Beyond Imagination with “Imagining O”

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PLEASE NOTE: this production contains nakedness and adult themes.

What happens when you mix Shakespeare with Story of O, the erotic tome of dominance and submission? You get Peak Performances latest offering, the world premiere of Richard Schechner’s “Imagining O.”

The Alexander Kasser Theater at Montclair State University celebrates its 10th anniversary with the avante-garde work dubbed exhilirating and erotic by the New York Times. Presented by East Coast Artists, a female cast runs the world premiere of “Imagining O”, which is co-directed by Benjamin Mosse. The theater gets a workout as the audience never sits in the house once. An owl (a man wearing a dress and an owl mask) leads the audience throughout the whole theater, including backstage and outside.

Explore Your Imaginations with “Imagining O”

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Studio Playhouse Takes On Spring Awakening

BY  |  Sunday, Jun 08, 2014 11:40am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Pubescent German boys stomping out their sexual frustrations in unison on a stage can only mean one thing – Spring Awakening is now finally playing at Studio Playhouse.

A winner of eight Tony Awards, Spring Awakening celebrates the unforgettable journey from youth to adulthood. Directed by Claudia Budris, and based on the play of the same name by Frank Wedekind, the rock musical is the final installment of Studio Players’ season.

The boys, left to right: Georg (Joseph Tible), Otto (Calvin Rezen), Moritz (Chris Newhouse), Hanschen (Danny Sims), Melchior (Robert Peterpaul) and Ernst (Nick Bissel)

The boys, left to right: Georg (Joseph Tible), Otto (Calvin Rezen), Moritz (Chris Newhouse), Hanschen (Danny Sims), Melchior (Robert Peterpaul) and Ernst (Nick Bissel)

Set in Germany, 1891, the story centers on young radical bookworm and writer Melchior Gabor (Robert Peterpaul), who is ahead of his peers in sexual knowledge because of his reading. He constantly challenges the status quo of the conservative upbringing he and the rest of the adolescents receive from their parents and teachers in their 19th century provincial town. Melchior receives blame from authority when his friends’ developments go awry, when it’s the elders who are really at fault.

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Time Flies During “The Big Meal”

BY  |  Saturday, May 03, 2014 4:25pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

big-meal.png.thumbnail.488xNicole is a waitress not looking for a serious relationship, but after she meets Sam during one of her shifts, everything changes…

Directed by Susan Kerner, Montclair State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance brings Dan LeFranc’s The Big Meal to the L. Howard Fox Theatre stage, which for this production is set up as a theater-in-the-round.

The extremely fast paced play stars Montclair’s Acting majors and takes place entirely in a restaurant. After Sam and Nicole meet, their relationship takes off quicker than they expect and they are soon greeted by children Robbie and Maddie seconds after they refuse to have kids.

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Mistaken Identity, Love Triangles and More: Importance of Being Earnest At Montclair’s Studio Playhouse

BY  |  Monday, Mar 17, 2014 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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What do you get when you have a man with a dual identity, his friend with a dual identity of his own, and throw in two young women and an authoritative society? A comedic play of Shakespearean proportions.

Oscar Wilde’s most popular play The Importance of Being Earnest opened March 14 at the intimate Studio Playhouse in Upper Montclair and will be playing until March 29.

Penned by Oscar Wilde, the play follows the classic Shakespeare comedy flow of mistaken identity, apparent love triangles, consistent play on words, as evidenced by the title itself, and the possibility of a wedding or two. Continue Reading

Looking For Angels In Montclair

BY  |  Thursday, Dec 19, 2013 4:00pm  |  COMMENTS (22)

judy toma mediumStand still. Close your eyes. Clear your mind. Take deep breaths. Connect your Third Eye, heart and soul to the heavens and the angels. Ask a question. Did an unknown force push you forward? Chances are the angels are answering your question with a “Yes.”

The “Third Eye” term refers to an eye that sees beyond the physical. This activity, which utilizes your inner pendulum, is one of many techniques certified medium and psychic Judy Toma utilizes. Continue Reading

MSU Explores Inner Worlds Of Blanche And Stanley In A Streetcar Named Desire

BY  |  Friday, Nov 15, 2013 2:26pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

Photo: Mike Peters, Montclair State University.

Photo: Mike Peters, Montclair State University.

Kari Margolis, theater artist that brought Insula to MSU last year, now brings a unique representation of Tennessee William’s A Streetcar Named Desire. Presented by Montclair State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance, Streetcar is at the Alexander Kasser Theater until November 17.

Southern belle and drama queen Blanche DuBois (Anna Voyce) visits her sister Stella (Brittany Sambogna) and her husband Stanley Kowalski (Matt Petrucelli) in their two-room 1940s New Orleans home. Tensions rise between the three as Blanche constantly butts heads with Stanley because of their opposite personalities and lifestyles, until her deep dark secrets are revealed. Continue Reading

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