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Passage Theatre Announces Changes To The Second Half Of Its 2020-21 Season

(TRENTON, NJ) -- Due to unforeseen circumstances, Passage Theatre has made several date and presentation changes to the remainder of its 2020-21 Season. These changes include the date change for its upcoming online play reading of Babel, the cancellation of the Solo Flights presentation of Mother (and me), the transition of its in-person productions of Surely Goodness and Mercy and A Twist of Water to online productions, and the date shift of its in-person presentation of its PlayLab readings of The OK Trenton Project and Group! 


Lin-Manuel Miranda, Montclair Mayor Sean Spiller, Broadway Artists and More Join Vanguard Theater Company’s Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

(MONTCLAIR, NJ) -- Vanguard Theater Company celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a special video presentation of musical selections from past Vanguard productions that speak to Dr. King's dream of equity, unity and love, and selections from some of Dr. King's speeches. 


Two River Announces Experimental Virtual Little Shakespeare Education Program

(RED BANK, NJ) -- Two River Theater’s most popular education program, A Little Shakespeare, breaks the mold to create something entirely new with Tiny Shakes: Romeo and Juliet, adapted and directed by Em Weinstein (A Little Shakespeare: Twelfth Night). 


Art House Productions Releases "Black Tom Island" - Their First Radio Play

(JERSEY CITY, NJ) -- Art House Productions released their first audio play, Black Tom Island by Martin Casella on Monday, January 18. This free audio play will be available for download on the Art House website and YouTube page. Based on an actual incident that took place in Jersey City in 1916, Black Tom Island explores the first documented terrorist attack on American soil through the lens of a fictionalized Slovak immigrant and his wife who may or may not be involved in the attack.


Algonquin Arts Presents "Mass Appeal"

(MANASQUAN, NJ) -- Algonquin Arts presents Mass Appeal by Bill C. Davis across four performances March 20-28, 2021.  Limited seating is available for this play which explores the conflict between an established older priest and the impassioned young seminarian. Set in the backdrop of the Catholic Church, this drama of "need to hear" vs. "want to hear" could be acted out in many different universes.

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FEATURES

Experience "A Christmas Carol" the Way Dickens Presented It

Few stories connect us to the past the way “A Christmas Carol” does.  For more than 175 years, people have enjoyed watching one of the most miserable characters in the history of literature (Ebenezer Scrooge) go through a complete transformation, thanks to the miracle of Christmas.  For two weekends in December, Algonquin Arts in Manasquan presents a special one-man version of the classic tale - exactly the way Charles Dickens himself performed it for years.


Playwright Adrienne Kennedy featured in a Virtual Festival at McCarter Theatre

Adrienne Kennedy is an 89-year-old playwright who is fierce, prolific, and considered one of American theatre’s most innovative voices. In 1964, Kennedy won the first of her three Obies for her very first play, Funnyhouse of a Negro. Her most recent play, Etta and Ella on the Upper West Side, will have its public premiere December 12, 2020 as the final presentation in The Work of Adrienne Kennedy: Inspiration & Influence, a festival presented by Princeton’s McCarter Theatre Center in partnership with Washington, D.C.’s Round House Theatre.


Celebrate Halloween With Something Wicked

In a year that has been anything but normal, the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey will provide a semblance of normalcy this week with their annual production of “Something Wicked This Way Comes.” Its a program that mixes classic literature of the macabre and supernatural, eerie ghost stories, and a dash of humor to go along with the chills. This is the 11th straight year for the production, which changes the stories in the show each time.


"Fannie Lou Hamer, Speak on It!" -- Audience are Cheering

Premiere Stages at Kean brings life back to the live theater community with their production of Fannie Lou Hamer, Speak on It! The show is an opportunity to once again experience live theater but do it in a CoVid safe environment. It was thrilling to go out to the grounds of the Liberty Hall Museum which is on the other side of Morris Avenue from where Premiere Stages usually performs. The transformation to outdoor theater was thoughtfully done with remarkable results.


"Rent Control" Opens Fringe Festival at Centenary Stage

“In the year 2000, I moved to New York to be an actor.” So begins “Rent Control,” Evan Zes’ one-man comedy about how an Upper East Side two-bedroom he lucked into the day he arrived in the city changed his life. Only $918 a month, Zes describes finding one of the last rent-controlled apartments in New York as akin to “discovering plutonium.” He then takes the audience on a fast-paced trip through what happened next – a tale replete with shady landlords, comic roommates, and an ill-advised AirBnB scheme that almost derailed his acting career.

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