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Exquisite Potential

New Jersey Playwrights Contest presents

Staged Readings of the Finalists from the
Eleventh Annual NJPC - Play Series

February 4-6, 2014
All performances at 7:00 pm,
Hunziker Black Box Theatre


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Comedies and dramas, one-acts and full-lengths…Oh my!...Get a peek at the works of three up-and-coming New Jersey playwrights as you enjoy staged readings of the finalists from the Eleventh Annual NJPC - Play Series. Each evening is a different play - come to one or all three (they’re FREE!). Stay after the performance to meet the author and provide valuable feedback to the judges. The winning author will have a full production of his/her play in December 2014.

Mother Eve's

New Jersey Playwrights Contest presents

Staged Readings of the Finalists from the
Eleventh Annual NJPC - Musical Series

February 11-13, 2014
All performances at 7:00 pm,
Hunziker Black Box Theatre


FREE Admission


Get your toes tapping and fingers snapping as you enjoy staged readings of three NEW musicals from up-and-coming composers, lyricists and book writers. The three finalists from the NJPC Musical Series will each get one chance to wow the audience – come to one or all three (they’re FREE!). Stay after the performance to meet the author(s) and provide valuable feedback to the judges. The winning musical will receive a full production in June 2015.

Doktor Kaboom

Doktor Kaboom! Lookout! Science is Coming!

Saturday, February 22, 2014, 2:00 pm
Pre-show activities begin at 1:15 p.m.

Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: Adults $12 • Children $10


In a one-man interactive variety show, Doktor Kaboom keeps crowds riveted with interest and rolling with laughter while creatively blending theatre arts with the wonders of scientific exploration. Join Doktor Kaboom for a sidesplitting journey of spectacular science experiments designed to engage, excite, educate and entertain.



Doktor Kaboom!


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Ellis Island

American Family Theater presents

Ellis Island: Gateway to a Dream

Monday, February 24, 2014, 10:00 am

Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: General Admission $8 • There will be no discounts for this performance.
Appropriate for grades K-8.
Please call the University Performing Arts office at 973.720.3178 for ticket reservations and information.


Ellis Island is a high-spirited musical celebrating the multi-cultural threads woven together in our nation’s history and educates students on how a new generation of immigrants redefined the American dream. This fully staged musical is the perfect supplement to immigration classroom studies.

American Family Theater


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Alex Bad Day

New Jersey Theatre Alliance’s The Stages Festival presents

Surflight Theatre’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Book & Lyrics by Judith Viorst • Music by Shelly Markham

Saturday, March 8, 2014, 2:00 pm
Pre-show activities begin at 1:15 p.m.
Appropriate for Grades K - 5

Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: Free admission for children • Adults $12


?Alexander is having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day from the minute he wakes right on through the time he goes to school. Alexander’s struggles with life’s daily dramas will not only entertain but educate young audiences as they identify with Alexander and the obstacles he encounters, encouraging them to share their feelings when problems arise.

Surflight-to-go
NJ Theatre Alliance The Stages Festival


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Seussical

Theater for Children with Autism

Theatreworks USA presents

Seussical

Friday, March 28, 2014, 10:00 am

Shea Center for Performing Arts

General Admission: General Admission $8 • There will be no discounts for this performance.


Seussical is a whimsical literary explosion of some of Dr. Seuss’ most beloved characters. This sensory-friendly musical is adapted exclusively and specifically for children on the autism spectrum.

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


Henry & Mudge

Theatreworks USA presents

Henry and Mudge
Based on the books by Cynthia Rylant

Sunday, March 30, 2014, 2:00 pm

Shea Center for Performing Arts

General Admission: Adults $12 • Children $10
Appropriate for grades Pre-K-5


After moving from the big city to the country, Henry has difficulty meeting new friends in his neighborhood. Luckily, he has Mudge, his canine companion. This fun-loving pair navigates through unchartered territory, while learning invaluable lessons on loyalty, responsibility and devotion.

TheatreWorks USA


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Tim Hadler

Lonesome Highway – Hank Williams in Song and Story
Starring Tim Hadler

Saturday, April 5, 2014, 8:00 pm

Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: Orchestra $20 • Loge $15


Hank Williams is regarded as the father of contemporary country music. This two-act play, Lonesome Highway – Hank Williams in Song and Story, is a head-bobbing, toe-tapping biographical musical that follows Williams’ life from his humble beginnings in Alabama to his triumphs on the Grand Ole Opry to his unfortunate self-destruction at twenty-nine. Come and take a ride on Hank Williams’ Lonesome Highway!

Tim Hadler


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The Ugly Duckling

Lightwire Theater & Corbian Visual Arts and Dance presents

The Ugly Duckling (As seen on America’s Got Talent!)

Sunday, April 27, 2014, 2:00 pm

Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: Adults $15 • Children $12


Hans Christian Anderson’s classic tale, The Ugly Duckling, illuminates the stage with spectacular glow in the dark electro-luminescent wire puppetry that is a treat for children and adults alike. Incorporating fluid choreography against classical, jazz, and pop music, this hour-long production is described by Broadway.com as “an eye-popping display of storytelling that’s like nothing else you’ve ever seen.”



Lightwire Theater


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Food, the musical

New Jersey Playwrights Contest presents

Winner of the Tenth Annual NJPC - Musical Series

Food, the musical
Book and Lyrics by Donna Kaz
Music by Gerald Stockstill
Directed by Edward Matthews

June 12-14, 19-21, 26-28, 2014 at 7:00 pm
June 15, 22, & 29, 2013 at 3:00 pm
Hunziker Black Box Theatre


Admission: $25.00 General Public • $18.00 WPUNJ Community and Senior Citizens • $10.00 Students
Press Opening on June 12 - all tickets $10.00
Meet the author session follows the Sun. 6/15/14 matinee.


FOOD, THE MUSICAL, is a culinary feast of song and comedy featuring 5 short musicals all about food. The Costco Contessa tapes her own TV show, unveiling her secrets to making delicious meals from bulk ingredients. A man convicted of aggravated assault learns how to make a soufflé as part of his anger management class. And breakfast in the Ethel Merman home is a lot more than Ernest Borgnine bargained for during their 32-day marriage. Songs about suppertime, soup, and celebrity chefs provide tasty morsels in between each of the short musicals. Come and satiate your appetite for entertainment!



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