Appropriate: 2015 Obie Award Winner

Appropriate

By Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

Directed by Mark Liebert

The reviews for Appropriate at Studio Players are in “…Some of the best acting you’ll see on New Jersey stages right now…Today, with the news full of black people having police called for napping in a dorm room, sitting at Starbuck’s, shopping at Nordstrom’s, the play couldn’t feel more relevant. It’s about white privilege, unspoken racism, inherited violence”–Gwen Orel, Montclair Local

Every estranged member of the Lafayette clan has descended upon the crumbling Arkansas homestead to settle the accounts of the newly-dead patriarch. As his three adult children sort through a lifetime of hoarded mementos and junk, they collide over clutter, debt, and a contentious family history. But after a disturbing discovery surfaces among their father’s possessions, the reunion takes a turn for the explosive, unleashing a series of crackling surprises and confrontations. Winner of the 2014–2015 Obie Award for Best New American Play.

*Please be advised that this show has mature themes and language.

[Branden Jacobs-Jenkins] effortlessly and believably taps into a white family’s dysfunction, infuses the script with unforced, viperish humor…APPROPRIATE is an uncommonly deft dramatic and technical achievement.” —Entertainment Weekly. “

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins is a Brooklyn-based playwright whose credits include War (Yale Rep; forthcoming at Lincoln Center/LCT3), Gloria (Vineyard Theatre), Appropriate (Obie Award; Signature Theatre), An Octoroon (Obie Award; Soho Rep, Theatre for a New Audience) and Neighbors (The Public Theater). He is a Residency Five playwright at Signature Theatre and is under commissions from LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater, MTC/Sloan, and the Steppenwolf Theatre Company. YOu can learn more about Mr. Jacobs-Jenkins here. 

 

May 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26

Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8:00pm
Sundays at 3:00pm
*Opening Night, Buy 1, get 1 Free

Tickets are $20 for adults and $17 for students/seniors, and can be ordered at Brown Paper Tickets http://www.brownpapertickets.com/producer/132855 or by calling our box office at 973-744-9752.

Studio Players Repaving Campaign

Dear Friends of Studio Players,

As you probably know, Studio Players is an all volunteer, non-profit theatre. We have been providing quality, affordable performing arts to the North New Jersey Community since 1937. No one at Studio receives a salary. Everyone involved donates their time and talent to make eight shows a season possible.




Studio has touched many lives whether it was launching a Broadway career, giving a creative outlet to former actors and designers, fostering a love of performing arts, giving a children their first theatrical experience, and so much more.

Currently, Studio’s parking area is in need of repair. The playhouse has been patching it up for several years, but the winter snows have made a patch up no longer a viable option. The parking area needs to be handled by professional contractors, and this obviously comes at a cost. Many mistakenly believe that the land at the end of Alvin Place is a public street. It’s actually private property and Studio is the owner of part of the tract. As such, Montclair is not responsible for its upkeep.

If you’d like to join us in helping Studio to continue providing 8 shows a year at affordable prices you can do so via this convenient PayPal link If we raise more money than needed for the project (it will cost roughly $5,000), it will go towards other expenses associated with maintaining our 100+ year old building.

If you’d like to donate in another manner please email us at studiopl@studioplayhouse.org and we’ll put you in touch with our business manager. Thank you in advance from all of us. Even $10 can make a difference.

Regardless of your ability to donate, would you be so kind as to share this information on your Facebook page, or email friends and co-workers etc.? Every little bit of getting the word out helps.

Stuart Little: Family Friendly Fun in North New Jersey

Looking for family friendly entertainment in North New Jersey this weekend? Look no further than Studio Players production of Stuart Little.

All of our children’s series shows are appropriate for children aged 2-10. They last approximately an hour, and they are affordable at $8.00 a ticket.

Stuart Little

Based on the book by E.B.White

Adapted By Joseph Robinette

Directed by Alicia Hayes

The classic children’s story is coming to life on stage! Join everyone’s favorite mouse on a mission, Stuart Little, and his neighborhood friends on Stuart’s many adventures! Boat races, dastardly cats, toy car road trips, and much more await you!

April 14, 15, 21, 22

Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 and 3:30

Tickets are $8 and can be ordered at Brown Paper Tickets or by calling our box office at 973-744-9752.

Mainstage Shows 2018-2019: SAVE THE DATE

Mark your calendars for some of the best theatre North New Jersey has to offer. Studio Player is proud to announce our 2018-2019 mainstage season. We will be announcing our children’s theatre series shortly.

Auditions for Into the Woods full information: https://studioplayhouse.org/auditions-into-the-woods/

Panera Fundraiser April 19th

HELP OUT STUDIO ON APRIL 19th!

 

Almost Maine Will Warm Your Heart After the Winter Chill

Don’t miss Almost Maine at one of the best theatre options in North New Jersey. Studio Players, which has been nominated for over a dozen Perry Awards in the last three years will warm your heart from the winter chill with its production of Almost Maine.

Almost Maine

By John Cariani

Directed by Amy Fox

Come enjoy what The New York Times called “A comedy comprising almost a dozen two-character vignettes exploring the sudden thunderclap of love and the scorched earth that sometimes follows”. Using a series of eleven short scenes following nine different stories, this charming, delightful, and funny play explores love and loss with a touch of realism in a remote, mythical almost-town called Almost, Maine.

March 9*, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24

Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8:00pm
Sundays at 3:00pm
*Opening Night, Buy 1, get 1 Free

Tickets are $20 for adults and $17 for students/seniors, and can be ordered at Brown Paper Tickets http://www.brownpapertickets.com/producer/132855 or by calling our box office at 973-744-9752.

Looking for something fun to do in North New Jersey? Want the perfect date night in Montclair? Beat the winter blues with a great night of comedy in Don’t Drink the Water at Montclair’s own Studio Players where we’ve been providing quality New Jersey Theatre at affordable prices since 1937. When you think quality community theatre, think Studio Players.

Don’t Drink the Water

By Woody Allen

Directed by Helen Exel

In an unnamed Communist country in the 1960’s, a hapless New Jersey caterer, his wife, and daughter take refuge in the American Embassy, when they are erroneously suspected of being spies. Alas, the embassy is temporarily being run by the ambassador’s sweet but bumbling son who manages to make things more of a muddle than usual. In the midst of the insanity can two young people find true love? Will the family ever be able to escape? Laugh along during this crazy tale of mistaken identities, mayhem, and misadventure.

January 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27

Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8:00pm
Sundays at 3:00pm
*Opening Night, Buy 1, get 1 Free

Tickets are $20 for adults and $17 for students/seniors, and can be ordered at Brown Paper Tickets http://www.brownpapertickets.com/producer/132855 or by calling our box office at 973-744-9752.

CAST

Lisa Annitti ~ Ali Archetti  ~ Scott Guzzo
 
Donna Fraissinet ~ John Fraissinet ~ Adam Gelles
 
Angela Grippo ~ Robert Lowy~Kyle Marr ~ Emily Miller
 
Ross Pohling~ Allen Roberts~Joe Schmidt

https://studioplayhouse.org/2018/01/4597/

A Seussified Christmas Carol: A Wacky Holiday Tale

Looking for a family Christmas show in New Jersey? Don’t miss Montclair Studio Players: A Seussified Christmas Carol.  At $8.00 a ticket, it’s affordable for your whole family.

 

A Seussified Christmas Carol

By Peter Bloedel 

Directed by Beatriz Esteban-Messina

What happens when you mix Charles Dickens’ beloved Christmas tale with a collection of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters like Thing 1, Thing 2, Bed-Headed Fred,Timmy Loo Hoo and many more? Why you get an action packed, comedic tale filled with glorious holiday cheer that’s a must see for all Seuss and Dickens fans.

December 9, 10, 16, 17 

Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 and 3:30

Tickets are $8 and can be ordered at Brown Paper Tickets or by calling our box office at 973-744-9752.

CAST
Bayley Byers ~ Gabriela Danta  ~ Rafaelle Danta   
Donna Fraissinet ~ John Fraissinet  
Jack Pignatello ~ Elizabeth Quinoñes 
Natalie Smith  ~ Owen Smith ~ Ingrid Stokes 
Francesca Stokes ~ Karen Thornton 
Simon Thornton ~ Claire Thornton 
Emma Thornton  ~ Judy Wilson ~ Lonzell Wilson

 

 

Plaza Suite by Neil Simon Offers Lots of Laughs in Montclair

Plaza Suite by Neil Simon kicks off Studio Players’ fall season. The show is a Neil Simon classic, filled with laughter and nostalgia of life in the Plaza Hotel in the late 1960’s. Looking for a perfect date night item in Montclair?  Plaza Suite fits the bill.

The show is directed by Paul Bettys, and stars Debbie Buchsbaum, Debra Carozza, Brittany Chiacchiaro , Scott Guzzo, Tim Murphy, Kevin Vislocky, Geoffrey Waumans, Judy Wilson, Vicky Wolak

Oh if the walls inside any hotel room could talk, what stories they could tell! This comedy, by Tony Award Winning playwright Neil Simon, includes glimpses at a marriage on the rocks, a possible rekindled romance, and a couple dealing with their reluctant daughter on her wedding day. All of these stories take place at different times in room 719 of the famous New York City icon, the Plaza Hotel.

November 3*, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18

Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8:00pm
Sundays at 3:00pm
*Opening Night, Buy 1, get 1 Free

Tickets are $20 for adults and $17 for students/seniors, and can be ordered at Brown Paper Tickets http://www.brownpapertickets.com/producer/132855 or by calling our box office at 973-744-9752.

Wooing Wed Widing Hood: A Fractured Fairy Tale at Studio Montclair

Looking for something to do for the whole family in the Montclair, New Jersey area? We provide one of the best options for things to do with kids in New Jersey. Check out the first show in the 2017-2018 children’s theatre series at Studio Playhouse. At only $8.00 a ticket we provide affordable live entertainment for the whole family that’s guaranteed not to break the bank.

Wooing Wed Widing Hood

By Charlie Lovett

Directed by Tommy Ehrenberg and Sue Mandzik-Davis

With more twists than a roller coaster, this fractured fairy tale adventure tells the story of Little Red Riding Hood and her two sisters: Big Green Riding Hood and Medium Purple Riding Hood. Back in the kingdom of Wychwood-under-Ooze, Wise Prince Jason, Strong Prince Justin, and Ordinary Loud Prince Frank all want to woo Little Red Riding Hood, much to her couch-potato parents’ dismay. See how the Princes overcome the tasks ahead, and who will Woo Wed Widing Hood.

October 7, 8, 14, 15

Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 and 3:30

Tickets are $8 and can be ordered at Brown Paper Tickets or by calling our box office at 973-744-9752.

CAST

Lisa Annitti ~ Angela Apolito ~ Ali Archetti ~ Olivia Collazo Patrick Craig ~ Jason Davis ~ Donna Fraissinet Nikye Jennings-Jackson ~ Brianna Johnson ~ Rob Kovacs Theresa Lyons ~ Lara Mazza-Hilway ~ Jose Ordonez Emilee Rodriguez ~ Franki Salluce ~ Stefanie Sears Brissae Valdes  ~ Raushanah Williams