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Popular Culture and the American Theatre: past, present, and New Jersey's future

originally published: 03/09/2018

Popular Culture and the American Theatre: past, present, and New Jersey's future(PRINCETON, NJ) -- The Lewis Center for the Arts hosts Popular Culture and American Theatre: past, present, and future on Tuesday, March 20 at 7:00pm.  This is a panel discussion featuring leadership from four of the state's top professional theatres: The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Two River Theater, Passage Theatre, and Paper Mill Playhouse. The panel  will explore the tension and the harmony between theatre and pop culture. The event is free admission but reservations are recommended.

While sometimes overshadowed by popular culture—in the way that movies, television, sports, digital media, fashion, and politics are in the immediate frenetic moment—theatre has nonetheless lasted the march of history and both infiltrated and been infiltrated by popular culture’s force. Bonnie Monte, Artistic Director at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey in Madison, brings the perspective of classic theatre—a genre that, unlike the fleeting nature of pop culture, has persisted in interest and relevance through the centuries. John Dias, Artistic Director at Two River Theater in Red Bank, has been championing new work targeting younger audiences, and will speak to how he works with and against pop culture to capture their attention. Ryanne Domingues, Artistic Director at Passage Theatre in Trenton, focuses her work on diverse voices that are often excluded from pop culture, and will speak to theatre’s efforts to get them heard. Todd Schmidt, Managing Director of Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, brings the perspective of a theatre that has successfully developed and produced musicals that have made forays in to popular culture. 

The discussion will be moderated by Paula Alekson, Artistic Engagement Manager at McCarter Theatre in Princeton, and will be opened to audience questions and comments.

Lewis Center for the Arts is located at 122 Alexander Street in Princeton, New Jersey.

This program is presented by NJ Theatre Alliance and hosted by Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts and made possible through the generous support of the New Jersey Historical Commission.


 







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Event calendar
Wednesday, Dec 12, 2018


MUSIC

SONIC 5 @ Lobby Bar at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Atlantic City, Atlantic City - 7:00pm

Live Band Karaoke w/ the Goldenboyz @ Crossroads (Garwood), Garwood - 10:00pm

Holiday Season Celebration @ The Strand Theater, Lakewood - 7:00pm

Vienna Boys Choir @ Count Basie Center For The Arts, Red Bank - 7:30pm


THEATRE

Elf, The Musical @ Surflight Theatre, Beach Haven - 2:00pm

Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn @ Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn - 7:00pm






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