WP Presents Series

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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  • The State Ballet Theatre of Russia presents
    Swan Lake

    Feb 07, 2018 @ 7:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Swan Lake
    Music By Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov

    Founded by legendary dancer and former Prima Ballerina of The Bolshoi Theater Ballet, Maya Plissetskaya, The State Ballet Theatre of Russia, now under the direction of award-winning dancer and Moiseyev dance company soloist Nikolay Anokhin, presents one of the greatest classical ballets of all time. This full-scale production, set to the music of Tchaikovsky and based on Russian folklore and German legend, follows a heroic young prince as he works to free the beautiful swan maiden from an evil spell. The State Ballet Theatere of Russia presents 50 of Russia’s brightest ballet stars to bring this romantic tale of true love to glorious life!  

    Admission: Gold Circle $65.00 •  Rear Orchestra $55.00 • Loge $45 .00 • Rear Loge $35.00


     

  • The Inner City Ensemble presents
    Where Have You Gone, Trayvon?

    Feb 15, 2018 @ 12:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    The Inner City Ensemble presents
    Where Have You Gone, Trayvon?
    Directed by Nicholas Rodriguez

    Where Have You Gone, Trayvon? examines perceptions of policing in America using original text, a contemporary dance vocabulary with elements of hip-hop, and an original music score. The Inner City Ensemble creates a vibrant urban landscape using the arts to begin a dialog on law enforcement and race relations. 

    Admission: $10.00 General Admission •  Free for WP students
    This performance is only open to local schools and WP students.
    For school reservations, please call 973.720.3178.

    Inner City Ensemble on Facebook


     

  • The Inner City Ensemble presents
    Where Have You Gone, Trayvon?

    Feb 15, 2018 @ 7:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    The Inner City Ensemble presents
    Where Have You Gone, Trayvon?
    Directed by Nicholas Rodriguez

    Where Have You Gone, Trayvon? examines perceptions of policing in America using original text, a contemporary dance vocabulary with elements of hip-hop, and an original music score. The Inner City Ensemble creates a vibrant urban landscape using the arts to begin a dialog on law enforcement and race relations. 

    Admission: $10.00 General Admission •  Free for WP students

    Inner City Ensemble on Facebook


     

  • Food for Thought presents
    Jen Chapin Trio

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

    Jen Chapin has been celebrated for "brilliantly soulfully poetic urban folk music" (NPR) that? "brings a jazzy edge to the folk form" (The New Yorker). Chapin's? music reflects her musical upbringing and a lifetime of passionate activism, through ongoing work with WhyHunger (founded by her late father Harry Chapin), and other food justice groups.

    Admission:  $25.00

    Jen Chapin


     

  • The 39th Distinguished Lecturer Series,
    in conjunction with Food for Thought, presents
    An Evening with American Chef & Farm-to-Table Activist
    Alice Waters

    Mar 02, 2018 @ 7:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Chatham, NJ native Alice Waters is internationally recognized as the pioneer of a farm-to-table movement that advocates for organic, sustainable, and locally sourced food for everyone. Waters’ restaurant, Chez Panisse, is ranked among the “World’s 50 Best Restaurants,” and her commitment to finding the highest-quality ingredients has created a network of farmers and purveyors dedicated to viable agriculture. Waters has authored ten books, including her memoir Coming to My Senses, which will be available for purchase.

    Book signing immediately follows lecture. 

    Admission:  $28.00 General Admission

    Alice Waters on Facebook


     

  • Almost Queen
    Mar 16, 2018 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    The most authentic QUEEN live show since the days of QUEEN themselves. A deliberate four piece band, Almost Queen delivers a live performance showcasing signature four part harmonies and intricate musical interludes. Donning genuine costumes, Almost Queen recaptures the live energy and precision that is the penultimate Queen experience.

    Admission: Orchestra $40.00 •  Loge $35.00

    Almost Queen


     

  • Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr.
    Mar 17, 2018 @ 2:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    NJ Theatre Alliance Stages Festival presents
    Centenary Stage Company’s Young Audience Series (YAS) Tour of
    Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr.

    Originally Adapted and Produced for the Stage by Theatre BAM. 
    From the Series Created by George Newall and Tom Yohe.
    Based on an Idea by David McCall.
    Book by Scott Ferguson, George Keating and Kyle Hall
    Music and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, Bob Dorough, Dave Frishberg, Kathy Mandry, George Newall and Tom Yohe

    The Emmy Award - winning 1970s Saturday morning cartoon series that taught history, grammar, math, science and politics through clever, tuneful songs is instructing a whole new generation to Unpack Your Adjectives and do The Circulations!

    Recommended for grades 1 to 5.
    Pre-show creative activities begin at 1:15 p.m.
    Admission: Free for children (under 18) •  $8.00 Adults

    Centenary Stage Company's Young Audience Series


     

  • Food For Thought presents
    We All Eat International Food Festival, Taste of Syria
    Presented by the co-founder of the NJ Syrian Supper Club

    Mar 21, 2018 @ 12:30 PM
    Location: University Commons 211

    How can we help displaced people, newly arrived in a completely alien country find their way?

    Syria Supper Club was created to do just that. American hosts open their homes, Syrians cook food from their culture and then sit to enjoy the feast with a table full of guests. Now in its second year Syria Supper Club has created a myriad of connections between long-established Americans and their newest neighbors. From a warm welcome to cultural exchange, breaking bread is the mightiest of bridge builders.

    Admission:  $10 Syrian Lunch

    This event also takes place at 7:00 pm.

    Syria Supper Club


     

  • Food For Thought presents
    Food Writers and Social Responsibility

    Mar 27, 2018 @ 2:00 PM
    Location: Cheng Library Auditorium

    Four prominent writers, including a former NY Times columnist, and the current restaurant editor of Food & Wine Magazine, discuss how food writers help shape what we eat.  This panel discussion offers a fascinating look at food trends, celebrity chefs, and the foodie nation.

    Admission: Free


     

  • Food for Thought presents
    What’s Next After Farm-to-Table? Sidewalk to Table?

    Apr 04, 2018 @ 11:00 AM
    Location: Cheng Library Auditorium

    Members of the environmental/art and design collective SPURSE, authors of Eat Your Sidewalk, discuss food and the environment with Peter Hoffman, chef/owner of the former NYC farm-to-table restaurant Savoy. SPURSE will offer tastes of foraged foods during lecture.

    Admission: Free


     

  • Victor Wooten Trio
    Apr 05, 2018 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Five time Grammy Award winning musician Victor Wooten has been called the most influential bassist since Jaco Pastorius. Wooten was named Bass Player of the Year three times in a row by Bass Player magazine and the first person to win the award more than once. In 2011, he was ranked #10 in the “Top Ten Bassists of All Time” by Rolling Stone. He is a master innovator of the bass guitar, gifted composer, arranger, producer, vocalist, multi instrumentalist and founding member of Béla Fleck & The Flecktones. His legendary live shows continues the tradition of funkified virtuosity forged by James Brown, Funkadelic and Prince.

    Admission: Orchestra $35.00 • Loge $30.00

    Victor Wooten


     

  • WP Music Department presents
    I Want My ‘80s: The Best of MTV’s Ladies

    Apr 06, 2018 @ 7:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    The WP Music Department presents
    I Want My ‘80s: The Best of MTV’s Ladies

    Special guests Chris Butler of The Waitresses, original MTV VJ Mark Goodman, and SiriusXM’s 1st Wave host Lori Majewski join WP student tribute band Sweet Dreams in a fundraising concert for WP music scholarships. Showcasing the work of  the best female artists of the early MTV years—from Madonna to the Pointer Sisters to Tina Turner, Grammy Award-winner (with Lady Gaga) Rob Fusari directs this celebration of the best in ‘80s music. Special video appearance by ABC’s Martin Fry.

    All proceeds benefit WP music scholarships.

    Admission: $25 General Public • $20 William Paterson faculty, staff, alumni, and senior citizens  • $10 Non-WP students • WP Students admitted free with ID


     

  • David Bromberg Big Band
    Apr 07, 2018 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    For Americana godfather David Bromberg, it’s all about the blues! His incredible musical journey spans over 50 years, and includes adventures with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jerry Garcia, and music and life lessons from seminal blues guitarist Reverend Gary Davis, who claimed the young Bromberg as a son. A musician’s musician, Bromberg’s mastery of several stringed instruments (guitar, fiddle, Dobro, mandolin), and multiple styles is legendary, leading Dr. John to declare him an American icon.

    Admission: Gold Circle $‎50.00 • Orchestra/Front Loge $‎45.00 • Rear Loge $‎40.00

    David Bromberg


     

  • Food for Thought presents
    The Long Island Vegetable Orchestra

    Apr 14, 2018 @ 2:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Food for Thought Series presents
    The Long Island Vegetable Orchestra

    The Long Island Vegetable Orchestra performs with freshly prepared instruments made out of vegetables like a saxophone-soundalike “cucumberphone”, pumpkin bass drums struck with lemon grass, various carrot flutes, Butternut Squashes that carry the sound of brass instruments, and other really cool inventions. Kids will never look at their vegetables the same way!

    Pre-show creative activities begin at 1:15 p.m.
    Appropriate for all ages

    Admission: $15 Adults • $12 Children

    The Long Island Vegetable Orchestra


     

  • Food For Thought presents
    We All Eat: Bringing Your Cultural Heritage to the Table

    Apr 18, 2018 @ 12:30 PM
    Location: University Commons 211

    Food is more than fuel, it is history, family, love and heritage. What we eat in the United States today reflects the melting pot that makes this nation truly great. A fun journey into the stories of some of the most All-American food and the cultures behind it.

    Melina Macall, The Food Activist, is an educator, researcher and community organizer in food justice and sustainable food systems.

    Her work includes research in Cuba, changing food in US public schools, and guerrilla gardening - growing edible landscapes. She is co-founder of The United Tastes of America and it’s keystone  program, Syria Supper Club. 

    Admission:  $10.00 Heritage Lunch

    This event also takes place at 7:00 pm.

    The United Tastes of America


     

  • Food for Thought presents
    A Cook on the Wild Side
    Film and Discussion

    Apr 23, 2018 @ 6:00 PM
    Location: Cheng Library Auditorium

    Film and Discussion

    Does environmental sustainability mean it’s okay to poach, hunt and forage? Celebrity chef, food writer and environmentalist, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, tackles these sometimes-controversial issues. A post-film discussion on the ethics and importance of hunting will be led by Iain Kerr, co-founder of SPURSE, which has been at the forefront of ecological research, experimental design, and innovation leadership.

    Admission: Free


     

  • Broadway Backstage!
    Featuring Stars from Blockbuster Broadway Musicals

    Apr 27, 2018 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Broadway Backstage!

    Featuring Stars from Blockbuster Broadway Musicals

    Broadway Backstage! is one of the most unique and satisfying theatrical experiences available for contemporary audiences of today. From their starring roles in Broadway’s most popular musicals such as ChicagoWicked, Les MiserablesMamma MiaEvita, and Jesus Christ Superstar, six Broadway stars belt out the tunes that they sing for thousands every night on the Great White Way! Hear their backstage gossip, on-stage mishaps, 'big break' moments, and other insider stories - while enjoying songs from your favorite Broadway shows!

    Admission: $48.00 Gold Circle • $45.00 Rear Orchestra/Front Loge • $42.00 Rear Loge?

    Broadway Backstage!


     

  • Battle of the Brits: The Concert That Never Was
    May 12, 2018 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    James D’Amico Productions presents
    Battle of the Brits: The Concert That Never Was
    Featuring Classic Stones Live and The Cast of Beatlemania

    It has been a hotly debated topic for fifty years: which group captured the hearts of more fans – The Beatles or The Stones? Experience the music that shaped a generation as the super tribute groups the cast of Beatlemania and Classic Stones Live square off for a Battle Royale!

    Admission: $40 Orchestra • $35 Loge?

    James D'Amico Productions