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Passage Theatre Presents Online Reading Of "Christmas 2.0" by Donna Hoke

(TRENTON, NJ) -- While the holidays are going to look a little different in 2020, Passage Theatre is continuing its tradition of presenting a special play reading to celebrate this time of year with its patrons.  Passage will present an online fundraiser play reading of Christmas 2.0 written by Donna Hoke and directed by Michelle Tattenbaum.


Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater premieres All Her Power

(PRINCETON, NJ) -- The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater at Princeton University will premiere All Her Power: The 50th Anniversary of Undergraduate Coeducation Theater Project on December 18 at 7:00pm. Three generations of Princeton women have come together to celebrate the milestone of the first undergraduate co-ed class’ arrival at Princeton in 1969. Current students were paired with professional artist alumnae to research and create new, short performances about women who graduated from Princeton in the first few years of co-education.


The Theater Project Presents "Wonderful Life" Live Via Zoom December 11-13

(UNION, NJ) -- For over twenty years, It's A Wonderful Life: The Radio Play has been an integral part of The Theater Project’s repertoire––and a Union holiday tradition for the last five. While so many things must change in celebrating the holidays this year, TTP is offering its yearly holiday staple to help keep community traditions alive.


Centenary Stage Company's Production of "A Christmas Carol" Continues With Livestream Added On December 6th

(HACKETTSTOWN, NJ) -- Centenary Stage Company rings in the Holiday season with a brand-new adaptation of Charles Dicken’s classic A Christmas Carol by Stephen Temperley.  In-person live performances continue December 2 through December 13 in the Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center.   CSC will also host a special talkback with playwright Stephen Temperley and the creative team on Sunday, December 6 after the 2:00pm performance.


Vanguard Theater Company Seeks to Train the Next Generation of Off Stage Professionals

(MONTCLAIR, NJ) -- “How can we help level the playing field for a new generation of diverse, behind-the-scenes, creative, technical and production theater workers?” Vanguard Theater Company Artistic Director and Co-Founder Janeece Freeman Clark asked herself this question when COVID-19 forced Vanguard to cancel its in person theater programs, and the Broadway shutdown and reinvigoration of Black Lives Matter caused many theater professionals to take a long, hard look at the theater industry.  

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FEATURES

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.


ELTC Films Nothing Matters with rare Actors’ Equity Contract

Like the rest of the theatre world, East Lynne Theater Company (ELTC) in Cape May could only watch from the sideline as the season they had planned for 2020 was shelved due to the pandemic.  But they refused to go quietly.

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