Following the successful start to the 2008/09 season, Montclair State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance continues to present exciting works of dance, comedy & drama, including many notable premieres and performances.
What I Wanna See / Feb. 6-8
The Department of Theatre and Dance, in conjunction with the Cali School of Music, kicks off 2009 with See What I Wanna See, an exciting musical premiering at McEachern Recital Hall February 6-8, 2009. Michael John LaChiusa’s intelligent and entertaining show is a powerhouse of a musical. Directed by Aaron Jodoin, this musical race through jazz, classical, Tin Pan Alley and show tunes will leave audiences breathless.
In The Timing / Feb. 17-22
All In The Timing, a collection of one-act plays by David Ives will be presented February 17-22 at the L. Howard Fox Theatre. Jim Ligon directs this collection of fast-paced, clever and wickedly funny mini-performances which Time Magazine called “theatre that aerobicizes the brain and tickles the heart.”
Dance Collage /
From March 4-8, The Department of Theatre and Dance presents DANCE COLLAGE, all new works by University students and faculty members, drawing from the modern, ballet, jazz and hip-hop idioms.
HOMBURG, conceived and directed by Jorge Cachiero from German romantic writer Heinrich von Kleist’s life story, personal letters and play “The Prince of Homburg,” will have it’s world premiere in the Alexander Kasser Theater from March 10-14. HOMBURG is a performance work that speaks about the epic struggle between an individual’s will and society’s expectations.
Meadowlands Project / April 1-5
April 1-5 will bring yet another exciting original theatrical premiere, The Meadowlands Project. Directed by Debbie Saivetz, created by Rogelio Martinez in collaboration with the student cast, this piece is an exploration of the long and colorful history of The Meadowlands – New Jersey’s fabled playland and wasteland.
2009 / April 15-19
Danceworks 2009, a showcase for dance under the direction of Artistic Director Lori Katterhenry, returns April 15-19 in the Alexander Kasser Theatre, with a diverse program of dance, including work by three time Bessie Award-winning choreographer and McArthur Fellow Susan Marshall, as well as Mary O’Donnell’s Pursuit of Happiness, created to celebrate the country’s Bicentennial in 1976.
Short Musicals / April 30 - May 6
The season concludes with Four Short Musicals, an evening of four unique new short musicals by some of the most talented musical theatre authors at work today including Kirsten Childs and Tony Award-winner Rachel Sheinkin. This concert performance will run from April 30 through May 6 in the L. Howard Fox Theatre, under the direction of Scott Davenport Richards, with musical direction by Aaron Jodoin featuring costumes by Debra Otte. The production is presented in conjunction with the John J. Cali School of Music.
All Montclair State University Department of Theatre and Dance events are presented as part of Peak Performances@ Montclair.
All tickets are $15, and are available at the Alexander Kasser Theater Box Office or by calling 973-655-5112 or online at www.peakperfs.org
Montclair State University is located at 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, New Jersey 07043.
Alfred R. Fredel
Released: January 14, 2009