Important Information for a Very Important Play!!!

Hey there everybody! It’s Allie Kroeper and I’m back to the writer’s chair with some vital information about Cabaret’s first main stage of the year… The Normal Heart!!!


(I’m also here to talk about other things, but I’ll get to that stuffs later!)


Due to the serious nature of The Normal Heart, I will proceed with less humor than usual.

[Director’s Note: You were being humorous in the past?]


Here is information from Cabaret’s Sakai site:

The Normal Heart is a play focused on the rise of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City between 1981 and 1984, as seen through the eyes of writer/activist Ned Weeks, the gay Jewish-American founder of a prominent HIV advocacy group.

Production Staff:

Tyler Picone – Director

James Duffy – Creative Team

Jamie King – Creative Team

Chris Price – Stage Manager

Dan Fisher – Ned Weeks
Donovan Smalls – Bruce Niles
Nikko Espina – Felix Turner
Alyssa Krompier – Dr. Emma Brookner
Dan VG – Michael Marcus
Jason Zomback – Tommy Boatwright
Nick McNamara – Ben Weeks
Alex Vetterlein – Grady/Craig
Michael Maxham – Hiram Keebler/David

$7 for Students/Staff/Faculty
$12 for General Admission

Opening night proceeds will go to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, one of the nation’s leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. All shows will also sell armbands towards the cause.

Email for advanced reservations. Please specify your name, the number of tickets you wish to purchase and the date/time of the show you wish to attend. Our shows sell out quickly so making a reservation is the smart way to get yourself a seat!*

*Note: Reservations are not guaranteed. Patrons with reservations must arrive at least one half-hour prior to the stated performance time to purchase their tickets. Reservations may be voided at the discretion of the Box Office Management twenty minutes prior to the scheduled performance to accommodate any patrons on the waiting list or any walk-up sales.

This production of The Normal Heart contains Trigger Language. We recommend this show for mature audiences only.


All that being said, if you want to see some kick-ass acting in action, then reserve your tickets today, ’cause that kick-ass show starts TOMORROW!!!


Here is some more hard-hitting information:

If you are interested in raising awareness about domestic violence and sexual assault via Cabaret Theatre, join Marisa Irabli and the Institute of Women’s Leadership for a very important project: ACT (Affective Catharsis through Theatre). ACT is a collaborative effort aimed to raise awareness of domestic violence and sexual assault issues in our community while providing a cathartic and safe space for its participants.

This project also provides opportunities for writing, acting and stage managing!

October 19, 11:59pm – Writing submissions and anyone who is interested in acting must email Marisa Irabli at

October 21 – Actors will be assigned a piece. (****PLEASE keep in mind that not every piece sent in will be chosen, for length and content purposes, although all submissions are greatly appreciated!****)

Dates TBD – 3 rehearsals (The first half of show is the first rehearsal, the second half of show is the second rehearsal. Everyone together is the third rehearsal.)

November 3-November 7 – Tech week (includes blocking, lighting, clean up, etc.)

November 8, 8pm – SHOW NIGHT!

Email Marisa Irabli or Special Events Coordinator, Courtney King at for more information!

And congrats to Marisa for being chosen for the Fall 2013 Special Project Slot!!!


Now for the lighter news:

What is our second main stage of the year, you ask? Well, I’ll tell you!

(But only because I’m contractually obligated to do so.)

It is [title of show] and it has been cast, yay!!!


The [title of show] cast is as follows:

Jeff: Justin Brown

Hunter: Gabe Marquez

Heidi: Natasha Sydor

Susan: Kristen Ferris

Piano Player, “Mary”: Lauren Burcheri


The Production staff is as follows:

Director: Courtney King

Assistant Director: The Best Person Ever (that’s me)

Musical Director: Rachel Horner

Stage Manager: LilyAnn Foster

Piano Player, “Mary”: Lauren Burcheri (This is a cool half-production-staff/half-role type of dealio. She’s got the best of both worlds!)


That’s right. Forever.


In other news…I am coordinating the 2013 Directors Showcase!!!

What, what?!?!?!

This year the Showcase consists of 4 amazing plays, directed by 4 amazing directors!!!


Our directors are:

Kayla Votapek

Christen Demnitz

Steph Van Huss

Jasia Ries


And I’d like to make a quick shout out to our awesome Stage Manager, Steph van Oppen!! (She’s so on top of things!)

And yet another quick shout out to Kate Barron (Cabaret’s Artistic Director) for being such an incredible help with this production!!!


Look out for more information on the Showcase, [title of show], and Marisa’s Special Project in the blog entries to come!!


Allie Kroeps over and out!!!


RNL VII: Ridiculous, Ravishing Rugrats

Hey ladies and gents…NUTTER IS BACK (for now).

Our usual fabulous Social Media Chairwoman, Ms. Allie Kroeper, is in the performance and I’ve taken it upon myself to write on her behalf. It’s nice to return to my old stomping ground. And I’m so proud of her!

I’m sitting in the audience of Cabaret Theatre Presents: Rutgers Night Live VII: Her Legs Went On For Days and I can’t believe that my first blogpost about RNL was a year ago! Some things have changed, some haven’t, but it’s nice to see RNL back and ready to go for another semester! We’ve had some major changes to the RNL crew since last time, but its just as ridiculous and awesome as ever, god save us all.

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