Saturday, June 29, 2019

Monday Night Reading of 'Incorruptible: A Dark Comedy about the Dark Ages' at Holmdel

Holmdel Theatre Company
"Incorruptible: A Dark Comedy about the Dark Ages"
By Michael Hollinger
Directed by Aaron Ratzan
July 1st @ 7PM
Come on out July 1st and join us for our Monday Night Reading of Incorruptible: A Dark Comedy about the Dark Ages, by Michael Hollinger and directed by Aaron Ratzan! It's a medieval farce you're sure to enjoy.
This is a FREE event. There is a $5 suggested donation at the door. These readings are made possible by your generous support!

By Michael Hollinger
Directed by Aaron Ratzan

Welcome to Priseaux, France, c. 1250 A.D.: The river flooded again last week. The chandler's shop just burned to the ground. Nobody's heard of the wheelbarrow yet. And Ste. Foy, the patron of the local monastery, hasn't worked a miracle in thirteen years. In other words, the Dark Ages still look pretty dark. All eyes turn to the Pope, whose promised visit will surely encourage other pilgrims to make the trek and restore the abbey to its former glory. That is, until a rival church claims to possess the relics of Ste. Foy—and "their" bones are working miracles. All seems lost until the destitute monks take a lesson from a larcenous one-eyed minstral, who teaches them an outrageous new way to pay old debts.

Laurie Devino as Peasant Woman
Faith Dowgin as Agatha
John Dowgin as Martin
Ed Faver as Olf
Di Shawn Gandy as Charles 
Jesse Luciani as Jack
Felicia Russell as Marie
Alex Scoloveno as Felix
Aaron Ratzan (reading some important stage directions)

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Performed at the Duncan Smith Theater, 36 Crawfords Corner Road, Holmdel, New Jersey 07733 (The white barn in front of the Holmdel High School)

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June 26 - 30

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Exit Pursued by a Bear,comedy by Lauren Gunderson

Exit Pursued By a Bear

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The Theater Project
In this smart, dark revenge comedy, Nan Carter wants to leave her abusive husband Kyle—leave him tied up in a hunting cabin, covered with honey, and ready for bear. But as long as she has him duct-taped to his easy chair, why not do a little consciousness-raising? With the help of her gay friend Simon who acts as her emotional -- and literal – cheerleader, and a stripper named Sweetheart, Nan makes her husband watch hilariously twisted re-enactments of scenes from their dysfunctional marriage.
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OO-Bla-Dee by Regina Taylor


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Two River Theater
Oo-Bla-Dee follows Evelyn Waters and the Diviners, an all-black, all-female jazz band, as they travel from St. Louis to Chicago in order to set up a record deal following the end of World War II. On this trip toward freedom the latest member of the group, sax player Gin Del Sol, must wrestle with the complex timing of the music as well as the complicated times in which she lives.
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East Lynne Theater Company
While a New York detective is keen to prove Mumler is a fraud, Mumler’s wife, a clairvoyant, is digging into the detective’s past. Under the direction of Tom Byrn, who directed last year’s ELTC production of Silent Sky, this is only the third production of this riveting play.
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illustration of two swordsmen fencing

Ken Ludwig's The Three Musketeers

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The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey
Alexandre Dumas’ classic tale comes to life on stage in this delightful new adaptation by Ken Ludwig, who brings some formidable ladies into the swashbuckling fray. Join D’Artagnan and his sister Sabine as they journey to Paris to seek their fame and fortune in the world of the musketeers, King Louis VIII, and the powerful Cardinal Richelieu. Witness dazzling swordplay, daring deeds, heroics, and true love in this beloved epic.
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Thursday, June 27, 2019

SOPAC Executive Director Mark Packer Ends Tenure at Performing Arts Center

(SOUTH ORANGE, June 27, 2019) Chairman of the South Orange Performing Arts Center’s Board of Governors Paul Bartick regretfully announces that Mark Packer is leaving the executive director position on June 30, the close of the fiscal year. Six years ago, Mr. Packer was brought in to help build the profile and success of the young arts center. His leadership and knowledge of non-profit arts stabilized the day-to-day operations of SOPAC and brought many successful changes including increased programming that draws in audiences from near and far, savvy use of the building to increase rental income and a funding campaign called Entertaining the Future that surpassed $1.2 million. Among Mr. Packer’s other notable achievements at SOPAC was building institutional support for the organization, including receiving the organization’s first grants from the NJ State Council on the Arts, which requires organizations to meet the most rigorous standards. Mr. Packer has been instrumental in creating a climate of financial stability that has led to budget surpluses for the past six years. In addition, his leadership was evident in his volunteer activities. Mr. Packer founded the South Jersey Cultural Alliance, a service agency for over 100 Arts & History organizations in Southern New Jersey.  He also served on the Board of Art Pride New Jersey, the statewide advocacy organization for the non-profit Arts industry for over 25 years and served as its president for six years.

South Orange Village President Sheena Collum praised Mr. Packer’s accomplishments and states, “Our beautiful arts center thrived under Mark’s leadership. SOPAC has helped build the economic engine of South Orange and makes it a welcoming place to live for families seeking arts experiences in their community.  We certainly wish him much success in his next endeavors.”

As part of the transition to new leadership, Mr. Bartick has announced the appointment of Dee Billia as the SOPAC’s Acting Executive Director.  Ms. Billia, SOPAC’s Director of External Relations for the past six years, has a rich history with the New Jersey arts industry and has held leadership positions with several of New Jersey’s most prestigious arts organizations. “We are excited to have Dee Billia lead SOPAC as the Acting Director,” says Mr. Bartick.  “She has a stellar reputation in the New Jersey arts world and has been a key player in SOPAC’s success during the past six years.  The Board of Governors is confident in her leadership while our transition team searches for a permanent executive director.”

During the last six years Ms. Billia has successfully led the marketing and communications department at SOPAC. During her tenure SOPAC has made great strides in driving awareness and attendance, moving from 70% average capacity to 87% average capacity. SOPAC has been honored with the Discover Jersey Arts “New Jersey’s Favorite Small Performing Arts Center” for the past five years.  Ms. Billia served as Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the New Jersey Theatre Alliance and subsequently as Vice President of Communication for the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Prior to her tenure at SOPAC she served as Director of External Relations at Appel Farm Arts & Music Center in southern New Jersey. She also served as Vice President of the South Jersey Cultural Alliance and was on the Marketing/Communication committee for the Community Foundation of South Jersey during that period. She was named Arts Advocate of the year in 2002 by the Arts Council of the Morris Area. Ms. Billia serves as chair of the Jersey Arts Marketers North and received a Jersey Arts Marketers leadership award from ArtPrideNJ in 2016.  She is a member of the ArtPrideNJ messaging committee and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Barry University in Miami, FL.


SOPAC programs are made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

The South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) is a 501(c)(3)charitable organization.


Since 2006, SOPAC has been serving as a premier performing arts center in the region. SOPAC offers innovative artistic and cultural experiences for diverse audiences in an intimate, inviting environment. The premier arts center hosts a variety of live performances, community events and education programs for all ages.  To further expand its offerings, SOPAC has a partnership with the Juilliard School of Music to present Juilliard @ SOPAC—a series featuring upcoming musicians from the acclaimed conservatory.  SOPAC is home for Seton Hall University Arts Council’s performances, including Classical Concert Series, Jazz ‘N the Hall performances and Seton Hall University Theatre productions.  SOPAC also presents performances by its theatre company in-residence, American Theater Group. For more information, visit

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Introduces Public Art, 'The Path of Us', on Hackensack and Bogota Border

The community came together to celebrate the official installation of a new art piece, The Path of Us: A Public Art Fence Weaving, bordering Hackensack and Bogota, New Jersey.  During Bogota's 125th anniversary commemoration on June 1, the Hackensack-based Northern New Jersey Community Foundation's (NNJCF) ArtsBergen initiative held the ribbon cutting ceremony at Oscar E. Olsen Park on West Main Street before the Lt. William C Ryan (USMC) Memorial Bridge. 
            Guests in attendance at the ceremony included: Christopher Kelemen, Mayor, Bogota; Mary Ellen Murphy, Councilwoman, Bogota; Consuelo Carpenter, Councilwoman, Bogota; Kathryn Gates-Ferris, Councilwoman, Bogota; Amaru Bustamante, Chairperson, Bogota Beautiful; Adriana Bingen, Treasurer, Bogota Beautiful; Joe Gallagher, member, Bogota Beautiful; Katherine Daniels, public artist; Michael Shannon, President, NNJCF; Danielle De Laurentis, Associate Director, NNJCF; Joyce Luhrs, Public Relations and Marketing, NNJCF; and Maureen Vanacore, Arts Consultant, NNJCF.  Passersby may view the semi-permanent public art piece on display for a year.

            The Path of Us: A Public Art Fence Weaving illustrates the connection between the Hackensack River and the communities it flows through -- the people, history, values, animals, natural terrain, and architecture.  During Bogota's Earth Day on May 4, public artist Katherine Daniels assisted children, teenagers, and adults with creating and installing the weave on the fence.  White lines connect diamonds forming frames for the participants’ weavings.  Blue zigzag lines represent the Hackensack River, with yellow zigzag lines representing the path, along which white diamonds frame each participant's weaving.  The design highlights the project's participants and local artists' 3-D printed tokens of meaningful images and sayings created at the Bergen Makerspace in Hackensack.

Collaboration Key

            The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation ArtsBergen’s mission includes promoting creative placemaking, the practice of integrating arts and culture into a neighborhood, town, or region, to build community and livability and boost the local economy, in Bergen County, New Jersey.  Arts and culture restore vitality and energy into a community.  "We were very pleased with this opportunity to show how The Path of Us: A Public Art Fence Weaving project fostered creative placemaking and brought together people from different parts of Bergen County," said Michael Shannon, President, Northern New Jersey Community Foundation.

            The public art piece was created in partnership with the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation, the Borough of Bogota, Bogota Beautiful, artist Katherine Daniels, and Bergen Makerspace.  From February through April, artists and community members established the project theme and designed individual weavings and 3-D printed and laser cut tokens to embellish the fence. 

            Several community members, area artists, and organizations participated in the creation and installation of The Path of Us: A Public Art Fence Weaving.  They included Robert Robbins, Amaru Bustamante, Isabel Bustamante, Adrianna Bingen, Joseph Gallagher, Rita Flores, Bogart Memorial Reformed Church, Bees Trees Water, Irmari Nacht, Kathy Rebek, Monica Chavarria, Ted Malin, Barbara Contini, Lena Aronson, and Joanne Siska.   

            This program has been made possible in part by a grant administered by the Bergen County Department of Parks, Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs from funds granted by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.  Donations are welcome to defray the costs of this public art and to develop new projects and programs in northern New Jersey.  Donations are tax-deductible, as permitted by law, and may be made online at . Contributions may also be sent by check made out to 'The Northern N.J. Community Foundation'. 
Send checks to the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation, 1 University Plaza, Suite 128, Hackensack, New Jersey 07601. 

            For more information about the NNJCF and The Path of Us: A Public Art Fence Weaving, visit, contact or call 201-568-5608. 

Founded in 1998, the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation (NNJCF), a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization based in Hackensack, New Jersey, focuses primarily on civic engagement, education, public health, the environment, philanthropy, and the arts.  The NNJCF works with local governments, school districts, businesses, non-profit organizations, and citizen groups in Northern New Jersey to improve community life.  The Foundation's partners identify and resolve regional problems and opportunities by talking and learning from each other and sharing ideas, best practices, services, and resources. 

            For more information, visit, send an email to, or call (201) 568-5608.  Follow the NNJCF on Facebook at Northern NJ Community Foundation/ArtsBergen and Twitter @NNJCF.

About ArtsBergen

            ArtsBergen, an initiative of the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation, is an emerging arts alliance in Bergen County, New Jersey that supports and encourages creative placemaking, the practice of integrating arts and culture into a neighborhood, town, or region to build community and livability and boost local economy.  The initiative's mission is to energize and unify artists and arts organizations and connect the Bergen County community to the arts.  For more information, visit, send an email to, or call 201-568-5608.

PHOTO:  Ribbon cutting ceremony. Bogota Mayor Christopher Kelemen cuts the ribbon with Michael Shannon, President of the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation, and artist Katherine Daniels.  Amaru Bustamante (left), Chairperson of Bogota Beautiful, and Danielle De Laurentis (right), Associate Director of Northern New Jersey Community Foundation, joined them.