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New Jersey Repertory Company presents the New Comedy……

M A D   L O V E

by Marisa Smith
October 20 – November 20, 2016

(LONG BRANCH) Monday, September 19, 2016 - New Jersey Repertory Company, located at 179 Broadway in Long Branch, is proud to announce the new comedy MAD LOVE by Marisa Smith, the Author of "Saving Kitty".

Sloane Hudson, a wealthy, beautiful recent Ivy League graduate and product of the campus hook-up culture and frat basement pong tournaments, doesn't believe in love or marriage. She does, however, believe in babies and wants one soon so her tummy can bounce back and she can still wear a bikini. The problem is she needs a sperm donor who passes muster. Enter Brandon, who has all the right stats, but the wrong attitude. Brandon, meantime, has enough on his plate living with his brother Doug, who just fell in love with Katerina, the hooker from the Ukraine. Cabbage soup, a rare baseball card and a lizard named Pogo all play a part in this romantic comedy for cynical times.

The cast includes: Jared Delaney, Brittany Proia, Graham Techler and Alex Trow, and is directed by Evan Bergman. Previews begin Thursday, October 20 with Opening Night Saturday, October 22 at New Jersey Repertory Company (179 Broadway, Long Branch), and will run through Sunday, September 25, 2016. Tickets may be purchased by calling 732-229-3166 or at www.njrep.org.

The production team includes: Jessica Parks (Set Design), Brian Snyder (Technical Director,) Jill Nagle (Lighting Design), Merek Royce Press (Sound Design), Patricia E. Doherty (Costume Design), and Jennifer Tardibuono (Stage Manager).

Who's Who:

Marisa Smith (Playwright) In the spring of 2016 Marisa's comedy, Mad Love, was the first new play produced at the brand new Northern Stage/Barrette Center in White River Junction, Vermont. Directed by Maggie Burrows. Mad Love was an O'Neill Playwright's Conference semi-finalist and won Best Play (2012) from NH in Portland Stages' (Maine) Clauder Competition. Marisa's full-length plays include Saving Kitty, winner of Best Play (2010) from NH in Portland Stages' (Maine) Clauder Competition. Saving Kitty premiered at Wellfleet Actors Harbor Theater in 2012, was produced by New Jersey Rep in 2013 and in the summer of 2015 Saving Kitty enjoyed an extended sold-out run at the Central Square Theater in Cambridge, Mass. produced by the Nora Theater Company and starred Jennifer Coolidge in the leading role. In 2017 Sex and Other Disturbances will be produced in Melbourne, Australia, directed by Nadia Tass. Marisa's 10-Minute plays have been produced in the Boston Marathon of 10- Minute Plays, Barrington Stage in NY and in other theaters in VT, NH, Florida, New York and Massachusetts. They include: The Dress Rehearsal, Getting into Vassar, The Pre-Nup, Polar Bear Swim, Day One, Welcome to the Beekman Arms, No Love, Please and Total Expression (Heideman Award Finalist, Actors Theater of Louisville). In 2014 Marisa penned her first film, Second Wind, shot in England, staring June Brown, Harriet Walter and Tamzin Merchant, an Andrew Silver Production and has just completed a second film for Andrew Silver Productions: Surprise Engagement. Marisa is an associate artist at the Lark Play Development Center, an artist in residence at the Hermitage Artists Retreat on Manasota Key, Florida for 2015-17 and an artist at the Marble House Project in Dorset, Vermont for the fall of 2016. She has developed work at the Lark, the Theresa Rebeck Writer's Colony, The University of Delaware Professional Repertory Company, at the Dorset Theater Festival, Dartmouth College and at the Williamstown Theater Festival. Marisa is the co-owner and Publisher of Smith and Kraus Publishers, publishers of theater books with over 650 titles in print, and a graduate of Wesleyan University.

Evan Bergman (Director) Evan most recently directed the world premiere of A Better Place by Wendy Becket at the Duke Theater in New York. He also directed the world premiere of the long running New York and Los Angeles production of The Director starring John Shea. For NJ Rep: Marisa Smith's Saving Kitty, A View of the Mountains by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award nominee Lee Blessing, The M Spot by Michael Tucker, starring Emmy Award winner Jill Ekinberry, Tony Glazer's The Substance of Bliss and American Stare, The Tangled Skirt by Steve Braunstein (Edgar Award nominee); Deborah Rennard's For Worse, and Jack Canfora's Jericho and Poetic License. Other New York; Gryzk (Ensemble Studio Theater); The Glass House (workshops) with David Strathairn, Hope Davis, Laila Robbins (Connecticut); Geraint Wyn Davies (Barrington Stage);New York premiere with Harris Yulin (Resonance Ensemble, Clurman Theatre). Love Therapy by Wendy Beckett with Alison Frazer (Daryl Roth Theatre); Jack Canfora's Jericho (The New York Times Critic Pick, and Poetic License featuring Geriant Wyn Davis both for NJ Rep and The Directors Company (59E59). The first all African-American production of American Buffalo featuring Reg E. Cathy and Paul Butler (WHAT). Musicals include the world premiere of A Girl Called Dusty by Susann Flechter (Provincetown Playhouse) and The Last Five Years (NTW).

Jared Michael Delaney (Doug) is pleased to be making his debut at NJ Rep! Jared is the cofounder and Associate Artistic Director of Revolution Shakespeare (www.revolutionshakespeare.org). He has been seen off-Broadway at 59E59 and regionally at the Folger Theatre, Theatre Workshop of Nantucket, River Valley Rep, Sierra Rep. Theatre, Arden Theatre Co., Theatre at Monmouth, Walnut St Theatre, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Bristol Riverside Theatre, the Eagle Theater and Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, among others. As a playwright, his first full-length play, The Hand of Gaul was produced in 2013 at Inis Nua Theatre and he is currently pursuing an MFA in Playwriting from the Queens University of Charlotte. MA in Theatre from Villanova University. Next up: Peter & The Starcatcher, Eagle Theatre, spring 2017. Many thanks to Evan Bergman and the good folks at NJ Rep!

Brittany Proia (Katerina) is thrilled to be making her NJ Rep debut! Brittany is an actor and songwriter originally from Olney, MD. Recent credits include Breadcrumbs (Urbanite Theatre), Taming of the Shrew (Nebraska Shakespeare), and A Day in the Death of Joe Egg (The Night Shift). Brittany has performed regionally and in NYC with The York Theatre Company, Peterborough Players, Frog and Peach Theatre Co, Ozark Actors Theatre, Nebraska Shakespeare, Toby's Dinner Theatre and The Asolo Repertory Theatre. MFA graduate of The FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training and she holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from NYU's Steinhardt School. Many thanks to Evan for this opportunity! Love to M&D. www.brittanyproia.com.

Graham Techler (Brandon) An actor and writer from Boston currently based in New York, Graham's recent credits include: Song For A Future Generation and Jonah, A Musical Detour (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Gutenberg! The Musical! (Basement Arts), and Stupid F**king Bird (University Productions). His plays include Nantucket Sleighride (Beckwith Theatre, 2015), The Kid Cult Cosmology (Playfest), and Like Henry the Sixth But Cool. You can read his writing on The Big Jewel, Splitsider, and The Every Three Weekly. Follow him on twitter @grahamtechler.

Alex Trow (Sloane) New York credits include: London Wall (Mint Theater), Flamingo (Sanguine Theater Co.), Straight (u/s, Acorn Theater Off-Broadway), and Scarlett Fever (NY Fringe Fest). Regionally, she has appeared in Mad Love (Northern Stage, world premiere), Owners (Yale Rep), and Othello (Shakespeare Santa Cruz). TV/Web: "Blue Bloods," "Twenty Five," "Cooking for One with the Crying Chef" (Best Actress Award, ITV Fest), "Inappropriate Jane Austen." Alex received a BA and an MFA from Yale University. www.alextrow.com.

 

 

New Jersey Repertory Company presents the World Premiere….
I A G O
by James McLure
August 25 – September 25, 2016

(LONG BRANCH) Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - New Jersey Repertory Company, located at 179 Broadway in Long Branch, is proud to announce the New Jersey premiere of IAGO by James McLure.

Backstage intrigue, romance, and scandal take place during rehearsals of the Shakespeare classic Othello, which serves as the backdrop for this comedic-drama. Three extraordinary actors at the top of their game along with a well-known director rehearse the passionate play as they whittle away at each other in this highly theatrical production.

The cast includes: Ezra Barnes, John FitzGibbon, Todd Gearhart and Liza Vann and is directed by SuzAnne Barabas. Previews begin Thursday, August 25 with Opening Night Saturday, August 27 at New Jersey Repertory Company (179 Broadway, Long Branch), and will run through Sunday, September 25, 2016. Tickets may be purchased by calling 732-229-3166 or at www.njrep.org.

The production team includes: Charlie Corcoron (Set Design), Brian Snyder (Technical Director,) Jill Nagle (Lighting Design), Merek Royce Press (Sound Design), Patricia E. Doherty (Costume Design), Lindy Regan (Properties), Donna Stiles (Scenic painting), Brad Lemons (Fight Director) and Jennifer Tardibuono (Stage Manager).

Who's Who:

James McLure (Playwright) was born in Alexandria, Louisiana and grew up in Shreveport where he was educated by Jesuits. He became interested in acting in high school, performing in Shakespearean plays. He obtained a BFA degree from Southern Methodist University in Texas, and subsequently studied at the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts in Santa Maria, California. He moved to New York City in 1975 and was a member of the Lion Theatre Company. His plays Lone Star and Pvt. Wars were presented off-Broadway in 1979 after having been presented at the Humana Festival at the Actors Theatre of Louisville. In 1980, Lone Star and Laundry and Bourbon were shown together as 1959 Pink Thunderbird at the McCarter Theatre. His subsequent plays include: Thanksgiving, The Day They Shot John Lennon, The River Cane, and an adaptation of John O'Keeffe's 18th-century comedy Wild Oats (moving it to the Old West), which was produced as an official entry for the 1984 Olympics Arts Festival. He was also a part of the Biennial Festival of New American Plays at Stephen F. Austin State University. The latest play he presented there was Seduction, a play about the inner workings of a stage production. "Pvt. Wars" made its London premier at the Greenwich Studio Theatre on September 1, 1991 with Billy Lomas (Natwick), Dorian Lough (Silvio), and Pancho Russell (Gately). For many years McLure was a participant playwright in The Missoula Colony, a writer's workshop of the Montana Repertory Theatre and the only playwright to contribute to the Colony in every year of its existence. In 1992, his play Max and Maxie was presented at the Denver Center Theatre, followed by Fran and Brian (1993), Ghost World (1993), The Agent (1993), and Southern Christmas (1995). His play The Day They Shot John Lennon was presented in 2011 at the Carolina Actors Studio Theatre in Charlotte. His last play, Iago, was developed at the Playwright's Project in Healing Springs, North Carolina and premiered at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. In addition to his work in the theatre, McLure wrote for the screen and television including Sangre starring Holly Hunter, Kingfish starring John Goodman and Reckless starring Aidan Quinn. He died at home in Marina del Rey from cancer in 2011.

SuzAnne Barabas (Artistic Director) For NJ Rep, SuzAnne directed Find Me a Voice, North Fork (premiere), Immortal Interlude (premiere), Octet (premiere), Till Morning Comes (premiere), Maggie Rose, Getting in Touch With My Inner B*tch (starring Christine Lavin, premiere), The Adjustment, 10% of Molly Snyder, Romulus Linney's Klonsky & Schwartz, Apostasy (premiere), Women Who Steal, Apple, The Housewives of Mannheim (premiere), Evie's Waltz, Dead Ringer (premiere), Steven Dietz's Yankee Tavern, Puma (premiere), Night Train (premiere), Just In Time: The Judy Holliday Story, Bakersfield Mist, Annapurna, Happy, Broomstick (premiere), Lucky Me (premiere), Swimming at the Ritz (U.S. premiere), and The Realization of Emily Linder (premiere), Villainous Company. SuzAnne directed productions of The Housewives of Mannheim at 59E59 Theater (NYC), Ensemble Theater of Santa Barbara (CA), and Phoenix Theater (Indianapolis). In addition, she directed regional productions of Ibsen's A Doll's House, The Fantasticks, The Roar of the Greasepaint the Smell of the Crowd, Cabaret, Shaw's Heartbreak House, A.R. Gurney's The Perfect Party, Marsha Norman's 'Night Mother, Philip Barry's The Philadelphia Story, Christopher Durang's Beyond Therapy, Mark Dunn's Belles, Lee Blessing's Down the Road, among others. She is a member of Actors Equity Association, BMI, the Dramatists Guild, SDC, and the League of Professional Theater Women.

Ezra Barnes (Tony) Off-Broadway include the premiere of Fraser Grace's Breakfast With Mugabe, nominated for Best New Play by the Off-Broadway Alliance and a critics pick for the The New York Times and Time Out. Ezra also produced this production. Other Off-Broadway: Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird (Queens Theater), In White America, Cool Blues (New Richard II (Pearl). Regional includes: McCarter, Hartford Stage, Cincinnati Playhouse, Pioneer, Paper Mill, Philadelphia Festival Theatre for New Plays, Pennsylvania Shakespeare. Ezra founded Connecticut's Shakespeare on the Sound and served as Artistic Director for 13 seasons, directing and acting in many of the Bard's plays. TV: Blacklist, Blue Bloods, Law & Order, SVU, Bored to Death, As The World Turns (recurring), Royal Pains. Film: Landline, Noah, Joshua, Once More With Feeling, Stereotypically You, Kid Witness. Graduate, Amherst College and the National Theatre Conservatory.

John FitzGibbon (Basil) This is John's twelfth play at NJ Rep: others include Immortal Interlude, Bakersfield Mist, Puma, Saving Kitty, Touch of Rapture, Winterizing the Summer House and The Play's the Thing. He recently played "Saint Peter" in The Trial of Martin Luther for FPAtheatre at the Pearl Theatre and Sel Trevoc in A Better Place at the Duke Theatre, NYC. Favorite roles: "Robert" in Bird Sanctuary w/ Hayley Mills and Elizabeth Franz (Alabama Shakespeare); "Lord Burleigh" in Mary Stuart (TheatreWorks in Colorado Springs); "Donald" in A Passionate Woman w/ Loretta Swit (Cocoanut Grove Playhouse); "Oswald" in Ghosts w/ Kim Hunter (Stuart Vaughan's New Globe Theatre); "Sidney" in Men of Mah Jongg (Mark Medoff, director); "Cosme McMoon" in Souvenir (Marc Geller, director); "Delmore Schwartz" in Klonsky & Schwartz (NJ Rep, SuzAnne Barabas, director); "Ule Enevold" in Poetry of Pizza (Virginia Stage); "Nick" in Sight Unseen (Carbonell Nomination); "Jim Tyrone" in Moon for the Misbegotten (Best of Boston Award); lame beggar in Yeats' Cat and the Moon (Jean Erdman's Theatre of the Open Eye : OBIE Nomination). Film: "Professor Baines' in Shock Act (Best Short, Tribeca Film Fest '04); the lead in Green Lights (Ithaca Films). He played "Alex" in a new videogame for Rockstar Games and has recorded six books for Audible.com. He is an accomplished pianist/composer: selections from his CD Reflections were recently used as the soundtracks for the Caldwell Theatre production of Next Fall and are available at CDBaby.com.

Todd Gearhart (Finney) Broadway: Bye Bye Birdie. NY: The Cherry Lane, Manhattan Theatre Club, Roundabout Theatre Company, Playwright's Horizon's, The Vineyard Theatre, The Beckett Theatre, The McGinn/Cazale, HB Playwrights. Regional: Guthrie, Hartford TheatreWorks,The Alliance Theatre, George Street Playhouse, The Ford's Theatre, The Ogunquit Playhouse (IRNE Award Best Actor nominated), Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The Cleveland Playhouse. TV: Blue Bloods, Gossip Girl, Lipstick Jungle, Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, The Education of Max Bickford. Film: Batman: The Dark Night Rises, Dog's Lie, Moving Mike. Todd is a member of The Actors Company Theatre (TACT), and studied at HB studios with Uta Hagen.

Liza Vann (Vivacity) From early days at La Mama, favorite Off-Broadway credits include Marietta Corsini in Machiavelli, the fabulous musical Good Ol' Girls, Diane Greer in Poetic License, and the indomitable Bree Benson in The Road To Damascus. Most recently, she joined Ralph Macchio and Mario Cantone as Jean Morelli in the sold out run of Abingdon Theatre Company's A Room Of My Own, a new comedy by Charles Messina. A recipient of the Clarence Ross Fellowship from the American Theatre Wing, she has performed extensively in regional theatre in roles as diverse as Chelsea in On Golden Pond, Hermia in Dead Man's Cell Phone, Nicky in The Smell of the Kill, Myrtle Brown in Morning's at Seven, and Miss Maudie in To Kill A Mockingbird. Iago marks her first appearance at New Jersey Rep, and she is most grateful to be a part of this extraordinary company, and this important play by the late James McLure. www.lizavann.com.

 

 

New Jersey Repertory Company presents the World Premiere….
S T R U C K
by Sandy Rustin A Serious Comedy About a (possibly) Cosmic Event
June 30 – July 31, 2016

(LONG BRANCH) - New Jersey Repertory Company, 179 Broadway in Long Branch, is proud to announce the cast of the World Premiere, STRUCK by Sandy Rustin.

After being struck by a bike while crossing an East Village intersection, Vera Resnick feels an eerie, outer-body connection to the college-aged student responsible for the collision.

Is this mysterious interaction real, kismet or coincidence that has brought Vera and this young bicyclist together, or might there be greater forces at play?

STRUCK is a serious comedy about a (possibly) cosmic event.

The cast includes: Jenny Bacon, Adam Bradley, Susan Maris, Ben Puvalowski and Matthew Shepard and is directed by Don Stephenson.

Previews begin Thursday, June 30 with Opening night Saturday, July 2 at New Jersey Repertory Company (179 Broadway, Long Branch), and will run through Sunday, July 31, 2016. Tickets may be purchased by calling 732-229-3166 or at www.njrep.org.

Who's Who:

Sandy Rustin (Playwright) Sandy is an actress, playwright, and mom. She is thrilled to have her new play, Struck, make its world premiere at NJ Rep. Her sketch comedy musical about parenthood, Rated P (for parenthood), opened to critical acclaim Off-Broadway at the Westside Theatre in 2012 ("P is for Perfect!" Star Ledger) and is in development for television with ABC Studios and Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos. Her full length comedy, The Cottage, (a Reva Shiner Comedy Award Finalist) has been enjoying rave reviews regionally ("laugh-out-loud"- NY Times) and is currently under option for an upcoming commercial production in New York. Her newest play, HOUSTON, is in development. Sandy recently guest starred on Comedy Central's, Inside Amy Schumer and regularly appears at New York's The Upright Citizen's Brigade in Gravid Water (named "Best ImprovShow" by Time Out NY). She is the Founding Co-Artistic Director of Midtown Direct Rep, an advocate the cowdenfoundation.org and makes a delicious gluten free/dairy free lasagna that her children will actually eat. Northwestern University graduate. Sandy is represented by Max Grossman at Abrams Artists and Matthew Lefferts at FWR&V www.sandyrustin.com.

Don Stephenson (Director) Don has directed Titanic at Lincoln Center, Of Mice and Men, Manhattan for the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center, The Other Place at the Alley Theatre, Vanya, Sonia, Masha, and Spike and Lend Me A Tenor at Paper Mill Playhouse, The Roar of the Greasepaint -The Smell of the Crowd and Guys and Dolls at Goodspeed Opera, Buyer and Cellar and Noises Off at Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Sister Act at the Marriott Theatre, The Cottage at Theatre Aspen, I'll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers at Theatreworks/Hartford, Lend Me A Tenor at Bay Street Theatre (Broadway World nom. Best director of a play), Titanic at The Muny Opera, The Hangar Theatre (Broadway world nom. best director of a musical), and Westchester Broadway Theatre, Deathtrap, Noises Off, and The 39 Steps at the Flat Rock Playhouse, The Mystery of King Tut and Skippy Jon Jones for Theatreworks/USA and The Great Unknown for the New York Theatre Festival. He directed the critically acclaimed productions of Oleanna, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and the hit musical comedy Doctors and Diseases at the historic Barter Theatre. Other New York directing credits include: A Charles Dickens Christmas (Urban Stages), Buck Simple (Garrick Gaities), When Pigs Fly (Kaufman Theatre), Golden Voices (Symphony Space), Old Flames (Theatre Studio Inc.) and the workshop production of My Time of Day; The letters, lyrics and music of Frank Loesser. He has directed productions of The Desperate Hours and through all kinds of weather, both at the Clarence Brown Theatre and Sleeping Beauty at American Stage Festival. As an actor, Don played the D'Ysquith family in the Tony award-winning A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, and starred as Leo Bloom in the Tony award-winning Broadway production of The Producers. His other Broadway credits include: Rock of Ages, Private Lives, Dracula, Titanic, Parade, By Jeeves, The Bandwagon, Pardon My English and Wonderful Town. A native of Chattanooga, Tennessee, he holds a BA from the University of Tennessee.

Adam Bradley (Nate) Born in Vancouver, B.C., Adam has worked and trained all over the world – Vancouver, Prague, Denmark, Serbia, Bali, Norway, and Toronto – but now calls New York home. Originally intending to be an academic, Adam earned his B.A. in Philosophy at the University of McGill and continued on to an M.A. at the University of British Columbia. But while at UBC, his passion for photography led him onto film sets as a stills photographer. And, inspired by the brilliant documentary Visions of Light, he shifted his focus to cinematography and started working as a lighting technician. Over the next few years he worked on everything from no- budget student productions to major studio pictures, in lighting, camera, sound, and directing. While in Prague he found himself accidentally acting in a sketch comedy show; the experience was so overwhelmingly fun that he decided to move in front of the camera and become an actor. After training at the Atlantic Acting Conservatory in NYC, he started writing, mostly so that he'd have something to act in. And, not knowing any producers, he started producing his scripts himself – and directing them when he's afraid someone else's vision will ruin them. He continues to wear these multiple hats on projects both theatrical and cinematic, but his first love has always been acting. His first feature film, which he wrote and executive produced, Bank$tas, was released theatrically in the U.S. in the fall of 2014 by Main Street Films. His second film, Yesterday Last Year, which he wrote, produced, and acts in, will be completed by early 2016. To date he has produced, written, and/or directed seventeen short films; his upcoming projects are all feature films: Zebra Victor One, Irreversible, Borrasca, and Negative Space, are currently in development. He and his wife Amelia Mathews created Well-Drawn Dog Productions as the home for their film projects, both short-form and feature-length.

Susan Maris (Vera) NYC: Henry V, King Lear, and The Edwin Booth Company Presents, This Prison Where I Live (Titan Theatre), The Merry Wives of Windsor, The House of Bernarda Alba, and The Book of the Dun Cow (Prospect Theatre Company). Shows at The Wild Project and The West End Theatre. Regional: Happy and The Substance of Bliss with New Jersey Repertory Company, Love's Labour's Lost, Much Ado About Nothing, The Learned Ladies, Othello, The Servant of Two Masters, A Christmas Carol, and The Grapes of Wrath with The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Cymbeline at Theatreworks Colorado. Film/TV: She Gave Me Water, Limitless, The Blood Painting, Discovery ID, College Humor.

Jenny Bacon (Vicky) Jenny just finished the run of Misery on Broadway, standing by for the role of the infamous psychopath Annie Wilkes; previously she played Rivke in the Drama Desk winning My Name is Asher Lev at the Westside, and created the role of Lucy with Sam Shepard in Heartless at the Signature Theater. She has also recently premiered plays for Sarah Ruhl (She in Stage Kiss, Goodman Theatre), Lisa Kron (Amy in In The Wake, Public Theater), Theresa Rebeck (Lydia in Omnium Gatherum, Variety Arts). She began her New York career with the US premiere of Ivo van Hove's work at NYTW, More Stately Mansions and Streetcar Named Desire, where she also performed the role of Mabel in Paul Rudnick's Most Fabulous Story Ever Told. She has been working all over New York City, and regionally at such theaters as Steppenwolf, McCarter, Yale Rep, Long Wharf, Williamstown, Alley, Seattle Rep, and California Shakespeare, and has made appearances on all three Law & Order shows, playing a variety of unfortunate souls.

Ben Puvalowski (James) is thrilled to be playing the role of James in the world premiere of Struck and making his NJ Rep debut. A New Jersey local, Ben went to Ranney High School where he performed in all of his school plays since 2nd grade and won a Count Basie award his senior year for Best Actor. He is currently completing his junior year at NYU's performing arts program at Tisch. In addition, Ben is the lead singer for his band "Little Bear" (formerly "The Idjits") and has performed in New Jersey at the Saint, Brighten Bar, The Stone Pony, Wonderbar and other venues, as well as several in New York City including the iconic, Bitter End. Most recently Ben appeared in the NYU studio production of The Motherf*cker With The Hat, and was featured in Sissy Man, a short film directed by Joshua Atesh Litle, currently in post-production headed for the Toronto Film Festival.

Matthew Shepard (Bertrand) Matthew has appeared on Broadway in Beauty and the Beast, The Scarlet Pimpernel and, playing opposite Donna Murphy, and later Brooke Shields, in Wonderful Town. He has toured the United States and Canada in Les Miserables as Enjolras and The Scarlet Pimpernel as Farleigh, and has performed throughout Europe in the title role of Maury Yeston's Phantom. He starred as Dr. Peterson in the original Off Broadway production of Sessions by Alan Tapper. Matthew has multiple New York area and Regional credits, but a major highlight was when he appeared in the highly successful Sondheim Celebration at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, as The Soldier/Alex in Sunday In The Park With George, starring Raul Esparza and Melissa Errico. He has also been seen numerous times on The Guiding Light on CBS and has soloed with many orchestras throughout the USA, Canada and Europe.

 

 

New Jersey Repertory Company presents
The World Premiere Comedy…. FOR WORSE By Deborah Rennard

March 10 – April 10, 2016

(LONG BRANCH) Monday, February 8, 2015 - New Jersey Repertory Company, located at 179 Broadway in Long Branch, is proud to announce the World Premiere comedy For Worse by Deborah Rennard. Three decades of marriage and three daughters later Peter has an epiphany and informs his wife that he is in love with another woman whom he has been having an affair with for the past three years. He assumes his wife will leave, but she doesn't, and to make matters worse his girlfriend gives him an ultimatum. Peter's choices in life are put to the test as he questions the meaning of love, friendship and betrayal.

The cast includes Ed Kershen, Kristin Griffith, Daniela Mastropietro and Angie Tennant and is directed by Evan Bergman. Sneak preview performances to this limited engagement begin Thursday, March 10 with opening night Saturday, March 12 at New Jersey Repertory Company (179 Broadway, Long Branch, NJ), and will run through Sunday, April 10, 2016. Tickets may be purchased by calling 732-229-3166 or at www.njrep.org.

The production team includes: Jessica Parks (Set Design & Props), Brian Snyder (Technical Director,) Jill Nagle (Lighting Design), Merek Royce Press (Sound Design), Michael Bevins (Costume Design), and Jennifer Tardibuono (Stage Manager).

Who's Who

Deborah Rennard (Playwright) Deborah played "Sly", JR's secretary, on the hit TV show, Dallas, for ten years. She also starred in the cult favorite, Lionheart, with Jean Claude Van Damme. In 1991 she co-wrote an episode of Due South for CBS, and co-produced the highly acclaimed TV series EZ Streets with her then husband, Paul Haggis, also for CBS. In 2006, she co-produced Warner Independent's, In the Valley of Elah, starring Tommy Lee Jones and Charlize Theron, for which Mr. Jones received an Oscar nomination. In 2008 her first play Enough was optioned Off-Broadway. In 2012, her second play, For Worse, was read at NYSAF, at MTC in 2013 and at NJ Rep in 2014. In 2013 she also co-produced 3rd Person, starring Liam Neeson, Olivia Wilde, Mila Kunis, and James Franco. She spends most of her time writing and producing, but did a small cameo as "Poodle Lady" on HBO's Show me a Hero last year. She loves to sing, and for the last few years, has been doing a singing duet act at various charity events and opening for comedians at Catch a Rising Star clubs.

Evan Bergman (Director) For NJ Rep World Premieres: The Substance of Bliss by Tony Glazer, The M Spot by Michael Tucker, A View of the Mountains by Lee Blessing. The Tangled Skirt by Steve Braunstein (nominated 2011 EDGAR Award). Saving Kitty by Marisa Smith. American Stare by Tony Glazer. Jericho, Poetic License and Place Setting (Nominated 2005 Best Play The Star-Ledger) by Jack Canfora. Off-Broadway: Love Therapy with Alison Frazer. The Director starring John Shea (New York and Los Angeles). The Glass House (workshops) with David Strathairn, Laila Robins, Hope Davis (Connecticut); with Geraint Wynn Davies (Barrington Stage), New York premiere starring Harris Yulin (Clurman). Gryzk (Ensemble Studio Theater). Poetic License, Jericho (NY Times critic pick; 59E59). Workshop Goodnight Sister; James Lapine (Cherry Lane Theater). Film: Dig A Hole, Find A Finger by John Ford Noonan official selection Palm Springs and Newport Beach International Film Festivals.

Ed Kershen (Peter) TV: The Sopranos, Law & Order, Law & Order CI, NYPD Blue, LA Law, True Blue, NY News, One Life To Live, All My Children. Film: The King Of America (PBS), Clara (A&E). Film credits: The Miracle Of Spanish Harlem Earthwork, An Affirmative Act, The Crimson Mask, Winter of Frozen Dreams, A Packing Suburbia, Poison, Sidewalk Stories. Off-Broadway: Sam's Romance (Actors Temple Theatre), The Godfather Workout (American Place Theatre) The Eggnog Talking (Cherry Lane Theatre) The Gift Horse (Jewish Rep). Regional: Guthrie (MN), Cape Fear Regional Theatre (NC), City Theatre (PA), Clarence Brown Theatre (TN), Wilma Theatre (PA), Syracuse Stage (NY), Merrimack Rep (MA) Huntington Theatre (MA), North Shore Music Theatre (MA), Kennedy Center (DC), Forum Theatre (NJ), Autumn Playhouse (PA). Ed has appeared in dozens of national and regional commercials and voice overs, formed the musical trio OCD3.

Kristin Griffith (Karen) received a Drama Desk nomination as Outstanding Actress for her performance in The Fatal Weakness at the Mint Theater. Broadway: A Texas Trilogy, Park Your Car in Harvard Yard. Off Broadway: Mary Broome, The Charity that begins at Home, Mr. Pym Passes By, also at The Mint; The Most Deserving and Bethany at The Women's Project; Da, The Master Builder, Ernest in Love and It's A Wonderful Life at the Irish Rep. Her performance as Rose Mary Woods in Stretch: A Fantasia at the Ohio Theater was critically acclaimed and at the Promenade Theater she was directed by Simon Gray in his play The Holy Terror, A long-time member of Ensemble Studio Theater, she recently appeared there in Murray Schisgal's Existence. Kristin has played leading roles at regional theaters across the country and at the Shaw Festival in Canada. TV: Guest roles on Blue Bloods, Third Watch, and all franchises of Law & Order. Film: Woody Allen's Interiors, Stephen Soderbergh's King of the Hill, Merchant/Ivory's The Europeans and most recently, Drawing Home, Cold in July and I Smile Back with Sarah Silverman.

Daniela Mastropietro (Lucia) Classically-trained, Italian-American actor and dancer, Daniela Mastropietro has played many roles from Shakespeare to original work. She has recently appeared as a lead in the indie short film, Gallina and Kabul (2016) written and directed by Lauren Fritz, a lead in feature film: Behind The Mirror (Director: Minos Papas 2015 release) and '79 Parts (Director: Ari Taub), currently in post-production. She has also played on-stage roles like Masha in Chekhov's Three Sisters (Columbia University), Ariel Spirit in Shakespeare's The Tempest (CSC Young Company), Annette in God of Carnage (Chico, California) and Darla in the award-winning play, The Rise and Fall of a Teenage Cyber Queen by Lindsay Joy in 2013 (Winner for Best Ensemble and Best Director, Padraic Lillis Innovative Awards NYC). Daniela has also appeared on the ID Network. Italian-Speaking and proud graduate of Columbia's MFA Acting Program (2014) and SUNY Buffalo Dance Program, has studied with Alec Baldwin, LAByrinth Theater Company and HB Studio.

Angie Tennant (Ashley) is a New York based actor and dancer originally from New Orleans. After receiving her BFA in Theatre from Pacific Lutheran University, Angie moved to the city to pursue her MFA in Acting from The New School for Drama. During her three years at NSD, she had the opportunity to work on roles such as Helen in Dennis Kelly's Orphans, Moth in Love's Labour's Lost, and Josie in The Skriker by Caryl Churchill. Recent NY credits include Rascals with Altitude (General Mischief Dance Theater), Shooting Rats (Second Circle Theatre Company), and Tres Leches (web series). You may also have seen her in a Superbowl L commercial for the NFL. Angie is a founding member of both Second Circle Theatre Company and New Dance Theatre. For more information, visit www.angietennant.com.

New Jersey Repertory Company presents the new play….
VILLAINOUS COMPANY: A CAPER FOR THREE WOMEN By Victor L. Cahn

May 5 – June 5, 2016

(LONG BRANCH) Tuesday, March 22, 2016 - New Jersey Repertory Company, 179 Broadway in Long Branch, has announced the cast of the new play VILLAINOUS COMPANY by Victor L. Cahn. When Claire returns home from an afternoon of shopping, she discovers one of her packages is missing. Coincidentally, just as she is calling the store, a staff member stops by to return the item, then manages to invite herself inside. Before long, larceny and trickery abound as the two women, soon joined by a third, compete in a suspenseful game of cat-and-mouse.

The cast includes: Melissa Herion, Corey Tazmania and Pheonix Vaughn and is directed by SuzAnne Barabas. Preview performances begin Thursday, May 5 with opening night Saturday, May 7 at NJ Rep, and will run through Sunday, June 5, 2016.

Tickets may be purchased by calling 732-229-3166 or at www.njrep.org.

The production team includes: Jessica Parks (Set Design & Props), Brian Snyder (Technical Director,) Jill Nagle (Lighting Design), Merek Royce Press (Sound Design), Patricia E. Doherty (Costume Design), and Jennifer Tardibuono (Stage Manager).

Who's Who

Victor L. Cahn (Playwright) has written numerous plays produced Off-Broadway and regionally, including Roses in December, Embraceable Me, Fit to Kill (all published by Samuel French), Dally with the Devil, A Dish for the Gods, Sheepskin (all published by Steele Spring Stage Rights), Villainous Company, Getting the Business, Bottom of the Ninth, and Sherlock Solo, a one-man show that he performed. He has appeared onstage throughout the Capital Region of New York, taking leading roles in works by Shakespeare, Shaw, Pinter, Coward, Ayckbourn, Simon, Gurney, Christie, and Knott. He is Professor Emeritus of English at Skidmore College, and author of more than a dozen non-fiction books (five on Shakespeare). He has also published two novels, and his articles and reviews have appeared in such varied publications as "Modern Drama", "The Literary Review", "The New York Times", "The Chronicle of Higher Education", and "Variety". He is a member of the Dramatists Guild, Inc.

SuzAnne Barabas (Director) For NJ Rep, SuzAnne has directed Find Me a Voice, North Fork (premiere), Immortal Interlude (premiere), Octet (premiere), Till Morning Comes (premiere), Maggie Rose, Getting in Touch With My Inner B*tch (starring Christine Lavin, premiere), The Adjustment, 10% of Molly Snyder, Romulus Linney's Klonsky & Schwartz, Apostasy (premiere), Women Who Steal, Apple, The Housewives of Mannheim (premiere), Evie's Waltz, Dead Ringer (premiere), Steven Dietz's Yankee Tavern, Puma (premiere), Night Train (premiere), Just In Time: The Judy Holliday Story, Bakersfield Mist, Annapurna, Happy, Broomstick (premiere), Lucky Me (premiere), Swimming at the Ritz (U.S. premiere), and The Realization of Emily Linder (premiere). SuzAnne directed productions of The Housewives of Mannheim at 59E59 Theater (NYC), Ensemble Theater of Santa Barbara (CA), and Phoenix Theater (Indianapolis). In addition, she directed regional productions of Ibsen's A Doll's House, The Fantasticks, The Roar of the Greasepaint the Smell of the Crowd, Cabaret, Shaw's Heartbreak House, A.R. Gurney's The Perfect Party, Marsha Norman's Night Mother, Philip Barry's The Philadelphia Story, Christopher Durang's Beyond Therapy, Mark Dunn's Belles, Lee Blessing's Down the Road, among others. She is a member of Actors Equity Association, BMI, the Dramatists Guild, SDC, and LPTW.

Melissa Macleod Herion (Tracy) Credits include: The Pearl Theatre Company ("The Rivals" u/s); Seven Angels Theatre ("The Crimson Thread"); PlayMakers Repertory Company ("Luminosity" & "Richard II"); Playhouse on Park ("Proof"); Cortland Repertory Theatre ("Miracle on South Division Street," "Rumors," "The Hollow," "I'll Be Back Before Midnight" and "Making God Laugh"); Broward Stage Door Theatre ("Bell, Book & Candle"); The Theater Barn ("The Little Dog Laughed," "Boeing, Boeing," & "Moonlight & Magnolias"); Queens Players ("Macbeth").

Corey Tazmania (Joanna) NJREP credits: The Realization of Emily Linder by Richard Strand; Jericho by Jack Canfora; The Housewives of Mannheim by Alan Brody; A Child's Guide to Innocence by Vincent Sessa. Other credits include: Camel Collective's Something Other Than What You Are (REDCAT); The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged (Lake Theatre); Villainous Company (The Clurman); The Parable Conference (Next Wave Festival/BAM); Pericles, Oliver Twist, Taming of the Shrew (STNJ); Housewives of Mannheim (59E59 & ETC Santa Barbara).

Pheonix Vaughn (Claire) Actress/Singer/Songwriter. Theater credits include: "The M Spot" with Michael Tucker and Jill Eikenberry, Psyche in "Cupid and Psyche," Janet in "Yankee Tavern," Judy in "The Judy Holliday Story," and May Black in "The Housewives of Mannheim" - which later had a highly successful run Off Broadway at 59th East 59th and at The Ensemble Theater in Santa Barbara. Other NYC Theater credits include: "Heaven In Your Pocket" with the Emerging Artists Theatre, "A Piece Of My Heart" with the Red Fern Theatre Company, and "The Best Party Ever" at the Richmond Shepard Theater. Los Angeles credits include: "The People vs. Friar Laurence," "Fools," "Shakespeare's Greatest Hits," "Trombone," and "Assassins." Pheonix is a proud AEA member. For more information visit pheonixvaughn.com.


New Jersey Repertory Company presents
The World Premiere Comedy…. FOR WORSE By Deborah Rennard

March 10 – April 10, 2016

(LONG BRANCH) Monday, February 8, 2015 - New Jersey Repertory Company, located at 179 Broadway in Long Branch, is proud to announce the World Premiere comedy For Worse by Deborah Rennard. Three decades of marriage and three daughters later Peter has an epiphany and informs his wife that he is in love with another woman whom he has been having an affair with for the past three years. He assumes his wife will leave, but she doesn't, and to make matters worse his girlfriend gives him an ultimatum. Peter's choices in life are put to the test as he questions the meaning of love, friendship and betrayal.

The cast includes Ed Kershen, Kristin Griffith, Daniela Mastropietro and Angie Tennant and is directed by Evan Bergman. Sneak preview performances to this limited engagement begin Thursday, March 10 with opening night Saturday, March 12 at New Jersey Repertory Company (179 Broadway, Long Branch, NJ), and will run through Sunday, April 10, 2016. Tickets may be purchased by calling 732-229-3166 or at www.njrep.org.

The production team includes: Jessica Parks (Set Design & Props), Brian Snyder (Technical Director,) Jill Nagle (Lighting Design), Merek Royce Press (Sound Design), Michael Bevins (Costume Design), and Jennifer Tardibuono (Stage Manager).

Who's Who

Deborah Rennard (Playwright) Deborah played "Sly", JR's secretary, on the hit TV show, Dallas, for ten years. She also starred in the cult favorite, Lionheart, with Jean Claude Van Damme. In 1991 she co-wrote an episode of Due South for CBS, and co-produced the highly acclaimed TV series EZ Streets with her then husband, Paul Haggis, also for CBS. In 2006, she co-produced Warner Independent's, In the Valley of Elah, starring Tommy Lee Jones and Charlize Theron, for which Mr. Jones received an Oscar nomination. In 2008 her first play Enough was optioned Off-Broadway. In 2012, her second play, For Worse, was read at NYSAF, at MTC in 2013 and at NJ Rep in 2014. In 2013 she also co-produced 3rd Person, starring Liam Neeson, Olivia Wilde, Mila Kunis, and James Franco. She spends most of her time writing and producing, but did a small cameo as "Poodle Lady" on HBO's Show me a Hero last year. She loves to sing, and for the last few years, has been doing a singing duet act at various charity events and opening for comedians at Catch a Rising Star clubs.

Evan Bergman (Director) For NJ Rep World Premieres: The Substance of Bliss by Tony Glazer, The M Spot by Michael Tucker, A View of the Mountains by Lee Blessing. The Tangled Skirt by Steve Braunstein (nominated 2011 EDGAR Award). Saving Kitty by Marisa Smith. American Stare by Tony Glazer. Jericho, Poetic License and Place Setting (Nominated 2005 Best Play The Star-Ledger) by Jack Canfora. Off-Broadway: Love Therapy with Alison Frazer. The Director starring John Shea (New York and Los Angeles). The Glass House (workshops) with David Strathairn, Laila Robins, Hope Davis (Connecticut); with Geraint Wynn Davies (Barrington Stage), New York premiere starring Harris Yulin (Clurman). Gryzk (Ensemble Studio Theater). Poetic License, Jericho (NY Times critic pick; 59E59). Workshop Goodnight Sister; James Lapine (Cherry Lane Theater). Film: Dig A Hole, Find A Finger by John Ford Noonan official selection Palm Springs and Newport Beach International Film Festivals.

Ed Kershen (Peter) TV: The Sopranos, Law & Order, Law & Order CI, NYPD Blue, LA Law, True Blue, NY News, One Life To Live, All My Children. Film: The King Of America (PBS), Clara (A&E). Film credits: The Miracle Of Spanish Harlem Earthwork, An Affirmative Act, The Crimson Mask, Winter of Frozen Dreams, A Packing Suburbia, Poison, Sidewalk Stories. Off-Broadway: Sam's Romance (Actors Temple Theatre), The Godfather Workout (American Place Theatre) The Eggnog Talking (Cherry Lane Theatre) The Gift Horse (Jewish Rep). Regional: Guthrie (MN), Cape Fear Regional Theatre (NC), City Theatre (PA), Clarence Brown Theatre (TN), Wilma Theatre (PA), Syracuse Stage (NY), Merrimack Rep (MA) Huntington Theatre (MA), North Shore Music Theatre (MA), Kennedy Center (DC), Forum Theatre (NJ), Autumn Playhouse (PA). Ed has appeared in dozens of national and regional commercials and voice overs, formed the musical trio OCD3.

Kristin Griffith (Karen) received a Drama Desk nomination as Outstanding Actress for her performance in The Fatal Weakness at the Mint Theater. Broadway: A Texas Trilogy, Park Your Car in Harvard Yard. Off Broadway: Mary Broome, The Charity that begins at Home, Mr. Pym Passes By, also at The Mint; The Most Deserving and Bethany at The Women's Project; Da, The Master Builder, Ernest in Love and It's A Wonderful Life at the Irish Rep. Her performance as Rose Mary Woods in Stretch: A Fantasia at the Ohio Theater was critically acclaimed and at the Promenade Theater she was directed by Simon Gray in his play The Holy Terror, A long-time member of Ensemble Studio Theater, she recently appeared there in Murray Schisgal's Existence. Kristin has played leading roles at regional theaters across the country and at the Shaw Festival in Canada. TV: Guest roles on Blue Bloods, Third Watch, and all franchises of Law & Order. Film: Woody Allen's Interiors, Stephen Soderbergh's King of the Hill, Merchant/Ivory's The Europeans and most recently, Drawing Home, Cold in July and I Smile Back with Sarah Silverman.

Daniela Mastropietro (Lucia) Classically-trained, Italian-American actor and dancer, Daniela Mastropietro has played many roles from Shakespeare to original work. She has recently appeared as a lead in the indie short film, Gallina and Kabul (2016) written and directed by Lauren Fritz, a lead in feature film: Behind The Mirror (Director: Minos Papas 2015 release) and '79 Parts (Director: Ari Taub), currently in post-production. She has also played on-stage roles like Masha in Chekhov's Three Sisters (Columbia University), Ariel Spirit in Shakespeare's The Tempest (CSC Young Company), Annette in God of Carnage (Chico, California) and Darla in the award-winning play, The Rise and Fall of a Teenage Cyber Queen by Lindsay Joy in 2013 (Winner for Best Ensemble and Best Director, Padraic Lillis Innovative Awards NYC). Daniela has also appeared on the ID Network. Italian-Speaking and proud graduate of Columbia's MFA Acting Program (2014) and SUNY Buffalo Dance Program, has studied with Alec Baldwin, LAByrinth Theater Company and HB Studio.

Angie Tennant (Ashley) is a New York based actor and dancer originally from New Orleans. After receiving her BFA in Theatre from Pacific Lutheran University, Angie moved to the city to pursue her MFA in Acting from The New School for Drama. During her three years at NSD, she had the opportunity to work on roles such as Helen in Dennis Kelly's Orphans, Moth in Love's Labour's Lost, and Josie in The Skriker by Caryl Churchill. Recent NY credits include Rascals with Altitude (General Mischief Dance Theater), Shooting Rats (Second Circle Theatre Company), and Tres Leches (web series). You may also have seen her in a Superbowl L commercial for the NFL. Angie is a founding member of both Second Circle Theatre Company and New Dance Theatre. For more information, visit www.angietennant.com.


New Jersey Repertory Company presents
The World Premiere of THE SUBSTANCE OF BLISS By Tony Glazer
January 14 – February 14, 2016

(LONG BRANCH) Wednesday, December 16, 2015 - New Jersey Repertory Company, located at 179 Broadway in Long Branch, is proud to announce the World Premiere of The Substance of Bliss by Tony Glazer.

It's 2 a.m. Do you know who your child is?  While Paul and Donna nervously await the return of their troubled fifteen-year-old late one night, they find themselves questioning their renovation choices, the political and religious persuasions of their neighbors, the feral cats running amok in their backyard, and ultimately, their decision to marry and have the child that is causing them so much angst.

The cast includes Christopher Daftsios (Swimming at the Ritz) and Susan Maris (Happy) and is directed by Evan Bergman (The M Spot). Sneak preview performances to this limited engagement begin Thursday, January 14 with opening night Saturday, January 16 at New Jersey Repertory Company (179 Broadway, Long Branch, NJ), and will run through Sunday, February 14, 2016. Tickets may be purchased by calling 732-229-3166.

The production team includes: Jessica Parks (Set Design & Props), Brian Snyder (Technical Director,) Jill Nagle (Lighting Design), Merek Royce Press (Sound Design), Patricia Doherty (Costume Design), and Jennifer Tardibuono (Stage Manager).

Who's Who

Tony Glazer (Playwright) Tony Glazer is an award-winning writer, director and producer, and a Managing Partner and founding member of Choice Films & Choice Theatricals. (www.choicefilms.com). He also serves as both a Managing Member and Board Member of The Private Theatre (www.theprivatetheatre.org). Glazer's plays have been produced in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Canada and England. He just wrapped production on his first feature film, Junction, which he wrote and directed www.junctionthemovie.com and which Hollywood Studios International now represents. His short film, A Younger Man, (www.ayoungerman.com) is now in several festivals around the country and has won multiple awards. His short stories "Single White Mammal" and "Buster" won dual prizes in Writer's Digest's 2006 Best Short Story Competition and were published in Writer's Digest's 2006 Competition Collection. Glazer's stage plays include: Stain, and Safe (both published by Samuel French Inc.), The Substance of Bliss (2009 Weissberger Award Winner), In The Daylight and Reading Under the Influence. In 2011, Reading Under the Influence completed an extended Off-Broadway run at Union Square's DR2 Theatre in New York City and has now begun a regional tour. One of his short plays, Doll Play, premiered in the 34th Annual Samuel French Short Play Festival under his direction. Glazer's newest play, Everything Must Go, will have its premiere in the fall with The Private Theatre. Tony also serves on the Advisory Council of the T. Schreiber Studio where he directed a production of Better Living which received three NYIT (New York Innovative Theater) Award Nominations for excellence. Tony received his BFA in Acting from Boston University and studied acting with Maggie Flanigan. Find Tony online at www.tonyglazer.com.

Evan Bergman (Director) For NJ Rep World Premieres: The M Spot by Michael Tucker, A View of the Mountains by Lee Blessing. The Tangled Skirt by Steve Braunstein (nominated 2011 EDGAR Award). Saving Kitty by Marisa Smith. American Stare by Tony Glazer. Jericho, Poetic License and Place Setting (Nominated 2005 Best Play The Star-Ledger) by Jack Canfora. Off-Broadway: Love Therapy with Alison Frazer. The Director starring John Shea (New York and Los Angeles). The Glass House (workshops) with David Strathairn, Laila Robins, Hope Davis (Connecticut); with Geraint Wynn Davies (Barrington Stage), New York premiere starring Harris Yulin (Clurman). Gryzk (Ensemble Studio Theater). Poetic License, Jericho (NY Times critic pick; 59E59). Workshop Goodnight Sister; James Lapine (Cherry Lane Theater). Film: Dig A Hole, Find A Finger by John Ford Noonan official selection Palm Springs and Newport Beach International Film Festivals.

Christopher Daftsios (Paul) New York Theater credits include: Picture Ourselves In Latvia (published/produced by Samuel French- originated role), Visitor from Forest Hills (w/ Tony Roberts, Louise Lasser), Of Mice and Men (Mint Theater Company), The Muckle Man (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater), A Flea in Her Ear (John Houseman Studio). Regional Theatre credits include: Swimming at the Ritz (NJ Rep), Laughter on the 23rd Floor (New Century Theatre), The Glass Menagerie/ Biloxi Blues/ Laughter in the 23rd Floor (Forestburgh Playhouse), Mercy and the Firefly (Luna Stage - originated role), Lobby Hero/ Glorious/ Boeing Boeing (Shadowland Theatre). Film/TV: Royal Pains, Law & Order, Law & Order: Conviction (guest lead), Incident at Chekhov Creek (w/ David Strathairn), Family Secrets (A&E), Terry from Ohio (Fox), Denizen (w/ Anthony Laciura) and the upcoming feature Evil Alive. Christopher has collaborated with Berlin directors Johanna Hegenscheidt and Christoph Winkler creating over a dozen original theatre pieces performed in over thirty venues in New York and throughout Europe. His most recent collaboration with Winkler, True Face: Dance IS Not Enough won Germany's prestigious Faust Award: Best New Theatre 2014.

Susan Maris (Donna) NYC credits: The House of Bernarda Alba, The Book of the Dun Cow, and The Merry Wives of Windsor (Prospect Theater Company), Afternight Seating and How to Draw Mystical Creatures (Toy Box Theatre), Henry V, The Edwin Booth Company Presents (Titan Theatre Company), work at The Wild Project, Secret Theatre, and West End Theatre. Regional: Happy (NJ Rep), The Grapes of Wrath, The Servant of Two Masters, Othello, A Christmas Carol, and touring productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream and Macbeth (The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey), Cymbeline (August '13, TheatreWorks, CO). Film and Web: Limitless, She Gave Me Water, College Humor. www.susanmaris.com.


New Jersey Repertory Company presents
The World Premiere of THE SEEDBED By Delaney

October 15 – November 15, 2015

(LONG BRANCH) Friday, September 11, 2015 - New Jersey Repertory Company, located at 179 Broadway in Long Branch, is proud to announce the World Premiere of The Seedbed by Bryan Delaney.

An impassioned family drama set in Ireland about a husband and wife and their troubled daughter who returns home with her fiancé after a long absence. When deep dark secrets are suddenly revealed relationships are put to the test and their lives begin to slowly unravel.

The cast includes Gina Costigan, Kevin Hogan, Michael Louis Serafin-Wells and Cathryn Wake and is directed by SuzAnne Barabas. Sneak preview performances to this limited engagement begin Thursday, October 15 with opening night Saturday, October 17 at New Jersey Repertory Company (179 Broadway, Long Branch, NJ), and will run through Sunday, November 15, 2015. Tickets may be purchased by calling 732-229-3166.

The production team includes: Jessica Parks (Set Design & Props), Brian Snyder (Technical Director,) Jill Nagle (Lighting Design), Merek Royce Press (Sound Design), Patricia Doherty (Costume Design), and Jennifer Tardibuono (Stage Manager).

Who's Who

Bryan Delaney (Playwright) Bryan is a playwright, screenwriter and dramaturg. From 2010 - 2014 he ran the New Playwrights Programme at The Abbey Theatre, Ireland's national theatre. His TV pilot Jordan (co-written with Daniel Dowling) was one of the winning scripts in the 2015 BAFTA Rocliffe TV Drama Competition and was selected for the BAFTA Forum List. He was a winner of the 2013 BBC Writersroom open submissions competition to develop new TV drama/comedy for the BBC in London. He is the recipient of the 2014 Theater Masters Visionary Playwright Award in conjunction with the Aspen Institute. Plays include The Seedbed (nominated for L. Arnold Weissberger Award; finalist Verity Bargate Award; public reading Manhattan Theatre Club, 2014, starring Ciarán Hinds; scheduled for production at New Jersey Repertory Company, Oct. 2015); The Onion Game (selected from 2,800 scripts as a BBC Writersroom winner (above); public readings at New York Stage and Film and the Vineyard Theatre off-Broadway, directed by Will Frears); The Cobbler (Irish Classical Theatre: Katherine Cornell Award; joint winner 16th International Playwriting Competition); Solemn Mass for a Full Moon in Summer (translation of Michel Tremblay's play, Rough Magic, Dublin), The Bohemians (Carnegie Hall, New York), Stretching Larry (Theatre Upstairs, Dublin). He is co-writer (with Catherine Eaton) of the feature film, LIV, starring Harris Yulin (Scarface, Training Day), Frankie Faison (The Wire, Banshee, Silence of the Lambs) and Teddy Sears (Masters of Sex), shortlisted for Sundance Screenwriters Lab, currently in post-production. He was script consultant and a member of the creative team behind We Need to Talk About Ireland – a contemporary reflection on Ireland that was broadcast around the world on St. Patrick's Day, 2014. He was invited to give a master class on storytelling at the Future of Storytelling Summit in New York in 2014 and was an Aspen Scholar at the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival. Other awards include two playwright's bursaries from The Peggy Ramsay Foundation and two travel awards and an artist's bursary from The Arts Council of Ireland. In 2006 he was awarded the Samuel Beckett Centenary International Writer's Residency at the Irish Cultural Centre in Paris.  He has recently been appointed to teach advanced advanced playwriting and screenwriting at University of Pennsylvania and playwriting at Harvard Summer School and was an invited guest of the 2015 New Play Festival at the University of Iowa. 

SuzAnne Barabas (Director) For NJ Rep, SuzAnne directed Find Me a Voice, North Fork (premiere), Immortal Interlude (premiere), Octet (premiere), Till Morning Comes (premiere), Maggie Rose, Getting in Touch With My Inner B*tch (starring Christine Lavin, premiere), The Adjustment, 10% of Molly Snyder, Romulus Linney's Klonsky & Schwartz, Apostasy (premiere), Women Who Steal, Apple, The Housewives of Mannheim (premiere), Evie's Waltz, Dead Ringer (premiere), Steven Dietz's Yankee Tavern, Puma (premiere), Night Train (premiere),  Just In Time: The Judy Holliday Story, Bakersfield Mist, Annapurna, Happy, Broomstick (premiere), Lucky Me (premiere), Swimming at the Ritz (U.S. premiere), and The Realization of Emily Linder (premiere). SuzAnne directed productions of The Housewives of Mannheim at 59E59 Theater (NYC), Ensemble Theater of Santa Barbara (CA), and Phoenix Theater (Indianapolis). In addition, she directed regional productions of Ibsen's A Doll's House, The Fantasticks, The Roar of the Greasepaint the Smell of the Crowd, Cabaret, Shaw's Heartbreak House, A.R. Gurney's The Perfect Party, Marsha Norman's 'Night Mother, Philip Barry's The Philadelphia Story, Christopher Durang's Beyond Therapy, Mark Dunn's Belles, Lee Blessing's Down the Road among others. She is a member of Actors Equity Association, BMI, the Dramatists Guild.

Adam Fitzgerald (Assistant Director) Adam is a freelance director and the Artistic Director of Kef Theatrical Productions. With Kef: Sense of an Ending, The Awake (NY Times Critic's Pick), Methtacular!, (Time Out NY Critics' Pick) Killing Women, Lyric is Waiting, and It's Only Kickball, Stupid (Advocate Magazine Best of 2014); other select NYC: A Dish for the Gods and Getting the Business (Rachel Reiner Productions), Songs For A More Funnier World (NYMF), Our Town (St. Bart's Theater); Concerts: Ali Ewoldt and Adam Jacobs Heart Full of Love (Town Hall), Carner and Gregor's Island Song (92yTribeca); Are You Working on Something New? (BC/EFA). Selected Regional: Defiance (Playhouse West, Critics' Circle Award Nominations for Director and Production), Santaland Diaries (Homemade Theater), Methtacular! (About Face Theater, Time Out Chicago Critic's Pick), Twelfth Night (Scranton Shakes), Infinite Joy (Las Vegas benefit concert). TV/Film: PSA for The Ad Council and Glsen; Conversations with My Ex (Web series, Fifty2 & Nine and Gwist TV), Occupy Me (Short film for fall 2015 release). www.directorfitz.com.

Gina Costigan (Hannah) Gina is incredibly honored to be working with NJ Rep. Training: Distinction AA in film and television acting (New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts). Honours BA in Drama (Queen's University Belfast). Film and TV: Flesh is Heir To (DJCG), Krypto Nights (One Last Day Productions), The Clowning (Curio Productions), A Terrible Beauty (Tile Films), Black Ice (Bandit Films), Swansong: Story of Occi Byrne (Florin Film), Fair City (RTE), Becoming Jane (HanWay Films), The Front Line (Melrose film), Squaddie (BBC NI), Veronica Guerin (Jerry Bruckheimer Films). Theatre: Emerald Girl  (The Paradise Factory) The Kentucky Tragedy (Treehouse Theater), Toys in the Attic (White Plains Performing Arts Center) Daughter of the Waves (Theater for the New City) Richard III (DR2 Theatre), An Trial (National Tour), Les Impossibles (Edinburgh Fringe Festival), Bon go Barr (Northern Ireland Tour), The Muse Unbidden (Smock Alley Theatre), The Rainbow's End (The Mill Theatre), Billy the Boat loves Angelina (The New Theatre), Ghost Stories (The Mill Theatre), Face to Face with the Enemy (Nun's Island Theatre, Galway Theatre Festival), Facebreak (Cobalt Theatre), Why Walnuts remind me of my Mother (Dublin Gay Theatre Festival), The Countess and the Lesbians (Liberty Hall Theatre), I Scream, You Scream, the Cat Screams (The Project Arts Centre), Buile an Phice (Andrew's Lane Theatre) The Risen People (The Gaiety Theatre).

Kevin Hogan (Thomas) NY Theatre: Roundabout - Impossible Marriage by Beth Henley (starring Holly Hunter), Keen Company - Such Things Only Happen In Books, New Dramatists - "Play Time" Workshop, Abingdon Theatre, HERE Arts Center - Realists (Dir. Ian Morgan); York Theatre (Musicals In Mufti); Hypothetical Theatre; Regional: Shakespeare Theatre - Design For Living (Dir. Michael Kahn), Cleveland Playhouse, Seattle Rep, McCarter, Hartford Theatreworks, Chester Theatre (Berkshires), Penguin Rep, NJ Shakespeare Fest. - Translations by Brian Friel; Brooklyn: Brave New World Rep: Salsa (by Greg Kotis - World Premiere), Ford in The Merry Wives Of Windsor (Terrace), American Clock, Jacques in As You Like It; Bric Arts Center "Playing On Air" - Crazy Eights by David Lindsay-Abaire (with Rosie Perez, Bobby Cannavale and John Leguizamo); Television: Show Me A Hero (opposite Oscar Isaac), The Good Wife, Blue Bloods, Law And Order: Trial By Jury. Kevin is a graduate of NYU's TSOA Undergraduate Drama Program, Stella Adler Conservatory where he was a pupil of Ms. Adler's. He Lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn with his wife, noted children's illustrator Nancy Carpenter and their two children.

Michael Louis Serafin-Wells (Mick) Credits include: TV - Three seasons recurring as Matthew Clemens, NBC's Law & Order; (Off-Broadway) Manhattan Theatre Club's Joined at the Head; with Liev Schreiber and Calista Flockhart in All For One; as Robert Hooke in Isaac's Eye; (Regional) World Premiere Edna O'Brien's Tir na nOg, San Francisco's Magic Theatre; US Premiere (Helen Hayes nominee) The Slab Boys Trilogy, DC's Studio Theatre. Also a writer (Winner London New Play Festival, produced New York, London, Seattle, Boston, San Francisco, LA, published- Collected Plays, Ginger Press) and musician (2013 Ground Control Critics Poll Best Albums, Of Love and Loss and its 2015 follow up, Angels – Bipolar Explorer), currently at work on a memoir of, for and about his love and partner, Summer, who passed away after a tragic accident in 2011 at the age of 31. Member Dramatists Guild, ASCAP, Ensemble Studio Theatre. 

Cathryn Wake (Maggie) Off-Broadway: The Fantasticks.  Regional: The Glass Menagerie (Pittsburgh Public Theater), The Other Josh Cohen (Paper Mill Playhouse).  Other recent credits: Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice (Workshop, New World Stages), Richard II, Hamlet (LAMDA), She Loves Me, Woyzeck (Pace University), Adam Guettel In Concert (Schimmel Center).  Television: "Glee" and "America's Got Talent".  Cathryn received her BFA from Pace University and is an alumnus of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.  Proud member of AEA and AFM.  www.cathrynwake.com.


New Jersey Repertory Company presents
The U.S. Premiere of NOBODY'S GIRL By Rick Viede
A PROVOCATIVE NEW PLAY FOR AMERICAN AUDIENCES

August 20– September 20, 2015

(LONG BRANCH) Monday, July 20, 2015 - New Jersey Repertory Company, located at 179 Broadway in Long Branch, is proud to announce the U.S. Premiere of Nobody's Girl by Australian Playwright Rick Viede. Is there anything more scandalous than a juicy tell-all memoir? Viciously funny, Nobody's Girl features a potpourri of outrageous characters who wheel and deal in a high stakes game for glory. It is an unforgiving, hilarious satire of today's frenzied media and those who will do anything to be on top. Be prepared for plenty of twists and turns, and razor sharp wit.

The cast includes Gregory Haney, Judith Hawking, Layla Khoshnoudi, and Jacob A. Ware and is directed by Erica Gould. Sneak preview performances to this limited engagement begin Thursday, August 20 with opening night Saturday, August 22 at New Jersey Repertory Company (179 Broadway, Long Branch, NJ), and will run through Sunday, September 20, 2015. Tickets may be purchased by calling 732-229-3166 or at www.njrep.org.

The production team includes: Jessica Parks (Set Design & Props), Brian Snyder (Technical Director,) Jill Nagle (Lighting Design), Merek Royce Press (Sound Design), Patricia Doherty (Costume Design), and Jennifer Tardibuono (Stage Manager).

Who's Who:

Rick Viede (Playwright) Rick Viede is an Australian writer and performer now living in New York. He won the prestigious 2008 Griffin Award for his debut play Whore, which premiered in 2009 at Belvoir St Theatre. The Australian production of Whore was closely followed by a production at New York's Summer Play Festival at the Public Theatre, directed by Stephen Brackett. In 2010 Rick was awarded the highly prestigious Queensland Premier's Literary Award for Whore. He was Affiliate Playwright with Griffin Theatre Company, Australia's new writing theatre, where he worked on two commissions: Autumn and Poised; as well as developing a neo-restoration gender bending comedy for Australia's premier Shakespeare Company Bell Shakespeare, entitled Gull, or the lamentable comedie called love (hereto known as the Trannies' Revenge). Rick's play A Hoax took out the 2011 Griffin Award, was showcased at the National Playwriting Festival and played to rave reviews and sell out houses at La Boite and Griffin Theatre Co throughout 2012. A Hoax was also shortlisted for the highly prestigious NSW Premier's Literary Awards, and premieres in America under the title Nobody's Girl. Rick also received the judge's commendation for the 2012 Max Afford Playwrights Award for his new play Oranges & Lemons, as well as being shortlisted for Sydney Theatre Company's Patrick White Playwrights Award, and is currently writing a mini-series about historic transgender true-crime figure Eugenia Falleni co-written with chief crown prosecutor Mark Tedeschi. Rick created the satiric semi-drag "Aspiring Inspirational Personality" character of Glace Chase that has played to critical acclaim throughout Australia and internationally. Glace can currently be found running crazy interactive drag walking tours of NYC under the business: Dream Queen Tours. Come play! www.dreamqueentours.com. Rick has also been shortlisted for numerous other awards and holds a B.A. from Monash University and a Graduate Diploma in Screenwriting at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS).

Erica Gould (Director/Fight Choreographer) Erica Gould's work as a director includes the world premieres of Neil LaBute's plays autobahnand Stand Up (with Mos Def) and SpeakEasy by Rajiv Joseph, Theresa Rebeck, others (Joe's Pub/ Public Theater); the US premiere of Me Cago en Dios/Holy Crap by Inigo Ramirez de Haro (La MaMa); and Dirty Paki Lingerie, which she developed with writer/solo performer Aizzah Fatima (Cherry Lane, 59E59, The Flea, John Jay; Toronto, Edinburgh, London, Turkmenistan through the US State Dept., recent UK tour) and which has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, NPR, CBC, BBC. Her work as director/choreographer includes Max and the Truffle Pig (NYMF), City of Angels (Buffalo), and Kander & Ebb's Curtains (SDC Guest Artist Initiative), and as director/fight choreographer: Troilus and Cressida (NY Stage & Film), The Rover (Bank Street Theatre), As You Like It (Shakespeare Theatre ACA), her adaptation of The Beggar's Opera, Battalia a dance-theatre/sword-fighting piece she created with dancers from the NYC Ballet, and, most recently, Emmett, Down In My Heart by Clare Coss, about the murder of Emmett Till in 1955 (Castillo Theatre, NYC). Her work as writer/adaptor/director includes the site-specific music-theatre pieces (with Salon/Sanctuary): More Between Heaven and Earth (w/ Melissa Errico, Kathleen Chalfant, Campbell Scott, Matthew Modine, Jonathan Cake), The Heirs of Tantalus (score by Handel, Monteverdi, Scarlatti; texts from Aeschylus, Euripides, Suetonius) and Exodus: Dreams of the Promised Land w/ Reg E Cathey (interweaving Abolitionist texts, Slave narratives, and the Hagaddah, and which was presented for the third year this spring at the historic Fraunces Tavern in NYC). Other directing credits include At War: American Playwrights Respond to Iraq with David Strathairn, Bebe Neuwirth, Bobby Cannavale (Bleecker Street Theater/The Fire Dept), Naked in a Fishbowl (Cherry Lane), The Tempest (Fordham Lincoln Center), The Comedy of Errors (Hudson Guild, NYC), and Janine Carter's radio-theatre play What Light From Darkness Grows (NPR, w/ Harry Lennix & Phylicia Rashad, Gracie Allen and Golden Reel Awards). Erica recently served as Stunt Coordinator for the film Eggs and Soldiers. Teaching: Yale, NYU, Fordham, Pace, Bard, NYCDA, O'Neill National Theatre Institute.

Gregory Haney (Tyrelle) NJ Rep debut. Last seen: TV Land's "The Jim Gaffigan Show", Comedy Central's "Broad City", NBC's "Blue Bloods", Michael & Clyde (short film) Michael, NYC premiere of Hit the Wall a play by Ike Holter (Mika), originated the role of La Cienega in the Tony® nominated Bring It On the Musical, Wicked (Chistery), Memphis (Broadway), Tarzan® (Broadway), 25th Anniversary Tour of CATS. Upcoming projects: Demolition (film) starring Jake Gyllenhaal, #2BlackFriends (web series). www.ghaney.com & Twitter: ghaney22.

Judith Hawking (Ronnie) Broadway: Long Acre - Voices in the Dark, Lincoln Center - Ivanov. Off-Broadway: The Mint Theater - A Soldier's Wife (Drama Desk Nominee), Second Stage - Living Out, The Public/Shakespeare in the Park - Julius Caesar, Hudson Guild - West Moon Street (It Award Nominee), MCC - Hunting Morels, Soho Playhouse - The Love of the Nightingale, The Director's Company - Avow, Signature Theater - Marco Polo, Promenade Theater - Dear Vienna, Playwright's Horizon - Police Boys, SPF - Hardball, Theater Row - Two Noble Kinsmen. International: Edinburgh Fringe - As It Is (Best Ensemble Nominee), Canada - The Citadel, The Grand, Center Stage and Vertigo. Regional: McCarter Theater, Cincinnati Playhouse, The Old Globe, American Repertory Theater, Long Wharf Theater, Asolo Theater, F.S.T., Cleveland Playhouse, Barrington Stage, American Stage, Geva, Arena Stage (Helen Hayes Nominee), Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Garden Grove Shakespeare, New Jersey Repertory Company, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Southern Rep. TV: "Law & Order" (Recurring), "Law & Order: Criminal Intent", "Law & Order: S.V.U.", "As The World Turns", "Third Watch". Film: A Very Serious Person (Showtime), On Jackson Avenue (HBO's Latino Film Festival and The Quad Cinema), Mercy Man (L.A. Hollywood Film Festival), Asylum Seekers (Indie Festival Showings in Vegas, Paris, Shanghai, Moscow and New York) and Alec Baldwin's Short Cut To Happiness. www.judithhawking.com.

Layla Khoshnoudi (Currah) N.Y. Theater: Men on Boats (Clubbed Thumb); Wyoming (Lesser America); Engagements (Ensemble Studio Theater); My Daughter Keeps Our Hammer (The Flea, NYT critics pick); I am Gordafarid (NYTW); Women (Beth Dies Inc.),Web: ControlTop TV's My Ex is Trending, Film: The Designer, Making Eyes, Long Nights Short Mornings. MFA: Brooklyn College.

Jacob A. Ware (Anthony) Jacob A. Ware can be seen as Agent Selby on HBO's Boardwalk Empire (2014 SAG Award nominee). On stage, Jacob teams up with Dealbreaker: Wall Street Insider to host a comedy reading series, and earlier this year performed in The Life and Death of Kenyon Phillips, a rock opera extravaganza, at The Box in NYC. He's co-creator of the series Steel Drum In Space ​and Doin' Everythin', which have been featured on HuffPost, JASH, CollegeHumor, VH1, and The Seattle Times. He is a member of |the claque|, a new play development company, and has developed content with CollegeHumor's CH2.


New Jersey Repertory Company presents The World Premiere of CLOSURE by Richard Dresser

Limited Engagement: June 25– July 19, 2015

(LONG BRANCH) Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - New Jersey Repertory Company, located at 179 Broadway in Long Branch, is thrilled to announce the World Premiere of Closure by Richard Dresser for a limited engagement from June 25 through July 19, 2015.

When Jane and Peter's daughter disappears while on spring break, Detective Hadley steps-in to save the day, however the Detective has ulterior motives, complicating this tongue and cheek "noir-style" drama.

The cast includes Wendie Malick of TV Land's "Hot in Cleveland" and "Just Shoot Me" and Gary Cole of "Talladega Nights", HBO's "Entourage" and the cult classic "Office Space"; and is directed by Joe Cacaci.


New Jersey Repertory Company presents The World Premiere of THE REALIZATION OF EMILY LINDER by Richard Strand

April 23 – May 24, 2015

(LONG BRANCH) Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - New Jersey Repertory Company, located at 179 Broadway in Long Branch, is proud to announce the World Premiere of The Realization of Emily Linder by Richard Strand, author of the Civil War drama Butler.

Everything may not always be as it appears in this comedic-drama about Emily, an eccentric, retired university professor, who has come to the "realization" that she knows the exact day that she will pass away. She gathers her two daughters to her side to inform them of her imminent demise and to give each explicit instructions and assignments to fulfill prior to her earthly departure. Emily, for the most part, is behind the wheel steering her own poignant journey in her life's final mission, but an unexpected someone from her past emerges to divert her off course and places her in uncharted territory on the road to possible new discoveries.

The cast includes Marnie Andrews, Dana Benningfield, Corey Tazmania and Jenny Vallancourt and is directed by SuzAnne Barabas. Sneak preview performances to this limited engagement begin Thursday, April 23 with opening night Saturday, April 25 at New Jersey Repertory Company (179 Broadway, Long Branch, NJ), and will run through Sunday, May 24, 2015. Tickets may be purchased by calling 732-229-3166 or online at www.njrep.org.


New Jersey Repertory Company presents The World Premiere of THE M SPOT by Michael Tucker

Jerry and Maddie have been married–forever–and are looking for something to recapture the former vitality of their marriage. They've been through the mill when it comes to therapists and well-meaning advice, so when the opportunity arises for them to go on a retreat to a new-age spa, complete with nude massages, Jerry is all for it. Maddie, on the other hand, is a bit more reserved, and is naturally skeptical about the process and her husband's motives. But when Maddie finally let's go of her inhibitions with the aid of a lovely young masseuse, Jerry is left scratching his head wondering what he missed. The cast includes Michael Tucker, Jill Eikenberry and Carey Van Driest and is directed by Evan Bergman. Sneak preview performances to this limited engagement begin Thursday, February 26 with opening night Saturday, February 28 at New Jersey Repertory Company (179 Broadway, Long Branch, NJ), and will run through Sunday, March 29. Tickets may be purchased by calling 732-229-3166 or online at www.njrep.org.


New Jersey Repertory Company presents The U.S. Premiere of SWIMMING AT THE RITZ by Charles Leipart

Based on the real life events of socialite Pamela Churchill Hayward Harriman, who was appointed U.S. Ambassador to France in 1993 by President Bill Clinton, will have a limited engagement January 8 – February 1, 2015 at NJ Rep. She was dubbed the ultimate "party girl" among society's elite, the last courtesan of her time. Living the idyllic life at the luxurious Ritz in Paris for years, Harriman, who was married to the son of Winston Churchill, among others, had no problem spending her step children's inheritance on her extravagant lifestyle. But her step children had enough and conspired with their attorneys to shut her down. On the edge of losing everything, Harriman is left with her only remaining friend, a handsome young Italian valet at the Paris Ritz Hotel. There, she reveals her journey from man to man and bed to bed, in a funny, yet compelling tour-de-force. The cast includes Judith Hawking and Christopher Daftsios, and is directed by SuzAnne Barabas. Sneak preview performances to this limited engagement begin Thursday, January 8 with opening night Saturday, January 10 at New Jersey Repertory Company (179 Broadway, Long Branch, NJ), and will run through Sunday, February 1. Tickets may be purchased by calling 732-229-3166 or www.njrep.org.


 

New Jersey Repertory Company presents The World Premiere of ANGELS AND MINISTERS OF GRACE
by Elaine Smith
October 23 – November 23, 2014

(LONG BRANCH) Monday, September 29, 2014 – New Jersey Repertory Company, located at 179 Broadway in Long Branch, is proud to present the World Premiere of Angels and Ministers of Grace by Elaine Smith on October 23 through November 23, 2014. A poignant and compelling story of a close-knit, yet eccentric family's struggle to overcome life's ups and downs, Angels and Ministers of Grace captures the struggles that confront families today throughout the heartland and urban centers of America, and reveals in bold relief the forces that threaten to destroy the American dream. It is a classic in the making. The cast includes Dana Benningfield, James Earley, Maureen Silliman, and David Van Pelt and is directed by Marc Geller. Angels and Ministers of Grace begins preview performances on Thursday, October 23 and celebrates its opening night on Saturday, October 25 at New Jersey Repertory Company (179 Broadway, Long Branch, NJ). The play runs through Sunday, November 23. Tickets may be purchased by calling 732-229-3166 or online at www.njrep.org.


 

New Jersey Repertory Company EXTENDS....
The World Premiere Comedy DINNER WITH THE BOYS
By Dan Lauria
Now playing through October 12, 2014

(LONG BRANCH) Sunday, September 21, 2014 – Due to popular demand, New Jersey Repertory Company, located at 179 Broadway in Long Branch, has extended the World Premiere of Dinner With The Boys by Dan Lauria for ONE WEEK.

The added performances are as follows: Tuesday, October 7 at 7:00pm; Wednesday, October 8 at 7:00pm; Thursday, October 9 at 8:00pm; Friday, October 10 at 8:00pm; Saturday, October 11 at 3:00pm; and 8:00pm and Sunday, October 12 at 2:00pm.

Dan Lauria, star of TV's The Wonder Years and Sullivan & Son as well as Broadway's Lombardi and the hit musical A Christmas Story, pens a killer comedy about a couple of old-time wise guys who just want to have a good Italian meal, a few laughs, and tie-up some loose ends before dessert.

The cast includes Dan Lauria, Ray Abruzzo, who played Little Carmine Lupertazzi for four seasons on HBO's The Sopranos, and Richard Zavaglia, veteran of stage and screen, who has appeared in such films as Donnie Brasco with Al Pacino and Johnny Depp.

Dinner With The Boys, directed by Frank Megna, began preview performances September 11 and celebrated its opening night September 13 at New Jersey Repertory Company and will now extend its run through Sunday, October 12.


 

New Jersey Repertory Company presents The World Premiere Comedy DINNER WITH THE BOYS By Dan Lauria September 11-October 5, 2014

(LONG BRANCH) Monday, August 11, 2014 – New Jersey Repertory Company, located at 179 Broadway in Long Branch, is proud to present the World Premiere of Dinner With The Boys by Dan Lauria.

Dan Lauria, star of TV's The Wonder Years and Sullivan & Son as well as Broadway's Lombardi and the hit musical A Christmas Story, pens a killer comedy about a couple of old-time wise guys who just want to have a good Italian meal, a few laughs, and tie-up some loose ends before dessert.

The cast includes Dan Lauria, Ray Abruzzo, who played Little Carmine Lupertazzi for four seasons on HBO's The Sopranos, and Richard Zavaglia, veteran of stage and screen, who has appeared in such films as Donnie Brasco with Al Pacino and Johnny Depp.

Dinner With The Boys, directed by Frank Megna, begins preview performances on Thursday, September 11 and celebrates its opening night on Saturday, September 13 at New Jersey Repertory Company (179 Broadway, Long Branch, NJ), and runs through Sunday, October 5. Tickets may be purchased by calling 732-229-3166 or online at www.njrep.org. The production team includes: Jessica Parks (Set Design & Props), Jill Nagle (Lighting Design), Merek Royce Press (Sound Design), Patricia E. Doherty (Costume Design), Michael Carroll (Technical Director), and Jennifer Tardibuono (Stage Manager).

Who's Who:
Dan Lauria (Playwright/Charlie) has appeared as a guest star in over seventy television programs and more than twenty Movie of the Week productions. He has a score of film credits which include Stakeout, Another Stakeout, the commercial blockbuster Independence Day and the Frank Miller production of Will Eisner's The Spirit. Dan was also in the cult comedy Alien Trespass. Dan is a familiar face to the regional theatre scene having performed, written or directed over 50 professional stage productions. In 2010-2011, Dan was seen on Broadway as the legendary football coach Vince Lombardi in the long running production Lombardi directed by Thomas Kail, with Judith Light playing Marie Lombardi. Dan returned to Broadway in the 2013 production of the Tony- nominated production of A Christmas Story: The Musical directed by John Rando. Dan is most recognized as the Dad on the highly acclaimed Emmy winning, ABC television show The Wonder Years. Currently, Dan can be seen as Jack Sullivan on the new TBS sitcom Sullivan & Son with Steve Byrne as Son. Not too long ago, Dan starred in the Long Wharf Theatre production of Willy Holtzman's controversial play Hearts. Before that Dan was in the Coconut Grove production of Arthur Miller's The Price with the great Jack Klugman and directed by the legendary Bob Kalfin. He performed with Charles Durning in the Westwood Country Playhouse production of Jason Milligan's Men In Suits after which Dan toured with his former television co-star Fred Savage in the play Wendell and Ben, marking Fred's professional stage debut. Dan has performed in The Guys by Ann Nelson both in NYC and on the road with his dear friend Wendie Malick. The Guys is a tribute to the brave fireman who lost their lives at the WTC on 9/11 and is a play Dan is honored to be part of the ensemble. Dan's more recent stage appearances: Mark St. Germaine's, Ears on a Beatle, Ken Ludwig's Leading Ladies, Bill Mastrosimone's A Stone Carver, Lee Blessing's The Winning Streak and Daniel Sullivan's Christmas classic comedy Inspecting Carol at the George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick directed by David Saint. Dan returned to George Street to work with friend and mentor Jack Klugman on Jeffrey Sweets riveting The Value of Names. Jack and Dan revived their performances in LA at Gary Marshall's Falcon Theatre. Dan walked the boards in the NY premier of Brian Lee Franklin's new play Good Bobby about RFK with Dan as James Hoffa. For ten years Dan served as the artistic director of The Playwright's Kitchen Ensemble (PKE) of Los Angeles. With partners, Joe Cacaci and Richard Zavaglia, PKE produced over 450 public readings of new plays with the finest actors in the business in order to promote the development of the new American playwright and to seek literary representation for new writers. Dan does not do plays written by old dead white guys. Dan is very happily represented by agent Harry Gold and staff at Talent Works and Managers Daryl Marshak & Sue Zackary in LA and old friend Jeff Berger in NYC.

Frank Megna (Director) is a New York trained actor, writer and director. He studied at the renowned HB Studios under the tutelage of Uta Hagen, Bill Hickey and Herbert Berghof, among others. His first play, Leather Heart, was produced off-Broadway which led to writing for such TV shows as Crime Story, Wiseguy and Veronica Claire. In both New York and Los Angeles, he has worked on numerous theater productions in various capacities. He wrote and directed his first feature film, The Seekers, in 2008 along with Diana Ljungaeus. In addition to writing episodic television, film, newspapers stories and a book, he has conducted many acting and writing workshops and seminars. With his partners in Opening Minds Productions, he has revived Steve Allen's award winning PBS series Meeting of Minds as live theater updating the original scripts and directing such acting luminaries as Ed Asner, Wendie Malick, Jean Smart, Hal Gould, Gary Cole, Robert Forster, Ray Abruzzo, Joe Mantegna, Stana Katic, Maud Adams, Bill Smitrovitch, Bruce Davison and Dan Lauria. He is currently developing a number of new projects aimed at cultural and educational institutions. Ghost in the House, about the life and times of Jack Johnson the first African-American heavyweight champion is among them. The show starring Tony Todd will be tested and performed all over the country before going to New York. Most recently he developed and directed the one-woman show Surfing DNA written and performed by Sullivan and Son star Jody Long. A new show, Related Bi Blood, starring Charles Shaughnessy, written and directed by Megna will have its first public showing at Cedar Crest College in October. He has completed a screenplay adaptation along with Dan Lauria of Dan's play Dinner with the Boys. Frank is also the Founder and Artistic Director of the Working Stage Theater which originated in New York and is now located in West Hollywood.

Ray Abruzzo (Big Anthony, Jr. /The Uncle Sid) recently received rave reviews for his portrayal of the title role Lombardi at Florida's Mosaic Theater LA Theater. Ray played Sterling in the critically acclaimed West Coast Premiere of Theresa Rebeck's Mauritius at the Pasadena Playhouse and starred in Cannibals at the Zephyr Theater and Quake at the Open Fist. Previously, Louis LaRusso's Vesper's Eve and Stooplife at the Cast Theater, Supreme Therapy at the Egyptian Arena Theater, Aldo in the World Premier of John Patrick Shanely's Italian-American Reconciliation. Ray performed a one man show, The Male Intellect: An Oxymoron in Chicago and Boston. For nearly a decade, Ray was active as a director and actor for the LA's Playwright's Kitchen Ensemble. Ray was also a founding member of the Bond Street Theater Coalition in 1977 which is a thriving company traveling the world to this day. Ray was also head writer and director for the Nickelodeon's Weinerville. Television credits include guest spots for over 25 years, shows such as NYPD Blue, Law and Order, L&O SVU, NCIS, CSI: NY, House and numerous others. He was a series regular or recurring on LA Law, Dynasty, Night Court, The Practice, Boston Legal, Mad Men and most notably as Little Carmine Lupertazzi for 4 seasons on HBO's groundbreaking The Sopranos. Ray will soon be seen in the lead role in the independent film Somebody Marry Me, a 98-minute One Shot (no cuts) film.

Richard Zavaglia (Dominic) is an accomplished director, gifted teacher and veteran actor of the stage and screen who has been in the business for over 40 years. He studied with Uta Hagen and Michael Shurtleff in New York and graduated in 1968 from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, the oldest acting school in America, established in 1915 in New York City. He has taught beginner and advanced acting in New York, Los Angeles, Texas and Florida. Most recently at the Burt Reynolds Institute of Film and Television in Jupiter, the Cuillo Center in West Palm Beach, the Delray Beach Playhouse, the Caldwell Theatre in Boca Raton and currently at the Sugar Sand Park Center in Boca Raton. His directing includes many productions nationwide, most notably LBJ, the one-man show starring Laurence Luckinbill at Ford's Theatre in Washington D.C., which raised $75,000 in one night to benefit world hunger. In attendance were Lady Bird Johnson and many Washington dignitaries. Richard was trained for the stage and has performed on Broadway starring in Neil Simon's Chapter Two and Passione, directed by Frank Langella. Richard's film credits include Donnie Brasco with Al Pacino and Johnny Depp, Bird directed by Clint Eastwood and many others. More of his credits can be viewed at IMDB.com and IBDB.com.


 

Previews for LUCKY ME begin Thursday at NJ Rep

(Long Branch, New Jersey) Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - Robert Caisley's National New Play Network world premiere, LUCKY ME, begins Thursday, July 31 at New Jersey Repertory Company, located at 179 Broadway in Long Branch, and will run through August 31.

From the playwright who brought us Happy comes a whimsical, romantic comedy about love, aging, cracked windows, broken bones, airport security, and bad luck...directed by SuzAnne Barabas and starring Dan Grimaldi, Wendy Peace, Michael Irvin Pollard and Mark Light-Orr.

Sara Fine's having a bad week. The light bulbs in her apartment keep burning out; the aquarium is perpetually full of dead fish; the cat's gone AWOL, again, and her blind, elderly father -- who chased off her last beau -- is immediately suspicious of Tom, the new neighbor, a TSA agent who just brought Sara home from the emergency room on New Year's Eve with a fractured 5th metatarsal. As Tom's attraction to Sara intensifies, he learns of an increasingly bizarre streak of bad luck that's been haunting Sara for years – twenty two years to be precise.

Lucky Me begins preview performances on Thursday, July 31 and celebrates its opening night on Saturday, August 2 at New Jersey Repertory Company (179 Broadway, Long Branch, NJ), and runs through Sunday, August 31. Tickets may be purchased by calling 732-229-3166 or online at www.njrep.org.

The production team includes: Jessica Parks (Set Design & Props), Jill Nagle (Lighting Design), Merek Royce Press (Sound Design), Patricia E. Doherty (Costume Design), Michael Carroll (Technical Director), and Jennifer Tardibuono (Stage Manager).

Who's Who:

Robert Caisley (Playwright) Robert is Professor of Theatre & Film, and Head of the Dramatic Writing Program at the University of Idaho where he oversees new play development, and teaches courses in playwriting and various topics in classic and contemporary theatre. He was named the 2011 Blaine Quarnstrom Visiting Playwright at the University of Southern Mississippi. His latest play Lucky Me has just been optioned by New Jersey Repertory Theatre, Curious Theatre in Denver, Riverside Theatre in Iowa City, 6th Street Playhouse in Santa Rosa, CA and Oregon Contemporary Theatre, and will enjoy an NNPN Rolling World Premiere in the 2014-15 season. His last play Happy, presented at the 2011 National New Play Network Annual Showcase of New Plays was a 2012 Finalist for both the prestigious Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center's New Play Conference and the Woodward/Newman Award for Drama at Bloomington Playwrights Project, and was selected for a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere in the 2012/2013 season at New Theatre (Miami, FL), Montana Repertory Theatre, 6th Street Playhouse (Santa Rosa, CA) and New Jersey Repertory. Happy has just been nominated for a Bay Area Critics Circle Award for Best Original Script. Other plays include Kissing (New Theatre, Coral Gables, FL; Phoenix Theatre New Play Festival, Phoenix, AZ), The Lake (Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia; Mill Mountain Theatre, Roanoke, VA; Lavender Footlights Festival, Miami, FL), Good Clean Fun (Montana Actors Theatre, Missoula), Push (commissioned by Penn State University), The 22-Day Adagio (Mill Mountain Theatre, Roanoke, VA; London's Royal Court Theatre, Summer Playwrights Program), Front (Sundance Institute's Playwright's Lab), Kite's Book (6th Street Playhouse, Santa Rosa, CA), Letters to an Alien (optioned by Flying Eagle Films, Mad Horse Theatre, Portland, ME), Santa Fe (StageWorks/Hudson, New York, which was a Finalist for the 2004 Heideman Award from Actors Theatre of Louisville) and Winter which received its World Premiere at New Theatre in Miami in 2012. His plays Front and Happy have just been published by Samuel French, Inc. His latest play & Juliet was developed this summer in residency at the Missoula Writers Colony with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Idaho Arts Commission, and received a developmental reading at New Theatre in Miami. He is currently under commission for Clarence Brown Theatre. Caisley served as Interim Artistic Director for Idaho Repertory Theatre from 2001 – 2005, where he directed such plays as Much Ado About Nothing, The Rivals, Lend Me a Tenor, Wild Oats, HUSH: Interview with America, The Underpants and Biloxi Blues. He has worked in the entertainment industry as a Creative Consultant for The History Channel, Triage Entertainment, and also for North by Northwest Productions, Netter Digital Entertainment, New Wave Entertainment and Mahagonny Pictures. Since 2007 he has been on the National Reading Panel for Native Voices at the Autry Museum of the American West. Caisley has been a guest speaker at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, the University of the Arts, San Diego State University, Marquette University, Washington State University, the University of Maryland, the University of Montana, Northern Illinois University, Bowling Green State University, Denison University, University of Nevada - Las Vegas, the University of Wisconsin - Madison, Howard University, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, Bradley University, Cal State - San Bernardino, Rockford College, and American University in Washington, D.C. Robert was lead teaching artist and dramaturg for the 2010 and 2011 Alaska Native Playwrights Project and production dramaturg for the Native Voices/Montana Repertory Theatre developmental co-production of Carolyn Dunn's The Frybread Queen. In 2011 he directed the Los Angeles Premiere of The Frybread Queen and directed staged readings of The Birdhouse by Diane Glancy at La Jolla Playhouse for the 2011 Native Voices Festival of New Works and at the 2012 Native Voices Festival held in Los Angeles. He recently directed the LA World Premiere of The Birdhouse for Native Voices at the Autry National Center. His work is published by Samuel French, Dramatic Publishing Company, One-Act Play Depot of Canada, the Western States Theatre Review and Mizna: A Journal of Arab-American Literature.

SuzAnne Barabas (Director) In addition to being a founding member of the New Jersey Repertory Company, SuzAnne was the co-founder of the Cincinnati Repertory Company and the American Repertory Theater of Philadelphia, and served as the Artistic Director for these non-profit professional theaters. She was also the Founding Director of the Arts Access Program, a unique arts program for severely disabled children and adults at the Matheny School and Hospital in Peapack, NJ. The project began in a single classroom and is now housed in a state-of-the-art facility and theater. SuzAnne is the co-author and lyricist of Find Me a Voice, Immortal Interlude and Hyde and Seek. For NJ Rep, she directed many new works including Find Me a Voice, North Fork (world premiere), Immortal Interlude (world premiere), Octet (world premiere), Till Morning Comes (world premiere), Maggie Rose, Getting in Touch With My Inner B*tch (starring Christine Lavin), The Adjustment, Emil (world premiere), Ten Percent of Molly Snyder, Romulus Linney's Klonsky and Schwartz, Apostasy (world premiere), Women Who Steal, Apple, The Housewives of Mannheim (world premiere), Evie's Waltz, Dead Ringer (world premiere), Steven Dietz's Yankee Tavern, Sharr White's Sunlight, Puma, Night Train, The Judy Holliday Story, and Bakersfield Mist (NNPN world premiere), Annapurna (East Coast premiere), Happy (NNPN world premiere) and Broomstick (NNPN world premiere). In addition, SuzAnne has directed regional productions of Ibsen's A Doll's House, The Fantasticks, The Roar of the Greasepaint the Smell of the Crowd, Cabaret, Shaw's Heartbreak House, A.R. Gurney's The Perfect Party, Marsha Norman's 'Night Mother, Philip Barry's The Philadelphia Story, Christopher Durang's Beyond Therapy, Mark Dunn's Belles, Lee Blessing's Down the Road, Tennessee Williams' The Mutilated, and Lanford Wilson's Home Free, among others. SuzAnne is a member of AEA, BMI, Dramatists Guild, SDC and the League of Professional Theatre Women.

Dan Grimaldi (Leo Fine) portrayed identical twin mobsters, Patsy & Philly Parisi, on the critically acclaimed HBO series, The Sopranos. He was nominated and won a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series in 2008 and received a nomination in 2007. Currently, he has completed an independent film, "The Quitter" slated for future release. During his film and television career, Dan has had the opportunity to work with acclaimed actors and directors. On film he has worked with William Devane and Robert Picardo in Chasing the Green; Charles Durning, Billy Dee Williams and William Forsythe in iMurders; James Caan and Mark Walhberg in The Yards directed by James Grey; Judith Ivey and Kelly Ripa in The Stand-In; Frank Vincent in West New York; Lori Petty and Tony Lo Bianco in Riding with Betty; Elijah Wood in North directed by Rob Reiner; Alfre Woodward and Delroy Lindo in Crooklyn directed by Spike Lee; Rod Steiger and John Turturro in Men of Respect; Anthony Lapaglia and Brian Benben in Mortal Sins; Hoyt Axton in Junkman and Deadline: Auto Theft; and starred in Don't Go in the House. Television has paired Dan up with Donnie Wahlberg in Bluebloods; Ed O'Neil in Dragnet; Dennis Franz in NYPD Blue; Lilo Brancato in Witness to the Mob; Jerry Orbach, Chris Noth, Richard Brooks and Paul Sorvino in several episodes of Law & Order; Blair Brown and Shawn Elliot in Molly Dodd; and has featured him in Third Watch, New York Undercover, Another World, All My Children, and As the World Turns. He credits his love of the craft of acting to his mentor, Lee Strasberg. He is a lifetime member of the renowned Actor's Studio and has always been committed to the New York City stage. His performances include leading roles off- Broadway in Six Goumbas and a Wanabee opposite Joe Maruzzo and Kathy Narducci, and directed by Thomas G. Waites; Sweatshop opposite Janet Sarno and written by Louis LaRusso III; Benefits of Doubt opposite Tony Lo Bianco; At the Bottom opposite Tatum O'neal and directed by Susan Batson; Tony 'n Tina's Wedding opposite Aida Turturro and Sharon Angela; Cut to the Chase written by Joe Cacacci; Half-Deserted Streets opposite Michael Imperioli, directed by Richard Compton and written by Robert Moresco; Leather Heart opposite Anthony J. Dennison; Victim opposite Gretta Thyssen and written by Mario Fratti; Union Street opposite Armand Assante; Momma's Little Angels opposite Janet Sarno and Matt Landers, and written by Louis LaRusso III; and Confessions opposite Bridget Fonda. Born, bred and raised on the streets of Brooklyn, Dan has always been proud of his Italian heritage. He graduated P.S. 201, Xaverian High School, Fordham University (B.A.), New York University (M.S.), and City University (Ph.D) before pursuing a career in acting. He has studied acting with Lee Strasberg and Ed Kovens and speech with Alice Hermes. He loves to act and has been filled with a passion for the craft of acting from the first day he walked into an acting class.

Wendy Peace (Sarah Fine) Wendy is thrilled to be back on the main stage at NJ Rep having appeared as Melinda in Robert Caisley's Happy and Alice in The Housewives of Mannheim, a role she went on to play in Indianapolis, Santa Barbara and Off- Broadway. Trained at the University of Toronto and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, she began her professional career as Molly in the long-running Toronto production of The Mousetrap. Since then she has worked Off-Broadway, regionally and on national tour in the USA, Canada and the United Kingdom. Favorite roles include Elmire in Tartuffe (in French and English), Adriana in Comedy of Errors, Kate in Taming of the Shrew, Pam in The Poetry of Pizza, Lady M in Macbeth, and Claudius in an all-female version of Hamlet. Over the last 2 years she has performed the 8 characters in the solo show Listen! The River in New York, Edinburgh and London. Wendy has directed several productions, including winners of one-act play festivals. When not involved in creative pursuits, Wendy plays hockey and volunteers with her pet therapy dog, Cooper the Great Dane.

Michael Irvin Pollard (Tom) Michael was seen in the other NJ Rep productions of Big Boys, Ten Percent of Molly Snyder, Apple, Dead Ringer, Yankee Tavern, Night Train, Release Point and Happy. He just concluded a run of Turquoise at Dixon Place in NYC, and before that Greater Tuna at Shadowland Theatre. Other credits include appearances at the Adirondack Theatre Festival, The Bickford Theatre, Centenary Stage Company, Playwrights Theatre, The Depot Theatre, The Pioneer Valley Summer Theatre. What Exit? The George Street Playhouse and The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park where he was a member of the professional actor training program. In New York City, Michael is best known for his work in improv and sketch comedy with appearances at numerous venues throughout the city.

Mark Light-Orr (Yuri) Mark previously appeared at NJ Rep in Robert Caisley's Happy. New York credits include the critically acclaimed Counsellor At Law (Lucille Lortel Award—Best Revival), Patrick Barlow's Christmas Carol (Joe Calarco, dir.) and Aaron Steiner in the premiere of The Second Tosca at the 45th Street Theatre. Other NYC credits include Expanded Arts, the Midtown International Theatre Festival, the NY Fringe Festival, Ensemble Studio Theatre, ASCAP, and the Women's Project & Production Directors Lab. National tours include Susan Stroman's revival of The Music Man (Charlie Cowell). Regional credits include Josh in Jericho at the Florida Studio Theatre, as well as nine seasons with the Utah Shakespearean Festival, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, the Fulton Opera House (Capt. von Trapp in Sound of Music), Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, the Delaware Theatre Company, Theatreworks CO, and the Engeman Theatre. Film and television credits include The Yellow Wallpaper and Person of Interest (CBS).


 

New Jersey Repertory Company presents The World Premiere of BUTLER By Richard Strand At New Jersey Repertory Company June 12-July 13, 2014

(LONG BRANCH) May 12, 2014 – New Jersey Repertory Company, located at 179 Broadway in Long Branch, is proud to present the World Premiere of Butler by Richard Strand, directed by Joseph Discher and starring Ames Adamson, David Sitler, Benjamin Sterling and John G. Williams. Butler is a recipient of a prestigious Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award and is based on real life events that changed the lives of more than 10,000 slaves. The play begins at the start of the Civil War and Butler, a successful Massachusetts lawyer in civilian life has just been promoted to Major General and is given command of Fort Monroe, a Union hold-out in the state of Virginia. The Fort, situated in a highly strategic location between North and South, was considered by Confederate General Robert E. Lee to be a great threat to Richmond, a center of Confederate strength. By the time Butler assumed command, he was thrust into the thick of things and was already considered by his superiors to be a prickly individual who had a tendency to bend orders and to over-step authority. It is this independence of spirit that ultimately leads to the explosive situation that becomes the central event of the play. The catalyst that sets these events in motion is the unexpected appearance of Shepard Mallory, a run-away slave, who requests sanctuary at the fort. However, the law of the land at the time has not yet changed and slaves are still considered property that must be turned over to their "rightful owners". This is tantamount to a death-sentence and Butler is confronted with a daunting moral dilemma.

Butler begins preview performances on Thursday, June 12 and celebrates its opening night on Saturday, June 14 at New Jersey Repertory Company (179 Broadway, Long Branch, NJ), and runs through Sunday, July 13. Tickets may be purchased by calling 732-229-3166 or online at www.njrep.org.

The production team includes: Jessica Parks (Set Design & Props), Jill Nagle (Lighting Design), Merek Royce Press (Sound Design), Patricia E. Doherty (Costume Design), Michael Carroll (Technical Director), Jennifer Tardibuono (Stage Manager), and Brad Lemons (Stage Combat).

Who's Who:
Richard Strand (Playwright) wrote his first play in 1976, a one act entitled Harry and Sylvia. That play won two national awards, was published by Hunter Press and a full-length version of that same play, entitled Clown, premiered at Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago. Since that time he has had premieres at GeVa Theatre in Rochester, New York, Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago, The Cricket Theatre in Minneapolis, Rivendell Theatre in Chicago, The Z Collective in San Francisco and a number of other venues. His plays are published by Samuel French, Dramatists Play Service and Applause Books. Two of his plays, The Bug and The Death of Zukasky, premiered at The Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville. The Bug has been translated into German, Italian, Greek, French and Spanish and continues to be performed in the United States and in Europe. Ten Percent of Molly Snyder, My Simple City and The Second-Story Man were written in Iowa City, Iowa where Mr. Strand was a member of the University of Iowa Playwright's Workshop. Mr. Strand currently lives in California with his wife, Mary Lynn. He is the chairman of the theater department, technical director and resident set designer at Mt. San Antonio College where he teaches History of Theater and Playwriting.

Joseph Discher (Director) recently directed and acted in The Weir at Theatreworks, where he also directed Red, and will direct As You Like It. Mr. Discher was the Associate Artistic Director of the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey from 2002-2012 where in addition to many artistic duties, he functioned as casting director. Shakespeare Theatre of NJ directing credits include: Our Town, Henry IV, Part One, To Kill A Mockingbird, Arms and the Man, The Grapes of Wrath, The Tempest, Amadeus, The Play's the Thing, Cymbeline, Life of Galileo, Of Mice and Men, A Midwinter Night's Dream, The Fantasticks, Twelfth Night, That Scoundrel Scapin, Travels With My Aunt, Much Ado About Nothing, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), Romeo and Juliet, and Brecht's The Visions of Simone Machard. His production of Julius Caesar for The Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis broke attendance records, playing to 50,000 in three weeks. Other recent work includes directing for the Stella Adler Conservatory in Manhattan. Mr. Discher is a member of the Society of Directors and Choreographers and Actors' Equity Association. He has been a faculty member at Stella Adler Conservatory, and has also taught at TVI studios and The Neighborhood Playhouse in Manhattan. He is an alumnus of Drew University, and Delbarton School.

Ames Adamson (Butler) Credits for NJ Rep include: Admit One, Engaging Shaw, Tilt Angel, Tour de Farce, Old Clown Wanted, Circumference of a Squirrel, Maggie Rose and Panama as well as numerous staged readings and participation in the Theatre Brut Festival of short plays both as actor and director. Recent regional credits include: A Most Dangerous Woman, Oliver Twist and Timon of Athens at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey; Arms and the Man and Martin Crimp's adaptation of The Misanthrope at Quintessence Theatre Group in Philadelphia, Macbeth at The Wilma, and Hamlet and As You Like It in rep at the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre.

John G. Williams (Shepard Mallory) has appeared as Alceste in The Misanthrope, Officer in Arms and the Man, Prologue in Antigone, Sganarelle in Don Juan and Lucio in Measure for Measure with Quintessence Theatre Group in Philadelphia. In New York he has played Romeo in Romeo and Juliet with the Pulse Ensemble Theatre, Freeman in Platanos and Collard Greens with Between the Lines Productions, and Jojo in Blood Sky at the Looking Glass Theatre. He has also appeared in several commercials. John studied theatre in New Jersey at Rutgers University, in New York at Stella Adler Studios and abroad at the London Academy of Theatre.

David Sitler (Major Cary) was last seen in Brother Wolf at Triad Stage in NC. At NJ Rep, he was in Shelter from the Storm, tempOdyssey, and several Monday night developmental readings. Broadway: An Inspector Calls, Frost/Nixon with Stacy Keach (tour), Off-Broadway: Irish Rep, Shakespeare in the Parking Lot. Regionally from Maine to Utah in over 100 productions playing from Atticus to Scrooge including in NJ at Centenary Stage, Holmdel Theatre, Surflight, Trump Plaza, 12 Miles West, and Luna Stage. Film: Ghetto Dawg, Black Dog Red Dog, The Challenger and TV: Zero Hour, Law and Order SVU, Released.

Benjamin Sterling (Lieutenant Kelly) is an actor with extensive experience performing classical theatre as well as an improvisational comedian and instructor. For the last four years, Benjamin has performed with the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey (As You Like It 2013, Measure for Measure 2012, To Kill a Mockingbird 2011, Shakespeare LIVE Tour 2010) and is the founder and director of the improvisational comedy show Start Trekkin NY.


World Premiere of "A View of the Mountains" Opens Next Week at NJ Rep

The world premiere of Lee Blessing's "A View of the Mountains" is set to open Saturday, April 26, 2014 at New Jersey Repertory Company in Long Branch and will run through May 25, 2104.

A former Cold War super-power arms negotiator, now retired, remarried, and living an idyllic life, is anxiously awaiting the arrival of his estranged son. However, this meeting is not expected to be a joyful reunion, but rather one filled with threats, ultimatums, and long-buried family secrets.

The cast includes: John Little, Katrina Ferguson, Michael Zlabinger, Eva Kaminsky, Jon Erik Nielsen and Jared Rush. Directed by Evan Bergman. Photo credit: SuzAnne Barabas.

For tickets, contact the NJ Rep Box Office at 732-229-3166 or visit www.njrep.org.

 

NNPN Announces its 42nd Rolling World Premiere

LUCKY ME by Rob Caisley

WASHINGTON, DC - The NATIONAL NEW PLAY NETWORK (NNPN), the country's alliance of non-profit theatres that champions the development, production, and continued life of new plays, announces its 42nd Rolling World Premiere: Robert Caisley's Lucky Me will receive four productions through the Network's Continued Life of New Plays Fund in the 2014/15 season. Lucky Me will begin its Rolling World Premiere at Core Member New Jersey Repertory Company (Long Branch, NJ, August 2 – 31, 2014), followed by performances at Core Member Curious Theatre (Denver, CO, dates TBA), Core Member Riverside Theatre (Iowa City, IA, January 24 -February 15, 2015), and Associate Member 6th Street Playhouse (Santa Rosa, CA, January 30 – February 15, 2015).

ABOUT THE PLAY
Sara Fine's having a bad week. Really bad! The light bulbs in her apartment keep burning out; there's yet another leak in the roof; the aquarium is perpetually full of dead fish; the cat's gone AWOL, again, and her blind, elderly father -- who chased off her last beau -- is immediately suspicious of Tom, their new neighbor, a TSA agent who just brought Sara home from the emergency room on New Year's Eve with a fractured 5th meta-tarsal. As Tom's attraction to Sara increases, he learns of a truly bizarre streak of bad luck that's been haunting Sara for 22 years. Lucky Me is a very funny and whimsical comedy about love, aging, bad luck, and airport security.

ABOUT ROBERT CAISLEY
Robert Caisley is Associate Professor of Theatre & Film, and Head of the Dramatic Writing Program at the University of Idaho. He was named the 2011 Blaine Quarnstrom Visiting Playwright at the University of Southern Mississippi. His play Happy was an NNPN Rolling World Premiere in 2013/14 after being presented at the 2011 National New Play Network Annual Showcase of New Plays. His other plays include Kissing (New Theatre, Coral Gables, FL), The Lake (Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia), Good Clean Fun (Montana Actors Theatre, Missoula), The 22-Day Adagio (Mill Mountain Theatre, Roanoke, VA), Front (Sundance Playwright's Lab), Kite's Book (6th Street Playhouse, Santa Rosa, CA), Letters to an Alien (Mad Horse Theatre, Portland, ME), Santa Fe (StageWorks/Hudson, New York, Finalist for the Heideman Award) and Winter which received its World Premiere at New Theatre in January, 2012. His play Front will be published later this summer by Samuel French, Inc.

ABOUT THE CONTINUED LIFE OF NEW PLAYS FUND
NNPN's flagship program, the Continued Life of New Plays Fund supports three or more theatres which choose to mount the same new play within a twelve-month period. The result is a Rolling World Premiere through which the playwright develops a new work with multiple creative teams, for multiple communities of patrons, ensuring the resulting play is of the highest possible quality. And with a minimum of three productions in a single year, the play attains the momentum it needs to join the repertoire of frequently-produced new American works. NNPN provides grants of $7,000 to the first three participating theatres in each Rolling World Premiere; to date, NNPN has championed the continued life of 41 new plays in over 100 productions, with nearly one million dollars in grants.

 

New Jersey Repertory Company presents.... "DATE OF A LIFETIME"

For Immediate Release:

Monday, February 17, 2014- (Long Branch, NJ) – It's a jungle out there! Finding a soul mate can be an exhausting experience for lonely hearts looking for love in all the wrong places. But for Marvin and Katie, it's kismet when their eyes first meet at a speed dating event. During their brief time together, they imagine what their lives would be like if they allowed this momentary encounter to evolve to the next level. Their decisions may determine their entire future and whether this will turn out to be a date from hell or a date of a lifetime.

New Jersey Repertory Company is proud to present the new musical "Date of a Lifetime" with book and lyrics by Carl Kissin and music by Robert Baumgartner, Jr., produced in association with Hat on a Hat, LLC, March 6 through April 6, 2014 at 179 Broadway in Long Branch. Marlo Hunter is the Director & Choreographer and Daniel Rein is the Musical Director.

Marlo Hunter (Director & Choreographer) is the winner of the 2013 Callaway Award for Excellence in Choreography for her work on Carner & Gregor's "Unlock'd" which she directed and choreographed at The Duke on 42nd Street for Prospect Theater Company. Recent: Director & Choreographer of Adam Overett's "My Life is a Musical", presented as a Developmental Lab (Perry Street Theatricals, Cheryl Weisenfeld, Patrick Blake, Joan Raffe & Jhett Tolentino) at The Duke Theater. Director, "Island Song" (Words by Sam Carner, Music by Derek Gregor, Story by Sam Carner, Derek Gregor and Marlo Hunter) at the Bloomington Playwrights Project. Associate Choreographer on The Public Theater's "Much Ado About Nothing" for the Mobile Unit (Chase Brock, Choreographer; Associate Choreographer, Roundabout Theatre's revival of "Picnic" (Chase Brock, choreographer; Sam Gold, director).

In 2008, looking to push the boundaries of site-specific and full-sensory theater, she founded "Eating Their Words" through which she pairs prominent playwrights and seasoned chefs for an unprecedented artistic collaboration, resulting in an evening of three world-premiere plays, coupled with the bespoke menu they inspired. Through "ETW", Marlo has commissioned and directed new plays by Neil LaBute, Douglas Carter Beane, Theresa Rebeck, David Grimm, Annie Baker, Brooke Berman, Amy Herzog, Keith Reddin, Beau Willimon, Jonathan Marc Sherman, Sam Forman, Rob Ackerman, Sarah Treem and Steven Levenson She was recently appointed to the inaugural Artistic Advisory Board of "Encores! Off-Center". Other credits include Broadway: "The Music Man" (SDC Observer, mentored by Susan Stroman). Off-Broadway & Regional: Director, "A Lasting Impression" by Zoe Sarnak (The 4th Street Theater); choreographer, "Spirits of Exit Eleven" by Michael Puzzo (The Lion Theater, Theatre Row); Charles Grodin's "The Right Kind of People" (Assistant Director, Primary Stages); director, "Men Are Pigs" (Theatre Row, Living Image Arts). Regional: choreography for "Travesties" (Long Wharf & Williamstown, Gregory Boyd, director); choreography, "Diva Diaries" (Tampa Bay PAC, Broward Center, Chicago's Lakeshore Theatre); director/choreographer, "Falsettoland", director (Williamston Directing Corp.); original choreography for Alfred Uhry's "Without Walls" (and assistant director, Williamstown). Additional New York Credits: choreographer, "Songs for a New World" (Chernuchin); director "Rob" by Sam Forman, 508 by Amy Herzog (EST, Youngblood's Thicker than Water festival); choreographer, "The Rockae" (Prospect, NYMF); director, "Senor Jay's Tango Palace" by Sharyn Rothstein (Vital); director & choreographer, "A Time to be Born" (Lucille Lortel Theatre, Fringe); director & choreographer, "Swimming Upstream", Music by Marshall Pailet (Fringe). Film: choreography consultant, "Faster" (documentary) directed by Robert Mac.

Marlo teaches a workshop, "The Freelance Artist's Manifesto Boot Camp" in New York City, universities, and through private coaching, empowering creative freelancers with mental and practical tools to survive and thrive as an artist. She holds a B.A. in English/Dramatic Literature from Princeton University. Marlo lives in New York City with her husband, Ted, and her dog, Fosse. She is a proud member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

Jamie LaVerdiere ("Marvin") comes to NJ Rep straight from the Broadway Company of "Motown" and the pre-Broadway workshop of "The Countess of Storyville". His other Broadway tours include: "The Producers" (St James), "Pirate Queen" (Hilton), "Urinetown" (First National), "A Chorus Line" (Europe). His off-Broadway credits include: "Closer than Ever" (York), "I Love You", "You're Perfect"(Westside), "This Side of Paradise" (St Clements), "We the People" (Lucille Lortel), "Cam Jansen" (Lambs), "Gold Rush" (Danny Kaye). His New Jersey credits include: "1776" and "The Baker's Wife" at Papermill Playhouse, "Enigma Variations" at the Garage Theatre. His television and film roles include: "TV Funhouse", "Hell is other People" and "The Producers".

Trisha Rapier ("Katie") Broadway credits include: "Sister Act" (Mary Martin of Tours, u/s and performed for Victoria Clark and Carolee Carmello as Mother Superior), "The Boy From Oz" starring Hugh Jackman (Liza Minnelli u/s and performed). Her off-Broadway credits include: "Sessions" (Mary), "Her Song" at Birdland, "Shout! The Mod Musical", "Nerds:// A Musical Software Satire" (Myrtle), "NEWSical the Musical" (Trisha), "Golf: The Musical" (Trisha), "Pirates of Penzance" (Mabel), "Forbidden Broadway" (Julie Andrews, Barbra Streisand).Tours: "The Who's Tommy" (Mrs. Walker u/s and performed), "Forbidden Hollywood" (Marlene Dietrich, Nicole Kidman). Regional: "Next to Normal" (Diana), "Xanadu" (Melpomene), "Closer Than Ever" (Woman 1), "Crazy For You" (Irene Roth), World Premiere of "My Ohio" (Bonnie Bell), "Caroline, or Change" (Rose Stopnick), "The Full Monty" (Vicki Nichols) "Evita" (Eva), "Cabaret" (Sally Bowles) "Miss Saigon" (Ellen), "Little Shop of Horrors" (Audrey), "Guys and Dolls" (Adelaide), "Agnes of God" (Agnes).

Carl Kissin (Book & Lyrics) performed 4000 shows for one of this country's premier sketch and improvisational comedy groups, Chicago City Limits. He was the show's head writer and director of their National Touring Company. He has performed his own material on the syndicated sketch comedy show "Kwik Witz," The Joan Rivers Show, and "The Today Show," and developed and directed sketches for the pilot episodes of NBC's "Live On Tape." In other acting venues, Carl performed at the Public Theatre in Eric Bogosian's play "Talk Radio" and was in Oliver Stone's movie version as the character Glenn. A three-time winner of the Manhattan Monologue Slam, Carl presented an evening of his monologues in the solo show "End of the Line," interactive monologues in "No Solo Mio", and put his day-to-day life on stage in "Carl Kissin: Reality TV- Live On Stage." Carl has written book and lyrics for the musicals, "Alone World," (Winner: best book, lyrics - West Village Musical Theatre Festival 2011) and "Date of a Lifetime," (Winner: Excellence in writing - lyrics - New York Musical Theatre Festival 2011). Visit www.carlkissin.com for more information.

Robert Baumgartner, Jr. (Music) hails from Washington, DC. Additional shows include: "Adam Lives" (Goodspeed Festival of New Musicals, NAMT Songwriters Showcase, Cap21) "Alone World" with Carl Kissin (Lincoln Center Directors Lab, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, West Village Musical Theatre Festival-winner of Best Score), "Under Construction" , "The Hole" (St. Clements '09), "Radiant Ruby" (Vital Theatre Company '05) and "Lullabies". In addition to his work as a composer, Rob serves as an assistant to composers Galt MacDermot ("Hair"), Rob Reale ("A Year With Frog and Toad") and Debra Barsha ("Radiant Baby"). Rob is a proud music theory teacher at Cap21. Visit www.dateofalifetime.com and www.adamlives.com for more information.

 

NJ Rep Seeks High School Students for Playwright Program

For Immediate Release:

New Jersey Repertory Company is offering a unique opportunity for six high school students to participate in a nine week playwright program. Interested applicants may submit a brief writing sample to NJ Rep and if selected, will meet Saturdays in February through March at the theater where they will work with a professional playwright, director, and actors to help develop their scripts inspired by the events of Hurricane Sandy. At the end of the program, each student’s play will be presented to the public in March.

The program is free and is supported by ArtHelps of the Monmouth County Arts Council (MCAC), The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, and the Community Foundation of New Jersey.

It’s been more than a year since Hurricane Sandy ravaged New Jersey’s shoreline, ripping apart communities and displacing thousands of families still struggling to rebuild their lives. The effects of this catastrophic super storm are still widespread and long-lasting, and in some towns, rebuilding is an everyday occurrence. The NJ Rep Young Playwrights Project is looking for students to tell stories related to the storm and how it has impacted on their communities and families.

To apply, visit www.njrep.org/youngplaywrights.htm to fill-out an application and submit a writing sample, 500 words maximum, then email the application and writing sample to njrepproject@gmail.com.

No previous experience is necessary and writing samples may be prose, poetry, a scene or monologue. 

Deadline for submission has been extended to Friday, January 31, 2014.  Interviews will be held, and students who are accepted must be able to attend all workshop sessions on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at New Jersey Repertory Company located at 179 Broadway in Long Branch. Lunch will be provided for students.

Performances of Young Playwright Project entries will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, March 25 – 26, 2014.  Further details of each performance will be announced at www.njrep.org.

For more information, applicants can contact Young Playwrights Project Director Wendy Peace at 917-561-9325 or New Jersey Repertory Company at 732-229-3166.

 

"ADMIT ONE" by Wendy Yondorf

For Immediate Release:

Friday, December 6, 2013- (Long Branch, NJ) – New Jersey Repertory Company is proud to present the world premiere of "Admit One", a new comedy by Wendy Yondorf playing January 16 through February 16, 2014 at 179 Broadway in Long Branch.

Many a parent succumbs to hysteria when it comes time to getting their children into the best schools. Howard Everett is no exception, but he has a leg up being one of the wealthiest donors to the elite Giddings University, a hallowed gateway that assures access to the American Dream. What he does not anticipate, however, is that he is about to meet the admissions officer from hell with her own agenda and rules. With his child's entire future at stake, just how far will a father go?

Wendy Yondorf (Playwright) is the author of "The Black Sea" (reading at Actors Studio, Spring 2014), "EDFCZP" (Manhattan Theatre Source and Circle Repertory),"13 Rites" (La Mama), "The Mildred B. Fankhauser Award" (reading directed by Karen Carpenter), "I'm Peggy Guggenheim & You're Not" (optioned by Elizabeth Healy), "The Space Between the Trees" (Kennedy Center finalist and readings with Frances Sternhagen, Camryn Manheim, Laura Esterman, David Rakoff and Frank Wood), "Lupus Quadrille", and "Murder in the Book Club". Wendy is working on the forthcoming plays "Carmine's Arm" and "Bid". Wendy is a founding member of the Writers' Bloc, a three-time semi-finalist for the O'Neill, recipient of a Berrilla Kerr Foundation Writing Fellowship, and a featured playwright at Niagara and Brown Universities. She is a Brown alumna.

"Admit One", directed by Karen Carpenter, stars two NJ Rep veterans, Ames Adamson and Catherine LeFrere.

Karen Carpenter (Director) is most notorious for her smash hit "Love, Loss, and What I Wore" by Delia & Nora Ephron (Broadway World, Drama Desk Awards,) now worldwide. Currently, the thriller "Witnessed by the World" and the romantic comedy, "Handle with Care", Off-Broadway; and "Wallenberg" the musical, Broadway-bound. Recent: "Spoolie Girl", MITF (Best of the Fest,) "Vagina Monologues", Bucks Co. Playhouse; "Top of the Heap", NYMF (Director's Choice Award,) "Steel Magnolias", Papermill Playhouse; "Frankenstein!!!" and "Riot of Spring" starring Roger Rees, Indianapolis Symphony. As Associate Artistic Director of the Old Globe, Karen has produced more than sixty plays, including premieres of "Nora's Imaginary Friends" and "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels". Karen directed Michael Keaton in the 24 Hour Plays, "Napa" and has been named Glamour "Women of the Year". She is involved in global campaigns for the United Nations, World Health Org. and the Clinton Global Initiative. Karen is a member of the Inge Foundation Board and member of the Yale Drama Faculty from 1990-1996. In 2011, Boston University's S.F.A. established an annual award for excellence in her name.

Catherine LeFrere's (Mary Sue) film/television credits include: "Running Wilde" (FOX); "Maybe There's a Tree". Her New York acting credits include: "For Worse" (NY Stage & Film); "Just In Time: The Judy Holliday Story" (Lucille Lortel); "The Empress of Sex"; "At Home Abroad" (Symphony Space); "Really Bad Things" (NYMF); "Can I Really Date A Guy Who Wears A Yarmulke?" (MITF Award, Best Actress nomination); "Once Upon A Time in New Jersey"; "The All-American Genderf*ck Cabaret"; "The Blue Room"; "The Green Knight" (Planet Connections Award, Best Featured Actress); "Sex with Robots" (Secret Theater). Catherine's regional credits include: "As You Like It", "The Boys from Syracuse" (Shakespeare Theatre Company), "Noir" and "Esther's Mustache" (NJ Repertory), "Anything Goes", "Grease" (Wagon Wheel). Catherine is a graduate of Northwestern University and The School at Steppenwolf.

Ames Adamson (Howard Everett) past NJ Rep credits include: "Engaging Shaw", "Tilt Angel", "Tour de Farce", "Old Clown Wanted", "Circumference of a Squirrel", "Maggie Rose" and "Panama", as well as numerous staged readings and participation in the Theatre Brut Festival of short plays as an actor and director. Ames will return to NJ Rep next summer in the title role of "Butler". His regional credits include: "A Most Dangerous Woman", "Oliver Twist" and "Timon of Athens" at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey; "Arms and the Man" and Martin Crimp's adaptation of "The Misanthrope" at Quintessence Theatre Group in Philadelphia, "Macbeth" at The Wilma, "Hamletand", and "As You Like It" at the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre.

Scenic Design by Jessica Parks, Costume Design by Patricia E. Doherty, Sound Design by Merek Royce Press, Lighting Design by Jill Nagle, Technical Director Michael "Rusty" Carroll and Stage Manager Jennifer Tardibuono.

Performances are Thursdays, Fridays at 8:00 pm; Saturdays at 3:00 pm and 8:00 pm; and Sundays at 2:00 pm. Special reduced price previews Thursday, January 16 and Friday, January 17 are at 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm, and Saturday, January 18 at 3:00 pm. Opening night followed by a reception is Saturday, January 18 at 8:00 pm.

Tickets are $40; Previews are $35; Opening night with reception is $50. Discounts are available for seniors, students, and groups of 10 or more. NJ Rep is a year-round, professional, non-profit theater located at 179 Broadway in Long Branch only minutes from the Jersey Shore. Free on-site parking is available and there is easy access from NJ Transit (North Jersey Coast Line) and Academy Buses.

Contact the NJ Rep Box Office at 732-229-3166 or visit www.njrep.org to reserve your seats online. Follow NJ Rep on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Tumblr. For more information and publicity photos, contact Adele Sammarco, Director of Marketing and Communications, at 732-229-3166 ext. 103.

 

NJ Rep Awarded Edgerton Foundation Grant

For Immediate Release:

Thursday, October 24, 2013- (Long Branch, NJ) – New Jersey Repertory Company has been awarded a $14,000 grant from the prestigious Edgerton Foundation in support of its world premiere production of “Butler” to be presented June 12 through July 13, 2014.

Written by Richard Strand, “Butler” follows the story of Civil War Attorney Benjamin Butler who has just been promoted to the rank of Major General at Fort Monroe, a Union hold-out in the great state of Virginia.  Shepard Mallory, an escaped slave, seeks sanctuary at the Fort, along with several other runaway slaves.  However, the law of the land has not yet changed, and it states that slaves are property and must be turned over to their “rightful” owners.  This, of course, is tantamount to a death sentence and the new commander must now grapple with a daunting moral dilemma. Any act against the prevailing law will lead to his court martial or worse.

This is the fourth Edgerton Foundation grant awarded to NJ Rep in its sixteen year history.  Previous grants were for the world premieres of “Little Hours” by David Bucknam in 2008, “Exposure Time” by Kim Merrill in 2009, and Jericho” by Jack Canfora in 2011.

The Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Program was launched in 2007 and has awarded grants to non-profit professional theaters for 150 new plays to date, many of which have gone on to be produced by theaters throughout the country.

For more information, contact the NJ Rep Box Office at 732-229-3166 or visit www.njrep.org to reserve your seats online. Follow NJ Rep on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Tumblr. For more information and publicity photos, contact Adele Sammarco, Director of Marketing and Communications, at 732-229-3166 ext. 103.


"m i d d l e m e n"

For Immediate Release:

Monday, October 7, 2013- (Long Branch, NJ) – New Jersey Repertory Company is proud to announce the New Jersey Premiere of "middlemen", written by David Jenkins and directed by Marc Geller, on November 7 through December 8, 2013 at 179 Broadway in Long Branch.

Ripped from the headlines, this highly topical play deals with the cynicism and corruption that has come to characterize our financial institutions and Wall Street. Amid the drone of industrial air conditioning and the buzz of fluorescent lights, middle manager Stan and fiscal analyst Michael toil away on an exhaustive annual report in their desolate sixty-floor office tower. One-by-one, their co-workers have mysteriously disappeared, but neither really seems to care about anything, except that no one bought milk for their break-room and one of them may have been responsible for the collapse of Bolivia.

David Jenkins is a New York based playwright and founding member/Artistic Director of Human Animals. His plays have been shortlisted for the O'Neill, P73 and developed by the Lark Theater and IRT, and EST. His first play, "middlemen", was produced in New York to critical acclaim, translated into Belarusian by the Belrus Free Theatre, and premiered in Santiago, Chile in the spring of 2011. After its run at NJ Rep, it will be presented at the Oslo International Theater in Norway in 2014. His play "Post Office" was named one of "The Top Ten Off-Off Broadway Productions of 2011" by the late Tom Murrin of "Paper Magazine". As an actor, he has worked on stages throughout the country, including San Francisco's ACT and Yale Rep. He holds an MFA from NYU's Graduate Acting Program. David's plays include: "middlemen", "Small Claims", "Post Office", "Laissez-Faire" and the forthcoming "Pinewood". He was a finalist for Page 73's 2013 Fellowship and recently taught a scene study class at New York State's Fishkill Correctional Facility with Rehabilitation through the Arts.

David Friedlander ("Michael Aaronson") will be making his first appearance with New Jersey Repertory Company in "middlemen". His previous regional theater credits include "Stones in His Pockets" (The Majestic Theater, MA), "Twelfth Night" (Mountain Playhouse, PA), "Amadeus", "The Little Prince", "Stones in His Pockets", "Romeo and Juliet", and "Cyrano de Bergerac" (PlayMakers Repertory Company, NC).

Duncan Rogers ("Stanley Cahill") is a founding company member of NJ Rep and originated the role of Tim Grant in "Naked by the River" and participated in the company's first script in hand reading in 1998. Other roles include: Sidney Brustein in "The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window", Mark in "Still Life" and Sterling in "Mauritius" with The Women's Theater Company and over a dozen productions at the Bickford Theater in Morristown, NJ. Off Broadway credits include: "The Wild Duck" and "Little Eyolf" at the Century Center for the Performing Arts, and productions at the Connolly Theater, the Sanford Meisner Theater, and Theater for the New City.

Marc Geller most recently directed the world premieres of "Noir" and "Donna Orbits the Moon" for NJ Rep. Other directing credits include: "Two-Headed" at the Berkshire Theatre Festival, "Souvenir" at StageWorks/Hudson and the world premieres of the Off-Broadway shows "Ascension" (Lion Theatre), "Acts of Love" (Kirk Theatre) and "Adjoining Trances" (Beckett Theatre) in New York City.


"Broomstick" Extended For One Week

For Immediate Release:

LONG BRANCH – (Monday, September 30, 2013) – It's official and the reviews are in….Andrea Gallo is a smash hit and a 'must see'.

Due to popular demand, New Jersey Repertory Company is proud to extend the National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere of "Broomstick" for an additional week, now playing through October 20.

Set in a remote cabin deep in the woods, a crafty witch lives in her own unique world. As she unveils her life, we journey with her down a shadowy path somewhere between our material world and the realm of fantasy. Andrea Gallo's 'masterful' performance takes us back to our childhood, when in our innocence, we first wrestled with good and evil. Written by John Biguenet and Directed by SuzAnne Barabas, "Broomstick" is no "Hansel and Gretel" fairy tale; for justice is swift and whiners end up in casseroles. Andrea Gallo is 'mesmerizing' in this one-woman production set in the mountains of Appalachia.


RISING WATER TRILOGY
A UNIQUE THEATRICAL EVENT AT NJ REP

For Immediate Release:

LONG BRANCH- (Monday, September 16, 2013) - New Jersey Repertory Company is proud to present noted playwright John Biguenet's "Rising Water Trilogy" inspired by his personal experiences during Hurricane Katrina and his return to his home after its catastrophic flooding and destruction.

The plays will be presented on three consecutive Mondays as part of NJ Rep's reading series on September 23, September 30 and October 7 at 7:00pm at NJ Repertory Company located at 179 Broadway in Long Branch.

The reading of the three plays will complement the opening of Biguenet's new play, "Broomstick", which will run from September 19 through October 13 as part of a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere.

Biguenet's experiences and observations of Hurricane Katrina should resonate with many residents of the Jersey Shore who experienced similar loss last October and are still struggling to cope with the destruction from Hurricane Sandy nearly a year later. As we approach the one year anniversary of Sandy, tens of thousands of property owners continue to recover from the unprecedented disaster.

"We here in Louisiana had a real compassion for New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy knowing first-hand the consequences and the human toll." said Biguenet. "Even eight years later, victims of Hurricane Katrina are still struggling and many are fighting insurance companies and the federal government in an effort to rebuild their lives."

In 2005, Hurricane Katrina was the deadliest and most destructive tropical hurricane to hit New Orleans and was the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history. Nearly 2,000 people were killed and total property damage was estimated at $81 billion.

Detailing his personal experience, Biguenet recalls, "We were homeless and slept in a daycare center without hot water... and in that daycare center I wrote 15 newspaper columns and shot 2 videos for the New York Times and told what was really going on in the city. The truth of the matter is that the levees collapsed and it was a man-made disaster that struck New Orleans. These plays are designed in some sense to give an accurate depiction of what happened and also in the year following."

"The first play, "Rising Water", deals with the first night after the hurricane has passed and people went to bed that evening thinking that things would be alright, but woke up the next day with flooding in their homes up to 8 feet, and had to run to their attics. The temperatures were 120 to 130 degrees and people had to find a way to get to the roof. The United States government didn't send any significant help for three or four days. An American city was destroyed, seven times the size of the entire size of Manhattan."

The second play, "Shotgun", takes place four months later, and is about a man who has lost his wife and then develops a relationship with his landlord. He is white and she is black. It's about rebuilding one's life and tackles real-life race relations issues.

The third play, "Mold", is set during the first anniversary of the collapse of the levees, and is about a young couple figuring out whether to rebuild or move elsewhere.

As Jersey Shore residents know, the storm is not over once the hurricane has passed, but continues well after. Biguenet reflects upon the deep wounds that still exist.

"As my wife and I have watched couple after couple break up under the stress of lost homes and lost jobs and lost self-esteem, I've discovered that if one is to depict the human toll of a massive disaster, it's effect on relationships is the most visible embodiment of that catastrophe. I could not have guessed before the flood that in composing a trilogy about the destruction of a city, I would wind up writing three love stories."

Seating for the trilogy reading series is very limited. Seats must be reserved by contacting the NJ Rep Box Office at 732-229-3166. Admission is $10.

Performances for "Broomstick "are Thursdays, Fridays at 8:00 pm; Saturdays at 3:00 pm and 8:00 pm; and Sundays at 2:00 pm September 19-October 13. Special reduced price previews are on Thursday, September 19 and Friday, September 20 at 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm, and Saturday, September 21 at 3:00 pm. Opening night with reception is Saturday, September 21 at 8:00 pm.

Tickets are $40; Previews are $35; Opening night with reception is $50. Discounts are available for seniors, students, and groups of 10 or more. NJ Rep is a year-round, professional, non-profit theater located at 179 Broadway in Long Branch only minutes from the Jersey Shore. Free on-site parking is available and there is easy access from NJ Transit (North Jersey Coast Line) and Academy Buses.

 

Broomstick

For Immediate Release:

LONG BRANCH – (Tuesday, August 20, 2013) – New Jersey Repertory Company is proud to announce the National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere of "Broomstick", running for a limited engagement from September 19 through October 13, 2013 at 179 Broadway, Long Branch, New Jersey.

Set in a remote cabin deep in the woods, an old crone lives in her own unique world. As she unveils her life, we journey with her down a shadowy path somewhere between our material world and the realm of fantasy. Wickedly funny and sometimes frightening, she takes us back to our childhood, when in our innocence, we first wrestled with good and evil. Written by John Biguenet and Directed by SuzAnne Barabas, "Broomstick" is no "Hansel and Gretel" fairy tale; for justice is swift and whiners end up in casseroles. Andrea Gallo stars in this one-woman production set in the mountains of Appalachia.

Performances are Thursdays, Fridays at 8:00 pm; Saturdays at 3:00 pm and 8:00 pm; and Sundays at 2:00 pm September 19-October 13. Special reduced price previews are on Thursday, September 19 and Friday, September 20 at 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm, and Saturday, September 21 at 3:00 pm. Opening night with reception is Saturday, September 21 at 8:00 pm.

Tickets are $40; Previews are $35; Opening night with reception is $50. Discounts are available for seniors, students, and groups of 10 or more. NJ Rep is a year-round, professional, non-profit theater located at 179 Broadway in Long Branch only minutes from the Jersey Shore. Free on-site parking is available and there is easy access from NJ Transit (North Jersey Coast Line) and Academy Buses.

For tickets, contact the NJ Rep Box Office at 732-229-3166 or visit www.njrep.org to reserve your seats online. Follow NJ Rep on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Tumblr. For more information and publicity photos, contact Adele Sammarco, Director of Marketing and Communications, at 732-229-3166 ext. 103.

 

 

SAVING KITTY

For Immediate Release:

LONG BRANCH – (Monday, August 5, 2013)- Due to overwhelming demand, New Jersey Repertory Company has added three new shows for "Saving Kitty", a provocative new comedy written by Marisa Smith, July 25 through August 25, 2013.

The added shows will be:
Sunday, August 18 at 7:00pm
Thursday, August 22 at 2:00pm
Sunday, August 25 at 7:00pm

What happens when a daughter brings home a young man to meet her ultra-liberal Upper East Side parents for the first time and he turns out to be the antithesis of everything they stand for? "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" takes on a whole new meaning in this play starring Sarah Nealis as Kitty, Christian Pedersen as her fiancée-to-be, John FitzGibbon as her unflappable father, and Judith Hawking as her mother, a former soap-opera actress who guards her home like a cornered lioness.

Directed by Evan Bergman , "Saving Kitty" won Best Play from Portland Stages' Clauder competition in 2010 and premiered at the Wellfleet Actors Harbor Theater in July 2012.

Performances are Thursdays, Fridays at 8:00 pm; Saturdays at 3:00 pm and 8:00 pm; and Sundays at 2:00 pm July 25-August 25. Special reduced price previews are on Thursday, July 25 and Friday, July 26 at 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm, and Saturday, July 27 at 3:00 pm. Opening night with reception is Saturday, July 27 at 8:00 pm. Tickets are $40; Previews are $35; Opening night with reception is $50. Discounts are available for seniors, students, and groups of 10 or more. NJ Rep is a year-round, professional, non-profit theater located at 179 Broadway in Long Branch only minutes from the Jersey Shore. Free on-site parking is available and there is easy access from NJ Transit (North Jersey Coast Line) and Academy Buses.

For tickets, contact the Box Office at 732-229-3166 or visit www.njrep.org to reserve your seats online. Follow NJ Rep on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Tumblr. For more information and publicity photos, contact Adele Sammarco, Director of Marketing and Communications, at 732-229-3166 ext. 105.

 

 

MARTYNA MAJOK WINS 2013 SMITH PRIZE COMMISSION

For Immediate Release:

Washington, DC - The NATIONAL NEW PLAY NETWORK (NNPN), the country's alliance of non-profit theaters that champions the development, production, and continued life of new plays, proudly announces that the 2013 Smith Prize Commission, which carries an Award of $5,000, has been awarded to ​​Martyna Majok for her untitled play. Majok's proposed play is inspired by Slavoj Žižek's Violence, which examines capitalism and our treatment of people. Awarded annually to a proposal for a play that focuses on American politics, The Smith Prize is funded by a gift from screenwriter, novelist and playwright Timothy Jay Smith and a number of other socially-conscious donors.

"I am incredibly honored and elated to be awarded this year's Smith Prize commission," said Majok. "It means so very much to receive an award for ​​writing that is striving to do a service for its audiences, to engage them in an honest conversation about the world we are living in today, and where our relationships to people may be headed. I am moved to know that people want a play about women, immigrants, the impoverished, and the ways we treat each other given the values of our economic system." A committee of artistic, managing and literary leaders from across the country chose Majok's proposal out of submissions from a select group of NNPN Alumni and playwrights nominated by Core Member Theaters. ​​

ABOUT THE SMITH PRIZE COMMISSION
Awarded annually to a proposal for a play that focuses on American politics, The Smith Prize is funded by a gift from screenwriter, novelist and playwright Timothy Jay Smith and a number of other socially-conscious donors. Since 2006, the Prize has been administered by NNPN, and is awarded to a play that asks: Who are Americans as a people? What are we becoming? What are our global responsibilities? Previous Prizewinners are George Brant's Grounded, A. Zell Williams' In a Daughters' Eyes, Sean Christopher Lewis' Killadelphia, Martin Zimmerman's White Tie Ball, Y York's …And LA Is Burning, Seth Rozin's Black Gold, and Peter Gil-Sheridan's Topsy Turvy Mouse. An additional $2,500 will be awarded to an NNPN Core Member theater to either develop or produce the play.

A​BOUT THE PROPOSED PLAY
A bus stop at night. After work. A factory stands a quarter mile walk away. An immigrant woman waits for the bus after a long day. A man appears. A man always appears. And he has a car. Or something else to offer.

Inspired by Slavoj Žižek's writing on capitalism and our treatment of people in his book Violence, this play watches six scenes at a bus stop over the course of thirty years and back. We watch how a factory transforms from employing low-paid immigrants, to employing machines, and finally to closing as everything is being shipped from afar, and what happens to one of its original employees, Darja. We watch key moments in Darja's three very different romantic relationships, how she and the men with which she involves herself negotiate their standards. Every scene is a little war between a woman and a man for their own best version of security. We watch what the two are willing to trade and how dirtily they're willing to fight for the cheapest safety in a world that does not value all kinds of people. ​​

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT ​​
Martyna Majok was born in Bytom, Poland, and aged in North Jersey and Chicago. Her plays include ​​Mouse in a Jar (Red Tape Theatre, The LIDA Project), ​​the friendship of her thighs (Jane Chambers Student Feminist Playwriting Prize, workshops at the claque, The Playwright and Director Center of Moscow, and The Kennedy Center), ​​Petty Harbour (finalist for the 2012 Princess Grace Award in Playwriting, to be workshopped at New York Stage and Film's Powerhouse Festival) and ​​reWilding (Yale Cabaret, One Coast Collaboration, Satori Group). Martyna has been awarded the Merage Fellowship for the American Dream, The Olga and Paul Menn Award in Playwriting, a Ragdale residency, The Howard Stein Scholarship for Playwriting, a nomination for the Cherry Lane Mentor Project, a commission from Walkabout Theatre, and publication of her short play, ​​After Hours Stan, by Smith & Kraus. Martyna holds an honors BA in English Language and Literature from The University of Chicago and an MFA in Playwriting from the Yale School of Drama. She has taught playwriting at Wesleyan, The New Haven Co-Op High School, and New Jersey Repertory Company, in addition to assisting a class taught by her mentor, Paula Vogel, at Yale. Other projects include ​​Prypiat, a musical about modern day re-settlers to the area of Chernobyl and a film, "Remy." Martyna is proud to have been the 2012-2013 NNPN Playwright-in-Residence at New Jersey Repertory Company. ​​

ABOUT NNPN
The National New Play Network (NNPN) is the country's alliance of non-profit professional theaters that champions the development, production, and continued life of new plays. Since its founding in 1998, NNPN has commissioned almost two dozen playwrights, provided nineteen MFA graduates with paid residencies, and supported nearly 150 productions nationwide through its innovative Continued Life of New Plays Fund, which creates "Rolling World Premieres" of new plays. Hundreds of thousands of audience members have seen the results of these efforts in the dozens of regions of the country where NNPN member theaters are located. NNPN receives substantial support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, the Shubert Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. The Network is comprised of Core Members, who pioneer and implement collaborative new play strategies, and a growing group of Associate Members, who disseminate the Network's programs and plays nationwide.

​​NNPN's Core Member theaters are: Actor's Express Theatre (Atlanta), Actor's Theatre of Charlotte (Charlotte, NC), Borderlands Theater (Tucson), Curious Theatre Company (Denver), Florida Studio Theatre (Sarasota), Fountain Theatre (LA), Horizon Theatre Company (Atlanta), InterAct Theatre Company (Philadelphia), Kitchen Dog Theater (Dallas), Magic Theatre (San Francisco), Marin Theatre Company (Mill Valley, CA), Mixed Blood Theatre Company (Minneapolis), New Jersey Repertory Company (Long Branch), New Repertory Theatre (Watertown, MA), New Theatre (Coral Gables, FL), Orlando Shakespeare Theater (Orlando), Performance Net ​​work Theatre (Ann Arbor, MI), Phoenix Theatre (Indianapolis), Playwright's Theatre of New Jersey (Madison), Prop Thtr Group (Chicago), Riverside Theatre (Iowa City, IA), Salt Lake Acting Company (Salt Lake City), San Diego REPertory Theatre (San Diego), Southern Rep (New Orleans), Unicorn Theatre (Kansas City, MO), and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company (Washington, DC).


 

HAPPY

Contact:
Adele Sammarco
Director of Marketing & Communications
732-229-3166 ext.105 / adele@njrep.org

For Immediate Release:

(Long Branch, NJ) April 19, 2013– Are you happy? That's the question contemplated in this National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere comedy by Robert Caisley at the New Jersey Repertory Company, 179 Broadway, Long Branch, from May 30 – June 30, 2013.

Alfred is happy with his life, happy with his job, happy with his 14-year marriage to Melinda. But when his best friend Eduardo invites him to dinner to meet the new woman in his life, Eva, a sexy 22-year old artist with a dark soul, it becomes clear that misery loves company as truths get twisted, secrets get revealed and what starts out as a sophisticated dinner party among friends, becomes an evening that spins wildly out of control. This is a dinner party not to be missed!

NJ Rep Artistic Director, SuzAnne Barabas, directs this sleek production that explores the quintessential question - are we truly happy?

Playwright Robert Caisley is Associate Professor of Theatre & Film, and Head of the Dramatic Writing Program at the University of Idaho. He was named the 2011 Blaine Quarnstrom Visiting Playwright at the University of Southern Mississippi. His play Happy, presented at the 2011 National New Play Network Annual Showcase of New Plays, was a Finalist for both the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center's New Play Conference and the Woodward/Newman Award for Drama. Happy began its Rolling World Premiere at Montana Rep, followed by performances at New Theatre 6th Street Playhouse in Santa Rosa, California, and is now coming to New Jersey Rep in Long Branch May 30 – June 30, starring Mark Light-Orr as Eduardo, Susan Maris as Eva, Wendy Peace as Melinda, and Michael Irvin Pollard as Alfred.

Tickets are $40 for adults; Previews are $35; Opening night with reception is $50. Performances are Thursdays; Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays 3pm & 8pm; Sundays at 2pm. Discount group tickets, subscriptions and gift certificates are available. Discounts are available to seniors 65+, full time students ages 13-25, and groups of 10 or more. Extra performances can be added for groups of 40 or more. For tickets, contact 732-229-3166 or visit www.njrep.org to reserve online. Find NJ Rep on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.