Friday, October 29, 2010

StrangeDog Theatre returns to Playwrights Theatre

StrangeDog Theatre returns to Playwrights Theatre on November 26 and 27 at 8pm.

We'll See Tomorrow (appropriate for ages 17 and up) depicts a variety of people struggling with their place in a world altering and growing faster than any other time in history, trying to discover where responsibility and the human spirit factor on this exponential curve.

A futuristic, cutting edge, state of the art meld of comedy and drama featuring fifteen characters portrayed by three actors, We'll See Tomorrow promises to be a whirlwind of science, madness, and whatever happens to fill the space in between.

For tickets call 201.500.SDOG (7364) or visit their website.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

One-Day Playwriting Intensive for Adults

One-Day Playwriting Intensive for Adults
with Carolyn Hunt, playwright and teaching artist

This one-day playwriting intensive is for beginners and those looking to brush up on their skills. Individual instruction may also exist.

When: Saturday, November 13 from 9:30am-12:30pm

Cost: $125

To Register: Contact our Education Department at 973.514.1787 X21.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

A Dream Cast

"If “Menopause” can be a runaway musical success, then perhaps a pre-menopausal musical at Playwrights Theatre in Madison can too.

It’s called “MoM A Rock Concert Musical.”

Because the script requires each of the women to be ace musicians, casting must have been a nightmare. But the result is a dream cast. As accomplished as these five women are as singers, they’re every bit as astonishing as musicians.

Bekka Lindstrom (Melissa) and Jane Keitel (Nancy) each play a mean guitar. Dana Loren McCoy (Ingrid) is terrific in assaulting her keyboard. Donna Jean Fogel (Karen) expertly plays a housewife who’s taking out her sexual frustration on her drum set. And while Stephanie Seskin (Catalina) can slap that bass, she can also play saxophone and flute, too.

--Peter Filichia, The Star Ledger

Read Peter's entire review.

To purchased your tickets, visiti or call the box office at 973-514-1787 X10

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Kicking Out the Jams

"Oh, mama, they're kicking out the jams at Playwrights Theatre in Madison.

Harvested from the fertile grounds of a workshop production in the 2009 FringeNYC festival (where it was voted Outstanding Musical), Playwrights has transplanted the one-of-a-kind "MoM A Rock Concert Musical" to where it belongs: the suburbs.

In between, we get memorable songs of rebellion and celebration, sadness and uncertainty. Numbers like "Why Can't He Take Care of the Kids for a Change?" will make you laugh, while the dramatic "Don't Hold Back" speaks to the core of this story, which encourages us to follow our own dreams, come what may."

--William Westhoven, Daily Record

Click here to read the entire review

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Get to Know the Cast of MoM

Stefanie Seskin (Catalina) is the founder of blue number nine, a Jersey City based group formed in 1995 that has toured regionally and across the midwest. Seskin is a recipient of ASCAP’s ASCAPLU$ Songwriter Award in the “Popular” category since 2001. Prior to forming blue number nine, Seskin played bass with Bill Popp and the Tapes, sang back-up vocals in several projects, and is credited on 14 albums, on bass, sax, flute, vocals and as engineer.

Jane Keitel (Nancy) Recent Credits: PTNJ: The Good German by David Wiltse (NY/NJ Premiere), Where the Sun Never Sets; American Globe She Bop; Garage Theatre, 7 Good Ways. Jane loves her other work as a teaching artist and director. Directing credits: Les Miserables, School Ed., Pirates of Penzance, WASP. Love and thanks to John, Dani & Richard. Dedicated with love to her mom, Helen, the original ‘Single Mom’. Contact: Facebook: ‘EJ Keitel’ or

Donna Jean Fogel (Karen) has appeared in numerous plays in NYC and regionally as well as in the independent film Nine and Law & Order. Some favorite roles: Sara in Stop Kiss, The Barrow Group; Lady Layle Wingate in Rain from Heaven, Reckless Theatre Co; Supporta in Scenes From an Execution, Blue Light/Atlantic Theatre/Olney; Sister Jane in As It Is in Heaven, Stonington Opera House on Deer Isle, ME; Frankie/Francis in The Voice of the Prairie, Cape May Stage.

Bekka Lindström (Melissa) recently played Sister Betsy in As It Is In Heaven at the Stonington Opera House in Deer Isle, Maine. She last appeared in the NY Fringe as Lori in The Lightning Field, which then went on to a run in London. Other New York credits: Medea in A Jar In The Forest (The Samuel French Play Festival); the suffragette Ellen Gates Star in Jane’s House (The Neighborhood Playhouse); and Sylvia in Stacked (The Bank Street Theater).

Dana Loren McCoy (Ingrid) is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory of Music and Berklee College of Music, Performance and Composition Majors. Dana has performed and written songs for Virgin, EMI, Netwerk and Empire Records. Dana loves the girls in “MoM” and Richard more than Nutella, and blows everlasting kisses to the producers and team at PTNJ for supporting this wonderful project. Special thanks to Tracy Wells who has been all our MoM on this journey.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Think Pink - Moms Are Free

In Honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, all MoMs get free tickets this weekend!

Calling all Moms! To kick off the first weekend of "MoM A Rock Concert Musical", we're giving away free tickets to all Moms. All you have to do is wear pink to the show tonight or tomorrow and you'll get in for FREE*.

Performances This Weekend:
Saturday, October 2 at 8pm
Sunday, October 3 at 3pm

Ruth Ross, NJ Arts Maven, thinks the show is great! Read her entire review.

Five "soccer moms" form a rock band to play at a High School benefit. Then they get really famous. Beautiful and terrible things happen to them. MOM A ROCK CONCERT MUSICAL chronicles their rise and rise. The workshop production won Outstanding Musical at FringeNYC 2009.

Appropriate for ages 16 and up, adult language and situations

Call the Box Office at 973-514-1787 X10 to reserve your tickets

*Not valid on previously purchased tickets. No retroactive discounts.

Playwrights Theatre
33 Green Village Road
PO Box 1295
Madison, NJ 07940
973-514-1787 X10