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

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.


 





originally published: 2018-03-09 00:00:00


Upcoming Events

Titus Andronicus Will Play at The Shakespeare Theatre for the First Time in Over 30 Years

Titus Andronicus Will Play at The Shakespeare Theatre for the First Time in Over 30 Years

(MADISON, NJ) -- The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey continues its 56th season with its second Main Stage production, Titus Andronicus. Resident Director Brian B. Crowe will helm this rarely produced Shakespearean tragedy. STNJ veteran Bruce Cromer will play the title role; Tony Award nominee Robert Cuccioli and returning company members Vanessa Morosco and Benjamin Eakeley will play leading roles amongst a cast of 20 actors that also includes young artists from the Theatre’s renowned Summer Professional Training Program. Performances run July 18 through August 5. 


The Arts Council of Princeton and Chimera Productions present The Other Place

The Arts Council of Princeton and Chimera Productions present The Other Place

(PRINCETON, NJ) -- Chimera Productions presents its 13th production, The Other Place by Sharr White, in Princeton, New Jersey on July 19, 20 and 21, 2018, in conjunction with The Arts Council of Princeton. The play, presented in the intimate 60-seat theater inside Princeton’s Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, is a fast-paced, witty, powerhouse of a drama about a scientist on the brink of a revolutionary discover, who’s also contemplating divorce and trying to revive her relationship with her estranged daughter.


Tri-State Actors Theater Presents A Reading of "To Trample The Dragon"

Tri-State Actors Theater Presents A Reading of "To Trample The Dragon"

(DOVER, NJ) -- Tri-State Actors Theater will present two readings of To Trample The Dragon, a new work by by Peter Mitsopoulos. The readings will take place June 28-29 at 8:00pm in the Dover Little Theatre.  This is a play that touches the loss we have all known, and the love that helps us survive.  Admission is by donation.


Two River Theater Presents Professional Development for Teachers: Examining the Work of T. Thomas Fortune and August Wilson

Two River Theater Presents Professional Development for Teachers: Examining the Work of T. Thomas Fortune and August Wilson

(RED BANK, NJ) -- Two River Theater, under the leadership of Artistic Director John Dias and Managing Director Michael Hurst, has announced a special one-day professional development program for educators on Tuesday, July 17 from 9:30am-4:30pm. “Examining the Work of T. Thomas Fortune and August Wilson” is being presented as a collaboration between Red Bank’s T. Thomas Fortune Foundation and Two River Theater, in compliance with the New Jersey Amistad Commission. The program will focus on the work of T. Thomas Fortune (writer, journalist, social justice crusader, and editor of the New York Age Newspaper) and the theatrical work of playwright and poet August Wilson (August Wilson’s American Century Cycle).








Event calendar
Wednesday, Jun 20, 2018


MUSIC

GBH @ House of Independents, Asbury Park - 7:30pm

ROULETTE @ The Saint, Asbury Park - 7:30pm

SUPERCHUNK @ White Eagle Hall, Jersey City - 9:00pm

Celebrating CLARENCE CLEMONS with The Red Bank Rockers @ The Brighton Bar, Long Branch - 7:00pm

FREE SUMMER EVENT: SANE INSANE & SPOKEN WORD @ 70 South Gallery, Morristown - 7:30pm

Ebb & Nova @ The Stanhope House, Stanhope - 6:00pm







THEATRE

The Last 5 Years @ Eagle Theatre, Hammonton - 7:30pm

Half Time @ Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn - 7:30pm


COMEDY

MIKE FINOIA, KEVIN FLYNN, KYLE GROOMS @ The Music Box @ Borgata Casino Hotel, Atlantic City - 9:00pm

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