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  • George Street Playhouse Appoints Actor/Director Michael Mastro Resident Artistic Director


    Mastro to Work Alongside Artistic Director David Saint to Lead New Brunswick Theatre


    Mastro
    The Board of Trustees of George Street Playhouse has announced the appointment of Michael Mastro as Resident Artistic Director. Mr. Mastro will work alongside Artistic Director David Saint and Managing Director Kelly Ryman to lead the New Brunswick theatre.

    “David’s responsibilities as Literary Executor of Arthur Laurents’ estate, as well as his leadership of the Laurents/Hatcher Foundation have grown very substantially in the years since Arthur’s passing,” said James N. Heston, Chairman of the George Street Playhouse Board of Trustees. “David came to us with the idea of collaborating with Michael in the artistic leadership of the theatre, and as we are well aware of Michael’s work on our stage both as an actor and director, are thrilled to welcome him to an expanded role here in New Brunswick.”

    Mr. Saint said, “I heartily welcome Michael at George Street in this partnership, sharing the artistic responsibilities of guiding the Playhouse on a day-to-day basis. This partnership is by no means new -- Michael was my Associate Director on the recent national tour of West Side Story, and I am excited to have him at my side to help at George Street. “

    Michael Mastro directed last season’s The Fabulous Lipitones at George Street Playhouse, as well as The Subject Was Roses with Stephanie Zimbalist several seasons ago. He has also appeared onstage here in such productions as The Sunshine Boys, The Pillowman, Fox on the Fairway and Inspecting Carol. He is currently the Associate Artistic Director of The Delaware Theatre Company in Wilmington, DE, where he appeared in Any Given Monday two seasons ago, and where he directed a production of Ingmar Bergman’s Nora (an adaptation of Ibsen’s A Doll House) this past January. In recent years, he has helmed several NYC celebrity play readings to benefit non-profits, working with actors like Zachary Quinto, Bernadette Peters, Jean Smart, Beau Bridges, Michael McKean, Stockard Channing, Melissa Leo, Laura Benanti, Cynthia Nixon, John Slattery and Cecily Strong in such plays as Love Letters, Collected Stories, Hate Mail, Side Man, and The Glint. Past directorial assignments include his work as Associate Director to GSP's David Saint in the mounting of the first national tour of West Side Story, as well as directing many new American one-acts for several NYC theatre companies, including Naked Angels, of which he is a member. 


    As an actor, he appeared last season in Alan Ayckbourn’s Things We Do For Love at the Westport Country Playhouse. Broadway acting credits include: West Side Story, Twelve Angry Men, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Ashley Judd/Jason Patric), Mamma Mia!m, Judgment at Nuremberg,; Side Man, Barrymore (with Christopher Plummer), and Love! Valour! Compassion! Off-Broadway: Any Given Monday (59E59), Volpone (Red Bull), The Water Children (Playwrights Horizons), Escape from Happiness (Naked Angels). Regional Theaters: Delaware Theatre Company, Dallas Theater Center, North Shore, Old Globe, Paper Mill, Alabama Shakespeare, Barrington Stage, Coconut Grove, Williamstown and Penguin Rep. TV: Nurse Jackie, Magic City, Alias, Hack, Deadline, Cosby, and lots of Law & Order (he currently has a recurring role on Law & Order: SVU). Film: Kissing Jessica Stein, The Night We Never Met, Jungle 2 Jungle, Borough of Kings, and several upcoming indie shorts. He is a member of the Naked Angels and The Actors Center in NYC.

    Under the leadership of Artistic Director David Saint, George Street Playhouse has become a nationally recognized theatre, presenting an acclaimed mainstage season while providing an artistic home for established and emerging theatre artists. Kelly Ryman was appointed Managing Director in 2013. Founded in 1974, the Playhouse has been well represented by numerous productions both on and off-Broadway – recent productions include the Outer Critics’ Circle Best Musical Award-winner The Toxic Avenger; the Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk and Drama League nominated production of The Spitfire Grill; and the Broadway hit and Tony and Pulitzer Prize winning play Proof by David Auburn, which was developed at GSP during the 1999 Next Stage Series of new plays. In 2015, George Street Playhouse is represented by two productions in New York: the current Broadway production of It Shoulda Been You, and Joe DiPietro’s Clever Little Lies, starring Marlo Thomas, opening off-Broadway later this year. Both shows received their premieres at the Playhouse. In addition to its mainstage season, GSP’s Touring Educational Theatre features four issue-oriented productions that are seen by more than 40,000 students annually. George Street Playhouse programming is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

  • George Street Playhouse announces 2015-16 Mainstage Season


    A Musical Murder Mystery, Art and Family, Nureyev and Wyeth, And Sex With Strangers Comprise George Street Playhouse’s  2015-2016 Season

    The Musical Comedy Mystery Murder for Two To Open Season, Followed by My Name is Asher Lev, Nureyev’s Eyes, Sex With Strangers And One Additional Title to be Announced

    George Street Playhouse logo
    New Brunswick, NJ – George Street Playhouse Artistic Director David Saint has announced the slate of plays scheduled for the New Brunswick theatre’s 2015-2016 season. George Street’s 42nd Season consists of a slate of four plays ranging from Mysterious Musical Comedy Mayhem to Sex With Strangers. The season begins with the musical comedy whodunit Murder for Two, followed by the story of an artist’s struggle with faith and family, My Name is Asher Lev. 2016 brings the tale of two great artists’ – one a dancer, the other a painter -- verbal sparring and ultimate friendship with Nureyev’s Eyes, as well as the recent off-Broadway hit comedy Sex With Strangers. One additional production is yet to be selected, and will be announced at a later date. 

    “This season’s selections span the gamut from uproarious musical farce to the touching interaction between two great artists in Nureyev’s Eyes, to a real commentary on today’s technology and the times we live in with Sex With Strangers,” said Mr. Saint. “I always strive to select plays that are both thought provoking and full of heart, and think this season achieves that.”

    Five-play, three-play and flexible admission packages are currently on sale, as are tickets for groups of 10 or more. George Street Playhouse is located at 9 Livingston Avenue, in the heart of New Brunswick’s dining and entertainment district. For tickets and information, patrons may contact the Box Office directly at 732-246-7717 or may purchase online at GSPonline.org. George Street Playhouse sponsors bus and theatre packages from many active adult communities in the Monroe Township area. For information on bus and theatre packages, as well as pricing and reservation information for groups of ten or more, please contact the Group Sales office at 732-846-2895, ext. 134.

    The Plays:

    Murder for Two
    Book and Music by Joe Kinosian
    Book and Lyrics by Kellen Blair
    Directed by Scott Schwartz

    October 6 – 25, 2015

    Not exactly the happiest of birthdays! Novelist Arthur Whitney is murdered at his own birthday party, and his killer could very possibly be one of the guests. But this is not your ordinary whodunit. The entire world of this hilarious musical is brought to life by two incredible performers: one plays the detective, the other plays all 10 suspects – and they both play the piano!

    My Name Is Asher Lev
    By Aaron Posner
    Adapted from the novel by Chaim Potok
    Directed by Jim Jack

    November 10 – 29, 2015

    Faith – Tradition – Art. Which wins out?

    Asher Lev is a young Hasid growing up in post-war Brooklyn. He is a young painter of prodigious talent – he can’t imagine himself doing anything else. He must create art at any cost, regardless of the will of his family, his community and tradition. The Outer Critics Circle award-winning play by Aaron Posner based on the best-selling novel by Chaim Potok.

    Nureyev’s Eyes
    By David Rush
    Directed by Michael Mastro

    February 2 – 21, 2016

    “It’s in the eyes,” says Jamie, “they’re the hardest to get.” So says Jamie Wyeth, the son of Andrew. The visual artist’s relentless pursuit of dancer Rudolf Nureyev to sit for him as subject of a portrait has resulted in a number of sessions in which two artists trade poses, barbs, jokes, and unrevealed truths. A riveting fictional account of the very real interaction between two great artists.

    Sex With Strangers
    By Laura Eason
    Directed by David Saint

    March 8 – 27, 2016

    In an increasingly digital world where images – and your persona – can be tweaked or even totally fabricated online, it can get tricky to figure out just who is lying in bed beside you. Ethan is a hot young writer whose online accounts of his sexual escapades have garnered him likes and followers by the score – as well as a movie deal. Olivia is an attractive teacher and erstwhile writer whose career never took off. Trapped by a snowstorm in a Bed and Breakfast, opposites instantly attract, undeniable chemistry ignites and sex is imminent. Sex turns to dating, which turns into something a bit more complicated. Sex with Strangers explores what happens when our online and offline identities intersect.

    Recommended for mature audiences due to adult themes and nudity.

    One additional selection, to be announced at a later date, will run April 12 – May 1, 2016, with opening night set for Friday, April 15.

    Under the leadership of Artistic Director David Saint, George Street Playhouse has become a nationally recognized theatre, presenting an acclaimed mainstage season while providing an artistic home for established and emerging theatre artists. Kelly Ryman was appointed Managing Director in 2013. Founded in 1974, the Playhouse has been well represented by numerous productions both on and off-Broadway – recent productions include the Outer Critics’ Circle Best Musical Award-winner The Toxic Avenger; the Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk and Drama League nominated production of The Spitfire Grill; and the recent Broadway hit and Tony and Pulitzer Prize winning play Proof by David Auburn, which was developed at GSP during the 1999 Next Stage Series of new plays. In 2015, George Street Playhouse will be represented by two productions in New York: the current Broadway production of It Shoulda Been You, and Joe DiPietro’s Clever Little Lies, opening off-Broadway later this year. Both shows received their premieres at the Playhouse. In addition to its mainstage season, GSP’s Educational Touring Theatre features four issue-oriented productions that are seen by more than 40,000 students annually. George Street Playhouse programming is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

    George Street Playhouse/ 2015-2016 Season:

    Murder for Two/ October 6-25, 2015
    My Name is Asher Lev/ November 10 – 29, 2015
    Nureyev’s Eyes/ February 2-21, 2016
    Sex With Strangers/ March 8-27, 2016
    Title to be announced/ April 12 – May 1, 2016






  • Getaways, Broadwayshows highlight GSP Gala auction items


    George Street Playhouse’s Annual Gala – “A Starry Night” – is only a week away (Sunday, May 3), and activity in the building is at a fever pitch. Members of the staff and Gala Committee ventured to The Heldrich to taste and decide on the menu and items are flooding in for our silent auction.

    The evening honors two outstanding individuals: Stephen K. Jones, President and CEO of the Robert Wood University Hospital and Health System, and actress, author, producer and philanthropist Marlo Thomas. Mr. Jones will be honored with the Thomas H. Kean Arts Advocacy Award (presented by its namesake, Former Governor Thomas Kean), and Ms. Thomas will receive the first-ever Arthur Laurents Award for Distinguished Artistic Achievement.

    The silent auction is one of the highlights of the event, offering vacations, jewelry, tickets to hard-to-come-by Broadway shows and more. Some of this year’s highlights include tickets to It’s Only a Play, the hot comedy starring Nathan Lane; The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, the new play that has generated much Tony buzz; and Fun Home, the musical that recently transferred from the Public Theatre.

    But the play isn’t the only thing – a private VIP tour for up to six people of the Bronx Zoo, valued at $2,500 is offered, as are vacation homes on Long Beach Island and a Manhattan getaway in a Lincoln Center-area apartment. There is literally something for everyone – from wine aficionados (a Napa Valley trip and tasting) to Walking Dead fans (a boxed DVD set).

    But you don’t have to wait until the event to bid on these fabulous items, the online bidding actually starts Friday, April 24. All items currently available may be viewed by visiting www.BidPal.net/GSP15.

    So mark your calendars for Sunday May 3.  It is sure to be a “Starry Night” in New Brunswick, and some lucky people will leave with some extraordinary loot – all the while helping ensure another 40 years for George Street Playhouse. For information and tickets, call Steve Barry in the Development Office, at 732-846-2895, ext. 144

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