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Actors Shakespeare Company at NJCU announces Season 2011-12: "Rough Magic"
Christmas with Dickens & Dylan - A Christmas Carol and A Child’s Christmas in Wales; Macbeth - small-cast production; Shakespeare on Screen - free film series; No Holds Bard: Much Ado About Nothing - impromptu play-along; The Tempest - outdoors.
October marks the company’s 11th anniversary, and the 2011-2012 Season will be the company’s seventh season as the professional theater in residence at New Jersey City University, all under the stewardship of Producing Artistic Director Colette Rice.
The Season 2011-2012 theme is "Rough Magic", inspired by Prospero in The Tempest, who marks his return to duty, civilization, and his own humanity with the vow, “This Rough Magic I here abjure.” “What is the Rough Magic that keeps us from fulfilling our destinies, and living lives of truth and honor? This year, ASC plunges into our relationship with the magic that takes us away from ourselves and leads us astray, as well as the magic that can bring us back to our purpose,” says Ms. Rice.
ASC at NJCU initiates its main-stage production schedule in December with Christmas with Dickens & Dylan. Characters from Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," adapted by Greg Oliver Bodine, and from Welsh poet Dylan Thomas' "A Child's Christmas in Wales" will be performed as a one-man tour-de-force by ASC Resident Artist Colin Ryan. Heartwarming stories filled with Christmas cheer, ghosts and presents make it the ideal holiday production for the whole family. Peter Galman will direct the show. Performances run December 8-18, 2011, Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays and 3:00 p.m., at NJCU’s West Side Theater, 285 West Side Avenue, Jersey City.
On January 26, 2012, ASC at NJCU will open its stage to an unrehearsed staging of William Shakespeare’
The 2011-2012 Season began informally with a new film series, Shakespeare On Screen. ASC Resident Artist James Rana is hosting free screenings of films based on or inspired by Shakespeare. On Sunday, October 23, 2011, ASC at NJCU presented Laurence Olivier's qnuqu Richard III. On Sunday, February 12, 2012, the Company will offer Akira Kurosawa's Throne of Blood. Both films screen in the Grossnickle Hall Auditorium, Room 144, on the NJCU campus.
Continuing its main-stage schedule in early spring, the Actors Shakespeare Company at NJCU delves into one of Shakespeare’
The Actors Shakespeare Company at NJCU concludes its "Rough Magic" season with a series of performances of The Tempest, Shakespeare’
All the main-stage productions of Season 2011-12: Rough Magic have audience enrichment activities. Before every performance, audience members are welcome to engage in Bard Banter, a discussion about the play held in the lobby of the theater. On select afternoons, Talkbacks are held after a matinee performance. Visit ascnj.org/education/
Advance orders for tickets to Christmas with Dickens & Dylan and Macbeth, including group sales, are now available. Tickets for adults are $30, seniors $15 and students $10, persons under 18 pay their age in dollars. A purchase of six or more tickets entitles a patron group to a 50% discount; Patrons can also earn single-ticket discounts of 20% by calling and mentioning where they saw the production notice. Call ASC at NJCU at 201-200-2390 or visit www.ascnj.org.
The Actors Shakespeare Company at New Jersey City University’s Main Stage, the 125-seat West Side Theater is conveniently located in Jersey City at 285 West Side Avenue near Culver Avenue (on the NJCU campus), just minutes from Routes 440, 1-9 and 78. There is ample parking in the University's lots on West Side Avenue. There is also public transportation by bus from Port Authority Bus Terminal and Journal Square in Jersey City; and by Hudson-Bergen Light Rail to West Side Avenue. For further help on getting to the theater, visit ascnj.org/your-
The West Side Theater is wheelchair accessible. Large print programs and assisted listening devices are available. Some performances are audio described. Call 201-200-2390 for more information and requests.
Season 2011 – 2012: Rough Magic
Richard III, a film by Laurence Olivier
Grossnickle Hall, NJCU
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Christmas with Dickens & Dylan
A Christmas Carol, adapted by Greg Oliver Bodine
& A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas
Directed by Peter Galman
West Side Theater, Jersey City
December 8 – 18, 2011
No Holds Bard: Much Ado About Nothing
Self-staged by the ASC Resident Artists
West Side Theater, NJCU Campus
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Throne of Blood, a film by Akira Kurosawa
Grossnickle Hall, NJCU Campus
Sunday, February 12, 2012
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Colette Rice
West Side Theater
March 16 – April 1, 2012
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Colette Rice
Times and places TBA
Call 201-200-2390 for more information.
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The Actors Shakespeare Company at New Jersey City University is a professional, non profit ensemble theater, entering into its Twelfth Season of service to the Hudson County area, and its seventh at New Jersey City University. www.ascnj.org