Original Play Festival and Original Pointers!

Hello hello hello all!

I am here to remind you of important updates for the Original Play Festival (OPF)!!


Now let’s get right down to it:

Play submissions are due at 11:59pm on Monday, February 17th. They should be emailed to the fest’s coordinator, Justice Hehir, at  justicehehir@gmail.com and cc’d to producer.cabarettheatre@gmail.com and artistic.cabarettheatre@gmail.com. Please keep your submissions at around 10 minutes (about ten pages), but it’s all right if you go over that a bit.


Interested in directing a piece? The director applications are due on the 24th, and are available on the Cabaret Theatre Sakai site.

I directed an original play in last year’s festival. It’s called The Loser and it was written by JJ Focarracio.

Here’s a picture of me and the cast.

The Loser Cast (and Me)

(Minus Leah Christians. Where were you, Leah Christians?!)


Directing was a TON of fun!! And it is a lot of hard work, mind you. Directing is more than just telling people what to do when. You gotta read the play over and over until you know it better than your own face.

And when you can’t recognize yourself in the mirror anymore, that’s when you know that you’ve truly made it as a director.


Auditions for this kick-patootey production (OPF) will be on March 10th and 11th, times to be announced. Callbacks will be March 12th, times to be announced.


Nervous about writing and submitting a play?

No need to worry, because the Playwrights Collective is here!!

The Cabaret Theatre Playwrights Collective meets every Sunday at noon on the second floor of the DCC. We read an article about the current theatrical climate, watch videos about/by current playwrights, and do some writing of our own! (We even have tea.) It doesn’t matter if you’re a first-time meeting-attender, or a fifty-fifth time meeting-attender; you are certainly welcome to come on over and write with us!!!


One of the coolest parts about the Collective is that Justice Hehir, the OPF Coordinator and Collective Founder, comes up with really cool prompts to get people’s brain-juices flowing, and she puts them on Facebook.

Some said prompts are:

“OPF Countdown Prompt #3:
Write a play that is made up entirely of questions.
Have fun!”

Having fun — always important to do.

“OPF Countdown Prompt #9:
Write a play with no words. Just movement and sound.”

I call this prompt the “Nic Cage Prompt.” I call it that because that’s the only way I’d tolerate Nicolas Cage in a play — not speaking at all.

Nic Cage Eyes

He is always watching you with his many eyes and angry expressions.


“OPF Countdown Prompt #11:
Write a play with no assumptions.”

Because you know what happens when you assume…?…(nudge, nudge)

“OPF Countdown Prompt #12:
Write a play that’s all poetry–lyric at its core, strong where it counts.”

Such good writing advice, yah?


Here’s a picture of me and Kate Thomas thinking deep thoughts during a meeting:

Von Thun's FarmCTPC Meeting 023

Look at that paper!

And here’s some advice from Justice Hehir herself:

“The Cabaret Theatre Playwrights Collective is helpful and makes OPF seem less scary because then you’ll be getting feedback and help throughout the writing process. It helps us to be more creative thinkers by coming together and working in the same space. We all have our own visions and stories to tell.”

She also gave me really beautiful and brilliant advice when I was unsure of what to write. She said, “Write what only you can write. What story can you tell that no one else can? Write that.”

If you would like some more updates and lovely writing prompts, then add CabaretTheatre PlaywrightsCollective as a friend on Facebook.

CabaretTheatre PlaywrightsCollective

“He’s” a really schnazzy “guy”! And a writing wizard, I might add.

Which I did.



I wrote a play once in my day. It is called, The Cookie-Crumb-Complex and it starred so many talented people it was hard to keep track of how many there were.

Cookie-Crumb Cast

Editor’s Note: There were seven. There were seven of them.

This experience was one of the most fun and rewarding experiences of my life. I learned which dialogue worked and which didn’t work. I also learned how to clear up plot points.

And, most importantly, I learned that something only I could write had touched a lot of people.

I cannot recommend it enough to at least try to have your work produced at Cabaret.

Seriously, though. Do yourself a favor and submit to this play festival!!

When you do, I’m sure you’ll feel like this.


A-Kroeps out!!

Guest Blog: From the Eyes of a Stage Manager

Hey hey hey all of you!!!

I have some exciting news……..so I’m going to need a drumroll….seriously, I can’t post this until I get a drumroll………but not really.

Anywho, Cabaret’s very own Kayla Votapek wrote up a wonderful guest post that I am going to place below!!!! So get ready for the awesomeness that is this post………seriously, I can’t post this until you’re ready. How many times can I say post? Post.

Here it is!!

‘Doubt can be a bond as powerful and sustaining as certainty.  When you are lost, you are not alone.’ 
–Father Flynn
, Sermon 1, Doubt

Hello Everyone!

My name is Kayla Votapek and this is my first time writing a blog post for Cabaret. I am so excited and honored that the lovely Abigail Nutter has asked me to write one! For those of you who don’t know me I am Press Secretary for Cabaret Theatre and currently the Stage Manager of Doubt .

For those of you who don’t know anything about Doubt… It is such a wonderful play that you should come see! (For those of you who do know, you should come see it too!) Check out our official Doubt blog post for more information at https://cabarettheatreblog.wordpress.com/2014/02/06/no-way-no-how-no-doubt/


(Shout out to the beautiful Emily Johnson who made this wonderful graphic!)

The cast, crew, and pro-staff have been working so hard on this production. We all got together during winter break and worked on the show for days which gave us a wonderful opportunity to bond with one another. Here is a picture of the cast rehearsing: 

Doubt Rehearsal

We had many doubts about this production being ready in time for the show thanks to the ton of snow we received. DARN YOU GLOBAL WARMING! But we were able to shovel ourselves through to opening night.

Doubt Tech

I am so honored to be a part of this show and it was such a wonderful opportunity! The cast, crew, and pro-staff have worked very hard and this show is Fantastic! I encourage you all to come see it this weekend. I would like to send a shout out to Emily Petrick for being a wonderful first time director as well as the cast and crew of Doubt. You did a wonderful job for the first weekend and I don’t have any doubts that you will do even better this weekend! I also would like to thank my twin, Allie Kroeper, for helping me with sound; the beautiful and talented Abigail Nutter for allowing me to write this blog as well as helping us find such wonderful costumes for Doubt; the hard working Elias Bull for putting so much time into our production and helping us with EVERYTHING. This boy built the set and put up all our lights all by himself with some help from the Cabaret Crew. (Shout out to Kate Thomas, Meg King, Courtney King, and Erik Stratton for helping us paint. Those windows look amazing!)

You do not want to miss this show! Come see it this weekend.



~ Kayla Votapek

Yeah, I know. That was pretty awesome.

Did you count how many times she said “doubt”?

‘Cause I didn’t.

I’m too lazy for that big of a job.

Anywho, thank you Kayla for that lovely contribution to this blog and thank you Abby for requesting it!!

You heard the girl…come see Doubt!


A-Kroeps out!!

No Way, No How, No Doubt

Hello all!!!

My it’s been a long time, hasn’t it?

Too long!

Way too long!


But anywho, happy spring!


I’m back to let you all know what’s going on in the next few months, including our first main stage of this semester…Doubt!!!!

It’s a parable.

By John Patrick Shanley.

And I’m excited.


Let’s get started!


For those of you who don’t know about the wonderful opportunities that Cabaret has to offer…let me tell you!!

And for those who do know, sit tight and learn again!


1. Doubt is being directed by Emily Petrick.

1.b. Doubt is the first main stage that Emily is directing!

1.c. Check out that talent!

2. The cast of the show is a small one, consisting of only four actors.

2.b. The cast is very close.

2.c. So close, there is no air between them. They have literally melded together into one super-actor.

2.d. And I do mean literally.

3. Conclusion: Cabaret’s opportunities are awesome!!! You can have the time of your life, all while gaining first-hand theater experience!

3.b. What can be better than that?!

3.c. Answer: Adam Lambert. And/or Beyoncé.



Here’s a list of all the people involved with Doubt:



Written by John Patrick Shanley

Directed by Emily Petrick
Assistant Director – Gina D’Angelo
Stage Manager – Kayla Votapek

Father Flynn: Dan Conroy
Sister Aloysius: Jasia Ries 
Sister James: Ashtyn Greenstein
Mrs. Mullen: Alexis Craig-Hart 


*Ahem, ahem* And sound is done by me. Allie Kroeper. Sound goddess.

Sonic genius, if you will.

But really, Kayla Votapek is the genius. I just push the buttons.


Anywho, the show dates and times are as follows:

February 7th at 8 pm

February 8th at 8 pm

February 9th at 7 pm

February 14th at 8 pm*

February 15th at 8 pm

February 16th at 7 pm

*The Valentine’s Day show proceeds donated to Sloan Kettering Memorial Cancer Center Pediatric Care.

$7 Students/Faculty/Seniors
$12 General Admission

Email cabtheatre@gmail.com 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.


Now moving on to more things on the horizon…

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson auditions are right around the corner!


They will be:

Monday, February 10th, 7pm-11pm

Tuesday, February 11th, 7pm-11pm


Callbacks will be:

Wednesday, February 12th, TBD


Here is what you need to do for the audition:

Prepare 16-32 bars of an uptempo rock or pop song. Do NOT prepare a song from a musical.

Sides will be provided.

Please bring a copy of your Spring 2014 schedule and any applicable conflicts.

You must be a full-time undergraduate student to audition for this production.

If you are currently involved in a production with Cabaret Theatre, Livingston Theatre Company, and/or College Avenue Players, you are welcome to audition!

6 women
8 men
Those cast must have a strong comedic range, as well as vocal talent and dance aptitude.

If you have any questions about auditions or Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, you may e-mail the director, Leah Christians, at leahdchristians@gmail.com or the producer, Meghan King, at producer.cabarettheatre@gmail.com.

Bring tons of personality with you — that is important!



Next up…the 6th Annual Original Play Festival, yay!!!!!!


We are currently accepting submissions of original plays. Please keep them to 10 minutes (10 pages). If you have written more than that, then that is fine! No need to scrap a thing!

Submissions are due by February 17th at 11:59pm, so get to it!

You must email your submissions to Justice Hehir (the Play Fest Coordinator) at justicehehir@gmail.com, and cc them to Meg King (Cabaret’s Producer) at producer.cabarettheatre@gmail.com, and Courtney King (Artistic Director) at artistic.cabarettheatre@gmail.com.

Having trouble with the brainstorm? Feeling a bit writer’s blocky?

Have no fear!! The Cabaret Theatre Playwrights Collective is here!

The Collective meets every Sunday at noon on the second floor of the Douglass Campus Center.

We read play stuffs, write play stuffs, discuss play stuffs, workshop play stuffs, and even drink tea stuffs!

So come on over this weekend!

Or you will see this face:


And who wants to see that?


Next (Again…oy, there’s lots to cover!!)

Keep an eye out for the special project, which is A Night of Shakespeare!


And contrary to popular belief (and by “popular” I mean “my”) Shakespeare is not when you shake a spear around and chase people down the street with it. Shakespeare was some famous writer during the renaissance or something?

Yeah I didn’t know about him, either.


Anywho, this is a coffeehouse-style event in which Shakespeare lovers will be given the opportunity to perform their favorite Shakespearean monologue or scene. If you are interested in performing at this event or have a random question about it that you would like answered, then email Courtney King (Artistic Director) at artistic.cabarettheatre@gmail.com.



And finally (glad I can say finally!): Rutgers Night Live!!!


RNL is a sketch comedy show based on Saturday Night Live, and it is always filled with stunning moments in which everyone has a good old time with some happy and healthy family fun. Here’s a picture from RNL VII to prove it!


So, so happy.


RNL VIII will be on:

Friday, February 28th at 8pm

Saturday, March 1st at 8pm

Saturday, March 1st at 11:59pm


Believe me: you do not want to miss it!


Anywho, that’s all the time I have for now.


A-Kroeps out!