South Street Players at Wesley Hall

Now in our 41st year providing quality theater in Central Jersey!

It's Only A Play

Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

Winter 2024

The Cast of Characters:

Julia Budder, a rich, first-time solo producer
Peter Austin, the playwright
James Wicker, television actor and Peter's best friend
Virginia Noyes, aging star of the play
Frank Finger, the young, egomaniacal, "genius" director
Ira Drew, savage theater critic
Gus P. Head, the coat-check boy who aspires to be on Broadway

"It's Only A Play"

Written by Terrence McNally

Directed by Karen Anderson

A wealthy first-time Broadway producer, Julia Budder, is throwing an opening night party for "The Golden Egg" at her luxurious Manhattan home. The playwright, Peter Austin, is joined by the director, a lead actor, and assorted friends and hangers-on (including a critic) as they nervously wait for the late-night reviews printed in the newspapers. As they wait, they gossip and name-drop celebrities who are in attendance and chat about their respective theater experiences -- then, the reviews come in!


Fridays:
   - Feb 16, 23 - 8pm


Saturdays:
   - Feb 17, 24 - 8pm


Sundays:
   - Feb 18, 25 - 2pm




The TSTF is back — now in its 13th season!

Friday, March 15, 2024 - 8pm
  Saturday, March 16, 2024 - 8pm
  Sunday, March 17, 2024 - 2pm


Please note date changes for the Festival!

These events serve as a fundraiser, with proceeds helping us maintain our commitment to producing high-quality, engaging theatrical experiences this season & beyond.
13th Annual Tri-State Theatre Festival

Produced by SSP Board Member Rob Sullivan
SSP will present another fan favorite — the one, the only, the original, Tri-State Theatre Festival — now back for its 13th year! SSP will showcase the best new short plays written by local writers from New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. The festival typically receives about 300 entries annually and features a unique collection of short comedies and dramas designed to entertain and engage audiences. You won’t want to miss this exciting night of cool, new, original theatre!

Ticket prices are:
    $15 - adults
    $10 - senior citizens and
    children under 12

The Dining Room

Produced by special arrangement with
Applause Theatre and Cinema Books

Spring 2024


"THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE--(ABRIDGED)"

Written by
Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield

Directed by Rob Sullivan

This play parodies the plays of William Shakespeare with all of them being performed in comically shortened or merged form by only three actors. Typically, the actors use their real names and play themselves rather than specific characters. They begin with a parody of Romeo and Juliet. Next, they caricature Titus Andronicus as a cooking show. Following that is Othello done as a rap song. The rest of the first act summarizes most of the other plays. All the comedies are combined into one convoluted reading (the justification being that they all recycle the same plot devices anyway). The histories are portrayed as an American football game with the British Crown as the football (or as a soccer match in at least one German production, or an Australian Rules football game in an Australian production). Julius Caesar is shortened to his death, followed immediately by a brief Antony and Cleopatra, and Macbeth abridged to one duel while explaining all about ketchup and mustard and other elements (witches, Macbeth's downfall, etc.) in poor Scottish accents. There is also a failed attempt at scholarly discussion of the Shakespeare Apocrypha.

Fridays:
May 5, 12 - 8pm

Saturdays :
May 6, 13 - 8pm

Sundays:
May 7, 14 - 2pm

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