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(RED BANK, NJ) -- Originally scheduled to have its run at Two River Theater in April of 2020, the cast of The Hombres will reunite for a reading of their much-anticipated world premiere production, which has been postponed to a future season due to COVID-19.  The play by Tony Meneses will have an online play reading with a Q&A on Wednesday, August 19 at 7:00pm.  Tickets are $25.  The reading is directed by Annie Tippe and stars Frankie Alvarez, Victor Cruz, Gerardo Rodriguez, Jon Rua, and AJ Shively. ... READ ON

(CLIFTON, NJ) -- The Theater League of Clifton will present “Showtune,” a revue of music by Broadway legend Jerry Herman, on Saturday, September 12 at 7:00pm. The outdoor, live performance will take place in front of the recently renovated Vanderhoef-Westervelt House in Weasel Brook Park (770 Park Drive, Clifton - adjacent to Paulison Avenue).  Audience members will be invited to sit on the lawn below the historic house.... READ ON

(WEEHAWKEN, NJ) -- Hudson Theatre Works’ Virtual Festival continues with new work appearing every Wednesday and Thursday at 6:00pm on Hudson Theatre Works' YouTube Channel and Instagram account respectively.  Donations to various organizations will be listed including Hudson Theatre Works.... READ ON

(FREEHOLD, NJ) -- Center Players Dessert Theater continues its online programming with a broadcast of its 2019 production of Butterflies Are Free streaming Friday, August 14th at 8:00pm. The play by Leonard Gershe was a Center Players Signature production in February/March 2019. It is the funny, poignant story of Don Baker, a young blind man determined to live on his own in New York City, circa 1969. ... READ ON

​​​​​​​Skyline Theatre Company, Bergen County’s most established professional theatre company, has awarded its 2020 Horizon Award to Fair Lawn Borough’s Robin Schamach. Skyline bestows this annual award to a true supporter of the arts. Ms. Schamach, a proud mother and grandmother, is a former professional Broadway dancer, actress and model.  ... READ ON

“The show must go on!” is part of Bonnie Monte’s DNA. As the artistic director of the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey for 30 years this season, shutting down was hard for her to do. But Monte found a way out, working with a group of eight actors originally employed as part of the theatre’s “Shakespeare Live!” company. The actors formed a new troupe (the Shrewd Mechanicals, in a nod to “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”), and will present two evenings of classic comedies: “Verily, Madly Thine,” and a double bill featuring Molière’s farce “The Love Doctor” and Edna St. Vincent Millay’s “Aria Da Capo.” ... READ ON

(CAPE MAY, NJ) -- "I'd have to be deaf and blind not to have heard and read the protests against me since I started investigating the treatment of the indigent mentally ill. 'And a woman made these terrible discoveries?  It really should not be discussed above a whisper.'"... READ ON

(SUMMIT, NJ) -- Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, professional Theatre in Residence at Oakes Center in Summit, has announced that three new members have joined their Board of Trustees as of July 1, 2020. Dreamcatcher’s board is composed of individuals who represent the community, business and education in the area the theatre serves. The company is entering its twenty-sixth year, and presents a full-year season of productions, performances, educational programs and outreach services.... READ ON

(CAPE MAY, NJ) -- "Tales of the Victorians" continues every Thursday from 4:00pm – 4:45pm, produced by the Equity professional East Lynne Theater Company.  Usually, "Tales," now in its 31st year, would be presented on porches of B&Bs and in tea shops, but this year, these performances are in a backyard where an audience of 20 can be socially distanced, and performers are using microphones.  ... READ ON

(HILLSBOROUGH, NJ) -- Hillsborough’s nonprofit community theatre, the Somerset Valley Players, has been providing audiences with entertainment for over 50 years – until March of 2020 when, like many other businesses, the theatre was forced to cancel its season and go dark.... READ ON

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