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DeBaun Auditorium - The Center for the Performing Arts

Performing Groups
Mile Square Theatre
Hudson Shakespeare Company
Hudson Theatre Ensemble
Puerto Rican Cultural Committee presents Pregones Theater

Special Events
Hoboken International Film Festival
Stevens Institute of Technology - all events - THEATRE
DeBaun Auditorium
Grace E. and Kenneth W. DeBaun Auditorium - The Center for the Performing Arts

Grace E. and Kenneth W. DeBaun Auditorium - The Center for the Performing Arts

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DeBaun Center Opens with - The Secret Garden - A Concert Production

Performance Dates: October 17, 18, 24 & 25, 2008 at 8 p.m. and October 19 & 26, 2008 at 3 p.m.

Location: DeBaun Auditorium, Edwin A. Stevens Hall, 5th & Hudson Sts., Hoboken, NJ (Accessible by PATH and Light Rail)

Discounted parking and directions at
Tickets: $25 for adults, $20 for students and seniors, $15 for children under 12

Dinner & Show Package: $45 per person—includes a ticket to the show and dinner at Court Street Restaurant & Bar (gratuity and drinks not included)

Discover Jersey Arts Discount: Buy one ticket, get another ticket free on Friday evening performances 20% discount off ticket price for all other performances.

Box Office: 201-216-8937, or

Press Contact (do not publish): Robert Gonzales Jr., 201-216-8933 or — High resolution images available upon request, beginning October 7

Hoboken, NJ: DeBaun Center for Performing Arts is proud to present The Theater Company's production of The Secret Garden—A Concert Production. This show opens the 10th Anniversary season for DeBaun Center and The Theater Company Series. The show will run for two consecutive weekends on October 17, 18, 24 & 25, 2008 at 8 p.m. and October 19 & 26, 2008 at 3 p.m. at DeBaun Auditorium, Edwin A. Stevens Hall, 5th & Hudson Sts. in Hoboken, NJ.

The Secret Garden is a musical based on the 1909 novel of the same name by Frances Hodgson Burnett. The musical, set in 1906, tells of a young English girl, Mary, who is forced to move to England from colonial India when her parents die in a cholera outbreak. There she lives with her emotionally stunted Uncle Archibald and her invalid cousin. Discovering a hidden and neglected garden, and bravely overcoming dark forces, she and a young gardener bring it back to life at the same time as she brings new life to her cousin and uncle.

The musical's book and lyrics are by Marsha Norman, with music by Lucy Simon. It premiered on Broadway at the St. James Theatre on April 25, 1991 and closed on January 3, 1993 after 709 performances. The Secret Garden garnered 1991 Tony Awards for Best Book of a Musical, Best Featured Actress in a Musical and Best Scenic Design. The set resembled an enormous Victorian toy theatre with pop-out figures, large paper dolls, and Joseph Cornell-like collage elements.

The Theater Company's production of The Secret Garden is lead by David Zimmerman, who is also the Executive Director of DeBaun Center for Performing Arts with many credits to his name. Unlike other shows presented at DeBaun Center, this production will be presented in concert-fashion meaning a focus is placed on the singing, music and orchestra with minimal sets, costumes and staging. "This is truly a show where the music is the most important part of the production, and thus it would be best served being produced in a concert version," says Zimmerman. "The most difficult part is making sure the story is understood. We can stand on stage and present the songs and script, but that might not be enough for the audience. We need to present a story that our audience can understand and relate to, in addition to the beautiful music." Since there are minimal sets and costumes, much of the show relies on the design of the sound and lights. Michael Chladil, sound designer, and Amith A. Chandrashaker, lighting designer, along with Heather Tomaszek, projection designer, help enhance the experience for the audience by providing special effects throughout the show through sound, lights and projections.

Zimmerman is joined by Meg Zervoulis as the Musical Director for The Secret Garden. Zervoulis is returning to The Theater Company after last season's productions of Urinetown, the musical and A Christmas Carol. These two directors lead the talented ensemble cast, which includes Laura R. Bassett, Emily Beatty, Justin Birdsong, Kelly Brandeburg, Megan Buono, Tom Carberry, Leo da Silva, Neil Dingow, Brooke Dobossy, Audrey Federici, Elise Jimenez, Heather Lattuca, Douglas Lupo, Danielle C. Pennisi, Liza Poor, Maurice Richard, Kenneth Ruth, Laura Jean Smith, Kit Treece and Ryan Wonnacott, with a special appearance by Robert Gonzales Jr. For cast and director biographies and pictures, please visit the show's webpage at Secret Garden.

Tickets for The Secret Garden are $25 for adults, $20 for students and seniors, and $15 for children under 12. DeBaun Center is offering its ever popular Dinner & Show Package with this production, which for $45 per person, includes admission to the show and dinner at Court Street Restaurant & Bar (gratuity and drinks not included). Discover Jersey Arts members can present their membership card and receive a "buy one ticket, get another ticket free" on Friday evening performances or a 20% discount off the ticket price for all other performances. To purchase tickets online, visit DeBaun Center's ticketing site at To make reservations, contact DeBaun Center's Box Office at 201-216-8937 or


Mile Square Theatre

Event Dates: 9/24/08 through 10/12/08.
Event Location:
Monroe Center for the Arts, 720 Monroe Street, Hoboken, NJ
Press Contact: Chris O’Connor - 646.271.6557

Mile Square Theatre takes Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors
to the Jazz Era of the 1940s

Hoboken, NJ – August 25, 2008 – Mile Square Theatre, known for their own highly accessible brand of classical theatre that drew crowds last year when they set A Midsummer’s Night Dream on the Hoboken waterfront of the 1950s, is now aiming their sights on the 1940s Jazz Era as a backdrop to Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors, thanks to the vision of director Michole Biancosino. In this version, running 9/26 through 10/12 at the Monroe Center for the Arts, Antipholus of Syracusa — in search of his identical twin from whom he was separated at birth — wanders onto a vibrant, colorful island where he thinks he hears a soundtrack under everything he says, people break into jazz riffs as they walk, and odd things keep happening to him, either by magic or witchcraft. Strangers seem to know his name, women claim that he is their husband, and one man even hands him an expensive gold chain. In this 1940's-inspired, jazzy world, Antipholus and the rest of the inhabitants try to figure out — amidst the screech of trumpets and the sexy howl of saxophones — why the whole world seems turned on its head. The Comedy of Errors is one of Shakespeare’s most farcical and slapstick-filled comedies that will easily appeal to all ages.

NOTE: Mile Square Theatre will also offer weekday matinees for school groups.
The Comedy of Errors is funded in part by:
Bijou Properties
The Monroe Center for the Arts
The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation

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 Feeholders.

9 Public performances:
9/26, Friday, 8pm
9/27, Saturday, 8pm
9/28, Sunday, 5pm
10/3, Friday, 8pm
10/4, Saturday, 8pm
10/5, Sunday, 5pm
10/10, Friday, 8pm
10/11, Saturday, 8pm
10/12, Sunday, 5pm


Pay-What-You-Will (Suggested donation: $20)

Monroe Theatrespace (E200) at the Monroe Center for the Arts
720 Monroe Street
Hoboken, NJ 07030
FREE Parking
Information and Reservations: 201.208.7809

About Mile Square Theatre (MST)
Mile Square Theatre was founded in 2002 as a professional nonprofit equity theatre company. Its mission is to promote theatre arts in the community of Hoboken and Hudson County, New Jersey by bringing together theatre artists and presenting works of quality that speak to a diverse audience and reflect the beauty and complexity of today's world. MST aims to achieve its goals through the production of new works and the classics, through community-based projects, school residencies, and classes. MST has formed a cultural partnership with Monroe Center for the Arts, which is where MST will now be performing their works. MST is also a proud member of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance. Further details about MST at

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or email

(from left to right) Jeffrey de Picciotto, Curran Connor, and Nick Greco

(from left to right) Abe Goldfarb and Susan Schuld

Nick Greco (top) and Jeffrey de Picciotto (bottom)

(from left to right) Jeffrey de Picciotto and Nick Greco

Hudson Shakespeare Company - Shakespeare in the Park
2008 Schedule COMING SOON.
Visit HSC's website for more info. >>>

Hudson Theatre Ensemble

J CITY Theater
Contact - PH: 917-685-8461 or email:
J CITY Theater

Puerto Rican Cultural Committee presents Pregones Theater
Puerto Rican Cultural Committee of Hoboken
Pregones Theater Summer Stage in Hoboken

2008 Schedule COMING SOON. - FILM
Hoboken International Film Festival

Monday Movie Series
New schedule when available. For more information, email

2008 Schedule

During the Fall and Winter please check out the Readers' Circle

Movies Under The Stars
New schedule when available

Stevens Institute of Technology
More info coming soon.