2020 - 2021 Season

Due to the pandemic, all planned productions will be rescheduled to a future season.

 

Until then, please join us for a monthly program of live performances via Zoom...

All the World's a Virtual Stage 

Submissions for original or published performance pieces are still being accepted for this season. Contact us for information. 

OCTOBER

PROGRAM

Emcee: Beth Seales Hanson

            (with help from Zoë, Violet, and Leo Hanson)

 

The Tell-Tale Heart

By Edgar Allen Poe

Directed by Carol Cornicelli

Killer: Robert S. Webb & Mathew Schwartz

Police Officer 1/Old Man: Alan Foster

Police Officer 2: Suz Stone

 

The Monkey’s Paw

By W. W. Jacobs

Directed by Sharon Quinn

Narrator: Laurellie Jacobs Martinez

Mr. White: Mentha Marley

Mrs. White: Sharon Quinn

Herbert White: Skyler Martinez

Sergeant-Major Morris: Kirk Woodward

Lawyer: Norman Metz

 

The Night Wind

By Eugene Field

Directed by Carol Cornicelli

Sharmeen Azmudeh (with Marilyn and Merlin)

 

The Cask of Amontillado

By Edgar Allen Poe

Directed by Sharon Quinn

Montressor: Ron Richardson

Fortunado: Norman Metz

 

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (excerpt)

By Washington Irving

Directed by Carol Cornicelli

Narrator 1: Melyssa Searcy

Narrator 2: Sandra Eismann

Ichabod Crane: Jeff Taylor

 

Jon Mortonson’s Funeral

By Ambrose Bierce

Directed by Carol Cornicelli

Friend 1: Judi Gajary 

Friend 2: John Mendlovitz

Minister: Alan Foster

Widow: Suz Stone

Family at the Funeral: the Schwartz family, the Searcy family

 

DiIRECTORS

Carol Cornicelli is an actress/singer/dancer who has also directed, choreographed, written, and designed for The Strollers and currently serves on their Board of Directors.  Thanks to all for joining us on our Virtual Adventure!

 

Sharon Quinn holds a M.A. in Theater from Montclair State University and is a three-time recipient of grants from NEH for the study of George Bernard Shaw. Most recently, Sharon directed An Enemy of the People for The Strollers. As an actress, favorite roles include Amanda (The Glass Menagerie), Penny (You Can’t Take It With You), and Ofelia (Anna in the Tropics). She has also written and directed four original children’s plays. By day, Sharon is an attorney practicing in Maplewood.


 

ACTORS

Sharmeen Azmudeh has always loved theatre and the arts. In her younger days, she participated in plays, musicals, and choirs as well as helping out backstage.  Now, after a very long break, she is excited to make her debut with The Strollers -- and show off the talents of her two lovely parrots, Marilyn Monroe and Merlin. 

Sandra Eismann is very happy to be part of The Strollers Virtual Stage productions. Though semi-retirement has been spent reading -- for the now tragically silenced ESES of N.J. and still for the Reading Buddies program out of MetroWest -- she appeared on the stage in such roles as Aunt Penniman (The Heiress) and Psychiatrist (The Sweetest Swing in Baseball).

Alan Foster has been involved with The Strollers as a director, stage manager, and actor, and he now sits on the board of trustees. He has directed a number of plays, both here and in his native California.

Judi Gajary has been a member of The Strollers since 1984. She has acted in many productions over the years and has held every position on The Board of Trustees, including President three different times. In addition, she has done makeup, costumes and lighting, and has been a producer, stage manager, and set designer.

Beth Seales Hanson is loving her second life on The Strollers stage! Her debut was alongside her two daughters in the children’s production The Day the Rainbow Broke Up, in which she played Butterfly. She then appeared in Fiddler on the Roof and How the World Got Wisdom. She now serves on the board of trustees. Beth is absurdly grateful for her family of very good sports! 

Mentha Marley has acted in and directed many Strollers productions. As a director, some favorites include Follies, Marvin’s Room, and The Cemetery. He appeared onstage in The Shadow Box, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Urinetown, Arms and the Man, and The Boys Next Door.

Laurellie Jacobs Martinez has an MA in Educational Theatre from NYU and is a professional sign language interpreter. She joined The Strollers to help with A Midsummer Night’s Dream and then appeared on stage in Fiddler on the Roof. She and husband, Carlos, live in Maplewood with their children, Maya and Skyler. Laurellie has been known to terrify cub scouts (and their parents) with her telling of The Monkey’s Paw around the campfire. 

Skyler Martinez is excited to take part in his first Strollers endeavor. He is a senior at Columbia High School. Skyler has performed in the CHS Parnassian Society production of Fabulation and the last three years of the CHS musical. He loves a good socially distanced frisbee toss when he isn’t learning virtually. 

John Mendlovitz is a veteran Stroller and current trustee. His many credits include lighting designer, scenic designer, set builder, technical director, and actor. He has appeared on stage in The Unexpected Guest, And Then There Were None, The Sweetest Swing in Baseball, The Philadelphia Story, and a couple of musicals.If John did not have theater, he would go completely mad. 

Norman Metz has been involved in community theater for 30 years — acting, building sets, tech crew, stage managing, directing, and producing. As a Stroller, his favorite roles include Cladwell B. Caldwell (Urinetown), Treasurer Cooley (Anyone Can Whistle), Sam (The Cemetery Club), and featured performer in the musical revue COLE. Norman is also a founding member of The Loose Canons, a musical group that performs around the state. In his spare time, Norman practices dentistry in Millburn.

Ron Richardson is a veteran of New Jersey stages, featured in productions for many area companies. Some notable roles with The Strollers include Peter Stockmann (An Enemy of the People), Albert/Kevin (Clybourne Park), and Lt. Col. Nathan R. Jessep (A Few Good Men). 

Mathew Schwartz rediscovered his acting bug as Bottom in The Strollers’ A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Since then, he has appeared in The Game’s Afoot and Fiddler on the Roof. Matt is a financial editor and lives in Maplewood with his wife, Ronni, and their two daughters, Abigail and Allison -- who join Matt as funeral guests in this show!

Melyssa Searcy is a NJ native who has been performing since she was 14. She is excited to continue her theatre endeavors even during this pandemic. She made her Strollers debut as Fruma-Sarah (Fiddler on the Roof) and then was a featured soloist in Working, A Musical and a caterpillar in the children’s show How the World Got Wisdom.  

Suz Stone has been acting since 1991, is a founding member of two improv groups, and does voice over work. She last performed with The Strollers as Margie (Good People). Other favorite roles are Karen (Plaza Suite), Monica (The Bad Seed), and a featured actor in The Vagina Monologues. Suz dedicates her performance to all the folks who, like her, love a bit of scary. 

 

Jeff Taylor is happy to be gracing The Strollers’ stage again, this time virtually! Jeff has appeared in several Strollers shows over the years, most recently as William Gillette (The Game’s Afoot). Favorite roles include Michael (God of Carnage), Gary (The Sweetest Swing in Baseball), and Lenny (Rumors). Thanks to everyone who makes and supports art for art’s sake. 

 

Robert Sebastian Webb is making his premiere on The Stroller’s (virtual) stage and he couldn’t be more excited. Having honed his virtual performance chops with NY based theater groups in Socially Distant Shakespeare and Naked Angles: Tuesday’s @9, he looks forward to working alongside fellow New Jersey thespians. Favorite roles include Stephano (The Tempest), Paroles (All’s Well That Ends Well), and Lee (True West). Visit his website for more: http://bit.ly/2k39nTA


Kirk Woodward is making his Strollers debut, but he has acted for the Attic Ensemble, Pushcart Players, and the Theater League of Clifton. He recently directed Spoon River Anthology for the UCC Players. He performs with the Mental Health Players and is musical director of the Foggy Minded Boys and the Foggettes, who provide free entertainment for not-for-profit organizations.

SEPTEMBER

Watch the performance now on YouTube!

The Murder of Crows 

Directed by Carol Cornicelli

Ginny Crooks (Mrs. Wilkins) 

Melyssa Searcy (Debra)

Mathew Schwartz (Greg)

 

The Meadow 

Directed by Alan Foster

Lisa Barnett (Mrs. Page)

Shiva Kiani (Miss Harris)

 

The Deal

Directed by Alan Foster

Vinnette Richardson (Vivian Howard)

Ron Richardson (Arthur Nelligan) 

 

Dewey or Don’t We?

Directed by Carol Cornicelli

Betty Slevin (Helen) 

Gene Ciccone (Oliver)

PLAYWRIGHTS

Nancy Halper  is an editor and ESL teacher who has written several short plays, including “The Murder of Crows,” “Dewey or Don't We?,” and “The Truth About the Lemmings.” She and her husband live in Summit, New Jersey, and have four grown children.

 

Ryan Kaminski is a playwright from Flemington, New Jersey. His work has been featured in one-act festivals, playwriting festivals, and podcasts. Learn more via his New Play Exchange profile: https://newplayexchange.org/users/34918/ryan-kaminski

The Trip to Bountiful

[tentatively scheduled for May 2021]

The Strollers

PO Box 83

Maplewood, NJ 07040

 

(973) 761-8453

TheMaplewoodStrollers@gmail.com

 

The Strollers of Maplewood was established in 1932 "to provide an opportunity for artistic and dramatic education and enjoyment for its members and the community."

 

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