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June 6, 2013

Mile Square Theatre Returns to the Hudson River Waterfront with Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night June 28 – July 14 at 8pm

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Free Shakespeare in the park, some of the things to love about Hoboken this summer….

Mile Square Theatre Returns to the Hudson River Waterfront with Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night

Twelth Night Hoboken Summer 2013

Mile Square Theatre, Hudson County’s premiere professional theatre company, returns to Frank Sinatra Park in Hoboken with a free, open-air production of Shakespeare’s beloved cross-dressing comedy of true love, Twelfth Night. Set in 19th century Hoboken, the production imagines a resort destination where Orsino and Olivia leisurely while away summer hours in the name of love.

Directed by MST Artistic Director Chris O’Connor, the cast will feature MST audience favorites, with Matthew Lawler (God of Carnage, The Pavilion) as the puritanical Malvolio, Charlie Kevin (God of Carnage, It’s a Wonderful Life) as Sir Toby Belch, John Keller (It’s a Wonderful Life, Banner Yet Wave) is Orsino, and Jen Ring (Rikki Tikki Tavi, Flare) as Fabiana. Rounding out the cast is NYC actor and circus performer Peter Daniel Straus (Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus) as Feste the Clown. Twelfth Night will feature original music composed by MST resident composer Sean Hagerty (A Christmas Carol, The Pavilion).

Free and open to the public, Mile Square Theatre’s riverfront productions are a great way to cool off on a hot summer evening, and Frank Sinatra Park’s amphitheater is a spectacular venue for summer theatre. With beautiful scenery, costumes, and lighting created by Mile Square Theatre’s resident design team, and set against a breathtaking view of the Hudson River and the Manhattan skyline, the show promises to be a delightful and entertaining evening of theatre.

Twelfth Night plays from June 28 till July 14. Performance nights are Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 8pm. Sinatra Park is located at the corner of 4th Street and Sinatra Park Drive in Hoboken.

Local restaurateur Anthony Pino (Anthony David’s, Bin 14) will serve fresh-made American-style summer fare at the Frank Sinatra Café. The menu will include lobster rolls, barbecue chicken, hot dogs, seared tuna nicoise salad, pulled pork, and beer and wine.

Twelfth Night is supported by Mayor Dawn Zimmer and the City of Hoboken, Bijou Properties, Ironstate, Hoboken Family Alliance, Mason Family Civic League, Party With Purpose, Pearson Foundation, Pisco Porton, The Rockefeller Group, and the Monroe Center for the Arts.

This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Thomas A. Degise, County Executive, and the Board of Chosen Freeholders.

About Mile Square Theatre:

Mile Square Theatre (MST) is the leading professional Equity theatre in Hudson County. Since 2003, MST has presented full-scale productions for adults and children, in addition to providing theatre education programs. Under the artistic direction of Chris O’Connor, MST receives support from The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and the Hudson County Division of Cultural Affairs. For company information, please visit www.milesquaretheatre.org.

Twelfth Night Company Bios:

John Keller (Orsino) John recently appeared in Banner Yet Wave in the 2013 7th Inning Stretch. He played George Bailey in MST’s 2011 production of It’s a Wonderful Life. NYC credits include world premieres of Summer by Martin Zuckerman, You Are Now the Owner of This Suitcase and JH3AM with Theater 167 as well as the 2012 off-Broadway revival of The Violet Hour by Richard Greenberg. Recently he appeared in Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s Winter Rep Season playing Roderigo in Othello and Edward in Sense and Sensibility. Other Regional credits include Cohn in the Contemporary American Theater Festival production of Captors directed by Ed Herendeen, Jonathan Harker in Dracula with Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Bart in Inspecting Carol at George Street Playhouse, Bottom in Midsummer with New Brunswick Theater Festival, as well as performing the roles of Banquo in Macbeth, Don Pedro in Much Ado and Duke Orsino in Twelfth Night all with the Worcester Shakespeare Festival. He has also performed internationally at the Balinese International Arts Festival in the original piece Mimpi conceived and directed by Lyn Kremer. John also has taught acting at Rutgers University and at Rider University. Additionally he sits on the Leadership Board of coLAB Arts in New Brunswick and is founder and director of the coLAB Arts Theater Education Initiative. John is also a board member of the Town Clock Community Development Corporation in New Brunswick, dedicated to building permanent supportive housing for women and children escaping domestic violence. John holds an MFA in Acting from Rutgers University and is a proud member of Actors Equity Association.

Charlie Kevin (Sir Toby Belch) MST: God of Carnage and It’s a Wonderful Life. Charlie just appeared as Moss in Merrimack Repertory Theatre’s production of Glengarry Glen Ross. Broadway: Take Me Out (Tour, dir. Joe Mantello). Off Broadway: Irish Arts Center, Actors Studio, National Black Theatre of Harlem, Rattlestick. Regional Theatre: Dallas Theatre Center, Seattle Rep., Denver Center, Milwaukee Rep., The Old Globe, Florida Stage, Dorset Theatre Festival, Portland Stage, American Stage, Playhouse on the Square, Missouri Rep. Film and Television: Law and Order: SVU, One Life to Live, The Sopranos, Outloud.

Matthew Lawler (Malvolio) co-founded rUDE mECHANICALS theater company (Harold Clurman Award, Outstanding Ensemble) and has appeared in Largo DeSolotoEndgameValparaiso (NY premiere), and The Flu Season (US premiere). Other NY theater includes DETROIT (Playwrights Horizons) The Three Sisters  (Broadway-Roundabout); HurlyburlyAbigail`s Party, and One Arm (The New Group); Rough Sketch (59e59); and Louis Slotin Sonata (EST). Associate Artistic Director of Mile Square Theatre, he has performed in Rounding Third, God of Carnage, and The Pavilion, directed It`s A Wonderful Life and My Italy Story and written In the Box (7th Inning Stretch). Film: Knight and Day, Anything But Love, Slippery SlopeThe Jimmy ShowThe Good StudentFilmic Achievement. TV includes:  Boardwalk Empire, The Sopranos, Law &Order, Law&Order SVU, The Americans. MFA, American Conservatory Theater. Matt lives in Hoboken with his wife Mara and daughters Lily and Matilda.

Jen Ring (Fabiana) last appeared at MST in Edith Freni’s Flare for the 2013 7th Inning Stretch. Jen played Chuchu the Muskrat in The Garden of Rikki Tikki Tavi. Recent NY/NJ credits include: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (New Brunswick Theater Festival), Yippie! (Beggar’s Group), and New York One-Minute Plays. Jen has worked with numerous regional companies, including DC’s Woolly Mammoth and Infinite Stage. She teaches acting at Westminster Choir College, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Colab-Arts high school residencies and MST’s Drama Camp. Jen attended New World School of the Arts, received an MFA from Rutgers University, and learned how to be a person from her amazing parents.

Peter Daniel Strauss (Feste) has acted and performed comedy around the world. He’s has toured America as a clown with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, and loves being a clown-doctor with the Big Apple Circus Clown Care program. He’s been a featured comedian and fire juggler at the Metropolitan Opera, acted in regional theatres like the Denver Center Theatre Company, and was featured as the White Rabbit in Alice i Eventyrland at the National Theatre of Norway. Peter has had many appearances on TV, including several featured spots on The Late Show with David Letterman. Peter recently appeared in the critically acclaimed play June and Nancy at the New York Fringe Festival. Wearing another hat, Peter directs and consults for theatre productions and variety performers.  www.peterdanielstraus.com

Chris O’Connor (Director) Chris founded Mile Square Theatre in Hoboken, New Jersey, in 2002. He conceived and produces the annual 10-minute play festival 7th Inning Stretch. His MST directing credits include Charlie Peter’s Striking Out the Babe, Warren Leight’s The Love of the Game, Jenny Levison’s Homefield Advantage, Cyrano, The Scams of Scapin (co-directed with Jeff Steitzer), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse, The Garden of Rikki Tikki Tavi, God of Carnage, and The Pavilion. Most recently he directed the world premiere of Neil LaBute’s Squeeze Play for the 2013 7th Inning Stretch. As an actor, Chris has been associated with 12 Miles West, A Contemporary Theatre, The Culture Project, Hudson Stage Company, Soho Rep, the 78th Street Theatre Lab, Target Margin, Gloucester Stage, Book-It Repertory, City Theatre in Pittsburgh, Provisional Theatre of Los Angeles, The Bathhouse, Seattle Children’s Theatre, among others. Recent TV: Magic City (Starz) and Burn Notice (USA Network). His plays for young people have been produced at The Seattle Children’s Theatre and in schools in the Puget Sound area. His play The Mascots is published in Smith & Kraus’s 2011 Best 10-Minute Plays. A voiceover artist, Chris can be heard on museum audio tours across the country. He has taught theatre at Colgate University, Fairleigh Dickinson University, SUNY Purchase, Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, and is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Miami. BFA in acting from Carnegie-Mellon University, MFA in Directing from Rutgers University.





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April 20, 2013

Mile Square Theater Presents the 11th Annual 7th Inning Stretch May 17-19 – Tickets on Sale Now

Mile Square Theater 7th Inning Stretch Hoboken May 2013

The 11th Annual  7th Inning Stretch:  7 10-minute plays about baseball is coming back to the Monroe Center in Hoboken for the following dates:

  • May 17 @ 8pm
  • May 18 @ 7pm (Triple Play Party)
  • May 19 @ 3pm

The location is the Monroe Theatrespace 720 Monroe Street, 2nd Floor At the Monroe Center for the Arts. Please note that there is free parking!

Ticket Prices (

  • Adults: $25
  • Seniors/Students: $18
  • Triple Play Party: $50 (Triple Play Party includes drinks and food from Hoboken’s best restaurants)

New work by playwrights: Brooke Berman, Eric Conger, Edith Freni, Jay Koepke, Neil LaBute, Jon Marans, and Mat Smart


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September 28, 2012

Mile Square Theatre presents the MST Fall Performance Fest in Hoboken September 29 – October 10

Mile Square Theatre presents the MST Fall Performance Fest, a cornucopia of theatre and comedy.

Mile Square Theatre, Hudson County’s leading professional theatre, announces the MST Fall Performance Fest, a series that offers an exciting, eclectic blend of affordable entertainment, running select evenings at the Monroe Theaterspace from September 29 to October 14.

Matt Lawler, MST’s Associate Artistic Director and the producer of the series along with company members Jen Ring and Anne Teutschel, says, “We’ve been able to attract some top notch events for the festival including Lizz Winstead, who co-created The Daily Show and Michael Walker, whose piece Bubba is already sold out at the upcoming NYC United Solo Festival. And MST company members will present readings of plays, including a reading of Joseph Gallo’s (My Italy Story) newest work.”

All events are affordably priced. Also offered is a Fest All Access Pass. For $20, patrons can have access to all Fest events!

Theatre nights:

  • Michael Walker will perform his one- man show Bubba, a story about a son trying to uncover the truth about who is father was and how he died, before taking it to NYC`s United Solo Festival.
  • Henry`s Law, by Stacie Lents, an anti- bullying play developed at Fairleigh Dickinson University and featuring FDU students, this touring comedy will appeal to middle-schoolers on up.

Staged readings of plays by MST Company Members:

  • Medal of Honor Rag by Tom Cole based on the true story of Dwight Johnson, a Medal of Honor recipient for valor in the Vietnam War who was killed in Detroit while holding up a convenient store. The evening will feature a talkback by MST actor, Vietnam Vet, and Hoboken resident Ralph DeMatthews about posttraumatic stress disorder.
  • Mama Drama by Leslie Ayvasian, Donna Daley, Christine Farrell, Rita Nachtmann, and Ann Sachs. A hilarious and touching play about Motherhood, follows five friends through their very distinct and profound experiences. The Cleveland Plain Dealer called Mama Drama startling, funny, frank, and absolutely true…full of laughter and tears.
  • And a surprise play to be announced soon!

Comedy Nights:

  • Lizz Free or Die. with Daily Show co-creator Lizz Winstead. Lizz Winstead, co-creator of The Daily Show, and friends present a hilarious and stimulating evening of readings, humor, and dialogue. Author and comedian Lizz Winstead will share excerpts from her acclaimed new book Lizz Free or Die, give her comic take on this crazy election, answer questions and make you laugh. In this brilliant collection of essays, Winstead vividly recounts how she fought to find her own voice, both as a comedian and as a woman, and how humor became her most powerful weapon in confronting life’s challenges.
  • Group Sets. Comedy with Benefits, a variety night of sketch, improv. and standup from the funniest acts around with The Final Edition Live (Spinal Tap, National Lampoon), Team Submarine (Mr. Show reunion), Reformed Whores (TimeOut Chicago) and more. Group Sets will make you feel good with laughter.

Click Here for Tickets

Festival Schedule:

Saturday, September 29, 8pm $5

Staged Reading: New York City 523 by Joseph Gallo. This is a reading of Joseph Gallo’s (My Italy Story) newest play.

Synopsis: Joy, wants nothing more than to be a dancer, but she finds that in the Big Apple, dreams die hard … literally.  An impressionistic whodunit that looks at events both real and imagined.

Sunday, September 30, 7pm $12

Lizz Free or Diewith Daily Show co-creator Lizz Winstead

Wednesday, October 3, 7:30pm $5

Staged Reading: Mama Drama by Leslie Ayvazian, Donna Daley, Christine Farrell, Rita Nachtmann, and Ann Sachs

Directed by MST company member Charlie Kevin (MST`s God of Carnage) and featuring Mara DeMey Lawler, Patricia Buckley MST`s (God of Carnage), and Wendy Eaton. Join us for a drink and a reading of a touching and hilarious play about Motherhood. Mama Drama follows five friends through their very distinct and profound experiences.

Friday, October 5, 8pm $10

Bubba, written and performed by Michael Walker

A one-man show with music written and performed by the dynamic Michael Walker, Bubba is the hilarious and moving true story of a son`s quest to understand the complicated and tragic life of his father.

Saturday October 6, 8pm $15

Group Sets – Comedy with Benefits

MST brings you a variety night of sketch, improv. and stand-up from the funniest acts around with The Final Edition Live (Spinal Tap, National Lampoon), Murderfist (Village Voice – Best Sketch Group), Team Submarine (Mr. Show reunion), Reformed Whores (TimeOut Chicago) and more.

Sunday, October 7, 7pm $5

Staged Reading: Medal of Honor Rag by Tom Cole.

Directed by Matthew Lawler, and featuring Vietnam veteran and MST company member Ralph DeMatthews, Medal of Honor Rag is a two-character play based on the true story of Dwight Johnson, a black soldier who won the Medal of Honor for valor in combat and was shot and killed by police in 1971 while holding up a Detroit convenience store. Mr. DeMatthews will lead a discussion about post traumatic stress syndrome following the reading.

Monday, October 8, 7pm $12 General Admission/ $6 Student/Seniors

Henry`s Law by Stacie Lents

University-sponsored reception to follow.

Fairleigh Dickinson University presents an original anti-bullying project. This touring comedy is performed by current FDU students and offers a great opportunity for high schoolers and their parents to engage in the ongoing conversation about this serious issue.

Wednesday, October 10, 7:30pm, $5

Staged Reading: TBD

A surprise play directed by Associate Artistic Director Matthew Lawler!

About Lizz Winstead:

As co-creator and former head writer of The Daily Show and Air America Radio co-founder, Lizz Winstead is one of the top political satirists in America. As a performer, Lizz brought her political wit to The Daily Show as a Correspondent and later to the radio waves co-hosting Unfiltered, Air America Radio’s mid morning show, where she brought on board Hip Hop legend Chuck D and political big brain Rachel Maddow.

“Invigorating, infuriating, and hilarious.”— Patton Oswalt

“Searching and lively … and moving.”— The New York Times

“Hilarious collection of very personal essays.”—Sarah Silverman

About Group Sets:

Sketch Comedy from The Final Edition Live (http://TheFinalEdition.com), Murderfist (http://murderfist.com/), Team Submarine (http://teamsubmarine.net/), Reformed Whores (http://www.reformedwhores.com/), and more! Stand up, improv, and then some, will keep you laughing and feeling good all night long.

The Final Edition is sizzling satire in the tradition of National Lampoon, Spinal Tap, Spy Magazine and South Park. With contributors from Comedy Central, The Onion, NPR, it’s a website, a radio show, a live event, a production house, and a mad dream. The whole insane thing is led by veteran satirist, original editor of National Lampoon, Editor-in-Chief of Spy and star of Spinal Tap (band manager Ian Faith), Tony Hendra. “Nihilistic and deeply silly.”—Vanity Fair, “Funny juggernauts.”—The Atlantic

Murderfist is going to get loud and get weird and our comedy may just help the pain of being alive. Winner of the 2010 ECNY Award for Best Sketch Comedy Group and named by the Village Voice as the “Best Sketch Comedy Group in New York.”

Reformed Whores is what you get when you combine an accordion, a ukulele, and two southern belles who’ve washed away their sins but forgot to rinse out their mouths. The musical comedy duo can’t quite clean up their act in this knee slapping, toe tapping, hoedown. “Very funny.”—Time Out Chicago

Team Submarine puts a new twist on the classic two-man act. Featured at the Just For Laughs comedy festival, part of the Mr. Show reunion event, and nominated for an ECNY award, these geniuses are two of comedy’s hottest rising stars.

About Mile Square Theatre

Mile Square Theatre (MST) is the leading professional Equity theatre in Hudson County. Since 2003, MST has presented full-scale productions for adults and children, in addition to providing theatre education programs. Under the artistic direction of Chris O’Connor, MST receives support from The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and the Hudson County Division of Cultural Affairs. For company information, please visit www.milesquaretheatre.org.

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MST Presents Go Dog Go September 29 – October 14

The Mile Square Theater starts off this Saturday with a family friendly production of Go Dog Go that runs through October 14th….

MST Presents Go Dog Go
By P.D. Eastman
Adapted by Steven Dietz, Allison Gregory, and Michael Koerner

This play is a delightful mix of movement, music, and dogs, “Go, Dog. Go!” celebrates P.D. Eastman’s classic book. Recommended for kids of all ages and their families.

September 29 – October 14

  • Saturdays @ 2pm and 5pm
  • Sundays @ 11am and 3pm

Tickets: $22 Children/Seniors $12
Phone: 201-683-7014 for reservations
Link for tickets: https://milesquaretheatre.secure.force.com/ticket

Monroe Theatrespace
Hoboken, 720 Monroe Street, 2nd Floor (Free Parking)

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