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Friday, November 30, 2018

Morris Choral Society’s Annual Holiday Spectacular “Songs: Earthly & Divine” December 8 & 9

The Morris Choral Society (MCS) presents its Annual Holiday Spectacular “Songs: Earthly & Divine” in two performances, Saturday December 8 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday December 9 at 3:00 p.m. at St. Virgil’s Church, 250 Speedwell Avenue in Morris Plains. Tickets range from $15 to $25 and may be purchased at www.morrischoralsociety.org.

The 70-member chorus will be led by Music Director Jason Tramm, showcasing spirited and inspirational holiday music designed to delight the entire family. The program reflects 300 years of great music from Johan Sebastian Bach to Irving Berlin.

The centerpiece of the concert is Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols, featuring the talented harpist, Stephanie Babirak. Written in 1942, the composition reflects America’s influence on the evolving musical style of Britten who was just completing a three-year residency in New York City. This popular melodic work, which recounts the Christmas story, was inspired by a collection of English poems written between the 14th and 16th centuries.

The chorus will also perform new settings of “Deck the Halls” and “The Holly and the Ivy” as well as holiday selections by John Rutter, Irving Berlin, Michael John Trotter and David Eddleman. The program includes the New Jersey premiere of Magnificat, a new composition by R. Wayne Walters, the founder and director emeritus of the Morris Choral Society.

Joining MCS for the holiday concert will be the popular sextet Express Male, formed five years ago as an independent vocal ensemble and now a regular feature at MCS concerts. The members of the group are John Collins of Raritan, Bud Leppard of Morristown, Chip Wood of Basking Ridge, Bill Walter of Oak Ridge, Albert Perkins of Philadelphia, Wayne Walters of Parsippany, and Rob Walters of Long Valley. Pianist Ken Rapp of Morristown is the accompanist. 

The Morris Choral Society’s Annual Holiday Spectacular will be held at St. Virgil’s Church, 250 Speedwell Avenue, in Morris Plains on Saturday, December 8 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 9 at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $15 for children under 18. For more information and to reserve tickets, call 908-459-5223 or visit www.morrischoralsociety.org.

It’s a Wonderful Life: a live radio play at Mile Square Theatre

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), Joelle Zazz (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 www.milesquaretheatre.org, or by calling 201-683-7014.

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

GROUP SALES and Holiday Party sales available: email abaldwin@milesquaretheatre.org

Photo Credit:  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 www.milesquaretheatre.org.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s 2019 Winter Festival with Dawn Upshaw

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

Soprano Dawn Upshaw sings Maria Schneider’s Winter Morning Walks and Mahler’s Fourth Symphony January 18–20 in the second program of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s 2019 Winter Festival, “Music Speaks.” Music Director Xian Zhang conducts.

Performances take place on January 18 at 8 pm at Richardson Auditorium in Princeton, January 19 at 8 pm at Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank and January 20 at 3 pm at NJPAC in Newark.

Zhang says: “Performing works by female composers has always been one of my passions, and Maria Schneider’s Winter Morning Walks—with soloist Dawn Upshaw—is a particularly touching piece, based on poems former US Poet Laureate Ted Kooser wrote while undergoing cancer treatments. This is a story about hope in very desperate situations; I think it ties beautifully to Mahler’s Fourth Symphony, which also features Upshaw. She sings ‘Das himmlische Leben’ (‘The Heavenly Life’) from The Youth’s Magic Horn, with its text about a child imagining heaven. The entire program speaks of recovery, hope and salvation.”

NJSO Accent events include post-concert panel discussions with NJSO musicians who perform in hospital settings through the NJSO Music and Wellness Program on January 18 and 20. More information on NJSO Accent events is available at njsymphony.org/accents.

The Orchestra’s signature artistic event, the Winter Festival takes place across three weekends, January 10–27, in six New Jersey venues. Zhang conducts programs with music inspired by poetry, stories and myths. The festival’s first weekend features pianist Emanuel Ax (January 10–12); the festival finale features pianist Daniil Trifonov in his NJSO debut (January 25–27).

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

For more information on the Winter Festival and related events, visit njsymphony.org/winterfestival.

WINTER FESTIVAL 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

NJSO ACCENTS

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 njsymphony.org/upshaw.

Northern Trust is concert sponsor of the January 19 performance.

2019 NJSO Winter Festival: ‘Music Speaks’

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.

Week I: Emanuel Ax & Xian Zhang

Jan 10–13 in Englewood, Newark and New Brunswick

njsymphony.org/ax

Week II: Dawn Upshaw & Xian Zhang

Jan 18–20 in Princeton, Red Bank and Newark

njsymphony.org/upshaw

Week III: Daniil Trifonov & Xian Zhang

Jan 25–27 in Newark, New Brunswick and Morristown

njsymphony.org/trifonov

NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

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.

In addition to its lauded artistic programming, the NJSO presents a suite of education and community engagement programs that promote meaningful, lifelong engagement with live music. Programs include school-time Concerts for Young People; NJSO Youth Orchestras family of student ensembles, led by José Luis Domínguez; and El Sistema-inspired NJSO CHAMPS (Character, Achievement and Music Project). NJSO musicians annually perform original chamber music programs at community events in a variety of settings statewide through the NJSO Community Partners program.

For more information about the NJSO, visit njsymphony.org or email information@njsymphony.org. Tickets are available for purchase by phone at 1.800.ALLEGRO (255.3476) or on the Orchestra’s website.

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s programs are made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, along with many other foundations, corporations and individual donors.


Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Discount Tickets This Weekend!

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Discounts available for select performances

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Annie: The Musical

Reg. $29.50 NOW $22!

Centenary Stage Company
Book and score by Tony Award-winners, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin. With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hanningan in 1930s New York.
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It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

Reg. $15-40 NOW $10-30!

Mile Square Theatre
Back by popular demand, Mile Square 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. Directed by Joseph Discher and starring John Keller as George Bailey.
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It's a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play

Reg. $20 NOW $10!

The Theater Project
Get your holidays started with this timeless tale.  Based on the classic Jimmy Stewart movie, this American holiday tradition comes to life as a live 1940's radio broadcast. Join The Theater Project in the LUX RADIO THEATER as 12 actors, one musician and an extremely overworked sound technician prepare for the big broadcast of classic story.
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Monty Python's Spamalot

Reg. $69 NOW $34.50!

Mayo Performing Arts Center
December 2 only! Spamalot tells the tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table as they embark on their quest for the Holy Grail. Flying cows, killer rabbits, taunting Frenchmen, and show-stopping musical numbers are just a few of the reasons audiences worldwide are eating up SPAMALOT!
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Art House Productions presents Jersey City’s premiere quarterly arts festival JC FRIDAYS

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Art House Productions presents Jersey City’s premiere quarterly arts festival, JC FRIDAYS featuring art events that take place in restaurants, galleries, stores, and event spaces in almost every neighborhood of our great city. JC FRIDAYS will showcase a variety of happenings including visual art exhibitions, live music, performance acts, educational demonstrations, and more. All events are free and open to the public. As one of the preeminent art scenes in the tri-state area, Jersey City abounds with visual and performing artists, musicians, and individuals with unique talent; JC Fridays is one of the best times for them to share their newest projects and works.

Sponsors: Visit Jersey City, Harrison Rand, Mayor Steven M. Fulop, Jersey City Municipal Council & Cultural Affairs, Jersey City Department of Housing, Economic Development, and Commerce, Historic Downtown SID, PATH, JCEDC* and NJ Division of Travel and Tourism

Made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, A Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs/Tourism Development, and by the County of Hudson, Thomas A. DeGise, Hudson County Executive, and the Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders. * Supported in part by a grant from New Jersey Department of State, Division of Travel and Tourism

Supporters: Jersey City Arts Council 

EVENTS AT ART HOUSE:
Cast Iron Lofts- 262 17th Street  (Coles St /Jersey Ave)

201-918- 6019. Wheelchair Accessible.

(art) 6:30pm- 9:30pm AHP GALLERY presents “Affordable Art Show” Jersey City has an Affordable Art Show and it's at the Gallery at Art House Productions! Multiple pieces by 19 artists; this gallery will be FULL of beautiful treasures all under $500! Buy a piece for a friend or more importantly, buy one for yourself! The gift of giving art is a personal one and we will have much to choose from to make your holiday season special. Family Friendly.

(performance) 8:00pm-9pm ART HOUSE PRODUCTIONS presents “Not Medea by Allison Gregory” Art House’s Main Stage production is offering a night to pay what you can just for JC Fridays! A working mother escapes to the sanctuary of the theatre and manipulates the show-- and the audience, inadvertently sharing her own conflicted story. Straddling the worlds of myth, magic, and today’s headlines, Not Medea is one woman's intimate tale that every parent will relate to, told in a boldly theatrical setting.

WINTER JC FRIDAYS EVENT LISTINGS!

DECEMBER 7th, 2018

HISTORIC DOWNTOWN

GROVE (ON AND AROUND)

(art) 6pm-8pm SILVERMAN AND THE MAJESTIC THEATRE CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION presents "The Unleashing of Nature Remembered Works on Paper and Canvas by Caridad Kennedy" “The Unleashing of Nature Remembered” is a collection of works completed over the past several years up to the present. Curated by Kristin J. DeAngelis. 222 Montgomery St (Grove/Montgomery), 201-280-4821. Family-Friendly. Wheelchair Accessible.

(art)(education) 4pm-7pm HAZEL BABY & KIDS presents “Hazel Baby & Kids JC Fridays” Unique customized gifts from local artists made on site! Bring your children for holiday arts & crafts 4-7pm. 199 Montgomery Street. 201-369-1999. Family-Friendly. Wheelchair Accessible. Tactile- Tour.

NEWARK AVENUE (ON AND AROUND)

(art) 6pm-9pm VILLAGE WEST GALLERY presents “Ancien Régime: The Pre-Revolutionary World” What are the conditions that bring about revolution? The excesses of the 1%? Social injustice? Corruption? Despotism? Radicalism? Boulangeries with neither bread nor cake? Ancien Régime: the pre-revolutionary world explores our society before the revolution, the forces that swell before bursting. 331 Newark Avenue (4th/Merselles) 201-656-3408. Family Friendly. http://www.villagewestgallery.com

(art) 6:30PM- 9pm GIA GELATO & CAFE presents “Transitions” Catherine Hart is a local fine artist, muralist, community art advocate and educator. Hart is the Co-Founder of The Jersey City Summer Youth Mural Program. "Transitions" is a collection of pieces that reflect how the artist was inspired by influences from both her internal and external worlds. 281 Newark Ave. (Monmouth/Brunswick). 201-216-0555. Family-Friendly. Tactile Tour.

(art) 6pm-9pm GARDEN LEVEL GALLERY present “Ether-real: Amy Neufeld” Amy Neufeld is drawn to special effects in photography. Allowing each picture to dictate her approach, she makes alterations using filters, effects, and texture layers. Amy looks for beauty wherever she may be; whether it is hiking in the woods, walking the streets of a city, or in her backyard. 315 3rd St. (Coles/Monmouth) 917-627-9342. Family-friendly.

(music) 9pm-12:30am FM BAR & MUSIC presents "Friday Night Phishing at FM." Dancing Tony and FM presents Friday Night Phishing with Uncle Ebenezer. Combining accuracy and musicianship with whimsical performance, Uncle Ebenezer seeks to light up clubs and venues the way Phish did when they played intimate settings. Free entry before 10:00pm. 340 3rd Street (Newark/3rd), 201-222-2870. Wheelchair Accessible. www.FMJerseyCity.com

(art) 6pm- 9pm TEA NJ AND WENDY SETZER present “Emerging Under Pressure” Opening of artwork on paper by Wendy Stezer and Barbra Seddon at TeaNJ. Mostly Monotypes. Monotypes are paintings rendered on plexiglass plates that have been run through the pressure of a press. This kind of printing bares only one original. 262 Newark Avenue. (Monmouth/Newark), 201-222-7757. Family-Friendly. Wheelchair-Accessible. 

POWERHOUSE ARTS DISTRICT

(art) 6pm-8pm THE OAKMAN presents "The Art Project." Tour 14 solo artist lobbies including works by Lisa Collodoro, Alpana Mittal, Joe Lugara, Geoffrey Sokol, Deanna Lee, Susan Cornick, Natalie Giugni, Richard White, Linda Gottesfeld, Bithika Adhikary, Nancy Karpf, Yael Dresdner, Peter Delman. 160 First St (Marin Blvd/Provost), 201-685-0117. Family-friendly. Wheelchair Accessible.

(art) 6pm-8pm SHUSTER MANAGEMENT/THE ART HOUSE presents "The Art Project." Tour 12 floors of solo artist lobbies-works by Nan Ring, Stephen Krasner, Robert Egert, Alberte Bernier, Pauline Galiana, Aliza Augustine, Scot J. Wittman, Alan Walker, Roger Sayre, Tomomi Ono, Kate Dodd, Glenn Garver. 148 First St (Marin Blvd/Provost) 201-798-0928. Family-friendly. Wheelchair Accessible.

EXCHANGE PLACE

(art) 5pm- 9pm PANEPINTO GALLERIES presents “Something Blue”  Panepinto Galleries, in collaboration with SPEAR STREET CAPITAL, presents SOMETHING BLUE, highlighting artwork by four artists based in Jersey City and West Orange, NJ - Stephen Cimini, Candy LeSueur, Tatsuro Nishimura and Shari-Beth Susskind. From symbolism, to psychology, to décor, to art - the most popular color in the world by far is the color Blue. 70 Hudson St. (Entrance on Hudson River Waterfront Walkway/ Grand St.) 201-521-9000. Family- Friendly. Wheelchair Accessible.

HAMILTON PARK (ON AND AROUND)

(art) 6pm-8pm SILVERMAN AND HAMILTON SQUARE CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION presents "Art and Living Energy: by Cheryl Sylivant " SILVERMAN and The Hamilton Square Condominium Association presents Art and Living Energy: Metaphors of Being Paintings by Cheryl Sylivant is a collection of paintings inspired by 800 oil on canvas works she painted all over the world and is curated by Kristin J. DeAngelis.  232 Pavonia Ave (Erie/Pavonia), 201-280-4821. Family-Friendly. Wheelchair Accessible.

(art) 6pm-8pm HAMILTON HOUSE presents "The Art Project." Tour 7 Floors of solo artist lobby exhibitions with artists Claire McConoughy, Michael Endy, Matt Caulfield, James Pustorino, Monika Kalra, Deirdre Kennedy, Michael Ensminger, Robert Streicher, Pat Lay, Anthony Boone, Hijo Nam, Tim Heins and Bruce Halpin. 255 Brunswick St (9th/10th), 201-533-0333. Family-friendly. Wheelchair Accessible.

(art)(performance) 8pm- 3am ED & MARY’S presents “‘Motley Art Show’ & Karaoke Event” will feature art from Christine Tischio (Turnstyle ART), Joseph Palestina, Juliana de Moraes, Vanessa Velez, Kelly Shane and Mary Snyder. Karaoke starts at 8pm, $5/song. Karaoke $ goes directly to local non-profit arts group ART HOUSE PRODUCTIONS. 100% artwork sales go directly to the artist. Art will be up for 2 weeks after Dec. 7th so check us out! 174 Coles St. (9th/Coles). ‭(201) 839-5604‬. Wheelchair Accessible.

THE HEIGHTS

(art)(performance)(music)(education) 12pm- 9pm ARTISTIC PRIDE PRODUCTIONS presents “Holiday crafting, caroling, celebrating creativity!” Christmas is coming and we've got shopping, traveling, caroling and gift making and giving to do! We'll also be having a christmas sing along. knitting and craft workshops. Let's make a scarf ! 12-5pm & 5-7pm bring your own yarn and needles or purchase yarn and borrow needles from us (limited supply). Winter fashion show, card making workshop and singalong 7-9pm. 1007D Summit Ave. (Charles/Summit) 201-499-5841. Family-Friendly. Wheelchair Accessible. Tactile-Tour. Artisticprideproductions.com

(art) 6pm-8pm 107 BOWERS GALLERY & ARTSPACE presents "Third Annual Holiday Art Market at 107 Bowers Gallery & ArtSpace" Join us for our 3rd annual Holiday Art Market! Affordable art works for sale by local artists. Purchase holiday gifts or add to your personal art collection! 107 Bowers St. (Bowers/Central) 201-280-4821. Family-friendly. www.107bowersgallery.com

(music) 10pm- 12am FOX & CROW presents “RJO’s Jazz release series: Alex Clough” Fox & Crow is a pub & parlour in Jersey City Heights. RJO's Jazz release series features some of the regions best jazz artists. Pianist Alex Clough new release includes all original compositions, each a reflection of Alex's world travels and musical experiences. 594 Palisade Ave (Congress/Palisade). 201-401-0871. Family-Friendly. Wheelchair Accessible.

(art) 6pm-9pm PRIME GALLERY presents "Overlap" an exhibition establishing a subtle harmony between abstract and figurative art co-curated by Gallery Director, Maria Kosdan and featured Artist, Walter John Rodriguez. Walter's work will be exhibited alongside Anthony Boone, Andrea Burgay, Leandro Comrie, Jonathan Joubert, Amaia Marzabal and Fabricio Suarez.  614 Palisade Ave (Franklin/Ferry), 973-953-6497. Family-friendly. Wheelchair Accessible.

JOURNAL SQUARE

(art) 6pm-10pm EONTA SPACE presents "Eonta Space Biennial 2018 THIS IS HERE THIS IS NOW" Art addressing the concept of temporality created within a two year gestation period that informs, mirrors and defies our realities, showing a compassionate understanding and conversely misconstrues our current human condition with an opportunity to sharpen the gaze while celebrating life at the dead end of Dekalb Ave in JC. JC FRIDAYS Weekend Hours: Fri 6-10pm, Sat 4-8 pm, Sun 2-6pm. 34 Dekalb Ave (Dead End off of Van Reypen St), 201-536-1119. Barrier-free. Family-friendly. Tactile tour. eontaspacenj.com

(art) 6pm-9pm SMUSH GALLERY presents “Soft News’ Opening Reception” Join us for the opening of ‘Soft News,’ a group show of immediate, everyday, personal artwork for the human in you. Joe Monteleone reads tarot, aka News From Beyond. On view November 30 - January 27 with family-focused Open Studio days 12/8, 12/15, 1/19, and 1/26! 340 Summit Ave (Summit/Academy). Family-friendly. smushgallery.com

(art)(educational) 4pm-7pm HCCC DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL presents “Teacher as Artist: Jill Schifter” Join HCCC’s Department of Cultural for an artist reception featuring Jill Schifter, an artist who teaches at The Learning Community Charter School. Her work explores questions of self- image, gender constructs, cultural trauma, and environmental destruction through a variety of media including drawing and collage. Lite refreshments served. Gabert Library (1st Floor) 71 Sip Avenue (Jones/Enos Pl) 201-360-4176. Family-friendly. www.hccc.edu/cultural-affairs

MCGINLEY SQUARE (ON AND AROUND)

(art) 5pm- 7pm FINE ARTS GALLERY AT SAINT PETER'S UNIVERSITY presents “Saturate/Desaturate” Saturate/Desaturate features paintings by Mona Brody, Stephan Cimini, Susan A. Davis and Megan Klim. These artists explores the difficult visual element, color, in a unique and facinating way. Saturation is described as the purity of a color. Desaturation is described a color that is muted. Take a look at how these artists create compositions, express complex ideas and delight our senses. 47 Glenwood Ave, 5th floor (Bergen/Kennedy Blvd), 201-761-6484. Barrier-free. Family-friendly.

BERGEN AVENUE (ON AND AROUND)

(art) 6:00pm - 9:00pm THE ARTS AT ST. PAUL’S & THE INCARNATION present "David Miley's Art of a Lifetime: Works on Paper"  Abstraction, nature-inspired, psychedelia - all are apt descriptions of works by this prolific and longtime Jersey City artist David Miley. Included in the exhibit are Miley's own bound collections. This exhibit will be open during the @ASPI Merry Makers & Artists Market at St. Paul's/Incarnation on December 15. 38 Duncan Ave (Bergen/Kennedy Blvd), 201-433-4922. Family-friendly. StPaulsjc.org

(art) 7pm- 11pm IMAGO BEAUTY GROUP AT THE BASILLICO presents ““Dreamers” Paintings by Vincent Zambrano”  The “Dreamers” series are abstract memories of my childhood spent in Manta, Ecuador. I draw inspiration from my figurative work of photographs, movie scene stills and my own dreams and vision. In this series of my works I mean to convey to the viewers my connection and love of water. Water is powerful, with it’s huge, angry waves or even still as a mirror. 673 Bergen Ave (Fairview/ Duncan). 201-332-6100. Family Friendly, Wheelchair Accessible. Imagobeautygroup.com

GREENVILLE

(art) 4pm- 7pm DELIVERENCE CHILDREN’S MINISTRY IN PARTNERSHIP WITH EPISCOPAL JERSEY CITY (EJC) present “Holiday Art at the Triangle” We will have different art stations where various artists will use their expertise to create holiday images for local families and friends that visit Triangle Park Community Center on December 7. We will also have artwork from local and regional artists on display. 247 Old Bergen Rd. (Cator/Danforth). 551-200-0519. Family Friendly. Wheelchair Accessible. Tactile Tour.

(art)(film)(music) 5pm- 8pm PROJECT GREENVILLE presents “Winter Wonderland!” Join us as we resume our regular schedule of bringing the arts to Greenville this Friday & Saturday with our annual Winter Wonderland! Winter & holiday themed artwork plus refreshments to keep cozy with, toy donation drop off box and interactive community activities! Check our Facebook page for more details and full artist's list. 128 Winfield Ave. (Ocean/Old Bergen). 646-361-1858. Family-Friendly. Wheelchair Accessible. Tactile Tour.

Mile Square hit world premiere production of The Net to Off-Broadway

59E59 NET WILL APPEAR PC

Mile Square Theatre, Hudson County’s leading professional theatre, moves its hit world premiere production of The Net Will Appear to the Off-Broadway venue 59E59 Theater, in a co-production with The Collective NY. The Net Will Appear is a heartwarming comedy of an unlikely friendship between the feisty 9-year-old Rory and her septuagenarian neighbor Bernard, played by film, TV, and stage actor Richard Masur.

Seventy-five-year-old Bernard (Richard Masur) finds quiet solitude on his rooftop, until one day his new neighbor, 9-year-old Rory (Dasha Dakkuri and alternate Eve Johnson), discovers him and demands his attention. She eventually earns his friendship, and the two save each other from their lonely worlds below. The Net Will Appear is a comedy full of heart where two wonderfully eccentric people find true friendship.

MST Artistic Director Chris O’Connor says of the show, “Our production last year of The Net Will Appear was by far our most successful show ever. People came back to see this wonderful play 2 and 3 times! We are thrilled to move the show to an Off-Broadway venue and to bring it to a New York audience. The play depicts a unique friendship; two characters, wildly different, find each other from atop their suburban rooftops and forge a beautiful friendship. We are also thrilled that Richard Masur is returning to play the role of Bernard opposite two talented young actresses; Dasha Dakkuri and alternate Eve Johnson. Audiences are in for a real treat.”

"From the moment we descend upon the rooftop realm of 75-year-old Bernard (played by Richard Masur) and 9-year-old Rory, we’re taken to a familiar and enlightening place. The comfort of a rooftop, where one can think, play and take a break. Bernard and Rory, in attempting to escape the real worlds inside their homes, find themselves trapped with each other. And the match is made in heaven. Or at least, on a couple rooftops, which is closer to heaven than you or I."
                                                                                 —Hudson Reporter
"A tender and quite beautiful play... revelatory and moving."
                                                                                 —The Star Ledger

Directed by Mark Cirnigliaro, the creative team brings together resident MST designers Matthew Fick (sets) and Peter Fogel (costumes), Justin Partier and Jenn Burkhardt (lighting), plus original sound design by Sean Hagerty (A Christmas Carol, told by Charles Dickens).

The Net Will Appear, presented by Mile Square Theatre and The Collective NY

59E59 Theaters, 59 East 59th Street, NYC

December 5 through December 30.

Tickets available at 59E59.org

The role of Rory will be played by Eve Johnson on 12/7, 12/8 (matinee), 12/12, 12/15 (matinee), 12/18, 12/22 (matinee), 12/26, 12/29 (matinee).

For more information on Mile Square Theatre, please visit www.milesquaretheatre.org.

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

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

RICHARD MASUR (Bernard) Here is a sampling of his 45-year career:  Broadway: Lucky Guy, Democracy, and The Changing Room; Off Broadway: Sarah, Sarah, The Ruby Sunrise, Fetch Clay, Make Man, Relevance. Over 60 feature films, including The Thing, Heartburn, Risky Business, My Girl, License to Drive, Tumbledown and Don’t Think Twice. TV series (partial) Transparent, Girls, Younger, The Good Wife, Orange Is the New Black, Red Oaks, One Day at a Time and Rhoda. Over 40 TV movies - Fallen Angel, Adam, The Burning Bed (Emmy Nomination), It, And The Band Played On, and 61*.  Full list on imdb.com.

DASHA DAKKURI (Rory) began performing at age four. Her credits include New York Winter Festival – Oriste; Aladdin Jr., Annie, Cinderella, Mary Poppins. When she is not acting, she enjoys Taekwondo, reading, drawing and playing with her dog. Thanks to mom, dad, sister, Judy Bowman, the Creative team, to my manager, Lynne Tannen @ Tannen’s Talent, and my agent, Barry Kolker @ Carson Kolker.

EVE JOHNSON (Rory Alternate), 5th grade, is excited to be making her New York City theatre debut. Regional: Paper Mill Playhouse’s Annie (Tessie). Other favorites: Annie (Annie) at The Barn Theatre in Montville, NJ, Gypsy (Baby June) with Plaza Theatrical Productions, and Junie B. Jones (Lucille) with Pixie Dust Players. Eve studies dance, violin and piano, performs with the Broadway Youth Ensemble, and is a former competitive gymnast. Thanks to Nancy Carson, Bonnie Deroski, Emily Bauer, Chris York, Judy Bowman, Erin Mallon, Richard Masur, the fantastic MST team, friends, grandparents, Noah, Gideon, Mom and Dad for the endless encouragement! IG @eve_johnson_official

ERIN MALLON (Playwright) Erin Mallon’s full-length plays include Skin Hungry, Branched, Good Riddance, Stunning Displays of Prowess, Soft Animals, The Net Will Appear and The Other White Meat. Erin’s play Branched premiered with InViolet Theater at HERE Arts Center (Original Works Publishing). Erin is the narrator of nearly 300 audiobooks, a member of The Collective NY, founder and co-curator of The Brooklyn Generator (a playwriting engine that creates “plays in less-than-30-days”) and one half of Theater Husband/Theater Wife Project along with playwright Bixby Elliot. She is thrilled to be one of The Farm Theater’s commissioned playwrights for their ‘18/’19 College Collaboration Project. www.erinmallon.com

MARK CIRNIGLIARO (Director) NY Credits: Comfort Women: A New Musical by Dimo Kim (Peter Jay Sharp Theatre /assoc. dir.), Dipti Mehta's Honour: Confessions of a Mumbai Courtesan ("5 Stars"—Time Out NY), Judgment of Fools by Bernardo Cubria (Intar), Hounds of War by BIll Holland ("Must See"—Broadwayworld.com). Mile Square Theatre credits: Cyrano, Goodnight Moon, It's a Wonderful Life, The Net Will Appear, Driving Miss Daisy, and Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike. Mark is a company member of InViolet Rep. Rutgers MGSA MFA in Directing. Markdirects.com

MILE SQUARE THEATRE Mile Square Theatre was founded in 2003 by Chris O’Connor. Our mission is to enrich and engage the region through the production of professional theatre and innovative arts education. MST produces professional theatre productions year-round, including shows for young audiences and our annual festival of plays about baseball, 7th Inning Stretch.

THE COLLECTIVE NY unites professional artists who share a responsibility to create work in the contemporary American Theatre that is emotionally truthful, socially relevant, and defiantly accessible. The company was established in the tradition of the Group Theatre out of a belief that the current conditions of commercialized theatre necessitate collective action. Commitment to a permanent ensemble is what distinguishes The Collective NY. The collaborative power of the ensemble sets the company’s work apart from others. Currently, the production company is a creative home to over 60 artists and is headed by Artistic Directors Ross DeGraw & Sayra Player.

Review: ‘ANNIE’ a wonderful family holiday treat at CSC

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Looking for a warm and fuzzy all family holiday show? Look no further than the Centenary Stage Company in Hackettstown. The CSC is spot-on by billing their current production of Annie the musical as a ‘Family Holiday Spectacular.” This a simply wonderful smile event from opening curtain to the well deserved cast bows. And what a cast director Michael Blevins has assembled. It is a large cast (60!) of professional leads with impressive Broadway credentials supported by marvelous local talent. Pros include Broadway veteran Liz McConahay Wanfried,  a perfect comedy delight as the evil Miss Hannigan. As is Justin Boccitto as Rooster the equally evil brother of Miss Hannigan.

Osborn Focht, last seen at CSC as Scrooge in A Christmas Carol the musical, is just the right mix of privileged bluster in the outside world and tender, thoughtful to all within his personal world. His personal secretary is played by the remarkable Alycia Kunkle. A particular favorite of CSC patrons. Ms. Kunkle… super efficient while being Annie’s biggest booster. Patrick Cogan has great fun as FDR as does Timothy Liam Smith as the radio performer Bert Healy.
The supporting cast includes Nora Elkind as Lilly, Rooster's accomplice; Deirdre Byrant-Worth as Mrs. Greer; Cynthia Livingston (a CSC holiday regular);  and Na’Jee Tariq as the butler Drake.

Eight other cast members deserve a very special recognition….special not only because they are 12 and under, but they are the core of the show….they sing, dance and win hearts big time. At the center is a delightful young lady, Gracie Nagle, a seven year veteran of CSC’s Young Performers Workshop,  making her professional debut. What can I say, she won my heart from the first moment she started to sing the show’s hit song "Tomorrow." Annie’s six orphanage pals, Tess Clark (Molly); Annabelle Plociniak (Pepper); Olivia Budd (Duffy); Mary Young (July); Violet Caruso and Nancy Pereyra (Tessie) sing and dance with charm, enthusiasm, and impressive energy. In other words they are obviously enjoying their moments in the spotlight. The eighth cast member who performed as a stage veteran was Clementine (Sandy), a rescue dog!

The ensemble includes:

Joe Anthony, Muriel Baki, Nick Bettens, Jenna Black, Nicole Boscarino, Will Brockman, Alan Bronstein, Serena Buchan, Jerry Caviston, Jessica DeFort, Tatiana Garcia, Sebastian Gutkin, Kayla Hartman, Kira Herkenham, Matthew Hollis. AJ Lewis, Rachel Lee, Megan Moran, Brianna Morris, Tim Nagle, Victoria Pulido, Alani Rose, James Russo, Lauren Santarelli, Jibril Scott, Jack Scarsi, Matthew Sigler, Maxinne Spann, Saquan Williams, David Atticus Yawger, Jackson Yawger.

The fine orchestra led by music director Jarred Lee includes; Tara Crincoli, Sean Francios, Tim Wendt, Jim Lutz, Angela Williams, Emily Jones, Nicole D'Angelo, and Benjamin Saporito.

Director/ choreographer Michael Blevins' creative staff includes: Jeff Chase technical  director; Aaron Porter and Ashleigh Poteat set design; Aaron Porter light design; Maxine Spann sound design, Ashleigh Poteat costume design; Dani Pietrowski prop design; and stage manager Kelly Fitzgerald. The producers are Carl Wallnau, CSC Artistic Director, and Catherine Rust, General Manager.

Let’s skip to the chase; this a wonderful warmhearted production that will have ALL family members smiling. Perfect holiday treat will be a visit  with everyone’s orphan, Annie, at the Centenary Stage Company’s Sitnik theater in the Lackland Performing Arts Center until December 9.  Oh, "remember you are never fully dressed without a smile."

Reviewed by Rick Busciglio November 25, 2018

Some background: Annie is based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray. Annie is the winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical...book and score by Tony Award winners, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin.

For more information or to purchase tickets visit centenarystageco.org or call the Centenary Stage Company box office at (908) 979 – 0900. The box office is  located in the Lackland Performing Arts Center at 715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown, NJ.  The box office is open Monday through Friday from 1 – 5 pm and two hours prior to each performance. 

Photos by Chris Young

Monday, November 26, 2018

Auditions: Chatham Players ‘Play On’

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The Chatham Players will hold auditions for Rick Abbott’s backstage comedy, “Play On!” on Sunday, December 9th and Tuesday, December 11th at 7:30 pm. All auditions will occur at The Chatham Playhouse: 23 North Passaic Ave.  Production dates are February 22 thru March 9, 2019 with rehearsals to begin early-January.  John A.C. Kennedy directs.

Play On! is the story of 10 enthusiastic, if artistically-challenged, amateurs attempting to stage the world premiere of an exciting new play -- which may or may not be a murder mystery, depending upon who you talk to…

Director Kennedy is looking for 10 enthusiastic (if artistically challenged) performers, ages 15-80.  Gender a plus… but not required.  Auditions will consist of cold readings.

Character Breakdown

Gerry Dunbar (M or F, 30-70); a community theatre director.

A.G. Manville (M or F, 30-70); an overworked stage manager

Lou Peary (M or F, 20-80); a surly theatre technician

Henry Benish (M, 50-100); a character actor, possibly stuffy

Polly Benish (F, 40-70); a grand dame/character actress

Saul Watson (M, 25-60); a smug character actor 

Billy Carewe (M, 20-35); a leading man-type

Violet Imbray (F, 20-35); an ingénue-type

Marla Smith (F, 15-22); an aspiring actress

Phyllis Montague (F, 25-50); a local, novice playwright

The Chatham Players have an open call casting policy. ALL roles are open, none are precast, and everyone is encouraged to audition. Any questions, please call Gus Ibranyi at (201)-563-0362 or email casting@chathamplayers.org.  For directions or additional information, please visit www.chathamplayers.org

THE BOX: Ariel Guidry Emcees Final “Connection” at Merseles Studios

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Jersey City Theater Center Connection Series closes Friday, November 30 with The BOX: Connection Edition, an evening of music, spoken-word, poetry and multimedia performances.

The BOX – named for the ‘black box’ theater at Merseles Studios – concludes JCTC’s latest thematic series: Connection. JCTC selects topics global in scope, yet relevant to the community then explores that theme using visual arts, theatre, dance, play readings and other performances.

The BOX: Connection Edition features an eclectic array of performers exploring the question of Connection: With technology that connects people all over the world, why do we often feel disconnected to our communities, families and each other?

JCTC solicits submissions for The BOX through social media, theatre publications and entertainment & theater blogs. A panel, headed by Dan Pieraccini, Manager, JCTC – who is also the curator for The BOX: Truth Edition – reviews and selects submissions.

“We received many impressive submissions for the Box: Connection Edition,” said Olga Levina, Artistic Director, JCTC. “Not only did we get a high volume of responses, but the musicians, writers and performers really had something fresh and original to say about the topic of Connection.The BOX is one of the events JCTC is best known for because not only does it conclude each series, but it also directly involves the community.”

The BOX: Connection Edition will also be the final chance to see Collaboration,  a site-specific, multimedia collaboration between Kati Vilim, a Jersey City-based, abstract artist and Thomas Lendvai, a Brooklyn-based sculptor. By incorporating digital animation by Vilim and a web-like cord sculpture by Lendvai into the actual space at Merseles Studios, the Collaboration installation turns the art gallery into both a gallery for art and the art itself.

Taking over emcee duties at The BOX: Connection Edition will be Ariel Guidry, a jazz, blues and soul singer who has performed at White Eagle Hall, Maxwell’s, FM, the Hutton, and Trumpets Jazz Club in Montclair. Guidry has appeared at previous editions of The BOX, but The BOX: Connection Edition will be her first time as solo emcee of the entire show. In addition to hosting responsibilities, this Jersey City-based vocal stylist will also sing, including a reimagined version of the traditional spiritual, Motherless Child, with added original versus by Guidry, inspired by Trojan Women, a JCTC production that highlighted the Connection series.

Guidry wanted to host this curated showcase of original performances because of the social timeliness of the connection theme. “We're living in a day and age where we tell ourselves that technology makes our lives better, and yet we struggle with feeling more and more socially isolated,” said Guidry. “It's an exciting honor to help illuminate the cohesive thread that compelled such a diverse array of creatives to explore the theme of Connection.”

The BOX: Connection Edition lineup includes: Max and Los Americanos, Gary Van Miert, The Apple and the Tree, By Design, Freddie Moises, Carol Lester, Lorena Ortiz, Richard Jedrzejek, Frank Ippolito, Illegal Chicas, Cassandra Adams, Mandi Abdalla, Hernandez Jimenez, Terry Haman, Chris Whitlow, Anthony Wills Jr and Christo Pratt, and Westies. Preshow and intermission musical interludes will be provided by After School Orchestra and Exploding Plastic Silver.

The Box: Connection Edition
Friday November 30

Doors: 7:30/Show: 8:00
$5 (suggested donation)

For more information, visit: www.JCTCenter.org

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

PHOTO:, Ariel Guidry  (photo by Bang Chau/Courtesy of JCTC)

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

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

Jersey City Theater Center, Inc. (JCTC) presents programming at Merseles Studios and White Eagle Hall. JCTC is a nonprofit, 501c3 arts organization committed to inspiring conversations about the important topics of our times through innovative and progressive performing and visual arts that celebrates diversity, bringing communities closer together and enhancing the quality of life.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

NJSO presents 2019 Winter Festival, ‘Music Speaks’

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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 njsymphony.org/accents.

For more information on the Winter Festival and related events, visit njsymphony.org/winterfestival.

Concert tickets start at $20 and are available for purchase at njsymphony.org 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

NJSO ACCENTS

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 njsymphony.org/ax.

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

NJSO ACCENTS

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 njsymphony.org/upshaw.

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)

NJSO ACCENTS

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 njsymphony.org/trifonov.

NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

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.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Awards for Excellence in High School Musical Theatre application now available

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As one of the nation’s leading theaters, Paper Mill Playhouse (Mark S. Hoebee-Producing Artistic Director) has a well-earned reputation for launching both performers and shows for the Great White Way. The theater was the recipient of the Regional Theatre Tony Award. Since their inception in 1996, the Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Awards for Excellence in High School Musical Theatre presented by the Investors Foundation have ignited the careers of many notable performers, all of whom attended high school in New Jersey.  Among the early nominees and winners are Academy Award winner Anne Hathaway (Les Misérables photo below), Tony Award winners Laura Benanti (Gypsy) and Nikki M. James (The Book of Mormon), Tony nominee Rob McClure (Chaplin), Shanice Williams, star of NBC’s The Wiz Live! and Olivier Award nominee Jared Gertner (The Book of Mormon).

636434202905888586-AH-GettyImages-162588788Any New Jersey school that produces a legally-licensed musical between January 17 and April 14, 2019, is eligible to participate. The application for schools to participate is now available online at http://www.papermill.org/education/rising-star-awards/award-application.html. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis and only the first 100 schools to apply will be able to participate in the program. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at 5PM.

The Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Awards Presented by the Investors Foundation are modeled after the Tony Awards, and Paper Mill Playhouse's program serves the entire state of New Jersey, with 100 entered productions from public, private and parochial high schools. Paper Mill Playhouse conceived and created the awards in 1996 to give schools the opportunity to showcase their musical arts programs on a statewide level. The musicals are adjudicated by Paper Mill Playhouse throughout the spring by a group of 70 evaluators, with each school receiving four independent evaluations.  Schools nominated for Outstanding Overall Musical and Leading Actor/Actress nominees perform at the event, and award recipients are presented with an engraved crystal award from Tiffany & Co. The 2019 Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Awards Presented by the Investors Foundation ceremony will take place at Paper Mill Playhouse on Tuesday, June 4, at 7:30pm, featuring presenters from Broadway and beyond. The awards ceremony is broadcast live on television and online through Paper Mill Playhouse’s video partners, Hometowne Television (HTTV).

Paper Mill Playhouse also awards $5,000 in scholarships at the Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Awards Presented by the Investors Foundation.  Five $1,000 cash scholarships are given to outstanding individual students who plan to continue studying theater performance or technical theater in college. Beginning in 2019, students seeking to become arts educators can apply for the Mickey McNany Arts Education Scholarship, named for the late founding director of the Paper Mill Playhouse Theatre School. Paper Mill Playhouse is pleased to award a prize of $500 to a school receiving the 2019 Educational Impact Award, which acknowledges a school that successfully connects the musical to the district's curriculum, using the production as a teaching tool for the greater student body and local community.  Through the Rising Star “Theater for Everyone” Inclusion and Access Award and a partnership with the New Jersey Theatre Alliance and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Paper Mill Playhouse will present a cash award of $1,000 to a school to recognize excellence in the promotion and practice of creative inclusion of students and adults with disabilities as performers, designers, musicians and production staff. Additionally, this award seeks to recognize and reward a school that takes steps to ensure their performances are accessible to audiences with disabilities.

Lastly, students receiving final nominations in the lead and supporting acting categories receive a scholarship to Paper Mill Playhouse's competitive Summer Musical Theatre Conservatory, a professional training program, which, along with advanced classes in singing, acting and dance, offers the nominees an opportunity to perform onstage at Paper Mill Playhouse in the season finale concert, "New Voices of 2019, Learn Your Lessons Well”.

Rising Star scholarships are made possible by Ruth Bedford in memory of Jane Burgio, Walt Santner in honor of Janet Sovey, and the Douglas Michael Krueger Scholarship Fund Trust. The Theater for Everyone Inclusion and Access Award is supported by the New Jersey Theatre Alliance.

This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

Paper Mill Playhouse Education & Outreach are proudly sponsored by The Goren Family and Harmony Helper.

PAPER MILL PLAYHOUSE, a not-for-profit arts organization under the direction of Mark S. Hoebee (Producing Artistic Director) and recipient of the Regional Theatre Tony Award in 2016, is one of the country's leading regional theaters.  Paper Mill Playhouse programs are made possible, in part, by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Paper Mill Playhouse is a member of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, the Council of Stock Theatres, and the New Jersey Theatre Alliance.

For additional information, please visit www.papermill.org.

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.

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“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 ccp.booktix.com. 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 www.chathamplayers.org. 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.

Meet Antu Yacob and Rafael Poueriet stars of ‘The Assignment’ at Luna

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Antu Yacob and Rafael Poueriet headline Luna Stage’s second play of its 2018-19 MainStage Season, The Assignment by Camilo Almonacid. The play came out of real conversations between perpetrators of gun violence and victims, and explores friendship, loss, and forgiveness. David Winitsky directs The Assignment for a limited two-week engagement, starting Thursday, November 29.

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

yacobAntu Yacob was born in Ethiopia and raised in San Francisco and Minnesota. She was last seen onstage in the 2017 United Solo Theatre Festival’s premiere of her show In the Gray. Antu’s theatre credits include Risen from the Dough (Sam French OOB Short Play Festival-Winner), Mourning Sun (Theatre 167 and Kampala International Theatre Festival 2016), In the Continuum original national tour (Primary Stages), and A Jew on Ethiopia Street (Mixed Blood Theatre). She served as the voice of Zema in the BBC-adapted radio play Shadowbahn. Film & TV credits include Signs of Aging, Daredevil, Night Comes On, Gypsy, and Law & Order: SVU.

pouerietRafael Poueriet spent his early childhood in the Dominican Republic and moved to Queens, NY when he was six years old. He has appeared in over a dozen film, television, and theatre productions. Most recent credits include the independent film Hearts Beat Loud, as well as the television shows Orange Is The New Black, Mr. Robot, and The Blacklist. Rafael is also featured in an upcoming Marvel series on Netflix. His first stage appearance was opposite Jazz great Dee Dee Bridgewater in Lady Day at the Little Shubert Theatre. Most recently, Rafael performed in When I Go at the Duke Theatre. In addition to acting, Rafael is a firefighter with the FDNY.

David-WinitskyDavid Winitsky directed The Santaland Diaries at Luna Stage in Montclair. As the Founder and Executive Artistic Director of the Jewish Plays Project, a national incubator for new Jewish plays and musicals, David has developed 49 plays, 27 of which have gone on to production in New York, London, Tel Aviv, and around the U.S. His NYC directing/assistant credits include Displaced Wedding (New Worlds Theatre Project), A Wonderful Flat Thing (14th St Y), Brooke Berman's Until We Find Each Other (Best of Festival, MITF). Winitsky called The Assignment “a moving and human mediation on the ways that we seek to find meaning, forgive, and continue forward.”

Camilo-AlmonacidCamilo Almonacid is a NY-based playwright and actor, born in Bogotá, Colombia and raised in the U.S. The Assignment, commissioned by Houses on the Moon Theater Company, was produced Off-Broadway at the A.R.T/New York Theatres in April 2017. His other plays include Westpine Myopes (Rita Goldberg Award), Checkin In (Irv Zarkower Award), For the Flies (HERE), Church Of Why Not (Theatre 167), After the Crowds (Queen's Museum, NY Times Critic's Pick), and Shithole (HERE). Camilo continues to work on new projects and collaborations that explore the pluralistic voices of American society.

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, and bridging seemingly-impossible divides. Camilo's play offers a perspective that is beautifully drawn, funny, surprising, and true.” “Once your life has been forever altered by violence,” Winitsky asks, “how do you find a way forward?” This question is something many Americans are grappling with today.

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

Additional performance Sunday, December 9 at 7pm

Tickets: www.LunaStage.org/TheAssignment

Running time: 90 minutes, no intermission

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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! https://squareup.com/market/4th-wall-theatre-inc/

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

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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 centenarystageco.org 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.