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Friday, March 24, 2017

New JCTC Series Explores Causes & Effects of Disruption


Nothing is as inevitable as change, but rarely has change been so rapid and tumultuous. From the environment and climate to industries and social systems, we live in a time of constant disorder. What is being lost, what is being gained and how do we survive these sudden and comprehensive upheavals?

Disruption – the new thematic series by Jersey City Theater Center (JCTC), opening March 31st running through June 9th – looks at the personal, social and political impact of the current era of disorienting change. Through visual arts, theatre, readings, performances and music, JCTC explores topics global in scope yet relevant to the community. The Disruption series examines how our current era of change is impacting individuals, communities and culture.

Disruption will not only be reflected in the array of art, and performances JCTC presents, but in several new developments this nonprofit arts organization has in store for audiences. Most prominently, Disruption will not only take place at Merseles Studios, in its black box theater and art gallery, but as part of the series JCTC will be presenting two shows at the adjacent White Eagle Hall, the first performances of any kind in this newly renovated, historical theater in more than 40 years.

“Art should disrupt the status quo,”  said Olga Levina, Artistic Director, JCTC. “With the Disruption series and by presenting shows to open White Eagle Hall, JCTC begins a new chapter.”

While the current headlines and news feeds may seem like they’re disrupting many aspects of our lives, the series was actually in development long before the Trump era dawned. The environment and climate change was the original inspiration – and remain important aspects of the series – but as JCTC’s Creative Board further developed the theme – a process that includes evaluating proposals and incorporating the responses by artists – it became clear the real topic of the series should not be limited to ecological issues.

“What we discovered was that artists were thinking about disruption in ways we never anticipated,” said Levina. “This series explores how changes to the environment or society impact every day life. When we disrupt the environment, the environment strikes back and disrupts us.  By exploring the cause and effect of Disruption, we see more clearly the connections we all share with each other and the universe.”

Disruption features more than a dozen events and includes the first ever JCTC’s shows at White Eagle Hall. Like all JCTC series, Disruption features an art show in the gallery at Mereseles Studios, 339 Newark Avenue, Jersey City. The March 31st Disruption opening is the first public viewing of the new exhibition and includes an artist reception and Artist Talk as well as previews of upcoming Disruption shows and other performances.

The Disruption art show is curated by Allison Remy Hall, a Jersey City art curator renowned for several acclaimed politically provocative gallery shows in recent years. The art show disrupts the Merseles Studios gallery through site-specific installation and interactive pieces created through artist collaboration,  turning the gallery into both exhibit space and exhibited art.

Hall hopes Disruption will not only encourage contemp1lation of the meaning of change, but be a call to action to affect positive change in society. Hall herself is donating her curator’s fee – derived from proceeds of Disruption art sales – to the Sierra Club.

“Now is the time in which everyone must use the tools that they have to address the political and cultural situation at hand—whether it be an individual’s phone call to a representative, or a city’s divestment from an unethical corporation,” said Hall. “The artists participating in Disruption are part of this transformative effort.”

The Disruption Visual Artists include: Luis Alves, Bang!, Andrew Blumenthal, DISTORT, David Lamorte, Shehrezad Maher, Meredith Miotke, Mr. Mustart, Sam Pullin, Giovani Santoro, Fabricio Suarez, and Noah Tavlin.

The Disruption opening begins two months of events presented at Merseles Studios and White Eagle Hall. The series includes Proliferate by Nimbus Dance Works and Now I Know by James Judd, presented at White Eagle Hall, and at Merseles, “Anthology” by The Moving Architects, a woman-centric dance performance as well as new play readings, solo-shows and multimedia performances.

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JCTC’s new series, Disruption, explores our current era of tumultuous change through visual arts, readings, theatre, dance and performance. Living in Limbo by Giovani Santoro is featured in the Disruption Art Show, featured in the gallery at Merseles Studios. Disruption opens March 31st with the opening of the Disruption Art Exhibit, previews of upcoming Disruption shows and other performances.

For more information or to purchase tickets visit:>

Jersey City Theater Center
Merseles Studios
339 Newark Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07302
(201) 795-5386

Funding for Disruption was made possible by generous support from the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs/Tourism Development, Thomas A. DeGise, Hudson County Executive and the Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

Disruption was also made possible through the generosity of Ben LoPiccolo Development Group, JCTC’s Board of Directors, private donors and local Jersey City businesses.

Jersey City Theater Center, Inc. (JCTC) manages programming at Merseles Studios and the adjacent White Eagle Hall, currently under construction. JCTC is a nonprofit, 501c3 arts organization committed to presenting innovative and progressive performing & visual arts as well as educational arts programs that embrace the multicultural identity and preserve the rich history of Jersey City, bringing its community closer together and enhancing its quality of life. >

Disruption Schedule

March 31/6:00pm-10:00pm / Merseles Studios

JCTC Art Show/Series Opening: Disruption Gallery/Series Opening & Reception/Artist-Talk/Disruption previews & other performances. (free & open to the public)

April 7/7:30pm-10:00pm / White Eagle Hall
Nimbus: Proliferate & Gala

Dance concert by the Extraordinary Company Dancers of Nimbus Dance Works –Proliferate features All Star Ball Passing Redux, the renowned masterwork by American choreographer, Charles Moulton; Mapping, by Darshan Singh Bhuller, an acclaimed choreographer from the United Kingdom; and Surface Tension by Samuel Pott, Artistic Director, Nimbus Dance Works. Evening also includes a special preview of another work by Pott, Esther, featuring PeiJu Chien-Pott, an internationally acclaimed dancer.

Premium Seating (Performances & Gala) $95
Performance Only (Premium Seating): $50
Performance Only (General Seating): $35

April 7/8:00pm-10:00pm / Merseles Studios
April 8/8:00pm-10:00pm/ Merseles Studios
The Moving Architects/ “Anthology”

Women-centric dance works prompted by the theme of Disruption, choreographed by Erin Carlisle Norton. “Anthology” explores ow individuals, relationships, and communities manage and overcome these challenging times. ($20/ Students & Seniors $15 – with valid ID).

April 13/7:00pm-10:00pm / Merseles Studios
New Play Reading/The Whole Sky All Diamonds by Bixby Elliot
Employees at a futuristic Google-type company try to find and maintain analog relationships in an increasingly digital world. Followed by Talk-Back. ($5 suggested donation).

April 20/7:00pm-10:00pm / Merseles Studios
New Play Reading / The Shampoo Effect by Charlie O'Leary
A group of millennials are forced into confrontation with themselves when an apocalyptic event occurs and they may be the only people left alive on the planet ($5 suggested donation).

April 23/4:30pm-6:00pm / White Eagle Hall
James Judd / Now I Know

Thought-provoking, comedic monologue by James Judd, who has been compared to David Sedaris and Oscar Wilde. Judd, from NPR's Snap Judgment, connects with audiences as he shares personal stories filled with hilarious characters and situations delivered in his own loud, lightning-fast, non-stop style.

Balcony Seating: $34
Orchestra Setting: $34
General Admission: $24

May 5/7:00pm-10:00pm / Merseles Studios
May 6/7:30pm-10:30pm / Merseles Studios
Robert Mark / Multimedia Performance

Best known as dancer, choreographer and teaching artist, this new work by New Jersey-based Robert Mark also combines film & monologue to explore and comment on environmental issues and climate change. Followed by Talk-Back ($20/Students $15 with valid ID)

May 20/7:30-10:00 / Merseles Studio
May 21/7:30-10:00/ Merseles Studio

Gloria Rosen / Listen… Can you hear me now?

An award winning playwright and actor, Gloria Rosen’s one-woman show explores how communication works in families with deaf and hearing members, depicting experiences that are funny and frustrating, and many times devastating. Communication between generations can often be difficult, but Rosen’s autobiographical show compounds this familiar gap with the reality of parents and children who do not share a common language. Followed by Talk-Back ($20/ Students $15 with valid ID)

June 1/8:00pm-10:00pm / Merseles Studio
June 2/8:00pm-10:00pm / Merseles Studio
June 3/8:00pm-10:00pm / Merseles Studio

Lisa Strum / She Gon’ Learn
This one woman show follows an African American woman’s fearless journey of self love and discovery as she navigates the tribulations of growing up, sexual awakening, racial identity and dating insanity. Followed by Talk-Back ($15)

June 9 /7:00pm-10:00pm
JCTC concludes Disruption with The BOX, a variety show evening of curated performances featuring music, dance, poetry, spoken-work, and multimedia performances. Gallery Closing ($5 suggested donation).

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