Archive for September 2017

One Act Play Festival- Top 15 Selections!

Old Library Theatre would like to thank all the playwrights who submitted their work for consideration for production during our upcoming 7th Annual One Act Play Festival. We received an astounding 676 plays for this year’s festival and were so pleased with the breadth and quality of the offerings.

We are thrilled to announce the top 15 finalists and offer our congratulations to the playwrights. Six of these fifteen will be selected for production by the festival’s directors and producers, and auditions will be held in November 2017.

A Gentler Place by Jeff Carter
After finding human remains on their new property, a couple gets unexpected advice from the town sheriff.

A Widow Safe and Secure by Darren V. Michael
Cultures collide when a widow posts a room for rent in her home.

Bro by Robb Willoughby
A mentally unstable man tries to convince his brother that their mother killed their father.

Confessions of a Character Actor by Aaron M. Leventman
When a young actor is cast in a role that hits a bit too close to home, he finds he has a confession to make.

Cuthbert’s Last Stand by Andrew Biss
A mother is determined to set up her son with the partner of her dreams.

Genesis by Thomas Pierce
The threat of the world’s end provides a divorced couple with the chance at a new beginning.

Is This Seat Taken? by Brad Sytsma
Exes consider if starting over, and over again, can bring them back together.

Margins by David Susman
A college student confronts her professor about his notes on her recent paper.

Split Decision by Kitty Dubin
A couple in crisis sits down with a divorce counselor to attempt an amicable and easy split.

Suggested Donation by Duncan Pflaster
Experimental theater and concessions without a set price drive one patron over the edge.

The Amazing Adventures of Dirk Dallaway in the 27th Century by Corey Pajka
A space cowboy is threatened by a glactic warlord, but is more interested in the kitschy relics he recently recovered from the lost planet Earth.

The Callback by Leland Frankel
An actress who didn’t earn a callback takes the future of her career into her own, deranged hands.

The High Road by Seth Freeman
Road rage prompts a friendly bet a driver is determined to win.

The Quick Start Guide to Booting Your Man-Bot by Phil Darg
A lovelorn woman turns to technology, but soon becomes convinced the product is faulty.

Vigilance by Mike Sockol
A vet concerns patrons of a southern diner with his political perspectives.

Old Library Theatre Wins NJACT’s Community Theater of the Year Award for 2017!

Old Library Theatre was announced the recipient of NJACT’s Perry Award for Community Theater of the Year at tonight’s 2017 Perry Awards ceremony, held at the Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway, NJ.

Craig Tiede, current OLT President, accepted the award on the company’s behalf, and his remarks are below.

Congratulations to all who give of themselves to make OLT such a special place where art and memories are made!

Thank you. Receiving this recognition means a lot to all of us and we’re so grateful to those who wrote a letter of support or nomination on our behalf, to the executive board of NJACT for selecting us to receive the award, and everyone who donates their time and talents to Old Library Theatre, helping us engage, entertain, educate, and do what we love in the context of our greater lives, sharing that love to make others’ lives greater.

My name is Craig Tiede and I’ve been the president of Old Library Theatre since 2012. For those who’ve not heard of us, or for those who picture us performing finger puppet productions of The Brothers Grimm from behind book-filled stacks, here’s a primer: We are the resident theater company of the Fair Lawn Recreation Department in Fair Lawn, NJ. We perform in a beautiful 170-seat theater space that we share with a handful of other community and professional theater companies. We are in the midst of our 50th anniversary season and we produce eight shows per year – including original works and Broadway favorites. We are committed to showcasing talented performers of all ages, shapes, sizes, ethnicities, and stages of development, teaching them the art of creating live theater and bringing the joy of its creation to their community.

For many, community theater is a punch line. It’s some second-class version of a great art form, better left to the professionals, than to the part-timers who believe they could have been stars had they only not been “born too soon and started too late.” We’re seen as this collective of the ones who never made it, or never tried.

For others, community theater is a hobby. It’s just a fun place to go after school or work, where temporary, but intense, relationships are formed, memories are made, and we get to share our talents with our friends, family and coworkers.

And for others, community theater is a lifestyle, a hashtag, a second home, a first home – the partner, best friend, boss, and staff that never leaves us, even if it occasionally lets us down. It’s the blood that runs through our veins, the air we breathe, the proof of a life lived out loud.

To us, community theater is a privilege, and a calling. We choose to spend a portion of our lives engaged in this form of social intercourse and personal recreation because we know community theater matters. It makes a difference. It shapes, and transforms, lives. It brings stories and poses questions to communities they might not otherwise encounter. What we do, what we love, what we are so lucky to be celebrating here tonight, matters.

Our company, like most of yours, has its share of challenges. And in the years I’ve been involved, more than a few seemingly insurmountable obstacles. You know what I mean – the kinds of people, and situations, and tech weeks, and ticket sales – that make the joy and magic we’re trying to capture and share something only chemically possible with a great deal of alcohol, or distance, or passive aggressive social media posts.

But as artists, our creativity and persistence musn’t waver. And we, Old Library Theatre, have persisted. We have pushed ourselves to do better, be better, expect better, and attract better. And when we get it wrong, we recalibrate. And when we get it right, we don’t brag. We dig in. And we keep going, keep trying to do right, to spread joy, and allow ourselves to feel lucky that we get to do something that we love and that we know matters.

None of us think receiving this award means we’re the best community theater in New Jersey. We don’t think it means this was our best year, or the one where we finally got it right. We don’t think it means we’re any more or less deserving than any other community theater in New Jersey.

What we hope it means is that we’re on the right track and you’re proud to have us as members of this community. We are the dreamers, the creators, the storytellers, the educators, the risk-takers, the sharers of joy our communities need and are better for.

This group behind me – only a select few of those who make OLT the special place it is – work everyday to honor this community and our shared craft. We are not your competition – we are your collaborators. And we promise to keep working to ensure that the drama stays on the stage, that the work and the people who do it have value and are valued, and that our product and its impact make it easier for you to do the same within your own communities.

When daytime television superstar Susan Lucci finally won an Emmy Award, on her 19th nomination, she ended her acceptance speech this way: “I was only supposed to be on every other Tuesday. But thanks to you, I’m here. And I promise I will try my best never to let you down. I’m going back to that studio on Monday and I’m going to play ‘Erica Kane’ for all she’s worth.”

To you, our fellow creators, storytellers, educators, risk-takers, and sharers of joy, we leave you with this: We were only supposed to be a small theater of dreamers performing in an old library. Thanks to you, we’re here. And we promise we will try our best never to let you down. We’re going back to that theater tomorrow and we’re going to play ‘Community Theater of the Year’ for all it’s worth.

Thank you!

THIS- Cast List

Old Library Theatre is pleased to announce the cast list for our Reader’s Theatre production of THIS: The Musical. THIS will be performed November 4th and 5th as part of our Reader’s Theatre. Tickets may be purchased by contacting us at or by phone at 973-658-4420.

Director/Playwright- Eric Holgerson
Composer- Jennifer Sisco
Producer- Sheryl Heffernan
Music Director- Brad McMurray

Michael- George Adamo
Samantha- Angela Vida
Frankie- Don Pflaster
Maxine- Ellie Eliades
Anthony & male characters- Thomas Winkler
Female characters- Stephanie Hillenberg

Catch Me If You Can

Old Library Theatre presents the North Jersey Community Theater premiere of Catch Me If You Can! The production will have a six performance run from October 20th to October 29th. Performances are at 8 p.m. on October 20th and 21st, as well as October 27th and 28th, and 2 p.m. on October 22nd and 29th. Purchase your tickets at Catch Me If You Can tickets today!

Children of Eden runs September 15th through September 24th!

Old Library Theatre’s production of Children of Eden opens September 15th! Show times are September 15th-16th and 22nd-23rd at 8 p.m. and September 17th and 24th at 2 p.m. Get your tickets today!