VERY VERY Shakespeare Rock Show Concert Set for 12/9 at Union County Performing Arts Center

VERY VERY Shakespeare Rock Show Concert Set for 12/9 at Union County Performing Arts CenterThe American Theater Group will present a one-night only concert performance featuring songs from VERY VERY, the brand new electric adaptation of Shakespeare's classic comedy "As You Like It" reimagined as a contemporary rock concert on December 9, 2013 at 8:00 pm at Union County Performing Arts Center's Hamilton Stage. Acting Company Alum, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey Artistic Associate, and current Artistic Director of National Players with The Olney Theatre Center, Jason King Jones, will direct.

"We're so thrilled to shepherd this innovative new work onto its next stage of development," says American Theatre Group Co-Artistic Director Rick Sordelet. "This show is the brainchild of a trio of immensely talented professional classical theatre artists and musicians whose work we can't wait to share with our audience."

VERY VERY, which received two acclaimed, sold out industry concert readings earlier this year at the legendary Gibson-Baldwin Showroom in Manhattan, captures the story of Rosalind and Orlando, two young lovers who flee the tyranny of home to find themselves in a sexually charged and confusingly passionate exile. VERY VERY features over 20 original high-octane songs, reverentially ripped from Shakespeare's text and meticulously set to various styles of modern rock and pop by Zac Lasher of the seminal progressive rock band U-Melt and indie rocker, seasoned alum of The Acting Company and The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Jay Leibowitz.

The December 9, 2013 VERY VERY concert reading will feature the talents of Anna Ty Bergman (Red Hot Broadway), Jordan Coughtry (Twelfth Night at Westport Country Playhouse), Blake Pfeil (Man of La Mancha at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey), Dani Marcus (Jane Austen's Emma at The Old Globe), Cedric Lamar (Rock Act 'The Life and Times Of' and Acting Company alum), Roger Weisman, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey favorites James Michael Reilly, Katie Fabel, Andy Paterson, and Susan Elizabeth Maris, guitarist Vin Stanton, bassist Dan McNaney, drummer Sparkie Sandler, and U-Melt guitarist Kevin Griffin.

AMERICAN THEATER GROUP (Co-Artistic Producing Directors, James Vagias, Rick Sordelet, Joseph Mancuso) recently produced the hilarious world premier of 'Bubble Boy the Musical'. ATG produces new and classic works by American Playwrights with an emphasis on the development of new works and the rediscovery of neglected older ones. American Theater Group's home is the intimate new 199-seat Hamilton Stage at 360 Hamilton Street in Rahway New Jersey. Hamilton Stage is governed and operated by the Union County Performing Arts Center.

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