2017 Season

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2017 Season

Old Library Theatre is proud to announce its 2017 season – our 50th!

Our Time

1967-2017

“The theater is a spiritual and social X-ray of its time.”

– Stella Adler

 

 

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The 6th Annual One Act Play Festival
January 20, 21, 27 & 28, 2017 at 8:00pm and January 22 & 29, 2017 at 2:00pm
Featuring original works directed by OLT favorites!

Plays and Directors TBD.

 

Amadeus
February 24 & 25, 2017 at 8:00pm and February 26, 2017 at 2:00pm
Written by Peter Schaffer.Print
Directed by Beatriz Esteban-Messina.

In the court of the Austrian Emperor Josef, Antonio Salieri is the established composer. Enter the greatest musical genius of all time: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Salieri has given himself to God so that he might realize his sole ambition to be a great composer. Mozart is a foulmouthed, graceless oaf who has that which is beyond Salieri’s envious grasp: Genius.

About the Director:

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Beatriz is grateful for this opportunity to work with OLT. Beatriz has been directing and performing with various theatre companies since 1974. Her 60+ directorial credits include: Triangle Factory Fire Project, 33 Variations, Anna in the Tropics, Love Letters,  Doubt, Almost Maine, Steel Magnolias, Hot L Baltimore, Diary of Adam & Eve, Arsenic & Old Lace, Dracula, Addams Family, Oliver, Cole, Sugar, and Jesus Christ Superstar. Some favorite acting credits include: Hope (Anything Goes), Wicked Stepmother (Cinderella), Harriet Pawling (Sunday in the Park with George), Tuptim (King & I), General Cartwright (Guys & Dolls), Muriel (Fox on the Fairway), and Mrs. Terrance (Night Must Fall.) Beatriz is proud of her 2 Perry Award nominations (Best Actress in a Featured Role) for Moon Over Buffalo and To Kill a Mockingbird. “The question in AMADEUS of Salieri’s part in the death of Mozart is a not new one. Alexander Pushkin wrote of the same plot in his one-act Mozart & Salieri, and later Rimsky-Korsakov turned it into an opera. Playwright Peter Shaffer takes the mystery a step further in AMADEUS. He expands  Salieri’s internal battle into a war between genius and mediocrity, and between the divine and mundane. Applying Artaudian techniques, Shaffer forces the audience to intermingle with the actors. He casts the music in the symbolic role of all that Salieri covets. This is my favorite of all stage plays. We don’t just watch; we are engulfed!” A retired high school principal, Beatriz also taught art and drama for 35 years. She is presently the drama coach and coordinator of Performing Arts activities at Marist HS in Bayonne. She is also the Artist-in-Residence at Union City HS where she mentors bilingual students adapting, writing, and performing Spanish-language literature made into plays.

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Noises Off

March 10 & 11, 2017 at 8:00pm and March 12, 2017 at 2:00pm
Written by Michael Frayn.
Directed by Marilyn Schilkie.

Called the funniest farce ever written, Noises Off presents a manic menagerie as a cast of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called Nothing’s On. Doors slamming, on and offstage intrigue, and an errant herring all figure in the plot of this hilarious and classically comic play.

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About the Director:

Marilyn is thrilled to be working with OLT again. She recently directed Cat on a Hot Tin Roof for Old Library Theatre. She has also served as stage manager for Lost in Yonkers, 33 Variations and Anna in the Tropics, all Teaneck New Theater productions. Directing favorites include Jerry’s Girls, Lend Me a Tenor and Moon Over Buffalo. Marilyn has also worked as lighting designer, spotlight operator, sound operator and director for many other shows. Onstage, her most recent appearance was as ‘Mrs. Bramson’ in Night Must Fall for Teaneck New Theater and as ‘Ouiser’ in WHATCO’s production of Steel Magnolias. Other onstage favorites: ‘Martha’ in Arsenic and Old Lace; ‘Vera Charles’ in Mame; ‘Mable’ in Pajama Game; ‘Ernestina Money’ in Hello, Dolly; and ‘Karen Nash’ in Plaza Suite.

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April 20, 21 & 22 at 7:00pm and April 23 at 2:00pm
Book by Dan Elish and Robert Horn.

Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown.
Directed by former OLT interns Isabelle Siegel, Campbell Tosney, Eric Robitaille and Rebecca Corrado.
Mentored by Brendan Joel Bartlett and Julie Galorenzo.

Following a move from New York City to small-town Indiana, young Evan Goldman grapples with his parents’ divorce, prepares for his impending Bar Mitzvah, and navigates the complicated social circles of a new school.

About the Mentors:

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Julie’s previous work with OLT includes: Producer and Costume Design of The Best Man, Dogfight, and Gypsy; Producer of August Osage County; Costume Design of “…Forum”, Co-Director of NYC Teen Showcase. Select NYC credits: Wendy’s Shadow (Smee @ NYMF, Irvington Town Hall, Cutting Room), Gypsy Housing (Her Friend, Manhattan Rep), Show Choir! The Musical (Millie, Original Cast, NYMF & Fringe), Violet (Gallery Players), Metropolitan Music NEO 7 (York Theatre). Select NJ credits: Peter and the Starcatcher (Mrs. Bumbrake, Growing Stage), Legally Blonde (Paulette, Barn Theatre), Wendy’s Shadow (Smee, Mystic Vision), A Christmas Carol (Mrs. Fezziwig, Centenary Stage), Violet (Hotel Singer, et al, Montclair Operetta Club), Hands On A Hardbody (Norma, 4th Wall), Lucky Stiff (Landlady, et al, 4th Wall), Company (Jenny, PVP), Les Miserables (Fantine, NVP, *Perry Nomination), 25th..Bee (Rona, 2x: Summit Playhouse & Upward Productions). TV/Film: AT&T (regular), Spinning Into Butter, Law and Order: SVU. BA Marymount Manhattan. www.juliegalorenzocoaching.com

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Brendan has been in numerous shows at OLT including Rent, Superman, Spelling Bee, Spring Awakening, Forum, Jesus Christ Superstar and Young Frankenstein. He produced Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and earned directorial credits for Shrek Jr., Jekyll and HydeAvenue Q and most recently Aida. He also co-directed the OLT Talented Young Teen Showcase in NYC with Julie.  In the recent past he’s worked with and coached young actors in South Orange, Tenafly and Hackensack. “I’m looking forward to seeing what our past interns have learned and to provide special guidance when necessary for semi-experienced kids and all newcomers who crave some of the limelight.”

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Pippin
July 28 & 29 and August 4 & 5, 2017 at 8:00pm and July 30 & August 6, 2017 at 2:00pm.
Book by Roger O. Hirson.
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Directed by Mollie Gash.

Heir to the Frankish throne, the young prince Pippin is in search of the secret to true happiness and fulfillment. He seeks it in the glories of the battlefield, the temptations of the flesh and the intrigues of political power. But where will Pippin find extraordinary happiness?

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About the Director:

Mollie is so happy to be returning for her 6th year with Old Library Theatre as Director and Choreographer for Pippin! Most recently Mollie choreographed Old Library Theatre’s production of American Idiot. She also directed and choreographed OLT’s 5th Annual Benefit Concert, Sing me a Story, and The Great American Trailer Park Musical. Before that she worked on Spring Awakening, Joseph…Dreamcoat, and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Costume Assistant) and Avenue Q (Puppet Doctor) as well as a brief stint as Stage Manager for Shrek Jr. OLT performance credits include Spring Awakening, Joseph…Dreamcoat, Oliver! and The Who’s Tommy (Mrs. Walker) as well as each year’s Benefit Concerts. Other production credits include Choreography for Peter and the Starcatcher (Rhino Theatre), Directing Annie Jr. (Rhino Studio 237), and many years as a Producer, Director, Choreographer, Musical Director, and Teacher at Gas Lamp Academy of Performing Arts. Favorite performance credits include 25th Annual…Spelling Bee (Olive), The Great American Trailer Park Musical (Jeannie), Cabaret (Frenchie), Dames at Sea (Ruby), H2$ (Krumholtz), Annie (Lily St. Regis), Ragtime (Emma Goldman), and Pay Up (Barker/Creator) with Philadelphia’s Pig Iron Theater Co. Mollie holds a degree in Theater Studies and Musical Theater from Montclair State University where she concentrated in Playwriting and Physical and Ensemble Theater and has trained in Physical Theater with companies from all over the world, from Philadelphia to Rwanda. She also studied Improv and Sketch comedy with Upright Citizens Brigade. Mollie has worked as a theater arts, acting, dance, and music teacher for children ages 6 months – 18 years. Two time children’s band performer, one time puppeteer.

Children of Eden
September 15, 16, 22 & 23, 2017 at 8:00pm and September 17 & 24, 2017 at 2:00pm.
Book by John Caird.
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz.
Directed by Greg Paradis.

A joyous and inspirational musical about parents, children and faith… not to mention centuries of unresolved family business! Based on the Old Testament, the story follows Adam, Eve, and Noah as the “Father” who created them deals with the headstrong, cataclysmic actions of His respective children. The show ultimately delivers a bittersweet but inspiring message: that “the hardest part of love… is letting go.”

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About the Director:

Greg has been involved in five OLT productions, and this will be his seconddirecting experience with the company. His work has previously been heard in Meet Me In St Louis, Superman, and last December’s hit Shrek Jr, for which he also had the privilege of serving as director. He has MDed and/or directed for the Hangar Theatre (Ithaca NY), Buzz Theatre Productions (Pompton Lakes), Light Opera of New Jersey (Basking Ridge), Blackbox Studios (with BergenPAC, Englewood NJ), Chatham Middle School (Chatham NJ), and James Caldwell High School (Caldwell NJ), bringing to life such productions as The Addams Family, Next to Normal, Little Shop of Horrors, Spring Awakening, Falsettos, and The Little Mermaid Jr. Greg also teaches voice, piano, and acting at Fine Arts Connection in Pine Brook NJ, and is a new teaching artist for the education program at Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn. Four times a year he writes and arranges music for student-written children’s plays at Montclair Kimberley Academy, and during the holiday season, he is a professional Christmas caroler with the Yuletide Carolers.

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Catch Me If You Can
October 20, 21, 27 & 28, 2017 at 8:00pm and October 22 & 29 at 2:00pm.
Book by Terrence McNally. Music and Lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman.
Directed by Scott Baird.

Seeking fame and fortune, precocious teenager, Frank Abignale, Jr., runs away from home to begin an unforgettable adventure. With nothing more than his boyish charm, a big imagination and millions of dollars in forged checks, Frank successfully poses as a pilot, a doctor and a lawyer – living the high life and winning the girl of his dreams. When Frank’s lies catch the attention of FBI agent, Carl Hanratty, though, Carl pursues Frank across the country to make him pay for his crimes.

DirScott

About the Director:

Scott is thrilled to be back directing for OLT this season! Scott directed Oliver! last season and was recently seen on stage in OLT’s production of Young Frankenstein (Fredrick). Directing Credits: Peter Pan & Wendy, Alice in Wonderland, Pippin, Legally Blonde, All in the Timing, & The Wizard of Oz at Montville Township High School and Angels in America Parts I & II, Next Fall, Spring Awakening, History Boys, Other Desert Cities, Stage Door (Asst. Director), The Grapes of Wrath (Asst. Director), & As You Like It (Asst. Director) at Montclair State University. Scott has also directed The Little Mermaid Jr., Aladdin Jr., Annie Jr., Beauty and the Beast Jr., & Willy Wonka Jr. at Dwyer Elementary School. Favorite acting credits include Mr. Banks (Mary Poppins), Bud Frump (H2$), Bob Cratchit (A Christmas Carol), Bobby (Company), Thenardier (Les Miserables, 2014 Perry Award Winner), Emmett (Legally Blonde), & Leo Bloom (The Producers). Scott is a graduate from Montclair State University with a degree in Theater Studies concentrating in Directing.

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The Bridges of Madison County
December 8 & 9, 2017 at 8:00pm and December 9 & 10, 2017 at 2:00pm.
Book by Marsha Norman.
Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown .
Directed by Amy Calzone.

Francesca Johnson, a beautiful Italian woman who married an American soldier to flee war-ravaged Italy, looks forward to a rare four days alone on her Iowa farm when her family heads to the 1965 State Fair. When ruggedly handsome, National Geographic photographer, Robert Kincaid, pulls into her driveway seeking directions, though, what happens in those four days may very well alter the course of Francesca’s life.

About the Director:

amyshera

Amy is thrilled to be back working at OLT! Amy has worked as a choreographer/director for many years in various theatres including shows with Old Library Theatre (Young Frankenstein, Oliver, Gypsy, Dogfight), 4th Wall Theatre, Florham Park Players, Montclair Operetta Club, and The Ozark Actors’ Theatre (Rolla, MO). Her favorite past choreography/directing credits include: Merrily We Roll Along, West Side Story, Les Miserables, Jekyll and Hyde, The Drowsy Chaperone, Dogfight (NJ Perry Nominee-Best Director), and Wendy’s Shadow (NYMF).