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The issue of automation is one that politicians have a tendency to avoid.  It’s easy to tell people that factories making outdated equipment like typewriters and rotary phones are no longer needed, but it’s far more difficult to let people know that most jobs can be replaced by automation.  Automotive plants were among the first to have employees work side by side with robotic technology, and the evolution of the technology and the changes it has meant to the industry is the focus of Skeleton Crew by Dominique Morisseau.... READ ON

In the summer of 2014, Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre presented a series of solo works as readings at MONDO, the cultural gathering place in downtown Summit. The series was received with such enthusiasm, that since then they return to MONDO every summer with their MonologuesatMONDO series. ... READ ON

Retired NFL player Don Devers is a man who has had more surgeries than he can count, experiences violent outbursts, and relies on Post-It notes to offset his struggle with traumatic brain injury. Just when things seem their darkest, a desperate longtime fan arrives at his doorstep. But when devoted fan, Ed Ryan, appears at his doorstep, a series of events are put in motion that just may bring Don out of his self-imposed isolation and salvage his life.... READ ON

(UNION, NJ) -- Premiere Stages will present the New Jersey Premiere of Dominique Morisseau’s Obie Award-winning play Skeleton Crew at Kean University in Union July 13-30. In this compelling portrait of American workers struggling to hold on against the tide of technology, ambitions, secrets and conflicted loyalties threaten to destroy an automotive plant’s status as a sanctuary in a rough city. Faye, the matriarch of a small family of line workers, gives her all to keep her team employed in one of the last auto stamping plants in Detroit. ... READ ON

(PITMAN, NJ) -- Ben Vereen is bringing his one man show, Steppin' Out with Ben Vereen, to the Broadway Theatre of Pitman on August 12, 2017 for two shows incredible shows at 2:00pm and 8:00pm.  It's a show of song and dance, filled with entertainment, laughter, stories and inspiration. Tickets are $40.... READ ON

(MILLBURN, NJ)-- Paper Mill Playhouse has announced early casting for Halftime, a new musical, directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell. Five-time Emmy nominee Georgia Engel (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Drowsy Chaperone) and Tony and Emmy Award winner Lillias White (The Life, Sesame Street) will lead the cast in this uplifting true story of ten New Jersey seniors with extraordinary dreams who audition to dance at halftime for a major basketball team. ... READ ON

(LINCROFT, NJ) -- The Premier Theatre Company has announced a new educational partnership with Pegasus Theater, the summer theatrical program of Christian Brothers Academy .  With the support of Pegasus students, Premier will be producing two shows at Christian Brothers Academy’s Henderson Theater this summer, Footloose in July and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in August.  These two shows will complement the Pegasus production of It’s Only a Play taking place at the end of June.... READ ON

(CAPE MAY, NJ) -- After 30 hours of rehearsal covering ten days, students, ages 9-14, will perform "The Tale of Robin Hood" written by East Lynne Theater Company's artistic director, Gayle Stahlhuth, at The First Presbyterian Church of Cape May, 500 Hughes St., where the company is in residence. The date is Monday, July 3, at 8:00pm. This marks the theatre's 11th Summer Student Workshop Production, and for the past ten it's been standing room only. Admission is free and families are welcome.... READ ON

(RAHWAY, NJ) -- This July, dedicated Broadway fans will be filling in the seats of the Union County Performing Arts Center's Hamilton Stage to see a local production of the highly acclaimed musical, If/Then. Written by Brian Yorkey with music by Tom Kitt, follows the story of urban planner Elizabeth, a recent divorcee looking for a new start in New York City. Performances run July 21-23 and July 28-29.... READ ON

(MONROE TOWNSHIP, NJ) -- The Mighty Oak Players present the legendary musical "Oklahoma!" weekends from July 21 to July 30th at the Monroe Township High School Performing Arts Center.  As the first collaboration of famed partners Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, "Oklahoma" set the American musical theatre standard. ... READ ON

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