The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey offers special Our Town tickets for young people


MADISON, NJ — In celebration of the 75th anniversary of Thornton Wilder’s great dramatic homage to small-town American life, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is offering young people, ages 18 and under, $20 tickets to the critically-acclaimed production of Our Town.

 

 Our Town is a play that should be seen by everyone, especially young people, said Artistic Director Bonnie J. Monte.  “It is as formative and informative a play about love and life as any of the world’s greatest classics, and in this day and age, it provides an even more important perspective than ever.  This special ticket offer for young people is our attempt to encourage parents to bring their kids to this show.  It is a perfect prelude to the Thanksgiving season for families.  Filled with all things that occupy our hearts and minds, particularly when we are young,Our Town is our Thanksgiving gift to our audience members of all ages.”

Young adult tickets may be purchased in advance by calling the Box Office at 973-408-5600 or by visiting www.ShakespeareNJ.org.

Our Town continues through November 17th at the F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, 36 Madison Ave. (at Lancaster Road) in Madison. Performances are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays at 7:30 p.m.; Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m.

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The Shakespeare Theatre’s revival of Our Town has been praised as “superb” and “powerfully gripping.” Real-life couple and Shakespeare Theatre veterans Nisi Sturgis and Jordan Coughtrygive “wholesome, heartfelt portrayals” of the play’s central couple, Emily Webb and George Gibbs.Philip Goodwin portrays the enigmatic Stage Manager “with grandfatherly affection as well as palpable pride in an ordinary neighborhood whose history he is determined to honor.”

 

The entire cast “delivers in spades” with James Michael Reilly and Alison Daugherty as Emily’s parents, the Webbs, and Malachy Cleary and Marion Adler as Doctor and Mrs. Gibbs, George’s parents. Mark H. Dold memorably appears as Simon Stimson, the tragic choir master. Rebecca Davis, Isaac Allen Miller, Jeff Gonzalez, Jake Berger, Glenn Beatty, Eileen Glenn, Terence Gleeson, Joseph Hamel, Justin Waldo, Jean Walker, and Edward McEneaney round out the population of Grover’s Corners.

The Artistic Staff

Director Joseph Discher returns to The Shakespeare Theatre, presenting Our Town “with the fidelity of a well-preserved time capsule.” Creating the world of Our Town are set designerCharlie Calvert, costume designer Candida Nichols, lighting designer Matthew Adelson.  Dee Dee Katchen serves as production stage manager.

Tickets

Single tickets for Our Town are now on sale and range from $20 to $61.   Student Rush tickets are available a half-hour before curtain for $15 with a valid student ID.   For tickets, call the box office at 973-408-5600, visit www.ShakespeareNJ.org or email boxoffice@shakespearenj.org.   

Special Performances

For no more than the cost of a regular ticket, Symposium Series performances are offered for each show and include a post-play discussion with the cast and artistic staff.  Remaining Symposium performances for Our Town will be Saturday, October 26th and November 2nd at 2 p.m.

The 2:00 p.m. performance on November 2nd will be audio described for those who are blind or have visual impairments. Audio description enables patrons with visual impairments to hear, through an FM transmitter, a live description of the action on the stage. A pre-performance sensory seminar is offered that allows patrons to feel props, costumes and set pieces to further enhance their live theatrical experience. The service is offered free of charge.

An exclusive open-captioned performance will be offered Sunday, November 10th at 2 p.m. Captioning will be provided by c2 (caption coalition) inc, a 501(c)(3) non-profit company which utilizes Live Performance Captioning (sm) for Hard of Hearing and Deaf patrons at live theatrical and cultural events. For tickets or for more information, call the box office at 973-408-5600 or visit www.ShakespeareNJ.org.

 

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s Main Stage, the 308-seat F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, is conveniently located in Madison at 36 Madison Avenue (Route 124) at Lancaster Road (on the Drew University campus), just minutes from routes 287, 78 and 10. Parking is free. The F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre is barrier free with access into the Theatre via a ramp and elevator access to all floors. Wheelchair seating and transfer seating is available. Braille and large print programs are available. Infrared listening devices are available free of charge. Some performances are audio described. Contact the theatre for more information. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 973-408-5600 or visit www.ShakespeareNJ.org.

 

The acclaimed Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is an independent, professional theatre company located on the Drew University campus. One of the leading Shakespeare theatres in the nation, serving 100,000 adults and children annually, it is New Jersey’s largest professional theatre company dedicated solely to Shakespeare’s canon and other world classics. Through its distinguished productions and education programs, the company strives to illuminate the universal and lasting relevance of the classics for contemporary audiences.

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