), Vickie Ramirez’s Glenburn 12 WP (59E59), Jonathan Caren’s The Recommendation (The Flea), Gardiner Comfort’s You’re Not Tough (HERE, Dixon Place), Jordan Jaffe’s Crude (Black Lab Theatre/Theater 511 @ Ars Nova), and Melisa Annis’ United Front (Primary Stages/Fordham).

My Lord, What a Night runs Thursday, October 13 - Sunday, October 16 at various times, with a free pre-show discussion scheduled for Saturday, October 15 at 5 p.m. The production is currently sold out, with limited benefit tickets still available for the performance on Friday, October 14. Please contact the Kean Stage Box Office at 908-737-7469 or visit Premiere Stages online at to purchase tickets. You may also request to be added to the wait list for alternate performances by emailing

Premiere Stages offers affordable prices and free parking close to the theatre. Premiere Stages also provides free or discounted tickets to patrons with disabilities. All Premiere Stages facilities are fully accessible spaces, and companion seating is available for patrons with disabilities. Assistive listening devices and large print programs are available at all times; publications in alternate formats are available with advanced notice. Please call 908-737-4092 for a list of sign-interpreted, audio-described or open-captioned performances. For more information, visit Premiere Stages online at

This arts program is made possible in part by a HEART (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) Grant from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Premiere Stages is also made possible in part through funding from The New Jersey State Council on the Arts, The Shubert Foundation, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, The Northfield Bank Foundation, The Provident Bank Foundation, The Hyde and Watson Foundation, The Union Foundation, E.J. Grassmann Trust, The New Jersey Theatre Alliance’s Stages Festival and through the generous support of individual patrons. Discover Jersey Arts is our marketing partner. Visit for more information about other arts programming happening around the Garden State.

'It's a Wonderful Life' presented as a live radio play at Exit 82 Theatre Company

Join us on stage or in the audience!
Auditions this week and tickets now on sale 
Playing December 1st - December 3rd,  2016

The beloved holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of an idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers all of his blessings one fateful Christmas Eve.

Thursday, December 1st at 7pm
Friday, December 2nd at 8pm
Saturday, December 3rd at 2pm
Saturday, December 3rd at 8pm

Monday, September 26, 2016

'Single Black Female' Opens October 6 at Crossroads

7 LIVINGSTON AVE. NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ 08901 | 732-545-8100

Crossroads Theatre Company thanks its major supporters:
American Express
Johnson & Johnson
Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
Middlesex County Cultural & Heritage Commission
New Brunswick Cultural Center
New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts 

Through The Looking Glass: Alice and Her Wonderland Adventure Opens in Jersey City

A young girl follows a White Rabbit into a dreamlike world were animals talk and eating mushrooms can change your size. When this realm’s tyrannical ruler accuses the rabbit of stealing tarts – for which the punishment is decapitation – the girl must stand up to injustice by using logic and virtue.

As you probably guessed, the world is wonderland and the heroine is Alice. On October 2, JCTC-KIDS and Puppetworks return to the Merseles Studios puppet theater with Alice in Wonderland, the timeless Lewis Carrol tale, which runs every Sunday at 1 pm through December 11.

Tickets: Child: $8 Advance or $11 At The Door / Adult: $9 Advance or $12 At The Door. School & Group sale discounts available.  Special private party booking prices available. Alice in Wonderland by Puppetworks runs October 2 to December 11. To purchase online tickets visit:

Merseles Studios is at 339 Newark Avenue, Jersey City 07302. 

Soon after the first Alice books appeared – they have never been out of print since their 19th century publication and are considered the “Harry Potter” of the Victorian era – this beloved children’s fantasy has remained in the public’s imagination. The story’s best-known versions range from the classic 1951 Walt Disney animated movie to the more off-beat, 2010 Tim Burton live-action film. The numerous retellings of Alice’s often bizarre yet ultimately triumphant odyssey all have their merits, but often surrealistic special effects overshadow the genuine wonder this imaginative tale was meant to inspire.

“This is a great story and we keep it about Alice,” said Michael Leach, Chief Puppeteer and Executive Director of Puppetworks. “The story of Alice that is in the original books can sometimes get lost in the movie versions because of too much over-indulgent symbolism. The Puppetworks story moves quickly and focuses on the plot of Alice – a smart, curious girl with a good heart who enters a world were everyone seems insane. She overcomes what is essentially madness incarnate by relying on her bravery and by using logic. This is a lesson all girls and boys can learn from.”

Since 1980, Puppetworks has been committed to preserving the tradition of live-theater presentations through the art of Marionettes. According to Leach, Alice in Wonderland is one of the strongest and most popular titles in the company’s repertoire of 15+ plays based on classic fairytales, folklore and children’s literature. Alice in Wonderland by Puppetworks is also part-musical, with lyrics based on the poems and rhymes in the original books. The actual script, adapted for the stage by Nicolas Coppola, even predates Puppetworks, whose roots go back to 1938 when its founding company, Suzari Marionettes began performing in the U.S. Coppola, a member of the original company, is the founder and Artistic Director of Puppetworks.

Alice in Wonderland by Puppetworks combines the two Alice Stories – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and Alice Through the Looking Glass (1871) – into a concise, fast-pace yarn of a stranger in a very strange land. The strings-attached cast of well-known Wonderland residents include: the White Rabbit (of course); The Queen of Hearts, who rules this land and strikes fear in the hearts of her subjects with her famous decree: “Off With Their Heads!”; Mad Hatter (yes, there’s a puppet tea party); March Hare; the Caterpillar; Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum; the Knave of Hearts and the Cheshire Cat and his enigmatic grin. Alice herself both shrinks and enlarges on stage, depending on what she eats.

JCTC-KIDS, the children’s arm of Jersey City Theater Center (JCTC), provides professional theater and other arts programming to young people (Alice in Wonderland is recommended for ages 3-to-12). Thousands of children and their families have experienced traditional marionette puppetry and classical storytelling since JCTC-KIDS and Puppetworks brought this enduring art form to Jersey City two years ago. In addition, JCTC’s Art-4-All program subsidizes tickets – made possible by the generous support of Jersey City Businesses and other funders – for under-served children. Hundreds of families have experienced Puppetworks performances at Merseles Studios through this Art-4-All program.

Alice in Wonderland is the 5th JCTC-KIDS/Puppetworks production. The most recent show, Beauty & The Beast was the most successful yet for this collaboration: Most of the shows during its Spring 2016 run were sold out or near sell outs. “Beauty & The Beast had a strong finish,” said Leach. “We’ve built a growing Northern New Jersey audience at Merseles Studios. It’s nice that we’re opening Alice to such a strong demand from an enthusiastic following. Jersey City has become an amazing theater and arts destination in a relatively short time. It is very satisfying that traditional puppetry and children’s theater is part of that landscape.”

For Olga Levina, Artistic Director of JCTC, presenting Alice in Wonderland is a labor of love. “Both children and adults can relate to Alice in Wonderland,” she said. “The story of Alice is about adventure, overcoming fear and the discoveries you make along the way.”

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photographs by Bang Chau