All About Eve Festival of the Arts Opens Today in Long Branch

The New Jersey Repertory Company begins its inauguration of their new West End Arts Center today. The celebration includes a week-long presentation of the arts all at their new venue at 132 West End Avenue, Long Branch, New Jersey. The All About Eve Festival of the Arts will feature Theatre Brut with 28 short plays, music, poetry, art and photography.  Here is an overview of the scheduled events.

28 Short plays

Session One – Sunday, October 1 at 2pm:
Blood Sausage by John Biguenet
Breaking in the New Boss by Gino DiIorio
Love is a Train by R.N. Sandberg
The Naming by Constance Marse

Session Two – Sunday, October 1 at 8pm:
Deliver Us by Ian August
Ful Nabit by J. Thalia Cunningham
How My Grandparents Fell in Love by Cary Gitter
This Year’s Model by Donna Hoke

Session Three – Friday, October 6 at 8pm:
After You by Lee Blessing
Australia’s Oldest Woman by Kieran Carroll
Eve in the Hot Seat by Brian Richard Mori
Stepping Into Fire (musical) by Jonathan Brielle and Tom Coash

Session Four – Saturday, October 7 at 2pm:
Her Place in the World by D.W. Gregory
Something About Eve by Lynne Halliday
The Conversation by Wendie Malick
The Outside Edge of a Full Circle by Matthew Harrington

Session Five – Saturday, October 7 at 8pm:
Barroom Sonata by Jack Canfora
(miss) Mary Edwards by Elaine Smith
New York City Girls will Kill You by Graham Techler
Snake Eggs by Lauren Waters

Session Six – Sunday, October 8 at 2pm:
Cubs Win! by Marisa Smith
Eviction by Nancy Cooper Frank
Pittsburgh by Michael Tucker
The Late Shift by Willow Martin

Session Seven – Sunday, October 8 at 8pm:
A Few Good PB&J’s by Jeremy Kehoe
Exhibit A by L.H. Grant
Mountaineer by Ken Weitzman
Performance Review by Nedra Pezold Roberts

Tickets for each session are $50.

Art and Photography

An Art and Photography Reception will be held on Wednesday, October 4, 6pm – 9pm. Artists represented include: Jimmy Leslie, Amy Faris, Mary Phillips, Kate Wilts, Lizzi Shippert, Sven Widen, Janelle Wilson, Mare Akana, Lori Lee Sperling, Suzanne Osterweil Weber, and Nicole Hymowitz.

Photographer Andrea Phox will exhibit her work Shine:100, featuring 100 extraordinary women who have made a difference in Long Branch.

This event is free.

Live Music

A Live Music Night is on Thursday, October 5 at 8pm. Performing for Music Night is Jackson Pines, Homeless Apians, Bone and Marrow,  and Accidental Seabirds.

Tickets to Music Night are $15.

Live Music will also be presented after each Theatre Brut Session. Performers include Bobby Jackson, Bethe Burns & The Legends Trio , Gary Mayer, Matt & Cody, and Jazz Arts.

Poetry

Poetry Night will be Tuesday, October 3 at 7pm.

Poets include: Sharon Baller, David Briggs, Eloise Bruce, Joe Bisicchia, Gregg G. Brown, Warren Cooper, Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta, Emanuel di Pasquale, Juditha Dowd, Frank Finale, Ellen Foos, Lois Marie Harrod, Penny Harter, Flora Higgins, Evelyn Hampton, Lainey Johnson, Victoria Kaloss, Charles H. Johnson, Lois LaPointe Kiely, Lynn Levin, Joanne Leva, Mihaela Moscaliuc, Judy Michaels, Bernadette McBride, Linda Muhlhausen, Susan Martin, Louis Nappen, Sharon Olson, Sue Sherrill, Hillary Ann Smith, Jennifer Stahl, Mathew Spano, Maxine Susman, Bob Rosenbloom, Karen Topham, Frank Valentino, Rosemary Wright, Carol Wich.

Tickets to Poetry Night are $15.

Additional Information

Refreshments will be available on site.

In addition to individual tickets as shown above, there is an All-Inclusive Festival Pass for all 7 sessions of Theatre Brut, Music Night, Poetry Night, Art and Photography for $300.

All these events will take place at West End Arts Center, 132 West End Avenue, Long Branch, NJ

For tickets and/or further information call 732-229-3166 or visit the website: njrep@njrep.org

‘Pump Boys and Dinettes’ brings a foot stomping good time to Millburn

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Pump Boys and Dinettes has started running at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn and will continue through May 1, 2016. Here is a special video provided by the Paper Mill Playhouse which will give you a little view of the show:

Here are a few photos from the show provided by the Paper Mill Playhouse.

 Photo by Jerry Dalia
Photo by Jerry Dalia
Photo by Matthew  Murphy; Julie Foldesi (Prudie) and Gabe  Bowling (Jackson)  with Alysha Umphress (Rhetta)
Photo by Matthew
Murphy; Julie Foldesi (Prudie) and Gabe
Bowling (Jackson) with Alysha Umphress (Rhetta)
Photo by Matthew Murphy Gabe Bowling (Jackson), center, with Sam Weber (Eddie), James Barry (Jim), Julie Foldesi (Prudie) and Alysha Umphress (Rhetta)
Photo by Matthew Murphy Gabe Bowling (Jackson), center, with Sam Weber (Eddie), James Barry (Jim), Julie Foldesi (Prudie) and Alysha Umphress (Rhetta)

For tickets and more information, visit the Paper Mill Playhouse’s website at http://www.papermill.org/

‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ – An Amazing Show now at the Paper Mill Playhouse

I was privileged to be a part of the Paper Mill Playhouse’s Opening Night audience for The Hunchback of Notre Dameon Sunday, March 15, 2015. This is a show of grand, yet simple proportions. Grand with the music, setting, staging and of course the cast. Simple proportions in that it doesn’t rely on technology to make it’s points; instead, it gives rise to one’s imagination to make a picture of what is happening.

You can read more on my Examiner.com column. However, speaking of pictures, here are some from the Paper Mill Playhouse that are used with their permission.

Photo by Jerry Dalia; Left to right: Michael Arden (Quasimodo) and Ciara Renée (Esmeralda)
Photo by Jerry Dalia; Left to right: Michael Arden (Quasimodo) and Ciara Renée (Esmeralda)
Photo by Matthew Murphy; Left to right: Andrew Samonsky (Phoebus) and Ciara Renée (Esmeralda)
Photo by Matthew Murphy; Left to right: Andrew Samonsky (Phoebus) and Ciara Renée (Esmeralda)
Photo by Matthew Murphy; Ciara Renée (Esmeralda) and the company of The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Photo by Matthew Murphy; Ciara Renée (Esmeralda) and the company of The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Photo by Kevin Berne; Patrick Page (Frollo) and the company of The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Photo by Kevin Berne; Patrick Page (Frollo) and the company of The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Photo by Matthew Murphy; Michael Arden (Quasimodo) and the company of The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Photo by Matthew Murphy; Michael Arden (Quasimodo) and the company of The Hunchback of Notre Dame