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Saturday, November 17, 2018

4th Wall Theatre to present SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM

42689780_10156745966732628_2705294716001320960_oIn  4th Wall Theatre will present SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM, November 30-December 2, at the Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts in Maplewood, NJ.

It is a small theatre, so book your tickets now to guarantee a seat to see this spectacular cast singing their hearts out!

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey - Please Contribute Today!

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Dear Shakespeare Theatre Friend,
Greetings! This is our annual autumn letter, and please note that it is indeed a letter and not a telegram (Not that anyone, alas, sends telegrams much anymore, except in the plays on our stage!).

As always, we are reaching out to send our sincere thanks for your patronage and for the support you provide for our important work. And of course, this is the one time each year we ask directly for your help and implore you to make a donation to our Annual Appeal. We remain very proud of the fact that we do not inundate you with solicitations for support all year long, and we continue to take the risk that you'll come to our aid each fall. Because this is our one direct appeal, it is absolutely essential that we make our goal; this fundraising effort is the lifeblood of our institution, and without a positive conclusion, our work on stage and in hundreds of classrooms across the region is jeopardized.

monteoutThis year is a critical one for us. While we are soaring artistically, and our education programs continue to provide life-changing experiences for thousands of people, young and old, we are facing some financial challenges that if successfully met, will help us reach a point of true sustainability. We desperately need your help to get to that point; this annual appeal is key to that effort. The very affordable prices we charge for tickets covers only a little over half of what it costs us to function, despite the fact that we operate on an astoundingly modest budget. We are so proud of the fact that we continue to provide you with world-class productions featuring many of America's best classical theatre artists, at prices that are admirably economical for our patrons. Parking is free, the environs beautiful, and best of all, in this time of "tunnel trauma," you can see Broadway artists and Broadway quality (or better!) work without the agony of trying to navigate the crossings over or under the river to New York!

Every dollar you give to us comes right back to you with the amazing work on our stages, and I cannot stress enough how vital your help is to our healthy existence. We are a rare company; our consistent level of quality productions, our bold programming, and our exemplary work as one of the nation's few true teaching theatres all make our contribution to the region and beyond a thing of great worth that we must protect and help thrive. Your generosity is what makes all of this possible! Hopefully, at the conclusion of this fundraising drive, we can send you words of thanks via a telegram!
With much gratitude and best wishes for a lovely autumn,

Bonnie J. Monte
Artistic Director

Review: Powerful Play of a Mother’s love and the tragedy of addiction-Colleen Smith-Wallnau gives acting Masterclass


Three cheers for four women who have combined their impressive talents to give us a truly riveting, thought provoking, new play about a mother’s unwavering love for a son whose drug addiction led him to a cell on death row. First; the playwright, Jennifer Fawcett who has written this powerful play. Second, the veteran actress, Colleen Smith Wallnau, who gives a brilliant, gut-wrenching solo performance. (Attention:-drama students….she is providing a masterclass in acting); third ,the director Mikaela Kafka, a veteran of the CSC series who guided Collen Smith-Wallnau in more than staging, but in making an apple pie over the course of the 70 minutes (no intermission), and fourth, Catherine Rust, the CSC’s Program Director of the Women Playwrights Series, a leader in recognizing and providing new writing talent the opportunity to present their unique voice or perspective on our world.

The play is the award winning Apples in Winter *sponsored by the National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere series. It is set in a makeshift kitchen in a prison occupied by Miriam, the mother of an inmate who in seven hours is to be executed. As his “last meal” he has requested and been granted, not the usual hamburger and fries, but a simple piece of apple pie. Not any pie, but his mother’s apple pie, a favorite from childhood. Miriam’s son committed a violent crime 22 years ago while he was dealing with drug withdrawal which resulted in the deaths of two teenagers. The playbill is spot-on stating that “ this is a play about monsters and the mothers of monsters. And about how we care for each other. And about how to make a really good apple pie.”

The guilt consuming Miriam is not only how did she miss the early signs of his addiction, but most troubling, “what if” she had not refused his phone call pleading for her help that fateful night. In the eyes of many, she is more guilty of the horrible crime than her son….clearly, that is the opinion of the grief stricken parents of the two victims. Weren’t she and her late husband responsible for raising the boy to believe anything could be his? Were they lawn mower parents… constantly protecting him from the consequences of his actions?

It is a powerful play that deserves extensive exposure. It doesn’t provide answers to the growing problem of drug addiction and dealing with an addict, particularly a loved one, however, if addiction has touched your world you will find this theatre experience particularly important. Beyond the tough topic, the outstanding performance of this gifted woman is truly unforgettable theatre.

panelDuring the show's run, Centenary Stage Company has invited organizations that support people struggling with addiction and their families, including local group Parent-To-Parent, to set up information tables in the lobby. The Nov. 11 afternoon show included a post-performance talk back with the cast, creative team and Keith Morgen, who runs the Centenary University's Undergraduate Substance Abuse Research Team (photo above).

"We want to raise awareness about the support networks and treatment programs that are available," Rust said. "Sometimes people don't know what to do or where to go. There's also a really delicate line between supporting someone fighting addiction and enabling them."

The act of baking live deserves comment:"The baking of the pie is a kind of choreography," Fawcett said. "When is she mixing the dough? When is she slicing the apples?  Feeding your child is an incredibly intimate act. Emotions are fraught when they won't eat because you want to give comfort in feeding."    

Reviewed by Rick Busciglio November 11,2018

Primary production credits: Aaron Turetsky set design; Ethan Newman lighting design; Kevin Semancik sound design; and Danielle Constance stage manager.

Apple in Winter will play through November 18 at the Centenary Stage Company Lackland Performing Arts Center at 715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown, NJ. Remaining Individual performance dates are Friday, November 16 at 8PM; Saturday, November 17 at 8PM; Sunday, November 18 at 2PM; Wednesday, November 14 at 2PM and Thursdays, November 15 at 7:30PM.

For tickets ($17.50-29.50) visit or call the Centenary Stage Company box office at (908) 979 – 0900. The theatre is located in the Lackland Performing Arts Center at 715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown, NJ on the campus of Centenary University.

*Apples In Winter marks the 75th new play to be a part of the NNPN RWP program with other productions being presented at Riverside Theatre (Iowa City, IA) and Phoenix Theatre (Indianapolis, IN). The play started as a one-page proposal Fawcett submitted to the National New Play Network, winning her the $10,000 commissioning prize. The title comes from the fact that the mother has carefully selected apples for the filling but is frustrated by their off-season quality.

NJSO presents 2019 Winter Festival, ‘Music Speaks’

NJSO with Xian Zhang at NJPAC 008 bow - credit Fred Stucker

Emanuel Ax, Dawn Upshaw and Daniil Trifonov headline three-week festival, led by Xian Zhang

Concerts feature works by Mahler, Maria Schneider, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Scriabin, Schumann, Strauss

NJSO Accents include performances by dancer Maurice Chestnut and poet Kurtis Lamkin, NJSO Music and Wellness Program panel

Jan 10–27 in six New Jersey venues

NEWARK, NJ—A trio of renowned guest artists with distinct musical voices—pianists Emanuel Ax and Daniil Trifonov and soprano Dawn Upshaw—headline the NJSO’s Winter Festival, “Music Speaks,” in January 2019. The Orchestra’s signature artistic event takes place across three weekends, January 10–27, in six New Jersey venues.

“For the Winter Festival, the NJSO brings in three of the top living artists,” Zhang says. “Personally speaking, it’s a highlight of my career to conduct these three soloists in three consecutive weeks.

The music director says: “The Winter Festival is the main highlight of our season theme, and this year’s theme—Music Speaks—is about music inspired by great poetry, stories and myths. Strauss’ Also sprach Zarathustra was inspired by Nietzsche; Tchaikovsky’s Manfred Symphony was inspired by Lord Byron. Scriabin wrote the music for his Poem of Ecstasy, then wrote 300 lines of poetry to accompany the music.”

Ax performs Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 22 on a program featuring Tchaikovsky’s Manfred Symphony, based on Lord Byron’s epic poem of doomed love (January 10–13 in Englewood, Newark and New Brunswick).

Upshaw sings Maria Schneider’s Winter Morning Walks, which draws from former Poet Laureate Ted Kooser’s collection of poetry written during his cancer recovery, and Mahler’s Fourth Symphony, which finds wisdom in a child’s vision of heaven (January 18–20 in Princeton, Red Bank and Newark).

Trifonov performs Schumann’s Piano Concerto on a program that also includes Scriabin’s Poem of Ecstasy and Strauss’ Also sprach Zarathustra (January 25–27 in Newark, New Brunswick and Morristown).

NJSO Accent events include pre-concert performances by dancer Maurice Chestnut and poet Kurtis Lamkin, panel discussions with NJSO musicians who perform in hospital settings through the NJSO Music and Wellness Program, and a prelude performance by the Anne Lieberson Ensemble from the NJSO Youth Orchestras. More information on NJSO Accent events is available at

For more information on the Winter Festival and related events, visit

Concert tickets start at $20 and are available for purchase at or 1.800.ALLEGRO (255.3476).

WEEK I: Emanuel Ax & Xian Zhang

Thu, Jan 10, at 7:30 pm | bergenPAC in Englewood

Sat, Jan 12, at 8 pm | NJPAC in Newark

Sun, Jan 13 at 3 pm | State Theatre New Jersey in New Brunswick

Xian Zhang, conductor

Emanuel Ax, piano

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

MOZART Piano Concerto No. 22

TCHAIKOVSKY Manfred Symphony


Poetry in Motion – Sat, Jan 12, at 7 pm
A fusion of movement, music and spoken word: dancer Maurice Chestnut and poet Kurtis Lamkin entertain in the lobby before the performance.

Additional concert information and artist bios are available at

WEEK II: Dawn Upshaw & Xian Zhang

Fri, Jan 18, at 8 pm | Richardson Auditorium in Princeton

Sat, Jan 19, at 8 pm | Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank

Sun, Jan 20 at 3 pm | NJPAC in Newark

Xian Zhang, conductor

Dawn Upshaw, soprano

Jay Anderson, bass

Frank Kimbrough, piano

Scott Robinson, clarinet

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

MARIA SCHNEIDER Winter Morning Walks (NJSO Premiere)

MAHLER Symphony No. 4


Music and Wellness – Fri, Jan 18, at 7 pm and Sun, Jan 20, after the concert
Join NJSO musicians who perform in hospital settings through the Orchestra’s Music and Wellness Program, as well as special guests, for a discussion about healing and the arts.

Additional concert information and artist bios are available at

WEEK III: Daniil Trifonov & Xian Zhang

Fri, Jan 25, at 8 pm | NJPAC in Newark

Sat, Jan 26, at 8 pm | State Theatre New Jersey in New Brunswick

Sun, Jan 27 at 3 pm | Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown

Xian Zhang, conductor

Daniil Trifonov, piano

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

STRAUSS Also sprach Zarathustra

SCHUMANN Piano Concerto

SCRIABIN Poem of Ecstasy (NJSO Premiere)


Poetry in Motion – Fri, Jan 25, at 7 pm
A fusion of movement, music and spoken word: dancer Maurice Chestnut and poet Kurtis Lamkin entertain in the lobby before the performance.

Prelude Performance – Sat, Jan 26, at 7:15 pm
Come early and hear the extraordinary Anne Lieberson Ensemble from the NJSO Youth Orchestras in a special performance in the Heldrich Room.

Additional concert information and artist bios are available at


Named “a vital, artistically significant musical organization” by The Wall Street Journal, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra embodies that vitality through its statewide presence and critically acclaimed performances, education partnerships and unparalleled access to music and the Orchestra’s superb musicians.

Music Director Xian Zhang—a “dynamic podium presence” The New York Times has praised for her “technical abilities, musicianship and maturity”—continues her acclaimed leadership of the NJSO. The Orchestra presents classical, pops and family programs, as well as outdoor summer concerts and special events. Embracing its legacy as a statewide orchestra, the NJSO is the resident orchestra of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark and regularly performs at State Theatre New Jersey in New Brunswick, Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank, Richardson Auditorium in Princeton, Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown and bergenPAC in Englewood. Partnerships with New Jersey arts organizations, universities and civic organizations remain a key element of the Orchestra’s statewide identity.

Winter Festival of Shows from Centenary Stage Company’s Young Performers Workshop

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Centenary Stage Company’s Young Performers Workshop presents the annual Winter Festival of Shows December 8 through December 16 in the Little Theatre. This year’s festival will feature Godspell, Christmas is Comin’ Uptown and The Wiz. {above photo from 2015)

Based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew with music and new lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, Godspell is composed of various musical parables from The Gospel. Jesus Christ recruits a group of followers and teaches them various lessons through song and dance. Toward the end of the second act, the show begins to follow a more linear narrative as Jesus is betrayed by Judas and eventually crucified. Performances are Sunday, December 9 at 5PM; Saturday, December 15 at 8PM and Sunday, December 16 at 7:30PM.

Featuring a book by Philip Rose and Peter Udell, music by Gary Sherman and lyrics by Peter Udell, Christmas Comin’ Uptown takes all those Dickensian characters and transports them to the swinging beat of Harlem. Scrooge is a Harlem slumlord about to foreclose on an apartment house, a recreation center and a church when his late partner and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future take him on their rounds. He comes upon his own grave after watching tiny Tim’s burial procession and he’s reformed. Performances are Saturday, December 8 at 5PM; Saturday, December 15 at 2PM and Sunday, December 16 at 4PM.

The Wiz features a book by William F. Brown and music & lyrics by Charlie Smalls. When a Harlem schoolteacher Dorothy tries to save her dog from a storm, she’s miraculously whisked away to an urban fantasy land called Oz. After accidentally killing the Wicked Witch of the East upon her arrival, Dorothy is told about the Wiz, a wizard who can help her get back to Manhattan. As Dorothy goes in search of the Wiz, she’s joined by the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion. Performances are Sunday, December 9 at 7:30PM; Friday, December 14 at 8PM; Saturday, December 15 at 5PM and Sunday, December 16 at 1PM.

Tickets for the Young Performers Workshop Winter Festival of Shows are $12.50 for adults and $10.00 for children under 12. All performances will be held in the Little Theatre at 400 Jefferson Street Hackettstown, NJ.

BCP’s holiday treat: Jack & The Beanstalk

Bergen County Players (BCP) continues its 86th season with the timeless classic, JACK & THE BEANSTALK. The play is directed by Bill Kaufman and will be presented onstage November 24th - December 16th. Performances will take place at the Little Firehouse Theatre, 298 Kinderkamack Road in Oradell with curtain at 7:30 pm on Fridays (except November 30th) and matinee performances at 1 pm and 3:30 pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

Tickets may be purchased online at, by calling 201-261-4200 or by visiting the box office during regular box office hours.

Jack & The Beanstalk (Prince Street Players Version) is a magical
retelling of a most beloved adventure, and a tuneful, fast-paced
musical comedy specifically created for younger audiences. This
playful pantomime style offers direct asides to the audience and
involves audience participation to be appreciated by the youngest of
theatregoers. The show runs approximately 60 minutes and is suitable
for children of all ages.
First appearing in 1734, this English fairy tale chronicles the
adventures of a poor, little boy named Jack who does his best to save
his family and trades a cow for magic beans. When Jack awakens the
next morning, he discovers a beanstalk to the sky where he finds a
castle inhabited by a mean giant and his wife. Jack must find the
courage to escape the giant and return safely to earth with the
giant’s magical treasures: a golden harp and a golden goose.
Director Bill Kaufman of Fair Lawn is no stranger to theatre. With
over 40 years of directing experience, he has helmed more than 100
shows with actors and singers of all ages. His directing credits
include productions at The Ridgewood Gilbert and Sullivan Players,
William Paterson University, Garden State Opera, Montclair Operetta
Club, Old Library Theatre, Studio Players, Teaneck New Theatre, and
Playhouse on the Mall. Bill has also spent 20 years as resident
director at James Caldwell High School and has received several
nominations for the Papermill Playhouse Rising Stars Program. He
recently appeared in BCP’s production of The Mystery of Edwin Drood
and in How to Succeed in Business with Leonia Summerstage. As Bill
reminds us, “It’s important to be in service to our family and
friends. It is Jack’s sense of empathy and desire to be in service
that propels this magical adventure to begin with; and it is his
courage and determination that brings him back to earth with fortune
and freedom for his family.” Jack & The Beanstalk promises a special
treat for theatregoers this holiday season. Order your tickets soon,
as seats are moving fast and are bound to sell out.
The talented cast of Jack & the Beanstalk includes Alexander Cafe of
Emerson (Jack), Eileen Mager of Haworth (Mrs. Sprague), Chris Cantu of
Butler (The Giant), Michael Del Valle of New Milford (the Baron),
Joanna Sigurdsson of Bergenfield (The Golden Goose), Sarah A. Feinmark
of Haworth (The Golden Harp), Lori Feiler-Fluger of River Edge (The
Housekeeper), Richard L. Field of Cliffside Park (Giant
Assistant/Cow), Kax Petkevich of Hillsdale (Ensemble) and Alanna
Branco of River Edge (Ensemble).

Chatham Players Celebrate 30th Anniversary Production of “A Christmas Carol”

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Philip Wm. McKinley & Suzanne Buhrer's musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' most famous work has become a family tradition for many in Northern New Jersey

Come celebrate 30 years! The Chatham Community Players keeps their longstanding holiday tradition alive with the 30th anniversary production of “A Christmas Carol” opening Friday, December 7 and running until Sunday, December 23. Our production is an original musical version of the Tale, adapted from the Dickens text and Charles Dickens letters and journals, by Philip Wm. McKinley and Suzanne Buhrer. Returning to the Chatham Playhouse, Jeffrey Fiorello of Montclair directs the show, Jack Bender of Jersey City is the musical director and Samantha Hahn of Plainfield is the Choreographer.

In this version, produced exclusively at the Chatham Playhouse since 1988, Dickens serves not only as narrator, but also as a character that befriends Scrooge and walks beside him during his life-changing journey through memories and premonitions. While the script remains true to the original story, the playwright also pulled from letters that Dickens wrote to family and friends. The story of Ebenezer Scrooge has become one of the most beloved of all holiday tales, and this unique production also reminds us that Dickens’ inspiration for penning the story goes much deeper.

Cast of A Christmas Carol (1)

“Carol” has become a tradition in Chatham for all concerned – cast, crew and audience. There are people who first came to see the show with their parents when they were young. Now, they come to share the experience with their own children. We have cast members who have grown up – from one role to another – doing “A Christmas Carol” and some of us have grown old working behind the scenes. Producing “Carol” for a fourth time, Bob Denmark added that, “this show is our gift to our community, in two different ways. We have seen how it brings joy, and hope, to those who come together with us to celebrate the transformation of Ebenezer Scrooge. Our continued productions of “A Christmas Carol” are not only a holiday present, but a present that keeps on giving throughout the year and throughout the years.” (cast of 2012}

chipThe large and talented cast includes actors from all around New Jersey: Chip Prestera of Stirling (photo right), Alan Semok of Somerset (top photo), Scott Baird of Rockaway, Michelle and Owen Finnerty of Bernardsville, Will Carey of Bloomfield, Ken Magos, Jody, Zander and Parker Ebert all from Maplewood, Christina Eliades of Wayne, Howard Fischer of Berkeley Heights, Joelle Bochner and Eila Francis of Springfield, Leslie Williams of Summit, Allen Ellis of East Hanover, Andrea Thibodeau of Westfield, Adelaide Prekopa of Ringwood, Rory and Robert Lincoln of Mendham, Samantha Paparo of Chatham, Alexia and Zoe Davies of Kinnelon, Lucas Schultz of Warren and Michael Barthel of Bedminster. As a special surprise appearance, there may even be a guest actor/actress from a past production of “Carol” during several performances.

Rounding out Fiorello’s talented production team, the Co-Producers are Bob Denmark & Joe DeVico, Production Coordinator is Steffi Denmark, Stage Manager is Pam Wilczynski, Scenic Designer is Roy Pancirov, Costume Designer is Fran Harrison, Lighting Designer is Richard Hennessy, Sound Designer is Joe DeVico, Scenic Artist is Dean Sickler, Painting by Carol Saso,.Props & Decoration by Tish Lum & Kate Pierce.

A Popular Holiday Tradition

This marks the 19th time in 30 years that the Chatham Players has produced this show. From 1988-1995, the group produced the show every December, and it now produces the show on a biennial basis. This unique production has become a popular family tradition for many in the area – entertaining more than 35,000 audience members since 1988. After presenting the show essentially the same way since 1988, Chatham Players re-staged the show in 2005, 2008 and 2016 giving it a new look and feel. This production will feature a fresh look for 2018 courtesy of the combined talents of Roy Pancirov’s new set design and Dean Sickler’s Scenic Artistry. Our current production focuses on the joyous uplifting message that Dickens intended, with all the music that our audiences have found so enchanting over the years.

Audiences will get their share of familiar faces, as this cast has numerous of returning actors seen in past productions of this version of “Carol”. This year’s production marks the 22nd anniversary of Alan Semok’s first appearance as Ebenezer Scrooge. The show will have audience members leaving the theatre with the "true Christmas spirit," and will remind each and every one of them to embrace the joy and happiness associated with the holiday season. One of the actresses, Leslie Williams, was in the original cast as Belle and now she returns to play the Charwoman.  When asked how it feels to be returning to this show three decades later, she said, “I was afraid the experience of doing it again would pale in comparison to my early experiences. I was wrong. This has proven to be every bit as special as it was 30 years ago, and I am honored to be working with such a talented, dedicated and caring team as has been assembled this year. It feels very much as if I have come home for the holidays.”

Fiorello shared, “I hope that audiences will come see this production, and make "A Christmas Carol" a part of their holiday tradition. A story like this, with its themes of: a second chance, re-birth, humanitarianism, forgiveness, compassion, love, family values, and hope, are timeless, as timeless as Christmas itself.”

Box Office Information – Online Ticketing

Performance dates are December 7, 8, 14, 15, 20, 21 & 22 at 8PM and December 8, 9, 15, 22 & 23 at 3PM. All performances are at the Chatham Playhouse, 23 North Passaic Avenue, in Chatham. Tickets are $25 for adults and $23 for youth/senior. The theater expects this show to sell out and encourages people to reserve their tickets early.

Tickets can be purchased online by accessing the theater’s online ticketing service, where you can now reserve your particular seat, simply go to The service is available 24 hours a day. Purchasing tickets in person at Chatham Playhouse’s box office will begin on November 27. For information regarding box office hours, please call the box office number at (973) 635-7363. Patrons with special needs requiring seating accommodations should contact the Playhouse at least 24 hours prior to the performance. Without prior notice, accommodations cannot be guaranteed.

About the Chatham Playhouse

The Chatham Community Players has been entertaining residents of Morris County and the surrounding area since 1922. The organization’s mission is to produce high-quality theater for a diverse audience, while elevating its standard of excellence and providing a creative outlet with educational opportunities and outreach programs. For more information, including details of CCP’s 2018-2019 season, visit Funding has been made possible in part by Morris Arts through the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Center Players Dessert Theater to present “The Emperor’s New Duds”


Center Players Dessert Theater will present a family-friendly production of “The Emperor’s New Duds” at Center Playhouse, 35 South St, in downtown Freehold, NJ from December 7 – 16th. A musical adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson’s the “Emperor’s New Clothes,” the play was written by Bernice Garfield-Szita, who co-directed the production with Enid Bush.

This charming modern take of the classic fairy tale is set in the land of Felicity which is blessed by people from all over the globe. Everyone is happy except for their Emperor, who can’t seem to get enough jewels and expensive attire. Some shifty weavers appear and lessons unfold. Leading a local cast of 18 ranging in age from 9-82 is Freehold Committeewoman Barbara J. McMorrow, in the role of Antigua.

Performance dates are Friday, Dec. 7th at 8pm, Saturday, Dec. 8th at 2pm and 5:30pm, Sunday, December 9th at 2pm, Saturday, December 15th at 2pm and 5:30pm and Sunday, December 16th at 3pm. Tickets are priced at $12 (children) $22 (adults) and are available online at or by calling 732-462-9093. Season ticket subscriptions are also available by calling the box office by Dec. 16th.

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Discounts available for select performances

November 14 - 21

In order of availability

Charley's Aunt

Reg. $49 NOW $29!

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey
More unabashed hilarity with this hit from the late 19th century. This comedy will grace The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey stage for the first time in their 56 year history. It’s high time to unleash this utterly delightful high tea farce, complete with improbable disguise, young lovers, and an unflappable butler! Part Oscar Wilde, part Fawlty Towers, with a dash of South American spice!
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Apples in Winter

Reg. $27.50 NOW $21!

Centenary Stage Company
Miriam loves to bake Apple Pies and today she has a special request to make her signature recipe. But this day is going to be different, because Miriam has decided that this will be the last apple pie she ever bakes.
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Wolf at the Door

Reg. $52 NOW $40!

New Jersey Repertory Company
Inspired by Latino folklore, ​Wolf at the Door​ draws upon legend and mythology to tell an archetypal and magical story that navigates dangerous waters. The play follows Isadora as she finds the strength to stand up to her abusive husband, but there is a price she must pay for her courage.
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The Way We Get By

Reg. $27 NOW $20.25!

Alliance Repertory Theatre Company
After a drunken party and a hot night, two people wake up to the reality of the morning after and its repercussions. Both must ponder how much they really know about each other when the rules of attraction, sex and society confront them.
The play contains adult themes and brief nudity.
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Dreamcatcher Fundraising Gala 2019 History of the Theatre: ABRIDGED

It's a fundraiser! It's a party! It's history (sort of)!

Fundraising Gala 2019

History of the Theatre: ABRIDGED

Saturday, January 12 at 6pm

Join us as we take a break from winter at our annual fundraising party to support the non-profit mission of Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre.

The celebration begins at the Elks Lodge, 40 Maple Street, in Summit at 6 pm with drinks and hors d'oeuvres. Enjoy unlimited beer, wine and soft drinks followed by a delicious dinner. At 8 pm the Dreamcatcher ensemble will bring you the History of the Theatre: ABRIDGED, because who has the time for all those details? This highly selective and patently un-scholarly survey will take you from the Greeks through the present day, with all the boring stuff left out.

Dessert and coffee will follow the performance.

Date:       Saturday, January 12, 2019

Time:       6:00 - 10:00 pm

Place:      Elks Lodge, 40 Maple Street, Summit, NJ (2nd floor)

Tickets:   $120 before December 28, 2018  / $135 after December 28, 2018

RSVP:       by January 4, 2019

On the night of the party we will offer a silent auction and a 50/50 raffle, so you can take home goodies and support the theatre at the same time!

Your donation, in lieu of auctions and raffles at the event, can be made while purchasing your ticket, or live at the event.

Buy Your Tickets Online!

Order by phone: 800-838-3006

You can also mail a check to:

Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre

Attn: History of the Theatre Party 2019

Oakes Center

120 Morris Avenue

Summit, NJ 07901

     Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre

Oakes Center  *  120 Morris Avenue  *  Summit, NJ 07901

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

Thursday, November 15, 2018

‘Not Medea’ next at Art House Productions

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Art House Productions is proud to announce its winter main stage production of Allison Gregory’s Not Medea, directed by Adin Walker. Performances run, December 6,7,8, 13, 14, 15 at 8:00pm, and Sundays, December 9 and 16 at 3:00pm for a total of eight performances, with ASL and Audio Interpretation at the  Friday, December 14th performance. Beginning at 6:30pm prior to the December 14th performance, the Art House Access Committee will host a free mixer for artists with and without disabilities. Wine and hors d'oeuvres included. In concurrence with Not Medea, the Art House Gallery will be open for its inaugural Affordable Art Show featuring over 75 fine art pieces all selling for $500 and under. Art House Productions is located at 262 17th St, Jersey City, NJ 07310. For tickets and more information visit

In Not Medea, An exhausted working mother escapes to the sanctuary of the theatre and encounters a play she desperately doesn't want to watch. Allison Gregory’s Not Medea, is a refreshing take on an old story and gives its audience a much needed perspective on the trials and tribulations of motherhood in the 21st century. A synthesis of myth/magic/real world, Not Medea is a fierce slap-down about love, lust, motherhood, and forgiveness.

Art House Productions’ Executive Director, Meredith Burns thinks the play will resonate with audiences regardless of whether or not they know the story of Euripedes’ Medea. “There’s a reason this play is titled Not Medea because it’s certainly not the same story or even a modern interpretation of Medea, but an all together different, at times funny, meta theatrical experience. That said, the themes of love, loss, and double-standards remain at the heart of this play too.”

Allison Gregory’s plays have been produced all over the country, and she has received commissions, grants, and development from Oregon Shakespeare Festival, South Coast Repertory, The Kennedy Center, Indiana Repertory Theatre, the Skirball-Kenis Foundation, ACT Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Orlando Shakespeare Festival, New Harmony Project, National New Play Network, Northwest Playwrights Alliance, LATC, Amphibian Stage Productions, Theatre Lab@FAU, and Austin Scriptworks. Her work has been the recipient of the Julie Harris Playwriting Award, South Coast Repertory’s Playwright’s Award (Forcing Hyacinths), Garland & Dramalogue Award (Fall Off Night, Breathing Room), Seattle Times Best New Play Award (Burning Bridget Cleary). Not Medea (O’Neill & BAPF finalist), and Wild Horses (O’Neill semi-finalist) received National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere productions across the country. Motherland (O’Neill finalist, American Blues Blue Ink Award finalist, Harriet Lake Playfest selection) was selected for NNPN’s Showcase of New Plays. She splits her time between Seattle and Austin, where she is the co-founder of the Marthas, a playwright collective. Her plays are published by Playscripts, Smith & Krauss, Dramatic Publishing, and Rain City Press.

Centenary Stage Company’s Family Holiday Spectacular is ‘Annie the musical’


This holiday season everyone’s favorite orphan, Annie, joins Centenary Stage Company for the Family Holiday Spectacular production of Annie the musical. Annie opens November 23 and runs in Centenary Stage Company’s Lackland Performing Arts Center until December 9.

Based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray, Annie has become a worldwide phenomenon and was the winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The beloved book and score by Tony Award winners, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, features some of the greatest musical theatre hits ever written, including "Tomorrow." With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone's hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage that is run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. With the help of the other girls in the Orphanage, Annie escapes to the wondrous world of NYC. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan's evil machinations... and even befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. She finds a new home and family in billionaire, Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.

Featuring a cast of over 60 performers from New Jersey, New York City and beyond, Centenary Stage Company’s production of Annie is directed by Broadway, film and television veteran Michael Blevins.  Blevins has appeared in several Broadway productions including Bring Back Birdie, Neil Simon's Little Me, and The Tap Dance Kid in which he originated the role of Winslow Alexander. He has appeared in the Tony Awards Show, as well as many other television shows, feature films and TV commercials, and is widely known for his portrayal of Mark in Sir Richard Attenborough's film A Chorus Line. He is also featured in Chaplin. He is also the director of the new Musical Theatre Works Academy and has worked with many noted directors and choreographers, among them Danny Daniels, Bob Fosse, Woody Allen, Vivian Matalon, Joe Layton, Lynn Taylor-Corbett and Peter Gennaro. He has choreographed music videos for Amy Grant, five national commercials as well as the off- Broadway production of The Mad Forrest, and his own show, the Musical Count to Ten at New York's Musical Theatre Works.  Blevins also serves as director of Centenary Stage Company’s Young Performers Workshop. 

Bad_Dates resz_poseThe cast includes Broadway veteran Liz McConahay Wanfried (Scotch Plains, NJ) as Miss Hannigan. McConahay Wanfried’s Broadway credits include “The Full Monty” (Estelle), “Cabaret” (Fraulein Kost), and “Titanic” (Alice Beane), and she has appeared in numerous commercials and television episodes. Centenary Stage Company audiences may remember McConahay Wanfried from the World Premiere of Neena Beber’s “The Dew Point” and Theresa Rebeck’s “Bad Dates” at CSC (photo right). Osborn Focht (Hoboken, NJ) returns to Centenary Stage Company as Daddy Warbucks. A CSC favorite, audiences will remember Focht from his memorable performances in “A Christmas Carol” (Scrooge) and “Peter Pan” (Captain Hook) among many others. Centenary Stage Company also welcomes back Justin Boccitto (New York, NY) as Rooster and Alycia Kunkle (Hoboken, NJ) as Grace Ferrell. CSC audiences will remember Boccitto from his performances in “Mary Poppins” (Bert) and his own show “Song and Dance Men”, which had a limited run as part as CSC’s 2017/18 Fringe Festival. Kunkle’s CSC credits include “A Christmas Carol” (Mrs. Cratchit), “The Ladies Man” (Yvonne) and “Becky Shaw” (Suzanna). Grace Nagel (Hackettstown, NJ) is making her professional debut as the title character, Annie. Eleven year old Nagel has been participating in Centenary Stage Company’s Young Performers Workshop for several seasons.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Luna classes for kids and teens


Enroll Now!

Winter Session for Ages 4-17
6 weeks | Jan 6 - Feb 9

Little Luna: Imaginary Worlds with Elena Dones ($147)
Saturdays, 9 AM | Ages 4-6

In this class, our youngest performers explore the creative elements of drama. Through fun games and exercises, Little Luna participants learn about different theatrical elements including sets, costumes, props and scripts, and discover how they combine to create a performance. The class culminates in a play performed and created by the Little Luna students.

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Little Luna: Improv & Storytelling with Danielle Thompson ($147)
Saturdays, 10 AM | Ages 5-

In this class, young students and first timers will be given the opportunity to work on acting and improvisational performance skills. Students will play characters from their favorite stories and go on adventures as we create the world of the story with our imaginations and whatever we have on hand. As they get more comfortable, we will begin to create our own stories in the same fashion, creating an imaginary world we can live and thrive in as characters who must problem solve, work together, and create.

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Musical Theatre with Elena Dones ($179)
Saturdays, 10 AM | Ages 7-9

Luna's Musical Theater Class allows children of all experience levels an opportunity to discover their individual talents, creativity and performing interests while exploring acting, singing and dance. Young performers work collaboratively to explore vocal technique, character-based song interpretation, and choreography from Broadway musicals. The class culminates in a presentation for family and friends.

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Creative Drama with Danielle Thompson ($147)
Saturdays, 11 AM | Ages 8-10

This class is designed with creative minds and play as the focus. Through theatre games and mini-performance workshops, young actors will investigate the various aspects of acting and performing. Topics include voice and speech, character development, creative expression through movement and solo and group improv. Actors will have an opportunity to perform for each other every class, and will work together to develop self-confidence, team/group dynamics, and body/spatial awareness. The class culminates in a presentation for family and friends.

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Musical Theatre with Elena Dones ($179)
Saturdays, 11 AM | Ages 10-13

Luna's Musical Theater class allows children of all experience levels an opportunity to discover their individual talents, creativity and performing interests while exploring acting, singing and dance. Young performers work collaboratively to explore vocal technique, character-based song interpretation, and choreography from Broadway musicals. The class culminates in a presentation for family and friends.

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Improv with Danielle Thompson ($147)
Saturdays, 12 PM | Ages 11-13

Young artists will have a blast learning how to think on their feet in this new class that incorporates scene work and movement-based and group exercises to explore the primary fundamentals of improvisation. Participants will gain self-confidence and improve their focus and listening skills. A great class for serious young acting students looking to improve their craft, and for beginners looking for a fun way to explore their creativity on stage.

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Youth Creative Response Team with Nicolette Lynch and Chris Kuiken (FREE)
Tuesdays, 6.30 PM | Ages 12-17

A new invitation-only collaborative playwriting/acting workshop culminating in monthly performances, CRT invites teens to respond creatively to issues facing them and their communities. The project will support students in honing their artistic skills, responding creatively to challenges, and becoming leaders in their community.
*application required


Monday, November 12, 2018

Tonight: Reading at Luna in West Orange

7.30 PM

three girls never learnt the way home
By Matthew Paul Olmos  |  Directed by Chris Kuiken

Pacifica - Andrea Ferro
Edith - Brittany Bellizeare
Ivory - Rocky Vega
A Mother - Liz Samuel

Matthew Paul Olmos’ play focuses on the friendship of three minority girls, who find themselves straddling two different worlds after being bussed to a newly integrated school. Using elements of magical realism and visceral theatricality, three girls never learnt the way home explores the question of what happens to children caught in the middle of complicated adult fears.

$15 suggested donation at the door.

Coming Soon to Luna's MainStage
By Camilo Almonacid  |  Directed by David Winitsky



2-week limited run. Tickets on sale now!


‘It’s a Wonderful Life: a live radio play’ returns to MST

It's A Wonderful Life

Mile Square Theatre, Hudson County’s leading professional theatre, revives its beloved production of It’s a Wonderful Life: a live radio play, by Joe Landry. Mile Square Theatre becomes a live recording studio in the golden age of radio, and MST theatre goers become the studio audience as WMST “goes on air” to broadcast Frank Capra’s popular holiday story.

“This is the fourth time we’ve produced this play, and each production draws bigger audiences. For me personally, I never tire of it. I’m always moved by the story of George Bailey’s journey where he comes to truly appreciate the values of community and family. The show is life-affirming. says MST Artistic Director Chris O’Connor. “This year Joseph Discher takes the helm as director. Joe’s well-known for his work at Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, as well as stints Off-Broadway and regionally. The wonderful John Keller, who wowed our audiences as Dracula two season ago, comes back to reprise the role of George Bailey. We’re so excited to have him back at MST.” 

Rounding out this ensemble cast is Michael Daly (STNJ, Utah Shakespeare), Tim Nicolai (Public Theater), Maggie Weston (returning as Mary Bailey from the 2016 production), Noelle Jazz (STNJ, Premiere Stages), and Hannah Mount (Vital Theatre’s Angelina Ballerina)as the Foley Artist.

The creative team, led by director Joseph Discher (The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s Charlie’s Aunt) includes MST scenic designer Bethanie Wampol (STNJ), costume designer Natalie Loveland (Charlie’s Aunt at STNJ), and lighting designer Jason Flamos (MST’s The 39 Steps).

It’s a Wonderful Life: a live radio play begins performances on Thursday, November 29 and runs till Sunday, December 23. Opening night is December 30.

It’s a Wonderful Life: a live radio play, presented by Mile Square Theatre

1400 Clinton Street, Hoboken

November 29 through December 23: Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays @ 8pm, and Saturdays and Sundays @ 3pm

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

Tickets are $30-40 • $18 students and seniors.

GROUP SALES and Holiday Party sales available: email

Photo Credit: John Keller as George Bailey in MST’s production of It’s a Wonderful Life: a live radio play. Photo by Joe Epstein.

Discount Parking available at The Harlow at 1330 Willow Avenue and at Little Man Parking at 1300 Jefferson Street.

For more information on Mile Square Theatre, please visit

MST Season Sponsorship: Advance Realty, Bijou Properties, Halstead Property, Ironstate,, Kearny Bank, Little City Books, The Rockefeller Group

Mile Square Theatre is supported by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.

This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Thomas A. Degise, County Executive, and the Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Mile Square Theatre is a member of The New Jersey Theatre Alliance.


JOHN P. KELLER (George Bailey) TV:  Beckert on Boardwalk Empire (HBO). Theater: NYC credits include world premieres of Mourning Sun, You are now the Owner of This Suitcase and JH3AM with Theater 167, 2012 NY revival of The Violet Hour by Richard Greenberg. Regional: Most recently Pirira at Luna Stage. John has performed extensively at Orlando Shakespeare Theater, including Nicholas in Nicholas Nickleby; Captors at Contemporary American Theater Festival, Dracula at Alabama Shakespeare, Inspecting Carol at George Street Playhouse, as well as roles in Macbeth, Much Ado, Midsummer, and Twelfth Night at Worcester Shakespeare Festival. For MST, he has been in It’s a Wonderful Life, Twelfth Night, Dracula: The Journals of Jonathan Harker, and 7th Inning Stretch. International credits included the Balinese Arts Festival and at the Kampala International Theater Festival in Uganda. John also serves as Director of Education and Outreach for the socially engaged arts organization coLAB Arts based in New Jersey. He holds an MFA in Acting from Rutgers University. He is a proud member of Actors Equity Association.

Michael Daly (Freddie Filmore/Potter/Others) New Jersey credits include: The Grapes of Wrath, Much Ado About Nothing and Of Mice and Men (all three directed by Joe Discher), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Wonderland…And What Was Found There, and The Playboy of the Western World at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Pericles and Greater Tuna (Utah Shakespeare Festival), Mr. Collins in Pride and Prejudice, Toby Belch in Twelfth Night and Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Orlando Shakespeare Festival); The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged  (Florida Studio Theatre); Tiger Brown in ThreePenny Opera (Connecticut Rep); Smee in Peter Pan and Murphy in Windy City (Walnut Street Theater); Michael in The Irish…and How They Got That Way (Fulton Opera House); title role in Macbeth (Southwest Shakespeare); Falstaff in Merry Wives of Windsor, Launce in Two Gentlemen of Verona and Stephano in The Tempest (Nebraska Shakespeare Festival); as well as several seasons at Milwaukee Repertory.

TIM NICOLAI (Clarence, etc.) The Public: Othello, Plenty, Cymbeline, The Tempest. Broadway: The Glass Menagerie. Regional: The Grapes of Wrath, Romeo and Juliet and The Tempest (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey). NYU: Three Sisters, Describe the Night (Rajiv Joseph world premiere), Pale Fires. TV: “Madam Secretary” (CBS), "Search Party" (TBS), “Z" (Amazon). MFA: NYU Grad Acting.

MAGGIE WESTON (Mary Bailey) is thrilled to reprise her role as Mary in this special show with Mile Square Theatre where she is also an educator in theatre arts all around Hoboken. Her recent roles include Barbara in Shear Madness at Southeastern Summer Theater, Metamorphoses at the Adrienne Arsht Center of Miami and co-starring on this season of Law & Order: SVU. Happy holidays and warm wishes to this lovely cast and to you!

JOELLE ZAZZ (Violet, etc.) is ecstatic to make her debut at Mile Square Theatre! New York: 10th Anniversary Broadway Concert of The Tale of Two Cities: The Musical. Regional credits: Great Kills, Las Cruces, and Black Tom Island (Premiere Stages), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare in Love, and The Servant of Two Masters (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey). Kean University: Theatre Performance BFA. Thank you to Joe, Chris, and Bryan for believing in her. Merry Christmas!

HANNAH MOUNT (Foley Artist) Hannah is honored to be making her Mile Square Theatre debut in this unique adaptation of such a beloved Christmas tale. Originally from Irmo, South Carolina, Hannah holds her B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from Molloy College and the CAP 21 Musical Theatre Conservatory. She recently completed a run of “Angelina Ballerina the Musical” as Angelina Ballerina with the Vital Theatre Company, made her solo debut in the 30th "54 Sings Broadway's Greatest Hits!" at Feinstein's/54 Below and appeared in "Broadway Rising Stars" at The Town Hall. Other credits include: Carrie the Musical (Carrie White), Seussical (Mayzie La Bird), Pippin (Leading Player), Legally Blonde (Elle Woods), and Campy Cabaret’s: The Nightman Cometh (The Waitress).

JOSEPH DISCHER (Director) is excited to be joining MST for the first time. Off-Broadway: The Violin starring Robert LuPone (world premiere) and Butler (NYC premiere). Mr. Discher also directed the world premiere of Butler at NJ Rep as well as subsequent productions at Barrington Stage and Majestic Theatre in MA. He has directed over twenty-five productions at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, including Charley’s Aunt, A Child’s Christmas in Wales, The Diary of Anne Frank, Wittenberg, Our Town, Henry IV; Part One, To Kill A Mockingbird, Arms and the Man, The Grapes of Wrath, The Tempest, Amadeus, Life of Galileo, Of Mice and Men, A Midwinter Night’s Dream, The Fantasticks, Twelfth Night, That Scoundrel Scapin, Travels With My Aunt, and Much Ado About Nothing. Other Regional: Antony and Cleopatra (Orlando Shakespeare) One Man Two Guvnors (Florida Studio Theater). A Moon for the Misbegotten (Playhouse on Park), The Weir, Red and As You Like It (Theatreworks), and Julius Caesar (Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis). Mr. Discher is an associate artist at the Shakespeare Theatre of NJ, where he spent twenty years on staff as Associate Artistic Director and Casting Director. He is a proud member of SDC, Actors’ Equity and a graduate of Drew University.

CHRIS O’CONNOR (Artistic Director) Chris is Founding Artistic Director of Mile Square Theatre. In 2017, he received an Award of Excellence from the New Jersey Theatre Alliance for his leadership as Artistic Director of Mile Square Theatre. As an actor, Chris has performed in such theatres as Franklin Stage Company, Seattle’s A Contemporary Theatre, The Culture Project, Soho Rep, The Ahmanson, Gloucester Stage, Provisional Theatre of Los Angeles, The Bathhouse Theatre, Seattle Children's Theatre, City Theatre in Pittsburgh, where he originated the role of Peter in Craig Wright’s The Pavilion, and recently at Maltz Jupiter Theatre in Billy Elliot. Recent TV credits include Magic City and Burn Notice. He appears in the upcoming indie thriller Depraved. Chris has directed over 25 productions at MST and has directed at theatres and universities all over America, most recently at Lyric Repertory in Logan, Utah, where he directed The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged. His recent work at Mile Square Theatre includes The Garden of Rikki Tikki Tavi, Betrayal, Circle Mirror Transformation and the world premiere of Long Gone Daddy by Joseph Gallo. He played Vanya in this season’s production of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. He is an Assistant Professor on the Theatre Arts faculty at Molloy College. Chris holds a BFA from Carnegie-Mellon University and an MFA from Rutgers University.

Friday, November 9, 2018

ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST Playhouse on Park-Directed by Ezra Barnes


“An amazing production of Dale Wasserman’s play about the mistreatments of Mental Health in the mid twentieth century is waiting for you at Playhouse on Park. Beautifully directed by Ezra Barnes, with an ensemble cast that maintains each character within the whole, the play takes place within a men’s ward in a state-run Psychiatric Hospital somewhere in the Northwest.” (Tom Nissley, The Ridgelea Report)

“As drama, it packs a punch, ratcheting up the stakes until the consequences become unthinkable.” (Christopher Arnott, Hartford Courant)

“It is loud, a bit ribald and in the end shattering.” (Nancy Sasso Janis, Naugatuck Patch)

Playhouse on Park, West Hartford, CT

By Dale Wasserman, From the Novel by Ken Kesey

Directed by Ezra Barnes

Limited Engagement: Through November 18


Wayne Willinger as Randle Patrick McMurphy

“The principle characters are particularly well cast. As McMurphy, Wayne Willinger has plenty of swagger and charm...he never lets us forget—for all the heroizing of his fellow inmates—that McMurphy is just an average guy, mostly flying by the seat of his pants.." (Donald Brown, New Haven Review).

"Wayne Willinger plays McMurphy with steadfast energy, bad-boy charm, droll hostility and a quirky intensity that works especially well. He's a hustler and live wire about to explode, which is exactly what the part calls for." (Jim Ruocco, From the Desk of Jim R)


Katya Collazo as Nurese Flinn, Patricia Randell as Nurse Ratched

“Patricia Randell's performance as Nurse Ratched ...makes this production shine. She is subtle in her tyranny and is initially hard to read - is she truly evil? Does she care about the patients or just about making their lives miserable? The fact that the audience even asks these questions is what makes Ms. Randell's performance so brilliant." (Joseph Harrison, Broadway World)

“Director Ezra Barnes works skillfully with his terrific group of actors and his team of designers. Patricia Randell is absolutely magnificent, more than able to hold her own opposite the fiery Willinger." (Zander Opper, Talkin’ Broadway)

Christmas is in the Air at Hunterdon Hills Playhouse


Hunterdon Hills Playhouse is decked out for the season as they present their 2018 holiday show, “Christmas in the Air.” As patrons arrive at the Playhouse, they will notice the festive decorations adorning the dinner theatre both inside and out, including a 25 foot Christmas tree and a freshly baked gingerbread village. After a delicious table served meal, which includes an all you can eat dessert buffet, the professional cast takes the stage and the spirited show begins.


“Christmas in the Air” delights audiences as they follow along on a holiday journey with radio host “Benny Blunt,” as he rediscovers the true meaning of Christmas. Featuring all new original songs as well as classic and traditional favorites, hilarious comedy sketches, spectacular dance numbers, and a live onstage orchestra, "Christmas in the Air" is Christmas like you remember all wrapped up in a show you'll never forget!


Conceived by Peter Sham and Don Amorosi, “Christmas In The Air” is directed by Don Amorosi with musical direction by Mark Baron and choreography by Mimi Connell and Rhett Guter. The talented, professional cast includes Henry Ballesteros, Colleen Campbell, Mari Green, Rhett Guter,  Luke Sidney Johnson, Cassandra Leigh Maguire, Patrick May, Courtney McMullin and Justin Allen Tate.

With spectacular shows, delicious table-served entrees, and professional talent, Hunterdon Hills Playhouse is New Jersey’s premier dinner theatre. You can purchase tickets to the holiday show online at or by calling the box office at 908-730-8007.

Onstage now until December 20, 2018

Matinee shows:  Monday thru Saturday 11:30 am – 3:30 pm

Saturday Evening show:  6:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Sunday Afternoon show:  2:30 pm – 6:30 pm

The Hunterdon Hills Playhouse

88 Route 173 West

Hampton, NJ 08827

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Gun Violence at Luna Stage

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Luna Stage explores friendship, loss, and forgiveness in its second play of the 2018-19 MainStage Season. The Assignment, by Camilo Almonacid, begins a two-week limited engagement at Luna Stage on Thursday, November 29, directed by David Winitsky.

pouerietThe Assignment stars Rafael Poueriet (right) as Julian J. Torres, an ebullient 37-year old scholarship student who is trying to reframe his life after a troubled youth and time in prison. Opposite Poueriet, Antu Yacob (below) stars as Helen Payne, a brilliant and reserved English professor recovering from tragedy. Wary at first, Dr. Payne is won over the by Julian’s intelligence and likability. The two unlikely friends connect through the power of great literature.

yacobWinitsky called The Assignment “a moving and human mediation on the ways that we seek to find meaning, forgive, and continue forward.” Artistic Director Ari Laura Kreith chose this play for her inaugural season because “Luna produces plays that engage the deepest challenges facing us as a culture. Camilo's play offers a perspective that is beautifully drawn, funny, surprising, and true.”

The Assignment, a new play by Camilo Almonacid, Directed by David Winitsky

At Luna Stage, 555 Valley Street, West Orange, NJ | 973 395 5551

Performances: Thursday, November 29, Closes Sunday December 9

Schedule: Thursdays, 7:30pm | Fridays & Saturdays, 8pm | Sundays, 3pm & 7pm


Running time: 90 minutes, no intermission