Sunday, December 31, 2017

NJSO- support live music in New Jersey

As the final notes of 2017 fade, we here at the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra are so proud of the last year.

90,000 of our neighbors joined us at a concert—from Beethoven to Ravel from Indiana Jones to An American in Paris.

24,000 individuals participated in musical experiences outside of a concert hall through the NJSO's traveling chamber music program.

9,000 students enjoyed live music through Concerts for Young People and 1,400 patrons attended Family Concerts that bring families together for an interactive music experience.

But most of all, we are thankful that you joined us this year.

Before 2017 ends, we ask you to make a tax-deductible donation to support live music in New Jersey now and for the years ahead.


Thank you, and Happy New Year!

‘Soundings’ reading series

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WHEN: kicking off on January 2 and running through January 15, 7 PM
Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Dreyfuss Theatre, 285 Madison Avenue, Madison
readings are free with a recommended donation of $10 (or pay what you can), but you can get a seven-play pass for a donation of $25; a fourteen-play pass for $35; or a Big Read Pass, which gives you entrance to all Soundings Readings as well as our March series at The Bickford Theatre, Jersey City Theatre Center, and Mile Square Theatre.
For more information on this year’s Soundings series, the playwrights, the individual plays, or to reserve your seat, please click here.

Soundings brings you fourteen plays in fourteen days. Featuring new works from some of the country’s best playwrights—this year’s crop includes two Pulitzer Prize nominees, Kilroy and Emmy Award winners, and more—and they’re performed by professional actors under the direction of professional playwright— a great way to see some of the best new theatre without paying a lot of money.

Each reading will be followed by a brief post-show discussion with the playwright and the director, where the audience will be invited to give feedback on the play. This part of the process is important, as this feedback often helps to shape the play as it moves forward to future productions; it’s a chance for you to be an important part of the creative process.

Staged readings, like those in the Soundings series, allow playwrights to hear their work read aloud by professional actors and to see the reaction of audiences to their play; the performances and reaction help the playwright determine what changes, if any, are needed to further develop the script. For audiences, this is a way to become part of the creative process and to help shape brand new plays. It’s also an inexpensive way to see a lot of great, professional theatre close to home.

This year’s plays are:

  • Tuesday, January 2 – “The Patriot” by Joe Sutton
  • Wednesday, January 3 – “Like Saltwater” by Pia Wilson
  • Thursday, January 4 – “Nichiiwad” by Hal Corley
  • Friday, January 5 – “Hurricane Colleen” by Tammy Ryan
  • Saturday, January 6 – “And Their Sons, Too...” by Seth Rozin
  • Sunday, January 7 – “Encounters” by Yasmine Rana
  • Monday, January 8 – “Memoirs of a Forgotten Man” by D.W. Gregory
  • Tuesday, January 9 – “Teach” by Donna Hoke
  • Wednesday, January 10 –  “Wolf at the Door” by Richard Dresser
  • Thursday, January 11 – “Redux” by Rob Zellers
  • Friday, January 12 – “Ghost Story” by Lia Romeo
  • Saturday, January 13 – “The Excavation of Mary Anning” by Ian August
  • Sunday, January 14 – “The Real Story” by Robert Clyman
  • Monday, January 15 – “Branwell (and the other Brontës): an autobiography edited by Charlotte Brontë” by Stephen Kaplan

Dates and plays are subject to change, please consult the website for any last minute changes.

Support Request from The Company Theatre Group


Fund Raising Letter-YearEnd 2017Please make your tax deductible donation with a CREDIT CARD on our website:

or you can mail a tax deductible CHECK to:

The Company Theatre Group, Inc.,

Attn: Lou Scarpati

20 Mallard Ct, Englewood, NJ  07631

Friday, December 29, 2017

Ten Best Theatre Productions of 2017

By Patrick Maley For NJ Advance Media

McCarter offered up its best production of the season

Since we were limited this year in the number of plays we were able to review,  in fairness we’ve omitted our NJ Footlights Awards for this year.

However, Patrick Maley the theater reviewer for Star Ledger/ Advance Media has published his picks for the top ten. Please read his complete article.


“Let black women lead the way: that's the lesson from 2017 in New Jersey theater.

Not only did productions of black female playwrights provide the best work in state theaters this year, but the clear high point of the year came from an all-female artistic team.

While there is still certainly much room to spread the net of representation and opportunity more widely in New Jersey theaters, 2017 proved that an investment in the work and stories of underrepresented voices brings with it renewed vigor and urgency. Even the best Shakespeare of the year was made great not by its white male title character, but by the superb Shylock and stellar Jessica.

New Jersey's best play of the year was McCarter's elegant "Intimate Apparel," directed by Jade King Carroll. Mounted by an all-female production team, Lynn Nottage's superb play sung with an evocative spirit. Quincy Tyler Bernstine crafted a deeply human Esther, the play's demanding lead, as admirable as she was heartbreaking.

McCarter offered up its best production of the season

Pulitzer-winner Lynn Nottage's delicate play "Intimate Apparel" is a shining achievement at the McCarter in Princeton

The McCarter was also the location of another great story of an ambitious, long-enduring woman, Bedlam's "Saint Joan," directed by Eric Tucker and starring the powerful Andrus Nichols. This show was as stellar in Princeton as it was in much smaller New York spaces.


In Red Bank, a classic of American theater penned by a black radical feminist shined with a fresh light. Two River's production of Lorraine Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun" featured astute direction by Carl Cofield and arresting performances by Brandon J. Dirden, Crystal A. Dickinson, and Brenda Pressley (who was also excellent in the cast of "Intimate Apparel").


‘The Calling’ a world premiere by Joel Stone at NJ Rep Jan 4-Feb 4

Photo: Ames Adamson and Jared Michael Delaney in a scene from "The Calling", Photo credit: SuzAnne Barabas

Warm up your winter with a heart-pounding, mind-bending psychological thriller, peppered with comic relief and served up by award-winning playwright, Joel Stone. In an empty church following Mrs. Callahan's funeral, a man of faith and a burned-out ICU nurse wage a battle of wits and deep convictions about life and death, conscience and faith, that culminates in a shocking resolution. Commissioned by NJPAC's Stage Exchange in Association with NJTA and NJRep.

New Jersey Repertory Company
Recipient of the American Theatre Wing
National Theatre Company Award179 Broadway
Long Branch, NJ 07740
132 West End Avenue
Long Branch, NJ 07740

Thursday, December 28, 2017

NJSO CHAMPS Annual Concert in Newark


On Dec 18 at partner site Philip’s Academy Charter School in Newark, the NJSO CHAMPS (Character, Achievement and Music Project) presented their annual winter concert featuring holiday favorites for all ages. No one was prouder of these young musicians’ stellar performance than their doting families! NJSO CHAMPS is a founding member of the El Sistema New Jersey Alliance, a consortium of seven programs and nearly 400 young musicians spanning the state from north to south.

It is the support of our generous donors that makes CHAMPS and all our education and community engagement programs possible, effectively reaching as many as 60,000 people each year. By making a gift today, you are supporting the leaders and audience members of tomorrow.


For more information about your donation, please contact Individual Giving Manager Allison Whitehall at

Black Maria Film Festival Returns to Madison February 17th

The Black Maria Film Festival

Returns to Madison

Saturday, February 17 2018 |  8:00 pm

Sponsored by the Madison Arts and Culture Alliance

Tickets $10 ($5 with valid student ID)

Chase Room of the Madison Public Library, 39 Keep St., Madison NJ  07940

Ample Parking on Site, ADA Accessible

Black Maria Film + Video Festival Logo

The Black Maria Film + Video Festival

The Black Maria Film Festival, now in its 37th 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.

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)

Tickets can be purchased online until 7 pm Saturday, February 17

Doors open at 7:30 pm for the 8:00 pm screening.

Program of Films and descriptions will be announced at a later date.

Dinner and a Movie-- Click here for a list of restaurants in Madison

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.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Join Crossroads ‘on the Road’ in 2018


As the year is coming to an end, it's time to plan ahead and seize the Season of Love & Happiness at Crossroads Theatre.
One surefire way to start 2018 off right is to gift or join us for an unforgettable night out. Experience the glory of the Harlem Renaissance in a musical production brimming with “contagious energy”.

Crossroads Theatre Company




PO Box. 238

New Brunswick, NJ 08901

(732) 545-8100


Crossroads Theatre Company | PO Box. 238 | New Brunswick NJ 08901

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Auditions: ‘The 39 Steps’ at the Barn Theatre in Montville


Audition Dates:

Monday, January 15, 2018 at 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Show Synopsis

Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps, a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre! This 2-time Tony® and Drama Desk Award-winning treat is packed with nonstop laughs, over 150 zany characters (played by a ridiculously talented cast of 4), an on-stage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers and some good old-fashioned romance!

In The 39 Steps, a man with a boring life meets a woman with a thick accent who says she's a spy. When he takes her home, she is murdered. Soon, a mysterious organization called "The 39 Steps" is hot on the man's trail in a nationwide manhunt that climaxes in a death-defying finale! A riotous blend of virtuoso performances and wildly inventive stagecraft, The 39 Steps amounts to an unforgettable evening of pure pleasure!

No performance on Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018

Cast Requirements

HANNAY, the HERO: Male, 30s to 40s

ANNABELLA / PAMELA / MARGARET, the GIRL: Female, 20s to 30s; will play 3 completely different roles

THE CLOWNS: Two adult men who will play over 100 roles of various ages, nationalities & genders.


British accents are required for all, as well as Scottish and German for the woman and the two men who will play multiple roles.


  1. Hannay & Annabella - pgs. 17-19
  2. Hannay & Milkman - pgs. 23-24
  3. Hannay & Clowns - pgs. 29-31
  4. Hannay, Margaret & Crofter - pgs. 39-42
  5. Hannay, Mrs. Jordan & Professor - pgs. 52-56
  6. Hannay & Pamela - pgs. 76-78
  7. Hannay, Pamela & Clowns - pgs. 80-82
  8. Hannay & Pamela - pgs. 92-95

Crew Call

The production team is also looking for two volunteers to serve as dressers, plus an additional two people for running crew. 

Performance Dates

Friday, March 16, 2018 at 8pm
Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 2pm
Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 2pm
Friday, March 23, 2018 at 8pm (Potential Benefit Performance)
Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 8pm
Sunday, March 25, 2018 at 2pm
Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 8pm (Potential Benefit Performance)
Friday, March 30, 2018 at 8pm
Saturday, March 31, 2018 at 8pm
Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 8pm (Potential Benefit Performance)
Friday, April 6, 2018 at 8pm
Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 8pm
Sunday, April 8, 2018 at 2pm

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

***IMPORTANT: You will be asked to list ALL potential conflict dates AT THE TIME of your audition, (NOT after casting). Please be prepared with your calendar and out-dates, as a rehearsal schedule will be generated based upon availability of staff and cast.

Written by Patrick Barlow and John Buchan

Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps, a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre! This 2-time Tony® and Drama Desk Award-winning treat is packed with nonstop laughs, over 150 zany characters (played by a ridiculously talented cast of 4), an on-stage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers and some good old-fashioned romance!

In The 39 Steps, a man with a boring life meets a woman with a thick accent who says she's a spy. When he takes her home, she is murdered. Soon, a mysterious organization called "The 39 Steps" is hot on the man's trail in a nationwide manhunt that climaxes in a death-defying finale! A riotous blend of virtuoso performances and wildly inventive stagecraft, The 39 Steps amounts to an unforgettable evening of pure pleasure!

No performance on Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018

Box Office Performances:
3/16/2018 @ 8:00 PM, 3/17/2018 @ 2:00 PM, 3/18/2018 @ 2:00 PM
3/24/2018 @ 8:00 PM, 3/25/2018 @ 2:00 PM
3/30/2018 @ 8:00 PM, 3/31/2018 @ 8:00 PM, 4/6/2018 @ 8:00 PM
4/7/2018 @ 8:00 PM, 4/8/2018 @ 2:00 PM

Production Staff

Ron Mulligan

Cheryl Wilbur

Stage Manager
Craig Zimmermann

Set Design
Lawrence Gabriel

Set Décor
Lawrence Gabriel

Lighting Design
Cheryl Wilbur

Sound Design
Larry Wilbur

Marie Bogert

Linda Spirko

The Barn is an all-volunteer organization, we are unable to provide housing or offer remuneration.

Holiday Greetings from the Dreamcatcher Gang

The Staff, Board and Ensemble of Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre

wish you happiness, love and peace this holiday season and always.

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Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, Oakes Center, 120 Morris Ave, Summit, NJ 07901

Jim Breuer at SOPAC February 9th


Friday, February 9 at 8PM

Tickets: $48
Box Office: (973) 313-2787

With over 20 years of stand-up comedy experience, Jim Breuer remains one of today’s top entertainers and continues to win over audiences with his off-the-wall humor and lovable personality. Named one of Comedy Central’s “100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time,” Jim Breuer is one of the most recognizable comedians in the business, known for his charismatic stage antics, dead-on impressions, and family-friendly stand-up.

From a young age, Jim Breuer knew he wanted to be a stand-up comedian. After spending several years working comedy clubs across the country, Breuer settled in as a regular on the New York comedy club circuit. After being in New York for only seven months, Breuer landed a gig on the nationally syndicated show, Uptown Comedy Club, where he spent two seasons. Later he appeared on ABC’s Home Improvement starring funny man Tim Allen, before making his big break in 1995 when he joined the cast of NBC’s legendary Saturday Night Live. Breuer quickly became a fan-favorite for his original character “Goat Boy” and his dead-on impressions of actor Joe Pesci.

Following his success on SNL, Breuer starred alongside Dave Chappelle in the cult favorite film Half Baked. He has since appeared in the popular films Zookeeper, Titan A.E. and Beer League. On the small screen, Breuer hosted MTV’s popular Beach House and VH1’s Web Junk 20. His other television appearances include Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and The Marriage Ref. Breuer is also a frequent guest on the Howard Stern Show.

In 2008, Breuer set out for his “Breuniversity Tour” with his 85-year-old father and a film crew. The footage that was captured blended together to create The Jim Breuer Road Journals, which showcased what life is like on the road with a comedian and his father. Videos from that tour also sparked the making of his documentary More Than Me, which was shown at the 2009 Montreal Film Festival. In July of 2009, Breuer’s one-hour Comedy Central special Let’s Clear the Air premiered. In 2011, Breuer embarked on a national tour with three of the country’s top comedians, Dave Attell, Bill Burr, and Jim Norton, for “The Anti-Social Network” tour. That same year, Breuer’s acclaimed autobiography, I’m Not High: (But I’ve Got a Lot of Crazy Stories about Life as a Goat Boy, a Dad, and a Spiritual Warrior), was released on paperback. Most recently, Breuer’s latest one hour comedy special Jim Breuer: And Laughter for All premiered on Epix.


prize winner

Dana Haughey of Succasunna was the happy winner of the 2017 Centenary Stage Company Holiday Raffle this year, taking home a nice holiday present of over $1000 just days before Christmas.

Dana took her shot on the raffle while attending the December production of NEWSIES at Centenary Stage, with her twin daughters Kendra and Kiley, both of whom are dancers, and one of whom dances with NEWSIES performer Jack Scarsi at the Heartbeat Dance Center in Roxbury.

The Haugheys are a family of “performing artists”, with son Brodie playing the drums, and performing this month with the Boy Scouts Jazz Band for the Heath Village Retirement Community in a holiday concert.

AR-160339974“I couldn’t be happier that the winnings are going to a family with such a passion for the arts,” said CSC General Manager Catherine Rust (photo).  “It’s the best possible ending for a great holiday tradition here.”   Haughey says that both her daughters are planning to be involved in the theatre when they get to their high school.

Haughey is employed by IBM, and works with systems developed for New Jersey’s thriving pharmaceutical industry.

The Centenary Stage Company is a professional regional theatre in residence on the campus of Centenary University, offering a full season of professional theatre, music and dance  events for the Skylands region and beyond.   For more information, contact the Centenary Stage Company at 908 979 0900 or log on to

Thursday, December 21, 2017

January Thaw Music Festival at CSC: Swing That Music! A Jazz Tribute to the Three Louis


Centenary Stage Company’s January Thaw Music Festival continues with Danny Bacher in Swing That Music! A Jazz Tribute to the Three Louis on Sunday, January 21 at 2 PM in the Lackland Performing Arts Center.  Vocalist - saxophonist, Danny Bacher swings the praises of the three Louis... Armstrong, Prima & Jordan in an unforgettable performance paying homage to the era of jumpin' jive with a dollop of Dixieland.  "It is about making hot music but staying cool, about cutting up while maintaining effortless self - control, about having a blast with friends." - Stephen Holden, NY Times

A dynamic entertainer with world-class talents as an actor, musician, writer and comedian, Danny Bacher is a fresh new face on the jazz landscape.  Bacher has been a fixture on the New York stage and has toured internationally with his original works.  Raised on classic Jazz and the American popular songbook, Bacher possesses a warm smoky tone and favors a lush lyrical soprano sax style that complements his role as storyteller. Bacher unleashes his substantial chops and signature wit to pay homage to three jazz firebrands in a series of kinetic tracks that vibrantly reimagine classics from the three Louis' repertoire for today's audience.

Tickets for Danny Bacher in Swing That Music! A Jazz Tribute to the Three Louis on Sunday, January 21 at 2 PM in the Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center are $25.00 for adults and $17.50 for children under 12 in advance.  As with all concerts, jazz and special events ticket prices increase $5.00 day of the performance.

Centenary Stage Company’s January Thaw Music Festival continues on Saturday, January 27 at 8 PM with the Brazilian bluegrass of Matuto.  Centenary Stage Company’s January Thaw Music Festival is made possible in part by Home Instead Senior Care and Heath Village Retirement Community.

NJ Theatre Alliance Gets Grant from Investors Foundation to Expand the “SEE PROFESSIONAL THEATRE” Campaign


(Morristown, NJ) New Jersey Theatre Alliance (“the Alliance”) received a $15,000 grant from Investors Foundation headquartered in Short Hills, NJ, for the second wave of the “See Professional Theatre” campaign. The grant will help the Alliance promote New Jersey’s professional theatres by funding a video series that will introduce people to the variety, accessibility, and high quality of New Jersey’s professional theatres.

“New Jersey has 31 professional, non-profit theatres that produce high-quality theatre that is recognized nationally,” said John McEwen, Executive Director of the Alliance. “Now we want to introduce people to our theatres by giving them a glimpse of the bustle and the personalities behind-the-scenes and on stage. The video series will do just that.”

The See Professional Theatre Campaign is designed to educate theatregoers as to the locations, the exceptional quality, and the affordability of NJ professional theatre, and encourage them to try new venues. The campaign video series will capture the exciting and unique elements of New Jersey professional theatre.

In discussing the grant, Investors Bank Senior Vice President Robert Zajac said, “We are proud to have the opportunity to support and be an advocate for professional theatre companies in the Garden State. By joining with the Alliance, we are helping audiences discover or re-discover the range of exceptional performances that are available to enjoy in our local communities. Our Bank and Foundation are long-term sponsors of the performing arts, and this grant is a wonderful example of how we are continuing that tradition.”

Alliance member theatres include Equity Producing Theatres American Theater Group in South Orange, Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum in Morristown, Cape May Stage in Cape May,Centenary Stage Company in Hackettstown, Crossroads Theatre Company in New Brunswick, Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre in Summit, The Eagle Theatre in Hammonton, East Lynne Theater Company in Cape May, The Garage Theatre Group in Teaneck, George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, The Growing Stage: The Children’s Theatre of New Jersey in Netcong, Luna Stage Company in West Orange, McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, New Jersey Repertory Company in Long Branch, Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, Passage Theatre Company in Trenton, Premiere Stages at Kean University in Union Pushcart Players in Verona, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey in Madison, Two River Theater in Red Bank, and Writers Theatre of New Jersey in Madison. Associate Theatres include Actors Shakespeare Company in Elizabeth, Alliance Repertory Theatre Company in Summit, The Company Theatre Group in Hackensack,Hudson Theatre Works in Weehawken, Midtown Direct Rep in Maplewood, Mile Square Theatre in Hoboken, Skyline Theatre Company in Fair Lawn, South Camden Theatre Company in Camden, The Theater Project in Maplewood, and Women’s Theater Company in Lake Hiawatha.

About New Jersey Theatre Alliance

New Jersey Theatre Alliance was the first statewide service organization for professional, not-for-profit theatre companies in the United States, and is a leader in developing model programs that unite, promote, strengthen, and cultivate professional theatre in New Jersey. Funding for New Jersey Theatre Alliance, a not-for-profit organization, is provided in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as contributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations including the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Bank of America, Prudential Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, and The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey. More information can be found at

Year End Fundraising Campaign for The Company Theatre Group



I hope you’re enjoying an awesome holiday season and that this email finds you in great health and having had a wonderful 2017.  We are beginning our Year End Fundraising Campaign.   And, WE REALLY NEED YOUR SUPPORT to achieve our production goals and remain an important part of the community we serve.

Please see our fundraising letter attached and consider a TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATION.

Absolutely No Donation Is Too Small.

If you only give once a year or once month and have given already, please consider us next time you donate.

If you'd like to support us now, please make your tax deductible donation with a CREDIT CARD on our website:

or you can mail a tax deductible CHECK to:

The Company Theatre Group, Inc.

Attn.  Louis Scarpati 20 Mallard Ct. Englewood, NJ 07631

Also, please remember to ask at your workplace if they have a GIFT MATCHING PROGRAM.  Every single penny will go toward outstanding programming..

Finally, don't forget to visit our website and Facebook page for news about our upcoming productions.


Phone: 201-408-5816

Wishing you all the best during this holiday season. 
Hope to see you at our next show!
louLou Scarpati

Managing Artistic Director

The Company Theatre Group, Inc.

a 501c3 non-profit arts organization

Member of the NJ Theatre Alliance of Professional Theatres

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

STNJ no-script ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ a Joyful Surprise


Due to family holiday activity we were unable to review the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s holiday treat “It’s A Wonderful Life.” Patrick Maley, the theatre reviewer for the Star-Ledger/ Advance, however did review the production and gave it a fine positive review. This production is very different from the standard script-in-hand presentations as Patrick states here:

“Set in a 1940s radio station on Christmas Eve, the show -- adapted by Joe Landry from the screenplay for the 1946 Jimmy Stewart film -- is an extended play-within-a-play. A cast of nine has gathered to perform "It's a Wonderful Life" for a live radio audience. We've got a host (Leavell Javon Johnson) in charge of emceeing the proceedings; a sound effects guy (Warren Pace) in charge of summoning all the stomping feet, slamming doors, breaking glass, and rustling papers; and a cast of actors taking on a variety of roles to fill out more than twenty-five characters.

The framework of the radio production adds a fresh layer of fun to the familiar story, taking us behind the scenes while simultaneously performing the story.

Under astute the direction of Doug West, however, the story of long-suffering good guy George Bailey never gets lost in the folds of the radio station. Often theaters do this show (which was first mounted in Stamford, Connecticut in 1996) with performers holding scripts as radio actors likely would, but West's wise decision to eschew that device allows George and his Bedford Falls associates to come to more immediate life in the theater. Of course, a couple of commercial breaks with jaunty jingles for hair cream and soap, never let us forget the production's unique conceit. But the heart of the matter is the classic story which remains center stage.


Photo: Elizabeth Colwell stars as Violet Bick and John Keabler stars as George Bailey in "It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play" at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey (Photo by Jerry Dalia)

Monday, December 18, 2017

'Brighton Beach Memoirs' Next at Barn Theatre in Montville

The Barn Theatre of Montville, New Jersey will be presenting " Brighton Beach Memoirs ". Performances will be on January 12, 20, 26, 27 and February 2 & 3 at 8pm; and on January 13, 14, 21, & 28 at 2pm. Tickets are $20 (senior/student tickets are $18 on matinees only).

Here is part one of Neil Simon's autobiographical trilogy: a portrait of the writer as a young teen in 1937 living with his family in a crowded, lower middle-class Brooklyn walk-up. Eugene Jerome, standing in for the author, is the narrator and central character. Dreaming of baseball and girls, Eugene must cope with the mundane existence of his family life in Brooklyn: formidable mother, overworked father, and his worldly older brother Stanley. Throw into the mix his widowed Aunt Blanche, her two young (but rapidly aging) daughters and Grandpa the Socialist and you have a recipe for hilarity, served up Simon-style. This bittersweet memoir evocatively captures the life of a struggling Jewish household where, as his father states "if you didn't have a problem, you wouldn't be living here."

The cast of “Brighton Beach Memoirs" features: Ryan Fogler of Johnson, NY as Eugene Morris Jerome, Eric Roper as Stanley Jerome,  Jonathan Rudolph of Parsippany, NJ as Jack Jerome, Cheryl Marocco Bookstaver of Montville, NJ as Kate Jerome, Kristin-Leigh Nicholson of Hillburn, NY as Blanche Morton, Alyssa O'Brien of Wayne, NJ as Nora Morton, and Caroline Ritacco of Nutley, NJ as Laurie Morton  

The Barn Theatre is located on Skyline Drive in Montville, NJ, just minutes off Exit 47 from Route 287. For more reservations, information or directions, call The Barn Theatre Box Office at (973) 334-9320, or visit The Barn Theatre on the web at

Photo: Ryan Fogler as Eugene Morris Jerome. [Photograph by Tom Schopper]

Circle Players to present ‘Terra Nova’–tale of failed British expedition to the South Pole


Circle Players is proud to present the third production of our 2017/2018 season, "Terra Nova" by Ted Tally. This extraordinarily inventive play is drawn from the journals and letters found on the frozen body of Captain Scott, the leader of the failed British expedition to be first to the South Pole. Scenes of the explorer and his men at various stages of their ordeal, blend with flashbacks and with fateful glimpses of their successful Norwegian rivals.

Performances of the play will take place as follows:

  • Fridays: January 12, 26 at 8:00pm
  • Saturdays: January 13, 20, 27, at 8:00pm
  • Sunday: January 21, 28 at 3:00pm

A talkback will be held following the Sunday, January 21 performance.

The play will be directed by Kirk White of Scotch Plains and produced by Faith Dowgin of Spotswood.

Appearing in the cast are:

Steve Yates of Millburn as Captain Robert Falcon Scott;  Kevin Carr of Union City as Roald Amundsen; Adriana Spizuoco of Millburn as Kathleen Scott; Dave Bronovicki of Piscataway as Officer Edgar Taff Evans; Noah Stanzione of Long Valley as Lieutenant Henry “Birdie” Bowers ; Adam Barr of Basking Ridge as Doctor Edward Wilson; and Stephen Mennella of Dunellen as Captain Lawrence “Titus” Oates.

Audiences are invited to join in a special wine and cheese reception in the theater lobby following the opening night performance.

The theater is located at 416 Victoria Avenue, Piscataway. Please be advised: due to the unique layout of this theater in the round, latecomers cannot be seated after the performance has started. Please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before curtain.

For reservations, call (732) 968-7555, or buy tickets online at

Tickets are $18 for adults and $17 for students and seniors.

Christmas Caroling Event in Dunellan

dunellan carols

It doesn’t matter if you can't carry a tune— All are welcome to join this cheerful Christmas caroling event!

Join the Dunellen Arts and Culture Commission (DACC) on our tour around Dunellen bringing some holiday cheer to the neighborhood on Saturday, December 23. Don't know all the words to Jingle Bells? That's ok, we will provide songbooks.

The event starts at 6 since some of our younger singers may have early bedtimes. But if you are related to Buddy the Elf, you can sing past the two-hour mark! Just meet us at the Washington Park gazebo (North Washington Avenue btwn Dunellen & First) for assignments. You may need to drive to assigned neighborhoods. Carpooling is encouraged.

PLEASE NOTE...The more, the merrier. Participants do not have to be Dunellen residents. Having a party? Have your guests come early to carol and then continue the festivities at your house.

What to bring:
> A flashlight or battery operated candle
> Festive attire (not mandatory, but highly encouraged. Victoriana, elf hats are all welcomed. Just make sure that you are comfortable and safe walking in the outfit)
> Your enthusiasm

What not to bring:
> Adult beverages (I know, humbug! But we are a town organization after all)
If you know for sure that you are attending, please send us a quick email so we know how many songbooks to print.

Hope to see you!
The Dunellen Arts & Culture Commission
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Sunday, December 17, 2017

2018 Season at Old Library Theatre in Fairlawn


2018 Season

Old Library Theatre is proud to announce its 2018 season – our 51st!

More Than Meets the Eye

“There’s always another story. There’s always more than meets the eye.”

– W.H. Auden


The 7th Annual One Act Play Festival
January 26, 27 and 28 at 8:00pm and January 27 and 28 at 2:00pm
Featuring original works directed by OLT favorites!

Margins – Written by David Susman, Directed by Beatriz Esteban-Messina
A college student confronts her professor about his notes on her recent paper.

Split Decision – Written by Kitty Dubin, Directed by Bill Kaufman
A couple in crisis sits down with a divorce counselor to attempt an amicable and easy split.

Suggested Donation – Written by Duncan Pflaster, Directed by Cynthia Smith Barry
Experimental theater and concessions without a set price drive one patron over the edge.

The Callback – Written by Leland Frankel, Directed by Marilyn Schilkie
An actress who didn’t earn a callback takes the future of her career into her own, deranged hands.

The Quick Start Guide to Booting Your Man-Bot – Written by Phil Darg, Directed by Thomas Winkler
A lovelorn woman turns to technology, but soon becomes convinced the product is faulty.


The Robber Bridegroom
February 16, 17, 23 and 24 at 8:00pm and February 18 and 25 at 2:00pm
Book and Lyrics by Alfred Uhry.
Music by Robert Waldman.
Directed by Alyse M. Neubert.

Set in eighteenth-century Mississippi, the show follows Jamie Lockhart, a rascally robber of the woods, as he courts Rosamund, the only daughter of the richest planter in the country. The proceedings go awry, however, thanks to a case of double-mistaken identity. Throw in an evil stepmother who’s intent on Rosamund’s demise, her pea-brained henchman and a hostile talking head-in-a-trunk, and you have a rollicking country romp.

About the Director:


Alyse M. Neubert is thrilled to be joining Old Library Theatre this season as director for The Robber Bridegroom. She holds a BA in Theatre Performance and Directing from Fort Lewis College in Durango Colorado, and an MFA from The Accademia dell’ Arte in Arezzo, Italy where she studied Physical Theatre with an emphasis in dance and choreography in relation to devised and new works for the stage. During her years training abroad, she trained in Roy Hart Vocal Technique, with Teatro C’Art Contemporary Clown Theatre, and FLIC Circus School where she focused in Aerial apparatus, object manipulation and applied acrobatics. Her final year in her graduate training, she held residencies with Familie Flöz in Berlin, and Divaldo Continuo Theatre in the Czech Republic. Recently she co-wrote (Mollie Mook-Fiddler) and directed an original adaptation of Alice in Wonderland. She has choreographed for theatres all over Colorado and the 4-corners area but Urinetown (Fort Lewis College), Chicago(Thingamajig Theatre) and You’re a Good man Charlie Brown rank among her favorite productions. Her favorite performances have been Little Women, the Musical (Jo March), You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (Snoopy and Lucy), Chicago (Velma Kelly) and Les Miserables (Epponine). Her love of musical theatre has led her to write, direct and choreograph several full-length plays, dance musicals and numerous short pieces with her co-creator Matthew Dranzik.


Side Show

March 9, 10, 16 and 17 at 8:00pm and March 11 and 18 at 2:00pm
Book and Lyrics by Bill Russell.
Music by Henry Krieger.
Additional Book Material by Bill Condon.
Directed by Brendan Joel Bartlett.

As the starring act of a sideshow, helmed by an abusive ringmaster, conjoined twins Violet and Daisy Hilton are eager to accept an offer of fame, fortune, and potential romance proffered by Terry, a talent scout, and Buddy, a budding musician. As stars on the Orpheum Circuit, it seems that Violet and Daisy have everything they ever wanted. The one thing they lack, however, is the fulfillment of their hearts’ desires.


About the Director:

Brendan Joel Bartlett has been involved in numerous shows at OLT in the last 8 years including Rent, Spelling Bee, Pageant, Jesus Christ Superstar, Spring Awakening, Superman, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Young Frankenstein. He has producer credits for 13, Shrek, Jr., Cat on Hot Tin Roofand Children Of Eden. Previously he directed Avenue Q and Aida and is looking forward to working on Side Show and producing Singin’ In The Rain with Randi. Brendan does publicity and social media for OLT.


Singin’ in the Rain – A Youth Production
May 17, 18 and 19 at 7:00pm and May 20 at 2:00pm
Book by Betty Comden and Adolph Green.
Music and Lyrics by Arthur Freed and Nacho Herb Brown.
Directed by Randi Seffinger.

In silent movies, Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont are a hot item but, behind the scenes, things aren’t always as they appear on the big screen! Meanwhile, Lina’s squeaky voice might be the end of her career in “talking pictures” without the help of a talented young actress to do the talking and singing for her.

Crossroads ‘on the road’ with next two shows


New Jersey Performing Arts Center


The World Premiere of Pia Wilson's Back to the Real
Mastrobuono Theater



Crossroads Theatre Company

PO Box. 238

New Brunswick, NJ 08901

(732) 545-8100


Donate to Dreamcatcher!

Dear Friends:

As this year draws to a close, we'd like to thank you for joining us at the theatre to celebrate the things that connect us as individuals and as a community.

We ask that you consider a donation to Dreamcatcher to assure that our company of actors can continue to share life-affirming stories with humor and heart. Any size contribution will help to keep our work coming your way.

When you need to laugh, to contemplate, and to feel connected, you can find those experiences at our theatre. We look forward to sharing more wonderful adventures with you, this year and every year.
Deepest thanks and warm wishes for a healthy and happy 2018,

Artistic Director

     Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre

Oakes Center  *  120 Morris Avenue  *  Summit, NJ 07901

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

A Visit to Brooklyn for Ezra Barnes’ Free Dickens Reading

XMas Carol 2017

Join us in Brooklyn's Cobble Hill at the historic Christ Church for a special performance of Charles Dickens' CHRISTMAS CAROL.

With a Cast including

Hamilton Clancy (Orange is the New Black)

Elizabeth Hess (Clarissa Explains It All)

Patricia Randell (Durang/Durang)

William Brenner (The Cherry Orchard)

John Edmond Morgan (Brave New World Rep)

Judith Barnes (Vertical Player Rep)

Isidore Elias (The Bucky Show)

Elaine Ivy Harris (Shakespeare in the Parking Lot)

Alexander Rafala (Diary of Anne Frank)



Adapted and Directed by Ezra Barnes

Admission Free

Donations Gratefully Accepted

Christ Church, 326 Clinton Street (corner of Kane)