Middletown Village Elementary School Learns about 9-1-1

MIDDLETOWN, NJ – Sheriff’s Emergency Education for Kids (SEEK) 9-1-1 program. On Sept. 30, first graders from the Middletown Village Elementary School in Middletown were presented with SEEK 9-1-1, which is offered to elementary schools throughout Monmouth County.

“The importance of using the 9-1-1 emergency call number is vital to public safety,” said Sheriff Shaun Golden. “The goal of SEEK 9-1-1 is to teach children how to get help quickly for their own safety and for their families.”

The SEEK 9-1-1 program includes a fun video featuring animated characters who learn how the 9-1-1 system works. Instructor Richard Eisenbeis who conducts the program through the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office gives the students an overview of when to dial 9-1-1, and, provides them with a hands on interactive session using telephone simulators to role play various emergency scenarios. Scenarios include what happens when a child hangs up without speaking to a 9-1-1 public safety telecommunicator, handling an injury, what to do if you are home alone and see a prowler and when it is not appropriate to call 9-1-1.

The Monmouth County 9-1-1 Communications Center serves 45 of the county’s 53 municipalities and receives approximately 1,200 calls per day.
A large percentage of the 9-1-1 calls received are wrong numbers, prank calls, hang ups or non-emergencies. During the presentation, SEEK 9-1-1 instructors emphasize the appropriate times to call 9-1-1 and when other non-emergency phone numbers should be used.

“The Sheriff’s Office is committed to safety and youth education and we’re proud to make the SEEK 9-1-1 program available to the Middletown Village Elementary School,” said Sheriff Golden. “It’s important for students and adults to remember to SEEK 9-1-1 during an emergency.”

Middletown Village Elementary School Learns about 9-1-1

MIDDLETOWN, NJ – Sheriff’s Emergency Education for Kids (SEEK) 9-1-1 program. On Sept. 30, first graders from the Middletown Village Elementary School in Middletown were presented with SEEK 9-1-1, which is offered to elementary schools throughout Monmouth County.

“The importance of using the 9-1-1 emergency call number is vital to public safety,” said Sheriff Shaun Golden. “The goal of SEEK 9-1-1 is to teach children how to get help quickly for their own safety and for their families.”

The SEEK 9-1-1 program includes a fun video featuring animated characters who learn how the 9-1-1 system works. Instructor Richard Eisenbeis who conducts the program through the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office gives the students an overview of when to dial 9-1-1, and, provides them with a hands on interactive session using telephone simulators to role play various emergency scenarios. Scenarios include what happens when a child hangs up without speaking to a 9-1-1 public safety telecommunicator, handling an injury, what to do if you are home alone and see a prowler and when it is not appropriate to call 9-1-1.

The Monmouth County 9-1-1 Communications Center serves 45 of the county’s 53 municipalities and receives approximately 1,200 calls per day.
A large percentage of the 9-1-1 calls received are wrong numbers, prank calls, hang ups or non-emergencies. During the presentation, SEEK 9-1-1 instructors emphasize the appropriate times to call 9-1-1 and when other non-emergency phone numbers should be used.

“The Sheriff’s Office is committed to safety and youth education and we’re proud to make the SEEK 9-1-1 program available to the Middletown Village Elementary School,” said Sheriff Golden. “It’s important for students and adults to remember to SEEK 9-1-1 during an emergency.”

Lesniak and Kyrillos Announce Fast Track Sports Betting Legislation

TRENTON – Countering the latest attempt by the professional sports leagues to prevent New Jersey from allowing sports betting, Senator Raymond Lesniak (D-Union) and Senator Joseph Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) announced on Tuesday the planned introduction of legislation that will bolster the state’s legal position.

The bill, which will be officially introduced at the Senate’s next session, would explicitly abolish language in state law that prohibits sports betting, a move that would reinforce the state attorney general’s effort to lift the injunction preventing the state from moving forward on plans to allow casinos and racetracks to accept wagers on sporting events. The measure would also prohibit the transport of sports-betting equipment across state lines and set an age requirement of 21 years old.

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Lesniak and Kyrillos Announce Fast Track Sports Betting Legislation

TRENTON – Countering the latest attempt by the professional sports leagues to prevent New Jersey from allowing sports betting, Senator Raymond Lesniak (D-Union) and Senator Joseph Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) announced on Tuesday the planned introduction of legislation that will bolster the state’s legal position.

The bill, which will be officially introduced at the Senate’s next session, would explicitly abolish language in state law that prohibits sports betting, a move that would reinforce the state attorney general’s effort to lift the injunction preventing the state from moving forward on plans to allow casinos and racetracks to accept wagers on sporting events. The measure would also prohibit the transport of sports-betting equipment across state lines and set an age requirement of 21 years old.

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Blessing of the Animals at AH First Presbyterian

ATLANTIC  HIGHLANDS, NJ – The Rev. Paul F. Rack, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, will conduct a blessing of the animals from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday at the church. All area residents are invited to bring their pets to the outdoor event, which will be held rain or shine.

       The pastor will continue his series of sermons looking at St. Paul’s letter to the Galatians during the 11 a.m. Sunday worship service. He will also administer  Holy Communion.

       Rack’s sermon, entitled “No Compromises,” will be based on the Book of Galatians 2:1-21 and will focus on the apostle Paul confronting St. Peter over the place of Jewish law in Christian life.

       Among the questions to be covered are how do Christians decide what is essential and what can we be flexible about.

       The David Nunez-directed adult choir will perform during the service.

       Sunday School, which is open to all area children, will begin following the children’s sermon.

       Child care and activities for all children are provided during all services held at the church.

       The service at the 124-year-old church at Third and E. Highland Avenues will be held in the church sanctuary after being conducted in the Fellowship Hall in the rear of the sanctuary for the summer as part of a casual seasonal program.

      The Deacons’ second annual Vendor Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 11 at the church, and is open to the public.

Blessing of the Animals at AH First Presbyterian

ATLANTIC  HIGHLANDS, NJ – The Rev. Paul F. Rack, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, will conduct a blessing of the animals from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday at the church. All area residents are invited to bring their pets to the outdoor event, which will be held rain or shine.

       The pastor will continue his series of sermons looking at St. Paul’s letter to the Galatians during the 11 a.m. Sunday worship service. He will also administer  Holy Communion.

       Rack’s sermon, entitled “No Compromises,” will be based on the Book of Galatians 2:1-21 and will focus on the apostle Paul confronting St. Peter over the place of Jewish law in Christian life.

       Among the questions to be covered are how do Christians decide what is essential and what can we be flexible about.

       The David Nunez-directed adult choir will perform during the service.

       Sunday School, which is open to all area children, will begin following the children’s sermon.

       Child care and activities for all children are provided during all services held at the church.

       The service at the 124-year-old church at Third and E. Highland Avenues will be held in the church sanctuary after being conducted in the Fellowship Hall in the rear of the sanctuary for the summer as part of a casual seasonal program.

      The Deacons’ second annual Vendor Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 11 at the church, and is open to the public.

Art Show and Sale Benefiting 180 Turning Lives Around and Junior Sailing Education Program Scholarships

ahyc art show saleAtlantic Highlands, NJ – Atlantic Highlands Yacht Club, (AHYC), is hosting an Art Show and Sale on Sunday, November 16, 2014 from Noon until 4:30 PM.  Admission is FREE.  The AHYC is located at 6 Simon Lake Drive, 2nd floor of Shore Casino in Atlantic Highlands, NJ. Don’t miss this opportunity to view and buy original artwork and mingle with our local artists.  Included in the show will be oil, watercolor, acrylics, mixed media, jewelry, photography, pottery and much more.  Complimentary light hors d’oeuvres will be served and the bar will be available.  Take in the breathtaking panoramic views of the Harbor and New York City skyline while you shop! 

Proceeds from a Silent Auction will be donated to 180 Turning Lives Around and  the Junior Sailors from the Atlantic Highlands Sailing Education Program will be selling baked goods to raise money for Scholarships. 

Featured artists include: Mike Quon a graphic fine artist and painter, best known for his colorful, bold brushstroke style and whimsical depictions of favorite places, everyday objects and architecture.  He has sketched al over the world on his travels, on subways in NYC to Tokyo to cafes and landmarks in Australia, South America, Europe and Asia.  Living and working now in the Greater NY area, a California native, he graduated from UCLA with a BFA and furthered his studies at Art Center College in Los Angeles studying under the influences of Richard Diebenkorn and pop artist Ed Ruscha. Greatly influenced by popular culture, and POP art, his father was an animator for The Walt Disney Company, and his credits include working on the animated classics Fantasia and Dumbo. Mike Quon’s artwork has made appearances in gallery and museum exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, and Paris, as well as in the permanent collections of the Library of Congress, The New York Times, The US Air Force Art Collection and The New York Historical Society.  He is the author of two books, Non-Traditional Design and Corporate Graphics published by PBC International.  He loves drawing daily and believes that “Art has got to be fun” You can view his work at www.quonart.com

Megan Heath Gilhool is a self-taught artist and has been painting and working with colors since childhood.  Megan is known for her colorful painted murals in restaurants, bars, show houses, private homes and the public library. She is often commissioned to do pet and house portraits. In the garage of the Hovnanian Show House she painted life-size cars.  She was commissioned to design a sail for a sailboat and has worked on the restoration of the historic Paramount Theater located in Asbury Park, NJ.  Megan painted a trompe l oeil mural in the Sea Bright, NJ bus stop that was washed away in Super Storm Sandy.  She will be painting a new mural in the newly rebuilt bus stop this year.  Megan owns and runs ArtSea Gallery along with her husband Michael.  ArtSea Gallery is an art gallery featuring local NJ artists and artisans.  It is also a gift shop and art classes are held for all ages.  It is located at 1112 Ocean Avenue, Sea Bright, NJ;

Art Petrosemolo is a photo journalist who enjoys photographing action-based activities. An avid sailor, he specializes in nautical photography as well as thoroughbred and standard bred racing and has been the chief photographer for regional, national and international regattas in the Lightning, Flying Scot, Albacore, Wood Pussy and A-Cat classes.   In addition, Art has photographed non-traditional events including women’s roller derby, bull riding, and hot air ballooning.  Art currently teaches undergraduate and graduate courses at Fairleigh Dickinson University in public relations, photography and marketing.  Art’s illustrated feature articles have appeared in many local and regional publications including the Pittsburg Post Gazette, New Jersey Monthly and the Two River Times.  His work has been exhibited at the Monmouth County Libraries and at Fairleigh Dickinson University.  You can view his work at: Art Petrosemolo-NauticalPhotograpy.us;

Michael Scherfen is a watercolor artist studying under the renowned watercolor artist Donald Voorhees, AWAS, NJWS.  His paintings range from portraits to landscapes and seascapes.  Originally from the West Coast he holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the Art Center College of Design, Los Angeles, CA. He draws his inspiration from the intriguing colors and textures that surround him, from the face of a colorful character to the scales of a resting boa.  You can view his work at: www.mikescherfen.com;

Linne A. Grant began her art studies with Lorraine Niemela and continues with other local artists.  A detailed-oriented watercolorist whose main theme is portraying older buildings with character in Monmouth County – “places where we have all been.”  Her subjects incorporate older buildings and notable monuments found throughout the county.  A life-long resident of the County she says “I love to capture the tone of a particular building and then enjoy watching people’s faces and hearing their stories about each place I’ve painted.  Some stories are funny and add an even deeper connection with my goal to paint something from every town in Monmouth County.”  Some of her most remembered pieces of artwork include the Sandy Hook Light House, the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, Ice Boating on the Navesink and the Middletown Clown, seen on Route 35.  Her artwork has been displayed in exhibitions held at the Monmouth Beach Cultural Center, Libraries in Rumson, Middletown, and Wall Little Silver Borough Hall and the Galleria in Red Bank.  Linne is a member of the Art Society of Monmouth County, the Monmouth County Art Council and the Guild of Creative Art, all in NJ. You can view her work at: www.monmouthcountyartist.com;

Concetta E. Volpe is an avid en plein air painter where she believes in capturing the atmospheric light and the true changing colors of nature.  She is known for her illustrious colors on her palette.  Her paintings are commissioned by private collectors and are displayed in home and offices throughout Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Nantucket.  Her portrait artwork has also been published on t-shirts, sold in music stores and worn by Chris Robinson lead singer of “The Black Crows” rock band.

Although her career started with portraits and fashion designs, she is inspired by her travels, to capture nature, with its wondrous colors, and all its subtleties of light and dark shades, which developed her interest in landscapes created in multi mediums.  During her travel to Nantucket in 2009, she first met John P. Osborne at his en plein air workshop where he introduced the Prismatic Palette to which she uses in her paintings today.  She finds painting to be a learning process always full of new challenges and ideas. 

She has received many honors, including: 1st Place award for Oils in 2014 and 2013 juried shows, Art Society of Old Greenwich Bendheim Gallery;.Best in Show 2012 juried show, The Flinn Gallery, Greenwich, CT.  Kent Art Association Award in The Ridgewood Art Institute’s 32nd Regional Juried Competition, and Honorable Mention in 2003 at The Riverside Yacht Club Art Show and Sale.  You can view her work at: www.concettafineart.com.

So many more wonderful artists will be there including sculptures and jewelry.  For more information about the Art Show and Sale please call 732-291-1118 after 4:00 pm or go to www.ahyc.net/artshow.  

Art Show and Sale Benefiting 180 Turning Lives Around and Junior Sailing Education Program Scholarships

ahyc art show saleAtlantic Highlands, NJ – Atlantic Highlands Yacht Club, (AHYC), is hosting an Art Show and Sale on Sunday, November 16, 2014 from Noon until 4:30 PM.  Admission is FREE.  The AHYC is located at 6 Simon Lake Drive, 2nd floor of Shore Casino in Atlantic Highlands, NJ. Don’t miss this opportunity to view and buy original artwork and mingle with our local artists.  Included in the show will be oil, watercolor, acrylics, mixed media, jewelry, photography, pottery and much more.  Complimentary light hors d’oeuvres will be served and the bar will be available.  Take in the breathtaking panoramic views of the Harbor and New York City skyline while you shop! 

Proceeds from a Silent Auction will be donated to 180 Turning Lives Around and  the Junior Sailors from the Atlantic Highlands Sailing Education Program will be selling baked goods to raise money for Scholarships. 

Featured artists include: Mike Quon a graphic fine artist and painter, best known for his colorful, bold brushstroke style and whimsical depictions of favorite places, everyday objects and architecture.  He has sketched al over the world on his travels, on subways in NYC to Tokyo to cafes and landmarks in Australia, South America, Europe and Asia.  Living and working now in the Greater NY area, a California native, he graduated from UCLA with a BFA and furthered his studies at Art Center College in Los Angeles studying under the influences of Richard Diebenkorn and pop artist Ed Ruscha. Greatly influenced by popular culture, and POP art, his father was an animator for The Walt Disney Company, and his credits include working on the animated classics Fantasia and Dumbo. Mike Quon’s artwork has made appearances in gallery and museum exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, and Paris, as well as in the permanent collections of the Library of Congress, The New York Times, The US Air Force Art Collection and The New York Historical Society.  He is the author of two books, Non-Traditional Design and Corporate Graphics published by PBC International.  He loves drawing daily and believes that “Art has got to be fun” You can view his work at www.quonart.com

Megan Heath Gilhool is a self-taught artist and has been painting and working with colors since childhood.  Megan is known for her colorful painted murals in restaurants, bars, show houses, private homes and the public library. She is often commissioned to do pet and house portraits. In the garage of the Hovnanian Show House she painted life-size cars.  She was commissioned to design a sail for a sailboat and has worked on the restoration of the historic Paramount Theater located in Asbury Park, NJ.  Megan painted a trompe l oeil mural in the Sea Bright, NJ bus stop that was washed away in Super Storm Sandy.  She will be painting a new mural in the newly rebuilt bus stop this year.  Megan owns and runs ArtSea Gallery along with her husband Michael.  ArtSea Gallery is an art gallery featuring local NJ artists and artisans.  It is also a gift shop and art classes are held for all ages.  It is located at 1112 Ocean Avenue, Sea Bright, NJ;

Art Petrosemolo is a photo journalist who enjoys photographing action-based activities. An avid sailor, he specializes in nautical photography as well as thoroughbred and standard bred racing and has been the chief photographer for regional, national and international regattas in the Lightning, Flying Scot, Albacore, Wood Pussy and A-Cat classes.   In addition, Art has photographed non-traditional events including women’s roller derby, bull riding, and hot air ballooning.  Art currently teaches undergraduate and graduate courses at Fairleigh Dickinson University in public relations, photography and marketing.  Art’s illustrated feature articles have appeared in many local and regional publications including the Pittsburg Post Gazette, New Jersey Monthly and the Two River Times.  His work has been exhibited at the Monmouth County Libraries and at Fairleigh Dickinson University.  You can view his work at: Art Petrosemolo-NauticalPhotograpy.us;

Michael Scherfen is a watercolor artist studying under the renowned watercolor artist Donald Voorhees, AWAS, NJWS.  His paintings range from portraits to landscapes and seascapes.  Originally from the West Coast he holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the Art Center College of Design, Los Angeles, CA. He draws his inspiration from the intriguing colors and textures that surround him, from the face of a colorful character to the scales of a resting boa.  You can view his work at: www.mikescherfen.com;

Linne A. Grant began her art studies with Lorraine Niemela and continues with other local artists.  A detailed-oriented watercolorist whose main theme is portraying older buildings with character in Monmouth County – “places where we have all been.”  Her subjects incorporate older buildings and notable monuments found throughout the county.  A life-long resident of the County she says “I love to capture the tone of a particular building and then enjoy watching people’s faces and hearing their stories about each place I’ve painted.  Some stories are funny and add an even deeper connection with my goal to paint something from every town in Monmouth County.”  Some of her most remembered pieces of artwork include the Sandy Hook Light House, the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, Ice Boating on the Navesink and the Middletown Clown, seen on Route 35.  Her artwork has been displayed in exhibitions held at the Monmouth Beach Cultural Center, Libraries in Rumson, Middletown, and Wall Little Silver Borough Hall and the Galleria in Red Bank.  Linne is a member of the Art Society of Monmouth County, the Monmouth County Art Council and the Guild of Creative Art, all in NJ. You can view her work at: www.monmouthcountyartist.com;

Concetta E. Volpe is an avid en plein air painter where she believes in capturing the atmospheric light and the true changing colors of nature.  She is known for her illustrious colors on her palette.  Her paintings are commissioned by private collectors and are displayed in home and offices throughout Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Nantucket.  Her portrait artwork has also been published on t-shirts, sold in music stores and worn by Chris Robinson lead singer of “The Black Crows” rock band.

Although her career started with portraits and fashion designs, she is inspired by her travels, to capture nature, with its wondrous colors, and all its subtleties of light and dark shades, which developed her interest in landscapes created in multi mediums.  During her travel to Nantucket in 2009, she first met John P. Osborne at his en plein air workshop where he introduced the Prismatic Palette to which she uses in her paintings today.  She finds painting to be a learning process always full of new challenges and ideas. 

She has received many honors, including: 1st Place award for Oils in 2014 and 2013 juried shows, Art Society of Old Greenwich Bendheim Gallery;.Best in Show 2012 juried show, The Flinn Gallery, Greenwich, CT.  Kent Art Association Award in The Ridgewood Art Institute’s 32nd Regional Juried Competition, and Honorable Mention in 2003 at The Riverside Yacht Club Art Show and Sale.  You can view her work at: www.concettafineart.com.

So many more wonderful artists will be there including sculptures and jewelry.  For more information about the Art Show and Sale please call 732-291-1118 after 4:00 pm or go to www.ahyc.net/artshow.  

World Premiere of Angels and Ministers of Grace

nj rep angels grace castOctober 23 – November 23, 2014

LONG BRANCH, NJ – Monday, September 29, 2014 – New Jersey Repertory Company, located at 179 Broadway in Long Branch, is proud to present the World Premiere of Angels and Ministers of Grace by Elaine Smith on October 23 through November 23, 2014.

A poignant and compelling story of a close-knit, yet eccentric family’s struggle to overcome life’s ups and downs, Angels and Ministers of Grace captures the struggles that confront families today throughout the heartland and urban centers of America, and reveals in bold relief the forces that threaten to destroy the American dream. It is a classic in the making.

The cast includes Dana Benningfield, James Earley, Maureen Silliman, and David Van Pelt and is directed by Marc Geller. Angels and Ministers of Grace begins preview performances on Thursday, October 23 and celebrates its opening night on Saturday, October 25 at New Jersey Repertory Company (179 Broadway, Long Branch, NJ). The play runs through Sunday, November 23. Tickets may be purchased by calling 732-229-3166 or online at www.njrep.org.

The production team includes: Jessica Parks (Set Design & Props), Jill Nagle (Lighting Design), Merek Royce Press (Sound Design), Patricia E. Doherty (Costume Design), Michael Carroll (Technical Director), and Jennifer Tardibuono (Stage Manager).

Who’s Who:

Elaine Smith (Playwright) Elaine Smith is an actor, director, and accidental playwright. Other works include The Looking Glass (adapted from Edith Wharton’s short story and produced in August 2013 by The Wharton Salon) and short plays Liar’s Poker (Finalist – 2010 Heideman Award), Picture Perfect, She Hung Up, Cararapace, and Ten Minute Life (recently produced at 10 By 10 in the Triangle by the ArtsCenter in Carrboro, NC). In the wake of a temporary insanity known as Ten Plays in Ten Days, works-in-progress include short pieces Strange Flowers of Reason, Handiwork, Darkness, Agit-Prop 8, Walls, Fishing, Quis Custodiet, and two full-length plays, Powerplay and Three Mile Limit. Angels and Ministers of Grace has been previously read at Abingdon Theatre Company, the Barter Theatre (second place, Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights), Berkshire Theatre Festival, BoarsHead Theater, Penobscot Theatre Northern Writes Festival, and Theatre Resources Unlimited’s TRU Voices Reading Series. It has been a finalist for the Ashland New Plays Festival, a semi-finalist for the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center National Playwrights Conference, a semi-finalist for the Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, a Susan Smith Blackburn Prize nominee, a finalist for the Eudora Welty New Play Series, and won Honorable Mention in the 76th Competition. Wearing her actor and director hats, Elaine has worked at Abingdon Theatre Company, New Dramatists, Lincoln Center Institute, Women’s Projects & Productions, and Immigrants’ Theatre Project, among other venues. She has been a script reader for the Princess Grace Awards and for WPP, has a Master’s in Theatre from the University of Denver and a B.A. in Theatre from the University of Delaware. She is a proud member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA, LPTW and the Dramatist’s Guild. Elaine is eternally grateful for the representation of Ron Gwiazda and Amy Wagner of Abrams Artists and for the encouragement of actress Linda Hamilton whose generous participation and fine work in an early reading of this play kicked her into gear. Gratitude is also owed for the support of an army of other angels too numerous to mention here who can be found listed at AngelsAndMinisters.com.

Marc Geller (Director) For NJ Rep,Marc Gellerhas directed Noir, Middlemen and Donna Orbits The Moon. Other directing credits include: Two-headed at the Berkshire Theatre Festival, Souvenir at Stageworks/Hudson and the world premieres of the off- Broadway shows Ascension (Lion Theatre), Acts of Love (Kirk Theatre) and Adjoining Trances (Beckett Theatre) all in NYC. Other New York directing credits include: the world premieres of The Fabulous Kane Sisters in Box Office Poison (Cherry Lane Theatre), Dammerung (Lion Theatre), More Than This (urban stages) and the first New York revival of Unidentified Human Remains and The True Nature of Love (Judith Anderson Theatre). Marc has also been seen as an actor at NJ Rep, playing Sidney Web in Engaging Shaw, a role he also played in the NYC premiere. His next job will be appearing as the Ghost of Marley in A Christmas Carol (for the 2nd year) at the Hanover Theatre in Worcester, Ma. He can currently be seen on the Onion, channeling the dead, as psychic medium Kenneth Quinn. Marc is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, Actor’s Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA.

nj rep angels grace dana benningfieldDana Benningfield (Miriam) Dana is thrilled to be returning to the NJ Rep stage. Previous NJ Rep credits include: Mike Folie’s Lemonade, Gino DiIorio’s Winterizing the Summer House (world premiere), Moise Kaufman’s The Laramie Project (“Best New Jersey Premiere” – Star-Ledger), Sandra Perlman’s In Search of Red River Dog, and Mark Dunn’s North Fork (nominated “Best Featured Actress” by the Star-Ledger).  She has also had the pleasure of directing two NJ Rep main stage productions:  Vincent Sessa’s A Child’s Guide to Innocence and Charlie Schulman’s Character Assassins. Select New York credits: Ross Howard’s Picture Ourselves in Latvia (U.S. Premiere, published by Samuel French, produced by New Light Theatre Project), Victor Bumbalo’s Questa (New York premiere – Wings Theatre), Responsible Parties by Jeffrey Sweet (Miranda Theatre), A Room in the Middle by Vladimir Zelevinsky (Metropolitan Playhouse) as well as numerous script-in-hand readings at the Daryl Roth Theatre, 78th Street Theatre Lab, Boomerang Theatre Company, Lark Theatre Company and MCC Playwright’s Coalition.  Additional regional credits:  A Midsummer Night’s Dream (BAMA Theatre Co/NJ State Theatre), Richard III, Henry VI-Part A & B, To Kill A Mockingbird, Twelfth Night, Dr. Faustus, Trojan Women, Beauty and the Beast, A Christmas Carol, Treasure Island (Alabama Shakespeare Festival); Erik Gernand’s The Beautiful Dark (Premiere Stages), Richard II and Love’s Labours Lost (Virginia Shakespeare Festival); Tom Sawyer (Dallas Theatre Center); Russell Davis’ Song of Grendelyn (Playwrights Theatre of NJ). Film/TV:  Docs and Robbers, Bust (with Dan Lauria), Redrum (Investigation Discovery Channel). www.danabenningfield.com.

nj rep angels grace maureen sillimanMaureen Silliman (Arletta) Broadway: Shenandoah, I Remember Mama. Is There Life After High School? Off Broadway: The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (NY Shakespeare Festival) Reckless, Blue Window. (Also West Coast – LA Drama Critics and Dramalogue Awards) Marathon Dancing (Anne Bogart, Director).  Tours: The Gingerbread Lady, Marigolds (with Shelley Winters – NJ Drama Critics Award), Fiddler on the Roof (Golde opposite Theodore Bikel). Regional: Papermill Playhouse (Rags), Cincinnati Playhouse (Pure Confidence — Acclaim Award), Two River Theater (The Glass Menagerie, The Real Thing, Beauty Queen of Leenane, Uncle Vanya), Shakespeare Theater of NJ (I Capture the Castle, To Kill a Mockingbird) La Jolla (Zhivago), Coconut Grove Playhouse (No Way to Treat a Lady, The Rothschilds), Huntington Theater (Company, A Christmas Carol), Ensemble Theatre Company (Ghosts) Theaterworks (Pride’s Crossing). Film & Television: Blue Window (PBS), Dixie: Changing Habits (CBS), Childhood’s End, Reckless, Law and Order, The Andros Targets, Feds, and two years as Pam Chandler on Guiding Light. Maureen won a MAC Award for the CD “Pictures in the Hall”. 

nj rep angels grace james earleyJames Earley (Frank)James Patrick Earley is originally from the Philadelphia area and now resides in Brooklyn, NY. James was last seen in NJ Rep’s October 1962. Other NJ credits include: Grapes of Wrath (Uncle John), Much Ado About Nothing (Watchman), A Midwinter Night’s Dream (Snug the Lion), The Crucible (Herrick), Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Freddy), and An American Daughter (Tucker). NY credits include: The Woman Standing on the Moon (David), Sparkling Object (Nolan), and Yesterday (Terence). LA credits include: The Actor’s Life (James), Agua Dulce (Mike) and Don’t Dress For Dinner (George). Film and TV credits include: Return to Lonesome Dove, Ally Mcbeal, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Arrest and Trial, Panther, The Wicked Do Prosper and Dennis. Look for him in an upcoming comedy pilot called Don’t Know Jack.

nj rep angels david van peltDavid Van Pelt (Jimmy Ray)NY Theatre: The Mint (Katie Roche, Rutherford and Son, 2001 and 2012 productions; The Daughter In Law) Abingdon (Many readings, staged readings, workshops and main stage productions including Jan Buttram’s Zona, and Texas Homos, Melvin Bernhardt, dir), Understudy for the Peach in The Melting Pot/ Kevin Spacey produced Cobb at the Lucille Lortel, TNC (Gint), Currican (The Borderland w/Larry Lau), Actor’s Playhouse (Girl’s Town). Member of the once renowned Circle Rep Lab. Regional: Aspen Music Festival (Claudius and the Ghost in Hamlet, Quinton Gordon, dir.; John Mauceri, conductor), New Jersey Rep (Angels and Ministers of Grace Defend Us, w/ Linda Hamilton), Pittsburgh Public (Cobb, The School for Wives), Stamford Theater Works (Red Barber in National Pastime), Actor’s Theatre of Louisville (Humana Festival’s Mystery of Attraction, Richard Corley, dir.; Dracula in Dracula; Marley, A Christmas Carol), Romulus Linney’s Heathen Valley for Baylor University’s Horton Foote Festival and Appalachian Summer Festival (Jim Houghton, dir.), Pete Gint in Romulus Linney’s Gint, Romulus Linney, dir., International Ibsen Festival, Oslo, Norway), Old Globe, Denver Center, Long Wharf (Tony Kushner, dir.), Huntington (Eric Simonson, dir.), Wisconsin Shakespeare. National Broadway Tour: A Few Good Men (Don Scardino, dir. W/Michael O’Keefe and Paul Winfield. Television: Law and Order. Commercial: National KFC and AT&T. University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

World Premiere of Angels and Ministers of Grace

nj rep angels grace castOctober 23 – November 23, 2014

LONG BRANCH, NJ – Monday, September 29, 2014 – New Jersey Repertory Company, located at 179 Broadway in Long Branch, is proud to present the World Premiere of Angels and Ministers of Grace by Elaine Smith on October 23 through November 23, 2014.

A poignant and compelling story of a close-knit, yet eccentric family’s struggle to overcome life’s ups and downs, Angels and Ministers of Grace captures the struggles that confront families today throughout the heartland and urban centers of America, and reveals in bold relief the forces that threaten to destroy the American dream. It is a classic in the making.

The cast includes Dana Benningfield, James Earley, Maureen Silliman, and David Van Pelt and is directed by Marc Geller. Angels and Ministers of Grace begins preview performances on Thursday, October 23 and celebrates its opening night on Saturday, October 25 at New Jersey Repertory Company (179 Broadway, Long Branch, NJ). The play runs through Sunday, November 23. Tickets may be purchased by calling 732-229-3166 or online at www.njrep.org.

The production team includes: Jessica Parks (Set Design & Props), Jill Nagle (Lighting Design), Merek Royce Press (Sound Design), Patricia E. Doherty (Costume Design), Michael Carroll (Technical Director), and Jennifer Tardibuono (Stage Manager).

Who’s Who:

Elaine Smith (Playwright) Elaine Smith is an actor, director, and accidental playwright. Other works include The Looking Glass (adapted from Edith Wharton’s short story and produced in August 2013 by The Wharton Salon) and short plays Liar’s Poker (Finalist – 2010 Heideman Award), Picture Perfect, She Hung Up, Cararapace, and Ten Minute Life (recently produced at 10 By 10 in the Triangle by the ArtsCenter in Carrboro, NC). In the wake of a temporary insanity known as Ten Plays in Ten Days, works-in-progress include short pieces Strange Flowers of Reason, Handiwork, Darkness, Agit-Prop 8, Walls, Fishing, Quis Custodiet, and two full-length plays, Powerplay and Three Mile Limit. Angels and Ministers of Grace has been previously read at Abingdon Theatre Company, the Barter Theatre (second place, Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights), Berkshire Theatre Festival, BoarsHead Theater, Penobscot Theatre Northern Writes Festival, and Theatre Resources Unlimited’s TRU Voices Reading Series. It has been a finalist for the Ashland New Plays Festival, a semi-finalist for the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center National Playwrights Conference, a semi-finalist for the Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, a Susan Smith Blackburn Prize nominee, a finalist for the Eudora Welty New Play Series, and won Honorable Mention in the 76th Competition. Wearing her actor and director hats, Elaine has worked at Abingdon Theatre Company, New Dramatists, Lincoln Center Institute, Women’s Projects & Productions, and Immigrants’ Theatre Project, among other venues. She has been a script reader for the Princess Grace Awards and for WPP, has a Master’s in Theatre from the University of Denver and a B.A. in Theatre from the University of Delaware. She is a proud member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA, LPTW and the Dramatist’s Guild. Elaine is eternally grateful for the representation of Ron Gwiazda and Amy Wagner of Abrams Artists and for the encouragement of actress Linda Hamilton whose generous participation and fine work in an early reading of this play kicked her into gear. Gratitude is also owed for the support of an army of other angels too numerous to mention here who can be found listed at AngelsAndMinisters.com.

Marc Geller (Director) For NJ Rep,Marc Gellerhas directed Noir, Middlemen and Donna Orbits The Moon. Other directing credits include: Two-headed at the Berkshire Theatre Festival, Souvenir at Stageworks/Hudson and the world premieres of the off- Broadway shows Ascension (Lion Theatre), Acts of Love (Kirk Theatre) and Adjoining Trances (Beckett Theatre) all in NYC. Other New York directing credits include: the world premieres of The Fabulous Kane Sisters in Box Office Poison (Cherry Lane Theatre), Dammerung (Lion Theatre), More Than This (urban stages) and the first New York revival of Unidentified Human Remains and The True Nature of Love (Judith Anderson Theatre). Marc has also been seen as an actor at NJ Rep, playing Sidney Web in Engaging Shaw, a role he also played in the NYC premiere. His next job will be appearing as the Ghost of Marley in A Christmas Carol (for the 2nd year) at the Hanover Theatre in Worcester, Ma. He can currently be seen on the Onion, channeling the dead, as psychic medium Kenneth Quinn. Marc is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, Actor’s Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA.

nj rep angels grace dana benningfieldDana Benningfield (Miriam) Dana is thrilled to be returning to the NJ Rep stage. Previous NJ Rep credits include: Mike Folie’s Lemonade, Gino DiIorio’s Winterizing the Summer House (world premiere), Moise Kaufman’s The Laramie Project (“Best New Jersey Premiere” – Star-Ledger), Sandra Perlman’s In Search of Red River Dog, and Mark Dunn’s North Fork (nominated “Best Featured Actress” by the Star-Ledger).  She has also had the pleasure of directing two NJ Rep main stage productions:  Vincent Sessa’s A Child’s Guide to Innocence and Charlie Schulman’s Character Assassins. Select New York credits: Ross Howard’s Picture Ourselves in Latvia (U.S. Premiere, published by Samuel French, produced by New Light Theatre Project), Victor Bumbalo’s Questa (New York premiere – Wings Theatre), Responsible Parties by Jeffrey Sweet (Miranda Theatre), A Room in the Middle by Vladimir Zelevinsky (Metropolitan Playhouse) as well as numerous script-in-hand readings at the Daryl Roth Theatre, 78th Street Theatre Lab, Boomerang Theatre Company, Lark Theatre Company and MCC Playwright’s Coalition.  Additional regional credits:  A Midsummer Night’s Dream (BAMA Theatre Co/NJ State Theatre), Richard III, Henry VI-Part A & B, To Kill A Mockingbird, Twelfth Night, Dr. Faustus, Trojan Women, Beauty and the Beast, A Christmas Carol, Treasure Island (Alabama Shakespeare Festival); Erik Gernand’s The Beautiful Dark (Premiere Stages), Richard II and Love’s Labours Lost (Virginia Shakespeare Festival); Tom Sawyer (Dallas Theatre Center); Russell Davis’ Song of Grendelyn (Playwrights Theatre of NJ). Film/TV:  Docs and Robbers, Bust (with Dan Lauria), Redrum (Investigation Discovery Channel). www.danabenningfield.com.

nj rep angels grace maureen sillimanMaureen Silliman (Arletta) Broadway: Shenandoah, I Remember Mama. Is There Life After High School? Off Broadway: The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (NY Shakespeare Festival) Reckless, Blue Window. (Also West Coast – LA Drama Critics and Dramalogue Awards) Marathon Dancing (Anne Bogart, Director).  Tours: The Gingerbread Lady, Marigolds (with Shelley Winters – NJ Drama Critics Award), Fiddler on the Roof (Golde opposite Theodore Bikel). Regional: Papermill Playhouse (Rags), Cincinnati Playhouse (Pure Confidence — Acclaim Award), Two River Theater (The Glass Menagerie, The Real Thing, Beauty Queen of Leenane, Uncle Vanya), Shakespeare Theater of NJ (I Capture the Castle, To Kill a Mockingbird) La Jolla (Zhivago), Coconut Grove Playhouse (No Way to Treat a Lady, The Rothschilds), Huntington Theater (Company, A Christmas Carol), Ensemble Theatre Company (Ghosts) Theaterworks (Pride’s Crossing). Film & Television: Blue Window (PBS), Dixie: Changing Habits (CBS), Childhood’s End, Reckless, Law and Order, The Andros Targets, Feds, and two years as Pam Chandler on Guiding Light. Maureen won a MAC Award for the CD “Pictures in the Hall”. 

nj rep angels grace james earleyJames Earley (Frank)James Patrick Earley is originally from the Philadelphia area and now resides in Brooklyn, NY. James was last seen in NJ Rep’s October 1962. Other NJ credits include: Grapes of Wrath (Uncle John), Much Ado About Nothing (Watchman), A Midwinter Night’s Dream (Snug the Lion), The Crucible (Herrick), Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Freddy), and An American Daughter (Tucker). NY credits include: The Woman Standing on the Moon (David), Sparkling Object (Nolan), and Yesterday (Terence). LA credits include: The Actor’s Life (James), Agua Dulce (Mike) and Don’t Dress For Dinner (George). Film and TV credits include: Return to Lonesome Dove, Ally Mcbeal, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Arrest and Trial, Panther, The Wicked Do Prosper and Dennis. Look for him in an upcoming comedy pilot called Don’t Know Jack.

nj rep angels david van peltDavid Van Pelt (Jimmy Ray)NY Theatre: The Mint (Katie Roche, Rutherford and Son, 2001 and 2012 productions; The Daughter In Law) Abingdon (Many readings, staged readings, workshops and main stage productions including Jan Buttram’s Zona, and Texas Homos, Melvin Bernhardt, dir), Understudy for the Peach in The Melting Pot/ Kevin Spacey produced Cobb at the Lucille Lortel, TNC (Gint), Currican (The Borderland w/Larry Lau), Actor’s Playhouse (Girl’s Town). Member of the once renowned Circle Rep Lab. Regional: Aspen Music Festival (Claudius and the Ghost in Hamlet, Quinton Gordon, dir.; John Mauceri, conductor), New Jersey Rep (Angels and Ministers of Grace Defend Us, w/ Linda Hamilton), Pittsburgh Public (Cobb, The School for Wives), Stamford Theater Works (Red Barber in National Pastime), Actor’s Theatre of Louisville (Humana Festival’s Mystery of Attraction, Richard Corley, dir.; Dracula in Dracula; Marley, A Christmas Carol), Romulus Linney’s Heathen Valley for Baylor University’s Horton Foote Festival and Appalachian Summer Festival (Jim Houghton, dir.), Pete Gint in Romulus Linney’s Gint, Romulus Linney, dir., International Ibsen Festival, Oslo, Norway), Old Globe, Denver Center, Long Wharf (Tony Kushner, dir.), Huntington (Eric Simonson, dir.), Wisconsin Shakespeare. National Broadway Tour: A Few Good Men (Don Scardino, dir. W/Michael O’Keefe and Paul Winfield. Television: Law and Order. Commercial: National KFC and AT&T. University of North Carolina School of the Arts.