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New Feathers Productions Announces Shorts, Cast, and Director For November 1st

originally published: 09/13/2018

New Feathers Productions Announces Shorts, Cast, and Director For November 1st

(NEW HOPE, PA) -- New Feathers Productions producers, Mandee K. Hammerstein, Greg T. Nanni and new addition to the producing team, John Augustine, have announced the selected shorts, cast and director for their upcoming series re-launch November 1 at the James A. Michener Art Museum.  First unveiled in 2017, New Feathers’ ongoing mission is to professionally produce reading series, dedicated to offering a voice and welcoming forum while showcasing new, literary works by established and emerging playwrights.

The New Feathers Productions series dates at the Michener are Thursday, November 1st, 15th and December 20th.  Show tickets also include instant access to the latest museum exhibits including: Impressions on Paper: Henry Snell (on view now through November 11), Leslie Pontz: Integration (on view 11/3/18 – 2/17/19), and Frank Hyder: The Janis Project (on view 11/10,18 - 2/23/19), as well as the popular, pre-show gatherings at 6:00pm, prior to each 7:00pm performance.  

The November 1st evening includes the following shorts from the Princeton Witherspoon Circle, with direction from veteran character actor (Actors Equity) and acting coach, Joey Perillo of Bucks County: A Slap In The Ass by Ken Kaissar; Jugs by Shelli Pentimall Bookler; Try The Fortune Cake by Barry M Putt; The Tale Of The Spooky Turnip by Greg Nanni; Animals by Kerri Kochanski; and The Faint Taste Of Cat Food And Sour Milk by Barbara Blumenthal Ehrlich.

After an open casting call held at the Michener Art Museum on August 19th, the producers have announced the following actors who will be performing multiple roles by Perillo’s direction throughout the evening:  JAMES JESEBERGER as "Max" (Slap), "Mark" (Jugs), "Eddie" (Turnip); BRIANNA LYNN as "Lisa" (Cat Food), "Debbie" (Cake), "Liz" (Animals); KEITH MALISZEWSKI as "Sean" (Slap), "Adam" (Cat Food), "Harrison" (Animals); ALEXANDRA VOELMLE as "Lydia" (Slap), "Kelly" (Turnip), "Cathea" (Animals); and Returning New Feather Performer: HAYDEN SAUNIER as  "Lucille" (Jugs), "Brenda" (Cake).

"Having the addition of John Augustine as producer, truly provides an exciting, new flavor to our dynamic as a producing team.  John brings a wealth of creative expertise to the table from every aspect of entertainment, having him on board is simply thrilling.  As a new team, it was instantly decided to involve Joey Perillo as director.  Like Augustine, Perillo’s expertise spans across many performance platforms, from the arenas of stage to screen.  Coincidentally, both professionals offer unique, personal styles that always involve elements of fun, along with an invigorating mix of honesty, engagement and fresh thought, perfectly in alignment with the New Feathers Productions approach with creatives, partners and audiences ," stated producer Mandee K. Hammerstein.



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Show tickets are $20.00 and are available online  – "New Feathers" and select proceeds of all NFP ticket sales additionally benefit the James A. Michener’s educational programming department.  

John Augustine plays have been produced in NYC at The Zipper, HERE, Naked Angels, Expanded Arts, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Miranda Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, and 59E59 Theaters.  His anthology of 20 short plays, Augustine’s Confessions, is published by Playscripts.com.  He and playwright, Willy Conley were commissioned by the National Theatre of the Deaf, to write OH! FIGARO! Touring the United States. For television, Augustine wrote for the Fox TV show Titus and Encore! Encore! with Nathan Lane and Joan Plowright. He has taught playwriting at Sarah Lawrence College, NYU, and Playwrights Horizons Theatre School. He is a Revson Fellow in Playwriting, and a member of WGA, The Dramatists Guild, SAG, AEA and SDC. 

Joey Perillo is a veteran Equity Member, character actor and acting instructor who has worked and taught in Philadelphia, Princeton, New York and Los Angeles for more than 30 years. Joey has appeared as a principal (speaking) actor in virtually every theatrical medium including 14 major motion pictures such as "Philadelphia," "12 Monkeys," Rachel Getting Married, " "The Negotiator," "The Manchurian Candidate,"....and the original (and best) "Hairspray". You can also find Joey starring in principal roles of such hit television shows as "Veep", "Homicide", "The Wire", and "The Sopranos"

New Feathers Productions is a professionally produced, ever-expanding playwright and performance reading series devoted to new works and are now accepting open-submissions from all playwrights, submission details TBA.  From inception and onto their exciting, second-season this fall, NFP promises to showcase theatrical works currently created by the award-winning playwrights of Princeton’s Witherspoon Circle and will be collecting new work for future programming from Bucks County area playwrights. NFP purposefully presents an edgy, industry-inside view to the creative development process with skilled performers, playwrights and directors.  NFP aims to deliver a delightful and memorable mix of emotion-flexing, brain-teasing comedy, frank thought, post-conversation, while immersing participants in the experimental, theatrical process and encourages audience feedback to support new work.   

The James A. Michener Art Museum collects, preserves, interprets, and exhibits American art, and promotes the work of nationally and internationally known Delaware Valley artists of all eras and creative disciplines. Founded in 1988, the museum presents exhibitions that explore a variety of artistic expressions and offers diverse educational programs that develop a lifelong involvement in the arts. Throughout the year, the Michener Art Museum hosts a wide range of programs open to the public, including lectures, artists conversations, gallery talks, artist studio tours, dance performances, jazz performances, family-themed activities, and other events. The Museum also offers a diverse selection of art classes for children and adults, which include instruction in drawing, painting, sculpting, and printmaking as well as programs for the public, schools, and teachers designed to support arts education. The James A. Michener Art Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.





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Old Library Theatre Presents "Parade"
(FAIR LAWN, NJ) -- Old Library Theatre, Fair Lawn Recreation Department's resident theater company, presents Parade. Six performances only: October 12, 13, 19 & 20 at 8:00pm and October 14 & 21 at 2:00pm.  Parade tells the story of Leo Frank, a Brooklyn-raised Jew living in Georgia in 1913, who is put on trial for the murder of thirteen-year-old Mary Phagan, a factory worker under his employ.
The Lord Stirling Theater Company Presents "Treasure Island"
(BASKING RIDGE, NJ) -- The Lord Stirling Theater Company will present Treasure Island in the English Barn Theater at the Farmstead Arts Center October 5-7 and October 12-14. Adapted for the stage by award-winning playwright Ken Ludwig (Lend Me a Tenor, Crazy for You) from the classic novel by Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island follows the adventures of a boy named Jim Hawkins who comes into possession of a treasure map.
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(UNION, NJ) -- Premiere Stages at Kean University will present Martin Casella’s Black Tom Island from October 11-21 at Liberty Hall Museum (1003 Morris Avenue, Union, N.J.). Originally commissioned over a two-year cycle through Premiere’s Liberty Live Commission, Black Tom Island will feature actors Damian Buzzerio, Mason Hensley, Jenna Krasowski and Bart Shatto. Producing artistic director John J. Wooten directs.
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J CITY Theater Returns With "Bakersfield Mist"

J CITY Theater Returns With "Bakersfield Mist"

(JERSEY CITY, NJ) -- J CITY Theater launches their first full season in four years with their Fall show: Bakersfield Mist by Stephen Sachs at their new location – The Barrow Mansion, 83 Wayne Street.  The production runs Thursdays through Sundays from September 28th through October 13th. Set in a downtrodden trailer park in California, Bakersfield Mist is the story of Maude Gutman (Sandy Cockrell) who has recently purchased an ugly painting at Daisy’s Junk Shop for three dollars.  Turns out, the painting may actually be a lost masterpiece by Jackson Pollock.   


Old Library Theatre Presents "Parade"

Old Library Theatre Presents "Parade"

(FAIR LAWN, NJ) -- Old Library Theatre, Fair Lawn Recreation Department's resident theater company, presents Parade. Six performances only: October 12, 13, 19 & 20 at 8:00pm and October 14 & 21 at 2:00pm.  Parade tells the story of Leo Frank, a Brooklyn-raised Jew living in Georgia in 1913, who is put on trial for the murder of thirteen-year-old Mary Phagan, a factory worker under his employ.


The Lord Stirling Theater Company Presents "Treasure Island"

The Lord Stirling Theater Company Presents "Treasure Island"

(BASKING RIDGE, NJ) -- The Lord Stirling Theater Company will present Treasure Island in the English Barn Theater at the Farmstead Arts Center October 5-7 and October 12-14. Adapted for the stage by award-winning playwright Ken Ludwig (Lend Me a Tenor, Crazy for You) from the classic novel by Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island follows the adventures of a boy named Jim Hawkins who comes into possession of a treasure map.


Premiere Stages to Present World Premiere of Liberty Live Commission "Black Tom Island"

Premiere Stages to Present World Premiere of Liberty Live Commission "Black Tom Island"

(UNION, NJ) -- Premiere Stages at Kean University will present Martin Casella’s Black Tom Island from October 11-21 at Liberty Hall Museum (1003 Morris Avenue, Union, N.J.). Originally commissioned over a two-year cycle through Premiere’s Liberty Live Commission, Black Tom Island will feature actors Damian Buzzerio, Mason Hensley, Jenna Krasowski and Bart Shatto. Producing artistic director John J. Wooten directs.








Event calendar
Saturday, Sep 22, 2018


MUSIC

Asbury Park Porchfest @ Booskerdoo, Asbury Park - 12:00pm

Carl Chesna & Co. @ Hotel Tides, Asbury Park - 1:00pm

Echoes @ The Stone Pony, Asbury Park - 7:00pm

Cole Swindell @ Hard Rock Live Etess Arena at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Atlantic City, Atlantic City - 8:00pm

GRUPO NICHE @ Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), Englewood - 8:00pm

The History of Motown @ Englewood Public Library, Englewood - 7:00pm

Drake Bell @ iPlay America, Freehold - 7:00pm

Classic Stones Live feat. The Glimmer Twins @ The Levoy Theatre, Millville - 8:00pm

Opera Theatre of Montclair Presents Hansel and Gretel @ Central Presbyterian Church, Montclair - 4:00pm


Oscar D’León with Tony Vega and Los Hermanos Moreno @ Prudential Hall @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Newark - 8:00pm

SunDog Band at Duffy's Tavern, Paterson NJ @ Duffy's Tavern, Paterson NJ, Paterson - 9:00pm

Celtic Thunder X @ Count Basie Center For The Arts, Red Bank - 8:00pm

Young Person's Concert @ River Dell Middle School Auditorium, River Edge - 1:00pm


Tigerman record release show for “Descend Into Savagery” @ Debonair Music Hall, Teaneck - 8:00pm

Hubby Jenkins @ Lizzie Rose Music Room, Tuckerton - 7:30pm







THEATRE

Souvenir @ Surflight Theatre, Beach Haven - 8:00pm

East Lynne Theater Company presents SILENT SKY @ First Presbyterian Church (Cape May), Cape May - 8:00pm

The Shuck @ Cape May Stage, Cape May - 3:00pm and 7:30pm

Incorruptible @ Ritz Theatre Company, Haddon Township - 8:00pm

West End Festival of the Arts- Theatre Brut Session 2 @ West End Arts Center, Long Branch - 2:00pm

Evita @ Broadway Theatre of Pitman, Pitman - 2:00pm and 8:00pm

Seuls en Scene French Theater Festival - "Claire, Anton et Eux" @ Class of 1970 Theatre, Whitman College, Princeton - 2:00pm and 8:00pm

HUMAN ERROR by Eric Pfeffinger @ West Windsor Arts Center, Princeton Junction - 8:00pm

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest @ Black Box PAC, Teaneck - 8:00pm

Assisted Living: The Musical @ Jay & Linda Grunin Center For The Arts At Ocean County College, Toms River - 2:00pm

Brick City @ Premiere Stages at Kean University, Union - 3:00pm


DANCE

SWAN LAKE - THE ATLANTIC CITY BALLET @ The Strand Theater, Lakewood - 7:00pm

SOLE Defined @ Mainstage @ Union County Performing Arts Center (UCPAC), Rahway - 8:00pm


LITERATURE

Monthly Saturday Writing Retreats @ Tiferet Journal, Bernardsville - 9:00am

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