Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey Presents ARMS AND THE MAN, Begins 7/7
The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey continues its summer season with George Bernard Shaw's comedy Arms and the Man. Arms and the Man begins performances on July 7 and continues through August 1. For tickets or more information, call the box office at 973-408-5600 or visit www.ShakespeareNJ.org. Discount 4 and 5-play ticket packages are also available. Associate Artistic Director Joe Discher directs.
Shaw's 1894 comedic "confection" remains one of the world's most beloved plays. The story's hero, the sensible and war-weary "chocolate cream soldier," is the catalyst for a hilarious and, in Shaw's own words, "delightful firecracker of a play" which explodes the romantic notions of love, war and heroic sentiment.
With the opening of Arms and the Man, Shaw was recognized as a great wit and the play became his first commercial success. A prolific playwright, Shaw went on to write a number of witty and pithy social comedies including Candida, Misalliance, Pygmalion, Major Barbara and Mrs. Warren's Profession.
Nisi Sturgis plays Raina, the heroine of Shaw's comedy. Sturgis last appeared at The Shakespeare Theatre as Stella in the acclaimed 2008 production of A Streetcar Named Desire. Sturgis also appeared in the Theatre's production of Pride and Prejudice directed by Bonnie J. Monte and has appeared at prestigious theatres nationwide. On Broadway, she appeared in the hit comedy The 39 Steps. This fall, she can be seen in Martin Scorcese's new HBO series Boardwalk Empire.
Shakespeare Theatre veteran Sean Mahan plays Bluntschli, the distinguished soldier who carries chocolates rather than bullets. Mahan was last seen at the Theatre in The Time of Your Life. He also appeared in Pride and Prejudice and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. He has also appeared at Alabama Shakespeare Festival and Indiana Repertory and in the HBO mini-series John Adams.
Anthony Marble plays Raina's flirtatious fiancé, Sergius. Marble appeared at The Shakespeare Theatre in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead and has appeared at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The Actor's Theatre of Louisville and The Alabama Shakespeare Festival.
Raina's father, the high ranking Major Petkoff, is played by Bill Christ who most recently appeared at The Shakespeare Theatre in last season's The Tempest on the Outdoor Stage. He has appeared on Broadway in The Miracle Worker and Inherit the Wind.
Anne-Marie Cusson plays Catherine, Raina's mother. Cusson has appeared at The GeVa Theatre, and Alabama Shakespeare Festival and is making her Shakespeare Theatre debut in this production.
Rounding out the cast are Ames Adamson as Nicola, the family servant; Helen Farmer as Louka, the servant girl; and Jason Edward Bobb as the Russian officer. Adamson returns to The Shakespeare Theatre for his 8th season having appeared in Hamlet, King Lear, A Christmas Carol and Henry V among many others.
Director Joe Discher is celebrating his 20th Anniversary season with The Shakespeare Theatre where he serves as the Associate Artistic Director. His Shakespeare Theatre directing credits include The Grapes of Wrath, Amadeus, The Play's the Thing, Cymbeline, Life of Galileo, Of Mice and Men, A Midwinter Night's Dream, The Fantasticks, and Twelfth Night on the Main Stage as well as The Tempest and That Scoundrel Scapin on the Outdoor Stage. In 2006 he directed Julius Caesar for The Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis, which broke attendance records, playing to 50,000 in three weeks. He sings professionally at St. Cassian Church in Upper Montclair, and is an alumnus of Drew University.
The Artistic Staff
Creating the world of Arms and the Man are set designer Charles Calvert, lighting designer Matthew Adelson, and costume designer Emily Pepper. Christine Whelan serves as production stage manager.
Full price single tickets for Arms and the Man are now on sale and range in price from $31 to $54 depending on performance day and time. Single ticket prices include a $2 facility fee not subject to discount. For tickets, call the box office at 973-408-5600, visit www.ShakespeareNJ.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Save with Discount Ticket Packages
Five-play and 4-play choose-your-own discount ticket packages are now on sale. The discount ticket packages feature up to 40% percent savings off the cost of regular tickets, the best seats to all Main Stage productions; free, easy and unlimited ticket exchanges should schedules change; discounts on additional tickets; and the convenience of having tickets in hand and dates scheduled in advance. Choose-your-own 5-play and 4-play ticket packages start at $80. Call The Shakespeare Theatre Box Office at 973-408-5600. Call the box office at 973-408-5600. Look for more information at www.ShakespeareNJ.org.
Preview performances for Arms and the Man are Wednesday, July 7 at 7:30 p.m; Thursday and Friday, July 8 and 9 at 8:00 p.m., and Saturday, July 10 at 2 p.m. These Preview performances offer opportunities for reduced-priced tickets while enjoying the excitement of the very first performances in front of an audience. As always, the first Preview performance is Pay What You Wish night. Visit The Shakespeare Theatre Box Office between noon and curtain on June 2 and name your own admission price for that evening's 7:30 preview performance (regularly $31 to $34, offer subject to availability).