A SONG AT TWILIGHT

By Noël Coward
Directed by Paul Mullins
May 11 to May 29

Noël Coward’s final and semi-autobiographical play kicks off the season in high style.  A writer, his wife, a woman from his past — add a sprinkling of piano music and you get this bittersweet comedy from the master of sophisticated wit. There has been a surge of interest in this entertaining glimpse into Coward’s soul in recent years, and revered company member Edmond Genest will appear in the leading role.


CORIOLANUS

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Brian B. Crowe
July 6 to July 24

This rarely-produced tragedy is the perfect play for an election year.  One of Shakespeare’s most political plays, this Roman epic depicts the confrontation between social classes, civil insurrection, and the machinations of politicians.  Sound familiar?  But the brilliant essence of this tragedy lies in the depiction of a great man whose moral and psychological flaws bring about his fall from grace. 


EXIT THE KING

By Eugene Ionesco
Directed by Bonnie J. Monte
August 10 to August 28

Considered Ionesco’s masterpiece, this compelling allegory will speak differently to each audience member. A short work, it plays without intermission, showing us the last hour of a mythical king’s life.  It is a funny, dark, moving metaphor, and its significance goes far beyond King Berenger’s death.  This production will feature a talk-back after almost every performance with Bonnie Monte and the cast.


RED VELVET

By Lolita Chakrabarti
Directed by Bonnie J. Monte
September 7 to September 25

British playwright, Lolita Chakrabarti brings us the true-life story of Ira Aldridge, an African-American actor, who was the first black man to appear as Othello on the London stage. The play is just starting to be performed across America, after its debut in England in 2012.  This New Jersey premiere of this tale of a pioneer artist from the 1800s, is fascinating, heartbreaking, and immensely relevant for our day and age.


RICHARD III

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Paul Mullins
October 5 to November 6

Since the recent discovery of the remains of the real Richard III, much has been written about Shakespeare’s re-invention of the real man to create his arch-villain of all villains — the intense, discontented, crippled, larger than life “protagonist,” Richard, Duke of Gloucester. Paul Mullins, who played the title role in this seething history ten years ago, directs.
Running in conjunction with the First Folio exhibit in October.




A CHILD’S CHRISTMAS IN WALES

Based on the poem by Dylan Thomas
Directed by Joe Discher
November 30 to January 1
Last presented here 13 years ago, popular demand is bringing this musical celebration of the season back to our stage.  Based on Thomas’ classic poem about his childhood holidays in Wales in the early 1900’s, this beautiful piece about a time gone by appeals to people of all ages, cultures and beliefs, for it rejoices in the simple joys of childhood, the spirit of goodness, the comfort of family, and the magic that music and the imagination bring to us all

 


On the Outdoor Stage:

THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED)(REVISED)

By Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Weinfield
Directed by Jeffrey M. Bender
June 22 to July 31

Last seen at the Outdoor Stage in 2008, this hugely popular comedy has been updated for the 21st century.  This wild, irreverent romp through Shakespeare’s canon is sprinkled throughout with new material and up-to-date references, providing some wonderful surprises for the audience.  Not only is this is a terrific show to introduce Shakespeare to young people, but it is a hilarious spoof that appeals to people of all ages — to those who love the Bard and to those who are not so fond!  And as always, picnicking under the stars with family and friends makes for a delightful evening where art, nature, and the ancient tradition of outdoor theatre all come together!

 





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