Premiere Stages announces 2021/2022 Liberty Live Commission recipient

Premiere Stages announces 2021/2022 Liberty Live Commission recipient

UNION, NJ — Premiere Stages, the professional theater in residence at Kean University, has named Tylie Shider as the recipient of the 2021/2022 Liberty Live Commission, a biennial commissioning program for New Jersey playwrights in partnership with Kean’s Liberty Hall Museum. Shider’s commissioned play, “Certain Aspects of Conflict in the Negro Family,” will explore a […]

Premiere Stages announces winners of 2021 Bauer Boucher Playwriting Awards

Premiere Stages announces winners of 2021 Bauer Boucher Playwriting Awards

UNION, NJ — Premiere Stages, the professional theater company in residence at Kean University, has named current Kean University student Lucien Edme, Class of ’21, and alumnus Megan Hoche as the winners of the 2021 Bauer Boucher Playwriting Awards, named for longtime donors W. John Bauer and Nancy Boucher. Both winners will receive cash prizes […]

Rahway’s own continues acting career in upcoming NBC show

Rahway’s own continues acting career in upcoming NBC show

RAHWAY, NJ — Multitalented actor Brett Azar is hard to miss. Standing 6 feet, 2 inches tall and weighing 250 pounds, this muscled actor has been a contestant on Food Network’s “Worst Cooks in America” and has undertaken numerous television roles. He was a body double for Arnold Schwarzenegger in “Terminator Genisys” and “Terminator: Dark […]

Theater Project in Union looks back on a year like no other

Theater Project in Union looks back on a year like no other

UNION, NJ — This year brought seemingly endless challenges to the theater community, from Broadway to grassroots theaters all around the world. Since the COVID-19 shutdowns in March, independent theater companies, including The Theater Project in Union, have had to play by a whole new set of rules. The Theater Project adapted to the new […]

Comfort food for the holidays offered via streaming on Zoom

Comfort food for the holidays offered via streaming on Zoom

UNION — The Theater Project is known for its edgy, groundbreaking theater — which it has continued to put on for its patrons amid a global crisis. “It’s been a whirlwind here,” says Mark Spina, artistic director of the Theater Project. “Throughout the pandemic we’ve tried to serve the public and stay alive. I’ll say […]

Union County freeholders present 2020 Senior Citizens Virtual Art Exhibit

Union County freeholders present 2020 Senior Citizens Virtual Art Exhibit

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Each year, the freeholder board’s annual Union County Senior Citizens Art Exhibit showcases original work created by county residents aged 60 and older. The 2020 exhibit comprises 124 works of art entered by both professional and nonprofessional artists. This year’s exhibit can be viewed online at www.ucnj.org/senior-art. All artwork images were […]

Annual Cranford event draws large crowds and sees huge success

Annual Cranford event draws large crowds and sees huge success

CRANFORD, NJ — Although the novel coronavirus pandemic has disrupted many aspects of people’s lives, it didn’t stop the Cranford Community Connection from hosting its annual Cranford Porchfest on Saturday, Oct. 10. Even with face coverings and social distancing, the afternoon event, which comprised 30 bands playing on 10 different porches, was a thrill for […]

Getting out the vote through theater

Getting out the vote through theater

UNION, NJ — Like the rest of everyday life, theater productions ground to a halt when the COVID-19 pandemic took hold of the world in March. Premiere Stages, the professional theater company in residence at Kean University, was no exception. But the company is back now, on an outdoor stage, with “Fannie Lou Hamer, Speak […]

Daughter of broadcasting veteran revolutionizes theater during pandemic

Daughter of broadcasting veteran revolutionizes theater during pandemic

CRANFORD, NJ — You may know Bob Wischusen as a voice announcer for the New York Jets, college football and basketball for ESPN. As a sports commentator, the broadcasting veteran critiques and comments when some of the nation’s biggest teams are playing. While he helped revolutionize sports analysis with his booming voice, his daughter, Katrina […]

‘Art Takes Flight’ opens as Westfield’s first public art exhibit

‘Art Takes Flight’ opens as Westfield’s first public art exhibit

WESTFIELD, NJ — As part of Westfield 300, presented by Valley Bank, the Westfield Public Arts Commission has unveiled its inaugural exhibit. “Art Takes Flight” showcases the talent and vision of local artists on fiberglass butterflies throughout the downtown area. These 30 butterflies — one for each decade of Westfield’s 300 years — are set […]

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