Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Fun children's play at Rhino Theatre

Auditions: THE KING AND I at Brundage Park Playhouse

Audition Notice for The King and I at Brundage Park Playhouse 
Performance Dates:  April 21, 28 and May 5 at 8:00 pm and April 22, 23, 29, 30, May 6 and 7 at 2:00 pm
All auditions are at the Brundage Park Playhouse on Carrell Road, Randolph, NJ 07869. GPS: 2 Bungalow Lane, Randolph 07869.
All Auditioners should be prepared to sing and read from sides, provide a headshot and resume if available. Photos will be taken at the audition for those performers without headshots. All auditioners must be available for rehearsals during tech week, and for all performance dates.                                                                                                
Directed by Ray Gelpke
Music by Richard Rodgers, Book by Oscar Hammerstein II, Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, Based on Anna and the King by Margaret Landon, Original Choreography by Jerome Robbins.
Performance Dates: April 21, 22, 28, 29 May 5, 6 at 8:00 April 23, 30 and May 7 at 2:00 pm
In this beloved musical from Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, the newly widowed Anna Leonowens travels to Bangkok with her son Louis to become the schoolteacher in the employ of the King of Siam in 1860. Although the king wishes to be seen as a modern king, the ensuing conflict of wills yields tragic consequences that neither Anna nor the king foresee.
Cast Requirements:
The King of Siam: Powerful and majestic, must command the stage at all times.
Lead Adult Age 21 to 45, Baritone E4 – C3
Anna Leonowens: Intelligent, independent and compassionate Englishwoman,
Legit, Lead Adult Age 21 to 45, Soprano D5- B3.
Lady Thiang: Chief Wife of The King, loyal, elegant, warm-hearted.
Legit, Supporting Adult 21 to 45 Mezzo-Soprano G5 – C#4/Db4
Prince Chulalongkom: Heir to the throne of Siam, wary of Western customs.
Supporting Teen Alto A4, G3
The Kralahome: Prime Minister to King, Strong traditionalist. Spoken. No singing required.
Adult age 21 to 45
Louis Leonowens: Son of Anna, age 11 to 14 Well-behaved, yet intimidated by situation. Counter-tenor B4, G3
Captain Orton: Supporting role, spoken. No singing required.
Sir Edward Ramsay: English Statesman visiting friend of the King. Supporting role, spoken. No singing required.
Lun Tha: Burmese scholar, Supporting role. Tenor G4, C3
Tuptim: Burmese “gift” to the King, in love with Lun Tha. Soprano G5, C4 (middle c)
The Interpreter: Male, featured. Spoken, no singing required.
Phra Alak: Secretary and chief footman to King. Male, featured, Spoken.
Princess Ying Yaowalak: Charming, adorable young daughter of the King, featured.
Royal children: Either Gender. Ensemble. Some dancing. Age 10 to 12
Wives: Ensemble. Strong dancing
Ensemble: both male and female.

Brundage Park Playhouse has moved to an online ticket purchasing system. Tickets can be purchased online at Randolph Community Pass.    All seats are general admission and there is no assigned seating.   Each patron must have a ticket.  Children sitting on parents laps must have a ticket and no babes in arms.
For further information please contact Brundage Park Playhouse at (973) 989-7092

Black Maria Film Festival Returns to Madison

The Black Maria Film Festival Returns to Madison
The Black Maria Film Festival returns to Madison on February 18
Sponsored by The Madison Arts and Culture Alliance
Saturday, February 18 8PM
Chase Room-- Madison Public Library
Admission $10
Ample parking on site.
The Chase Room and the Madison Public Library are ADA accessible.
The Black Maria Film Festival, now in its 36th year, features some of the best short films and videos being made today. Programs are custom curated for each site, featuring a rich international selection of narrative, documentary, animation and experimental works. Festival representatives are on hand to provide perspective and a post-viewing discussion.
Selected trailers and clips from the films can be viewed on the Black Maria Website.
The Madison lineup is listed below.
Tickets are $10 and are available at the door.
Student Discount $5 with valid ID
Tickets can also be purchased in advance through Writers Theatre of New Jersey's online service.
(a $2.00 processing charge per ticket applies)
Doors open at 7:30 pm for the 8:00 pm screening. 

The Madison Program
Preparations for the Forest: A Portrait of David Footer– Documentary
10 min. by Daniel Mooney, Melrose, MA

Filmed over the course of four years, wildlife artist and taxidermist David Footer looks back at his time on planet earth and considers his place in the cosmos, while ruminating on the shallow threshold between life and death.

Black River –Experimental
13 min. by Eeva Siivonen, Utica, NY

A visual essay about perpetual metamorphosis. Through a rhetorical and poetical dialogue between language, image and sound - transient shapes, imagined beings and their voices, repeatedly emerge from and disappear into their environments.

The Sandman- Documentary
19 min. by Lauren Knapp, Alexandria, VA

Dr. Carlo Musso has been helping the state of Georgia execute inmates by lethal injection since 2003. The medical community strongly and unanimously opposes the use of medicine for executions. Yet, most states practicing lethal injection require a physician presence. In exchange, they offer a cloak of anonymity. This film explores Dr. Musso’s own moral equivocation and justification for providing “end of life care” within the correctional environment, while personally opposing capital punishment.

Decision– Animation
3 min. by Mary Jo Zefeldt, Chicago, IL

A short animated film that explores one woman’s experience with anxiety and how she handles a perceived false choice.

Auto– Experimental
6 min. by Connor Griffith, Toluca Lake, CA

An exploration of temporal patterns found in routinized pathways. Automobiles and pedestrians are torn from their linear relationship to time to demonstrate the machinery behind our fourth dimensional veil.

Call Me Ray –Documentary
12 min. by James Hollenbaugh, Lancaster, PA

Raymond Kirkpatrick is 84 years old. He lives in a trailer in the woods in Central Pennsylvania. He has spent over thirty years turning his yard into a curious patchwork of strangely affective “outsider” artworks.

Ja Passou(Already Passed) - Narrative
15 min. by Sebastião Salgado and Pedro Patrocinio, Lisbon, Portugal

The story of a father’s journey to save his son and how he is affected by indifference and social inequality.

The Black Maria Film Festival is sponsored by the Madison Arts and Culture Alliance.
MACA is a coalition of arts organizations, cultural institutions, neighbors, colleagues, and friends dedicated to encouraging collaborations among the wide-ranging cultural offerings in “the Rose City.”
Projects include partnerships with the Madison Downtown Development Commission on Bottle Hill Day, The Madison Sidewalk Gallery, The Madison Holiday Arts Festival, and The Storytellers Festival.

Theatre Fundraising Event to Support RVCC’s Robeson Programs

 Paul Robeson

The Raritan Valley Community College Foundation and the College’s Office of Multicultural Affairs will a hold a special evening of theatre and conversation Friday, February 17, at 7 p.m., at the Theatre at RVCC, Branchburg. The event, which is open to the public, will raise funds for the College’s Paul Robeson Institute for Ethics, Leadership and Social Justice and the Paul Robeson Youth Achievement Awards program.

Tickets to the fundraiser cost $50 per person. Merrill Lynch Wealth Management in Bridgewater is the exclusive sponsor of the event.

The evening will include the production of Dar He: The Story of Emmett Till, a one-person, multiple-character, original drama featuring actor and playwright Mike Wiley (photo). His riveting play chronicles the murder, trial, and unbelievable confession of the men accused of Emmett Till's lynching in 1955 Chicago. A question-and-answer session will follow the performance in the Theatre. Afterwards, guests attending the fundraiser will enjoy a private wine & cheese and dessert reception and will have the opportunity to mingle with Wiley.

The late Evelyn Field of Somerville, a member of the RVCC Board of Trustees for more than 40 years, spearheaded the establishment of the Paul Robeson Institute at RVCC in 1999 to promote Robeson's ideals, beliefs, values, and vision for a world of justice and peace. In 2003, the Paul Robeson Resource Room, located on the first floor of RVCC’s Evelyn S. Field Library, opened its doors. The Resource Room serves as a repository for educational materials, historical records, and memorabilia of Robeson's Somerville years and the worldwide accomplishments of people of African-American descent.

The Paul Robeson Youth Achievement Awards program helps to preserve Robeson's legacy as a role model for excellence as an artist, athlete, orator, and scholar. Every year, RVCC’s Office of Multicultural Affairs invites outstanding African-American middle school and high school students in the surrounding area to a special ceremony on campus to be recognized for their achievements and leadership in scholarship, arts, athletics, and community service.

To reserve tickets to the February 17 fundraising and theatre event, visit For additional information, call 908-526-1200, ext. 8411.

Attention all stand-up comedy wannabes: Sign up for Comedy Workshop in Chester

Chase away the winter doldrums with Comedy Workshops offered by Kate Lyn Reiter of Humor in the Midst.

Comedy workshops provide a relaxed and judgment-free environment for regular folk to explore their funny bones. Participants learn how to find their unique voice, find the funny in everyday life, and shape their experiences into laugh-riots! 

Kate Lyn’s unique approach lays out eight elements of comedy that make it easily accessible to everyone. Students will learn the shape and structure of things that make us laugh so they can hone their stories into sure-fire laughs.

Six consecutive Saturdays beginning February 4, 2017. Cost $150.00 includes workshop materials.

For additional information please visit the Humor in the Midst website at or by calling 908-892-5458.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Mile Square Theatre presents the MST PLAYGROUND READING SERIES

Hoboken, NJ (January 30, 2016) Mile Square Theatre, Hudson County’s leading professional theatre, launches the MST Playground Reading Series as part of a collaboration with Writers Theatre of NJ and its New Plays New Jersey concert reading series.

In February MST Playground Reading Series presents Readings of NJ Women Playwrights. The featured writers are Lia Romeo (February 4), Deb Margolin (February 12), and Kara Shelton (February 19).

Joseph Gallo, Mile Square Theatre’s playwright in residence says, “MST is committing time and energy now to nurture and develop playwrights as part of our mission. My latest play Long Gone Daddy was given a full development process, and then was produced as part of the company’s mainstage season in 2016. This year we are teaming up with John Pietrowski of Writers Theatre of NJ by hosting the New Plays New Jersey series. We plan to continue offering readings to our audiences and giving playwrights a platform for their work in development. We are also premiering Erin Mallon’s play The Net Will Appear in our Mainstage season in 2017. It’s exciting to see so much work being launched from our new space.”

MST Playground: Readings of NJ Women Playwrights Schedule:

February 4 @ 8:30pm
Ghost Story by Lia Romeo

February 12 @ 6pm
What Difference Does It Make? By Deb Margolin

February 19 @ 6pm
The Prodigal by Kara Shelton

All readings are held at Mile Square Theatre • 1400 Clinton • Hoboken, NJ


For parking information and directions:

For more information on Mile Square Theatre, please visit

Dreamcatcher presents 'Shipwrecked! An Entertainment'

Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, professional theatre in residence at Oakes Center in Summit, is producing Donald Margulies’ comic romp Shipwrecked! An Entertainment: The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougement (As Told by Himself). This comedy, written by a winner of the Pulitzer Prize, is receiving its New Jersey premiere. Shipwrecked! runs February 16 – March 5, 2017, with talkbacks following the February 19 and 26 matinees.

The adventurous Louis de Rougemont invites you to hear his amazing story of bravery, survival and celebrity that left nineteenth-century England spellbound. Dare to be whisked away in a story of the high seas, populated by exotic islanders, flying wombats, giant sea turtles and a monstrous man-eating octopus. Shipwrecked! examines how far we're willing to blur the line between fact and fiction in order to leave our mark on the world. During its run in Los Angeles, it was called "a deft literate narrative folded into a vaudevillian romp." (Los Angeles Times)

The production is directed by Jack Tamburri (New York City) and features Dreamcatcher ensemble members Nicole Callender (West Orange), Harry Patrick Christian (Montclair) and Scott McGowan (Maplewood). Playwright Donald Margulies is a much-honored playwright who has won numerous awards, including  two OBIE Awards (for Sight Unseen and The Model Apartment), one Tony Award nomination (for Time Stands Still), two Pulitzer Prize nominations (for Sight Unseen and Collected Stories), and one Pulitzer Prize (for Dinner With Friends).

To participate in the Dreamcatcher Book Club, patrons may purchase the script in advance and then attend the matinee on Sunday, February 26. The audience is invited to begin the theatre day at noon for an optional bring-your-own-lunch to discuss the book with other patrons before the 2pm matinee.  Audience talkback with the director and actors will follow immediately after the show, and will focus on how the production was brought from the page to the stage. Scripts may be purchased at Mondo Summit, 426 Springfield Avenue in Summit, or online Dramatists Play Service.

Luna Stage Seeking Short Play Submissions from NJ based writers for 5th Annual Festival

West Orange, NJ. - Luna Stage is now accepting submissions to its 5th Annual New Moon Short Play Festival.  Playwrights of all career levels making their home in New Jersey may submit short plays between five and ten minutes in length and monologues of up to five minutes in length.

The selected plays will be presented over two evenings, on Monday, May 15th and Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 at 7:30 pm at Luna Stage in West Orange, NJ.  Each evening will culminate in a talkback with the playwrights.

There is no fee to apply to the Festival, and no financial award for inclusion in the festival. The deadline for submission is February 20, 2017. Selected plays will be announced by April 1st, 2017 and will be posted on the Luna Stage website.

For full submission guidelines and further information, please visit or contact

Luna Stage is a small but mighty professional theatre company located in Essex County, NJ, just under 15 miles from New York City. Throughout the past 23 years, the company has earned a nationalreputation for developing and producing outstanding new plays and timely revivals and for taking on challenging and provocative subject matter in their work.

A proud member of Valley Arts, Luna Stage is located at 555 Valley Road, West Orange, NJ 07052. 

The theatre is handicapped accessible and offers assistive listening devices.

Auditions: Award-winning musical VIOLET for Summit Playhouse

The Summit Playhouse will be holding auditions for the award-winning musical VIOLET on Thursday, February 2 and Saturday, February 4. The Summit Playhouse is located at 10 New England Ave. Summit, NJ.

Please prepare 16-32 bars of a Broadway song or a song in one of the styles of the show (country, blues, or a light rock/ballad). An accompanist will be provided. Sides from the show will be provided at the auditions. Performances will be May 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20 at 8pm and May 7, 14 at 2pm. Visit or email for more info.


As a girl, Violet was struck by a wayward axe blade leaving her with a visible scar across her face. With enough saved she's traveling across the 1964 Deep South toward a miracle - the healing touch of a TV evangelist. Though she may not succeed in having the scar healed, Violet is able to repair those that are lying deeper than her skin; and on the way she meets a young, African-American soldier whose love reaches far past her physical "imperfections". Winner of the Drama Critics' Circle Award and Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical when it premiered off-Broadway and then on to a Tony-nominated Broadway debut in 2014 VIOLET features show-stopping anthems ranging from American-roots to country, blues, and gospel with a score from Tony-winning composer Jeanine Tesori (Thoroughly Modern Millie, Shrek, Fun Home) and book by the acclaimed Brian Crawley.

Cast Breakdown
(6 men; 5 women). Some actors will play multiple roles, as noted below.  The ages listed are somewhat flexible depending on character.  If you have questions please contact us. 

Violet (Female; 20-35)
The title character, a young North Carolina woman whose face was scarred in a childhood accident. She is stubborn and prickly, but filled with equal parts hope and obsession that she may heal and be made beautiful.

Flick (Male; African-American; 20-30)
An African-American soldier; a dreamer and go-getter. He doesn't enjoy the army, but enjoys the respect it garners him. There is something gentle, good about him, not to be interpreted or confused with weakness or lack of authority.

InterACT Theatre Productions is looking for an emergency replacement

InterACT Theatre Productions is looking for an emergency replacement Rehearsal Assistant/Stage Manager for Rasheeda Speaking. 

Short term commitment starting tomorrow, 1/31-2/12. 

Please contact producer, Tasha Williams at or Artistic Director Nick Clarey at

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Review: Mystery fans run to the Bickford for fun thriller 'Ravenscroft'

Attention lovers of Agatha Christie mysteries: The Bickford theater in Morristown is presenting a fascinating thriller, with large doses of humor, "Ravenscroft," starting this weekend and continuing until February 12. This is the best 'who-dun-it' we've seen in several seasons. This fun puzzle is written by Don Nigro and features his complex Inspector John Ruffing, played to perfection by Clark Carmichael. You may have seen Clark in the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey's Coriolanus, on Broadway in Jumpers, or on tv in hit series House of Cards and Boardwalk Empire. Inspector Ruffing is called to a remote English country manor house to investigate the death of the young handyman, Patrick. His body has been discovered at the foot of the main staircase. A horrible, unfortunate accident or murder?

What starts as a simple case grows into a complex puzzle. In the house are; the recently widowed Mrs. Ravenscroft (Molly Garner), her husband also died by falling down the staircase!; her somewhat ditsy daughter, Gillian (Erin Farrah); Gillian's Viennese governness, Marcy Kleiner (Katrina Klein); Mrs.French (Gloria Lamoureux) the cook; and the maid Dolly (Jessica Sroczynski). 

Early in the tale, one of the women-with a strong motive, confesses that she pushed the man down the stairs...accidentally. When the masterful inspector rejects her version and starts to charge her with murder... everything starts to unravel as all the women become murder suspects.

After interrogating the women, it is obvious to Ruffing... that truth is apparently absent from this remote country house. Are they all lying? Why? Well let's not go any further into the highly involved plot. Suffice it to say, this is first rate entertainment that more than nicely justifies an evening away from the tv set. Translation: You will not be disappointed. This is a treat worth savoring.

The cast is truly perfect; Molly Garner is outstanding as Mrs Ravenscroft. She IS the lady of the house, beautiful, seductive, with a commanding stage presence; Katrina Klein is properly mysterious. She is particularly marvelous in her interrogation by (and of) the Inspector. One of our local favorites is award winning Gloria Lamoureux. Gloria plays the dotty Mrs. French in fine style. She excels at British roles. Her solo performance as Shirley Valentine at Chester's Black River Playhouse earned her nightly standing ovations and a Perry 'Best Actress' award; Erin Farrah, a sophomore at Drew, nails the part of the flaky daughter, known to see ghosts (or are they); Also, at Drew is Jessica Sroczynski as the maid Dolly. She has her big plot-turning moment late in the second act. Both ladies should make the drama department at Drew quite proud.

News from Across the Hudson: New American musical to premiere Off-Broadway




Executive Producer Sonia Carrion of The Girl Behind The Curtain Productions announced today the complete cast and creative team for the world premiere of a new musical, ALL ABOARD! With Music & Lyrics by composer Al Tapper, recognized for his books, plays and films, and with a book by internationally produced and published playwright Tony Sportiello and with direction by Warren Scott Friedman.

The new American musical will begin previews in The Theater at the 14th Street Y on Friday, February 17th at 7:00pm and Saturday, February 18th at 2pm with an official opening night set for Saturday, February 18th at 7pm.

The ensemble cast for ALL ABOARD! will feature Drammy Award winner Brian Demar Jones (Grimm), Sammi Sadicario (Rock of Ages Millbrook Playhouse) and Nathan Oesterle (Christmas Carol, Cinderella).

Tony Sportiello and Al Tapper join forces again on All Aboard! Their previous Off-Broadway collaboration, National Pastime, opened in New York and played in various cities across the country including DC, Austin, Phoenix among others, most recently ran at Bucks County Playhouse with direction by Hunter Foster, and now opens in Mexico April, 2017.

Mile Square Theatre to present the popular family musical comedy 'You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown'

Mile Square Theatre, Hudson County’s leading professional theatre, presents the popular family musical comedy You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Opening MST’s 2nd season in its new space, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown maintains MST’s high standards for quality family theatre, and kicks off an eclectic season with a classic musical.

This comic musical includes the whole gang from the beloved comic strip Peanuts: bossy Lucy is hopelessly in love with piano prodigy Schroeder who doesn’t give her the time of day, perfectionist Sally is still mocking blanket-toting Linus, Snoopy is in the doghouse, and the “blockhead” himself, Charlie Brown, is in rare form. Brief vignettes span the months from Valentine’s Day to Beethoven Day.

MST Artistic Director Chris O’Connor says of the show, “As we did last year, we’re kicking off our season with a show for families. We love this show because it reaches people of all ages. It works on so many levels. The characters are familiar to everybody, and Clark Gesner’s writing really captures the tone of the comic script.”

Based on the comic strip Peanuts® by Charles M. Schulz

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Clark Gesner

Additional Dialogue by Michael Mayer

Additional Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, presented by Mile Square Theatre

1400 Clinton Street, Hoboken

February 3 through February 26. Fridays @ 7pm, Saturdays @ 2pm and 6pm, and Sundays @ 11am and 3pm

Tickets available at, or by calling 201-683-7014.

Tickets are $30 • $15 students and seniors.

Discount Parking available at Little Man Parking on 1300 Jefferson Street.

For more information on Mile Square Theatre, please visit

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Centenary Stage Company’s Young Audience Series to present 'A Thousand Cranes'

Centenary Stage Company’s Young Audience Series returns to the Little Theater on Saturday, February 18 at 11am to present A Thousand Cranes. Written by Kathryn Schultz Miller A Thousand Cranes is based on the book by Eleanor Coerr.

A Thousand Cranes
is the true story of the young Japanese girl Sadako Sasaki, who inspired an international peace movement. A Thousand Cranes combines Japanese and American language, music and dance, and highlights Japanese society in the after-math of World War II. Sadako was 2 years old when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. When she later developed radiation sickness, Sadako remembered an old story: if a person will just make 1000 cranes, the gods will grant her a wish and make her healthy. Sadako did not live to finish her cranes, but her friends took up the task and built a monument for her and all the children killed by the atomic bomb. “This is our cry, this is our prayer. Peace on Earth.”

A Thousand Cranes
is part of the Centenary Stage Company’s Young Audience Series developed in collaboration with Centenary University’s Theater Department to produce a theater outreach program for neighboring communities and schools.

Tickets for A Thousand Cranes are $12.50 for adults and $10.00 for children under 12. The performance on Saturday, February 18 at 11am will be held in the Little Theater located on the campus of Centenary University at 400 Jefferson Street Hackettstown, NJ.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Auditions: Teaneck New Theatre 'The Toxic Avenger'










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Centenary Stage Company offering the TYRO Acting Program and the critically acclaimed Young Performers Workshop this Spring

Centenary Stage Company continues their tradition of nurturing young artists by offering the TYRO Acting Program and the critically acclaimed Young Performers Workshop this spring. Registration for both programs continues and is seeking new and returning applicants.

The TYRO Acting Program, designed specifically for young thespians ages 8 – 10 years of age uses structured theatre activities which focus on expression, confidence building and fun. Young thespians will learn acting games and demonstrate improvisations inspired by popular fairy and folk tales. The TYRO Acting Program spring session runs February 15 through April 26 and will meet on Wednesdays from 4:30pm to 5:30pm. No class will be held on Wednesday March, 22 2017. Tuition for the spring session is $150.00 per student and the deadline for registration is February 1, 2017.

The TYRO Program is led by Maria Brodeur, the CSC Education Director. Brodeur (photo) is a professional actress and arts educator with experience in children’s theatre who holds a BA in Theatre and Education from Rutgers University. One TYRO parent recently exclaimed, “I saw so much growth in Christine this summer as a result of the wonderful handling given by all of you.”

'Dealer's Choice' at Circle Players




    • Fridays: Jan 20, Feb 3 at 8:00pm
    • Saturdays: Jan 21, Jan 28, Feb 4 at 8:00pm
    • Sunday: Jan 29, Feb 5 at 3:00pm
    • A talkback will be held following the Sunday, Jan 29 performance
Winner of the Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy and the Writers’ Guild for Best West End Play, Patrick Marber’s play depicts a set of desperate London restaurant workers assembling for their “friendly” regular poker game… only to find one of them has invited a newcomer to the table who is not what he seems.
  • Stephen: Brian Craig
  • Mugsy: Michael Stratton
  • Sweeney: JC Gibriano
  • Frankie: Nils Swanson
  • Carl: Noah Stanzione
  • Ash: Kirk White
Circle Players 
416 Victoria Ave. 
Piscataway, NJ 08854

Ken Ludwig's 'The Game's Afoot' at Somerset Valley Players

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Opening this Friday, January 27, at the Somerset Valley Playhouse...Ken Ludwig's "The Game's Afoot or Holmes for the Holidays". 

Tickets are available at — with Raymond Shinn, Allison DiBiase, Joan Hoffman, Tom Drummer, Christopher Patti, Elaine Wallace, Cj Miller and Shawna Lagan.

Playhouse Location: 689 Amwell Road (Rte 514), Hillsborough, NJ  

Somerset Valley Players - A look back at 2016

Dreamcatcher to present an Evening of Short Plays in Response to the Election

Let's talk on Thursday, February 2 at 7:30PM
Join us for a unique event that takes a look at current events through the eyes of nine writers, and then welcomes you to a discussion about the relationship between theatre and the community.

Twenty-two actors tell a variety of stories in these 10-minute comic, dramatic, and musical plays:

The Secret Keeper by David Meyers

Two people disclose their secrets in a graveyard in Afghanistan.

Auld Lang Syne by Suzanne Bradbeer

Estranged friends reconcile in a parking lot in desperate times.

Yog Sothoth by Lia Romeo

A young family moves to a new, strangely perfect neighborhood.

21st Century Tactics by Steve Harper

A woman turns to an old acquaintance for help before running for office.

Work With Us by Dania Ramos and Michael Aquino

Employees of a beauty salon size up a walk-in with the potential to be a friend or a foe.

Spanish Lake by David Lee White

Old lovers reconnect and then discover that a future together might be impossible.

Wolf at the Door by Richard Dresser

A disorienting and alluring stranger knocks on the door at midnight.

Female Factor by Nadine Bernard

Two servers at a diner weigh the pros and cons of opposing candidates.

Come and be a part of the conversation!

Thursday, February 2 at 7:30 pm

Performance followed by discussion with the audience and light refreshments.

All tickets $20

(Proceeds shared with Interweave

Make your reservations here:

To read more about the participating playwrights:

Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre
Oakes Center * 120 Morris Avenue * Summit, NJ 07901

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

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Theater Project Showcases New Plays & Playwrights in Two February Festivals


The Theater Project is committed to providing writers the opportunity to present new work. In February, it is showcasing playwrights from near and far in two annual short play festivals: THINK FAST is a competition for writers new to The Theater Project; KALEIDOSCOPE KABARET is a showcase for members of the company. Both festivals take place at the Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts.

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Tylie Shider
Author Tylie Shider has participated in both events. He was the winner of the 2014 THINK FAST competition, and subsequently joined the Theater Project’s Playwrights Workshop, which presented his work in the KALEIDOSCOPE KABARET. Formerly a teacher in Plainfield, NJ, he is now pursuing a graduate degree in playwrighting at New York University. Theater Project member playwrights Luigi Januzzi and Joe Vitale, who have had work produced in New York and around the country, will debut short plays in this year’s KABARET.

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Luigi Januzzi
In the fourth annual THINK FAST Competition, February 10-12, nine short plays compete for a $500 first prize awarded by a panel of judges made up of Theater Project member-playwrights. The contest, open to playwrights in the tristate area, also invites the audience to vote for their favorite short play. Ballots are tallied and winners announced at an open reception following the Sunday afternoon performance.