2016 Season at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey 

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 celebrated writer, his devoted wife, and a glamourous woman from his past — add a sprinkling of piano music and Coward’s delicious quips, and it’s the perfect recipe for this bittersweet comedy from the master of sophisticated wit.  Veteran company member Edmond Genest will appear in the leading role.


CORIOLANUS

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

Political manipulation, fallen heroes, and revenge meet center stage in this rarely-produced, intense tragedy. When Rome is faced with threats from without and famine within, it turns to its defender, Coriolanus.  The decorated war-hero quickly discovers that his true enemies lie inside Rome’s walls, and perhaps within himself.  A perfect Shakespeare play for an election year!


EXIT THE KING

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

Considered Ionesco’s masterpiece, this dark, hilarious tale will speak differently to each and every audience member.  King Berenger’s centuries-long reign is coming to an end, but he’s defiantly hanging on as his life, and all those who surround him, literally flash before his eyes.  A fantastical and breathtaking parable; “a fearless excursion into the realm of the spirit…it makes for magnificent theater.”  The 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

This marks the New Jersey premiere of award-winning British playwright, Lolita Chakrabarti’s true-life story of Ira Aldridge, an African-American actor and the first black man to appear as Othello on the London stage.  This compelling tale of a pioneer artist from the1800’s 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, both the real life monarch and Shakespeare’s monstrous version of him have been much talked about — his arch-villain of all villains — the intense, discontented, crippled, larger than life “protagonist,” Richard, Duke of Gloucester dominates this seething history from start to finish. Paul Mullins who played the title role 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, many patrons have asked us to bring this musical celebration of the season back to our stage.  Based on Thomas’ classic story about his childhood holidays in Wales in the early 1900’s, this beautiful piece about a time gone by 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

37 plays in 97 minutes!  Back by popular demand, three wild and crazy actors will take you on an irreverent, madcap romp through Shakespeare’s entire canon. Featuring some new surprises since our last production in 2008, this is a terrific show to introduce Shakespeare to young people, and a hilarious spoof that appeals to audiences of all ages — from Bardophiles to Bardophobes!  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!



2015 Season Retrospective: