Original Play Festival and Fun Times

Hello, hello, hello!

I have some important and super-cool things to announce, so get ready:

Six diverse shows…

Lots of actors…

And tons of awesome writing skills…

It’s the 6th Annual Original Play Festival!!!

Here’s a picture!

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That was a picture!

[This picture features Adaugo Anusionwu and Alex Esposito, who are both in the play I WROTE!!! Not pictured from this show are Andrea Parente (Fellow Actor) and Christen Demnitz (Director).]

Ever wonder how to shovel? Or how much you are worth? Or where you go when you die? Or what coffee you should order? Or what unrequited love feels like? Or what fighting with a significant other feels like???

Then you should TOTALLY come and see the 6th Annual Original Play Festival this weekend to learn a thing or two!!

The Show dates and times are as follows:

Friday, April 25th at 8:00 pm
Saturday, April 26th at 8:00pm
Sunday, April 27th at 7:00pm

Tickets are $7 for students and faculty, and $12 for general admission.

Reserve your tickets by emailing cabtheatre@gmail.com with your name, the number of tickets you would like to reserve, and the date/time of the performance you wish to attend.

Believe me…you WANT to see this show!!!

Here’s another picture!

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That was another picture!

[Featured in THAT snapshot are Kate Thomas (Director), Cody Beltis (Actor), and
Kat Beliavski (Actor). Look how wide open Kate is…she’s ready for some OPF love!! (And also she was giving direction because that’s what directors do.)]

Thank you to Justice Hehir for the lovely photography!!!

Annnnnnnd moving on to one final quick thing…

If you are a senior and would like to perform in the Senior Showcase (May 2 at 8pm in Cabaret) then email Meg King and Abigail Nutter at producer.cabarettheatre@gmail.com and marketing.cabarettheatre@gmail.com, respectively, by this Friday (April 25) at 11:59pm!!!

Thank you all for reading and looking and yeah!!!!!

And if you didn’t read or look or yeah, then I don’t know why you’re even here right now.


Good day!

A-Kroeps out!


Seniors, and Cast Lists, and Cowboys, Yee-haw!!!

Hello cool, crisp, Cabaret-ers!
(And hello, alliteration!)
I’m writing to inform you of important things…so here I go!
Are you a senior? And involved in theater? At Rutgers University? New Brunswick?
Well, good for you!
Oh, and also, you should sign up to perform at the 2014 Seniors Showcase, which will be on Friday, May 2nd, at 8pm!!
The Showcase will be performed at Cabaret Theatre, but people involved in any theater on campus are encouraged to perform!!!
To sign up for this event, you must fill out the following form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1FFrqDnfvqlcKpVQ0hp8IsjaW14a0NQ8a5EeWs1cmGJ4/viewform
Because it is your way to get an honors cord for your participation in our theatre.
Performing in the Senior Showcase is a great way to officially say goodbye to student theater at Rutgers. So please don’t miss out on the opportunity to say farewell.
And……moving forward!!
I’m sure all of you have been just as anxiously awaiting the cast list of the Original Play Festival as I have.
Now I will admit, I have never been more anxious about anything in my whole life!
I love reading cast lists!!
So much!!
It’s practically something I need to get help for!
Now, are you ready??
Are you sure??
You are?!
But are you, really??
Without further ado about nothing, here is the cast/directer/playwright list for the 6th Annual Original Play Festival, yee-haw!!!
DeMarcus Ware
[Editor’s Note: This is not a picture of a cowboy. …Oh, wait. I see what you did there.]
Directed by: Courtney King
Written by: Johnny Dellaluna
Charlie Melman as Sandy
Simone Mahoney as June
Directed by: Kate Thomas
Written by: Courtney King
Kat Beliavski as Clare
Cody Beltis as Jeremy
“The Cosmo Diner”
Directed by: Johnny Dellaluna
Written by: Justice Hehir
Andy Martinez as George
Natasha Sydor as Flo
Leah Christians as Laverne
Zachary Sinkiewicz as David
“You’re Mistaken, Love”
Directed by: Christen Demnitz
Written by: Allie Kroeper
Adaugo Anusionwu as Woman 1
Andrea Parente as Woman 2
Alex Esposito as Man
“Coffee Cups”
Directed by: Thalia Peck
Written by: Megan Cherry
Adaugo Anusionwu as Girl
Abid Hassan as Barista
Sid Ceballos as Paul
Gino Branciforte as Robert
Directed by: Kayla Votapek
Written by: Constantina Scoullis
Jackie Malzone
Victoria Disla
Abigail Nutter
Natasha Sydor
Toni Lachelle
Congratulations to everyone involved!!!
And a special thank you to the Play Festival’s Coordinator, Justice Hehir! She has been nothing but awesome so far, and I know she’ll continue being great!
And, finally, look out for a future post about Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson!!!
Catch y’all later!
A-Kroeps out!!

Audition for an Amazing Production!!!

Hey hey there!


Want a great theatrical experience that won’t take up an enormous amount of your time??

Then audition for the 6th Annual Original Play Festival!!!

Rehearsal schedules will fit around YOUR schedule, so DO IT UP!!!


Here is the audition information pulled from the Facebook event:

“The Sixth Annual Original Play Festival Auditions:
Monday, March 10th – 9:00pm-12am
Tuesday, March 11th – 8pm-12am
Callbacks: Wednesday, March 12th – TBD

Sides will be provided.

Show Dates:
Friday, April 25th at 8 pm
Saturday, April 26th at 8 pm
Sunday, April 27th at 7 pm

The plays selected for the 6th Annual OPF are as follows:

Written By Johnny Dellaluna
Directed by Courtney King

Written By Courtney King
Directed by Kate Thomas

Coffee Cups
Written By Megan Cherry
Directed by Thalia Peck

The Cosmo Diner
Written By Justice Hehir
Directed by Johnny Dellaluna

Written By Constantina Scoullis
Directed by Kayla Votepek

You’re Mistaken, Love
Written By Allie Kroeper
Directed by Christen Demnitz

When attending auditions, please remember to bring your RUID# and a schedule of conflicts, including class, work, and miscellaneous commitments.

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

If you have any questions, contact OPF Coordinator Justice Hehir at justicehehir@gmail.com or Producer Meg King at producer.cabarettheatre@gmail.com.

RUSA Allocations, Paid for by student fees.

Cabaret Theatre is located at 7 Suydam St. on Douglass Campus”


Well, there ya have it!! You must, must, MUST audition for this lovely Cabaret Theatre tradition!!

And, just in case you didn’t notice…I’m one of the playwrights…so…yeah.


I don’t sign autographs.

But like. I might.

If you ask.




In other news, our second main stage of the semester (and final main stage of the season) is Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson!!!

The cast list for this hilarious show is as follows:

Eddie Norgard –John Quincy Adams and other parts
Ryan Gentek –Andrew Jackson
Michael Maxham — Martin Van Buren and other parts
Patrick Wu — Chief Black Fox and other parts
Gabe Marquez — John Calhoun and other parts
Dan English — Henry Clay and other parts
Jake McDonnell — James Monroe and other parts
Emily Johnson — Storyteller and other parts
Sam Vargas –Lyncoya and other parts
Shachar May –Rachel Jackson
Jillian Hanna — Various parts
Alyssa Krompier –Various parts
Na-Lee Ha — Various parts
Kristen Ferris –Various parts

Congratulations to this wonderful cast and to the wonderful Leah Christians, the show’s director!!!

Come see the show on April 4th-6th and/or April 11th-13th!!!

You don’t want to miss it!!




A-Kroeps out!!


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:

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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!!