Wednesday, August 28, 2019



SHOW DATES & TIMES:  SEPTEMBER 26, 27, 28 @7:30 PM





Chris Gorman.......Allyssa Hynes
Ken Gorman.........Nick Maes
Claire Ganz..........Jessica Jones
Lenny Ganz..........Elwin Cuevas
Ernie Cusack........Mary Lopez
Cookie Cusack.....Maria Diaz
Glenn Cooper.......Dan Bulich
Cassie Cooper.....Jessa Blackthorne
Officer Welch......Stephen Gilman
Officer Pudney....Chloe Kiefer

Charley and Myra Brock are celebrating their 10th anniversary and have invited all their good friends. Chris and Ken Gorman, a legal couple, are the first ones to arrive. They show up only to find that Myra is missing and Charley has “accidentally” shot himself in the ear. Charley is unconscious and so unable to tell them what happened. Charley is the deputy Mayor of New York City and, hoping to avoid a scandal, Ken and Chris go about covering up what they assume to be the truth of the situation. As the rest of the guests arrive — Claire and Len Ganz, Ernie and Cookie Cusack, and Cassie and Glenn Cooper — the story of Charley and Myra’s anniversary evening gone awry grows and develops. In the end all the guests are complicit in a cover-up that no one even really understands, but the fantastical events of the evening are hilarious and give a rich basis for great characters doing what Neil Simon does best – making the mundane…insane!

Brad Simmons - Storytellers at Holmdel Theatre Company,

Brad Simmons - Storytellers
Brad Simmons - Storytellers
Fri Oct 18, 2019 8:00 PM
The Duncan Smith Theater, Holmdel, NJ
Brad Simmons steps into the spotlight with his intimate Storytellers, where he shares his story through the music of James Taylor, Dolly Parton, Tom Petty, Stevie Nicks, John Denver, Dan Fogelberg and Billy Joel.
He's back! Returning to HTC after accompanying Alice Ripley at our June Broadway at the Barn, Brad Simmons steps into the spotlight with his intimate STORYTELLERS, where he shares his story through the music of James Taylor, Dolly Parton, Tom Petty, Stevie Nicks, John Denver, Dan Fogelberg and Billy Joel.
From massive symphony halls to intimate nightclubs, Brad Simmons has shared the stage with Broadway luminaries Alice Ripley, Tonya Pinkins, Beth Leavel, Carole Cook, Donna McKechnie and recording legends Sandi Patty and The B-52s Kate Pierson.
Music direction credits include Lysistrata Jones, Hood, Mr & Mrs Fitch with John Lithgow, Me And The Girls with Alan Cumming and the film Hello Again with Audra McDonald, Cheyenne Jackson and Martha Plimpton.
Brad currently music directs the hit Birdland Theater show The Lineup with Susie Mosher every Tuesday night.
Join us October 18th, 2019 at 8PM for a magical night of music and storytelling with Brad Simmons!
Tickets are extremely limited, get yours now!
Peformed at the Duncan Smith Theater, 36 Crawfords Corner Road, Holmdel, New Jersey 07733 (The white barn in front of the Holmdel High School)

UCPAC Presents ICON 2019: The Battle of New Jersey's Best Musical Theater Voices

RAHWAY, NJ – Union County Performing Arts Center presents ICON 2019: The Battle of New Jersey's Best Musical Theater Voices beginning this September! Back for its sixth season, ICON is a singing competition much like American Idol; meshed with The Voice, but in the genre of musical theater. The winner of ICON 2019 receives a grand prize that includes $10,000 and the lead role in the winner's dream show!

The competition will begin with 90 artists and at each of the six Elimination Rounds, 15 artists will sing one selection on UCPAC's Hamilton Stage. Any musical theater selection or song that is theatrical in nature is allowed; for example, Disney, Smash, Greatest Showman, and songs written by theatrical composers are all applicable.

Three judges score each artist based on a number of categories. Vocal strength, presentation, and vocal quality are among the technical categories, but the most heavily weighted is called the;It Factor, which is how they put it all together.

These total scores reveal the winner of each round, and that person goes directly to the Semi-Finals.
The next highest scorer of the night will be sent to the Sing For Your Life Round on Wednesday, September 23 rd ! The audience will also vote for their favorite of the round, and the highest number of audience votes will send a second artist to the Sing For Your Life Round.  In addition, any of the three judges may choose to use their one save to send a second artist directly to the Semi-Finals should they agree unanimously.

At the Sing for Your Life Round, the 12 artists outlined above will be given a second chance to advance. They will each sing again, either the same song or an entirely new song, in what is essentially another elimination round, only this time, three artists are definitely going on to the Semi-Finals. The score is based on a combination of both the judges’ thoughts and votes from the audience.
Next, the Semi-Finals pit 16 artists against each other: the (6) round winners, (3) Judges Saves, (3) artists who advance from the Sing For Your Life Round, and the (4) returning Finalists from 2018 who receive an automatic buy into the Semi-Finals. Five artists will advance from this round to the Finals, including one artist chosen solely from audience votes.

Then, at the Finals someone will be crowned winner of ICON 2019. The grand prize includes $10,000 and the lead role in the winner's dream production!

 Elimination Round 1 – Thursday, September 12; 8:00PM (Hamilton Stage)
 Elimination Round 2 – Thursday, September 19; 8:00PM (Hamilton Stage)
 Elimination Round 3 – Thursday, September 26; 8:00PM (Hamilton Stage)
 Elimination Round 4 – Thursday,8:00PM (Hamilton Stage)
 Elimination Round 5 – Thursday, October 10; 8:00PM (Hamilton Stage)
 Elimination Round 6 – Thursday, October 17; 8:00PM (Hamilton Stage)
 Sing for Your Life Round – Wednesday, October 23; 8:00PM (Hamilton Stage)
 Semi-Final – Sunday, November 17; 7:00PM (Main Stage)
 Finals – Sunday, December 1; 7:00PM (Main Stage)

The Union County Performing Arts Center’s Hamilton Stage is located at 360 Hamilton Street in Rahway, NJ. The Semi-Finals and Finals will be held at The Union County Performing Arts Center’s Main Stage located at 1601 Irving Street in Rahway, NJ.General admission tickets, starting at $15.00, can be purchased at, in person at the Box Office, or by calling 732.499.8226. The Box Office can be reached via email at

Student price available through the box office! Please visit the Box Office in person and ask.

Union County Performing Arts Center
1601 Irving Street, Rahway, NJ 07065
732-499-8226 •

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

NJSO opens 2019–20 season with Holst’s The Planets with NASA imagery in HD

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Xian Zhang open the 2019–20 season with a program pairing music and visuals in Holst’s The Planets, with NASA imagery in HD, and the NJSO premiere of Sarah Kirkland Snider’s Hiraeth, with an accompanying film by Mark DeChiazza. Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 opens the program.

Produced by scientist and filmmaker Duncan Copp, The Planets—an HD Odyssey projects high-definition satellite imagery as Zhang leads the Orchestra in Holst’s masterwork. The NJSO celebrates voices from its own communities as the women of Newark Voices—a choir that debuted with Zhang and the NJSO on the 2018–19 season’s opening weekend—return to bring an ethereal element to “Neptune, the Mystic.”

New Jersey-based composer Sarah Kirkland Snider was inspired by the Welsh definition of nostalgia for her autobiographical work Hiraeth—music evoking her family’s history, commissioned alongside a film by Mark DeChiazza. Of the film, Snider has said, “We set about re-creating some of my father’s, uncle’s and my childhood experiences in North Carolina. The result is something hazy and atmospheric, somewhere between memory and dream.”

Performances take place on October 11 at 7:30 pm and October 13 at 3 pm at NJPAC in Newark and on October 12 at 8 pm at the Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank. Concert tickets start at $20; student tickets are $10, available online one month in advance. Tickets are available for purchase at or 1.800.ALLEGRO (255.3476).

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An Opening Night Celebration gala on October 11 at NJPAC honors Turrell Fund President & CEO Curtland E. Fields and recognizes the significant contributions the fund has made to enrich the lives of children in the Greater Newark community with the experience of live symphonic music through the Orchestra’s education and community engagement programs. The gala, sponsored by Investors Bank, includes a pre-concert cocktail party and post-concert dinner.

Full gala information is available at

Holst’s The Planets in HD
Friday, October 11, at 7:30 pm | NJPAC in Newark
Saturday, October 12, at 8 pm | Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank
Sunday, October 13, at 3 pm | NJPAC in Newark

XIAN ZHANG conductor
Women of NEWARK VOICES | Heather J. Buchanan, conductor

ELGAR Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1
SARAH KIRKLAND SNIDER Hiraeth (with film by Mark DeChiazza) (NJSO Premiere)
HOLST The Planets—An HD Odyssey (with film) (produced by Duncan Copp)

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Bank of America is concert sponsor of the October 13 performance.

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 and the NJSO Youth Orchestras family of student ensembles, led by José Luis Domínguez. NJSO musicians annually perform original chamber music programs at community events in a variety of settings statewide through the NJSO Community Partners program.

Tickets are available for purchase by phone at 1.800.ALLEGRO (255.3476) or at

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YouTube: @NewJerseySymphony

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.

Luna Stage kicks off new American Voices Series (and the 2019-2020 season) with Soo Jin Pretty Nail

Luna Stage kicks off their new American Voices Series (and the 2019-2020 season) with Soo Jin Pretty Nail (and more!), written and performed by South Orange resident Susan Hyon (photo) and directed by David Skeist. This darkly comic work is inspired by Hyon’s childhood as the youngest of four unhappy Korean-American children in suburban Pennsylvania. A lively, interactive experience for curious and adventurous theatergoers, Soo Jin… will be the inaugural performance in the newly-renovated Luna2. 

Meet Soo Jin and Susan. Susan is the little engine that could pull herself out of a crappy small-town trainwreck only to speed headlong into another of her own making. And another. And another. And yet somehow she keeps chugging along, accumulating scars and the stories that go with them. Soo-Jin is like that Korean exchange student who introduced everyone to Hello Kitty, Keropi, and cute pencils. Upon hearing of Susan's life as a new mom (finally!), Soo Jin appears, ready for a baby shower. Fresh off the boat (and out of the plastic surgeon’s chair), Soo Jin regales the audience with the virtue of beauty. She prays that Susan will maintain her youthful looks in the face of parenthood.

Soo Jin Pretty Nail (and more!) is a play, a stand-up routine, a confession, and a therapy session that will probably make you feel better about your life, the world, and a good old-fashioned eye-lift. Soo Jin will talk about light things that will make you feel heavy, and Susan will talk about heavy things that make you feel light.

Performer Susan Hyon and director David Skeist met in the Acting MFA program at Columbia University in 2003. In the years since, Susan has been a performer and resident artist with Target Margin and The Atlantic Theater Co. among others, while David has developed work with Richard Foreman, Elizabeth Swados, and his own company Caborca, Together, they have traveled to Italy, Germany, Baltimore, and California, performing Chekhov, Shakespeare, commedia dell’arte, and more.

Director Skeist says “Soo Jin Pretty Nail (and more!) is the opposite of a pre-packaged autobiographical monologue. It is a real encounter with a person, whose idiosyncratic behavior and way of thinking has led her to startling insights, which she bravely shares. (Soo Jin) is a fascinating and enlightening person to hang out with as we all try to make sense of our current world.”

About the Artists
Susan Hyon performed as a pregnant person in Bump by Chiara Atik (dir. Claudia Weill) at Ensemble Studio Theater. Before that, she appeared in Molly Beach Murphy’s Cowboy Bob at Ars Nova (dir. Annie Tippe). Susan went solo with Soo Jin Pretty Nail at Dixon Place, The Fishtank (Kansas City) and Baltimore Theatre Project. Other: You for Me for You by Mia Chung (Portland Playhouse), The (*) Inn and Uncle Vanya (Target Margin/HERE), I Came to Look for You on Tuesday (La MaMa), Happy Hour by Ethan Coen (Atlantic Theater Company), Crane Story by Jen Silverman  (Playwrights Realm), Romeo & Juliet (NYSF/The Public), Henry VI (Shakespeare & Co.), Opus (Florida Studio Theatre), Smoke and Mirrors (The Flea), Scapin and Tartuffe (CSC Young Co) Toshtuk and Janyl (Yara Arts). Co-founder, Cloud of Fools Theater Company. BA Economics, Smith College. Fulbright Fellowship ETA in South Korea. MFA Acting Columbia University (Prizes: Presidential Scholarship, Recipient of The Bob Hope Fellowship). Susan is dedicated to helping others while also staying on "the path." She is a licensed foster parent and loves all children. This show is partially dedicated to NWT.

David Skeist is a multi-disciplinary theatre artist based in Brooklyn. As an actor, he has appeared notably in Richard Foreman’s Old-Fashioned Prostitutes (Public Theater), David Gordon’s Beginning of the End of the… (Joyce Soho) and Shlemiel the First (Skirball Center/TFANA), Elizabeth Swados’s Political Subversities (Joe’s Pub), and multiple collaborations with Niky Wolcz, Dangerous Ground Productions, and Stolen Chair. He is the Producing Director of Caborca, a bilingual experimental theatre company under the direction of Javier Antonio González, and has appeared in many of the company’s productions including Distant Star (Abrons Arts Center), Octopus’s Garden (Target Margin), Hamlet (Jersey City Theater Center), Zoetrope, and Open up, Hadrian. He has appeared in the feature films The Entitlement and Memorial Day and on TV in Law and Order: SVU among others. David’s musical compositions have been heard in productions by Wolcz, Swados, Kristin Linklater, James Rutherford, Jon Froehlich, and most recently in Laurent Pichaud’s site specific dance work en jumelle in Uzès, France. His choral setting of Timothy Donnelly’s poem Hymn to Life has been in development since 2015. He spent several years working as an assistant to André Gregory on his production and film of Ibsen’s The Master Builder. David holds an MFA in Acting from Columbia University School of the Arts.

American Voices Series
The 2019-2020 Season marks the inauguration of the American Voices series, featuring original work by contemporary American solo theatre artists. The newly-renovated 60-seat Luna2 will showcase these intimate, entertaining, and timely performances. 

Single tickets are now on sale, at
General Admission tickets are $20 
BOGOFAM5 $5 student ticket with each adult ticket for Monday Performances
Suggested for mature students, ages 16 and older

Season Passes are also available, and allow patrons to purchase a package now and select performance dates later. The Full Season Pass offers all 6 shows at 15% off for $155. Three other package options are available, and all of the details can be found at

Running Time: 75 minutes with no intermission

About Luna Stage
Luna Stage develops and produces vibrant plays about local and global experiences. We bring communities together for artistic events that spark conversations and create understanding and change. Firmly rooted in New Jersey's Valley Arts District—a crossroads of cultures—we celebrate the diverse voices that surround us.

Luna is committed to eliminating barriers to participation and nurturing the next generation of audiences and artists. In addition to its artistic season, the company offers classes for children and adults, and developmental programs for early-career artists.

Luna Stage has contributed to the development of over 100 new works for the stage, earning a reputation for artistic excellence. Luna’s unique approach to producing, as well as the work itself, fosters an environment of inclusivity, understanding, and infinite possibility.

Soo Jin Pretty Nail (and more!) Written and Performed by Susan Hyon
Directed by David Skeist
At Luna Stage, 555 Valley Road, West Orange, NJ | 973 395 5551
Opens: Saturday, September 21 | Closes: Monday, October 7
Performance Schedule: Saturday at 8:00 pm, Sunday at 3:00pm, Monday at 7:00 pm

Running Time: 75 minutes, no intermission   Suggested for mature students, ages 16 and older.