Complete Game

Complete Game
Written and Directed by Mark Liebert

Complete Game, a play in nine innings, is a comedy with a heart. It is the fall of 1970 in metropolitan New York and everyone has a relationship with our national pastime. Baseball inevitably impacts their other relationships. Attraction or repulsion, bond or divider, job or recreation, link to the past or hope for the future, problem or resolution or some combination of all of the above. Complete Game spins a web to snare aficionado, casual fan and non-enthusiast alike.

September 26, 27, 28 at 8:00
September 28 and 29 at 3:00

Tickets: $20 adults $15 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
Ali Archetti
Bill Barry
Bob Santarlasci
Chris Gibbs
David Patrick Stucky
Debbie Buchsbaum
Gary Martin
Jess Latour
John Ivacic
Mike Turner
Sam Carpel

 

Boys in the Band: Celebrate 50 Years of Pride

Looking for a way to celebrate 50 years of pride in North New Jersey? Look no further than Montclair and Studio Players production of The Boys in the Band.

 

The Boys in the Band (Original Version)

By Mart Crowley

Directed by E. Dale Smith-Gallo

In 1968 playwright Mart Crowley did the unthinkable. He penned a brash, unapologetically gay story in pre-Stonewall America. And while the fear and self-loathing brought on by living a publicly-closeted existence pervade this tale of nine men at a gin-soaked birthday party gone awry, so too do whips of defiance and a need to live truthfully– no matter the cost. Studio Players is proud to salute 50 Years of Pride by revisiting this pivotal work of gay theatre that has often been cited as one of the inciting forces behind the beginning of the LGBTQ fight for equality.

June 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29 / Tickets: $25*

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

Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 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

Michael     Michael Smith-Gallo
Donald      Matt Rofofsky
Emory       Aaron Kellner
Larry          Kenneth Laboy Vazquez
Hank          Ken Budris
Bernard     Josh Musgrave
Alan           Bill Barry
Cowboy     Brandon Dennis
Harold       John L’Ecuyer

Some Girl(s) explores why #MeToo is an all too real reality

Some Girl(s)

By Neil LaBute

Directed by Amy Fox

A soon-to-be-married writer, feeling guilty about past relationship transgressions, embarks on a cross-country trip to ostensibly make amends. As he revisits the ghosts of girlfriends past, the story takes on a darker edge that’s, at the same time, loathsome, deliciously evil, and funny. New York Magazine said, “Some Girl(s) follows the Neil LaBute recipe—bad behavior with a twist, served ice cold—to a fault.”

January 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27, 31, February 1, 2 / Tickets: $25*

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

Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 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

GUY: Seth Kaplan

SAM: Allyssa Hynes

TYLER: Lisa Vasfailo

LYNDSAY: Angela Grippo

REGGIE: Megan Hatem

BOBBI: Brittany Haydock

Born Yesterday: Washington Intrigue and Dirty Dealing Turned on Its Head

Political back deals, bribery, infighting, loud mouthed-power brokers with unintended comedy…no, we are not talking about what’s happening in Washington DC now.  Garson Kanin’s classic comedy/drama has never been more relevant.

Born Yesterday

By Garson Kanin

Directed by Alex Oleksij

Millionaire businessman Harry Brock comes to Washington determined to become a power behind the scenes. Feeling that his ex-chorus girl girlfriend, Billie Dawn, isn’t sophisticated enough for the Washington DC crowd, he arranges for her “education”. Billie’s educational enlightenment proves to be more than Harry ever bargained for! Garson Kanin’s classic. award-winning comedy, a political take on Pygmalion, remains just as timely and insightful as ever.

March 29, 30, 31, April 4, 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13 / Tickets: $25*

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

Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 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

Harry Brock – Ken Budris

Billie Dawn – Julie Anne Nolan

Paul Verrall – Robert Barwick

Ed Devery – Rick Brown

Eddie Brock – Scott Guzzo

Senator Hedges – Dickson Lane

Mrs. Hedges – Jean M. Kuras

Assistant Manager – Nelson Valentin

Bellhop/Barber – Joshua T. Crockett

Maid/Manicurist – Sev

Cinderella or the Story of Bigfoot

Looking for New Jersey family friendly things to do in February? Check out Studio Players’ Cinderella or the Story of Bigfoot. We have entertainment options that your whole family can attend.

Cinderella or the Story of Bigfoot

By Elizabeth Ely Moreno

Directed by Mirit Skeen

In this goofy retelling of the traditional Cinderella story, Ella Le Grand not only has to contend with her evil stepmother, but she also has to deal with her feet. They aren’t dainty princess feet; they’re huge! All’s well that ends well as our tale shows that true beauty comes from within, and that it’s not just okay to be yourself, in fact it’s the only way to be.

February 23, 24, March 2, 3 / Tickets $10

Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 and 3:30

Tickets are $10 and can be ordered at Brown Paper Tickets or by calling our box office at 973-744-9752.

Rapunzel Brings Fun for Montclair Familes

Looking for family friendly fun in Montclair, NJ? Look no further than Studio Players Production of Rapunzel.

Rapunzel

Adapted by Karen Boettcher-Tate

Directed by Beatriz Esteban-Messina

Well-known characters from the classic story mingle with delightful new characters to answer your long-asked questions: HOW did Rapunzel end up in the tower? WHY is the witch so protective of her? WHERE did the prince come from? WILL her parents like the prince? And most important of all, just WHAT the heck is a “Rapunzel”?

May 11, 12, 18, 19 / Tickets $10

Performances at 1:30 and 3:30

Tickets are $10 and can be ordered at Brown Paper Tickets or by calling our box office at 973-744-9752.

 

CAST

 

Paul Bettys 
Charlotte Bowe 
Joshua Crockett
Helen Exel 
Donna Fraissinet 
John Fraissinet
Rowan Iamble 
Amanda Jean
Caitlin Leon 
Heidi Lieb
Nikko Lieb 
Miranda Montalvo 
Jack Pignatello 
Natalie Smith

 

Hit Musical Comes to Montclair: Into the Woods

Into the Woods

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Book by James Lapine

Directed by Ben Liebert, Music Direction by Brian Michalowski

What happened to the simpler times when we were kids, before life got complicated and our
innocence was just a memory? In this new take on the Sondheim and Lapine classic musical,
that’s the question we’re looking to answer. Join the Librarian as she intertwines classic fairy tale characters to look at our childhood hopes and dreams and what happens when children listen.

November 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17 / Tickets: $25*

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

Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 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

Narrator – Susan Holtz

Cinderella/Rapunzel – Natasha Sydor

Jack/Steward – Kevin Ohlweiler

Baker – Kay Koch

Baker’s Wife – Lauren Taylor Berkman

Little Red/Stepmother – Krista Gonzalez

Cinderella’s Prince/Lucinda – Michael Smith-Gallo

Rapunzel’s Prince/Florinda – Adam Ziering

Jack’s Mother/Mysterious Man/Granny/Cinderella’s Father – Jessica Katz

Witch – E. Dale Smith-Gallo

Studio Players Seeks Directors for the 2019-2020 Season

Studio Players is currently seeking director applications for its 83rd season. Below is an application to apply. If you have any questions, please contact our Vice-President, Janet Sales at janetsales@comcast.net.

The deadline to apply is December 1, 2018.

Directors Application 2019.2020 season

Willy Wonka Sequel Hits the Studio Stage in Montclair

 

Don’t miss the sequel to Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory as Studio Players in Montclair presents a great show that’s fun for the whole family. We continue with our 82 season providing quality theatre at affordable prices right here in New Jersey.

Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator

Based on the book by Roald Dahl

Dramatized by Richard R. George

Directed by John Fraissinet

The adventure continues! In Roald Dahl’s sequel to “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, Willy Wonka and Charlie Bucket pick up the story right where it ended… in the sky in a Glass Elevator. Chaos ensues as astronauts, a pompous head-of-state, and even space aliens challenge the gang’s return to the Chocolate Factory. 

There will be Wonka bars for sale each show. One will even have a Golden Ticket inside. Check out our first Golden ticket winner posing with the cast.

 

Sept 29, 30, Oct 6, 7

Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 and 3:30/Tickets $10

Tickets are $10 and can be ordered at Brown Paper Tickets or by calling our box office at 973-744-9752.

CAST

Packy Anderson – Lincoln Boyes – Beatriz Esteban-Messina -Helen Exel Lisa Geerhart – Adam Gelles – Allyssa Hynes – Aaron Kellner – Russ Meyer – Denise Organisciak – Alexis Saarela – Victoria Scott – Claire Thornton Emma Thornton – Karen Thornton – Simon Thornton- Kieran Wells

The Guys: A Benefit Event

The Guys

By Anne Nelson

A Staged reading Supporting the 9/11 Fund

September 7 at 8:00 pm and September 9 at 3:00 pm

Tickets $20, Supporting Studio Players and 9/11 first responders https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3512574

How does a fire captain find the words to eulogize the men he lost on 9/11? Join us for a staged reading of the show critics called, “A courageous and riveting… play that tackles the horror of September 11th with an intimacy that’s both unsettling and healing.”

Featuring the talents of Robert Barwick and Claudia Budris. Directed by Bill O’Brien.