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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

SUCH AS US Comes To The Saint

(ASBURY PARK, NJ) -- SUCH AS US will shake things up down the Jersey Shore!  The band performs original alternative rock songs that will knock the proverbial halo off The Saint in Asbury Park on Wednesday, August 30th. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 each.

Expect to hear brand new tunes on this special evening from the new Summer 2011, SUCH AS US CD Release, "...In this one cold blink of time...." The band is from the New York/New Jersey area and is comprised of six talented, well-seasoned musicians. Their songs have sophisticated lyrics that deliver all sorts of poetic messages about life in these times.

Chris Kitlan Burns and Missy Connell are the leaders, founders, and songwriters of Such As Us. In the '70s, Chris and Missy each were in their own respective bands and had recording contracts. They gained the coveted experiences of working with many top artists of that day such as: The Talking Heads, Van Halen, Patti Smith and The Ramones. The remainder of Such As Us includes: Vivian (Viv) Stoll, Drums; Gina Tlamsa, Flute, Violin, Mandolin and Vocals; Carl Fortunato, Keyboards and Vocals & Joni Note, Percussion & Vocals.

...In this one cold blink of time... is the new CD release comprised of 15 songs:
1. These Games
2. See No Evil
3. Tall Town
4. A Good Man
5. The Seasons Go
6. Forever For A Moment Or Two
7. Idiots
8. Clearwater
9. My Love Is Just A Spell
10. Boomer Baby Blues
11. She
12. Oh, Mary (Requiem For A Dog)
13. Spring Street
14. The Darkness In things
15. The Wild, Wild West.

Sid Bernstein, the legendary music promoter who was responsible for the British Invasion that
brought The Beatles and The Rolling Stones to America has been presenting Such As Us at
various venues in New York City. "I heard some hits among their songs," Bernstein said. "This
band has a brilliant future."

The Saint is located at 601 Main Street in the heart of the Asbury Park music scene. Known as
one of the top small live music venues in the world, it is centrally located between New York City
(70 minutes away) and Philadelphia (90 minutes). Such As Us wholeheartedly supports The
Saint's mission "to present and preserve live original music at The Jersey Shore!"

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

U.S. Rails Roll Into Asbury Park On Thursday

by Gary Wien

Thursday, September 1
The Saint, Asbury Park, NJ
7pm; admission $14
U.S. Rails / Joe Miller And The Jesters / Michael Dante Summonte

In the summer of 2003, I began working on a new arts and entertainment magazine called Upstage.  One of the very first features was on a band called 4 Way Street from Philadelphia who was putting out their debut album and had a show coming up at The Saint in Asbury Park.  Comprised of Ben Arnold, Scott Bricklin, Joseph Parsons, Jim Boggia, and Matt Muir, the band was sort of a Philadelphia supergroup of area singer-songwriters.  They had a sound that reminded me of Crosby, Stills, and Nash and I jumped at the opportunity to get them in the first issue.

I'll never forget my first trek out to Philly to interview the guys in the band.  They were holding their CD release party at the TLA (Theatre of Living Arts).  For some ridiculous reason I decided to take the train to Philly that day.  Now, there really isn't a train from the Jersey Shore to Philly, but you can get there if you make enough transfers.  So, I wound up leaving around 10am and took the train from Belmar to Long Branch, hopped on the Long Branch train heading north to Rahway, switched on to the train from Rahway to Trenton, and finally took the Trenton train to the SEPTA line and headed into Philly.  The whole trip took probably about three hours -- far longer than I thought it would be, but I got there just after 1pm or so and headed to the TLA.

When I arrived at the venue, there was a sign on the door, "Show cancelled due to Hurricane Isabel."

That note sort of freaked me out because I had no idea there was a hurricane coming.  It also meant I was stuck in Philly for at least three hours until the next train.  I hung out in the Irish bar next door, ordered some lunch, and passed the time while a skinhead and another guy were arguing and extremely close to bringing out the fists.  It was a good cheesesteak if I recall, but one of the scariest meals I've ever had and one of the most interesting conversations I've ever overheard.

A few weeks later, 4 Way Street had their record release party at the TLA and I was back to interview them.  The guys were among the coolest musicians I had ever interviewed and I've managed to stay in touch with them ever since.  The band's name has changed to U.S. Rails, but it's basically the same lineup with the exception of Tom Gillam replacing Jim Boggia.  Musically, they may have veered a little more towards a country influence, but the harmonies and original vibe is still there.  In fact, the first U.S. Rails album may have been even better than the lone 4 Way Street release, which is saying a lot because I loved (and still love) that record.

On Thursday, September 1, U.S. Rails makes a rare return to The Saint.  It's rare because the members of the band are literally scattered across the globe these days.  What started out as a bunch of Philly area locals now has members who call Germany (Joseph Parsons), Paris (Scott Bricklin), and Austin, Tx (Tom Gillam) home.  So, your opportunities to see them all together live at the same time are pretty limited.  The Asbury Park show is part of a mini-tour (mostly PA, DE, and NJ) offering a 'sneak preview' of the band's upcoming album.  But according to Ben Arnold, it's a bit more than a sneak preview.  The band will be playing a mix of old songs and new, but will mostly lean on tunes from the new record.

"The album 'Southern Canon' is available now at all of these shows, but not on iTunes or anywhere else for that matter until it is officially released worldwide by Blue Rose Records in January 2012," explained Arnold. "We all contributed and collaborated on this one. (In fact) more than the last as well as more than even on the old 4 Way Street record. It was cut at the end of our tour in Europe last October in Germany.

"Everybody has their own strengths and weaknesses," he continued. "We all share, if not the same musical background, than the same interest in performing, writing, and recording. We're all a little older and have been there and back, so to speak and, at this point just enjoy each others company, the travel and finding and building a small worldwide audience.  This tour has especially surprised us with the number of people who still care about what we're doing. We are really looking forward to Asbury. Scott and the club has always made us feel at home and our NYC show was cancelled so we're hoping some of those folks will make the trip out." 

One of the new aspects of launching a tour like this with everyone coming from all over the world involved making sure everyone had a place to sleep.  In the early days of the band, when they all lived within the Philly area, they never had to consider such things.  As the days got closer and they still hadn't finalized their plans, they even reached out to their friends on Facebook for help.  Arnold says their search didn't go so well initially, but, in the end, they all found beds.

"It is definitely one of the things we didn't think about before the tour," he added. "Fortunately, we have friends."

Even though they're only playing a handful of dates, they managed to get some pretty good gigs on this tour including singing the national anthem at a Phillies game at Citizens Bank Park and playing the Philadelphia Folk Festival.

"Citizens Bank Park was a fave," said Arnold. "All the dates are spread out among smaller clubs in which we have history and we want their continued support. We generally received a lot of support from anyone we contacted and the shows have almost all gone great.  And we have a 6 week tour in Europe coming up in January and February of the coming year." 

With Scott and Joseph living abroad and Tom down in Texas, I asked Ben if he's ever considered leaving the City of Brotherly Love.

"I am tempted several times a year, several times a day on some days! But, in the end, I have a fan base and a network of friends and a community I am supported by."

Here's hoping that some of those friends come out to Asbury Park on Thursday.  I know I'll be there.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Skyline Theatre Company Kicks Off Season with Rousing Pirates of Penzance Concerts!

(Bergen County, NJ) -- Skyline Theatre Company kicks off its 11th season with four fund raising concerts of the hilarious Gilbert and Sullivan classic Pirates of Penzance. These concerts, to be performed September 16-18 at the Fair Lawn Community Center at 10-10 20th Street in Fair Lawn, will raise funds for Skyline's educational programming and operating expenses. The concerts will star Broadway's Rob Lorey (Beauty and the Beast original cast, Aspects of Love) who returns to Skyline having starred as Zsa Zsa in their La Cage aux Folles and El Gallo in The Fantasticks.  Lorey, who appeared in Chess in Toronto, Show Boat in London, and Phantom of the Opera across the country, will sing the role of the Pirate King.  Performances are Friday, September 16 at 7:30pm; Saturday, September 17 at 2pm and 7:30pm; and Sunday, September 18 at 2pm.

In Pirates, Frederic, performed for Skyline by Nick Cartell (Off-Broadway's Frankenstein) is apprenticed to a band of tenderhearted, orphaned pirates, led by the raucous Pirate King. Upon completing his 21st year, Fredric is free to return to respectable society. But it turns out that he was born on February 29 in leap year, and he remains apprenticed to the pirates until his 21st birthday. By the end of the operetta, the pirates, a Major General, his beautiful but unwed daughters, and the timid constabulary all contribute to the cacophony.

STC's season of classics continues on Saturday, December 17 at 2pm with a new version of Dickens' A Christmas Carol performed in a one man tour de force. Skyline's season concludes May 18-20, 2012, with a true American classic, Thornton Wilder's Our Town.

Skyline Theatre Company is Bergen County's professional theatre company bringing professional performers, designers, and staff from New York City and the surrounding area together to produce an exciting array of musicals and plays. The company is proud of its Artists in Focus program, which brings professionals from Broadway and television into the classroom and an Apprentice Program that trains arts students with professionals while in production. Skyline is an associate member of the prestigious New Jersey Theatre Alliance, and their board is comprised of a diverse group of artists, business people and educators who are committed to bring high quality theatre and programs to Bergen County. (www.skylinetheatrecompany.org)

So come and enjoy this season of classic professional theatre right here in Bergen County. Pirates of Penzance, September 16--18, A Christmas Carol, December 17, and Our Town, May 18-20, all performed at the Fair Lawn Community Center at 10-10 20th Street in Fair Lawn. Tickets are $28 for adults, $20 for seniors, and $18 students.  For ticket reservations or for more information about STC please call 800-474-1299.

East Lynne Theater Company presents "Helpful Hints" for two nights only

 (CAPE MAY, NJ) -- "What was good for the baby forty years ago is not good for the baby of today. Today, it is widely recognized that if the baby wants to cry, let it do so. The best therapy for the baby is to leave it alone, to put it outdoors, and to seemingly forget all about it," says Mae Savell Croy, giving a lecture on children and household duties in the stand-up comedy-style production of "Helpful Hints."

     The advice is real, however, taken from "Putnam's Household Handbook," written by Mrs. Croy and published in 1916. This witty adaptation, written and performed by Susan Tischler, was directed by Karen Case Cook, who, for the first time, will be playing the stage manager, Mrs. Wilcox.

     Susan Tischler is the co-owner of Kaleidoscope and Just for Laughs on the Washington Street Mall in Cape May, and editor of "Cape May Magazine" and CapeMay.com.  Her reminiscence of her father, Fred Brown, a coal miner from Pittsburgh, was included in the late Tim Russert's book "Wisdom of Our Fathers," published in 2006. Karen Case Cook has directed shows in NYC, Philadelphia, and Beijing.  The four shows she's directed for ELTC, include last season's world premiere of "Emma Goldman: My Life." As an actor, she's been in three ELTC productions, and has performed in a variety of other regional as well as NYC productions.

     "Helpful Hints," one of ELTC’s sixteen touring productions, will be at The First Presbyterian Church, 500 Hughes St., where ELTC is in residence, on Friday and Saturday, September 16 and 17 at 8:00p.m.  Tickets are $25 for general admission; $15 for students, and anyone age 12 and under is free. Reservations may be made by calling the company at 884-5898, or by going online to www.eastlynnetheater.org.

     The mission of East Lynne Theater Company is to produce provocative classics and history-based contemporary entertainment that deal with the uniquely American experience, which means that ELTC's artistic director, Gayle Stahlhuth spends time not only reading plays that haven't been produced for seventy-five years, but also pursuing American literature and topics that might work for adaptations. Since 1999, when Gayle took over ELTC's reins, she has produced over fifty productions, including fifteen world premieres, three of which she commissioned, including "Helpful Hints."

     The rewards for researching American plays and literature are various and often surprising. In 2007, when Gayle asked Susan to adapt "Putnam's Household Handbook," neither producer nor playwright/performer had any idea that the Croy family would learn about the show - and want to see it.

     When Susan performed "Hints" at The Chalfonte Hotel in 2009, Jake Schaad wrote an article for "The Cape May Gazette."  A few months later, Jake received a phone call from Hank Ebert, Mae Savell Croy's grandson, who, after seeing the article on the Internet, wanted to know more about the show.  Jake contacted Gayle, who immediately followed up with her own call to the Croys, and contacted Susan, who began corresponding with the family.  On opening night of "Helpful Hints" at The Mad Batter, the Croys, all the way from Virginia, were there!  The group included two of Mae Savell Croy's grandchildren, Hank and Dee, and their spouses, and children, and Mae’s own daughter, Carol Croy Ebert. A very good time was had by all!

STATE THEATRE APPOINTS DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMING

(New Brunswick, NJ) -- State Theatre President & CEO Mark W. Jones has announced the appointment of Brian O'Boyle of Cranford, NJ as the State Theatre's Director of Programming. O'Boyle will assume his duties on August 29, 2011. The position of Director of Programming is a new position created to expand the State Theatre's programming and to take it to new heights and replaces that of Programming Manager.

"We are thrilled to have an individual with Brian's experience join our seasoned staff," stated State Theatre President & CEO Mark W. Jones. "As one of New Jersey's premier venues, Brian is the ideal candidate to begin the next chapter in the theater's programming history."

O'Boyle comes to the State Theatre from Metropolitan Talent, where he worked as the marketing director, developing local and national marketing campaigns for touring properties, family attractions, Broadway runs, and concerts. Some of these campaigns included plans for Metropolitan's New York City venues, the Laurie Berkner Band tours from 2005-11, the 2006 North American INXS tour, and the Tony® Award-winning Broadway engagement "Liza's At the Palace," starring Liza Minnelli.

In addition to his work at Metropolitan, O'Boyle has been the owner and manager of the entertainment company Backline Concerts since 2009. At Backline Concerts, O'Boyle negotiated contracts, executed marketing plans, and oversaw productions, box office, and all other aspects of event presentation. One of O'Boyle's major accomplishments for Backline included raising the profile of Union County MusicFest, the largest free music festival in the New York City region. In 2006, MusicFest was a single-stage concert event that drew a few thousand people and by 2010, the festival had grown to four stages, three days, and more than 80,000 fans in attendance.

"As a lifelong resident of New Jersey, I am excited to have been chosen for this position and to join the State Theatre team. I have worked in the entertainment industry for more than two decades and I am eager to use my knowledge to help build on the State Theatre's success in presenting the finest arts and entertainment from around the world," said O'Boyle recently.

Prior to his experience with Metropolitan Talent, O'Boyle worked in marketing at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, where he was the liaison for advertising agencies in maintaining the venues multi-million dollar annual advertising budget. He also was part of a marketing team that worked on the expansion of Radio City and Madison Square Garden's brands including the presentation of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular outside of NY. He also worked on the marketing plans for a variety of unique one-of-a-kind events including Bette Midler's 30-show run at Radio City, Bruce Springsteen's 10-run show at Madison Square Garden, and the GQ Men Of The Year Awards.  

The State Theatre, a premier nonprofit venue for the performing arts and entertainment. The theater exists to enrich people's lives, contribute to a vital urban environment, and build future audiences by presenting the finest performing artists and entertainers and fostering lifetime appreciation for the performing arts through education. The State Theatre's programs are made possible, in part, by funding from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and contributions from numerous corporations, foundations, and individuals. The Heldrich is the official hotel of the State Theatre. Magic 98. 3 is the official radio station of the State Theatre. The Star-Ledger is the official newspaper of the State Theatre. United is the official airline of the State Theatre. 

Friday, August 26, 2011

LARRY THE CABLE GUY RESCHEDULED

(New Brunswick, NJ) -— Due to the severe weather forecast, at the request of the artist, and for the safety of all customers, this Saturday's August 27 Larry the Cable Guy shows are now rescheduled for Sat, March 10, 2012 at 7pm and 10pm. Original tickets purchased for August 27 are now valid for the March 10 shows at 7pm and 10pm respectively.

The State Theatre ticket office, located at 15 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick NJ, is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 10am to 6pm; Wednesday 11am to 7pm; Friday 10am to5pm; and at least two hours prior to curtain on performance dates. For information on group outings and discounts, call 732-247-7200, ext. 517.

The State Theatre, a premier nonprofit venue for the performing arts and entertainment. The theater exists to enrich people's lives, contribute to a vital urban environment, and build future audiences by presenting the finest performing artists and entertainers and fostering lifetime appreciation for the performing arts through education. The State Theatre's programs are made possible, in part, by funding from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and contributions from numerous corporations, foundations, and individuals. The Heldrich is the official hotel of the State Theatre. Magic 98.3 is the official radio station of the State Theatre. The Star-Ledger is the official newspaper of the State Theatre. United is the official airline of the State Theatre.

South Pacific to play at Count Basie Theatre and Strand Center for the Arts

Phoenix Productions, the award-winning community theatre organization, will present the hit Broadway musical, South Pacific, for two weekends at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, and one weekend at the Strand Center for the Arts in Lakewood. Performances will begin September 16th and conclude October 1st.

Fresh from a Tony award-winning run at Lincoln Center, this Rodgers & Hammerstein classic is considered to be one of the greatest Broadway musicals of all time. South Pacific is a heartwarming tale of love and romance, war and racial tolerance, and laughter and liveliness. The score is full of memorable, timeless tunes such as "Younger than Springtime", "There Is Nothing Like a Dame", "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Out-a My Hair", "I'm in Love with a Wonderful Guy", and - of course - "Some Enchanted Evening".

The Phoenix Productions revival features a cast of 36 local performers led by Samantha Penick of North Brunswick as Nellie Forbush, the "cock-eyed optimist", and Martin Grubman of Monmouth Beach as Emile de Becque, the charming French man with a dark past. The supporting cast includes Brielle Cotelo of Toms River as Liat, Anthony Marone of Freehold as Lieutenant Cable, Todd Aikens of Long Branch as Billis, and Tammy McKillip of West Allenhurst as Bloody Mary. This production also features a complete set, full costumes, and a live orchestra. 

At the Count Basie Theatre, performances are September 16th, 17th, and 18th, and the following weekend, September 23rd, 24th, and 25th. Friday and Saturday performances are at 8pm and Sunday matinees are at 3pm. At the Strand Center for the Arts, two final performances will take place on October 1st at 2pm and 8pm. Tickets, priced at $20 to $29, can be ordered by phone at 732-747-0014.

Phoenix Productions, founded in 1987, is a non-profit community theatre organization based in Red Bank that has produced more than 100 revivals of hit Broadway musicals. More information is available at www.phoenixredbank.com.

East Lynne Theater Company presents Special Matinee of "Dorothy Parker" on Saturday, September 3

(CAPE MAY, NJ) -- Due to the number of patrons who could not see the award-winning Equity professional production of "The World of Dorothy Parker" this past weekend, and the number of pre-sold tickets for the final week, an additional performance has been added on Saturday, September 3 at 2:00PM. The last performance of a successful six-week run will be on September 3 at 8:30PM. During the week, the days and times are the same as usual: Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at 8:30PM.

      In this world premiere based on the humorous and touching works of one of America's most beloved writers, the following stories are brought to life: "A Telephone Call" (1930), "Here We Are" (1931), "The Lovely Leave" (1943), and other tales and poems by the woman who quipped: "You can take a horticulture, but you can't make her think."

     The four ensemble actors were either in last season's ELTC productions of "Berkeley Square" or "The Dictator" and are Suzanne Dawson, Megan McDermott, Drew Seltzer, and John Cameron Weber. John was also in the recent production of "He and She," and Suzanne, Megan, and Drew will be in the upcoming "Dulcy" which opens for a four-week run on September 21.

      Performances are at The First Presbyterian Church, 500 Hughes St., Cape May, where the company is in residence. Tickets are $30 for general admission; $25 for seniors and those with disabilities and their support companions; $15 for students; and anyone age twelve and under is free. For information and to make reservations, call 609-884-5898 or go online at www.eastlynnetheater.org.

     "The World of Dorothy Parker" would not be possible without permission from the NAACP, season sponsors Curran Investment Management, Aleathea's Restaurant, and La Mer Beachfront Inn; funding received through grants from the New Jersey Department of State, Division of Travel and Tourism and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; and the generosity of many patrons.

Auditions For The Cocktail Hour UPDATE

(CHESTER, NJ) -- Due to the impending weather related conditions, The Chester Theater Group's auditions for THE COCKTAIL HOUR, which were on the calendar for Sunday 8/28 at 2pm have been cancelled.  The second night of auditions, scheduled for Tuesday evening 8/30 at 7:30 p.m., remains as scheduled.  An announcement will be made should additional auditions be necessary.  If you have any questions, please contact the director, Cindy Alexander at (908) 713-6207.

The production will be directed by Cindy Alexander and will have performances on Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. and Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m. beginning November 4, 2011 thru November 20,
2011.
Auditions will be held at the Black River Playhouse located at the corners of Grove Street and Maple Avenue in Chester, NJ.

Readings will be from the script. Needed are two female and two male actors

Bradley – early 70's (70-74) –WASP patriarch of a wealthy up-state NY family. (Buffalo) Dresses well, plays golf, goes to "the club" and presides over the bar at the evening's cocktail hour.

Ann – His wife- could be a couple of years younger than her husband but not by much. Also very tastefully dressed, Ann is an elegant lady who is skilled at handling the tasks of running a household. (i.e. managing the servants) She is also very refined and seemingly a little dotty. However, she is the northern version of a Steel Magnolia –stronger than she looks.

John – Their son- early 40s (42-44) Lives in NYC and works as an editor in a publishing house. However, his true calling is as a playwright. He has had several plays produced, but is by no means successful at it. He is in the midst of evaluating his life thus far.

Nina – Their daughter – two years older than her brother John. Happily married
daughter who stayed in her hometown. She is obsessed with animals, particularly dogs and longs to change her life. She should have a repressed edge.

THE STORY: The time is the mid '70s, the place a city in upstate New York. John, a playwright, returns to his family's house, bringing with him a new play which he has written about them. His purpose is to obtain their permission to proceed with production, but his wealthy, very proper parents are cautious from the outset. For them the theatre is personified by the gracious, comforting era of the Lunts and Ina Claire, and they are disturbed by the bluntness of modern plays. And there is also John's sister, Nina, to contend with, although her reservations have to do with the fact that John has given her character such a minor role. Their confrontation takes place during the ritual of the cocktail hour, and as the martinis flow so do the recriminations and revelations, both funny and poignant. In the end it is evident that what John has written is closer to the truth than his family has heretofore been willing to admit, and that beneath their WASP reserve his parents and siblings are as beset with uncertainties and frustrations as their presumed "inferiors." But while they seem shackled by the past, and tantalized disappointments and, with unfailing warmth and humor, converting pained resignation into cautious but hopeful anticipation.

Winner of the Lucille Lortel Award as Best Off-Broadway Play. A long-run New York
success, this witty, perceptive play blends mordant humor with moments of affecting poignancy. "THE COCKTAIL HOUR is as funny and moving as The Dining Room…it could be the best play he has done so far." —The New Yorker. "It makes for a deliciously funny and also occasionally touching evening, as Gurney's family sit around raking over old coals and settling old scores with a quite new and beguiling freshness."

—NY Post. "The lines in the play crackle and pop with an electricity all their own." —
Drama-Logue. "…when I watch Gurney at his best, as he is here, I laugh through the tears." —NY Daily News.

The Strand Poker Tournament Returns

(Lakewood, NJ) – The historic STRAND Center for the Arts presents the Strand Poker Tournament on Saturday, September 24 at 7pm. Back by popular demand! Come enjoy a fun evening of Texas Hold'em to benefit the historic Strand Theater. Tickets are $125 which includes a $100 entrance fee + $25 buy in. Up to 3 re-buys will be available in the first hour and one add-on at the end of the first break. 50% pool money will be paid out in prizes to the top 10% of the field. $40 entrance tickets are available for non players. All tickets include food. Seating is limited so buy your tickets early!

Don't miss this opportunity to support local theater!

Make your ticket reservations online at www.strand.org or call 732-730-5925. The STRAND box office, 732 – 367 - 7789,
is open on Thursday and Friday, between 12 pm and 5 pm and 3 hours before each show.

The Strand Theater is located at 400 Clifton Avenue in Lakewood, NJ.

Cape May Stage Presents "The Woolgatherer"

(Cape May, NJ) -- Cape May Stage, South Jersey's premier professional Equity theatre, is proud to announce the opening of William Mastrosimone's South Philly love story, The Woolgatherer.  This funny and poignant play will begin performances on Wednesday, September 14 (with an official opening on Thursday, September 15) and will run Wednesdays through Sundays at 8 p.m. through Saturday, October 22 at the Robert Shackleton Playhouse located at the corner of Bank and Lafayette Streets in downtown Cape May.
Set in a small apartment in South Philadelphia in 1979, the story follows the unlikely romance of Rose, a nervous and flighty woman who works the candy counter at the local five-and-dime, and Cliff, a foul-mouthed truck driver looking for a one night stand while his broken rig is being repaired. Rose, played by Broadway actress Pilar Millhollen, and Cliff, featuring NY stage and screen actor Michael Basile, find much more than expected when they begin to open up and share fears that have left them both unable to find the human connection they so desperately seek.

"It is a story about two misfits who somehow find each other, and, despite their own fears regarding intimacy, manage to connect and begin to heal each other," says Director Roy Steinberg. "There is a real resonance to the story that transcends the time period and is as captivating today as the first time I read it."

While the relevance of the script initially drew Steinberg to the play, he is also excited about the extraordinary opportunity to work directly with Mastrosimone.  "When a playwright says he wants to "tweak" his original script, it is an opportunity that can not be missed, " says Steinberg.  "It is a gift to have the writer in the rehearsal process. Theatre is a collaborative art and actors and directors are interpretive artists.  I firmly believe we are all storytellers," he continues, "but the writer's presence gives us insight into his true intentions. When theatre really works, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.  Often, the final product is far more resonant than anything I first envisioned."

The Woolgatherer is Mastrosimone's first play.  It premiered at the Theatre at Rutgers University in New Jersey in 1979 and won the L.A. Drama Critics Award in 1982.  Since then, Mastrosimone has written several plays including Extremeties, Cat's Paw, and Shivaree. His screenwriting credits include Into the West and the adaptation of his play Extremities. He won a Daytime Emmy Award for Bang Bang You're Dead and was nominated for a Prime Time Emmy for Into the West and The Burning Season.

Directed by Cape May Stage's Artistic Director Roy Steinberg, the artistic team includes Shawn Fisher (sets and lighting), Leon Dobkowski (costumes), and Benjamin Loverin (stage manager).

Performance Information

The Woolgatherer officially opens Thursday, September 15th and will run to Saturday, October 22nd at the Robert Shackleton Playhouse at the corner of Bank and Lafayette Streets in downtown Cape May. Performances are Wednesdays through Sundays at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35 adults, $30 seniors (62+), and $15 students.  Friday, October 7 will be a half-price performance for senior citizens. Following the September 15th opening, all ticket holders are invited to join the opening night after-party, with the chance to mingle with the cast and crew.  Call (609) 884-1341 for reservations and information or visit the theatre's website, www.capemaystage.org.

The Woolgatherer is co-sponsored by Wilsey Realty, LLC, The Fudge Kitchen, and The Mad Batter. This season's sponsors include 410 Bank Street/Frescos, Exit Zero, CapeSCape, The Corner Cottage Apartments, Harry's Bar & Grille at the Montreal Inn, La Mer Beachfront Inn, Lucky Bones, Cape May Winery, and The Washington Inn.

State Theatre presents comedian Kathleen Madigan

(New Brunswick, NJ) —- State Theatre presents comedian Kathleen Madigan in her new show Gone Madigan on Saturday, September 10, 2011 at 8pm. Tickets range from $19-39 (plus fees).

Kathleen Madigan's quick-witted humor and tell-it-like-it-is mentality earned her a spot as a finalist on the television show Last Comic Standing in 2004 and as a judge for the show during season five in 2007. Her Showtime special, GONE MADIGAN, was released on DVD earlier this year. Madigan has also appeared on several television shows including The Tonight Show, The Conan O'Brien Show, and Late Night with David Letterman.

Madigan's razor sharp stand-up has earned her accolades from the likes of Lewis Black ("The funniest woman in America") and Jay Leno ("One of America's funniest female comics"). Madigan has done USO Holiday Tours of both Iraq and Afghanistan, performing along side of Lance Armstrong, Lewis Black, Robin Williams, and Kellie Picker, to name a few. She also hosts her own Blue Collar Comedy show on Sirius FM radio.

In 1996, Madigan won "Funniest Female Stand-Up Comic" at the American Comedy Awards. In 2007, she won the Sirius Radio Comedy Cup, defeating popular Blue Collar Comedian, Larry the Cable Guy. She has recorded three CDs, entitled, Live, Shallow Happy Thoughts for the Soul, and In Other Words, and two DVDs, entitled, In Other Words and Gone Madigan.

For tickets or more information, call the State Theatre ticket office at 732-246-SHOW (7469), or visit us online at www.StateTheatreNJ.org. The State Theatre ticket office, located at 15 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick NJ, is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 10am to 6pm; Wednesday 11am to 7pm; Friday 10am to 5pm; and at least two hours prior to curtain on performance dates. For information on group outings and discounts, call 732-247-7200, ext. 517. Some additional ticket and transaction fees may apply.

State Theatre, a premier nonprofit venue for the performing arts and entertainment. The theater exists to enrich people's lives, contribute to a vital urban environment, and build future audiences by presenting the finest performing artists and entertainers and fostering lifetime appreciation for the performing arts through education. The State Theatre's programs are made possible, in part, by funding from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and contributions from numerous corporations, foundations, and individuals. The Heldrich is the official hotel of the State Theatre. Magic 98. 3 is the official radio station of the State Theatre. The Star-Ledger is the official newspaper of the State Theatre. United is the official airline of the State Theatre. 

Donna the Buffalo plays the Stanhope House on Sept 21st

(Asheville, NC) -- Donna the Buffalo comes to the Stanhope House on Wednesday, September 21.  The Roy Jay Band will open the show.  Doors are at 8pm and admission is $20 for 18 and up.  The Stanhope House is located at 45 Main Street in Stanhope, NJ.

Donna the Buffalo's feel-good, groove-oriented, danceable and often socially conscious music all began over twenty years ago with roots in old time fiddle music that evolved into a soulful electric Americana mix infused with elements of cajun/ zydeco, rock, folk, reggae, and country. Donna the Buffalo is known for touring the country remaining fiercely independent as one of the industry's most diverse roots-music bands and has "earned a reputation as one of the most respected, eclectic and hardest-working acts today," praises Encore.

"Donna the Buffalo is in the enviable position of being a homegrown entity, a group that finds itself outside the coloring lines of the accepted formula, a formula that is now in the past tense...People doing what they love, and better, sharing that passion to the benefit of the public, is the strongest business formula ever written. Donna the Buffalo is living proof of that." states Beat Magazine. Edd Hurt with the Nashville Scene writes, "Folkies with a superior sense of rhythm are rare enough, but folkies with a good beat and a healthy disrespect for eclectic clichés are a national treasure..they've never sounded better..."

The dynamic songwriting tandem of vocalists Jeb Puryear and Tara Nevins have penned over 150 songs in their collaboration with DTB and have many more in the making. Although never writing a set list for live show, the Erie Times notes, "they stick to a pattern...usually alternating between Puryear's rhythmic, Dylan-influenced, guitar-centered songs and Nevins' breezy, melodic, accordion-driven gems like the folksy Tides of Time and infectious Locket and Key." As of late, Nevins and Puryear have also been known to perform as a duo on air and at live shows, which is always enjoyable to the fans to hear their favorite DtB songs in stripped down arrangements.

Donna the Buffalo is currently recording in Athens, GA with John Keane [R.E.M., Widespread Panic] on their 10th album with Puryear on guitar, Nevins on fiddle, guitar, accordion, and scrubboard, keyboardist Dave McCracken, bassist Kyle Spark, and drummer Vic Stafford. Donna the Buffalo has released nine albums and are affiliated with several others, including a Puryear's 2007 solo album Hopes and Dreams and a 2003 release, Wait Til Spring, with Jim Lauderdale. The band's 2008 release Silverlined, on Sugar Hill, rose to #8 on the Americana Music Chart.

Co-DtB bandleader and American roots traditionalist, Tara Nevins, released Wood and Stone, her first solo album since Mule to Ride in 1999 on Sugar Hill Records on May 3rd, 2011. Wood and Stone showcases her ever-evolving repertoire as she journeys both back to her own "roots" and head-long into new territory. The album was produced by Larry Campbell with guests including Levon Helm, Jim Lauderdale, Allison Moorer, Teresa Williams and more. Brian Robbins with Jambands.com says, "... her music takes on the spirit of the [Levon Helm] Barn like a well-worn and cozy Gypsy jacket that was tailored to her shoulders."  In a another recent review of the album, Wildman Steve wrote, "If heroes and heroines of rock ‘n' roll are defined by their uniqueness, they definitely broke the mold when they made Tara Nevins." You can find out more at www.TaraNevins.com.

With over twenty years of playing to celebrate, hundreds of gigs ahead of them, and an ever-evolving grassroots sound; it looks like Donna the Buffalo is riding a cloud that is truly Silverlined.

For more on dates and venues, see below. To learn more about Donna the Buffalo, see videos, recent press and more, visit www.Donnathebuffalo.com. Contact Erin Scholze at Dreamspider Publicity for interviews, to request tickets, or music for review ( Dreamspider@gmail.com, 828-776-6248).

DtB Upcoming Shows

Sat, Sep 3, 2011 - Adamsville, TN - Red River Campground
Sun, Sep 4, 2011 - McGaheysville, VA - Massanutten Resort
Thu, Sep 8, 2011 – Canton, NY - Java Barn
Fri, Sep 9, 2011- Norfolk, CT - Infinity Hall
Sat, Sep 10, 2011 - Saratoga Springs, NY - The Putnam Den
Sun, Sep 11, 2011 - New Haven, CT - Toad's Place
Thu, Sep 15, 2011 - New Hope, PA - Havana
Fri, Sep 16, 2011 - Lexington, VA - Theatre at Lime Kiln
Sat, Sep 17, 2011 - Winston-Salem, NC - Ziggy's
Sun, Sep 18, 2011 - Wilmington, NC - Brooklyn Arts Center Details
Wed, Sep 21, 2011 - Stanhope, NJ - Stanhope House
Thu, Sep 22, 2011 - Boston(Alltson), MA - Brighton Music Hall
Fri, Sep 23, 2011 - Pawtucket, RI - The Met
Sun, Sep 25, 2011 - White River Junction, VT - Tupelo Music Hall
Fri, Sep 30, 2011 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
Sat, Oct 1, 2011 – Charlotte, NC – Neighborhood Theatre
Thu-Sun, Oct 6-9, 2011 – Silk Hope, NC – Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival
Sat-Sun, Oct 22-23, 2011 - Live Oak, FL – Magnolia Fest- Spirit Of Suwannee Music Park
Fri, Nov 25, 2011 - New York, NY - City Winery
Sat, Nov 26, 2011 - Londonderry, NH -Tupelo Music Hall
Fri- Sat, Dec 2-3, 2011 – Floyd, VA- Sun Music Hall
Sun, Dec 4, 2011 – Annapolis, MD - Rams Head Tavern
Fri, Dec 9, 2011 - Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection
Sat, Dec 10, 2011 – Kent, OH – Kent Stage

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

SHAKESPEARE'S GREAT AND WITTY ROMANTIC COMEDY MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, DIRECTED BY SAM BUNTROCK, OPENS TWO RIVER THEATER'S 2011-2012 SEASON

(RED BANK, NJ) --  Two River Theater Company, under the leadership of Artistic Director John Dias and Managing Director Michael Hurst, launches its new season with Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Tony Award nominee Sam Buntrock and starring Obie winner Michael Cumpsty and Tony Award nominee Kathryn Meisle as Benedick and Beatrice. Performances will begin in Two River's Joan and Robert Rechnitz Theater, 21 Bridge Avenue, on Saturday, September 10 and continue through Sunday, October 2. The opening night performance is Saturday, September 17 at 8pm.



Tickets are available from 732.345.1400 or www.trtc.org. Single ticket prices start at $37. Discounts are available for groups, seniors, students, and patrons aged 30 and under. 



A great and witty romantic comedy, Much Ado About Nothing delights audiences with the sparkling banter between resistant lovers Benedick and Beatrice. Buntrock sets their "merry war" in the early 20th century, on the veranda of a family home owned by one of Sicily's most powerful men. In this idyllic atmosphere, filled with music and sunshine, the sudden appearance of soldiers returning from battle brings romance—and an undercurrent of danger. In this world of honor and passion, two sets of lovers—Benedick and Beatrice, and the younger couple Claudio and Hero—determine their futures.



John Dias says, "I am thrilled to launch my first season at Two River with this truly glorious comedy. I have long wanted to produce Much Ado with the exceptional actors Michael Cumpsty and Katherine Meisle in Shakespeare's greatest roles for mature lovers. Led by the brilliant director Sam Buntrock, they are joined by some of the most accomplished artists in the American theater, including a great ensemble and an exciting, inventive design team." 



Sam Buntrock directed the first Broadway revival of Sunday in the Park with George, a production that originated at London's Menier Chocolate Factory and also played in the West End and at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre. The production has been honored with five Olivier Awards including Outstanding Musical Production and an Olivier nomination for Best Director; nine Tony nominations including Best Director; and a Drama Desk nomination for Best Director. His other recent credits include plays for New York Stage & Film and (Manhattan Theatre Club).



Michael Cumpsty (Benedick) has appeared in 14 Broadway productions including Sunday in the Park with George (directed by Buntrock) and Copenhagen. His Shakespeare credits include his Obie-winning performance as Hamlet at Classic Stage, Malvolio in Twelfth Night at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, and Leontes in The Winter's Tale for the Royal Shakespeare Company. His film and television credits include Boardwalk Empire, Nurse Jackie and The Ice Storm.



Kathryn Meisle (Beatrice) received a Tony nomination and the Callaway Award for Roundabout's Tartuffe; her Broadway credits also include Racing Demon and The Constant Wife. She starred in Twelfth Night, As You Like It (Drama Desk nomination) and Othello for New York Shakespeare Festival. Her New Jersey credits include productions at McCarter and Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey.



The company also includes John Ahlin (Dogberry), Tom Bloom (Leonato), Connor Carew (Friar Francis , Verges), Sean Dugan (Don John),  Christopher Hirsh (Borachio), Tia James (Margaret), Kevin Kelly (Conrade), Nick LaMedica (Balthasar, Watchman), Aaron Clifton Moten (Claudio), Mary Anne O'Brien (Ursula, Sexton), Steven Skybell (Don Pedro), Annapurna Sriram (Hero) and Zeke Zaccaro (Antonio, Watchman).



The creative team includes scenic designer Tony Straiges, costume designer Mattie Ullrich, lighting designer Brian Tovar, sound designer and composer Mark Bennett, and vocal coach Deborah Hecht. The casting is by Janet Foster, CSA and the stage manager is Whitney McAnally.

For complete biographies of the company, visit www.trtc.org.

STATE THEATRE ANNOUNCES NEW HD PROGRAM

(New Brunswick, NJ) -- State Theatre announces a brand new HD program that allows the State Theatre to bring performances, captured live from around the world—including the Royal Opera House in London, England; the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Russia; and the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Italy—to New Jersey audiences. The opera series features many prominent stars including Angela Gheorghiu, Bryn Terfel, Anna Netrebko, Daniel Barenboim, and Ramón Vargas. The ballet stars featured include two prominent dancers from the Bolshoi Ballet, Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, August 19, 2011 (9am–internet / 10am–phone and window). Tickets are $22.



"We are thrilled to realize our mission by bringing the highest quality performing arts from around the world to the State Theatre at affordable ticket prices. We have carefully considered how the State Theatre can present programs of world-class quality, find a unique audience niche, and secure the highest caliber equipment to enrich the experience for our audiences. HD programming is the perfect fit," says Mark W. Jones, President & CEO of the State Theatre.



To make this new screening experience the best it can be, the State Theatre is purchasing a new HD digital cinema projection system including a Barco projector, an extra large 40'x22.5' Stewart film screen, and digital surround sound. The historic State Theatre will feature one of the largest tab tensioned perforated electric screens manufactured to date by Stewart Filmscreen Corp, measuring an impressive 46' diagonal. California-based Stewart Filmscreen is recognized as the industry leader in precision projection screen technologies and is creating this custom seamless screen for the State Theatre.



The State Theatre is partnering with Emerging Pictures, LLC to present this new HD program. Emerging Pictures is the largest all-digital specialty film and alternate content theater network in the United States. Emerging has a network of arts institutions, media arts centers and independent art house theaters, tied together through digital technology—enabling them to cost effectively exhibit films and cultural programming.



State Theatre's 2011-2012 OPERA IN CINEMA events include Tosca (11/2/11), Cendrillon (1/8/12), Il Trittico (2/2/12), and Rigoletto (4/22/12), performed by the The Royal Opera and captured live at the Royal Opera House in London, England; Aida (11/16/11), performed by Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and captured live at their opera house in Florence, Italy; Don Giovanni (12/8/11), performed by La Scala and captured live at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Italy; and La Bohème (3/14/12), performed by Liceu and captured live at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Spain.



The BALLET IN CINEMA events include Don Quixote (11/9/11), The Sleeping Beauty (11/30/11), Swan Lake (1/15/12), and Coppélia (2/22/12), performed by the Bolshoi Ballet and captured live at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Russia; Romeo and Juliet (5/16/12) and La Fille Mal Gardée (6/13/11), performed by The Royal Ballet and captured live at the at the Royal Opera House in London, England.



In addition to opera and ballet screenings, the State Theatre will also screen classic and indie films. Two films currently programmed include the indie cult sensation, Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation, on Friday, August 26 (This screening will not be in HD. Tickets are $20.) and Sing-A-Long Sound of Music, the classic film starring Julie Andrews, on January 29, 2012. Partnering with the State Theatre for the classic and indie films is Metuchen Film Festival curator and owner of The Raconteur book shop in Metuchen, Alex Dawson. "As a committed arts programmer with over five hundred events behind me, I'm naturally very excited about The Raconteur's new collaboration with the State Theatre on a series of interactive, special-guest film events. I'm eager to combine our existing audience with those of the State, as well as attract new event goers," said Dawson.



The HD Program has been made possible by the generous support of The Blanche & Irving Laurie Foundation; Dave and Carolyn Horn; The Hyde and Watson Foundation; J. Seward Johnson, Sr. Charitable Trusts; The Richard B. Sellars Fund; RTS Unified Communications; and Vornado Realty Trust.



Complete listing of 2011-12 HD Broadcasts at the State Theatre



OPERA IN CINEMA


Tosca, The Royal Opera

Giacomo Puccini
Wed, November 2, 2011 at 7pm
Captured Live at the Royal Opera House in London, England
Starring Angela Gheorghiu, Jonas Kaufmann, Bryn Terfel, and Lukas Jakobski



Aida, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

Giuseppe Verdi
Wed, November 16, 2011 at 7pm

Captured Live at the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence, Italy
Conducted by Zubin Mehta

Starring Roberto Tagliavini, Luciana D'Intino, Hui He, and Marco Berti

Don Giovanni, La Scala

W.A. Mozart
Thu, December 8, 2011 at 7pm
Captured Live at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Italy
Conducted by Daniel Barenboim

Starring Anna Netrebko and Bryn Terfel

Cendrillon, The Royal Opera

Jules Massenet
Sun, January 8, 2012 at 2pm
Captured Live at the Royal Opera House in London, England
Starring Joyce DiDonato, Alice Coote and Eglise Guttiérez

Il Trittico, The Royal Opera

Giacomo Puccini
Thu, February 2, 2012 at 7pm
Captured Live at the Royal Opera House in London, England
Starring Lucio Gallo, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Anja Harteros, Anna Larsson, and Elena Zilio

La Bohème, Liceu

Giacomo Puccini
Wed, March 14, 2012 at 7pm
Captured Live at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Spain

Starring Ramón Vargas and Fiorenza Cedolins


Rigoletto, The Royal Opera

Giuseppe Verdi
Sun, April 22, 2012 at 2pm
Captured Live at the Royal Opera House in London, England

Directed by David McVicar
Starring Dimitri Plantanias, Ekaterina Siurina, Vittorio Grigolo, and Christine Rice



BALLET IN CINEMA

Don Quixote, Bolshoi Ballet
Wed, November 9, 2011 at 7pm
Captured Live at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Russia
Choreography by Alexei Fadeyechev

Composed by Ludwig Minkus
Starring Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev

The Sleeping Beauty, Bolshoi Ballet
Wed, November 30, 2011 at 7pm
Captured Live at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Russia

Choreographed by Yuri Grigorovich (1973) after Marius Petipa



Swan Lake, Bolshoi Ballet
Sun, January 15, 2012 at 2pm
Captured Live at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Russia
Starring Mariya Aleksandrova and Nicolai Tsiskaridze

Coppélia, Bolshoi Ballet
Wed, February 22, 2012 at 7pm
Captured Live at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Russia
Original Choreography by Marius Petipa, recreated by Sergei Vikharev
Composed by Leo Delibes
Starring Viacheslav Lopatin and Natalia Osipova


Romeo and Juliet, The Royal Ballet
Wed, May 16, 2012 at 7pm

Captured Live at the Royal Opera House in London, England

Choreographed by Kenneth MacMillan


La Fille Mal Gardée, The Royal Ballet
Wed, June 13, 2012 at 7pm
Captured Live at the Royal Opera House in London, England

Choreographed by Frederick Ashton



For tickets or more information, call the State Theatre ticket office at 732-246-SHOW (7469), or visit us online at www.StateTheatreNJ.org. The State Theatre ticket office, located at 15 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick NJ, is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 10am to 6pm; Wednesday 11am to 7pm; Friday 10am to 5pm; and at least two hours prior to curtain on performance dates. For information on group outings and discounts, call 732-247-7200, ext. 517.



State Theatre, a premier nonprofit venue for the performing arts and entertainment. The theater exists to enrich people's lives, contribute to a vital urban environment, and build future audiences by presenting the finest performing artists and entertainers and fostering lifetime appreciation for the performing arts through education. The State Theatre's programs are made possible, in part, by funding from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and contributions from numerous corporations, foundations, and individuals. The Heldrich is the official hotel of the State Theatre. Magic 98. 3 is the official radio station of the State Theatre. The Star-Ledger is the official newspaper of the State Theatre. United is the official airline of the State Theatre. 

Cape May Stage Presents "Blue Plate Special" -- An Evening with Kate McCauley Hathaway & Friends

(Cape May, NJ) -– Get ready for dessert! Cape May Stage, South Jersey's premier Equity theatre, is pleased to present "Blue Plate Special," a musical evening of song and word, in conjunction with this year's Cape May Forum, "The Politics of Food in the 21st Century." Kate McCauley Hathaway, who stars as Clairee in this season's Steel Magnolias, will share the stage with Artistic Director Roy Steinberg and Steel Magnolias co-star Marlena Lustik, in a cabaret performance celebrating food and everything it represents.  Blue Plate Special will run on September 19, at 8:00p.m. at the Robert Shackleton Playhouse on Bank and Lafayette Streets.

Kate McCauley Hathaway is a lifelong summer resident of Cape May.  She made her acting debut at the tender age of 6 on the stage of the Cape May Playhouse. Since then, she has appeared in many stage productions, most notably as Fantine in Les Miserables, Eva Peron in Evita, Sally Bowles in Cabaret, and Ensign Nellie Forbush in South Pacific.  Kate has appeared at the Forrest and Walnut St. Theatres in Philadelphia as well as several cabaret venues in NY and Philadelphia. Her film work includes: Rachel Getting Married and Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement.

For Blue Plate Special, Ms. Hathaway has joined forces with Cape May Stage's Artistic Director Roy Steinberg and his wife Marlena Lustik.  Accompanied by the versatile and talented David Brunetti, a writer, musician and teacher in New York City, the trio will regale audiences with songs like, "If I Knew You Were Coming, I'd've Baked A Cake," to "Captain Hook's Tango" from Peter Pan, to famous commercials like the Chiquita Banana song.  Audiences will indulge on a savory script full of quotes and quips by famous gastronomes like Woody Allen and Collette.  "After all the serious lectures and contemplating slow food and future resources, this is a purely entertaining evening of silliness and delight," notes Steinberg.

Blue Plate Special is a one-night limited engagement co-sponsored by the Cape May Forum at the Robert Shackleton Playhouse at the corner of Bank & Lafayette Streets in downtown Cape May.  Tickets are $50.  Call (609) 884-1341 for reservations and information or visit the theatre's website, www.capemaystage.com.

THE SHAKESPEARE THEATRE OF NEW JERSEY PRESENTS SHAKESPEARE'S MASTERPIECE OTHELLO

(MADISON, NJ) -- The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey ushers in the Fall portion of its 2011 Season with Othello -- Shakespeare's tragic tale of love, jealousy and betrayal featuring a prestigious cast of Shakespeare Theatre veterans including Lindsay Smiling and Robert Cuccioli.  Performances of Othello begin on September 7 and continue through October 2 at the Theatre's Main Stage, the intimate F.M. Kirby Theatre. For tickets or for more information, call the box office at 973-408-5600 or visit www.ShakespeareNJ.org. The F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre is located at 36 Madison Avenue (at Lancaster Road), in Madison.  Performances are held Tuesday through Sunday evenings and Saturday and Sunday matinees.  Several 10:30 a.m. performances for school groups are also scheduled.  To book a school group for these matinees, call 973-408-3983.



Not seen on The Shakespeare Theatre stage since 2003, this epic tale of love and jealousy remains as compelling today as when it exploded onto the stage in 1604.  Often described as Shakespeare's most perfect play, the epic downfall of the Moor of Venice and his beautiful Desdemona at the hands of the world's most infamous villain Iago is one of Shakespeare's most fascinating and heartbreaking tales.



The Cast
Playing noble Moor Othello is Lindsay Smiling who returns for his second season with the Shakespeare Theatre after appearing as Polixenes in the 2008 production of The Winter's Tale. He recently appeared off-Broadway in Treasure Island and in Charlotte's Web at Two River Theatre Company.  Smiling has also appeared in several productions at the Human Race Theater, the Wilma Theater, Victory Gardens Theatre, and the Walnut Street Theater.  His television and film appearances include Hack, As the World Turns, The Daily Grind, and Brother.



Tony Award-nominee Robert Cuccioli returns for his ninth season with The Shakespeare Theatre to play the master manipulator Iago.  Cuccioli's Shakespeare Theatre credits include Hamlet, Amadeus, Julius Caesar, Carnival!, Antony and Cleopatra, and the title role in Macbeth.  On Broadway, Cuccioli appeared as Javert in Les Miserables, and received a Tony Nomination, a Drama Desk nomination, and Outer Critics Circle awards for his performance in the 1997 production of Jekyll and Hyde. Off-Broadway, he appeared in Dietrich and Chevalier, Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris and many more.  Most recently he appeared in The Sound of Music and Jesus Christ Superstar at Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera.  He received the prestigious Jefferson Award for his starring role in the touring production of Jekyll and Hyde.  Cuccioli is also featured on television and film in Sliders, Baywatch, and The Guiding Light.



Returning for her eighth season with The Shakespeare Theatre as the beautiful and innocent Desdemona is Victoria Mack.  Her company credits include The Taming of the Shrew, King Lear, Pride and Prejudice, As You Like It, Love's Labour's Lost, Of Mice and Men, and Pygmalion. Mack appeared in The 39 Steps at The Denver Center and A Little Journey, Mr. Pim Passes By and The Truth About Blayds at The Mint Theatre. Her television and film credits include appearances on Law & Order: Criminal Intent and MTV.



Playing Iago's wife, the loyal Emilia, is Jacqueline Antaramian who is in her second season with The Shakespeare Theatre.  She previously appeared as Gertrude in the Theatre's 2009 production of Hamlet.  Antaramian has appeared on Broadway in Master Class, Mary Stuart, Coram Boy, and Julius Caesar with Denzel Washington.  Antaramian received a Barrymore Award for her performance in the one-woman play, Nine Parts of Desire. She has also appeared on television and film in The Siege, Lipstick Jungle, Third Watch, Sopranos, and Law and Order.



Returning for his fourth season with The Shakespeare Theatre is Jon Barker, who plays Cassio, the honorable lieutenant to Othello. Barker recently appeared in the Theatre's production of The Misanthrope , All's Well That Ends Well, The Taming of the Shrew, Twelfth Night, Hamlet, The School For Wives, The Winter's Tale, Romeo and Juliet, A Streetcar Named Desire, King Lear, and Amadeus.  He was also seen in Spilling Stuff and Breaking Things at the Terrace Theater in the Kennedy Center.  Later this year he will appear in the premiere of The Dangers of Electric Lighting at Luna Stage.



Company veteran Matthew Bradford Sullivan returns as the gullible Roderigo.  Sullivan recently appeared as Clitandre in this season's The Misanthrope as well as company productions of I Capture the Castle, Twelfth Night, Noises Off, and King Lear. Sullivan appeared in Macbeth and Coriolanus at the New York Shakespeare Festival as well as The School for Scandal at the National Actor's Theatre. He has also worked on many regional productions, including shows with Baltimore's Center Stage, The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C., The Hartford Stage, Geva Theatre, St. Louis Rep, and Dallas Theatre Center.



Bill Christ returns to the Shakespeare Theatre to play Desdemona's father Brabantio. Previous credits with The Shakespeare Theatre include Arms and the Man and Romeo and Juliet on the Main Stage, and The Tempest on the Outdoor Stage. Christ has also starred in multiple Broadway productions including Born Yesterday, The Miracle Worker, Inherit the Wind, and Search and Destroy. He has appeared off-Broadway and in several regional productions with Portland Center Stage, Denver Center Theatre, McCarter Theatre, and George Street Playhouse. His film and TV credits include Die Hard with a Vengeance, The Laramie Project, Law & Order and Law & Order: CI.



Rounding out the cast are Jay Leibowitz as Lodovico, Susan Maris as Bianca, Patrick Toon as Montano as well as Jordan Laroya, David Joseph Regelmann, and Eric Rolland. 




The Director
Now in her 21st season with the Theatre, Artistic Director Bonnie J. Monte has directed more than 40 productions in her two decades at its helm, including The Misanthrope, No Man's Land, King Lear, Hamlet, and A Streetcar Named Desire.  In addition, she has created and directed a number of original translations and adaptations for the stage including Enrico IV, Pride and Prejudice, The Triumph of Love, The Blue Bird, and The Servant of Two Masters which premiered in 2010 on the Outdoor Stage and was recently published by Playscripts, Inc.



The Artistic Staff
Setting the stage for Othello are set designer Bill Clarke, costume designer Paul Canada, lighting designer Steven Rosen, and sound designer Karin Graybash. Kathy Snyder serves as production stage manager.



Tickets
Single tickets for Othello are now on sale and start at $32. Student Rush tickets are available a half-hour before curtain for $10 with a valid student ID.   For tickets, call the box office at 973-408-5600, visit www.ShakespeareNJ.org or email boxoffice@shakespearenj.org.  Single ticket prices include a $2 facility fee not subject to discount.   

Visionary Arts Leader NORMA KAPLAN tapped for new joint position with George Street Playhouse and the New Brunswick Cultural Center

(New Brunswick, NJ) -- The Board of Trustees of George Street Playhouse and The Board of Directors of The New Brunswick Cultural Center are pleased to jointly announce the appointment of visionary arts leader Norma Kaplan in a newly created joint-position as the Executive Director of The New Brunswick Cultural Center and Managing Director of New Brunswick's nationally-acclaimed regional theatre, George Street Playhouse.

Ms. Kaplan, currently the Director of Arlington Cultural Affairs in Arlington, Virginia, was tapped by the New Brunswick Cultural Center and George Street Playhouse leadership because of her strong list of accomplishments and national reputation for building communities through the arts.

Her first day in New Brunswick will be September 19.

"I am very excited to welcome Norma Kaplan to George Street Playhouse," said the theatre's Chairman of the Board, Steven M. Darien.  "Norma has an exemplary track record of the kind of ground-breaking thinking that can help us cost-effectively build programs and do more to enrich the lives of our community through first-class theatre."

"We are very fortunate to have brought Norma Kaplan to New Brunswick," said Chairman of the New Brunswick Cultural Center William R. Hagaman, Jr. "With her passion for the arts and experienced leadership, she is the ideal person to smartly address the challenges of today's economic environment and to work with the other leaders of our community to envision and create a new era of arts and arts management in our city."

Under Ms. Kaplan's leadership, Arlington Cultural Affairs received the Innovations in American Government Award in 1996 for their Arts Incubator project, creating cost-effective opportunities for arts organizations and artists in the Arlington County.    It is in a similar spirit of innovative collaboration that the leadership of George Street Playhouse and New Brunswick Cultural Center created this joint executive position.

"Norma is a visionary thinker," said George Street Playhouse Artistic Director David Saint.  "The chance to work with someone with her ideas and history of integrity in bringing arts to the community will bring an exciting new energy to our theatre.  I am thrilled to welcome her to George Street Playhouse,"

During her 25 years as Division Chief of Arlington Cultural Affairs, Norma Kaplan  guided Arlington County, Virginia's arts community through a remarkable transformation from a $400,000 recreational arts program, to a $5,000,000 government arts agency offering a comprehensive menu of programs and services that used the arts as a tool for community development,  As a result,  the County experienced  a  more than 500% growth  in the number of arts activities hosted in Arlington and over 40 new arts organizations that were reflective of the Arlington's diverse community interest in innovative arts programs formed. "Norma Kaplan is a visionary and an extraordinary arts professional whose leadership of Arlington Cultural Affairs has given the arts in Arlington, Virginia an international presence," says Jennifer Cover Payne, President of the Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington.  "She is a risk-taker with the ability and courage to create new, exciting, and innovative projects that serve as a catalyst to change the way we work and think in the arts."

As a result of winning the Innovations in American Government Award in 1996, Kaplan has worked with numerous arts agencies around the Country and internationally to assist them in replicating Arlington's arts incubator program which London's Plays International called "A model of smart government/arts partnership".  In 2001, her agency won the Helen Hayes Washington Post Award for Distinguished Community Service for its incubation and support of theatre.   During her tenure, Kaplan initiated Arlington's Arts Al Fresco, summer festival which offered over 100 free outdoor performances throughout the County. In addition, her agency developed a number of major special events including Planet Arlington that presented unique artists from around the globe including Lila Downs, Ahmad Jamal, Ray Barretto and Melba Moore. Kaplan has also been a leader in the DC metro region working to forward efforts to build stronger regional arts planning to support the continued growth of the arts throughout DC area.   Over the last three years, Kaplan developed the vision, business plan, and design for Artisphere, a new, innovative cultural center and was responsible for its opening in October 2010.

Under the leadership of Artistic Director David Saint, George Street Playhouse has become a nationally recognized theatre, presenting an acclaimed mainstage season while providing an artistic home for established and emerging theatre artists.  Founded in 1974, the Playhouse has been well represented by numerous productions both on and off-Broadway – recent productions include the Outer Critics' Circle Best Musical Award-winner The Toxic Avenger, the Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk and Drama League nominated production of The Spitfire Grill and the recent Broadway hit and Tony® and Pulitzer Prize winning play Proof by David Auburn, which was developed at GSP during the 1999 Next Stage Series of new plays.  In addition to its mainstage season, GSP's Touring Theatre features four issue-oriented productions that are seen by more than 70,000 students annually.  

New Brunswick Cultural Center, Inc. (NBCC), is the nonprofit organization that oversees the evolution, improvement, and expansion of the downtown cultural and entertainment district.  The organization supports efforts among its member companies to achieve greater cooperation and coordination of activities and sponsors www.NewBrunswickArts.org , providing a comprehensive view of cultural activities.  The NBCC is currently undergoing a planning process to reshape and advance the arts community even further.  Kaplan's singular experience makes her hiring an important step forward.

George Street Playhouse programming is 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, and by its lead season sponsor, Johnson & Johnson. 

Phoenix Productions announces open auditions for Sweeney Todd

(RED BANK, NJ) -- Open call auditions for Phoenix Productions' November show, Sweeney Todd, will take place at the Count Basie Theatre's 2nd floor dance studio in Red Bank on Saturday, August 27th from 2pm to 5pm, and on Tuesday and Thursday, August 30 and September 1 from 7pm to 9pm.

There will also be an open call audition in New York City on the 16th floor of Ripley Grier Studios on Tuesday, September 6th, from 12pm to 3pm. All roles are open and will remain so until the end of auditions.

Callbacks will be held Wednesday, September 7th in Red Bank. Performances will run from November 11th to November 20th at the Count Basie Theatre.

Director Tom Frascatore aims to recreate a stark London with a full orchestra and a cast that can demonstrate what "cutting edge" theatre is all about. "Sweeney Todd redefined American musical theater as we know it," commented Tom Frascatore. "Before Sweeney, you went to the theater safe in the knowledge that you'd see two acts in three hours with a lush score, some excellent ballads and a plot that didn't make you think too much. Then Sweeney opened -- deep, dark, dangerous -- practically ripping out the proscenium and dropping the show in your lap."

More information such as character descriptions and how to prepare for auditions can be found at www.sweeneyauditions.com. Further questions may be directed toward Tom Frascatore at tfrascatore@hotmail.com.

Phoenix Productions, founded in 1987, is a non-profit community theatre organization based in Red Bank that has produced more than 100 revivals of hit Broadway musicals. More information is available at www.phoenixredbank.com.

PASSAGE THEATRE COMPANY TO PRESENT HOUSES ON THE MOON THEATRE COMPANY PRODUCTION OF DE NOVO


(TRENTON, NJ) -- Passage Theatre Company, Trenton's only professional theater company, will present Houses on the Moon Theater Company's production of De Novo, a documentary theater piece about undocumented minors seeking asylum from U.S. immigration custody, for four performances only September 10, 11, 17 and 18 at the Mill Hill Playhouse, located at the corner of Front and Montgomery in downtown Trenton.

Written and directed by Jeffrey Solomon, with images by acclaimed photojournalist Donna DeCesare, the cast will feature Jose Aranda, Lina Gallegos, Mauricio Leyton, and Emily Weiner. 

Sixteen year-old Edgar Chocoy pleaded with a U.S. court not to deport him to Guatemala. "If I go back, they'll kill me." This true story, crafted from immigration court transcripts, interviews and letters tells the story of the case that challenged the conscience of a nation.

In 2002, at the age of 14, Edgar fled Guatemala to escape the largest gang in Central America. He traveled over 3,000 miles, across the borders of three countries, in search of his mother, who came to the US to find work. Detained by the Department of Homeland Security, he asked a Federal judge to grant him asylum and not deport him to Guatemala, where he was certain the gang he escaped would kill him.

De Novo chronicles the gripping true story of Edgar and provides a rare glimpse into the life of an "unaccompanied alien minor." Each year, thousands of these children make the dangerous journey across the border and through the U.S. justice system.  De Novo's run Off Broadway at 59E59 Theaters was hailed as "Riveting" by Show Business Weekly, "with superb acting and directing...A well-crafted, intimate production."

Passage Theatre's Executive Artistic Director June Ballinger states "We are proud to be presenting this story in Trenton as part of our 25th season. It speaks directly to our mission to embrace the city's culturally diverse citizens and to foster understanding in our community." Post show talkbacks will be held after each performance with members of the creative team and Aryah Somers, an Immigration Attorney representing unaccompanied minors in deportation proceedings.

De Novo will be performed on Saturdays September 10 and 17 at 8pm, and on Sundays September 11 and 18 at 3pm. All tickets are $20 and $10 for students. For reservations call (609) 392-0766; visit online at www.passagetheatre.org; or in person at the Passage Theatre Office at 219 East Hanover Street in Trenton. Tickets are also available at the door one hour before each performance at the Mill Hill Playhouse.

For 25 years Passage has been the professional Actors Equity Theater with a mission to develop and produce boundary-pushing and stylistically adventurous new works for the theatre that entertain and challenge a diverse audience.  It is housed in the 100 seat Mill Hill Playhouse in the historic district of downtown Trenton. 
 
Passage's mainstage season is made possible in part by the NJ State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the NEA; the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation; The Times of Trenton; Trenton Marriott at Lafayette Yard; the City of Trenton Dept. of Recreation, Natural Resources and Culture; WIMG 1300; PNC Bank; The Bunbury Company; The Mary Owen Borden Foundation; The Garfield Foundation; The Rose and Louis H. Linowitz Charitable Foundation: Princeton Area Community Foundation; Bank of America; Otsuka Pharmaceutical Group; Bloomberg; Community Foundation of New Jersey; NJ Council for the Humanities; Mary G. Roebling Foundation; and The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey.


PHOTO:
De Novo’s harrowing story is accented by startling images by award-winning photojournalist Donna DeCesare, who is widely recognized for her groundbreaking coverage of the spread of Los Angeles gangs in Central America.

The Crash Test Dummies Perform at Mexicali Live on Sept 14th

(TEANECK, NJ) -- The Crash Test Dummies come to Mexicali Live in Teaneck on Wednesday, September 14.  Tickets are $15 advance, $20 at the door.  Opening the show will be Rob Morsberger and Bern & The Brights.  Seeing the Crash Test Dummies perform live may rocket you backward momentarily, with Brad Roberts' distinctive voice and satirical humor conjuring hits like "Mmm, Mmm, Mmm, Mmm" and "Superman's Song", but it will also land you firmly in the present with modern folk rock perfected over 20 years of touring & recording.

Last year's critically acclaimed Oooh La-La! [Deep Fried Records] was made using 1970's analog toys, including the the Optigan and Omnichord. Despite the unusual nature of production, the songs on Oooh La-La! stand up as some of Roberts' best work, both lyrically and musically. Venus Zine noted "Soaring string arrangements, Roberts' booming baritone…captivate the listener," and as the Huffington Post put it, these newly revitalized Crash Test Dummies "Should be taken seriously in 2010 and beyond."

Rather than try to recreate music that was written with some rather cranky toy instruments, Roberts and company embarked on a highly successful acoustic tour around the release of the album, which further cemented the GRAMMY-nominated band's relationship with fans new and old. Fortunately for fans, Roberts immediately discovered that he really does love playing live shows. In that spirit, Crash Test Dummies are heading out on a mini-tour in September to play the Taste of Madison (9/4); Sellersville Theater, PA (9/13); Mexicali Live in Teaneck NJ (9/14); and the Tupelo Music Halls in White River Junction, VT (9/16) and Londonderry, NH (9/17).

Roberts' voice and offbeat lyrical sensibility have been this beloved band's calling cards since their founding twenty years ago. Joining Roberts for this tour are Rob Morsberger (keys and accordion) and Terry Derkach (guitar). Rob Morsberger is a composer, arranger, keyboard player and singer. He created the string arrangements on "Oooh La-La!" and has toured with Brad, both as an opening act and as a keyboard player. Rob will also do a short, solo, opening set. Terry, like Brad, is originally from Winnipeg and like Roberts, has been living in NYC for many years. They've worked in the studio on some projects, but this will be the first time that the two have actually "been in a band together" since they were 18 years old. That band lasted one rehearsal! We have every expectation that this collaboration will be more sustained.

The live show, which never fails to impress, is "...easily the most breathtaking acoustic act you're likely to see... distinctive voices exert amazing prowess" according to Consequence of Sound. The show touches on the breadth of material that Roberts has developed with a variety of collaborators over a storied career and nine notable albums. This new three-piece lineup will be sure to play 'the hits' - of which there were plenty - as well as a vast array of material that makes them such an enduring force in folk rock.

In addition to the stellar set list, the band will will offer fans a newly-released, limited edition collection of never-before-heard cast-off recording from 1996-97 titled "Demo-litions". It is available only at the shows (and of course on their web site). Roberts states, "Put on the record, shut off your cell phones, internet, TV screen, and even the lights; then sit back, and give it a full listen through. I promise you'll laugh, at the very least. And a laugh is worth a thousand good ideas."

Meanwhile, while he's not recording and playing shows, or reading and re-reading Milton's Paradise Lost, Roberts' Facebook and Tumblr fans continue to follow his output as a photographer, as he catalogs life around him in New York and on his travels.

To learn more about Crash Test Dummies, see videos, read Roberts' blog and more, visit www.crashtestdummies.com.

TICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR TWO RIVER THEATER'S 2011-2012 SEASON

(RED BANK, NJ) -- Two River Theater announces that tickets for its 2011-2012 season, the first under the leadership of Artistic Director John Dias and Managing Director Michael Hurst, are now on sale.


"This is the first year in Two River's history that we will produce subscription shows in both of our theaters," says Dias, who has expanded the programming to eight productions. "The season brings truly exceptional artists to Red Bank, where they will explore great classics and work on original plays and musicals, and have opportunities to engage with the lively, adventurous audiences of this community. "


Single tickets for the subscription season range in price from $37-$65, with discounts available for seniors, patrons age 30 and under, and groups. Tickets for Honk!, the family show, are $47-$55 for adults and $25 for patrons 18 and under. Tickets are now on sale from 732.345.1400 or www.trtc.org. Subscription packages ranging from three to seven plays and a flexible Two River Pass are also available.


The schedule of productions is as follows:

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

The season will launch with Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Tony Award nominee Sam Buntrock, running September 10 – October 2, 2011 in the Joan and Robert Rechnitz Theater. Michael Cumpsty (winner of an Obie Award for his performance as Hamlet at Classic Stage Company) and Tony Award nominee Kathryn Meisle star as Benedick and Beatrice, leading a company of 15.


SEVEN HOMELESS MAMMOTHS WANDER NEW ENGLAND

Obie Award winner Ken Rus Schmoll directs the world premiere of Madeleine George's new play, an "academic sex comedy" about romantic entanglements and budget cuts in a small university town. Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England will run October 15 – November 13, 2011 in the Marion Huber Theater.


NO CHILD...

Playwright and actor Nilaja Sun will perform her solo show No Child…., a multi-character performance based on her experiences as a teaching artist in New York public schools. Fresh from its acclaimed recent production in New York, the play will run November 1 – November 20, 2011 in the Joan and Robert Rechnitz Theater, directed by Hal Brooks. In conjunction with the production, Two River will offer discussions and events around the themes of the play and the theater's own arts-education programs.


HONK! A MUSICAL TALE OF ‘THE UGLY DUCKLING'
During the holidays, Two River will present a non-subscription family show, Honk! A Musical Tale of The Ugly Duckling, with music by George Stiles and book and lyrics by Anthony Drewe. Based on Hans Christian Andersen's story, the musical will run December 6, 2011 – January 1, 2012 in the Joan and Robert Rechnitz Theater, directed by Matt Pfeiffer.


AUGUST WILSON'S JITNEY

Ruben Santiago-Hudson directs August Wilson's Jitney, which will run January 31 – February 19, 2012 in the Joan and Robert Rechnitz Theater.  One of the preeminent interpreters of Wilson's work both as a director and actor, Santiago-Hudson won a Tony Award for his performance in Wilson's Seven Guitars. 


IN THIS HOUSE

In This House, a world premiere by Grammy Award-winning composer Mike Reid (whose hits include the pop standard "I Can't Make You Love Me"), lyricist Sarah Schlesinger, and Jonathan Bernstein (co-bookwriter with Schlesinger and Reid), will run March 3 – April 1, 2012 in the Marion Huber Theater. In this melodic chamber musical, two couples—one at the beginning, the other at the end of their time together—meet accidentally and spend an evening together in a deserted house on New Year's Eve.


MAUREEN MCGOVERN IN CARRY IT ON

Maureen McGovern, hailed as "the Stradivarius Voice," stars in Carry It On, a one-woman musical memoir that features the songs of her generation—music by the Beatles, Carole King, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, and many others. McGovern co-conceived and wrote Carry It On with Philip Himberg, who also directs. It will run April 3 – April 22, 2012 in the Joan and Robert Rechnitz Theater.


MY WONDERFUL DAY

Concluding the season, Nicholas Martin will direct Alan Ayckbourn's My Wonderful Day, a farcical comedy about the British middle class as seen through the eyes of a watchful Anglo-Caribbean child. My Wonderful Day will run May 15 – June 3, 2012 in the Joan and Robert Rechnitz Theater.

In addition to its mainstage productions, Two River Theater produces readings and workshops throughout each season to support writers and other artists as they work on new plays and musicals, and look with fresh eyes at the classics. The theater's Education initiatives include classroom residencies, theater training, and programs for young people to devise and perform their own original work. Opportunities for conversation and deeper engagement include a pre-performance lecture series, post-play discussions, and ongoing partnerships with groups and civic leaders in Red Bank and New York.

Institutional support for Two River Theater is provided by: The Hickory Foundation, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, The Stone Foundation of New Jersey, OceanFirst Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, Community Foundation of New Jersey, The Jorgensen Foundation, Durso-Frazier Wealth Management Group, Investors Savings Bank, Bank of America, RBC Wealth Management, Zager Fuchs PC, and The Merrill G. & Emita H. Hastings Foundation. The theater is supported 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.

East Lynne Theater Company presents an ASL performance of "The World of Dorothy Parker"

(CAPE MAY, NJ) -- On Friday, August 26, at 8:30p.m., there will be an American Sign Language Interpretation of "The World of Dorothy Parker" produced by the award winning Equity professional East Lynne Theater Company.

      This world premiere is adapted and directed by Gayle Stahlhuth, based on the humorous and touching works of one of America's most beloved writers.  The following Dorothy Parker stories are brought to life: "A Telephone Call" (1930), "Here We Are" (1931), "The Lovely Leave" (1943), and other tales and poems by this famous writer who quipped: "Men don’t make passes at girls who wear glasses."

     Since its founding in 1980, ELTC's focus has been to produce American plays that were first on Broadway before 1930, but the company has also produced 30 world premiers and 8 New Jersey premieres in its 31-year history.

      The four ensemble actors were either in last season's ELTC productions of "Berkeley Square" or "The Dictator" and are Suzanne Dawson, Megan McDermott, Drew Seltzer, and John Cameron Weber. John was also in the recent production of "He and She," and Suzanne, Megan, and Drew will be in the upcoming "Dulcy" in the fall.

     The theatrical ASL interpreter is Kathy Filippo, who has interpreted ELTC productions for over fifteen years. She sees the production at least once, studies the script, and sometimes has to create signage for unusual names and words.       

      "The World of Dorothy Parker" runs through September 3, Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8:30p.m. at The First Presbyterian Church, 500 Hughes St., Cape May, where the company is in residence. Tickets are $30 for general admission; $25 for seniors and those with disabilities and their support companions; $15 for students; and anyone age twelve and under is free. For information and to make reservations, call 609-884-5898 or go online at www.eastlynnetheater.org.

     "The World of Dorothy Parker" would not be possible without permission from the NAACP, season sponsors Curran Investment Management, Aleathea's Restaurant, and La Mer Beachfront Inn; funding received through grants from the New Jersey Department of State, Division of Travel and Tourism and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; and the generosity of many patrons.

Rutgers Athletics Announces New Apps for iPhone and iPad

(PISCATAWAY, NJ) -– The Rutgers University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has partnered with Hodges Digital Strategies to create the first official Rutgers Scarlet Knights application (app) for iPhone and iPad. Both the iPhone app and the iPad app, which will soon be available for purchase via the App store for Apple and on iTunes for $2.99, will feature live RVision video and audio of Rutgers sporting events and news conferences, while also providing photos, news stories, schedules, Twitter and Facebook feeds and team information. Both apps will be listed separately in the App store and have different customized designs for each format.

"Thanks to the hard work of Associate Athletic Director Jason Baum and Web Developer Colin Osborne, and the leadership of Jon Newman and our friends at Hodges Digital Strategies, we are delivering a must-get for any Rutgers fan," said Rutgers Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Tim Pernetti. "From the live RVision programming available to the social media Upstream, we feel this app is truly one of a kind when it comes to following Rutgers Athletics."

The app will translate the wealth of information from the official Rutgers Athletics web page, www.ScarletKnights.com, into a mobile and more user friendly format. Fans will be able to follow the Scarlet Knights in an immediate fashion from virtually anywhere. In addition to live video, consumers will also have access to post-game interviews, coach's shows and team highlights which will be archived daily. For fans attending events, directions supported by GPS technology will now be at your fingertips.

An exciting and innovative feature of the app is its Apple Air Play feature. This technology will allow Rutgers fans with Apple TV to watch RVision on their home televisions.

The application was created and donated by Rutgers University graduate and football season ticket holder Jon Newman, a founding partner in Hodges Digital Strategies. The company provides social media consulting and builds apps for social media platforms and mobile applications for handheld devices. Also the CEO of The Hodges Partnership, a full-service public relations firm in Richmond, Va., Newman is a former undergraduate Sports Director at WRSU, Rutgers' student radio station.

"I've been a Rutgers fan for more than 40 years and remember having to point my transistor radio in the right direction to pull in the radio signal for football and basketball games as a kid," said Newman. "We've come a long way from straining to listen to games through the static to watching games on a mobile tablet that you can carry around with you.

"Shortly after we started Hodges Digital Strategies, I approached Tim about donating the iPhone and iPad apps. The goal was not only for fans to access all the great content on ScarletKnights.com, but to enable the live streaming of all RVision games and events on their phone and tablets. The release of the Rutgers Athletics iPhone and iPad apps accomplishes that and gives Rutgers fans mobile access to all Rutgers sports."