It’s Only a Play: A Great Comedy to Beat the January Blues

It’s Only a Play
By Terrence McNally
Directed by Peyton Thomas

It’s the opening night of the play The Golden Egg on Broadway, and the wealthy producer is throwing a lavish party in her Manhattan townhouse. Downstairs the celebrities are pouring in, but the real action is upstairs in the bedroom, where a group of insiders have staked themselves out to await the reviews. The result? A hilarious combination of narcissism, ambition, childishness, and just plain irrationality that infuse this glimpse behind the scenes.

January 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25

Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8:00 pm
Sundays at 3:00 pm

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

Troy Hall- Frank Finger
Kevin Ohlweiler- Gus P Head
Chad Anthony Miller- James Wicker
Bill Barry- Ira Drew
Ted Cancila- Peter Austin
Stephanie Thomas- Virginia Noyes
Faith Blasi- Julia Budder

The Vagina Monologues

The Studio Players and VDay Montclair are pleased to announce a charity benefit production of The Vagina Monologues.  Auditions will take place on January 12th and 13th, from 7-9pm, with performances on February 28th and 29th at 8:00pm.

Tickets can be purchased via Brown Paper Tickets

You can contact V-Day Montclair at their website if you would like more information, would like to sponsor, or would like to donate.

WHAT IS VDAY?

In 1994, a play called The Vagina Monologues, written by playwright and activist Eve Ensler, broke ground, offering to the world a piece of art like nothing it had seen before. Based on dozens of interviews Ensler conducted with women, the play addressed women’s sexuality and the social stigma surrounding rape and abuse, creating a new conversation about and with women. The Vagina Monologues ran Off-Broadway for five years in New York and then toured the United States.

On Valentines Day, 1998, Eve, with a group of women in New York City, established V-Day. Set up as a 501(c)(3) and originally staffed by volunteers, the organization’s seed money came from a star-studded, sold out benefit performance at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York, a show that raised $250,000 in a single evening.

V-Day’s mission is simple. It demands that violence against women and girls must end. To do this, once a year, in February, Eve allows groups around the world to produce a performance of the play, as well as other works created by V-Day, and use the proceeds for local individual projects and programs that work to end violence against women and girls, often shelters and rape crisis centers.

VDAY MONTCLAIR 2020: S.O.F.I.A.

Proceeds from our 2020 Performance will be donated to Start Out Fresh Intervention Advocates (fondly referred to as S.O.F.I.A.). S.O.F.I.A. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides advocacy, supportive services and referrals for temporary housing to “at risk” women and children of domestic violence. 

S.O.F.I.A.’s mission is to provide domestic violence victims and survivors with assistance and encourage them to be positive, self-sufficient and successful. Through the S.O.F.I.A. Success Center, we offer a variety of free workshops and programming to help the process of emotional healing and financial independence. To learn more about the many services and programs S.O.F.I.A offers to the community, please visit their website.

 

 

 

Celebrate the Season With Madeline

 

Madeline’s Christmas
Book and Lyrics by Jennifer Kirkeby, Music by Shirley Mier
Based on the book by Ludwig Bemelmans
Directed by Beatriz Esteban-Messina

In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines lived 12 little girls in two straight lines.” So begins this delightful story of Madeline’s Christmas! The day begins like any other day. Miss Clavel takes the 12 little girls on their morning walk. They go to the zoo and then back to school for their French history lesson. Suddenly disaster strikes when everyone gets the flu! Everyone that is, except for the ever resilient Madeline. Saddened that they may not be able to go home for Christmas, the girls and Miss Clavel take to their beds. But on Christmas Eve, the adventure begins when there is a knock at the front door.

December 7, 8, 14, 15
Performances at 1:30 and 3:30

Tickets are $12 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

Madeline – Natalie Ewing

Miss Clavel – Kristie McClain

Harsha – John Fraissinet

Mrs. Murphy – Theresa Fierro

Madame Brun – Donna Fraissinet

Juliette – Charlotte Bowe

Anne – Miranda Montalvo

Dominique – Eliana Richardson

Camille – Ernestina Fierro

Isabelle – Paige Byers

Mary – Bayley Byers

Daphne – Sophie Chen

Simone – Christa Carliff

Superior Donuts: Don’t miss this award winning show

Superior Donuts
By Tracy Letts
Directed By: Amy Fox

Set in modern-day Chicago, Superior Donuts depicts the unlikely friendship between a down-and-out donut shop owner and his enthusiastic employee, who also happens to be an aspiring author with a serious gambling problem. Franco, the young writer, wants to update the old shop with healthy choices, music, and friendlier service. However, Arthur, the shop owner, wants to remain set in his ways.

October 25, 26, 27, 31, November 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9

Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8:00 pm
Sundays at 3:00 pm

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
Brett Lowell
Judy Casey Wilson
Lonzell Wilson
Ann Grippo
Bill Barry
Derek Simmons
Bill O’Brien
Ken Douglass
Noah Lewis

Complete Games Makes Its Debut at Studio Players

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

 

The Receptionist Opens the 2019-2020 Season

Looking for a great way to start off the fall? Look no further than Studio Player’s production of The Receptionist.  

The Receptionist
By Adam Bock
Directed by Michael Smith-Gallo

At the start of a typical day in the Northeast Office, Beverly deals effortlessly with ringing phones and her colleague’s romantic troubles. But the appearance of a charming rep from the Central Office disrupts the friendly routine. As the true nature of the company’s business becomes apparent, The Receptionist is The Office meets Black Mirror, and raises disquieting, provocative questions about the consequences of complicity with evil.

September 12, 13, 14 at 8:00
September 14 and 15 at 3:00

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
Michelle Ayala
Debbie Campanali
Kevin Vislocky
Michael Gencarelli

Studio Playhouse Garners 2019 Perry Award Nominations

Studio Players received three Perry Award nominations this year from NJACT. According to the NJACT website

The NJACT Perry Awards are given for outstanding achievements in New Jersey Community Theater. At the beginning of each season, NJACT Member Theaters submit their shows for award consideration. Two NJACT Reviewers attend each production, evaluate all on-stage aspects of the performance, and provide separate numerical scores for over 50 different criteria across 10 different review categories. More than 200 shows produced by theater companies around the state are submitted each year, which require over 400 reviews by trained NJACT volunteers.

The awards ceremony will take place in September at the Union County Performing Arts Center. Congratulations to all of our nominees and the cast and crew who supported them.

Into the Woods

Judi Liebert- Outstanding Stage Management of a Musical

Ben Liebert-Outstanding Sound Design of a Musical

The Boys in the Band

Alicia Hayes- Outstanding Stage Management of a Play

The Receptionist and Complete Game Kick Off our 2019-2020 season

The Receptionist
By Adam Bock
Directed by Michael Smith-Gallo

At the start of a typical day in the Northeast Office, Beverly deals effortlessly with ringing phones and her colleague’s romantic troubles. But the appearance of a charming rep from the Central Office disrupts the friendly routine. As the true nature of the company’s business becomes apparent, The Receptionist is The Office meets Black Mirror, and raises disquieting, provocative questions about the consequences of complicity with evil.

September 12, 13, 14 at 8:00
September 14 and 15 at 3:00

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
Michelle Ayala
Debbie Campanali
Kevin Vislocky
Michael Gencarelli

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

 

The Receptionist: Comedy and Intrigue Come to Studio

The Receptionist
By Adam Bock
Directed by Michael Smith-Gallo

At the start of a typical day in the Northeast Office, Beverly deals effortlessly with ringing phones and her colleague’s romantic troubles. But the appearance of a charming rep from the Central Office disrupts the friendly routine. As the true nature of the company’s business becomes apparent, The Receptionist is The Office meets Black Mirror, and raises disquieting, provocative questions about the consequences of complicity with evil.

September 12, 13, 14 at 8:00
September 14 and 15 at 3:00

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
Michelle Ayala
Debbie Campanali
Kevin Vislocky
Michael Gencarelli

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