Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The Cast of GODSPELL

The cast of GODSPELL gets silly for the photo shoot

The Madison Department of Recreation, in partnership with Playwrights Theatre, present

Conceived and Originally Directed by JOHN-MICHAEL TEBELAK

Originally Produced on the New York Stage by


Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019
Phone: 212-541-4684  Fax: 212-397-4684

July 24, 2014 at 7:30pm
July 25, 2014 at 7:30pm
July 26, 2014 at 2:00pm

Performances will take place at Madison High School, 170 Ridgedale Avenue, Madison, NJ.

Tickets: $10 for Adults, $5 Children & Students
Call 973-514-1787 X31 or online at

Senior Citizens - No Charge
Call Madison Senior Center 973-593-3095

Anastasia Arvanites
Melissa Barry
Rob Bazaral
Larry Bissett
Katharine Brundage
Kavi Daniels
Loren Donnelly
Max Dreitlein
Mike Dreitlein
Pauline Figarelli
Najah Johnson
Sahirah Johnson
Jane Keitel
Brian Lang
Kathryn McManus
Kristin McManus
Alex Post
Walter F. Rodriguez
Jayati Samar

Danielle Constance - Director/Set Design
Karen Romero - Music Director
Jane Keitel - Assistant Music Director

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Playwrights Theatre Presents A Poetry Reading with Penny Harter

Playwrights Theatre’s will present a free reading at the Chase Room of the Madison Public Library, 39 Keep Street, Madison, NJ on May 15, 2014 beginning at 7:00pm. Penny Harter will be reading excerpts of her new poetry book THE RESONANCE AROUND US.

“This is a homecoming of sorts for Penny, as she taught at Madison High School for a number of years,” said John Pietrowski, Artistic Director of Playwrights Theatre. “This will be a great opportunity for friends and fans of good poetry to hear one of the best poets in New Jersey perform her work.” Pietrowski added, “This is another example of the partnership we have formed with the Madison Public Library to present evenings of spoken word to the greater Madison Community. We are very grateful for the library’s continued support.”

Publisher’s Comments:  The two sections of The Resonance Around Us offer some of Penny Harter’s most evocative and insightful poems. The lyrics first section, “The Resonance Around Us,” introduce themes picked up and responded to by the haibun in the second section, “The Great Blue.” Whether crafting her poems around memories, dreams, or daily rituals, Harter offers a poetic exploration of what it means to live in, and leave, this world. The book is designed by Jonathan Greene and features a photograph by artist, Dobree Adams, on the cover.

About the Poet: Penny Harter is published widely in journals and anthologies, and her literary autobiography appears as an extended essay in Contemporary Authors. Her recent books and chapbooks include The Resonance Around Us (2013); One Bowl (a prizewinning e-book of haibun, (2012); Recycling Starlight (2010); The Beastie Book (2009); and The Night Marsh (2008).

A featured reader at the 2010 Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival, she has won three poetry fellowships from the NJSCA; the Mary Carolyn Davies Award from the Poetry Society of America; the first William O. Douglas Nature Writing Award for her work in the anthology American Nature Writing 2002; and a January 2011 fellowship from Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

She taught in Madison High School in the 1980s, and in 1991 moved with her late husband William J. [Bill] Higginson to Santa Fe for eleven years. They returned to North Jersey in 2003, and Harter moved to the South Jersey shore area after her husband's death in 2008. To learn more about Penny, visit her website

Friday, April 18, 2014

5 Questions with Michael Waters

Michael will read his work on May 4, 2014 at 7:00pm as part of the NJ Literary Artists Fellowship Showcase.

The reading will take place at New Jersey Repertory Company
179 Broadway
Long Branch, NJ 07740
Click here for directions

There is a suggested donation of $10. All tickets will be available at the door on the evening of the readings. No advanced ticket sales.

1. What made you want to write poetry?
I loved the clanking rhymes of Robert Service's poetry as read to me by my father at bedtime, as well as the phrasings of the rock 'n' roll songs of 1958-63 (especially those written by Doc Pomus and Carole King) and, slightly later, the word-spewings of the Beats. By the time I was fifteen, in 1965, I was attempting my own poems. Also, I wanted to girls to like me

2. Is there someone or something that inspires your work?

The visual artist Chuck Close states: "Inspiration is for amateurs." Still, other writers' work is always helpful toward creating my own work, as is the work of visual artists, composers, and choreographers. "Poems from poems, songs / from songs, paintings from paintings, / always this friendly / impregnation," writes Adam Zagajewski.

3. You have edited several anthologies. What is involved in that process?
The process involves what Emerson called "creative reading," as well as a desire to share with other readers poems that have lodged themselves within me.

4. You teach at Monmouth University & Drew University in the MFA Program in Poetry and Poetry in Translation. What do you hope your students will take away from your class?I'd like them to possess a sense of their own possibilities toward keeping our language fresh, and a desire to deepen into themselves through the precise arrangement of words.

5. Who is your favorite poet and why?
My favorite poet may be the late John Logan (d. 1987) who understood that "a poem is not a poem unless it has an essential surface to it which is musical in character."  His poems are full of feeling, deeply moving, and line by line are sensual in their sounds. You can taste his words.

To learn more about Michael, visit our website.

You can also find additional information on our website about the Literary Artist Fellowship program.