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The International Centre for Women Playwrights (ICWP) sponsors the seventh annual 50/50 Applause Award, celebrating theatres who achieve gender equity for playwrights in their 2017-2018 Season.  The nomination window for the 2017-2018 theatrical season is open now through March 15th.... READ ON

(HAMMONTON, NJ) -- Eagle Theatre Conservatory, a year-round theatrical institute for all ages and levels of professionalism, has announced new plans for their spring and summer offerings.... READ ON

(MILLBURN, NJ)  -- Paper Mill Playhouse will present the world premiere of Unmasked, which will feature some of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most iconic work and the stories behind its creation, along with new music and memories from his extraordinary life and career, will open its 2018-2019 season. Unmasked will be a funny and warm musical portrait drawing from Andrew’s extensive body of work, with intimate and sometimes unexpected interpretations of his best-loved songs, rediscovered gems and some new material specially written for this production. ... READ ON

(LONG BRANCH, NJ) -- New Jersey Repertory Company will round out its 2018 Season with the mature comedy, Assisted Living, by Michael Tucker (The M Spot).  The production will run from August 9 – September 9, 2018. In this World Premiere play, three couples in their golden years, are gathered at Sunny and Jer’s farmhouse to celebrate milestone birthdays that span three decades.... READ ON








(JERSEY CITY, NJ) -- Art House Productions (Meredith Burns, Executive Director) will present the spring mainstage theater production of Grace, or The Art of Climbing by L M Feldman from March 15th - April 1st. Making its east coast premiere, Grace will be directed by Adin Walker. The play follows the journey of Emm, who faced with a painful chapter in her life and fighting the inertia of depression, decides to enter the world of competitive rock-climbing. Her quest through the rugged and humorous terrain of physical training and personal relationships charts the journey of a young woman suspended between muscularity and vulnerability, falling and climbing, parents and children, and the ardor and grace of being human.... READ ON

(HACKETTSTOWN, NJ) -- The Centenary Stage Company, a professional not for profit theater in residency on the Campus of Centenary University, will be holding, non-equity open auditions for the 2018 summer stock production ofHAIR: The American Tribal Love-Rock musical.  Featuring a book and lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni and music by Galt MacDermott. Set in the East Village, Hair tells the story of a group of hippies who celebrate peace, love, and the freedom of choice, during the shadow of the Vietnam War.... READ ON

(MORRISTOWN, NJ) -- New Jersey Theatre Alliance (“the Alliance”) and its partners and funders are pleased to present the 21st annual Stages Festival (“Stages”), a statewide, month-long festival of theatre offering over 90 theatre performances and programs for children and adults free of charge or at significantly discounted rates. Events will take place at theatres, arts centers, libraries, schools, and other community venues throughout the state during the month of March.... READ ON

(PISCATAWAY, NJ) -- Circle Players presents “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” by Tom Stoppard, weekends from March 9 to March 25. A modern dramatic masterpiece that tells the tale of Hamlet from the worm’s-eye view of the bewildered minor characters in Shakespeare’s play. In Stoppard’s best-known work, this Shakespearean Laurel and Hardy finally get a chance to take the lead role, but in a world where echoes of Waiting for Godot resound, and reality and illusion intermix.... READ ON

​​​​​​​(MILLBURN, NJ) -- Paper Mill Playhouse has announced that Harry Connick, Jr. will star as Henry Gondorff in the world-premiere production of The Sting.  The musical is based on the 1973 film, and will have its world premiere at Paper Mill Playhouse for a limited run from March 29 through April 29, 2018, with book by Bob Martin, music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann & Greg Kotis with Harry Connick, Jr.  In addition, the score will contain music by Scott Joplin including “The Entertainer.”... READ ON

(MADISON, NJ) --  The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey launches its 56th season with their 2018 Annual Gala on Saturday, April 7, 2018. The Theatre will present its rarely bestowed Mighty Quill Award to longtime Board member Richard B. McGlynn at the annual event. Patrons, artists, and community leaders are invited to join the festivities at the Theatre’s renovated theatre factory that will be transformed into a “Grand Ballroom.” In addition to a star-studded cabaret, guests will be able to bid on scores of silent auction offerings that include relaxing getaways, exclusive tickets to Broadway shows, and unique behind-the-scenes experiences. ... READ ON


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