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.


About the Director:

Randi Seffinger has worn many hats with various theatre companies throughout northern New Jersey. She has performed in several productions at OLT including Catch Me If You Can, Meet Me in St. Louis and It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…It’s Superman. Randi has directed numerous youth productions including a pilot of Mary Poppins Jr. for Aspire Performing Arts Company (in conjunction with MTI and Disney). Other favorites include Grease, Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr. and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. She has also directed several adult productions including the award-winning Thank You Notes (Rhino Theatre) and girl. (Eccentric Theatre Company). Randi enjoys teaching and coaching theatre students and is also co-owner of Buzz Theatre Productions, a theatre company catering to local talent and innovative works.


Casa Valentina
August 3 and 4 at 8:00pm and August 5 at 2:00pm
Written by Harvey Fierstein.
Directed by Craig M. Tiede.

Nestled in the Catskills — 1962’s land of dirty dancing and Borscht Belt comedy — an inconspicuous bungalow colony catered to a very special clientele: heterosexual men who delighted in dressing and acting as women. These white-collar professionals would discreetly escape their families to spend their weekends safely inhabiting their chosen female alter-egos. But given the opportunity to share their secret lives with the world, the members of this sorority had to decide whether the freedom gained by openness was worth the risk of personal ruin.


About the Director:

Craig M. Tiede has been involved onstage or behind the scenes of more than fifty theatrical productions. With seven NJACT Perry nominations (and seven losses!) to his credit, he’s well on his way to becoming the Susan Lucci of New Jersey community theater. A graduate of both Ithaca and Dartmouth Colleges, Craig began directing as an undergraduate, helming productions of Anyone Can Whistle and Into the Woods. Subsequent directing credits include Spring Awakening, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane… It’s Superman, Affectations(which he also wrote), Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, and Little Miss Sunshine. When not at the theater, he works at The New School in Manhattan.


Bat Boy
September 14 and 15 at 8:00pm and September 15 and 16 at 2:00pm
Book by Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming.
Music and Lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe.
Directed by Matt Haines.

When a half boy/half bat creature is discovered in a cave near Hope Falls, West Virginia, the local sheriff brings himto the home of the town veterinarian. Though he’s eventually accepted as a member of the family, when he naively tries to fit in with the narrow-minded townspeople, they turn on him.


About the Director:

Matt Haines is thrilled to be directing at Old Library Theatre. Matt has previously directed in The 5th One Act Play Festival at OLT (“How It Will Be”). Matt has also directed Willy Wonka Jr., as well as assistant directed Urinetown and Footloose. He has performed in various shows at OLT, including Assassins, Superman, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Select acting credits include: ‘John Wilkes Booth’ in Assassins, ‘Dan’ in Next to Normal, ‘Judas’ in Jesus Christ Superstar, and ‘Javert’ in Les Miserables.


October 12, 13, 19 and 20 at 8:00pm and October 14 and 21 at 2:00pm
Book by Alfred Uhry. Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown.
Directed by Amy Calzone.

In 1913, Leo Frank, a Brooklyn-raised Jew living in Georgia, is put on trial for the murder of thirteen-year-old Mary Phagan, a factory worker under his employ. Already guilty in the eyes of everyone around him, a sensationalist publisher and a janitor’s false testimony seal Leo’s fate. His only defenders are a governor with a conscience and, eventually, his assimilated Southern wife who finds the strength and love to become his greatest champion.


About the Director:

Amy Calzone is thrilled to be back working at OLT! Amy has worked as a choreographer/director for many years in various theaters including shows with Old Library Theatre (Oliver, Gypsy, Young Frankenstein, Dogfight, The Bridges of Madison County), 4th Wall Theatre, Montclair Operetta Club (A Chorus Line), and The Ozark Actors’ Theatre (Rolla, MO). Her favorite past choreography/directing credits include: Merrily We Roll Along, West Side Story, Les Miserables, Jekyll and Hyde, The Drowsy Chaperone, In The Heights, Dogfight (NJ Perry Nominee – Best Director, Best Costume Design), and Wendy’s Shadow (NYMF). By day, Amy is a teacher at Morris Hills High School in Rockaway, NJ. She also directs the musicals at her school. Amy lives in Roxbury, NJ with her beloved husband Bryan. Wishing to thank OLT for many truly rewarding experiences, she can’t wait to start on Parade.


Arsenic and Old Lace
November 29, November 30 and December 1 at 8:00pm and December 2 at 2:00pm
Written by Joseph Kesselring.
Directed by Ed Bialkin.

Mortimer Brewster is living a happy life: he has a steady job at a prominent New York newspaper, he’s just become engaged, and he gets to visit his sweet spinster aunts to announce the engagement. Mortimer always knew that his family had a bit of a mad gene — his brother believes himself to be Teddy Roosevelt and his great-grandfather used to scalp Indians for pleasure — but his world is turned upside down when he realizes that his dear aunts have been poisoning lonely old men for years!

About the Director:


This is Ed Bialkin’s debut as director at OLT. Ed has directed three productions at The Rhino Theatre (The Glass Slipper, Rent, and Dracula) and directed 28 high school plays and musicals. He has served as set designer and construction director at high school productions (Orange HS, Pascack Hills HS, Westwood HS, Pascack Valley HS) and several shows at The Rhino Theatre. Previously with OLT, Ed served as a member of the stage crew for the 2017 Concert, and performed on stage in Amadeus (Count Orsini-Rosenberg) and Catch of the Day (Edwin).

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