Friday, May 24, 2019

Celebrate the City of Orange with Luna Stage

Eight short performances inspired by real places and people in the City of Orange, staged in the locations that inspired them.
Saturday, June 8 at Orange Week
Stay tuned for more info!

Sneak a peek at one of our Secret Cities commissions, written and performed by Turron Kofi Alleyne
What's Orange Week?
It's a full of week of fun activities from June 3 through June 9, to celebrate the City of Orange! 
Do you have your Season Pass yet?

6 Shows for only $128 (a 30% discount)
 - Includes 3 MainStage Plays and 3 Powerful Solo Performances
Other options available with up to 40% discount!
First Up:
Soo Jin Pretty Nail and More - Luna2 (September)
Mrs. Stern Wanders the Prussian State Library - MainStage (October)
WINNER: Best Small Theatre in New Jersey

We look forward to seeing you at the theatre!

UCPAC Receives $10,000 Grant from Northfield Bank Foundation


On Thursday, May 23, 2019, Union County Performing Arts Center proudly accepted funding in the amount of $10,000 from the Northfield Bank Foundation to support programming, community outreach and historical preservation at the Main Stage theater.

Present to receive the check were UCPAC Trustees Al Faella and Joe Brown, UCPAC Board President Gene Jannotti, UCPAC Executive Director Brian Remo, UCPAC Board Treasurer Sabrina Elson (presenting funding on behalf of Northfield Bank Foundation), UCPAC Vice President Irv Hyatt, and Rahway City Mayor Raymond Giacobbe.

The mission of the Northfield Bank Foundation is to support not-for-profit groups, institutions, schools or other organizations operating in the communities in which Northfield Bank operates – specifically Staten Island, Brooklyn and Central New Jersey. The Foundation was founded on November 7, 2007 and has given to date over $7 million

There are five local Northfield Bank branches in Union County including Avenel, Linden, Rahway, Union, and Westfield.

UCPAC’s Executive Director Brian Remo, adds “Northfield Bank has been a standout among the many philanthropic partnering businesses we have had the pleasure and honor to work alongside here in Rahway and in Union County in an effort to create opportunity and promote the advocacy of the arts. We are so grateful to be included in their foundation's funding and fully intend to continue to convert their contributions into progress."

1776 Ticket Info from The Barn Theatre

The Barn Theatre is no longer accepting reservations, ticket exchanges or online payments for "1776" for the following performances:

SUNDAY, MAY 26th @ 2PM

This does NOT mean the performances are "sold out". There will be a limited number of tickets available at the door starting at 7pm for evening shows and 1pm for matinees. You cannot leave a message for these tickets as they are only available at the door for purchase starting 1 hour prior to the show. If those sell then we will go to a waiting list where we will do our very best to get everyone into a seat.
All other performances are open and available for ticket exchange, reservation and purchase.

Auditions:Shakespeare’s 'The Tempest' at Circle Players

Piscataway's Circle Players and director Alicia Harabin seek 14 actors for the first production of our 2019-2020 season, Shakespeare’s
The Tempest. Rehearsals will be scheduled as actors are available throughout the summer, then pick up to approximately thee per week in September.

Actors of all genders will be considered for most roles. Although the roles below are listed by degree of physicality, all roles in this show require more than average physical acting. Ages refer to stage age and are approximate.

Audition Dates: Thursday, June 6, 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Monday, June 10, 7:30pm - 9:30pm

Callback Date(s): Monday, June 17

Callbacks are by invitation only.

Performance Dates: October 4, 5, 12, 13, 18, 19 and 20 (Fri/Sat @8pm, Sun @3pm)

All auditions will be held at Circle Players, at 416 Victoria Avenue, Piscataway, NJ.

Physically Demanding Roles:
Ariel (ageless) - A trio of actors working together to portray this formless, airy spirit who is able to control the elements, but is held captive by Prospero/a’s magic
Caliban (20s - 40s) - The half-human son of the witch Sycorax (former ruler of the island), now a “savage and deformed slave” to Prospero/a
Stephano (any) - a drunken butler
Trinculo (any) - a jester

Less Physical Roles:
Prospero/a (40s - 60s) - Deposed Duke of Milan, now magical ruler of the island
Miranda (16 - early 20s) - Prospero/a’s teenage daughter, who has little memory of their life before the island and no contact with other humans aside from her father/mother
Ferdinand (18 - 20s) - Prince of Naples, who believes he is the sole survivor of the shipwreck
Alonso/a (50s - 60s) - King/Queen of Naples, who fears they have lost their son and heir
Gonzalo/a (60s +) - Noble advisor to the king and former friend of Prospero/a
Sebastian (30s - 50s) - Younger sibling of Alonso/a, easily swayed toward ambition
Antonio/a (30s - 50s) - Duke of Milan, having deposed and exiled their older sibling
Boatswain/Adrian (any) - Ship’s officer, also plays a lord/lady attending the King/Queen

Readings will be from the script, and sides will be made available at Those interested in Alonso or Gonzalo should read Prospero for their initial audition. Those interested in Stephano, Sebastian or Adrian should read Antonio and Trinculo. Performers are encouraged to read for more than one character.
Any questions can be directed to the production staff at

Circle Players
416 Victoria Ave
Piscataway, NJ 08854 USA
(732) 968-7555

Princeton Festival-3 weeks of 22 performances!

The 15th Anniversary season of the Princeton Festival ( arrives on June 7 with over three weeks of performing arts, featuring nine different events in 22 performances at various venues in the Princeton area, plus an extensive schedule of free lectures and community happenings.

Featured presentations include the opera Nixon in China; the musical She Loves Me; an appearance by jazz vocalist Jazzmeia Horn; a recital by acclaimed pianist Rachel Cheung; and three concerts of Baroque music on period instruments. Complete performance descriptions and information on purchasing tickets are available on the Festival website.

“We’ve chosen two very different theatrical pieces for our mainstage works,” said Richard Tang Yuk, the Festival’s Executive and Artistic Director. “Nixon in China, a landmark opera by John Adams, plays out against the background of global politics, but we have created a more intimate new production to bring its emotional and philosophical content into clearer focus.

“The musical She Loves Me, on the other hand, is a charming romantic comedy where interpersonal relationships are the whole point of the piece. Other events include a powerhouse jazz vocalist, a brilliant pianist, and authentic Baroque music. This will be a season to remember.”

·         The Festival kicks off on June 7 at 7:30 pm with a concert by the renowned Concordia Chamber Players.

·         She Loves Me, a musical by the creators of Fiddler on the Roof, runs for 13 performances between Friday, June 8, and Sunday, June 30, the Festival’s last day.

·         Jazzmeia Horn, Grammy nominee for Best Jazz Vocalist, sings in the intimate Taplin Auditorium on Sunday, June 16, at 7 pm.

·         The Princeton Festival Baroque Chamber Orchestra plays W.F. Bach, Leclair, Telemann, and others on period instruments on Saturday, June 22, at 4 pm.

·         Rachel Cheung’s piano recital on Saturday, June 22, at 7:30 pm, includes works by Rameau, Chopin, Fauré, and Ravel. Cheung won the Audience Favorite award at the 2017 Cliburn competition and has performed to acclaim worldwide.

·         Nixon in China premieres on Sunday, June 23, at 3 pm, with a second matinée performance a week later on June 30.

·         The Princeton Festival Baroque Orchestra plays C.P.E. Bach, Vivaldi, Lully, and other composers on Wednesday, June 26, at 7:30 pm.

·         The Baroque Chorus and Orchestra perform Bach and Vivaldi on Saturday, June 29, at 7 pm.

Fifteen free lectures, workshops, and community events supplement the ticketed performances. They include lectures on topics such as “Women in the Musical Theater,” “Ping Pong Diplomacy,” “20th Century Music: John Adams,” and “Baroque Music in China;” a reading by Xue Di, a poet who witnessed the turmoil of the Tiananmen protests in China; and workshops on opera and the making of a musical. A complete list is available at

For more information and a link to ticket sales (handled by McCarter Theatre), visit To purchase tickets by phone, call McCarter Theatre at 609-258-2787.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Studio Montclair Incubator at Academy Square Gallery presents “And Then… There Was Paint,” a show of works by four local artists



The Studio Montclair Incubator at Academy Square Gallery presents “And Then… There Was Paint,” a show of works by four local artists, Steven Mairella, Evan Stuart Marshall, Robert Nicosia, and Noel Nowicki, whose different aesthetics all connect through their pursuit of art as a second career. This show celebrates how interest, desire, and hard work can allow one to create art as a second career.

All four of these artists began their professional lives in exceedingly diverse arenas, And then… There was Paint!

About the Artists

Steven Mairella received his undergraduate from Brown University and obtained his law degree from Georgetown University. In 2016, after a career specializing in real estate, he became a full-time painter. Since then Mairella has devoted more time and energy to pursuing his interests in art, genealogy and cultural heritage. Those interests have merged in his body of work depicting Italian and Italian-American themes. (Right)

Evan Stuart Marshall is the Guest Mentor for this exhibit. As a second career artist Marshall has become an award-winning contemporary artist based in Roseland, New Jersey. He is a literary agent, and has written numerous books including murder mysteries.(Top Right)

Robert Nicosia has had a varied career, first teaching History and Sociology at both the high school and college levels, and then in the insurance industry. He established his own insurance company, and also became a nationally known speaker for insurance groups and management. Nicosia publishes the “Music Man Blog” which reviews live music, new and old Jazz CDs and other music related topics with 6,000 - 8,000 viewers each month. Nicosia has carefully documented his career in painting and plans to write a book about the process of learning to paint. (Right)

Noel Nowicki was born in Westchester NY, and grew up on the remnants of the “Bubbling Springs” family farm in Bloomfield, New Jersey. For forty years, Nowicki was a doctor specializing in Internal Medicine and medical acupuncture. After retiring, Nowicki turned his interest to creating art, relearning French, and studying piano.  (Left)

About the Incubator Program

Studio Montclair’s Incubator Program seeks to mentor new and emerging artists and provide them with a space for what is often their first solo or small group show exhibit.

About Studio Montclair

Studio Montclair Inc. is a non-profit organization of exhibiting professional and emerging artists and others interested in the visual arts. In the past year, it has exhibited more than 280 works of art and has encouraged and interacted with close to 1,000 artists.

About the Academy Square Gallery Directors

Lisa Diamond Rosenthal is a painter and sculptor. She is also the former owner of Montclair’s Nandi School of Art, a local art hub with year-round classes in painting, ceramics, fiber arts, animé, and sewing. Each year, Lisa assists various non-profits by facilitating acquisitions and curating large-gallery art shows for fundraisers. A graduate of Cornell University, Lisa now owns and operates a life-and-health coaching business in Little Falls, NJ.

Sara Holliday is a practicing artist and has taught art for several years in New York. Before focusing on her teaching and art practices, she worked for a New York City graphic design and communications firm. Sara served on the Board of Directors of the International Charter School of NY, she also co-founded and served on the Board of Directors for The Mentoring Tree Foundation, serving underprivileged and underserved youth. Sara holds a Masters in Art and Art Education from Columbia University’s Teachers College.

Steven Mairella, Rosetta’s ‘Nzerte,  Acrylic on canvas, size 14” x 18”
Evan Stuart Marshall, Foundation, Mixed media on canvas, 14” x 11”
Robert Nicosia, Carnegie Hall, Oil on canvas, 16” x 12”
Noel Nowicki, “Barn Owl,” Oil on canvas, 16” x 12