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(LONG BRANCH, NJ) -- The American Poetry Theater presents Gun Love from October 5-7.  The play, written by cast and community members, runs about one hour and is a collection of monologues and a skit dealing with gun violence in America.  ... READ ON

(PRINCETON, NJ) -- Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts, Department of French and Italian, and L’Avant-Scène will present the seventh annual Seuls en ScèneFrench Theater Festival, which will take place from September 21 to 29 at venues across the University’s campus. Most performances will be in French with English subtitles; all are free and open to the public.... READ ON

Up-and-coming New Jersey native Brandon Monokian has worked as an actor, writer, director, producer, and popcorn sample distributor. He wrote and starred in the film Happy Yummy Chicken and co-founded the production company Love Drunk Life with Katie Frazer. Together they have produced plays, films, books, and, to support their creative work financially, a product line: lovedrunklife.com. Monokian received national attention through Revolutionary Readings (his TEDx talk at Princeton Library), which was used to fight the banning of the book Revolutionary Voices from two New Jersey libraries. ... READ ON

(RED BANK, NJ) -- It is considered by many to be the greatest all-female rock band of all time. Its members were pioneers—all four composed, sang, and played their own instruments, in the face of a music business determined to exploit them, and in a time and a world incapable of accepting them. The band lasted four years, from 1970-1974, but has never received the recognition it deserved. “One of the most important female bands in American rock has been buried without a trace,” David Bowie told Rolling Stone in a 1999 interview. “And that is Fanny…. They’re as important as anybody else who’s ever been, ever; it just wasn’t their time. Revivify Fanny. And I will feel that my work is done.”... READ ON








(NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) -- The Eleventh Hour!'s Chris Pasi with composer David Seamon for a night of acoustic renditions of songs from the rock musical comedy at the Raritan River Festival at Boyd Park in New Brunswick, NJ on Sunday, September 30 at 1:00pm. ... READ ON

(PRINCETON, NJ) -- Associate Professor of Theater at Princeton University and performance historian Brian Herrera will lead a conversation about the history of casting in U.S. popular performance on Monday, September 24 at 4:30pm in the Wallace Theater in the Lewis Arts complex on the Princeton campus. The event is free and open to the public.... READ ON

(HOLMDEL, NJ) -- The Holmdel Theatre Company has named Kathy Connolly as the company’s new Artistic Director. Connolly began her journey with the company in August of this year, taking the baton from previous Artistic Director, Laurie Devino.... READ ON

(LONG BRANCH, NJ) -- The West End Festival of the Arts presents the World Premiere of Nightmare Alley: An Introduction - a new musical based on the 1946 novel by William Lindsay Gresham and the 1947 noir film that starred Tyrone Power. The musical stars Cole Burden, Kevyn Morrow and Lauren Zakrin and can be seen for one night only as part of the West End Festival of the Arts on Friday, September 21 at 8:00pm presented at 132 West End Avenue in Long Branch.... READ ON

(SOMERS POINT, NJ) -- The Shaken Not Stirred Players present Little Women, the Musical at the Gateway Playhouse from September 21st through September 30th. The musical features music by Jason Howland and Lyrics by Mindi Dickstein, book by Allan Knee and is based on the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott. ... READ ON

(TEANECK, NJ) -- Black Box Studios & The Black Box Performing Arts Center, in conjunction with The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene, presents a special fundraiser for The Teaneck Chamber of Commerce's Cultural Arts Committee: The Yiddish Fiddler on the Roof: A Backstage View of the Current Smash Hit! The one-night-only presentation will take place on Tuesday, October 9 at 8:00pm at Debonair Musical Hall in Teaneck. ... READ ON


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