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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Attention Teens -- Monday Deadline to submit play in competition, Art Classes at Morris Museum, Oft-Studied play “Waiting for Godot” at Edison Playhouse. For the Family: more MLK Day Events


This notice arrived too late to make our usual blog, but since we know we have some talented teen writers, we wanted to alert them to this wonderful opportunity.  (Thanks to NJartsmaven.com for these listings.)

clip_image001The Theater Project’s 11th Annual Young Playwrights Competition

  • Open to all NJ secondary school students, ages 13 to 18.
  • All entries must be received by January 21, 2013

When The Theater Project says that playwrights entering its upcoming competition must be young, it means it.  Not many 13-18 year-olds have an opportunity to have a play they wrote performed in a reading by professional actors, but the three of them who win the project's Young Playwrights Competition will get that chance. (Above: 2011 Winners: seated, Melanie Cuccioli; Back Row, Victoria Grayner, Janine Puhak, Arthur Mezzo, Lauren Friezo. Photo by Kevin Sebastian)

The competition is open to secondary school students aged 13-18, and will culminate in a performance/awards ceremony in March, 2013.

The Theater Project, an award-winning drama company, is sponsoring the11th annual competition to encourage the next generation of theater practitioners and audiences by honoring student work and bringing it to life. In addition to having their work performed, the first, second, and third place authors will receive $600, $400 and $200 savings bonds, respectively.  Three additional student writers will receive Honorable Mention certificates.

“Putting words together in a meaningful way is not only about communication, but also fosters the critical thinking skills so necessary to success in education and the workplace,” says Theater Project artistic director Mark Spina.

The competition was inspired by a generous donation from Linden resident Bill Mesce, Jr., an award-winning playwright and screenwriter, whose recent short story collection, PRECIS, was published by Stephen F. Austin University Press.   He is also the author of OVERKILL: THE RISE AND FALL OF THRILLER CINEMA, and writes regularly about film and television for the award-winning website, Sound on Sight.  Mesce's reaction to the first ten years of the competition: "It is not only impressive but inspiring to see these young people applying themselves to an art form that has always been about a command of language, and a bit awesome to see how well they carry it off."

COMPETITION GUIDELINES (also available at www.thetheaterproject.org):

  • Only one entry per author.
  • Entry fee: $5
  • Scripts must be typed in play format.
  • All submissions must be 10 to 25 pages (excerpts of longer work are OK!).
  • Original work only, no adaptations.
  • All entrants must be NJ residents in secondary school.
  • Entries MUST be received by January 21, 2013

HOW TO ENTER: By January 21, 2013, submit a 10 to 25 page scriptaccording to the guidelines above to TheaterProject@AOL.COM with a 50-word biography of the author, contact information and the name of school currently attended. The $5 entry fee can be paid at our web site:www.thetheaterproject.org.

All questions can be directed to The Theater Project at 973.763.4029 or by e-mail at THEATERPROJECT@aol.com.

Speaking of plays, I saw this last night and it was a delight – iambic pentameter has never been this much fun!!!


If you missed this play at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, all is not lost. The Circle Players of Piscataway will give you another chance to laugh until your sides hurt with a play that proves that humor never goes out of style!


circleplayers001001.jpgTHE LIAR
By David Ives, adapted from the 1644 comedy by Pierre Corneille
Directed by Joseph Porter (Piscataway)
Produced by Faith Dowgin (Spotswood)

WHEN: Jan. 18-Feb. 3; 8 PM, Fridays and Saturdays, with one 3 PM matinee Sunday, Feb. 3. A wine and cheese reception will follow the opening night performance.
Circle Players, 416 Victoria Ave., Piscataway
TICKETS: $18 for adults, and $17 for students and seniors. Sorry, no credit cards can be accepted at the theater box office, but may be used online.
For reservations, call (732) 968-7555, or buy online at www.circleplayers.com. ($1 per ticket discount online.)

The Liar is a farcical tale of a pathological liar named Dorante. The moment he arrives in Paris, this man's true identity becomes a moot point. Every word out of his mouth will be not just a lie, but a whopper, except, perhaps, for his instant affection for a young lady, Clarice. Or is it her friend, Lucrece? Just whom he's truly fallen for gets tangled in a zany plot filled with mistaken identities, elaborate fabrications and furious misunderstandings.

Here’s a chance to see a play that is often in the High School Curriculum:


Web Art

www.evplayhouse.com (link on graphic will not work)

Also, for teens whose talents line in the visual arts, the Morris Museum just announced its Winter Class Schedule


Creative Lettering: Off-the-Wall Graffiti
with Kelly Bogucz.
Ages 11+

WHEN: 5 Saturdays: Jan 26, Feb 2, 9, 16, 23. 12-2 PM
WHERE: Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown
TUITION: Member $110; Non-member $125. $10 supply fee to instructor on first day.

Learn the history and culture of graffiti art as seen around the world and explore your own use of imaginative letter art forms. Then have fun creating beautiful “letter art” and characters in scratchboard, on a T-shirt, and on the cover of your very own sketchbook.

Mixed Media Collage
with Nina Nemeth
Ages 11+

WHEN: 5 Sundays: Jan 27, Feb 3, 10, 17, 24. 2:30-4:30 PM
TUITION: Member $110; Non-member $125. $5 supply fee to instructor on first day.

Have fun using various papers to create both realistic and abstract artwork. We will learn how to make layered treasures with collage from magazines, photographs, newspaper, paint and pencil. Feel free to bring your own favorite papers. The possibilities are endless—the results are spectacular!

Oil Painting for Teens
with Jessica Ross
Ages 12+

Session I: 5 Sundays: Jan 27, Feb 3, 10, 17, 24. 12-2:30 PM
Session II: 5 Sundays: Mar 3, 10, 17, 24, Apr 7. 2:30-5 PM
TUITION: Member $140; Non-member $155.
Supply list available upon registration.

Learn the basics of Oil Painting. Composition will be covered while working on a still-life. Make objects appear 3-dimensional using lights, mid-tones and shadows. Learn to mix colors while color theory is discussed. Beginners welcome and encouraged!

Water Color Painting
with Jessica Ross
Ages 11+

WHEN: 5 Sundays: Mar 3, 10, 17, 24, Apr 7. 12-2 PM
TUITION: Member $110; Non-member $125. Supply list available upon registration.

Students will investigate the range of possibilities that watercolor has to offer. Learn the basic techniques of watercolor, such as wet into wet, to create various effects and unique imagery. Learn about color and light, and how to control the edges to further advance your watercolor painting skills. Short demonstration given each class meeting, with plenty of time for students to practice, explore and create.

PDresselWCPIC2012Water Color Painting
with Peggy Dressel
Ages 13-Adult

Session I: 5 Thursdays: Jan 24, 31, Feb 7, 14, 21. 6-8 PM
Session II: 5 Thursday: Feb 28, Mar 7, 14, 21, 28. 6-8 PM
TUITION: Member $110; Non-member $125. Supply list available upon registration.

This class will cover basic techniques, color theory, value and elements of a good watercolor painting. Students will learn a controlled wet-into-wet painting technique. Subjects will include glass, silver, flowers and landscapes. Drawing skills are not essential to this course. There will be a short demonstration in every class. All levels welcome—beginners encouraged!

Figure Drawing for Teens
with Laurie Harden
Ages 12+

WHEN: 6 Thursdays: Feb 21, 28, Mar 7, 14, 21, 28. 4-6 PM
Member $160; Non-member $175.
Supply list available upon registration.

Learn to draw the human figure from life – beginning with quick, gesture sketches from short poses, and concluding with completed drawings from long poses. You will learn proportions and how to achieve the correct relationship between the parts of the body, using guides like plumb-lines and negative spaces. Experience the chance to draw many types of figures in a nurturing, non-competitive environment. Clothed model.

Museum Website: www.MorrisMuseum.org
main phone: 973-971-3700

Studio Art Office: StudioArt@morrismuseum.org
studio art phone: 973-971-3740


PLUS more MLK Day events courtesy of NJFamily eNews:

New Jersey efamily news

Things To Do

I have a dream

Saturday, January 19 - Monday, January 21

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Weekend

Morristown National Historical Park

This weekend, join the staff at Morristown National Historical Park, where you'll find lots of notable events, such as:

  • Bound to Serve (Sat.): Learn about the lives of slaves and black servants, and the role black soldiers played in the Revolutionary War.
  • In the Footsteps of Presidents (Sat.): Go on a hike and gain some presidential knowledge along the way.
  • Kids Tour of the Ford Mansion (Sun.): This historic house tour features activities such as role playing and a scavenger hunt.


Monday, January 21


Celebrate Dr. King: Explore the Dream Through Art

Express Yourself Studios in Maplewood, NJ; 11 am-2 pm

Children will learn about Dr. Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement through art--exploring the themes of peace, equality, and friendship. Participants are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item. Registration required. 

Tomorrow's Leaders

Essex County Environmental Center in Roseland, NJ; 10:30 am-12 pm

Go on a winter hike, and learn about good stewardship practices and how to 'lead' others on the trail. Warm up by the campfire with stories and hot chocolate! Registration required. 

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration:

What Does Freedom Mean to You?

Newark Museum in Newark, NJ; 12:30-4:30 pm

Commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation through community service activities, enjoying a musical performance, watching a historic film, and taking part in hands-on workshops and gallery games (like Civil Rights bingo!). 

Martin Luther King, Jr. Art Workshop
Paul Robeson Center for the Arts in Princeton, NJ; 1-4 pm

Bring Dr. King's ideals to life and into the community for an afternoon of creative learning, puppet shows, artistic expressions, and fun for kids. Honor this day of service by bringing in a non-perishable food item to be donated to the Crisis Ministry. 

For more events, check out their web calendar, or create an account to add your own!

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