Archive for 2018 Season

2018 Executive Board Nominations

At our November monthly meeting, nominations were accepted for our 2018 Executive Board. As only one nomination was received for each executive board position, elections will be conducted at our December meeting with our current Secretary, Cynthia Smith Barry, casting the sole vote for each nominee. Statements of nomination acceptance from each appear below:

PRESIDENT – Craig Tiede

Since first being nominated for, and elected, president of OLT in 2013, I have helped shepherd the organization through a period of change and growth, with the ultimate goal of ensuring it became known as one of the premiere community theater organizations in New Jersey. This past five years of work culminated in OLT receiving NJACT’s 2017 Community Theater of the Year award, demonstrating that we have made great strides and made our mark amongst our peers. Any community organization is only as good as the people it attracts and involves, and I am proud of who we’ve assembled and the work we’ve accomplished together. I remain committed to ensuring OLT builds on its reputation for presenting quality productions of lesser-produced works helmed by creative visionaries willing to take risks and become long-term members of our community of storytellers and artists. Whatever creative, logistical, interpersonal, or fiscal challenges lie ahead, I remain confident that my fair, open, experienced, and knowledgeable approach to the business behind our passions will continue to help OLT thrive.


I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as Vice President for a third consecutive term. Over the past few years there has been tremendous growth within our organization, and we are poised to use that momentum in exciting ways in 2018. I am committed to using my time and resources for not only the constituted responsibilities of my office, such as scheduling rehearsal space and managing rentals of our costumes and props, but increasing our community visibility with preview performances and the acquisition of local-business sponsors. I am fortunate to be part of such an inclusive and creative team of individuals that extends far beyond those sitting on the board. As NJACT’s 2017 Community Theatre of the Year, I am confident that the recognition we have received will support our goal of continuing to bring professional-level opportunities to those in and around Fair Lawn.

SECRETARY – Maureen McNulty

It is an honor to be nominated to serve as the secretary for the 2017-18 OLT Executive Board. This theatre has truly provided me with a supportive space to cultivate my love of theatre, something I did not think was possible after I graduated college. After trying out for a show two and a half years ago on a whim (and also because my friend wouldn’t stop bugging me), it seems like OLT has been a part of my life forever! In my time with OLT, I’ve been onstage in three productions and backstage for one. I look forward to the opportunities that serving on the board will provide me, especially in terms of helping this wonderful theatre continue to grow and provide the quality, professional theatre productions for which it is known.

TREASURER – Linda Wielkotz

I intend to run for the position of treasurer of Old Library Theatre for 2018. I’ve held the position for the last 2 years and am honored to run again. After being a member for 41 years I have seen the group go through many stages. I am happy to be a part of OLT and seeing it grow in a positive manner.



PUBLICITY CHAIR – Brendan Joel Bartlett
I am looking forward to assisting OLT with their publicity needs into their exciting new 2018 season. I’m excited about promoting the OLT agenda and exciting the community both close and distant to get involved and be inspired and enjoy our quality entertainment at a reasonable price by truly talented, caring individuals both on and off the stage. Having worked at OLT now for the last years has been fulfilling and worthwhile. Here’s to another year of learning and excitement and new relationships and lessons learned.

HOUSE MANAGER – Sheryl Heffernan

I am happy to have been nominated for a second term as House Manager. In the past year, I have established a Hospitality Committee and a House Committee to work with me. I could not have fulfilled the position with their help, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of my team members. We cleaned out the Concession Stand storage area, purchased food-safe and air-tight storage boxes, and established par levels for supplies. The House Committee worked to ensure that the Storage Room in the basement meets fire safety standards. I have established a preferential seating for patrons with disabilities, by having them enter the theatre early when the house opens. This change has received a very positive response from our patrons. My goals for the coming year are to continue working to establish better order in the Storage Room and Office, to create written descriptions for responsibilities of front-of-the-house jobs, and to continue to try to gain members and additional patrons by making front-of–the-house and phone response experiences as friendly as possible for all who visit or contact Old Library Theatre.

WEBMASTER – Matt Haines

I am grateful and honored to serve on the Old Library Theatre executive board for another year. For the last three years, OLT has become a home for me. I believe it is a company that truly desires actors to feel at home and comfortable in their artistic endeavors. I am thrilled to continue to work on the board in hopes that we can continue to provide quality and affordable entertainment to our community. As webmaster, I strive to make sure our content is accessible to everyone who chooses to partake in community theatre.

Congratulations to the cast of the 7th Annual One Act Play Festival

OLT would like to thank all of the performers who auditioned for the upcoming production of The 7th Annual One Act Play Festival! We saw some extraordinary talent, which made casting very difficult. Congratulations to those cast!

Playwright, David Susman; Director, Beatriz Esteban-Messina
Ashley- Abigail Stokes
Professor Hoffman- Jack Pignatell

Split Decision
Playwright, Kitty Dubin; Director, Bill Kaufman
Marsha Klein- Florence Pape
Marty Klein- David Silberger
Skipper Crane- James Perlas

Suggested Donation
Playwright, Duncan Pflaster; Director, Cynthia Smith Barry
Doreen- Hayley Pass
Bill- Matt Haines
Joey- Dylan Zafran

The Callback
Playwright, Leland Frankel; Director, Marilyn Schilkie
Lewis Ashford- Paul Bettys
Molly Bates- Debra Carozza Lynch

The Quick Start Guide to Booting Your Man-Bot
Playwright, Phil Darg; Director, Thomas Winkler
Amy- Joanna Sigurosson
Man-Bot- Eric Robitaille
Repairman- Dylan Zafran

Auditions for the 7th Annual One Act Play Festival!

Old Library Theatre, Fair Lawn Recreation Department’s resident theater company and NJACT’s 2017 Community Theater of the Year, will hold auditions for its 7th Annual One Act Play Festival. Produced by Sheryl Heffernan and Linda Wielkotz, his year’s festival will feature five original one act plays selected from more than 500 entries:

Margins – Written by David Susman, Directed by Beatriz Esteban-Messina
A college student confronts her professor about his notes on her recent paper.

Cast – 1 female (19-22), 1 male (60s/70s)

Split Decision – Written by Kitty Dubin, Directed by Bill Kaufman
A couple in crisis sits down with a divorce counselor to attempt an amicable and easy split.

Cast – 1 female (60s), 2 males (30s & 60s)

Suggested Donation – Written by Duncan Pflaster, Directed by Cynthia Smith Barry
Experimental theater and concessions without a set price drive one patron over the edge.

Cast – 1 female (20s), 2 males (20s/30s)

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

Cast – 1 female (20s), 1 male (40s)

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

Cast – 1 female (20s/30s), 2 males (20s/30s)


We encourage you to pre-register for auditions via the links below. Sides will be provided at auditions.

November 19, 1:30-4:30 p.m.
November 20, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

The Robber Bridegroom Auditions

Old Library Theatre would like to announce auditions for The Robber Bridegroom, our first Main Stage Production for our 2018 season!

Auditions will be held Saturday, November 18, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Callbacks will be held Sunday, November 19, from 2-5 p.m. You can preregister for the auditions here.

The Robber Bridegroom
Performances February 16, 17, 18, 23, 24 & 25, 2018
Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00pm. Sunday at 2:00pm.
Directed By Alyse Neubert. Produced by Craig Tiede
Music Direction by David Sheridan. Choreographed by Alex Acevedo.
Stage Management by Ellie Anderson

Please prepare either two contrasting vocal selections (32 bars from a musical or classic bluegrass), OR a short character driven and physicality based monologue (60-90 seconds) and ​ONE 32 bar selection of music. Musical selections should be in the in the style of Robber Bridegroom or from a rock musical. Hair, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and Bright Star to name a few. Be prepared to move at call backs and prepare your best Mississippi accent.

**All roles are open.

Set in eighteenth century Mississippi, ‘The Robber Bridegroom’ is a darkly comic Southern fairy tale about a charming gentleman bandit, the rich plantation owner’s daughter he loves, the wicked stepmother who wants her dead, and an evil thief who carries his brother’s head around in a trunk.
We are looking to cast about 15-20 energetic, hardworking and creative people. We are looking for actors who make bold and big choices, both physically and vocally. We will be looking for singers who can move and who exude confidence and fearlessness. Dance ability is not required for all roles, but for some.

We will be running a dance audition before, during, or after the vocal audition. You may be asked to dance at any point during the audition; after you sing, please do not leave until we let you know you are done!


Jamie Lockhart/the Bandit of the Wood – A “gent and a robber all in one,” Jamie Lockhart/the Bandit of the Wood is the show’s main character. His true identity, Jamie, is an honest, law-abiding man who ends up engaged to Clement Musgrove’s daughter Rosamund (though she is in disguise); while his alter-ego, the Bandit, is a swindling robber who comes across the undisguised Rosamund in the wood and becomes her lover.

Rosamund – Clement Musgrove’s beautiful, naive, doted-upon daughter by his first wife. She meets the Bandit of the Wood and falls in love with him; she disguises herself and makes herself undesirably dim-witted when Jamie Lockhart comes to visit, unaware that he and the Bandit are the same person (and he is unaware Rosamund is the girl he met in the wood).

Salome – Clement’s second wife. Older and ugly, she calls herself the “prickly pear” to the “lily bud” that was Rosamund’s late mother, who was just as beautiful as Rosamund. However, she is quite a bit more intelligent than her husband and stepdaughter; detesting Rosamund, she puts her intelligence to use and spends the duration of the show thinking up schemes to kill Rosamund, enlisting the help of the “village idiot,” Goat.

Clement Musgrove – Rosamund’s father, Clement is the richest planter on the Natchez Trace. Clement still harbours longings for his first wife (often he compares his daughter to his first wife, though it always accidentally is in a sexual manner), and this makes Salome, his second wife, incredibly jealous. Clement vows to marry Rosamund off to Jamie, who he doesn’t realise is the Bandit of the Wood.

Little Harp – The most gruesome bandit in the history of the Trace, Little Harp is a horny, dirty man. He is violent and seems to only fear the Bandit of the Wood. He spends the show looking for money to steal and women to rape – particularly helpless girls who are tied up – but through this, he becomes intricately involved in the show’s mayhem. He is the brute half of the Harp brothers duo. However, he does prove to have some of his brother’s intelligence, as he comes up with several ingenious schemes (though they all fail in the end and cause his death).

Goat – The dumb boy with a brain the size of a scuppernong seed, Goat is enlisted by Salome to carry out her plans to kill Rosamund in exchange for a suckling pig, though Goat’s many attempts to do as she asks go awry. In the end, he strikes a better deal with Little Harp. His sister is Airie.

Big Harp – A “cut off head in a trunk,” Big Harp was Little Harp’s elder brother and the brain half of the duo. He was put to death for thieving, but his brother rescued his severed head and carries it around in a trunk. However, Little Harp makes a deal with Goat and exchanges his brother’s head for “Rosamund” (who in reality is Airie, Goat’s sister).

Raven – The Harp brothers’ talking raven. Accompanying the brothers initially in the show, Raven is stolen by Jamie and appears throughout the show advising the characters to “turn back, my bonny.” Little Harp eventually kills Raven.

Airie – Goat’s sister. Just as dumb as her brother, Airie has no lines, but plays a pivotal part when Goat decides to trick Little Harp and put Airie in a sack and claim it’s Rosamund. Airie escapes while Jamie/the Bandit knocks Little Harp out.

Goat & Airie’s mother – Only moderately more intelligent than her children, Goat’s mother all but forces Goat to make a deal with Salome.

Become a Friend or Season Subscriber for 2018!

Please join us at Old Library Theatre for our 2018 Season!

Voted the NJACT Community Theatre of the Year, we are offering different packages for season subscribers.

Visit our Become a Friend page to become a Friend of OLT. Anyone over the age of 18 is eligible to become a Friend of Old Library Theatre. For $25, Friends receive guaranteed $10 tickets for each production. And first-time friends receive an OLT mug! Friends are automatically added to OLT’s mailing list, invited to monthly meetings and are eligible for election to executive board positions.

Or visit our Tickets Page to become a Season Subscriber for 2018! Season subscriptions are listed below, and save patrons up to 30% off of ticket prices.

Any 4 Shows – $60 | All 8 Shows – $120

Senior (60+)/Student (Valid ID Required)
Any 4 Shows – $52 | All 8 Shows – $104

Child (12 and Under)
Any 4 Shows – $28 | All 8 Shows – $56

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.

Submit to Direct at OLT in 2018!

Old Library Theatre is seeking submissions from individuals interested in directing a show during our upcoming 2018 season. Scheduled performance dates will be:

February 16, 17, 18, 23, 24 & 25 – Main Stage Musical

March 9, 10, 11, 16, 17 & 18 – Main Stage Musical

May 18, 19 & 20 – Youth or Minor Production

August 3, 4 & 5 – Youth or Minor Production

September 14, 15 & 16 – Main Stage Play

October 12, 13, 14, 19, 20 & 21 – Main Stage Musical

November 29 & 30 and December 1 & 2 – Minor Production

Candidates must complete the Director Submission Form by July 1. For additional information, consult our Submission Instructions. Proposals are being accepted for Main Stage Productions, Minor Productions, and Youth Productions – submit yours today!