The New Brunswick Cultural Center, George Street Playhouse and six other New Brunswick Arts Organizations have banded together to present a four-month-long celebration of the Arts and Community in the city. The New Brunswick Community Arts Council, the American Repertory Ballet, Crossroads Theatre Company, CoLab Arts, the Rutgers Film Coop/New Jersey Media Arts Center and the New Brunswick Free Library will offer events culminating with the final production of George Street Playhouse’s season – Our Town – which marks the beginning of yet another collaboration between the Playhouse and Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts, directed by David Esbjornson, chair of the Theatre Arts Program at Mason Gross and a noted Broadway director (Driving Miss Daisy, The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?)
Each of the events offered by these organizations is designed to complement the production and to highlight the history and culture and varied arts offerings in New Brunswick. Some of the events are FREE; others carry admission charges. Detailed information on the full range of offerings may be found by visiting www.NewBrunswick.com/OurTown. Hub City Our Town is sponsored by Arts New Brunswick, New Brunswick City Market, the Middlesex County Board of Freeholders and the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission, New Jersey350 and Devco. The George Street production of Our Town is made possible through the generous support of The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation and Johnson & Johnson. WMGQ/WCTC is the media sponsor for Our Town.
Hub City Our Town kicks off with a special event on Tuesday, March 18 at 5pm where detailed information will be available from all the participants. The event is FREE, but reservations are required. For further information or to make a reservation, contact the George Street Playhouse Box Office at 732-246-7717. George Street Playhouse is located at 9 Livingston Avenue, in the heart of New Brunswick’s vibrant arts and entertainment district.
New Brunswick Community Arts Council presents “Paint Our Town,” a city wide event on Saturday, April 5th from 11am until 5pm. Easels, canvas, and paints will be set up throughout the city; community members can paint their impressions of New Brunswick under the guidance of artists. The painting of a community mural is being planned as part of the event.
New Brunswick Free Public Library presents “New Brunswick: Our Town,” a photo contest showcasing the people and city of New Brunswick. Three free photography workshops led by professional photographers will be offered on February 19th, 26th, and March 5th. All workshops will take place at 7pm, at the library. Deadline for photo submissions is March 15th. The Photo Contest Opening Reception will be Thursday, April 24th at 6pm. Refreshments will be provided.
coLAB Arts presents “New Brunswick Story Slam,” a celebration of the people and stories that define our little city. The event takes place on Saturday, April 26th at 7pm at Crossroads Theatre.
Rutgers Film Co-Op/New Jersey Media Arts Center present “Remembering Our Town: Films About New Brunswick,” an exciting series of films shot in and around New Brunswick curated and produced by Albert Nigrin. The event is part of the New Jersey Film Festival and takes place on Saturday, April 26th at 7pm at Voorhees Hall room 105 located at 71 Hamilton St on the College Avenue Campus, Rutgers University.
American Repertory Ballet presents “Our Town,” a ballet by Phillip Jerry based on Thornton Wilder’s classic tale of love, loss, and modern life set to the majestic music of Aaron Copland. The performance is Friday, May 2nd at 7pm at Crossroads Theatre.
George Street Playhouse presents “Our Town Now,” where members of the larger New Brunswick community will write and perform a piece of theatre that celebrates their experience working and living in our town, inspired by Thornton Wilder’s Our Town. The performance is Saturday, May 17th at 2pm at George Street Playhouse.
The celebration of New Brunswick culminates with the production of Our Town by Thornton Wilder. The inaugural production of a landmark multi-year collaboration between George Street Playhouse and Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts, professional actors and Mason Gross alumni will comprise a cast of twenty four that will bring the fictional residents of Grovers Corners, New Hampshire to life on the George Street Playhouse stage, April 22 through May 25.
Casting will be announced at a later date. Tickets for Our Town may be purchased by contacting the George Street Playhouse Box Office 732-246-7717, or by visiting the Playhouse website, www.GSPonline.org.