New Jersey Theatre Alliance Presents Four Special Free Theatre Events In This Month

New Jersey Theatre Alliance Presents Four Special Free Theatre Events In This MonthNew Jersey Theatre Alliance ("the Alliance") is thrilled to present four unique FREE theatre events in March as part of the 21st annual Stages Festival, the state's largest festival of theatre.

Popular Culture and the American Theatre: The public is invited to a free panel discussion and Q&A on Tuesday, March 20th at 7:00 p.m. at The Lewis Center for the Arts, 185 Nassau Street in Princeton. Leadership from the state's top professional theatres will explore the tension and the harmony between theatre and pop culture: John Dias, Artistic Director at Two River Theater; Ryanne Domingues, Artistic Director at Passage Theatre; Bonnie Monte, Artistic Director at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey; and Todd Schmidt, Managing Director of Paper Mill Playhouse. Paula Alekson, Artistic Engagement Manager at McCarter Theatre Center will moderate, and there will be a post-discussion reception with the panelists. RSVP at bit.ly/PopCultureStagesRSVP.

Healing Voices OnStage: Caregiver Stories: The public is invited to this free script-in-hand performance on Friday, March 23rd at 7:00 p.m. at the Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum at 6 Normandy Heights Road in Morristown. Family and professional caregivers-and patients receiving care-submitted prose, poetry, and dramatic monologues about the caregiving experience. The artists at Writers Theatre of New Jersey and Premiere Stages of Kean University worked with the writers to craft dramatic pieces for stage. This is the third year for the project, and it never fails to touch your heartstrings. Made possible in part by Atlantic Health. RSVP at bit.ly/Caregivers2018RSVP.

Diner Theatre: This pop-up theatre experience in a diner is back by popular demand after a successful pilot event last year. On Tuesday, March 27th at 8:00 p.m., the Broadway Diner at 55 River Road in Summit will host the event, which is free with purchase of food. Diners can order from the menu and enjoy their food while they witness several pop-up theatrical scenes performed by professional actors cleverly disguised as fellow diners. Seats are extremely limited. RSVP at bit.ly/dinertheatreRSVP. The Alliance will respond with confirmation.

Radio Play about Puerto Rico: The whole family will enjoy this sci-fi historical radio drama about twelve-year-old twins Alexa and Beni, ordinary kids from Elizabeth, NJ, who must travel through an inter-dimensional portal and preserve Puerto Rico's lost history. Saturday, March 31st, at 2:00 p.m. in Centennial Hall at the main branch of the Newark Public Library, 5 Washington Street. Free; no reservations necessary.

These events are part of The Stages Festival, a statewide, month-long festival of theatre offering over 90 theatre performances and programs for children and adults free of charge or at significantly discounted rates. Events will take place at theatres, arts centers, libraries, schools, and other community venues throughout the state during the month of March. For a full listing of events, program details, and registration information visit stagesfestival.org.

Founded in 1981, New Jersey Theatre Alliance was the first statewide service organization for professional, not-for-profit theatre companies in the United States, and is now a leader in developing model programs that foster collaboration, cooperation, and audience development. The Stages Festival is a project of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and New Jersey Theatre Alliance. Major funding is also provided by Bank of America, The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, and PSEG Foundation. Additional support is provided by individuals, corporations, and foundations such as The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, F.M. Kirby Foundation, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Fund for the New Jersey Blind, and George A. Ohl, Jr. Trust.



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