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Celebrate the Stages Festival this March


The Stages Festival
– a project of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance – offers audiences of all ages free and discounted tickets to musicals, comedies, stories, classes, workshops, and more! Taking place throughout March, the Stages Festival provides wonderful opportunities to experience the magic of live theatre with family and friends. This year, more than 120 events are included in the festival.

For a full schedule and registration details, click here to visit the Theatre Alliance's Stages Festival website.

Choose from Northern, Central, or Southern New Jersey for a sampling of what's happening near you.

Northern Events
Northern Events
Central Events
Central Events
Southern Events
Southern Events
Northern Events

Readings of New Plays: New Plays NJ
Writers Theatre @ Bickford Theatre (Morristown), JCTC at Merseles Studios (Jersey City)
Mar 1-22 | 7:00 PM | Event Details

Each event is a reading of a new play from the Writers Theatre of NJ. New Plays New Jersey celebrates NJ playwrights and the NJ theatres who support them.


Shipwrecked! An Entertainment
Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre (Summit)
Mar 3-5 | 8:00 PM, 2:00 PM | Event Details

The adventurous Louis de Rougemont invites you to hear his amazing story of bravery, survival, and celebrity that left 19th-century England spellbound


New Works New Voices
American Theater Group @ Hamilton Stage (Rahway)
Mar 6 | 7:00 PM | Event Details

Rahway HS students' plays will be rehearsed with a professional director and actors and then presented in front of an audience, to be followed by a Q&A.


Spring Reading Series
Premiere Stages (Union)
Mar 9-12 | 7:00 PM, 3:00 PM | Event Details

Please join the 13th Annual Spring Reading Series, featuring free readings of the four finalists for the 2017 Premiere Stages Play Festival by professional actors.


To Thine Own Self Be True
Actors Shakespeare Company (Elizabeth)
Mar 10-11 | 7:30 PM | Event Details

A workshop adaptation of Shakespeare's Hamlet, where the audience is guided through the story by the characters Osric and The Gravedigger, faced with the contrast between authenticity and facade.


Julius Caesar & A Midsummer Night's Dream
The Shakespeare Theatre of NJ (Madison)
Mar 15 & 18 | 7 PM, 11 PM, 2 PM | Event Details

Personal loyalty and patriotic duty collide as cries of revolt rock the Roman capitol in political thriller Julius Caesar. Midsummer is the ideal "first Shakespeare" a riotous roller-coaster ride for all.


NJPAC Stage Exchange: The 2017 Commissions Sneak Peek
NJ Theatre Alliance @ NJPAC (Newark)
Mar 16 | 7:00 PM | Event Details

Cutting-edge play development meets insightful community dialogue, with staged readings followed by world premieres at co-commissioning theaters.


Original Musical Workshop: Unbelievable
Skyline Theatre Company (Fairlawn)
Mar 17 | 7:30 PM | Event Details

Don't miss this world premiere. Unbelievable tells the story of Beatrice “Jackie” Mitchell, who rocked the world of baseball with her drop ball pitch.


A Year in the Trenches
East Lynne Theater Co. @ Bickford Theatre (Morristown)
Mar 21 | 7:00 PM | Event Details

A staged reading of a world premiere. Meet a cast of Americans who went to Europe when the United Stated entered World War I a hundred years ago.


Equal Access
Luna Stage Company (West Orange)
Mar 31 | 7:00 PM | Event Details

An exclusive showcase of hot-off-the-press works in progress by promising new playwrights. Each of the playwrights are artists with disabilities and will share a view of the world from their perspective.


Healing Voices OnStage: Caregiver Stories
Atlantic Health System, NJTA, Premiere Stages, & Writers Theatre of NJ @ Bickford Theatre (Morristown)
Mar 31 | 7:00 PM | Event Details

Healing Voices OnStage: Caregiver Stories is a theatrical production weaving together stories about the experience of being a caregiver.




Central Events

Murder on the Orient Express Events
McCarter Theatre & Public Library (Princeton)
Mar 2 & 19 | 7:00 PM, 4:00 PM | Event Details

Join playwright Ken Ludwig and McCarter Artistic Director Emily Mann for a moderated discussion about their partnership. Then, in a post-performance talk, Ken Ludwig discusses adapting the “jewel in the crown” of the Christie Estate.


Meet "Sarah Vaughan"
Crossroads Theatre Company (New Brunswick)
Mar 19 | 5:00 PM | Event Details

Post-show Q&A with The Voice contestantTamar Davis, who is performing the role of Sarah Vaughan in the Crossroads' world premiere of Sarah Sings a Love Story.


A Day at the Theater: Salute to Our Troops
Two River Theater (Red Bank)
Mar 25 | 11:00 AM | Event Details

At this family-friendly day at the theater, we salute our military women and men. Activities include: writing letters, patriotic arts and crafts, face painting, and theater games.


Plays by People
Premiere Stages @ Matheny Medical and Educational Center (Peapack)
Mar 25 | 6:00 PM | Event Details

This evening features staged readings of short plays written by Arts Access playwrights – adults with medically complex developmental disabilities – and performed by professional actors.




Southern Events

Miss Nelson Has A Field Day!
& Miss Nelson Is Missing!
Centenary Stages Co. @ Various locations
Mar 6-30 | Times vary | Event Details

Miss Nelson enlists the no-nonsense Coach Viola Swamp to whip the Smedley Tornadoes into shape. Then, when the too-nice Miss Nelson disappears, her substitute is the no-nonsense Viola Swamp!


Character Creation for Kids - Elementary School & Junior High
Cape May Stage (Cape May)
Mar 10 | 4:30 PM, 5:30 PM | Event Details

After a series of creative movement and theatre games, students will give a brief presentation of their characters or perform short scenes.


Detectives Holmes & Carter
East Lynne Theater Co. (Cape May)
Mar 17-18 | 8:00 PM, 2:00 PM | Event Details

In The Adventure of the Red-Headed League, Sherlock Holmes must learn why a man left money in his will to start a club for redhaired men. In The Voice of Crime, the illusive "Vox" will pay Nick Carter if Nick discovers where his next robbery will occur.


Victorian Magic
East Lynne Theater Co. @ Guaracini PAC (Vineland), Ocean County Library (Forked River), & Tuckerton Library (Tuckerton)
Mar 19-27 | Times vary | Event Details

Actor/magician Robert Aberdeen delights audiences of all ages with his sleight-of-hand. Performances include audience participation.


The Paper Mill Playhouse
Broadway Show Choir
Paper Mill @ Ocean County Library (Lavallette)
Mar 25 | 3:00 PM | Event Details

The Paper Mill Playhouse Broadway Show Choir is an audition-based, exhibition Show Choir that consists of 60 singer/dancers between 15 and 22.


Jane and the Humongous Pear
Eagle Theater @ Hammonton Family Success Center (Hammonton)
Mar 25 | 12:00 PM | Event Details

A choose-your-own-adventure play written by Eagle co-artistic directors. As Jane attempts to get to Love Park in Philadelphia, she meets new friends and learns many valuable life lessons.


Magic, Mystery and Mayhem,
Shake it Up Shakespeare
Centenary Stage Co. @ Burlington County Library (Westampton)
Mar 31 | 6:00 PM | Event Details

Take a journey through some of the bard's greatest works in this mad-cap and fun-filled interactive performance.






The Stages Festival is a co-sponsored project of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. The Stages Festival is made possible in part by funding from Bank of America, The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, PSEG Foundation, The Smart Family Foundation, The F.M. Kirby Foundation, and the George A. Ohl, Jr. Trust Foundation.