WP Presents

  • Russian String Orchestra*
    Oct 05, 2017 @ 12:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    From the King of Waltz to the King of Tango: The Music of Strauss and Piazzola 

    Founded in 1991, the orchestra, formerly known as Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, is comprised of some of Russia's finest young string players, and has carved a niche for itself under the creative baton of its founder and music director Misha Rachlevsky.

    *This performances is for schools only.  There is a 7:30pm performance for the public.
    Admission:  $10 General Admission
    Please call the University Performing Arts office at 973.720.3178 for ticket reservations and information.

    Russian String Orchestra


     

  • Russian String Orchestra
    Oct 05, 2017 @ 7:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    From the King of Waltz to the King of Tango: The Music of Strauss and Piazzola 

    Founded in 1991, the orchestra, formerly known as Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, is comprised of some of Russia's finest young string players, and has carved a niche for itself under the creative baton of its founder and music director Misha Rachlevsky.

    Admission:  $30.00 General Admission

    Russian String Orchestra


     

  • Food for Thought presents
    Guerrilla Girls On Tour

    Oct 06, 2017 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Guerrilla Girls On Tour presents 
    If You Can Stand the Heat: A History of Women and Food

    This new comedy is an energetic romp through humorous historical moments in the lives and works of world renowned master chef Julia Child, acclaimed food writer M.F.K. Fisher, and the grand dame of southern cooking Edna Lewis, with a focus on issues surrounding women and food such as body image, eating disorders, and global hunger. The result is a hilarious, flour-dusted, stage conversation meant to dissolve fears of food and encourage freedom of the fork. 

    Admission: $15.00 all seats

    Guerrilla Girls on Tour


     

  • Food for Thought presents
    Film and Discussion: The Gleaners and I

    Oct 10, 2017 @ 12:30 PM
    Location: Cheng Library Auditorium

    The Gleaners and I By Agnes Varda

    Considered one of the ten best documentary films ever made, The Gleaners & I, by Agnes Varda, a founding figure of the French New Wave, focuses on gleaning -- the practice of salvaging what is left in farm fields, markets and elsewhere. The film makes us rethink our connections to food, each other and even ourselves. This documentary will be presented by the design collective SPURSE, in conjunction with the WP Galleries exhibition Breaking Bread: Artists Explore Food Practices, featuring work from their new critically acclaimed book: The Eat Your Sidewalk Cookbook.

    Admission:  FREE


     

  • Food for Thought presents
    Cooking with the Stars: Charity and the Celebrity Cookbook

    Oct 17, 2017 @ 12:30 PM
    Location: Cheng Library Auditorium

    When fans purchase a celebrity charity cookbook what do they buy into?  What relationship between beloved stars and their fans do these cookbooks create? During the past century, the proliferation of charitable cookbooks that offer celebrities’ favorite recipes show the theme’s enduring popularity with readers. This talk, by Michigan State Professor Ann Folino White, explores the marketable combination of gustatory taste and theatrical stars to provide answers to these questions.

    “Actor-folk are delighted to have you know what they like to eat and how they cook it.”-Mabel Rowland, foreword to Celebrated Actor Folks’ Cookeries, 1916

    Admission:  FREE

    Ann Folino White


     

  • James D’Amico Productions presents
    The Hit Men

    Oct 20, 2017 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Legendary Performers with Frankie Valli, Carole King, Cat Stevens & More

    Relive the greatest years of rock-and-roll with The Hit Men - who sang and played with some of the best artists of our time. The Hit Men perform a Billboard Chart topping show of songs like “Who Loves You,” “Oh What a Night,” “Peace Train,” “Mony Mony,” and much more. During this exciting multi-media production, the band will take you behind the scenes with “insider” stories about what it was like on the road and in recording sessions with Frankie, Carly, Cat, Elton and others.

    Admission:  $45.00 Orchestra • $40.00 Loge • WP discounts apply

    The Hit Men


     

  • Food for Thought presents:
    We All Eat: Cuba

    Oct 25, 2017 @ 12:30 PM
    Location: University Commons Room 211

    When the Soviet Union fell, Cuba’s food system collapsed overnight. An isolated island nation had to feed its people and reinvent an entire food system. Cuba’s food system is a unique and fascinating story. Encompassing a sugar economy, a social contract between government and people, the emergence of agroecology and, most of all, the vibrant ingenuity central to the Cuban spirit.

    Admission:  $10.00 Lunch • WP Students FREE!

    This event will also take place at 7:30pm.


     

  • Food for Thought presents:
    We All Eat: Cuba

    Oct 25, 2017 @ 7:00 PM
    Location: University Commons Room 211

    When the Soviet Union fell, Cuba’s food system collapsed overnight. An isolated island nation had to feed its people and reinvent an entire food system. Cuba’s food system is a unique and fascinating story. Encompassing a sugar economy, a social contract between government and people, the emergence of agroecology and, most of all, the vibrant ingenuity central to the Cuban spirit.

    Admission:  $30.00 Dinner

    This event also takes place at 12:30pm.


     

  • ARTISTS 4 PEACE: Be The Change Tour
    Nov 02, 2017 @ 7:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    The Ganda Boys and Yael Deckelbaum with Kristen Hoffmann

    One United Movement, through music and enlightened words, sharing a universal message of non-violence

    On a mission for peace, The Ganda Boys deliver lively performances that both energize and connect fans through the power of love. Their music, as heard on “The Forgotten People,” addresses the unprecedented flow of over 60 million displaced people from troubled countries around the world. By their side is Yael Deckelbaum, an award-winning Israeli/Canadian singer-songwriter and activist (similar to Joan Baez), whose music carries a message of hope. Her song “Prayer of The Mothers” was the anthem for Women Wage Peace, a movement of Palestinian and Israeli women advocating for a two-state solution. They are joined by American singer-songwriter Kristin Hoffmann, in hopes of making the world a better place.

    Admission: Orchestra $25.00 • Loge $20.00

    The Ganda Boys
    Yael Deckelbaum
    Kristen Hoffmann


     

  • The 39th Annual Distinguished Lecturer Series
    An Evening with Artist and Designer Maya Lin

    Nov 03, 2017 @ 7:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    An Evening with Artist and Designer Maya Lin: 
    At the Intersection of Art and Architecture

    Winner of the National Medal of Arts, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, artist and designer Maya Lin interprets the natural world through history, politics, and culture, creating a body of work that balances art and architecture. Lin’s installations, such as the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, become a part of the land, merging physical and psychological environments and presenting a new way of seeing the world around us.

    Admission: $28.00 General Admission

    Maya Lin


     

  • Food for Thought presents:
    Hunt for Wild Foods
    with Naturalist-Author “Wildman” Steve Brill

    Nov 04, 2017 @ 1:00 PM
    Location: Meet in the Lobby of Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Hunt for Wild Foods with Naturalist-Author “Wildman” Steve Brill, America’s Go-To Guy for Foraging

    Take a walk on the “wild side” as “Wildman” Steve Brill leads a tour on the grounds of William Paterson University, hunting for edibles and medicinal wild plants and mushrooms. Learn about and enjoy the commonly overlooked, palatable plants and mushrooms that can be found in your own backyard.

    Note: Please bring plastic and paper bags for plants and mushrooms, a digging implement for roots (optional), and containers for fruit and berries. Comfortable attire is recommended. The event will take place rain or shine.

    Admission: $10.00 (tickets needed for walk)

    "Wildman" Steve Brill


     

  • The Telling Project
    Nov 07, 2017 @ 12:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    The Telling Project is a national performing arts non-profit that employs theater to deepen our understanding of the military and veterans’ experience. Greater understanding fosters receptivity, easing veterans’ transitions back to civil society, and allowing communities to benefit from the skills and experience they bring with them. This theater performance highlights the personal stories of those who served, told by the veterans themselves.

    Special thanks to the Acton Family Fund for their generous support.

    Admission: Adults $15.00 •  Students $10.00 • Veterans and WP Students admitted FREE

    There is an additional performance of this show on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017 at 7:30pm.

    The Telling Project


     

  • Food for Thought presents:
    A Talk with Food Writer and Chef Ruth Reichl

    Nov 09, 2017 @ 7:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    A Talk with Food Writer and Chef Ruth Reichl: 
    Protect What We Eat: How to Fix America’s Great Food Failure

    Six-time James Beard award recipient, bestselling author, food critic, and judge on Bravo’s Top Chef Masters, Ruth Reichl is one of the most recognizable and beloved culinary voices. The Seattle Times called her “one of the nation’s most influential figures in the food world.” This talk will address how we have become a nation of foodies, and discuss the future and safety of our food.

    Admission: $25.00 General Admission

    Ruth Reichl


     

  • The Telling Project
    Nov 10, 2017 @ 7:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    The Telling Project is a national performing arts non-profit that employs theater to deepen our understanding of the military and veterans’ experience. Greater understanding fosters receptivity, easing veterans’ transitions back to civil society, and allowing communities to benefit from the skills and experience they bring with them. This theater performance highlights the personal stories of those who served, told by the veterans themselves.

    Special thanks to the Acton Family Fund for their generous support.

    Admission: Adults $15.00 •  Students $10.00 • Veterans and WP Students admitted FREE

    There is an additional performance of this show on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 12:30pm.

    The Telling Project


     

  • The Ivy League of Comedy
    Nov 11, 2017 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    The Ivy League of Comedy 
    Starring Karen Bergreen, Scott Blakeman, and Wali Collins

    Come see comedy students from William Paterson University perform alongside pro comedians from The Ivy League of Comedy! The Ivy League of Comedy is the premier group of stand-up comedians touring America. Known for their elite brand of clever comedy, you have heard their brilliant comedic voices on late-night TV and Comedy Central. Now is your chance to see them live on stage!

    Admission: $20.00 Orchestra • $15.00 Loge

    Karen Bergreen
    Scott Blakeman
    Wali Collins
    Ivy League of Comedy


     

  • The Moscow Ballet presents
    The Great Russian Nutcracker

    Nov 30, 2017 @ 7:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    25th Anniversary Season

    See the one and only Moscow Ballet’s The Great Russian Nutcracker when it returns to the Shea Center for the 25th anniversary season tour. All ages are invited to celebrate the magic of the holidays with Moscow Ballet’s exquisite Russian dancers, gorgeous costumes, and spectacular scenic design created by Carl Sprague (concept designer of the Oscar-winning film La La Land).  The Great Russian Nutcracker is an American holiday tradition not to be missed.

    Admission: $65.00 Gold Circle •  $55.00 Rear Orchestra/Front Loge • $45.00 Rear Loge
    Premium packages are available by calling the box office.

    The Great Russian Nutcracker


     

  • Glen Burtnik’s The Summer of Love Concert
    Dec 02, 2017 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the “Summer of Love” 1967 & Christmas

    The Summer of Love Concert makes its return to the Shea Center, recreating the songs and psychedelically-flavored spirit of the Woodstock generation. Join us as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the “Summer of Love” 1967 with all your favorite music by The Doors, The Beatles, Joplin, Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane, Joe Cocker, Otis Redding, and more! The concert will give a nod to the holiday season with music from Phil Spector’s iconic Christmas album.

    Admission: Orchestra $38.00 •  Loge $33.00

    Summer Of Love Concert


     

  • Theater for Children with Autism
    Theatreworks USA presents
    Junie B Jones

    Dec 04, 2017 @ 10:30 AM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Theatreworks USA presents
    Junie B Jones
    By Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich

    Adapted from the Junie B. Jones series of books by Barbara Park, everyone’s favorite first-grader is back in the “bestest musical ever” with more singing, dancing and mischief!

    Admission: $8.00 General Admission

    Please note:  This performance is only open to classes and families with children with autism.  Please call the University Performing Arts office at 973.720.3178 for ticket reservations and information.

    Theatreworks USA


     

  • A Literature to Life® stage presentation of
    The Giver

    Dec 06, 2017 @ 10:30 AM
    Location:

    A Literature to Life® stage presentation of
    The Giver
    By Lois Lowry
    Performed by Aurea Tomeski
    Adapted and Directed by Elise Thoron
    A Program Of Young Audiences, New York

    This Newbery-Award winning, best-selling book for young readers has become the gold standard for the genre. Told with deceptive simplicity, this is the provocative story of Jonas, a boy who experiences something incredible and undertakes something impossible. In the telling, audiences question every value that they have taken for granted and reexamine their most deeply held beliefs. This sixty minute solo-performance focuses on the relationship between the young Jonas and his mentor, The Giver.  

    Admission: $10.00 General Admission

    Please call the University Performing Arts office at 973.720.3178 for ticket reservations and information.

    Literature to Life


     

  • The Doo Wop Project
    Dec 08, 2017 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Jersey Boys and Motown the Musical may have closed on Broadway, but you can still the catch the former stars of those shows onstage at the Shea Center. The Doo Wop Project brings unparalleled authenticity of sound and vocal excellence to recreate some of the greatest music in American pop and rock history. From Bop to Pop, you will journey through the evolution of music from groups like the Crests, Belmonts, and Flamingos, through Smokey Robinson, the Temptations, and the Four Seasons, all the way to Michael Jackson and Amy Winehouse.

    Admission: Orchestra $33.00 • Loge $27.00

    The Doo Wop Project


     

  • Child’s Play Touring Theatre presents
    The Christmas That Almost Wasn’t

    Dec 10, 2017 @ 2:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    The Christmas season is magical. For those behind the sparkle of Christmas, the planning is not so easy. This delightful presentation is a special behind-the-scenes peek at the hustle and bustle and near disasters of Christmas preparations at the North Pole. These stories are written by children and brought to life on stage by Child’s Play Touring Theatre professional artists.

    Admission:  Adults $17.00 • Children $13.00

    Pre-show creative activities begin at 1:00 p.m.
    Appropriate for all ages!

    Child's Play Touring Theatre


     

  • James D’Amico Productions presents
    Get The Led Out
    The American Led Zeppelin

    Dec 16, 2017 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    From the bombastic and epic, to the folky and mystical, Get The Led Out captures the essence of Led Zeppelin music. The band focuses on the early years and deeper cuts of “The Mighty Zep” with a passion and fury that makes a truly awe-inspiring performance. No wigs or fake English accents, the band simply delivers an honest, heart-thumping Zeppelin concert!

    Admission: $45.00 Orchestra • $40.00 Loge

    Get The Led Out

    GTLO 1 from GTLO Productions on Vimeo.


     

  • Food for Thought presents
    Jen Chapin Band

    Feb 23, 2018 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Jen Chapin's music reflects a diversity of experience, and an ongoing passion to learn more about the world, and its emerging pathways to greater social justice.

    Her selections will reflect her activism and involvement with global access to food.

    Admission:  $25.00

    Jen Chapin


     

About WP Presents!

WP Presents! strives to bring to campus high caliber touring artists across a range of disciplines including acoustic and world music, contemporary folk music, theatre, dance, family programming and other eclectic fare. The series is built on a foundation of excellence and continuously seeks innovative programming to serve the campus, and the community.

A multitude of artists including David Crosby, Lucinda Williams, DMC, Los Lonely Boys, The Last Poets, Dar Williams, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Roy Haynes, Wynton Marsalis, Johnny Ventura, The Fab Faux and Dark Star Orchestra have graced our stage. We have presented works from national theatre tours of Aquila Theatre Company, American Place Theatre, El Repertorio Espanol, Vital Theatre, and the National Theatre of the Deaf. Family Performances have included participation in New Jersey Theatre Alliance's Stages Festival, and sensory friendly productions presented by Theatreworks USA, as part of our Theater for Children with Autism series. Many of our visiting artists conduct educational outreach programs, for both the community at large and the University.

The events are made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

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