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Theater Coming To Downtown Toms River

Exit 82 Theatre Company will be opening the Exit 82 Studio Theater in downtown Toms River this summer, and #HipNJ has the scoop!

 The Exit 82 Studio Theater will be an intimate, immersive theater complete with concessions, live music, and quality entertainment. This theater will enhance the revitalization efforts in Toms River, opening right next to the upcoming Hops on Main Brewery in the heart of downtown.

Exit 82 Studio Theatre’s season will open with the musical comedy, The Drowsy Chaperone playing every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from July 6th through July 29th, 2018. Following The Drowsy Chaperone, Exit 82 will produce the campy horror favorite, Little Shop of Horrors this fall. In addition to musicals, the Exit 82 Studio Theater will be home to many performance and entertainment opportunities including a “Monthly Musical” series, cabarets, and reviews.

The Toms River Business Improvement District President, Alizar Nicholas Zorojew, commented, “As the Business Improvement District strives to enhance the environment for the arts to succeed, organizations like Exit 82 are seizing the opportunity.”

For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

It’s “Show Time” with Sue Trauth

Hip New Jersey’s Lisa Marie Latino sat down with playwright, novelist, screenwriter, and now nonfiction writer Sue Trauth to talk about her new book “Show Time!”

Trauth is a New Jersey native and former Montclair State University professor within the theater department. She has written several plays including, iDream, Katrina: the K Word, and Midwives, which was developed at the Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey Emerging Women Playwrights program.

Published this month, “Show Time” is the first of three books in her Dodie O’Dell mystery series. The non-fiction book is classified as a “cozy mystery” staring the protagonist Dodie O’Dell. The story travels throughout O’Dell’s life as she moves to Etonville, a small fictional North Jersey town after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. She works as a restaurant manager as well as helping out the theater next door. Mayhem erupts when a man is murdered and O’Dell must solve the mystery before the show can go on!

Trauth’s love for theater shines through in the series as a different play is highlighted in each book with “Show Time” featuring Romeo and Juliet. “I’ve spent decades doing theater and doing different aspects of theater and I thought well, this is kind of fun,” Trauth explains.

For more information regarding Trauth and “Show Time,” head to her website http://suzannetrauth.com.

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2016 Paper Mill Playhouse Gala

The Paper Mill Playhouse of Millburn celebrated its 78th season with its annual Paper Mill Playhouse Gala, and #HipNJ was there for it all!

The Paper Mill Playhouse is a large regional theater known for staging shows, both new and old. It also serves as an established educational facility for aspiring actors.

Recently at the Hilton Short Hills, the Paper Mill team and guests gathered for a night of entertainment and celebration. Alongside #HipNJ, those in attendance included Paper Mill Board of Trustees member Carolyn Ferolito, Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken and Thomas Kean, the 48th Governor of New Jersey.

The gala was sold out (as it usually is!) making it Paper Mill’s largest fundraiser of the season. One major achievement that was celebrated was the successful adaption of “A Bronx Tale,” initially just a play, into a musical. Credit was given to the creative team, also in attendance, behind the production.

The Paper Mill Playhouse also recently announced that it has received a Tony Award for its successes as a regional theater. This was also recognized and the award will be presented to the playhouse at the Tony Awards on Sunday, June 12.

To learn more about the experiences and opportunities available at the Paper Mill Playhouse, log onto PaperMill.org.