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(CAPE MAY, NJ) -- Theaters have yet to open in most states, and on May 26, Actors' Equity Association (AEA), the union for professional actors and stage managers, announced that producers will not be able to hire any of its 51,000 members to appear in theaters before live audiences for a while. Those at East Lynne Theater Company understand and respect this decision.  Although artistic director Gayle Stahlhuth considered safety measures for actors and audience when seeking contracts from AEA during the past two months, there are too many variables involved at this time. ELTC is working with AEA on contracts that would allow them to produce Zoom or film productions that would be available for viewing at home.  The company hopes to be able to proceed with its already scheduled fall and winter productions, live, at Cape May Presbyterian Church, where ELTC is in residence.    ... READ ON

Surflight Theatre in Beach Haven may be one of the first theatres in America to reopen, tentatively as soon as early July. Known as “Broadway by the Beach,” this professional equity theatre depends on its summer season, when Long Beach Island – four to six blocks wide and 18 miles long - swells from 10,000 or so residents to 150,000 people. “It’s survival,” says Steve Steiner, the producing artistic director of Surflight. “If we do this, the theatre will lose about $100,000. But if we don’t do this, the theatre will lose a half-a-million dollars, and we can’t survive that.”... READ ON

(NEW YORK, NY) -- Houses on the Moon Theater Company, the New York based not-for-profit theatre company with a mission to “dispel ignorance and isolation through the theatrical amplification of unheard voices,” is pleased to announce the formation of a new Advisory Board and fundraiser Tales From the Moon celebrating Houses on the Moon’s Education Program set for Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 6:00pm.... READ ON

A Work of Heart Productions (WHP) presents its first online series: "The Living Room Concert Series!" For the past number of weeks, to help lift spirits during these challenging times, WHP has been producing virtual performances, featuring performers of all types. Performers include former Off-Broadway performers, National Tour performers, and other greatly talented performers.... READ ON

​​​​​​​Mordy Barnett is a pretty typical 14-year-old Teaneck-based eighth grader who, thanks to an advertisement he and his parents saw, adds acting to his list of cultural pursuits.... READ ON

(NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) -- Lee Kenneth Richardson, Co-Founder of the Crossroads Theatre Company passed away Sunday, May 24, 2020 at the age of 69.  Lee was a man of many artistic and theatrical talents. Among his many achievements was as the director of the original production of Broadway Director George C. Wolfe’s groundbreaking play “The Colored Museum;” a much beloved former professor of Drama at Temple University and current professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia; and Founding Artistic Director of Crossroads, which was the recipient of a Tony(R) Award for Regional Theatre.... READ ON

(UNION, NJ) -- Premiere Stages, the professional theatre company in residence at Kean University,  has announced that Camp Premiere, the annual summer theatre program for middle school and high school students, will be moved online this summer. The newly reimagined Camp Premiere Online will host camp sessions designed specifically for an interactive video platform, allowing campers to take the stage to their screens.... READ ON

Growing Up Jordy Pordy is Jordan Herskowitz’s hilarious and heartwarming autobiographical one man play about life as a professional mascot. But once his furry gloves come off, Herskowitz narrates a powerful story about growing up Jewish in Texas, being the forgotten middle child with his two brothers suffering from Cystic Fibrosis, and his family’s journey with organ donation. Growing Up Jordy Pordy explores the themes of self-identity, family, religion, and the overall strength of the human spirit.... READ ON

(NETCONG, NJ) -- Amid the global pandemic which has forced the temporary closure of many performing arts venues, 16 youth-serving theatres across the country have come together to share a national tribute, performed by children within each community, to honor frontline workers.... READ ON

(MILLBURN, NJ) -- Paper Mill Playhouse has announced casting for “Rising Star Honors” presented by the Investors Foundation, a virtual celebration of New Jersey high school students, many of whom were unable to perform their high school musicals due to the current Covid-19 health crisis.... READ ON

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